Travel Beyond Convention

A Nebraska Native’s Journey To Two World Records

Mikah Meyer
Sunday, August 27
11:59am Guest Preacher
1:00pm Special Presentation and Q&A session in Mayflower Hall

Free and open to the community.
Co-sponsored by Plymouth Pride Fellowship and FP Sustainable Living Ministry.

“I’m on a mission to invite young people to the outdoors, create a new type of LGBT role model, and share all 417 national parks with the world.”

As featured by NBC News, the Washington Post, and the National Park Foundation, Lincoln-native Mikah Meyer most recently was a professional singer for the Washington National Cathedral Choirs. He is also the founder of the world’s largest LGBT Christian Young Adult organization, Queer for Christ, and is currently on a world setting journey to all 417 U.S. national parks. The son of a Lutheran minister (Larry Meyeter-Uni. Of Nebraska Lutheran Student Center 1989-2005), he is using his parks project to advocate for increases youth involvement in the outdoors, broadened LGBT Christian visibility and acceptance, and to share America’s most beautiful and culturally relevant places with the world. TBCmikah.com.

For more information contact Addie Vortherms, addie@firstplymouth.org or call 402-476-7565 ext.239

While You're Away, Don't Forget To Write

Please remember that your pledges and gifts are needed all year--summer months are no exception. With many people traveling and involved in summer activities, First-Plymouth’s monthly income can fall below monthly expenses. Gifts that come in during August, as we get ready for a busy fall with fresh programming, are greatly appreciated.  

Ways to Give
In Person: Gifts may be given during worship, or in the office during regular business hours,
By mail:
First-Plymouth Congregational Church
2000 D Street
Lincoln, NE 68502.
Online: At firstplymouth.org. Select “Give Back” for all your giving options including PayPal.
Automatic Withdrawal/Direct Giving: For your convenience, FP staff can help you set up monthly gifts directly from your bank account. Contact Kristin@firstplymouth.org or call her at 402-476-7565 ext. 207.
Stock Transfers: It may be tax-advantageous for you to donate appreciated stock. Contact Kristin@firstplymouth.org or 402-476-7565 ext. 207.


The Board for Women’s Ministries would like your help with several donation/outreach projects this summer. Sunday’s collection totes available at God’s Garden/patio and during the week totes available at West & East doors. 

For the Women of Pine Ridge:
Pads, Tampons(plastic applicators), Incontinence products
For the homeless in Lincoln:  
small travel size personal hygiene items, toothbrushes.
For the WICS girls:  
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes and  combs, body wash, body scrubby, lotions, shaving cream, razors.

Tom DiPerna Joins FP Staff as Director of Media and Technology

Tom DiPerna joins the First-Plymouth team August 1 as director of media and technology. He will oversee First-Plymouth’s growing media production operation and the church’s technology related to all events and programs. He will work closely with Dr. Keck and senior staff to optimize the impact of First-Plymouth’s programming. 

“We moved to Lincoln to be closer to family and with the hope that I would find a way of integrating my passion for video storytelling with my desire to help build a stronger community.  First-Plymouth is known for its great content in worship and programming. The recent investment in HD TV, combined with the church’s commitment to reaching out to the community through media, make this a very exciting place to be with rich creative opportunities to serve our community in many new ways,” said DiPerna.

Tom and his wife Elizabeth moved to Lincoln last August with their three children, ages 4, 3, and 1. They also have a large extended family in the Lincoln and Omaha areas.

DiPerna has produced and directed television programs for the Travel Channel, field produced live television programs for Bloomberg TV, filmed segments for HBO’s Real Sports, and for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars among many others. He has directed commercials and corporate videos for clients including Chicos, White House/Black Market, Disney, and Bank of America. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he began his career as a camera operator for WGMC News in Worcester, Mass, and was a production assistant at WGBH in Boston where he worked on the PBS Nova series, Unity of Life. 

Krista Rickman joins First-Plymouth staff

A familiar face is now part of the main office staff weekday afternoons. Krista Rickman has joined the First-Plymouth staff as an office administrator. 

She first came to First-Plymouth when she was 13 years old-- the daughter of Otis Young, the senior minister at the time. 

“First-Plymouth has been a special place for our family most of my life. Being in the office I really feel like I am at home.

“I have been full circle in the church from preacher’s kid, to choir, to youth group, to Sunday school teacher, to confirmation leader, to wedding coordinator, and now to office administrator,” said Rickman.   

