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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!

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.

Navy Pier Flyer

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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!

Bethlehem Market – Nov. 11, 2017

Bethlehem Market will take place on November 11, 2017 from 8:30am to 2pm

For a vendor application please click here beth market application 2017

Please direct questions to Lily Myers at (574) 936-2439 or email the church at officefirstuccplymouth@gmail.com
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UCC Daily Devotional – Visiting

September 24, 2017
Written by Mary Luti

“I’m hard-pressed: I long to die and be with Christ… but my remaining here in the flesh is better for you. Since I’m convinced of this, I will remain.” – Philippians 1:21-23

For the sake of the church at Philippi, Paul chose to remain. While there’s still ministry to do on earth, heaven can wait. Good decision, but wasn’t it a no-brainer? Why did he even have to think about it? Why was he so torn?

As a small Catholic child I believed that Jesus, hidden in the communion wafer, lived in the tabernacle on the altar of my parish church. He was determined to be close to us, so he became bread to feed us. And when he wasn’t feeding us, he was content to be confined in a little box so we could drop by and visit him. I did, almost every day.

Getting up to leave was always sad. I worried about him, knowing he was by himself in there for such long stretches—overnight, for example, when the church was locked up tight, and during long summer days when everyone was at the beach. He didn’t mind. He was glad whenever we visited, however long we stayed. But I minded. He was always there for us. Why weren’t we always there for him? How could we leave him alone, even for an hour?

I discarded Jesus in a box theology long ago, but not its desire and affection. When I recall how keenly I longed for my tabernacled Christ, I have no trouble understanding Paul. He was right to remain, but I get why it was hard.

Do you?

Prayer

Increase my love for you, O Christ. May my heart always be visiting you, everywhere you are, in heaven, and on earth in my every neighbor

Click here for original posting on UCCs website

Marshall County Historic Walk

Join us on September 15th, 5:30pm-8:30pm for a historic walk through Marshall County’s historic churches. Tours begin at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, and 6:30pm from the First UCC parking lot. Tickets are $10 each and Children under 12 years old are free.

Here at First United Church of Christ we are thrilled and honored to have our church featured in this historic walk.

Marshall County Historic Walk

People’s University of Marshall County

People’s University has started accepting enrollments for classes! Classes range from Macrame, Senior Fitness, Woodcarving, Knitting, Essential Oils, Genealogy, and so much more! There is truly a class for everyone of all ages and walks of life. Some classes charge a small fee to cover costs, but most classes are free!

Contact the Marshall County Council on Aging at (574) 936-9904 to book your class today!

Marshall County Council on Aging – People’s University

Click here for a PDF Course Listing

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