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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!

Scholarship Grants Available

Attention High School Seniors! Make sure to contact the church office for a scholarship application, (574) 936-3010.

Requirements:

  1. Hold an active membership with First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, IN either through baptism & confirmation or letter of transfer.
  2. Accepted to a 2 or 4 year college, vocational school, apprenticeship program, or another long term training or certificate program.
  3. In the past 12 months be reasonably active in volunteering and contributing to the stewardship of First UCC. If the applicant resides outside of Plymouth, they should be active in their local religious community.
  4. Fill out the scholarship application in full and return it to the church office before July 1, 2019.
  5. Attend the scholarship dedication on Sunday, July 21, 2019 to be awarded the scholarship.

The Deacons will review all applications. Scholarship amounts will be decided based on the number of applicants. If you have questions about whether or not the program you are enrolled in qualifies for a scholarship, please contact the church office or a Deacon. The Deacons hold sole discretion over scholarship qualifications. Applications can be picked up in person at the church office, (574) 936-3010.

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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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”

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