Adult Classes & Workshops

W-Walk-Ins Welcome    R-Registration Required

January

The Bible: What Is It and Where Did It Come From?   W
Wed. January 4-18, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Pastor Patrick Messer.
The gravity of the Bible is represented in the names we call it, such as Sacred Scripture and the Word of God. But, Christianity has not always had “the Bible” as we know it. So, where did it come from? Why was its creation so important? How does this story of the Bible affect the way we read it as Sacred Scripture?

Church Building Tour   W
Wed. January 11, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Judi Cook. 
Take a guided tour of our historic and beautiful building. Meet in the back of the Sanctuary. Tour open to all!

Singles Ministry: Introducing Yourself on the Internet   W
Thursday, January 12, 7:00-8:00pm. Facilitated by Sylvia Griffith and Gary Summers. Sponosred by First-Plymouth Singles Ministries.
Curious about meeting someone new on the internet? Join us for a discussion on the possibilities and pitfalls of using internet dating sites. There will also be time to practice writing a personal profile. Cost: $10 (or if you take follow-up class "The Art of Dating" - two classes for $15.) 

All I Learned From A Children's Book  R
Mondays, January 16-February 6, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Karen Clarke. Cost: $20.
What was your favorite book as a child? It might have been "The Little Engine that Could" or "Where the Wild Things Are." In this class, explore life lessons we learned from our favorite children's literature. Discuss themes, characters, and morals within the book. Register by January 13 with addie@firstplymouth.org or call 402-476-7550.

Singles Ministry: The Art of Dating (For Friendship or Romance?)   W
Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:00pm. Facilitated by Gary Summers. Sponsored by First-Plymouth Singles Ministries.
Identify your needs, the risks, and benefits of dating. How to idnetify your "tribe" and where to find it. Workshop cost: $10 (or if you take previous class "Introducing Yourself on the Internet" -- two classes for $15.) 

Support for Parents Who Have Experienced a Miscarriage   R
Tuesdays, January 24-February 7, 6:30-8:00pm. Led by Lisa Borchardt, LCSW. 
Registration required by Jan. 22, by contacting addie@firstplymouth.org or call 402-476-7550.

Grateful Living   R  
Wed. January 25, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed massage therapist & Reiki master, certified healing touch practioner. Workshop cost: $5. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org  We celebrate a day a year for Thanksgiving, and yet it's possible to have each day be a time of gratitude and awareness of our blessings. It is a time for each of us to find opportunity to express gratitude for our blessings and our lessons and even some of our trials. Join me as we explore this way of expressing and being in our lives.  

The Big Gamble   W
Wed. January 25-February 8, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Patrick Messer.
The stor of Paul’s ministry could have played out very differently. Paul could have easily ridden off into the sunset preaching the gospel in Spain and beyond just like he wanted. But instead, he made the climatic gamble of his life by first pursuing one last act of service in Jerusalem that changed everything. Was that final mission worth a lifetime in prison? Come and find out.

Exploitation of the Poor   W
Thursday, January 26, 7:00pm, Mayflower Hall. Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Team.
Lea Wroblewski, manager of the Access to Justice Clinic at Legal Aid of Nebraska, will be speaking on a wide range of topics concerning exploitation of the poor. Her 20 years of experience have well-equipped Ms. Wroblewski to talk about areas of exploitation, often systemic of low income Nebraskans. This exploitation is often exacerbated by the absence of legal counsel. She will conclude with an interactive conversation about how we as a community can respond to issues of exploitation. (Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low income Nebraskans who cannot afford an attorney.)

Pet Loss Support  R
Thursdays, February 2-March 2, 6:30-8:00pm. 
Support for those who have recently lost a pet or are unable to move beyond losing a pet. Led by Karen Clarke, karen.clarke2829@gmail.com. Open to all.

Mothers in Genesis   R  
Saturdays, February 4-25, 10:00-11:0am. Led by Leah Rediger-Schulte, Ph.D. $5.
Discover how the matriarchs (Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel) are described in the biblical Hebrew text and learn about their actions. Discuss their impact on the future of the Israelite community from their influence on the patriarch’s decisions, their communication with God, and role as mother’s. Class will follow the book, Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis, by Tammi J. Schneider. Copies of the book available with registration.  Register with adddie@firstplymouth.org.  Leah Rediger Schulte holds a PhD in Women's’ Studies in Religion, with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. She is teaching two courses at UNL for the Spring 2017 semester.

Relaxation Response   R 
Wed. February 8, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed massage therapist & Reiki master, certified healing touch practioner. Cost: $5. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org
Stress is a part of all of our lives. This mediative technique was developed by Dr. Herbert Benson in the 70's and continues to be used by many as a way to harness in the "monkey mind." Research also has been shown that there are many health benefits to finding a time of quiet and being in contrast to doing.

Loss, Grief, and Mourning   R  
Sat. February 11, 9:00-10:30am. Led by Lisa Borchardt, LCSW. 
Distinguish death from tangible and intangible losses, define carried grief and how to heal it, and discuss hope and living your whole heart. Register by Feb. 8 with addie@firstplymouth.org.

A Prophet’s Struggle with God  W
Wed. February 15-22, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Patrick Messer.
The story of Jonah that often gets told in children’s Bibles ends with a freshly regurgiteated prophet preaching in Nineveh. Jonah finally does what he is supposed to, the people of Nineveh turn to God, and the everything ends happily ever after. But the book of Jonah doesn’t end that way. The rest of the story is one in which this prophet struggles to accept the mind-shattering love and inclusivity of God.

Writing the Stories of Our Lives   R  
Saturday, February 18, 1:00-3:30p. Led by Becky Breed and Lucy Adkins. Cost: $35. 
Participants will reflect upon their significant life stories, celebrating their meaning and value, and complete a series of structured writing exercises to capture them. Becky Breed is a long-time poet, essayist and co-author of Writing in Community. Lucy Adkins earned her MFA in Creative Writing in 2016 from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her poetry has been published in many journals. Her book of non-fiction, Writing in Community (co-authored with Becky Breed) won a silver Ippy in the Independent Publisher's Book Awards.Register for the workshop with addie@firstplymouth.org

Support for Parents Who Experienced A Stillbirth   R  
Thursdays, February 23-March 9, 6:30-8:00pm. Led by Lisa Borchardt, LCSW. Registration required by Feb. 20th, register with addie@firstplymouth.org

Normal Personality: Typical Differences   R
Saturday, February 25, 9:00am-1:00pm. Led by Ray and Carolyn Zeisset. Workshop cost: $10.
Using the research-based, time-tested framework of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, we will explore implications of typical, normal personality differences in communication, work, stress, and religious expressions. Ray and Carolyn Zeisset provided certification programs for 30 years for MBTI trainers. Register by Feb. 22 with addie@firstplymouth.org