Adult Classes & Workshops

W-Walk-Ins Welcome    R-Registration Required


5 Books & 5 Big Ideas: Book Talks   (W)
September 5-October 3, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Jen Davidson.
Walk-ins welcome. For more information contact or call 402-476-7565 ext.239. Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries (55+).

  • September 5    Short Stories by Jesus by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. The parables of Jesus as heard from the perspective of a 1st Century Jew. Guest presenter: Patrick Messer, First-Plymouth.
  • September 12 Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott. A theologically sound and delightfully funny book about three essential prayers.  Guest facilitator, Rita Otis, Countryside UCC Church.
  • September 19 Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. A delight for book lovers! The author explores how certain books change our lives. NYT bestseller.  Jane Holt, East High librarian, facilitator.
  • September 26 Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. A NYT bestseller about building resilience after life’s inevitable losses and setbacks. Lisa Borchardt, NWU facilitator.
  • October 3 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Book discussion and MOVIE with popcorn. 6:30-9:30pm. Rick Vest, First-Plymouth, facilitator.


Rebuilding After Your Relationship Ends   (R)
Wednesdays, September 6-October 11, 6:00-7:30pm. Led by Gary Summers. Cost $35 (includes book and materials). Registration required. Contact or call 402-476-7565 ext239 to register. 

Divorce or the end of a long relationship is not easy and can be extremely painful. This class will help you and others who are going through this major life change in a small class and caring environment.


Church Building Tour  (W)
Wednesday, September 6, 6:45-7:30pm. Led by Judi Cook.

Walk-ins welcome. For more information contact Learn about this unique, historic building and discover its interesting features and symbols. 


4 Pastors & The Bible: A Lifetime of Faith    (W) 
Wed. September 6-27, 6:45-7:30pm, in Mayflower Hall. Led by Pastors Jim Keck, Patrick Messer, Barb Smisek, and Hollie Schmidt. Walk-ins welcome.

The journey through a lifetime is anything but static. The steady flow of new knowledge, new experiences, and new life circumstances never stop shaping us. In the same way, our faith formation is always ongoing. But, have you ever paid close attention to how your core questions, doubts, and convictions have evolved? This September, join 4 pastors as they explore the different stages of faith from childhood to one's golden years.

Contact or call 402-476-7565 ext.239 for more information.


Origami Quilting  (R)
Wednesdays, September 6-27, 6:45-7:30pm. Led by Andy Lewicki, certified by the Japanese Origami Association. 16 people max. Registration required. Contact or call 402-476-7565 ext239 to register. Cost: $5.

Origami quilting is a fairly new origami activity with unlimited potential for creativity. You can treat origami quilting as a first step to regular quilting, or as a test for more expensive traditional quilting or as a full art . In this class we are going to learn basic square Froebel's form and a triangular building blocks ( if time permits some other forms). First class will be about the most beautiful, traditional kusudama which is a very good introduction to origami quilting.


Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life (R)
Thursdays, September 21 – October 26, 6:30-7:30pm, in Room 203W. Led by Gary Summers. Cost: $25.  Register with or call 402-476-7565 ext.239.

Feeling like your life is a re-run of the same old movie? Your popcorn is stale and your soul is worn out? Why not do something NEW! Join us in discussing the unavoidable transition into the second half of our lives. Book Used (but not required): Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life; finally really growing up by James Hollis.



The Singing Tower: First-Plymouth Carillon Tour   (W)
Wednesday, October 4, 6:45-7:30pm. Led by Kathie Johnson, carillonneur. No registration required, walk-ins welcome. For more information contact

Learn the history of the Singing Tower carillon and discover how the instrument is played as you hear its beautiful music. Must be able to climb numerous stairs and ladder. Meet in the back of the sanctuary.


Parenting Kids From Hard Places (W)
Wednesdays, 6:45-7:30pm, Prayer Room.
For parents facing challenges raising children that have faced trauma (abuse, neglect, foster care, divorce) and are interested in sharing support and encouragement, as well as helpful resources. Contact


Living An Authentic Life   (R)
Tuesdays, October 10-November 14, 6:30-7:30pm, Room 202W. Led by Gary Summers.
Cost: $25. Registration Required. Contact or call 402-476-7565 ext239 to register

Live a life out of who you ARE, rather what others expect you to be. It's time to come home to YOURSELF! Book used (but not required): Self Matters; living life from the inside out by Dr. Phillip McGraw.


