Last Call to Sign-Up for the Church Pictorial Directory in October

Sign-up at church between services, at, or call Deb Navratil 402-430-5026. 


Sunday October 8, 7:00pm. All are invited to simply walk into this mystical service, sit quietly and allow an experience of deep inner peace. 

Try the New 1:30PM Sunday Traditional Service

Attend the new traditional weekly worship service at 1:30pm. Just the right time to come rested and unrushed for 2 hymns and a sermon. Sometimes a half hour of good worship is enough.

Thank You

The Board for Women’s Ministries would like to send a THANK YOU for your generosity this summer. 

Four large bags of sanitary products for the women of Pine Ridge were collected.

Personal care supplies were gathered for both the Gathering Place and Matt Talbot Kitchen.
We have supplies to make welcome bags for the girls at the WICS Residence.

Theology on Tap has Moved to Brewsky’s

The evening sermon may have moved to the sanctuary at 1:30pm, but theology is still on tap every Sunday night at 6:00pm at Brewsky’s Bar & Grill (S. 16th & South).

Pet Loss Support

Support for those who have recently lost a pet or are unable to move beyond losing a pet. Thursdays, October 19-November 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Room 202W. Led by Karen Clarke, Open to all!

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Pulse Nightclub Traveling Memorial To Visit First-Plymouth

On June 12, 2016 a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, committing the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history where 49 people lost their lives and dozens more injured. Plymouth Pride Fellowship is honored to join with other LGBTQ Lincoln organizations and allies to bring artist James Nocito’s traveling memorial to Lincoln for a variety of tributes. 

The San Diego based Nocito was inspired by the tradition of the Luminaria, or farolitos (little lanterns) when he began to sketch the likenesses of the victims on paper bags. His work has been included in multiple ceremonies around the country over the last year.

Lincoln’s weekend of honor begins on Oct. 6, 7:00pm at Tower Square, 1300 P St. where several local dignitaries will welcome the exhibit to our city including Mayor Beutler, Jane Raybould, Adam Morfeld, Tom Casady, and Patty Pansing-Brooks. 

First-Plymouth will host the memorial on Sunday, October 8 during the 11:59 service and will remain open for viewing until 1:30pm.

Exhibition Schedule: 

Friday, October 6 – (the launch)
7:00: the Tower Square
8:30pm: the Alley

Saturday, October 7
10:00am – 1:00pm: the Panic
4:00pm – 9:30 The Bay

Sunday, October 8
9:00am – 11:00am Vine Congregational
12:00pm – 1:30 First- Plymouth
2:00 – 5:00pm: Fall for Pride inside Auld Pavilion

Monday, October 9
11:00-2:00pm: University of Nebraska

Faithful Volunteers

Thank you to our faithful Friday morning crew, Margaret Johnson, Kathy Higgins, Michael White and Marilyn Schmidt, who have stuffed our weekly bulletins on Fridays for 10 years. They stuffed over 780,000 bulletins!

Theological Library

Stop by Tower Room on the lower level and check out our Theological Library.  Check out books by such authors as John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, Bart Ehrman and more.

Minister of Visitation & the Visitation Team

The Minister of Visitation and the Visitation Team would like to know if you or a family member is hospitalized and would find comfort from a visit. Let us know by contacting any pastor or the church office ( IF YOU MOVE TO A NEW ADDRESS - call the Church and let us know. HIPAA prevents a hospital/nursing facility from telling us where you are going and sometimes even if you are in their unit. Someone can come by sing, dance, cry if need, but will bring some of God’s light along with a prayer to brighten the day.

Wednesday Night Live

First-Plymouth’s Mid-Week Ministry for Religious Growth and Learning
Join us to refuel your body, mind and spirit! For ALL AGES!

WNL Classes for Adults
Classes held 6:45-7:30pm.  |  Register with

Increase the Love of God and Neighbor
Peace & Justice Team Sponsored October Series
October 4  My Life, My Passion
One person can make a difference. Local neighbors will share stories of their personal passions that are making a difference.  Hear from Pepito Fierro of the Lincoln Bike Café, Sue Sturgis of the Cause for Paws, and Jeanette Nakada of the Lincoln Repair Café. 

October 11  “Seeds of Hope” Film by Nebraska Loves Public Schools
Explore how our Nebraska schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives over in America. Find out ways to help with guest speaker, Oscar Rios Pohirieth, of the Lincoln Public Schools Liaison Program.

October 18  Harmful Effects of Bullying, In Schools and Towards Other Nations
Hear Paul Olson, with Nebraskans for Peace, and Don Tilley speak about the dangers of bullying and how to overcome. Paul Olson played a significant role in starting anti-bullying programs in the Lincoln Public Schools. 

