"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"

 

Plymouth’s Solar Panels Need YOUR Help

Hopefully, you all have gone online and taken the survey that needs to be taken. Thanks to David Bayle, who is working tirelessly to direct this project, and who does need YOU to take the survey! It is required that a certain number of Plymouth members take it; so if you haven’t already, please go to: https://iucsr.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8dWOX7oGRD4B35q.  Be sure and select Plymouth as the congregation you belong to when starting the survey. Part of this process is a petition for you to sign, which soon will be available in the Folsom Room. Please participate in this process!

 

Women's Book Study

Women's Book Study will meet once again on Tuesday, September 2, 11:45 am, at which time the group will resume its first-and-third-Tuesdays schedule.

 

Signup NOW To Build The Habitat Interfaith House

They will hold spots for Interfaith volunteers only until August 2, at which time, they will open the spots not currently filled to the general public and other groups. The build dates are now as follows (subject to change due to weather):

 September 6:  Start Date

September 9-12  

September 15-19

September 23-27

October – TBD in mid-September as subcontractors are scheduled and as we gauge the progress of the build.

 

Church World Service School Kits

We are still collecting all supplies – but this week we have the most need for spiral notebooks, blunt-tip scissors, and tote bags. Thank you to everyone who has donated, and a special thank you to those who are sewing the tote bags!

 Needed for each kit:

    • One pair of rounded-tip metal scissors              
    • Three 70-page spiral notebooks                  
    • One 12-inch/30-cm ruler       
    • One hand-held pencil sharpener                         
    • One large eraser                                             
    • Six new pencils with erasers
    • One box of (exactly) 24 crayons

All supplies will be packed in tote bags; patterns to sew the bags are available on the bulletin board in the Folsom Room or on the CWS website.  Because of the variety of cultures of recipients, please remember to purchase plain supplies without cartoons, pictures or symbols.

 Don’t wait for school, start bringing in supplies NOW!  As soon as we collect $250 in supplies we can apply for a matching grant from the UCC.  Help us reach this goal quickly so we can use the grant money at the back-to-school sales, and complete as many kits as possible for children around the world.

 

 Help Keep Plymouth Grounds Beautiful!

Helping keep the grounds around Plymouth in tip-top shape is the goal of the Grounds-Keeping Task Force. Helpers are needed for pruning, weeding, and trash pickup. For contact information, please call the church office.

 

Amazing Grays: Sunday, September 14

 The Amzing Grays will feature a talk by Jodee Ellett, Local Foods Coordinator for the state of Indiana, based at Purdue University. She will be discussing the importance of supporting local farms, and how it can affect jobs and health. This presentation will be part of the regular meeting time which will be the second Sunday, September 14, immediately following a tasty luncheon prepared by our Wednesday Night Live Chef, Alicia Leal, and will feature locally grown food!

 We are hoping that this time also might be an opportunity for all of the gardeners of Plymouth Church to display, and/or share the harvests from their gardens! See Dee Smith about table space. Reservations should be made no later than September 12! Cost of the luncheon will be announced at a later date.

 

Foods Resource Bank Needs YOU!

Millions In The World Are Not As Blessed As We Are At Plymouth Church. As a global mission outreach we have been providing money through Foods Resource Bank to make a small dent in food shortages in the world. This is now our tenth year partnering with Salem-Magley Church to support the FRB.  At present our giving is about $7,500. Last year we gave almost $11,500. Thank you very much to those who have made a financial commitment to this project.  Please remind those who still would like to contribute that it is not too late. Let’s make our tenth year the very best!

NOTE: Harvest Sunday at Salem-Magley is October 19.

--The FRB Committee.

On June 18, the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) representatives from Salem United Church of Christ, Magley, IN, and the Plymouth United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, IN, met with Rachel Brink, the new liaison from the FRB home office. <click here for more of this story>

 

SAVE THE DATES:

 Learn the History Of Plymouth In A Fun And Meaningful Way! West Central Neighborhood Tours, September 6 & 7

 Did you know that, during the 1990’s, there was an art wall that completely covered up the windows in the Folsom Room? Did you know that, at one time, the music director would run across the rooftop and through the education wing to get from the organ in the balcony to the organ in the chancel, during the Sunday morning worship service? Did you know that, at one time in the church’s early history, there was an open-air courtyard where the chapel and Amistad Room are currently located?

All of these interesting facts and more will be shared not only with our current Plymouth Church members, but also with the community, during the West Central Neighborhood Association Tour.  Plymouth will be a participant in this event, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7

We are asking that Plymouth members help serve as volunteers to greet and inform the tour visitors about our church, its architecture, and its history. “Talking points” will be provided for docents who will be stationed at six locations throughout our building.

Volunteers can sign up to serve three hour shifts (from 10:45 am – 2:00 pm, or from 1:45 – 5:00 pm), either Saturday or Sunday. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside of the first floor office. We welcome your help!

 

Plymouth Program Year Begins Sunday, September 7

Share Your Shopping        Sunday School Resumes

8:00 am      Chapel Communion

9:00 am      Christian Education

9:00 am      Chapel Class

9:00 am      Sanctuary Singers

9:00 am      Hospitality

10:00 am    Worship & Communion

11:30 am      Youth Group

11:30 am     West Central Neighborhood Association - Plymouth Tour (Volunteers Needed!)

 

The Jesus Seminar on the Road program: Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, at Plymouth.  

The Westar Institute brings scholars of the Jesus Seminar into conversation with interested people across North America and around the world. Designed to address significant issues in current biblical and theological research and scholarship, the program comprises a Friday evening lecture, and presentations and discussions on Saturday. For more information and/or to registerhttp://www.westarinstitute.org/events/fort-wayne-2014/ 

For out of town registrants, here is some Fort Wayne lodging information (Plymouth Church is located at 501 West Berry Street, at the southwest corner of the Fairfield Avenue and Berry Street intersection, in downtown Fort Wayne).

For a pdf version of the flyer for this event, please click here.

 

Next Plymouth Brunch Bunch At Hall's Gas House: Sunday, September 28

Hall's Gas House downtown is reserving a private room for Plymouth members and friends every fourth Sunday, following 10:00 am worship. The next Brunch Bunch is Sunday, September 28. Please join us for this fun fellowship opportunity!

 

Substitute Tutors Needed For Study Connection

If you are willing to substitute for a full-time tutor, occasionally, we need you to volunteer to help K - 5 grade children who come to Plymouth for homework assistance, Wednesdays 3:45 - 4:45 pm.  Usually we need one or two subs each month. We anticipate that the tutoring will begin in early October and end in mid-May. If you can help with this rewarding experience, please contact the church office for contact information.

 

Faith Formation Workshops with Dr. Marian Plant: Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4

 Presented in memory of Judy Kuelling

Friday, October 3, 6:00—8:30 pm - Parents' and Grandparents' workshop on best practices in the home and in the church, for nurturing faith in children and youth to meet their developmental stages.

Saturday, October 4,  9:30 am to Noon, Adults of All Ages workshop on how we, as individuals and as community, nurture our adult faith to keep developing, maturing, asking questions, being honest, and sharing the journey of faith.

 

Empty Bowls Event To Benefit Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

 On Sunday, October 26, Plymouth will host an Empty Bowls Event to benefit Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network.  A simple meal of soup and bread can be shared after the service with other Plymouth members and friends at a suggested $10 donation/person.  Children 5 and under are free.  Hand made ceramic bowls will also be available for a $10 donation/each. This event reminds us of those in our community who struggle for food each day and is a way to support the only shelter in Fort Wayne that provides temporary housing to families: Just Neighbors IHN.