Service of Remembrance

Sunday, November 5, 9:00am worship

We will be lifting up the names of church members who have died since November of last year and we will also remember all of our loved ones who have entered eternity.


Let Us Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 22, 7:00pm 

Two churches gather to give thanks at a community worship service at First-Plymouth Church. Clergy from First-Plymouth and Saint Paul will share the thanksgiving message. The Plymouth Choir and the Chancel Choir of Saint Paul will combine under the direction of Dr. Wyman and Tom Trenney. The community is invited to attend the service. 

3 Reasons to Try the New Sunday 1:30pm service:

  1. Be amazed by the power of simplicity. It’s just a scripture, sermon and song.
  2. You will love Patrick’s preaching.
  3. Worship is better after lunch. Everything is better after a good lunch.

Become a Part of First-Plymouth

Are you ready to make First-Plymouth your church home? Learn more on Wednesday, November 29, 6:45pm Calvert Parlor, at our new member welcome hour. Meet with Pastor Jim Keck and others who are interested in becoming part of our church community. Or, simply come to learn more about our church and faith as we focus on love and inclusion for all. RSVP to

WNL Worship @ 6:15pm

A brand new worship experience for ALL ages. Full worship band and an inspirational message from Pastor Patrick Messer.

Wednesday Night Live

Wednesday Night Classes for Adults
Classes held 6:45-7:30pm. Register with

4 Pastors: The Reformation: Past, Present, & Future  
November 1-15. 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.

What Does God Say About My Relationship?    
Nov. 1-29 (skip 22). Led by Suzanne Jouvenat, MA Ed, LIMHP, LADC, LPC. Relationships are “teachers” in our lives. From the everyday to the existential we learn the most about ourselves through all our relationships. In these 4 weeks we will consider the sacredness of those with family, life partners, work, vocations, church and the Self. Come to process and discover the Divine in the relationships of our lives.

Raising Today’s Teens
Open to middle and high school parents. Nov. 1-Navigating Parental Peer Pressure; Nov. 8- When Parents Disagree; Nov. 15- Time Out: Self-Care for Parents; Nov. 29-Parent's Have Feelings Too.

The Table (Ages 18-25)
New dinner discussion group from 5:00-6:00pm. Dinner is free! Talk about hot topics facing our world today while you eat. Stay after for our new worships service.

The Food Bank of Lincoln needs your help…
First-Plymouth’s 2017 Fall Food Drive

The Board of Christian Outreach has set an ambitious goal of raising over $1,000 and collecting over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Collection barrels are available for your donations at the church and at F-P East throughout November. Donate at or text your donation to 73256 and type FirstPlymouth and the dollar amount of your donation (choose “Food Support” for the Contribution type). Every dollar donated = 3.6 pounds of food!

Most needed items include:
Tuna or canned chicken
Canned foods with pop-top lids (soup, stew, chili)
Canned fruits in its own juice or water
Low-sodium canned vegetables
Peanut butter
Macaroni & cheese and other boxed dinners
Brown rice and long-grain white rice (not instant rice, please)
100% fruit juices
Bath tissue
Diapers and wipes
Personal hygiene products

Lenten Devotional Book

The tradition of the First-Plymouth Lenten devotional book is being renewed this coming Lent. First Plymouth is looking for volunteers to write a brief reflection on a passage of scripture. Please consider offering your voice. Contact Dale Hauptmeier at or (402) 429-1371.


Jen Davidson to be Ordained in November

In 2010 Jen retired after spending 44 years in public education and living in nine states. She wanted in live in a place she hadn't experienced, and moved to Lincoln. First-Plymouth was a big factor in that decision, having sung with Tom Trenney in Michigan and knowing she would love singing in the FP choir.

