Wednesday Night Live

Back September 4!

In the midst of your busy week, join us to refuel your body, mind and spirit! Dinner, worship, classes, music, and small groups for ALL AGES that will challenge and inspire.

Dinners by caterer Chef Au Chef (Menu @ firstplymouth.org)

Worship & Wisdom – NEW!

FP Kids Studio for Kdg-5th graders
Register your kids online (firstplymouth.org/children-youth) for this fun month as we explore how “Just One thing” can make a difference! There are 2 class choices for K-2 & 3rd-5th.  

Children, Youth & Adult Choir Rehearsals
Contact tom@firstplymouth.org to register.

Middle School Youth Group
Games, activities, crafts, and more all around the theme of “Just 1” in Sept.  Sept 25- Game Night!

High School Youth Group
Dig deep into what’s happening in our world and how “Just One Voice, Just One Time, Just One Minimalism” matters today! Yogurtini on Sept 25!

Additional Adult Programs

Feel Good Yoga: Casual drop-in yoga, led by Kerry Amend. $5 at the door. Wednesdays, 6:45-7:30pm. Beginners welcome!

“The Singing Tower” Carillon and Bell Tower Tour: Sept. 18, led by carillonneur Kathie Johnson. Must be able to climb numerous steps.

Welcome to Medicare: Sept. 11, 6:45-7:30pm. FREE. Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries (55+). Presented by Nebraska Department of Insurance/ Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Medicare is a program that is made up of ever-changing parts, countless dates, and specific rules depending on your situation. Walk together through the process and avoid missteps along the way.  

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends: Wed. Oct 2-Nov 20, 6:45-8:00pm. $35. We all know others who have been through a divorce or have ended a relationship, but when it happens to us, we often feel alone and lost. Get help as you go through this major life change. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org. Limited spaces. Scholarships available.

Worship & Wisdom

The Wednesday night worship is getting mashed up!

It will be an innovative combination of a short sermon, lively, rockin’ music, the eucharist and special teachers who will give a “ted-talk like” presentation with Q and A. So it sorta has it all.

Try coming to church on Wednesday for a worship mash up-starting at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary!

Sept 4:  Five myths about Islam – Dr. Abla Hasan, Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic, UNL

Sept 4: Five myths about Islam – Dr. Abla Hasan, Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic, UNL

Sept 11:  Cultivating Compassion: Buddhist Teachings in Uncertain Times – Dr. Courtney Bruntz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Doane University.

Sept 11: Cultivating Compassion: Buddhist Teachings in Uncertain Times – Dr. Courtney Bruntz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Doane University.

Sept 18:  One Quantum Transformation for Mankind – Preeta Bansal, Senior global executive and lawyer.

Sept 18: One Quantum Transformation for Mankind – Preeta Bansal, Senior global executive and lawyer.

Sept 25:  Liminal Spaces – Dr. Sarah Sawin Sohl, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sept 25: Liminal Spaces – Dr. Sarah Sawin Sohl, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Serving Hands Traveling Exhibition

Sept 4-24, in Pilgrim Hall. Serving Hands is a public art project that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Campus Life in Lincoln. A total of 50 sculptures were created for the Serving Hands project. Visit servinghandslincoln.org for more info.

Self-Compassion Retreat

October 25-27 at the Creighton Retreat Center near Griswold, Iowa.  A weekend of self-care and welcoming the self. Joyce Rupp will present “Offering Sanctuary to Yourself. “ Led by certified Boundless Compassion presenters Jeanne Johnson, Anne Kubr, Patty Forsberg & Maureen Bausch. REGISTER: transformingretreat.eventbrite.com 

Men’s Lunch & Conversation with Dr. Keck

1st and 3rd Wednesdays (Sept-May), Noon-1:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Begins Sept 4. Bring your lunch and join for spiritual and current event discussion.

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Just Peace Sunday, September 15

As a Just Peace Church in the UCC, FP Peace & Justice Team commemorates Just Peace Sunday with this year’s theme from Jeremiah 4:23 “The Earth Shall Mourn.” We invite you to look for ways in your lives for actions you can take to bring peace and justice to all those around you and to the world.  The FP Peace & Justice team will have a display in the hallway on Sept 15 with materials on peace-making and advocacy.

FP Cancer Ministry Healing Circle


A cancer diagnosis is often frightening, confusing and overwhelming. But it does not mean you need to walk that journey alone.

The new FP Cancer Ministry Healing Circle is a safe place for you to find love and support among others in similar circumstances. The discussion gatherings focus on the spiritual aspects of comfort and hope, and sharing ideas to retain hope and joy in life in spite of the situation.

This ministry is led by Jen Davidson, retired educator, ordained UCC pastor and currently receiving treatment for cancer; and by Joan Stahly-Rouse, retired therapist and Stephen Minister.

