First-Plymouth Presents

Out of the Pulpit & Off Script:

What I DON'T Believe About the Christian Faith

Sunday, October 21 | Downstairs at Brewskys Haymarket (201 N. 8th)
Patrick Messer & Jim Keck
6:30pm Cash Bar, Food & Live Music by Josh Hoyer & the Soul Colossal
(2017 contestant on NBC's The Voice)

7:00pm Program | FREE EVENT


Evening on the Mayflower
Mission Fundraiser

October 19, 7:00-9:00pm

Hors d’oeuvres and talent show with special performance by FP Pastors and staff. A live and silent auction to raise funds for future mission projects. Tickets available between services Sept 30, Oct 7, & 14, for $25.

2018 Fall Food Drive

The Board of Christian Outreach has set an ambitious goal of raising over $1,000 and collecting over 1,000 lbs of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Collection barrels located at the church and FP East throughout October and November. Monetary donations at or text 73256 and type FirstPlymouth and the dollar amount (e.g. FirstPlymouth 25), then choose “Food Support” for the contribution type. Every dollar donated =3.6 lbs of food!

Sign-Up to Help Meals On Wheels

FP delivers 4 MOW routes each Sunday over four routes. Please help drive a route 5 to 6 times per year (approx.. 60-90 minutes). A great way to involve the whole family or individuals. Contact or Visit

Coco Family Movie Night

Friday, October 26, 7:00-9:00pm, Mayflower Hall

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). All are welcome! Freewill donations will be taken at the door to help the Guatemala Mission Trip in February. Popcorn provided.

Wednesday Night Live

WNL will not meet on Oct 31- Halloween!

FP Kids Studio: new October sessions “Don't Be Afraid!" Sign-up online!

MSYG: is focused on the Awkward & Weird this October.

HSYG: Scavenger Hunt Oct 24th

Preschoolers: have the chance to run, play and learn too.

Worship on Wednesdays - 6:15pm Sanctuary
Live Band, Inspiring Mid-Week Message, Communion

The Courage to Act On Your Passions:
First-Plymouth Members Making a Difference
Sponsored by the First-Plymouth Peace and Justice Team

  • Oct 3: Tim Shaw, Hunger & Bread for the World
    We can end hunger. But charity, food drives, and backpacks can’t do it all. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
    Tim Shaw is a retired attorney and invested his career in creating opportunities for the lives of vulnerable people in our community.

  • Oct 10: Lee Ann Heflebower, Homelessness
    Across Lincoln every night, hundreds of individuals and families worry about where they will sleep. Learn about the face of homelessness in our community, initiatives to address the issue, and what you can do to help.
    Lee Ann Heflebower, Director of Housing & Supported Living at Region V Systems and past-Chair of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition.

  • Oct 17: Ken Winston, Interfaith Power and Light
    Learn ways to take action on climate change by reducing energy needs, including programs intended to help lower-income Nebraskans.
    Ken Winston is the Policy and Outreach Director for Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light.

  • Oct 24: Kathy Ward, Medicaid Expansion
    The many benefits of Medicaid Expansion will be discussed, including increasing preventive care, saving lives, reducing medical bankruptcies, rescuing rural hospitals, and contributing to the state’s economy. 
    Kathy Ward is retired from a 35-year career in public health, during which she administered a number of cancer and chronic disease programs, including Every Woman Matters. 

Feel Good Yoga
Oct 17-24 | Led by Kerry Amend. $5 a class.

State of Senior Care in Our Community
Oct 3 | Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries. Presented by Tabitha Senior Living.

Medicare Bingo
Oct 10, 4:30-5:15pm | Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries. Presented by Neb. Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Learn relevant Medicare education in a fun format.

Financial Wellness
Oct 17, 24, Nov 7 & 14 | Led by Marcie Young, financial expert | $5 for one or all four sessions. Register with From teaching how to reduce debt to how to increase savings, these workshops will help you get back on financial track.   

Real Conversations
Oct 3 & 10
Are their topics that you find intimidating to talk to your kids about? Ever wonder what language to use in these conversations? Come discover how to have "real conversations about real life topics" from local experts that work in our LPS schools. Recommended for parents ages K-12th grade.

The Table Is Moving!
The Wed. group for adults (18-25) is moving to Mondays, at 7:00pm (starting Oct 1) at the Mill-Telegraph (330 S. 21st). Conversations about todays issues.


Welcome Rev. Dr. Nancy McCurley

First-Plymouth’s Minister-in-Residence

Dr. McCurley will participate in Sunday worship services and communion at First-Plymouth.

Nancy attended Vanderbilt University where she received her undergraduate and her Masters of Divinity. She obtained her Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the Pastor Emerita of Hillsboro Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nancy's husband Tom is a retired Vanderbilt physician. They have 2 sons Greer and Joseph and four grandchildren. Greer and his wife Sarah are members of First-Plymouth. Nancy and Tom enjoyed attending First-Plymouth while visiting family and after moving to Lincoln a year ago, now claim it as their church home.

Peaceful Beginnings for Courageous Women, Women’s Retreat

Sponsored by Board for Women’s Ministries

Sat. November 3, 8:30am-1:00pm

Explore healthy nutrition, relaxing movement, women’s creativity, and mindfulness. Registration required by Oct 26th at $10 plus a pair of new or gently worn men’s jeans (benefits The Bridge) or $30. Childcare upon request. 