October 25 – The Last Straw:  Walk a mile in Different Shoes
Learn how factors we can’t choose impact our life’s trajectory. Diane Lowe  of DHHS will run this poverty/life situations simulation game. NOTE: This program runs from 6:15-7:45pm.

The Book of Genesis
Wed. October 4-27. Led by Dr. Dan Clanton, 
Religion Professor Doane College
Discuss the great stories of Genesis and what the stories may have meant to their first audiences, scriptural interpreters and artists throughout the centuries.

The Singing Tower: Carillon Tour  
October 4. Led by Kathie Johnson. 
Learn the history of the carillon/bell tower and discover how it is played. Must be able to climb stairs and ladder.

Parenting Kids from Hard Places
For parents facing challenges with raising children that have faced trauma (abuse, neglect, foster care) and are interested in sharing support and encouragement, as well as helpful resources. Contact
What Type of Church is First-Plymouth?  
October 18. Led by Pastors Jim Keck and Barb Smisek. Delve into the historical and theological aspects of First-Plymouth and our denomination, the United Church of Christ. 

Raising Today’s Teens
MS & HS parents welcome. Oct. 4 Is Your Teen Fried & Frazzled?; Oct. 11 Expectations; Oct 18 Dating, Parties & More; Oct 25 Consequences; Nov 1 Navigating Parental Peer Pressure.

Origami Christmas  
Oct. 25 - Nov. 15. Led by Andy Lewicki, certified by the Japanese Origami Association. Registration required with $5. Explore origami and create beautiful three dimensional seasonal items. Beginners welcome.

The Table (For ages 18-25)
New dinner discussion group on Wednesdays starting Oct. 11. Dinner is free! Talk about hot topics facing our world today while you eat, and stay for the worship service.

The First-Plymouth Peace and Justice Committee

From its beginnings in 1996 as the F-P Ethnic Harmony Team to the present, its members have presented educational programs, workshops, panel discussions, movie talks and more focused on nurturing a faith journey toward peace and justice and offering opportunities for activism.  Anyone is free to participate in our public events and come to the meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of each month, 5:15pm in Room 203W. Contact or

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,

MSYG Fall Retreat at Camp Carol Joy Holling, Oct 7-8
Register with

HSYG- Safe Quarters Walk, Oct 8, 2-5pm
No HSYG from 6-7:30pm.

The Table, Oct 11, 5-6PM
Anyone ages 18-25 are invited to our new dinner discussion group on Wednesdays, then stay for the worship service.

October Themes

  • FP Kids: New theme starts Oct. 15. Join us Sunday's 9:00am or 10:30am at 20th & D; 9:30am at FP East.
  • FP Kids Studio: New kinds of creative art options in October for kids to explore the stories of faith.
  • MSYG: October themes of technology, bullying. Last week of October there will be a Halloween game night.
  • HSYG: Youth will serve our community in October, and enjoy discussions on issues they face everyday.

Halloween Block Party
Oct 29, 4-6pm, East parking lot
Games, activities, food, a dance party and of course CANDY!  Kids come
in your costumes, parents too!  

This year in place of Trunk-or-Treat we are hosting a block party for families and the neighborhood, but we need your help!  We would love to have at least 30 themed booths with activities and candy for kids. Decorate a booth/table, have a game/activity for kids to do and candy to hand out. Contact with questions or to volunteer.

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Shane Claiborne To Speak at First-Plymouth
November 16, 7:00pm

Shane Claiborne is a founding member of The Simple Way, an intentional living community in Philadelphia that advocates for nonviolence and service to the poo. He is also the author of several best-selling books, including The Irresistible Revolution. Shane has the ability to deeply engage the spiritual journey by telling compelling stories of hope and beauty. Contact for more information.

Music Ministry

Alumni Choir & First-Plymouth Orchaband Homecoming Sunday
Sunday, October 8, 9:00 and 10:30am services.
Hymns from First-Plymouth, volume 2
Featuring the Plymouth Choir and Plymouth Brass, is available now. Purchase at or call 402.476.7565. Proceeds go to the Music Ministry.
Daryl Robinson, Organ Virtuosowith The Abendmusik Chorus
November 5, 4:00 PM, $15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students
Daryl Robinson will make his Lincoln debut as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Lied Organ. A special collaboration with Abendmusik Chorus in a dramatic work for two organs and choir by Yves Castagnet. Tickets for sale between services beginning Oct. 22,, or 402-476-9933.

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups and Bible Studies

First-Plymouth offers a wide variety of Bible studies, educational classes, and discussion groups. To register contact Addie Vortherms, Program Director at or call 476-7550.  W= Walk-ins   R= Registration Required

Tuesday Bible Study: Church Reformation 1517-2017  W
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00am. New series begins Oct. 31-Nov. 28. Co-leaders: Tom Trenney, Bob Rademacher, Jen Davidson, Jeanne Johnson. On 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. Then learn about one Roman Catholic and three Protestant reformation movements.