Increase the Love of God and Neighbor – Peace & Justice Team Series(W)
150 years ago our church was formed with this mission statement.  The Peace and Justice team will be offering Wednesday night programs October 4-25 to further our mission. All but the last will be held from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. in Mayflower Hall.

    October 4 --  "My Life, My Passion" (caring for the individual person)
One person can make a difference.  Local neighbors will share stories of their personal   passions that are making a difference. Hear the stories of the founders of the Lincoln Bike Café (Pepito Fierro), Cause for Paws (Sue Sturgis),  Lincoln Repair Café (Jeanette Nakada).

    October 11 -- "Seeds of Hope" Film Screening 
Created by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Seeds of Hope explores how schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives over in America. Follow Nebraska’s newcomer students: the inconceivable trauma and tribulations of their past, the perseverance to succeed in the present, and their hopes for a brighter future through quality education. 

    October 18 – Harmful Effects of Bullying, In Schools and Towards Other Nations  Hear Paul Olson, with Nebraskans for Peace, and Don Tilley speak about the dangers of bullying and how to overcome. Paul Olson played a significant role in starting anti-bullying programs in the Lincoln Public Schools. 

    October 25 – The Last Straw.  Walk a mile in Different Shoes
Learn how factors we can’t choose impact our life’s trajectory. Diane Lowe of DHHS will run this poverty/life situations simulation game. NOTE:  This program runs from 6:15-7:45pm.


The Book of Genesis (W)
Wednesdays, October 4-27. Led by Dr. Dan Clanton, Religion Professor Doane College.
Discuss the great stories of Genesis and what the stories may have meant to their first audiences, scriptural interpreters and artists throughout the centuries.


Reduce Pain, Sleep Better and Enhance Health: An Introduction Energy Healing  (R)
Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-12:30pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practioner and Reiki Master. Cost: $30.  Register with or call 402-476-7565 ext. 239. Learn simple, yet powerful techniques to ease pain and give comfort for yourself or others.


What Type of Church is First-Plymouth?    (R)
Wednesday, October 18, 6:45-7:30pm. Led by Pastors Jim Keck and Barb Smisek.
No registration needed, walk-ins welcome.  For more information contact or call 402-476-7565 ext239.

An interactive, one-hour session delving into the historical and theological aspects of First-Plymouth and our denomination, The United Church of Christ.


Pet Loss Support Group  (W)
Thursdays, October 19-November 9, 2017 | 6:30-8:00pm | Room 202W. Led by Karen Clarke, Open to all!

Support for those who have recently lost a pet or are unable to move beyond losing a pet.


Origami Christmas    (R)
Wednesday, October 25 - November 15, 6:45pm-7:30pm, Resource Room. Led by Andy Lewicki, certified by the Japanese Origami Association. 16 people max. Registration required with or call 402-476-7565 ext.239. Cost: $5.

Fall is a wonderful time, filled with mysteries. We start our class with a very beautiful, three-dimensional (and easy) origami pumpkin to decorate your space at home and office.

The following week we will be building a Christmas tree and Christmas tree decorations will follow. Lots of fun and refreshing activity to get into the seasonal spirit.



4 Pastors: The Reformation: Past, Present, & Future    (W)
Wednesday, November 1-15, 6:45-7:30pm, Mayflower Hall. Led by Pastors Jim Keck, Barb Smisek, Patrick Messer & Hollie Schmidt.  Walk-ins welcome.

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of a seismic development in the history of the Church that forever changed the landscape of Christianity : the Protestant Reformation. This November, join 4 pastors as they tell the story of the Reformation's history, examine its theological legacy, and imagine how it's present existence will evolve in the future.
For more information contact or call 402-476-7565 ext.239.


Yoga De-Stress for the Holidays
Wednesdays, November 29-December 20, 6:45-7:30pm Chapel. Free-will donations appreciated.  Led by Kerry Amend (see bio below).