After about 18 months she enrolled in the Cotner College Education for Lay Ministry 3-year program. The ELM program led to enrolling in a 2-year Spiritual Direction program at the Haden Institute outside Asheville, NC. When these two programs were completed in March 2015 both Barb Smisek and Nancy Erickson encouraged Jen to seek status as a Licensed Lay Pastor and begin what’s become Third Chapter Ministries.

In March 2017 when Jen sat before the UCC Heartland Association Committee on Ministry for her annual review, they suggested she explore being ordained on the Alternative Path or Ordination, a long standing option in the UCC. Her ordination service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 12. Our clergy will participate. Rev. Karla Cooper, Jen’s New Testament professor, will preach. Tom Trenney, Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Mark Clinton from the UNL School of Music will lead the music. All are welcome to attend the ordination service.

Volunteers Needed

The latest statistics of Human Sex Trafficking occurring in Lincoln supports that a minimum of 200 women are trafficked each month. Most of these encounters occur in local hotels/motels. The Coalition of Human Trafficking trains hotel and motel staff members how to realize, recognize, and respond to signs of human trafficking. 

Through the work of dedicated volunteers, the organization has trained over 200 hotels in the Omaha/Lincoln area. The Lincoln area is in need of more volunteers who have flexibility during the day and to conduct trainings (1 hour). If you are interested or would like more information, contact Kathy at

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Wednesday Night Worship

Wednesdays, 6:15pm, Sanctuary
A brand new worship experience for ALL ages. Get swept up in the music of a full worship band, soak in an inspirational message from Pastor Patrick Messer, and leave with a rejuvenated spirit.

Thank you for your generous support!

I was naked and you clothed me  
Matthew 25:36

To date, $4,985 has been donated for One Great Hour of Sharing and $4,375 for Neighbors In Need. Both these special mission offerings are sent to UCC National  to be used to carry God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. Monies go to to provide sources of clean water, food, education, health care, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and emergency relief and rehabilitation both nationally and internationally.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,
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Youth Musical “There’s a Monster in My Closet!” 
Tickets On Sale Nov 1!
Tickets for Fri. November 17, 6:30pm include a 4-course meal ($25). Tickets for Saturday, November 18, 2:00pm include a dessert at intermission ($10). Tickets available for purchase on Sunday or Wednesday, or with Proceeds go to Youth Missions

Christmas Pageant 2017
Would your K-5th grader like to be part of the Christmas Pageant? Registration is now available. Rehearsals Tuesdays , Dec. 5-19, 6:00-7:00pm; Dress Rehearsal Sat. Dec 23, 9:00am. Additional details and to register online at

FP Kids
Kids in K-5th grade can explore the stories of faith through science, art, games, video, cooking and even at our computer lab! Join us at 9am or 10:30am at First-Plymouth or 9:30am at First-Plymouth East.  

FP Kid's Studio: Wednesdays in November
Kids in K-5th grade have options! Register online ( November’s choices: Little Chefs: Simple Baking (K-2nd); SuperHero Moves (K-2nd); Becoming an Artist: Textured Art (3rd-5th); Photography: Shoot, Edit, Print & Frame (3rd-5th).

MSYG in November – All 6th-8th Graders Invited!
November topics on thankfulness, a mission project and of course game night! 
No MSYG or WNL programs on Nov 22.

HSYG in November
Topics: technology & bullying, and drugs/alcohol and cheating. Plus a special Feed the Hungry Mission Project on Nov 19.  No HSYG on Nov 26.

FP Family Night, Nov 17
Details coming soon.  All families with children through 5th grade are welcome.

Advent Workshop, Dec 3, 2-4pm
Save the date for this fun family event where everyone gets to be creative!  If you’d like to be part of making this a fun event contact to volunteer.


Sign-up chart will be posted in the main hallway during the month of November.  Cost $50.  Note: Flowers will remain in the building throughout the week to provide beauty for church events.

Columbarium Visits

The columbarium is not handicap accessible when the church building is closed. If you would like to schedule a time to visit the columbarium on days when the church is closed (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's) call 402-476-7565 ext.201. 

