"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"


Sunday, July 31, 2016

9:00a      Chapel Class  

9:00a      Hospitality

10:00a    Worship & Healing


Chapel Class:  9:00 am, Sunday, July 31: Charlie Belch completes the "Living the Questions" DVD and discussions.


Widening The Purpose For Lisa’s Legacy Bags: From The Filler Family

It has occurred to us that "Lisa’s Legacy Bags" can be used to bring comfort and cheer to those who are struggling with any difficult situation in their lives, not just a death. The bag could be given to a friend who is facing a divorce, a devastating medical diagnosis, job loss, depression, or loneliness.  As with the initial intent of having a compassionate conversation with a grieving person upon delivery, the bag and its contents could apply to numerous circumstances and still include a compassionate conversation.  Please feel encouraged to reach out to others with the Lisa’s Legacy bags in whatever way that you would like.  Check in with John Gardner, Ruth Phillips or Carole Green to get a bag.


Tutors Needed For Study Connection This Fall

Tutors and substitutes are needed for Plymouth's continuing service to Study Connection. If you are interested in either being a full time tutor, sharing a child, or being a sub for children ages 5-12, please contact Lucy Hess at lrh22@frontier.com or 484-44340.  We meet the children on Wednesday afternoon from approximately 2:45-4:05 pm. In early August, once we are assigned a school for this coming year, we will know where to meet the children. An application form is accessible at the Study Connection site, if you are interested in joining the tutors this year, at: studyconnection@fwcs.k12.in.us. We look forward to having new folks join us!


A Progressive Jesus for Progressive Religion: Jesus Seminar On the Road (JSOR): October 28–29, 2016, Plymouth Congregational Church

The historical Jesus was a progressive teacher who raised important questions and sought fresh answers. Using rhetorical strategies such as parables and aphorisms that employ humor to undercut and undermine the powerful political structures of his day, Jesus envisioned an alternative way to look at the world, a so-called Domain of God. How might these same strategies enliven religion today?


Paul Jones (Ph.D., Vanderbilt) is Professor of Religion at Transylvania University. He has authored several books, including The Church’s Seven Deadly Secrets (2012) and The Structure of Religion: Judaism and Christianity with William J. Leffler (2005).

Perry Kea (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of biblical studies at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1987, he currently serves as Chair of the Westar Institute Board of Directors.

Program Details

The Teaching of the Historical Jesus, Friday evening, 7:30–9 pmIn contrast to older quests of the historical Jesus that focused on his psychology and acts, the renewed quest asked after Jesus’ voiceprint. What forms of rhetoric did he use? What was his unique way of teaching? Why and how does the use of counterintuitive metaphors and edgy social commentary keep the historical Jesus relevant for our time? (Perry Kea)

Silencing Jesus with Philosophy, Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am: There are several ways in which the voice of Jesus failed to become the voice of the Church. Rather than hear the parables of Jesus and think about his vision, the Church usually interpreted his parables as allegories and recast his vision onto a supernatural world. The main challenge today is to hear Jesus again for the first time. (Perry Kea)

Jesus in the Early MovementSaturday, 11 am – noon: The only access we have to the historical Jesus is through texts, both inside and outside the Bible. They show how Jesus’ message was shaped by the confluence of ancient religion and politics. They reveal how he was understood in emerging Christian communities. How does knowing that early frame of reference help us assess Jesus’ significance for today? (Paul Jones)

Silencing Jesus with Politics, Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm: Constantine reached a settlement with the Church in 325 ce. In this bartered deal, the Roman Empire got our bodies and the Church got our souls. This disembodied and spiritualized Christianity persists in U.S. politics today. Would a progressive Jesus change a nation that leads the world in rates of incarceration and arms sales? If so, how? (Paul Jones)

Questions and Answers, Saturday, 3–4 pm : The scholars will discuss the importance of a progressive Jesus and engage in questions and answers.

SponsorsPlymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne

Local Contact and Information David Grim, davidbradlee@yahoo.com

All events at:Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne, 501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802


All Sessions: Individual Rate $75; Pre-registration Rate (October 14) $60; Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions: Friday Evening Lecture $20; Saturday Morning Workshop $30; Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

To register, go to https://www.westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/fortwayne-2016/


Peace & Justice and Homelessness

The Peace & Justice Committee is continuing to focus on the plight of the homeless who are living on the streets of Fort Wayne in order to determine how we might minister to them as a downtown church. The problems associated with homelessness are so complex that it is difficult to know where to start, but I feel that a first step to bringing a sense of humanity and compassion to these folks, is to listen to their stories.

I contacted Sally Segerson, local advocate for the homeless on the streets, to ask her for bios of those she serves.  However, she was in the middle of yet another crisis and did not have a free moment.  So I searched the internet and came across a gentleman by the name of Mark Horvath.

Mark was once a Hollywood insider who lost his job, which led him down a path of drug use, conning people out of money, and eventually homelessness.  Once in recovery, he got back on track with a new job and did everything right.  However, this job came to an end as well, and he thought he was “crashing back to homelessness.”  This process inspired him to create the web site www.Invisiblepeople.tv to bring awareness to this often ignored segment of our society.

Mark takes his camera to the streets and creates videos of people simply telling their story, raw and uncut.  We are able to hear the voices of folks we would normally pass by, much less speak to.  As a result of his work, he has received donations from people also wanting to bring awareness to homelessness along with the message that we don’t have to accept it. 

Please take some time to go to this website and just listen.

Jan Evrard, Chair of Peace & Justice Committee


Where Will You Worship This Summer? 

Where will you find God in the midst of summer adventures and relaxation?  Send a postcard to our church office, or snap a picture to show us via e-mail or Facebook, and we'll make sure it gets posted on the map bulletin board outside of the nursery.  You are missed when you aren't at Plymouth, but we are thankful that God Is Still Speaking beyond our walls!


