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First United Church of Christ – Plymouth, Indiana

No Matter Who You Are Or Where You Are On Life's Journey, You Are Welcome Here!

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 MISSION

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First United Church is collecting items for the Marshall County Boys & Girls Club for the months of September and October. Please consider picking an item or two off of the list of items needed to donate to the Boys & Girls Club.

Items can be placed on the mission table outside of the church office.

Items needed:
Index cards
Wax paper
Construction paper
Aluminum foil
Washable markers
Dixie cups
Coffee filters
Reading books
Candy & small toys (for prizes)

Cleaning Items:
Heavy duty trash bags
Windex
Disinfectant spray
Dish soap
Dish rags
Floor cleaner
Toilet paper
Paper towels

Craft items:
Crayons
Markers
Pencils & Colored pencils
Printing paper
Misc arts & craft supplies

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Bethlehem Market 2018

Come join us on November 10th for our annual Bethlehem Market!
Vendor applications are due by October 31st. Please see the link below for a copy of the application OR you can contact the church office to have one mailed to you.

Church phone:(574) 936-3010

Church email: officefirstuccplymouth@gmail.com
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Click here for the Bethlehem Market Application

Blueberry Labor Day Parade!

We’re getting Blueberry ready!
Come out and see us tomorrow during the parade! We’ll be in the People’s RX parking lot.
We’ll have sports drinks, bottled water, fresh popped popcorn, fresh baked cookies, & loads of other goodies for sale!
See you tomorrow bright & early!

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September 2018 Messenger

Find out what has been going on at First UCC, Plymouth.
Click the link below to view our September 2018 Messenger.

September Messenger 2018

Welcome, Reverend Marie Siroky!

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All of us at First United Church are excited to extravagantly welcome our new Interim Pastor, Reverend Marie Siroky!

Rev. Marie Siroky’s calling to ministry began from childhood in Gary, Indiana, shaped by family’s strong faith and commitment to the community.

She earned her BS in Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania where she taught in the inner city of Philadelphia. After receiving her Masters in Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, she served as Pastoral Associate of First Congregational UCC, completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Riley Hospital for Children and residency at St. Vincent Health, all in Indianapolis.

She was ordained in the Indiana Kentucky Conference in 2012, is a Board Certified Chaplain, Associate Minister at Trinity United Church of Christ Gary, and serves on both the HIV/AIDS UCAN and Environmental Justice Ministries of the United Church of Christ.

She is a board member of the Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice and a member of the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Clergy; organizations which respect diverse faith beliefs.

All of this is only possible through a personal relationship with God, the prayers and guidance from the congregation, and the support of a loving spouse. Rev. Marie and her wife CJ were married at Faith UCC Iowa City, and have been together over 26 years. CJ is a retired chemist from Eli Lilly. Adhering to the norm of pastor’s spouse CJ might join the choir but will always cook for the potlucks.

Starting the first week in September Reverend Siroky will be keeping regular office hours. In the meantime, if you would like to schedule a time to meet or talk with Reverend Siroky, please call the office (574) 936-3010 or email officefirstuccplymouth@gmail.com.

June 2018 Messenger

Click the following link to see our June 2018 Messenger

                          →  June Messenger 2018

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One Day Bus Trip To Navy Pier

 

LET’S GO TO CHICAGO!

WHAT: BUS TRIP TO NAVY PIER

WHEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 

TIME: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

COST: $40 per person

Depart from First United Church of Christ, 321 N. Center St., Plymouth

WHAT’S INCLUDED? – BUS TRANSPORTATION TO NAVY PIER FROM PLYMOUTH, IN, BUS DRIVER GRATUITY, and  LIGHT BREAKFAST.

Allow yourself to take a day and travel into Chicago to Navy Pier. 

What is there to do at Navy Pier? (any admission fees are NOT

  Included in the price of the bus trip)

  • The Flowertale Show “every garden has a story to tell” is there this day
  • IMAX Theater
  • Smith Museum of Stained Glass
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Restaurants and food court
  • Stores and SHOPPING
  • Boat Rides
  • Hop on the trolley and explore Chicago!

Space is limited!  Please call Tina Morales at (574) 780-7005 with any questions.

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Daily Devotional – Locusts and Chocolate

December 01, 2017

Written by Emily Heath

“And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.'” – Acts 13:25

A non-Christian friend of mine registered a complaint last year. She had just found out that Advent does not begin in December, but usually on one of the last days of November.

“If that’s true,” she asked, “why does my chocolate Advent calendar start on December 1st? I am only getting 24 pieces of chocolate.”

“You’re being cheated,” I told her. She nodded sagely. I think she may have gone back to the store and demanded satisfaction.

Chocolate aside, there’s a lot that we miss out on during the Christmas season if we let the shopping malls and stores dictate our Christmas. Take, for instance, John the Baptist. He’s hardly a Christmas card-worthy character. The camel’s hair clothing. The locust-eating. The yelling in the wilderness.

And yet, John the Baptist’s story is intricately tied to the season of Advent, and the birth of Christ. He’s the one who shows us that something big is coming. He calls us to get ready for Christmas, not by sending out the cards and packages, or trimming the tree, but by preparing our hearts for love incarnate.

What I love about reading Scripture in Advent is that it calls me in. It reminds me that all the trappings of Christmas, which I love, are only signs of something better which is to come. It makes me slow down and get ready. It helps me not to miss the season because I am so caught up in preparations.

John the Baptist’s cries are a little different from opening the doors on an Advent calendar, but what they are calling us to is even sweeter than what we might find inside.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to open my heart up to you this Advent, and help me to prepare the way for your love incarnate.

Reference:December 1st Daily Devotional “Locusts and Chocolate”

October Sunday Sermons

  • October 01, 2017
    Speaker: Rev. Paul Nye
    Sermon: “If I Could Ask God One Question”
    Scripture: Job 23:1-9 & 16-17

 

  • October 08, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 15, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 22, 2017
    Speaker: Cindy Flagg
    Sermon: TBD
  • October 29, 2017
    Speaker: Pastor Chuck Krieg
    Sermon: TBD

Updates coming soon!

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