Krista and her husband, David, recently decided to get out of their long-time hardware store business and start a new chapter. 

“Actually it’s a pretty cool next chapter for me. I am most looking forward to working with the church staff and members,” said Rickman. 

Perfect fit!

FP Sustainable Living Ministry

Grounds Clean-Up

Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are welcome to help August 5, 9:00-11:00am. Bring tools, gloves, and water. Contact Margo Young at 402-432-8492. 

God’s Garden

Outside on the patio! Gardeners please bring items that we can sell. Congregants, stop by to see our offerings. All proceeds promote sustainable environmental projects at church.

In July, 17 youth and 6 adults from our middle school youth group traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for a weekend mission trip.

In July, 17 youth and 6 adults from our middle school youth group traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for a weekend mission trip.

Last Chance to Register! Gazing Up, Out & WithinSpiritual Retreat

August 13, 5:00pm – August 15, 1:00pm, Creighton University Retreat Center
Cost: $185. Register by August 1 with addie@firstplymouth.org.

Pet Loss Support Group

Support for those who have recently lost a pet or are unable to move beyond losing a pet. Thursdays, August 3-24, 6:30-8:00pm,  Room 202W. Led by Karen Clarke, Karen.clarke2820@gmail.com. 

Wednesday Night Live Begins September 6!

Dinner, NEW Worship Service at 6:15pm, and Classes for all ages!  Full schedule, Menu, and more at firstplymouth.org

Music Ministry

Plymouth Ringers Seeking New Members

Looking for bell ringers of all ages and experience levels to join. Interested? Contact  ariel@firstplymouth.org

Join the Music of First-Plymouth

At First-Plymouth, we sing our faith. In worship we raise our voices together as a congregation, celebrating God in song.  Our communal music ministry is guided by our choral and instrumental ensembles, and there is a place for everyone of any age or ability to participate. Contact tom@firstplymouth.org.

Youth Music Ministry

The Music Ministry will be forming a variety of music opportunities for Middle and High schoolers like small ensembles, youth orchestra, FP Singers, handbells, and Celtic Band. Contact ariel@firstplymouth.org

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, hollie@firstplymouth.org

Fall Back 2 Church Aug 30, 6:00-7:00pm
Kick off the Fall! A skit by the pastors, a chance to meet all our teachers & a special treat for families.  

Confirmation 2017-18
Register now for this year’s confirmation class beginning Sept. 6. Parent/Youth meeting Aug 23, at 6:00pm.  Forms available at firstplymouth.org or by contacting hollie@firstplymouth.org.

Middle School Youth Group Lazer Tag, Aug 6, 6:00-8:00pm
Contact ella@firstplymouth.org.

FPYG Sand Volleyball, Aug 9, 7:00-8:00pm
All middle & high school youth are invited to join us at Holmes Lake!

HSYG Lock-In @ the Lake, Aug 11-12
High School youth join us for a day at the lake! Register with ella@firstplymouth.org.

FP Family Weekend Camp @ Kamp Kaleo, Aug 18-20
Families with kids of all ages are invited. Register with hollie@firstplymouth.org.

WNL Kicks Off, Sept 6, 5:00-7:30pm
Join us on the first Wednesday in September for dinner, worship & classes for all ages!  

HSYG Begins Sept 10, NEW time 6:00-7:30pm
All high school youth are invited as we begin a new year of fun, activities, and mission projects- includes dinner!

Dancing Through The Decades

Friday, August 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, in the Gym

Put on your boogie shoes and dance the night away to music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.  Bring the whole family!  Tickets for sale in the hallway after service, at F-P East, or email Kelly Tyrrell (kelly.tyrrell@gmail.com).  All proceeds benefit the Women’s Ministry Board’s Scholarship Fund, helping women in Nebraska achieve higher education.

WE NEED YOU!  Disco ball anyone? If you have any balloons, crepe paper, Nebraska high school memorabilia to donate for the dance - we need you!  Decoration drop-off box  located by the ticket table each Sunday. 

Contact Lana at lana@firstplymouth.org or 402-476-7565 ext 201 if you are interested.

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups& Bible Studies

To register contact Addie Vortherms, Program Director at addie@firstplymouth.org or call 402-475-7565 ext.239. 

W= Walk-ins     R= Registration Required

5 Books & 5 Big Ideas Books Talks  W

Tuesdays, September 5-October 3, 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries (adults 55+)
Attend one or all sessions. No need to have read the book to hear talk by facilitators.