Stretches, focused breathing and relaxation to help you de-stress during this busy holiday season. Appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Kerry leads by example and verbally guide you through a peaceful session, leaving you relaxed and refreshed in your mind, body and spirit. Beginners welcome! No registration needed, walk-ins welcome. For more details contact

Kerry Amend discovered yoga 10 years ago and studied under yogi Nan Graf for 7 years. She has been leading Feel Good Yoga (Tuesdays 5:30pm) at First Plymouth Church for 3 years.  Living with the philosophy of doing yoga now so I can do yoga later, she finds yoga meaningful and uplifting for her mind, body and spirit.  Kerry practices yoga daily at home on her acreage shared with my husband, dogs, cats, goats and horses. 


Practicing Advent   (W)
Wednesdays, November 29, Dec. 6, 13, & 20, 6:45-7:30pm, in Mayflower Hall.  Led by Pastor Patrick Messer. Walk-ins welcome.

How well do you really know Advent? Most know it signals that Christmas is near. We light candles in worship and we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But, what is the real substance of this season? Why has the church's liturgical calendar begun with Advent for generations? What are the ancient practices that have long been attached to the meaning and formative power of Advent? This year, let's explore the deep richness of this season as we learn how to become Advent Practitioners.

Magic of Memorization    (R)
Wednesday, December 6, 6:45-7:30pm, Calvert Parlor. Led by Joyce Strout. Registration requested by contacting or call 402-476-7565 ext239.

Do you have trouble remembering names? Grocery lists? Any list?  Come to this workshop to learn some memorization tricks!  Maybe you didn't need that pen and paper as much as you thought. 

Grateful Living: an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast (W)
“In a time and place where everything is torn and broken, we have the opportunity to stretch understand one another, to listen to one another.” Br. David is a 91 year old Benedictine Monk, interviewed by Oprah Winfrey He gives us simple, yet profound wisdom on how to be and find hope in a world so full of discord and violence. Come and be with us a we view this 30+ minute interview and discuss it briefly afterwards. Led by Margaret Rickers. RSVPs suggested, contact



The Whole-Brain Child  (R)
Wednesdays, January 17-February 7, 6:45-7:30pm. Led by James Tucci. 
This workshop will explore the workbook based on the New York Times bestselling book, The Whole-Brain Child, by neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. The workshop is directed towards parents and caregivers who are interested in gaining a greater understanding of themselves as parents and caregivers. The workshop will explore whole-brain strategies, exercises, and activities that address sibling conflict, tantrums and meltdowns, struggles with homework, and more.  Registration required, contact or call 402-476-7565 ext.239. 



What Does God Say About My Relationships?  (R)   
Wednesdays, February 28-March 28 (will not meet March 14/spring break), 6:45-7:30pm in Room 202W. Led by Suzanne Jouvenat, MA Ed, LIMHP, LADC, LPC. Register with or call 402-476-7565 ext. 239.

Relationships are “teachers” in our lives. From the everyday to the existential we learn the most about ourselves through all our relationships. In these 6 weeks we will consider the sacredness of those with family, life partners, work, vocations, church and the Self. Please come to process and discover the Divine in the relationships of our lives.

Suzanne Jouvenat is a native of Nebraska but has lived in other places around the world as a professional performer. Currently, she works as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor with a Master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska working with clients facing substance abuse, other addictions, dysfunctional families, all forms of abuse, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and transitional problems. She brings a wealth of life experience and enthusiasm to her work -- ranging from a career as a professional singer and years of working in foreign countries to teaching elementary school and music education. She works with children, adolescents and families in her practice to create the process of change. Her personal faith in Christ is the core of her focus on positive transformation for clients. 


MARCH 2018

Early Encounters Between Judaism and Christianity
Wednesdays, March 21 - April 11, 6:45-7:30pm, Chapel. Led by Dr. Dan Clanton, Associate Professor of Religion, Doane University. Register with or call 402-476-7565 ext. 239.

It's a sad fact of history that Jews have been persecuted, relocated, attacked, and murdered because of religious reasons. But where did those religious ideas come from? Join us as we examine some of the earliest literary and historical layers of Christian engagement with "Jews" and "Judaism" that lay the theological groundwork for what we now call Antisemitism.