Become a Part of First-Plymouth

Are you ready to make First-Plymouth your church home? Learn more on Sunday, July 30, 11:30am Calvert Parlor, at our new member welcome hour. Meet with Pastors Jim Keck and Hollie Schmidt 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

Sustainable Ministry


Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are welcome to help wake our beds on July 7, 9:00-11:00am. Bring tools, gloves, and water. Contact Margo Young at 402-432-8492. 

God’s Garden Sponsored by FP Sustainable Living Ministry

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.

Another Successful Highway Pick-up 

On May 13, this intrepid, hardworking crew picked up two miles of trash on both sides of Hwy 77 north of Saltillo Road. Thirty bags were left for pick-up by the Roads Department.

Left to right: Paul Horton, Mark Sutton, Tom Range, Mary Campbell, Pat Dussault, Nancy Howard, Candace Dussault. Photo taken by Doug Campbell.

Left to right: Paul Horton, Mark Sutton, Tom Range, Mary Campbell, Pat Dussault, Nancy Howard, Candace Dussault. Photo taken by Doug Campbell.

11:59 Childcare Now Available
Child care for infant and toddlers (3 years) is now available during our 11:59am worship service each Sunday in the infant/toddler rooms (west entrance). Contact

NEW - First-Plymouth’s Theological Library in the Tower Room
Stop down and check out a book and return it in three weeks. Books have been graciously donated by Rev. Bob and Dalene Rademacher.  

WEST PARKING LOT now reserved for elderly and handicap parking
Please allow our elderly and handicap members and visitors the convenience of parking in the lot on Sunday mornings and special events. 

Spirituality Discussion Group

4th Wednesday, Noon-1pm, Calvert Parlor
“Spirituality for a Divided Nation” 2017-2018 theme. This is a discussion sharing group that leaves final conclusions about spirituality to each member. We aim to be supportive of different points of view as each member develops a personal understanding of spirituality.  July 27th topic - “John Wesley for Non-Methodists.” At a future meeting we will discuss the Hindu approach to spirituality. All are welcome.


The Board for Women’s Ministries would like your help with several donation/outreach projects this summer.
For the Women of Pine Ridge:
Pads, Tampons (plastic applicators), Incontinence products
For the homeless in Lincoln:  
Small travel size personal hygiene items
For the WICS girls:  
Regular size items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes and combs, body wash, body scrubby, lotions, shaving cream, razors). 

Collection totes on Sunday will be located alongside God’s Garden on the patio (totes during the week will be in the West Entrance). Thank you in advance!

Dance 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 services at F-P East, or email Kelly Tyrrell ( All proceeds benefit the Women’s Ministry Board’s Scholarship Fund, helping women in
Nebraska achieve higher education.

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 will be located by the ticket table each Sunday morning.  Any help is appreciated!

Celebrating Families Volunteers Needed

Lancaster County Adult Drug Court is seeking individuals interested in a unique volunteer opportunity to help families that have been affected by serious problems with alcohol and other drugs to learn healthy living and relationship strategies.

Lancaster County has partnered with First-Plymouth Church for almost three years to provide Adult Drug Court participants with Celebrating Families!™,  a successful, evidence-based 16 week curriculum which engages every member of the family, infants through adult, to foster the development of healthy and addiction-free individuals . We are looking for volunteers to serve as role models of the benefits of choosing a healthy lifestyle as well as guides through experiential learning.

If you are someone who wants to make a real difference in a person’s life, please join us for an informational meeting Sunday, July 9, at 11:45am or Monday, July 10, at 6:30pm in Room 211.

There is a two-day Celebrating Families!™  Group Leader/Facilitator Training scheduled Saturday, July 29, and Saturday, August, 5 from 9:00 to 4:00 at First Plymouth.   Celebrating Families!™  will follow the basic LPS calendar, meeting every Monday night from August 14 to December 11, 2017.  For more information or to RSVP for one of the Informational Meetings, please contact Christy Merryman, or 402.441.3491. 

Summer Sing! 

Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 PM at First-Plymouth Church
Join our annual community Summer Sing! No auditions or extensive commitments. Just come as you are, and within two hours, we will have shared in an energized rehearsal and an ‘instant performance’ of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Sno-cones available after the concert and 20% of the proceeds go towards Abendmusik. No sign-up necessary. 

Abendmusik Night with the Lincoln Saltdogs!

Thursday, August 10, 6:45pm at Haymarket Park
Enjoy $1 concessions during a night of baseball with the Lincoln Saltdogs while supporting Abendmusik!  Executive Director, Drew Duncan sings the National Anthem and Artistic Director, Tom Trenny throws the first pitch! Tickets are $14 and 50% of the proceeds go towards Abendmusik.Visit or email for details and tickets.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,

MSYG Mission Trip, July 15-16
All 6th, 7th, 8th, and new Freshman are welcome to register for our weekend mission trip to Manhattan, KS.  Registration deadline July 2.  Forms available at or email

FPYG Sand Volleyball, July 12, 26 & Aug 9, 7-8pm
All middle & high school youth are invited to join us at Holmes Lake!  

FP Family Night, July 21, 6-8pm
Mark your calendars- more information to come soon!

FP All Church Swim Party, July 29, 10:30am-12pm
The CYFM Department would like to invite the congregation to an All Church Swim Party at Star City Shores.  No need to register- just come have some fun and bring friends!  Free event!