September 5: Short Stories by Jesus by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Facilitator: Pastor Patrick Messer. The parables of Jesus as heard from the perspective of a 1st Century Jew.

September 12: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott. Facilitator: Rita Otis, Countryside UCC. A theologically sound and delightfully funny book about three essential prayers.

September 19: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. Facilitator: Jane Holt, East High Librarian. A delight for book lovers! The author explores how certain books change our lives. NYT bestseller.

September 26: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. Facilitator: Lisa Borchardt, Nebraska Wesleyan University.  A NYT bestseller about building resilience after life’s inevitable losses and setbacks.

October 3: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Facilitator Rick Vest. 6:30-9:30pm for book discussion and MOVIE with popcorn!

Beginnings of Judaism

August 15, 9:30 - 11:00am. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Video instructor Isaiah M. Gafni of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem discusses the reshaping of Judaism after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE.  

Abendmusik Night with the Lincoln Saltdogs!

Thursday, August 10, 6:45pm at Haymarket Park. Executive Director, Drew Duncan sings the National Anthem and Artistic Director, Tom Trenny throws the first pitch! $1 concessions. Tickets $14 (50% of the proceeds goes to Abendmusik).Visit abendmusik.org or email drew@abendmusik.org for tickets.

Abendmusik Season Tickets on sale NOW!

2017 marks the 45th anniversary of Abendmusik at First-Plymouth. It’s been a privilege to fill our community with music for more than four decades, and we’re excited to bring new sounds of hope, joy and compassion to Lincoln this season. We are grateful to offer more free concerts this year than ever before, and we are humbled to welcome you as we continue gathering to experience excellence in the performing arts. Purchase tickets by calling 402.476.9933 or visit abendmusik.org.

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group. To be added to a specialized list, email addie@firstplymouth.org

Church Social
August 25, 6:30-8:30pm in Pilgrim Hall. Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. All are welcome! Hosted by Wynn & Sheila Mehlhaff and Doug and
Marilyn Larson.

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
August 5, September 2, 9:00-10:00am, Cottonwood Café (440 S. 11th)
Informal conversation about contemporary peace and justice issues.

Widow-to-Widow Support and Friendship
In August and September attend Southeast Community College culinary luncheons. 
Contact Phyllis Arth for dates, aarth@neb.rr.com.

Singles Plus+ Bridge
2nd & 4th Wednesdays (August 9 & 23), 1:00-4:00pm, Otis Young Room. Contact Marlys 402-499-5565.

Sunday Night Dinner Club
August 13, 6:00pm, Pilgrim Hall. Singles and couples are welcome. RSVP at 402-613-8485 or-423-4940, or email mikedar@neb.rr.com. Bring a hot dish or a salad to share and your own table service. Beverages and dessert provided. Guest speaker will be a representative from Friendship Home.

Calling All Singles!
Have you ever wanted to learn more about FP Singles Ministry? Enjoy a free lunch and meet members of the group to learn more about this group on Sunday, August 27, 11:30am in the Resource Room.  RSVP to addie@firstplymouth.org. After lunch, head over to Mayflower Hall to hear Mikah Meyer's "Travel Beyond Convention" presentation.

FP Third Chapter Ministries (adults 55+ ) on July 8th toured the newly constructed St. Thomas of Aquinas church on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus and Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. If you would like to learn more about Third Chapter Ministries email addie@firstplymouth.org to get added to the email list.

FP Third Chapter Ministries (adults 55+ ) on July 8th toured the newly constructed St. Thomas of Aquinas church on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus and Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. If you would like to learn more about Third Chapter Ministries email addie@firstplymouth.org to get added to the email list.

First-Plymouth Presents


7:00pm, Grata Bar & Lounge (70th & A)
Exploring the big questions about life, love, and soul
Sermon * Live Music * Cash Bar
Patrick Messer & Jim Keck

A great way to hear Patrick or Jim’s message from the morning if you missed it! First-Plymouth Presents is held every
Sunday at 7pm except for the second Sundays when we will return to 20th & D for our meditative Compline service.

Summer Party in the Courtyard
-August 20 with Daniel Christian Band

Theology On Tap with Pastor Patrick Messer

Sunday August 6, 13, & 27 - 6:00-6:45pm at Grata (70th & A)
Do you like wrestling with profound questions about God and the world? Do you like discussing these questions with other folks over your beverage of choice? Then this group is for you!