Bible Studies

Go deeper with the week’s scripture and sermon. Walk-In's Welcome

Theology on Tap
Mondays | 5:30-6:30pm | The Mill (21st & L Streets) | Led by Rev. Patrick Messer
The Bible is confusing! It's filled with diverse genres of literature, overlapping timelines, evolving theology, and dissonant convictions. Not to mention, every part of Scripture emerged from times, places, and cultures completely foreign to us. This year, let's get to know the Bible. Join us at Theology on Tap as we bring the big picture into focus by learning how all the parts of Scripture tell a common story: our story.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Tuesdays | September - May  | 9:30-11:00am | Calvert Parlor | Led by Carolyn Zeisset
Explore Bible stories in their historical context and look for what they have in common with life today. Thematic units, but each week is a self-contained lesson.  All are welcome!

Women’s Circle 1 Bible Study
1st Wednesday (October-May) | 9:30-11:00AM | Perkins Restaurant (48th & O Streets | Led by Rev. Ralph Sturdy.
Each month Rev. Sturdy brings a specific Biblical text and together we discover its application to our present lives. Women of any age are welcome.

Women’s Circle 3 Bible Study
2nd Wednesday (September-May) | 9:30-11:00AM | Art Room | Led by KJ Langlais

Not Your Ordinary Bible Study
Thursdays | Noon-1:00pm | Choir Room Led by Rev. Dr. Jim Keck
A spiritual adventure that lets Scripture speak directly to our lives, and catapult us into far-ranging topics of real interest.

Academic Bible Study
Sundays (September-December) beginning Sept 9, 9:00-10:00am | Resource Room. | Led by Dr. Luke Schulte.
Explore the ancient Near Eastern context for the primordial narratives in the first half of Genesis: 6 days of creation, Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel. Dr. Lucas Schulte  is a religion scholar focusing on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the ancient Near East. He has edited books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the author of the academic book, My Shepherd, Though You Do Not Know Me: The Persian Royal Propaganda Model in the Nehemiah Memoir. Dr. Schulte has taught religious studies courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pomona College, and Claremont School of Theology, and is currently teaching both at UNL and Eden Theological Seminary. Dr. Luke has also excavated at archaeological sites in Israel.

Five - Bible Study for Adults in their 20s and 30s                                                                Sundays | 11:30am-12:30pm | Room 211W |  Group led. | Contact Megan mnschaefer@gmail.com Meet weekly to focus on spiritual and community development. Keep it simple with five tenants: pray, share, give, serve, and study. 

 


Discussion Groups

Walk-ins welcome at all Discussion Groups

‘Something Else’ Discussion
Sundays | September - May | 9:00-10:00am | Calvert Parlor
Discussion on current events, theology, and comparative religions. Led by Chuck Williams, iamchuckwilliams@gmail.com

Between Services Book Discussion
Sundays | September 10-May 27 | 9:45-10:30am | Tower Room
Coordinated by Penny Larsen, pennylarsen66@gmail.com

A Course in Miracles
Sundays | Year round | 9:50-11:00am | Room 207W (2nd floor) | Group led.

Monthly Book Discussion
3rd Tuesday | 11:30am-12:30pm | Room 207W | 

Early Risers Group for Men
2nd and 4th Wednesday (September-May) | (2nd Wednesday June-Augut) | 7:00-8:00am  Pilgrim Hall | Coordinated by Bob Bartle
Study spiritual issues as they relate to current events.

Men’s Lunch & Conversation with Dr. Keck
1st and 3rd Wed (September-May) | Noon-1:00pm | Calvert Parlor | Led by Dr. Jim Keck
Spiritual and current event discussion. Bring your lunch!

FIVE: 20s/30s Community Group
Sunday | 11:30am-12:30pm | Art Room | Group led
Meet weekly to focus on spiritual and community development. Keep it simple with five tenants: pray, share, give, serve, and study. Contact Megan at mnschaefer@gmail.com

Spirituality Discussion Group
4th Wednesday | Noon-1:00PM | Calvert Parlor | Group led | Coordinated by Arlen Etling, Aetling1@unl.edu.
Members choose topics related to spirituality and take turns leading the discussion. A sharing group that leaves final conclusions about spirituality to each member. We aim to be supportive as each member develops a personal understanding and application of spirituality.

Sacred Circle – Women’s Spirituality Study Group
2nd Thursday (September - May) | 7:00-8:30pm | Room 211W
Contact jeanne@firstplymouth.org

Early Birds Group for Men
Thursday | 7:00-8:00am | Calvert Parlor | Coordinated by Bob Reeves and Ray Zeisset.
Stimulating book discussion and a light breakfast.

Contemplative Prayer Group
1st & 3rd Thursday | 1:15-2:00pm | Prayer Room | Led by Rev. Patrick Messer and Spiritual Director Jeanne Johnson, jeanne@firstplymouth.org
Explore various forms of prayer including: Centering Prayer, guided imagery, meditation.

Early Bird Discussion for Women
1st and 3rd Friday (Sept. 15 -May 18) | 7:00-8:00am | Calvert Parlor
Group led discussion of the role of our faith within daily life issues. Open to all women in the community. Contact Jeanne@firstplymouth.org or 402-304-9899.

Peace & Justice Coffee Chat
1st Saturday | 9:00-10:00am | Meadowlark Coffee (17th and South) | Led by FP Peace & Justice Team. Discuss contemporary peace and justice issues.