KJ Langlais, Pastor of Congregational Care said “While Lincoln has great medical informational programs available for those going through cancer, we at First-Plymouth want to offer spiritual support and encouragement by walking the journey.”

The Healing Circle meets at 2:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month in Calvert Parlor. The gatherings are intended for current cancer patients, but Jen and Joan hope to expand another group for those caring for cancer patients, their friends and family.No registration is necessary and non-FP members are welcome. For more information contact jen@firstplymouth.org.

Between Services Book Discussion

Sundays, 9:45-10:30am, Tower Room. Starting Sept. 8; The Second Mountain by David Brooks. Read the introduction.  

Contact pennylarsen66@gmail.com.

Spirituality Discussion

Wed. September 25, Noon-1:00pm, “The Spiritual Life” presented by Rev. Jim Miller; and October 23, Noon, “Celtic Spirituality,” led by Jeanne Johnson and Rev. Jen Davidson.

Circle 3 Women’s Bible Study

2nd Wednesday (Sept-May) 9:30am – 11:00am in Calvert Parlor. 

Come laugh, fellowship and grow with this amazing group of women, as we dive into another book study by Lisa Harper called ‘Untamed: How the Wild Side of Jesus Frees Us to Live and Love with Abandon’.  Cost $12. Pastor KJ Langlais will lead the discussion.  Books will be on sale in the office and on Sunday mornings starting August 25th and September 1st.

Join Sacred Circle

Women interested in discussing the faith journey of author, Sue Monk Kidd, are invited to join the 2nd Thursday night of the month for Sacred Circle. Rev. Patrick Messer will present at the kick-off on September 12, 7:00pm. Contact Jeanne@Firstplymouth.org.

Women’s Retreat
Choose Joy: Navigating Your Spiritual Journey 

Blissful quiet. Fresh inspiration. Meaningful connection. Women’s Fall Retreat Sept. 20-21, one overnight. Register now, space limited.

Scholarships available. Details at https://choosejoyretreat.eventbrite.com

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, hollie@firstplymouth.org

Do you have an 8th grade?  Or just know an 8th Grader?


F-P Confirmation is changing to a once a month retreat-style format this year! The new schedule (3rd Sunday of the month, 3-6pm) allows participants a chance to really dive into each lesson, get to know one another in small groups, play games, enjoy a snack, and most importantly, learn more about  faith. Learn more and sign up at firstplymouth.org/children-youth.  Begins Sept 15!


Her Voice Matters: FOR YOUTH

Sept 8, 2:00pm, Mayflower Hall. ALL middle & high school youth and parents are invited to this incredible opportunity to get a conversation started around gender & relationship violence.  We will have a speaker coming from Jana’s Campaign to share with both parents & youth. Join us for this important conversation.

FP Kids Fall Serve Day

Our kids are giving back to the Lincoln community on Sept. 1. Don’t this fun morning of serving.

FP Kids Studio: Begins Sept 4

Register your kids online for this fun month as we explore how “Just One thing” can make a difference! There are 2 class choices for K-2 & 3rd-5th.  

MSYG: Begins Sept 4

Middle School youth will have games, activities, crafts, and more all around the theme of Just 1 in Sept.  Plus Sept 25 is our first Game Night!

HSYG: Begins Sept 4

High school youth dig deep into what’s happening in our world and how Just One Voice, Just One Time, Just One Minimalism matters today! Yogurtini on Sept 25.

FP Kids Serves @ Matt Talbot Outreach Kitchen

Sept 14, 4:30-7:00pm. We’d love to have our K-5th graders & families help us prepare & serve the dinner meal at Matt Talbot.  See our website for details and to sign-up.

FP Family Night at Holmes Lake

Sept 20, 6:00-8:00pm. All families with kids 5th grade and under are invited to join us at Holmes Lake Shelter # 1 for a night of food and family games. Bring a side dish to share.

MSYG Fall Retreat Sept 28-29

A great weekend of building trust & friendships, plus pushing yourself to try new things. Watch the website for details or contact ella@firstplymouth.org.

MS/HS Parents Trivia Night Teams Wanted

Sept 6, 6:30-9:30pm. We want MS & HS Parents to form our own teams so we can enjoy a night of fun, getting to know other parents and of course hopefully winning a bit of trivia! Sign-up on our MS & HS pages. Every 8 people we will get a table registered. Cost is $25/person and supports clean water in Dominican Republic.

What’s Sacred? 