FP Family Camp @ Kamp Kaleo, Aug 18-20
Families with kids of all ages are invited to be part of this weekend away at camp.  Contact Hollie or Ella for details and a registration form.

HSYG Lock-In, Aug 11
Let’s end summer with one more great night out!  High School youth come for a night of games, food and a few surprises!  Starts Friday at 8:00pm and ends on Saturday at 8:00am.  Contact Ella or Dylan for registration information.

AmazonSmile for First-Plymouth Church
If you order from Amazon, why not order from AmazonSmile and choose First-Plymouth Church!  Every order you place we then receive a 0.5% donation from AmazonSmile into our Youth Mission Fund.

Reach Out & Live NEW Television Schedule

We have a few schedule changes coming up. Our 8:00am Sunday broadcast will be switching to 8:30am on FOX NE KFXL beginning July 2; and our 9:00am show on NBC Nebraska (Ch. 6) on Sundays will end on July 9. We hope that you will be able to tune in and enjoy our weekly program.

8:30am FOX NE KFXL, Ch. 18, DISH 17 & 51 (Lincoln & Central Neb.)
9:00am KPTM FOX 42, Ch.9 (Omaha & Lincoln) 
9:00am KNOP Ch. 2 (North Platte)

7:30am KXVO/The CW, Ch. 15 (Omaha & Lincoln)

Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), Ch. 13
Sunday 7:0pm, Monday 6:30pm, Wednesday 5:30pm, Thursday 11:30pm

Radio Broadcast 
Sunday, 9:00am KFOR 1240AM or 24/7 on

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups and Bible Studies

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

W= Walk-ins     R= Registration Required

Multi-Faith Pilgrimage   R

Sat. July 8, 9:00am-2:00pm. Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries (adults 55+). Hop on the bus and head downtown to take a tour of the newly constructed St. Thomas of Aquinas (New man Center) with architect Kevin Clark. Then head over to Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a tour with Rev. Karla Cooper, followed with a homecooked lunch at Quinn Chapel. $25 includes lunch and a bus. Registration is only confirmed once payment is received. Register with

Contemplative Prayer Group

Group meditation will continue during the summer. 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 1:15-2:00pm, Prayer Room. Led by Patrick Messer and Jeanne Johnson. Walk-ins welcome.

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group. All adult fellowship groups have e-newsletters. To be added to a particular list, email

Peace & Justice Coffee & Conversation
July 1 & August 5, 9:00-10:00am, Cottonwood Café (440 S. 11th)
Informal conversation about contemporary peace and justice issues.

Widow-to-Widow Support & Friendship
Contact Phyllis Arth for details, 402-417-9810
We meet randomly, often in our homes, for dinner and friendship. 

Singles Plus+ Bridge
2nd & 4th Wednesdays (July 12 & 26), 1:00-4:00pm, Otis Young Room. Contact Marlys 402-499-5565.


Go deeper each week by attending one of our Bible Studies.

Beginnings of Judaism  W
2017 Summer Third Tuesdays (July 18, August 15), 9:30 - 11:00am. Leader: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.  

Not Your Ordinary Bible Study with Dr. Jim Keck  W
Thursdays, at Noon, Choir Room. A spiritual adventure that lets Scripture speak directly to our lives, and catapult us into far-ranging topics of real interest.  Stop by on your lunch break!

FIVE – Group for 20’s 30’s  W
Sundays, 11:30 am, 211W. Meet weekly to focus on spiritual and community development.  Keep it simple with five tenants: pray, share, give, serve, and study. Contact

Gazing Up, Out & Within Spiritual Retreat

August 13, 5:00pm – August 15, 1:00pm

Join spiritual director, Jeanne Johnson at the Creighton University Retreat Center for a spiritual retreat and to watch the Perseids meteor shower. Register by July 1 for the early registration price $175!  Cost increases to $185 July 1-Aug 1. Register with or online at (online web charges apply). Includes two nights (air conditioned) rooms, five great meals, labyrinth, prayer gardens, hiking trails, time together and in silence on your own with God.  Spiritual direction is available upon request.  If you have questions, contact Jeanne Johnson at or 402-304-9899

Join First-Plymouth’s First-Ever Orchaband

All ages and abilities welcome!  All band and orchestra instruments welcome!
One Rehearsal: Sat. July 1 at 9:00am | Two Services: Sun. July 2 at 9:00 and 10:30am
We will play Patriotic music and stirring hymns for worship! Contact to sign-up.

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

This is a great way to hear Patrick or Jim’s message from the morning if you missed it, to grab a friend and a beverage, and go more in-depth in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with live music. 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
-July 2 with The 402 band
-August 20 with Daniel Christian Band

Theology On Tap with Pastor Patrick Messer

Sunday's This Summer, 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!

Usher teams serve only four months a year and duties include:  Greeting and handing out bulletins, assisting worshipers as needed, collecting the offering, counting attendance. Serving as an usher requires just a few extra minutes of your time on the Sunday you serve.  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, contact or speak with an Usher.  

Join the Summer Drop-in Choir at First-Plymouth Church!
July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 | 9:45AM Rehearsal, 10:30AM Service
No prior reservations, rehearsals, experience, or expertise necessary!