Reminder About Your Contribution Checks

Our bank, PNC, will no longer split the amount of a check into two deposits into our two separate checking accounts. If you write checks to Plymouth, it is important that you write a separate check for each purpose. For example, if you wish to contribute to your operating pledge and also to your capital campaign pledge, you will need two checks, each with a note in the memo line indicating where your contribution should go. This will ensure that you are contributing to the fund that you intend to support. Your patience and your attention to this accounting detail is greatly appreciated!



Plymouth Congregational Church is a FORT 4 FITNESS Charity Partner for the 2016 FALL FESTIVAL on September 30 – October 1.  If you have participated in FORT 4 FITNESS in past years, please join us this year under the Plymouth Charity Partner Banner.  If you have not participated in the FORT 4 FITNESS FALL FESTIVAL before, we encourage you to give it a try – it is a fantastic experience. FORT 4 FITNESS is a series of events held between September 30 and October 1.


Children ages 4-14 participate over the summer leading up to the final mile run/walk on Friday evening, September 30 at Parkview.  Cost is $10 if you register before August 16, and $15 from August 17 to September 2.


Anyone 50 years or older is invited to participate in this summer-long, incremental walking/running program, including three walking tours in July, August and September leading up to the final mile run/walk on Friday evening, September 30 at Parkview Field.  Cost is $10 if you register before August 16, and $15 from August 17 to September 2.


Serious runners – beginning runners – walkers, there is something for everyone on Saturday morning, October 1.  This is a great way for a family or group of friends to participate together, at whatever level of exercising desired.  Prepare for your event over the summer at your own pace and then join @10,000 Fort Wayner’s on Saturday morning for your main event held at Parkview Field.  Cost depends on the event you select.


REGISTER AT www.Fort4Fitness.org or call Fort4Fitness at 260-760-3371.  Be sure to select Plymouth Congregational Church as your Charity Partner via a drop down box on electronic registrations or mention Plymouth Church if you call to register.  Extended family or friends who decide to participate with you can also choose Plymouth as their Charity Partner.  When 100 individuals have been registered (for any of the above events) under the Plymouth Charity Partner banner, Plymouth will receive back from Fort 4 Fitness a percentage of those participants’ total registration fees.

If you have questions please contact Steve Hollingsworth: stevbeck@frontier.com or (260)-747-5105.


Foods Resource Bank and Global Mission Continue

For the past 11 years, Plymouth Church has joined with Salem-Magley UCC to support the goal of Foods Resource Bank (FRB).  The FRB mission is to assist people in developing nations grow their own food. Our involvement in this program was initiated by Doug and Gale Cunningham and has been continually supported by you, our Plymouth friends.  Your generosity in giving to FRB has directly improved the lives of thousands of people, moving them from subsistence to surplus agriculture. 

Founded in 1999, the FRB organization has positively and dramatically impacted over one million people.  FRB’s success has been achieved by focusing on the objectives: long term food security, serving people where they live, and working in tandem to organize and identify local needs/priorities, and assets. This approach has been highly successful and has yielded such life-changing projects as building water storage facilities, development of new improved seeds and crops,  as well as improved farming techniques and animal husbandry efforts. FRB also grants micro-loans to fund improvement and start-up projects at the local level. FRB provides partnerships and resources to help the people help themselves, resulting in a dramatic improvement in communities and lives often mired in poverty.

What is to come as Plymouth and Salem UCC enter our 12th year of supporting Foods Resource and this important global mission?  We, the FRB committee want to continue to share stories and highlights from countries and communities where FRB has made a difference in the lives of our brother and sisters. We hope you will continue the caring and giving of the past 11 years ($131,079), that has made FRB the successful Plymouth mission that it has become.         

We would ask that you prayerfully consider a contribution to continue what has become this very real “global mission” at Plymouth.  Complete the form below and place it in the collection plate or deliver it to the church office.  Any amount, any contribution is appreciated and can help sustain a family for a lifetime and community for generations to come.


Foods Resource Bank—2016

I would like to contribute: (please check below)

 ____1 bushel of CORN seeds - $200.00        ____ ½ bushel CORN seeds - $100.00

 ____¼ bushel of CORN seeds - $50.00        ____ other amount = $_______


Address __________________________________________________

Phone ________________________Email _______________________


Prayers For Peace--A Primer

Rev. John P. Gardner, Editor

Copies of this booklet are available in the church office for a suggested donation of $8 each (proceeds to offset printing cost).


Plymouth Under Construction

  1. If you have respiratory or allergy issues, please be alerted that you may want to stay out of the office building for the time being.
  2. This summer, the temperature inside may be warmer than usual at times in certain locations due to renovations to the air conditioning systems.
  3. Some days we may not have hot water or water at all in the building, and/or some restrooms may be closed.  Some other areas also will have limited or no access for a period of time.
  4. Extra workers are in the building throughout the project, along with tools, ladders, supplies, noise, dust, dirt, and odors.
  5. When scheduling events at Plymouth, please remember that, during the construction process, staff cannot guarantee the future condition of any room.
  6. The construction process is expected to be completed in early-to-mid October. 

A construction schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside the main office to give everyone an idea of what is happening and when.  Schedules may have to be modified and changed at times during a project such as this, so it may not be always be 100% accurate.  Please check with the church office if you have a meeting or activity scheduled to see if your reserved location will be affected by the construction.  You may possibly need to make alternative arrangements. Your patience and understanding for the minor inconveniences we will all experience during the duration of the project is something we are all counting on.  The end result will be a much more efficient and comfortable building for everyone.