Between Services Book Discussion  W
Sundays 9:45 -10:30am, Tower Room. Book: Best Spiritual Writings of 2013. 

Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology  R
Thursdays, October 5-26, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Dr. Lucas Schulte.
This class will explore Jerusalem from David’s conquest, to its rise in the 8th century B.C.E., to its destruction by the Babylonians, and to the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah. Dr. Lucas Schulte is a university professor specializing in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He has excavated in Israel at Ramat Rahel and Tell Akko. Dr. Schulte is also the author of the book My Shepherd, though You Do not Know Me: The Persian Royal Propaganda Model in the Nehemiah Memoir.

Living An Authentic Life  R
Tuesdays, October 10-November 14, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Gary Summers.$25. Live a life out of who you ARE, rather what others expect you to be. It’s time to come home to YOURSELF!

An Introduction Energy Healing  R
Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-12:30pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Certified Healing Touch Practioner and Reiki Master. $30. Learn simple, yet powerful techniques to ease pain and give comfort for yourself or others.

Adult Fellowship Groups

To be added to a specialized list, email

Church Social
October 27, 6:30-9:00pm at June and Don Pederson’s home. Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. RSVP for directions to or call 402-432-4551.

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
Oct. 7 & Nov. 4, 9:00-10:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). 

Plymouth Pride Fellowship

  • October 15: Hayrack Ride and Smores
  • November 19: Chili/Soup potluck
  • December 3:  PPF Christmas Party


FP Singles Ministry Football Parties
Watch the Husker games each weekend with friends! Details at

Volunteer Opportunities

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
Help deliver prepared meals one Sunday, every other month. Contact, 402-499-7246.

Habitat For Humanity
Volunteers are needed to do exterior painting on October 21st for Habitat for Humanity. Contact Ann Ramsey

2018-19 Mission Trip Rollout  
October 2, 6:30pm, Mayflower Hall. 
We’ve got mission opportunities for kids age 8 to 88! 

Fall Food Drive
Collection barrels will be available starting October 1st or go to to make a cash donation. Help reach our goal to fill 1,000 lbs of food and hygiene products!

Church Office Volunteers
The church office is in need of some help. Contact for details.

The First-Plymouth Board of Christian Outreach is seeking new members. The board’s various committees offer a wide range of opportunities for members to help those in need. Contact 402-499-7246,

A Message From The Moderator

As Moderator of First-Plymouth Church, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my thanks to you. I can’t overstate the importance of your part as a member of our First-Plymouth community and congregation. Thank you for giving your time, talent and resources.

As we grow as a congregation and grow as an important part of our community and our lives, take time to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together. Your generosity and commitment to our mission has forged a path forward, sometimes against the odds. Together, we continue to work to make the community a more positive place as an inclusive, inspiring organization.

This might be a good time to take in the ‘big picture’ of all that First-Plymouth (meaning you) has accomplished in service to our mission to increase the love of God and neighbor.

Thanks to your financial support, we astounded the fund-raising experts and launched and completed a much-needed renovation and restoration of our iconic, skyline-defining building more quickly and with better results than predicted. Way better. More than $6 million was contributed by you and your congregational friends. Thank you.

That upgrading and restoration is still taking place. Not as visibly striking as previous work, masonry repair is underway on our sanctuary’s east wall. The northwest exterior entrance ramp is being addressed. The heating and air conditioning in the sanctuary and ’94 addition is being upgraded. A new controller for the HVAC is in place. As told to me, “We’ve gone from a rotary dial phone to a smart phone.”

The Sunday school classrooms got a facelift to better support our reinvented K-5 program, F-P Kids.

And we now have one of the best high-definition video systems in the state. The new system allows us to live-stream on our updated website and on social media. Now we have the capability to live-stream some services, weddings and baptisms.

The physical and technical upgrades are not always apparent on your visits to First-Plymouth. But they make a huge, long-lasting impact on our ability to support and extend our amazing programming to the greater community. Thank you.

It's probably safe to say our programs, services and points of engagement have doubled in the past decade. We have added to our core worship services, 11:59, FP East, and our new 1:30pm and Wednesday Night Live services.

Sunday school for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade has been transformed into F-P Kids. Bible discussions, prayer groups, and compelling discussions on educational, thought-provoking topics, mission trips, and a great music program all are part of First-Plymouth’s offerings. 

As I’ve mentioned previously, out of the top 10 UCC churches in America, ONE is growing. First-Plymouth.

Our success is thanks to you. And our future is up to you, and all of us together. Our opportunities, under the strong leadership of Senior Minister Jim Keck, are great. I know First-Plymouth will continue to burn brightly as a beacon of love and inclusivity, and I am grateful.

Thanks for giving.

Jim Lauerman, Moderator