150 Years of Increasing the Love of God and Neighbor
Our church began on August 19, 1866 when 6 people gathered for the first worship in what was then Lancaster County. What an incredible impact just 6 people had on the very beginnings of our church!
We are celebrating through October 9 with special events and activities including 150 hours of prayer, the Love of Neighbor award, a choir reunion, history feature articles and a carillon concert. During this special time, please think of a friend who would enjoy our inclusive and joyful spirit and invite them to come with you to worship!
As we celebrate, we looked for ways to honor our past, celebrate our present and look to our future.
Honoring our Past - Thanks to Jim McKee and his team (Lowell Berg and Mary Campbell) for putting together historic articles and displays honoring those who shaped our church along the way to what it is today. Look for these displays in the Nave.
Celebrating our Present - Thanks to Suzanne Sughroue and her team (Stephanie Dinger, Kimberly Walker, Cathy Wilken, Claudia Russell, Michele Dolson, Quinn Lawton and Kathleen Maynard) for leading efforts to celebrate the vibrant life of our church today. From the Sunday Funday kick off to the Celebration on October 9, there are many ways to celebrate who we are.
Looking to the Future - Thanks to Meg Lauerman for leading our communication efforts and looking forward to what’s next for our church. Our founding mission, “To Increase the Love of God and Neighbor”, continues to guide us as we plan for those who will follow us.
150 Hours Of Prayer
Sign up here to take part in our consecutive 150 hours of prayer, leading up to our 150 Celebration Weekend on October 8-9.
Trees for our Future
In celebrating First-Plymouth's 150 years, we will be handing out pine tree seedlings to all Sunday school classes on September 25. These trees will be planted to honor our past as well as nurture the growth of our church and community.
Historic Window Symbols for sale
Stop by between services on September 11, 18 and 25 to pick up a memorable and decorative piece of our history. $20 each. Cash and check only. First-come, first- serve. 118 total with 12 different designs. Be creative on how you use one! Maybe outside in your garden. Maybe in a frame and use as a wall hanging. Maybe as a Christmas present. These caste metal (not lead) symbolic designs were made as replacements but were not suitable to use during the renovation. Proceeds will be used to help offset expenses of 150 activities and events. Thanks to Mary Campbell and Wynn Mehlhaff for leading this project!
Mark down these dates and events!
Wed. October 5
6:30–7:30pm - Our very own Jim Mckee will share the history of our church through, “A look at the village of Lancaster, the city of Lincoln and the establishment of the first Congregational church in Lancaster County.” Jim has written over 1,500 articles and books on Lincoln and Nebraska history. Jim Keck will then share highlights of our ministries and future of our church. Arrive early for dinner (5:00-6:15pm $6).
Sat. October 8
11:00am - Carillon concert in the courtyard by Dr. Tin-Shi Tam (Iowa State Univ.)
celebrating the 85th anniversary of our carillon. Dr. Tam’s recital will include compositions and arrangements written by former musicians at First-Plymouth. Bring a blanket or chair. Reception to follow in Pilgrim Hall. Free and open to the public.
Sun. October 9
9:00am & 10:30am Worship - Join us for extraordinary music during these celebratory services. Choir members from the past 60 years have gathered together to create the Reunion Choir alongside the Plymouth Brass, Plymouth Ringers, and the Lied Organ all under the direction of Ministers of Music past and present: Dick Morris, Jack Levick, Pete Eklund, Larry Monson, John Cummins, and Tom Trenney.
Love of Neighbor award winner will be announced. Cake between services at 20th and D and potluck at FP East.
7:00pm Compline - Wind down from this celebratory weekend by listening to this special service with dimmed lights, flickering candles and the sounds of meditative chant.
150 Hours of Prayer - It is our hope to have people from our congregation praying for a consecutive 150 hours. Oct. 2 –8. Sign up at http://bit.ly/2c9mnyu.
150 Acts of Kindness - Let us know how you are extending the love of neighbor -- big or small acts of kindness -- and we will light a candle in your honor. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories.
Spring 2017 – Directory
Thanks to Deb Navratil for leading efforts for a new and updated directory. We need lots of help - contact Shelly if you are interested in helping.