(occasional brief musings by Kathryn Campbell, Minister of Spiritual Direction)

(Northern Minnesota, August 5) This morning a heron came & stood on our dock for a while. A little later, a trail that I have not walked in several years beckoned to me and off I went, through a meadow, a lightly–wooded area and into denser woods. Suddenly I heard a crash. Two deer charged across the trail a short way ahead of me. Not long after, I remembered that yesterday I was thinking that we had not seen any wildlife lately (barring crows and a few tiny toads). So now I wonder: is this all coincidence, or is our world “wired” with connections we have no idea of?

If you have interesting “coincidences” you’d like to talk over, or thoughts about unexpected connections, contact Kathryn kathryn@firstplymouth.org or Spiritual Directors Jeanne Johnson Jeanne@firstplymouth.org or Jen Davidson jen@firstplymouth.org.

Music Ministry

Drop-in Choir @ FP East

All are invited to sing at First-Plymouth East on October 6th. Plan to arrive at FP East (Kloefkorn School, 6601 Glass Ridge Drive) at 8:45am. to prepare for the 9:30 service.

Join the Plymouth Ringers and/or Bell Chorum

The Handbell Ministry is looking for ringers of all ages and experience levels to join. Contact Ariel Merivil at ariel@firstplymouth.org to sign-up.

Te Deum Adult Choir - NEW DAY AND TIME!

New rehearsal time! Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm. Te Deum Choir is an energetic group of singers with various levels of singing experience who enjoy singing for worship once each month in worship. Contact ariel@firstplymouth.org for more info. 

FP Singers

FP Singers (formerly FP MidSingers) will now meet on Wednesdays 5:30 -6:15pm. Middle School, and now, High School singers are welcome. Contact ariel@firstplymouth.org.

Middle School and High School Instrumentalists

Do you play an instrument and are in Middle or High School? The Music Ministry has a variety of musical opportunities for Middle and High schoolers: Youth Orchestra, Orchaband, and Celtic Band. Contact ariel@firstplymouth.org for more information.


Only Light . . . Only Love

Sept 29, 3:00pm at First-Plymouth. The Abendmusik season opens with music that strives to keep the light and love of Martin Luther King’s message alive. Duo-B joins Sounding Light to share a kaleidoscopic array of music that illuminates this timely and timeless message. For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or abendmusik.org

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

Mission Fundraiser October 11

Dust off your detective skills and join the fun of this year’s Mission Fundraiser Murder Mystery!  Food, fun, laughs, mystery & raising money to support our missions, what could be better?  Tickets will go on sale in mid-September.


Pet Memorial Service

Are you or someone you know experiencing the loss of a pet? All are welcome to attend the Pet Memorial Service on September 8, at 1:00pm in the chapel. It is a short 30-minute service of poems, prayers and ornament making that will hopefully help ease this loss. Feel free to bring a photo and thoughts you might like to share. Sponsored by the FP Animal Ministry.

Church Social

A great way to meet others who attend First-Plymouth and FP East! Sept 20, 6:30-9:30pm, at Carolyn & Richard York’s home. Bring an appetizer and beverage to share. RSVP for directions to yorkca@aol.com.

Peace and Justice coffee & Conversation

Sept 7 & Oct 5, 9:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). All are welcome.


Monthly events @ firstplymouth.org/singles

First-Plymouth Presents

30-Minute Sweep of the Bible
with Jim and Patrick

Sunday, September 29, 6:30pm, Downstairs at Brewsky’s Haymarket (201 N. 8th)

Not sure whether you know much about the Bible? Here is a chance to hear the entire story of the 66 books over a beer and a cheeseburger. Patrick and Jim will team up to share the whole Bible in 30 minutes. (Come hear how fast they can talk!)

6:30pm Live music, cash bar and food.
7:00pm Program

Morning Blend

Sundays, 8:00am in Pilgrim Hall

A new worship with a coffee shop vibe! You can dress as casually as you like to come enjoy a good cup of coffee, delicious pastries, and worship led by Pastor Patrick Messer.  Come check it out!


Trivia Night = Clean Water

September 6, 6:30-9:30pm

Get your teams together for our 2nd Trivia Night that will support the team serving in the Dominican Republic this November to provide clean water. 4-person (1/2 table) $100; 8-person (full table) $200. The evening includes food, trivia, fun and drinks (additional cost). Last chance to register Sept 1 or online!

Split the Pot Raffle also available (tickets: 3-$10, 7-$20). 
Sponsored by the Board of Christian Outreach.


Sunday September 8, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
All are welcome to this mystical service, sit quietly and allow an experience of deep inner peace.

Pre-Compline Yoga Series

Sundays, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, 6:00-6:45pm, Chapel. Led by yoga instructor Maggie Pleskac, Milkweed Yoga. Freewill donation.

This fall series will be a wonderful opportunity to yoke the physical and mental body as a spiritual practice. Through breath and movement, we are brought to a place of stillness at the center of our being, the place that connects us with the Divine within.