2017 Christmas Ornament

$20 each/ 2 for $30 

This year’s ornament features the Jerusalem Cross found in the stone mosaic at the main doors of the narthex. Sponsored by the Music and Fine Arts Board. Call 402-476-7565 ext.223.

Music and Fine Arts Board

Seeking active volunteers to join in our mission to develop and encourage diverse music and fine arts programs in our congregation and community. Contact

Youth Orchestra

Interested in joining? Contact
Rehearsals: Sat. Dec 16, 10am-Noon, Sat. Dec. 23, 11am-1pm. Performance: Sun. Dec. 24, 5:00pm Youth Worship. 

Adult Classes, Discussion Groups and Bible Studies

To register contact Addie Vortherms, or call 476-7550.  

W= Walk-ins   R= Registration Required

Tuesday Bible Study  W
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. 
Tuesdays, Oct. 31 - Nov. 28: Church Reformation, 1517-2017: Co-leaders: Tom Trenney, Bob Rademacher, Jen Davidson, Jeanne Johnson. Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 theses, the pivotal moment of church reformation. In 2017, find biblical references in the text of Luther’s reformation hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; and learn about one Roman Catholic and three Protestant reformation movements. 

Theology on Tap  W
With Rev. Patrick Messer. Sundays, 6:00pm at Brewsky’s – upstairs (16th & South).

Widening the Welcome  By Cherie Bayley


Here at First-Plymouth we no longer just speak a good word – a benediction of tolerance and inclusivity, we really embrace, honor, and include individuals with special needs. 

In addition, the Anybody, Everybody worship service for individuals – young, old, and somewhere in between – with or without special needs continues to flourish. Its worship time in Mayflower Hall on Saturdays at 5:15pm begins with a social time highlighted by tasty goodies provided by a local bakery ministry from the First-Plymouth congregation – at large. 
During the traditional worship time with Pastor Barb Smisek, adjustments are made to enhance the understanding of each part of the service. The congregation itself plays a vital role as able in welcoming visitors, reading scripture, serving as ushers, and of course singing the praises of God. A theme like “God Is Holding Your Life” or “Blest Be the Ties that Bind” is maintained over multiple weeks for continuity. Of course, there’s a time for some large and small group activities to complement the theme. All of the above is enhanced by the presence and interaction with other First-Plymouth members just like you.

Imagine the possibilities that First-Plymouth could provide to more individuals in Lincoln if you were to spread the “good news” about this ministry. Imagine the possibility of you and your family opting for this worship experience sometime. So you too could “Reach Out and Live.”
According to Jean Vanier, “Those we most often exclude from the normal life of society, people with disabilities, have profound lessons to teach us.” Vanier founded L’Arche, which means “the ark” in French, a community where people with and without disabilities live together and create a new kind of family. Anybody, Everybody emulates this same spirit on a smaller scale. Amen.



Daryl Robinson

Organ Virtuoso with The Abendmusik Chorus

November 5, 4:00 PM, $15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students

Daryl Robinson, winner of the American Guild of Organists’ most prestigious national competition, will make his Lincoln debut. A special collaboration will be in collaboration with Abendmusik Chorus in the Nebraska premiere of a dramatic work by Yves Castagnet. Tickets at or 402.476.9933. 

Messiah Community Sing-Along FREE CONCERT

Nov 26, 4:00pm. A community-wide sing-along of George Frideric Handel's, Messiah. Abendmusik has partnered with the Food Bank of Lincoln who will be present to collect food and monetary donations for the food bank.

Adult Fellowship Groups

To be added to a specialized list, email

Church Social
November 10, 6:30-9:00pm at Rev. Jim and Karen Miller’s home.  Get to know others who attend FP and FP East! Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. RSVP for directions to

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
Nov. 4 & Dec. 2, 9:00-10:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). Discuss contemporary peace and justice issues.