Become a Stephen Minister
Applications due by Oct. 10 for the 2019 training class. Care, encourage, and provide support to people during difficult times. Men are encouraged to apply. Contact

Transportation for Church
Seeking volunteers by regions willing to pick up someone for church. If you need a ride, visit Care Connection at and fill out the form or

Neal Thomas Retires From Usher Team

After 45 years, Neal Thomas has decided to retire from the usher team. When asked about his experience as an usher, he replied, “When I joined First-Plymouth I was asked to join Jerry McCracken’s team and I got to meet many people. After the greeter we are probably the next people they encounter so we can play an important role in welcoming them. If you are a new member, or one that has been around a long time, consider joining a team. It is a great job, I highly recommend it.” Thank you Neal for your time and dedication you have given to First-Plymouth.


We Will Rise!

November 4, 3:00pm, at First-Plymouth. FREE concert with Freewill offering.

Winner of the 2016 American Choral Prize, the Wartburg College Choir from Waverly, Iowa, joins the Plymouth Choir in an uplifting program designed and conducted by Abendmusik’s own Tom Trenney in celebration of his tenth anniversary at First-Plymouth.

An Invitation from the Church Moderator

Making sure we keep you in the loop (a very congregational church kind of thing to do) we’re doing a strategic planning session with the F-P staff in late September.

The purpose of this is to make sure we’re focusing our talent, resources and energy against our most important purposes. Our mission; our values and our service to our congregation and community.

Our F-P staff will work though our measurable goals, our communications plan to help achieve our goals, an outline of our key target audience segments and tactics we’ll employ to reach those audiences.

The summary of the planning process will be presented to the F-P boards, chairs and committees on Sunday, October 14th at 4:30pm. If you wish to attend, RSVP to

One of the aspects I enjoy about being moderator is understanding the “business” of our church. We are a wonderful place to worship and enhance our spiritual journey. But we’re also a business. This process helps us continue to deliver on our mission of increasing our love of God and neighbor.


Jim Lauerman, Moderator

Peace & Justice Coffee & Conversation
Oct 6 & Nov 3, 9am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South).

Church Social
Oct 12, 6:30-9:00pm at host Phyllis Arth’s home. Meet others who attend First-Plymouth and FP East! RSVP for directions by emailing

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,
For full event descriptions visit the
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Keep Up with CYFM
All current information about FP Kids, FP Kids Studio, MSYG & HSYG and more on  Updated monthly - check it out!

Wed Night Live! See page 3 for our Oct. line-up
Be Not Afraid session K-5th | Awkward & Weird for MSYG | HSYG Scavenger Hunt & More!

FP Kids New Rotation Starts Oct 21
Learn all about Jesus feeding the 5000.

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Halloween Block Party
Sun. October 28, 4:00-5:30pm
Kid's & families mark your calendar! Hot Dogs, cotton candy, and drinks. Free event for the whole community.

Can You Help? We are looking for volunteers to host a "booth" in our parking lot for a fun activity to engage with kids and pass out candy - costumes/themes encouraged. Sign-up on online.

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups and Bible Studies

To register contact Addie Vortherms, Program Director at or call 476-7550. W= Walk-ins R= Registration Required

Tuesday Bible Study
New Series Starting in October! W
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Continuing through Oct 16 Five Ways to Read the Bible | Oct 23 - Nov 27 Trying Paul.

Academic Bible Study–New! W
Sundays, 9-10am, Resource Room.
In October take a look at the matriarchs and patriarchs of Genesis. Led by Dr. Luke Schulte, religion scholar focusing on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends R
Tues. Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 6:30-8pm. $35. For those going through divorce or separation. Sessions for those who are going through a divorce or separation.

It’s Ok that you’re Not Ok Grief Workshop R
October 9, 6:00-8:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Facilitated by Lisa Borchardt.

Spirituality Discussion W
Oct. 25, Noon, Calvert Parlor. Discuss the benefits of Stephen Ministry.

5 Things We Cannot Change . . . and the Happiness We Find R
Thurs. Oct 18-Nov 8, 10:00am-11:00am. Facilitated by Gary Summers. $10.
Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? Purchase the book by David Ricks on your own before class.

Writing Your Memoir R
Sat. Nov. 3, 1:30-3:30pm, Art Room. Led by Becky Breed & Lucy Adkins. $35. We all have a story to tell, and whether you’re interested in capturing a few of the most memorable, or writing a full length memoir, this workshop will help get you started!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Trenney remembers Mister Rogers. Thursday, October 25, 7:00pm, Chapel. Free, open to the public

The gentle yet powerful, soft-spoken yet courageous voice of Mister Fred Rogers brought a message of hope to generations of children.  Come to discover how the simple yet profound lessons of faith explored in more than three decades of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” can make beloved community in our neighborhoods today. 

Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe

Bestselling author Phil Gulley returns to First-Plymouth Thursday, November 15, 7:00pm

America’s favorite Quaker storyteller explores the terrain of faith and doubt as shaped by family, church, and young love, finding his way to a less convenient but fully formed adult spirituality.


Football, Faith, & Physics

Sunday, October 28, 8:00am Worship

Rev. Patrick Messer and Dr. Tim Gay, Willa Cather Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNL. We all love football, and we all love Jesus. Can we love both?


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Pet Loss Support

Thurs. Oct. 4-25, 6:30-8:00pm. Support for those who have recently lost a pet. $10 includes book.

Heart and Soul: Communicating with Your Pets

Sat. Oct. 27, 8:30am-11:50am, at First-Plymouth. Sponsored by FP Animal Ministry. $30. Register by Oct 25.

Session 1 – Communicating with Pets:
Cindy Downing, Certified Animal Communicator (

Session 2 – Communicating Through Touch:
Margaret Rickers, MA, Healing Touch, Aroma Therapy, Reiki

Session 3 – Communicating Spiritually:
Pastor Karen Clarke, MA, Licensed Minister and Teacher