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A Love/Hate Relationship with Lent

March 20, 6:45pm | LED BY Jim Keck, KJ Langlais, Patrick Messer, AND Hollie Schmidt

Among all the great seasons of the church year, Lent seems like a real downer. No wonder some folks say wake me when its Easter. Here’s the thing. Even though Lent seems like an expendable part of the spiritual journey, it offers a kind of deep soul searching that can free us from old hang-ups for fuller life and love. Come hear the pastors discuss what they find most challenging about Lent, but why it is worth every second of this 6-week journey. 

Wednesday Worship During Lent

FP Sanctuary @ 6:15pm. During Lent, hear heart-warming testimony from kids, youth, and adults as to just what it looks like to have Jesus as a loving companion in life’s journey. As we listen, sing, pray, and receive communion, you may just find yourself shoulder to shoulder with divine.  

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FP Family Easter Fair

Easter crafts & dinner for the whole family on March 22, 6:00-8:00pm. Free for all families with kids 5th grade and under. 

Lent Through Music

A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

April 14, 4:00 PM. Doane University Choir, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, Abendmusik Chorus, and Abendmusik Festival Orchestra. Ticket info. pg 4.

Lent @ FP-East

The Steps to a Closer Walk

Sermon Series with Patrick Messer, March 10, 17, & 24, 9:30am

If you are looking for practical steps to take in order to walk more closely with the God, this series is for you. Warning: Any who begin this journey won’t be left unchanged!

Spiritual Practices for the Searching Soul

Sun. March 10 -31, 10:30am. An intergenerational experience of specific practices that anyone of any age can use to center the soul and deeper one’s walk with God. 

Break-the-Fast Potluck - April 7 

Sweets, caffeine, and carbs are common casualties of people’s Lenten fasts. But, did you know it is an old practice to break those fasts on Sundays in Lent as a foretaste of Easter? It is! So whatever, you’ve given up for Lent, break the fast for a special potluck following worship!    

Lenten Devotional Booklets

Daily devotionals written by church members. Copies available at church or firstplymouth.org. Thank you Dale Hauptmeier for coordinating this project.


4th Annual Fish, Fries, and Bingo

Sunday March 31, 5:00 -7:30pm

Tickets: $12 adults and $6 (ages 5-12), and will be sold Sundays in March. Join us for a great meal; a fun night of bingo and prizes; and an opportunity to donate to the 2019 FP mission trips. Sponsored by the Board of Christian Outreach.


Sunday, March 10 & April 14, 7:00pm

Wednesday Night Live

March 6 – Ash Wednesday (Dinner 4:45-6:00pm. Worship 6:30pm Sanctuary. No other WNL prgrams that night.

March 6 – Ash Wednesday Dinner 4:45-6:00pm. Worship 6:30pm. No WNL programs.
March 13 – No WNL programs - Spring Break.

FP Kids Studio (K-5th)
“Kindness Is The New Cool” is our theme, but check-out the class choices online! Our two weeks to meet in March are sure to be awesome!

MSYG (6th-8th gr) 
GROWTH - all kinds of hands on activities & games that you won’t want to miss!

HSYG (9th-12th gr)
Game Night & an Off-site experience this month! Don’t miss it!

Can run, play and learn too.

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

Classes for Adults (6:45-7:30pm) Contact addie@firstplymouth.org for more info.

No-Drama Discipline: Strategies to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds
Mar 20 – April 10 | James Tucci, LIMHP
The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child tackle the ultimate parenting challenge: discipline. $20 workbook is required. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org.

Feel Good Yoga
March 20 & 27 | $5 class. Kerry Amend, instructor.

Native American Spiritual People & Rituals 
Led by Kelly Tyrell, Seminarian in residence. March 20: Native American prophets: Learn about Haudenosaunee, Shawnee,  Paiute prophets.  March 27: Native American rituals: Covering the Ghost Dance,  Potlach ceremonies, the Sun Dance, Pow Wow. 

Creating Jewelry
March 20 & 27 | April Stevenson, Jewelry artist.
Make a leather, bead, and silver bracelet with a button clasp AND make a turquoise/lapis chip bracelet. $30. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org.

The Group New!

A gathering of peers, with some type of Mental Health issue in their life.
March 18, 6:30pm, Calvert Parlor. Facilitators Mike Melhorn, LIMP, Teri Marti, M. Ed. And Nancy Green, CPSWS

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group.

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
March 2 & April 6, 9:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South).

Sunday Night Dinner Club
March 24, 6:00pm, Pilgrim Hall. Pastor Tom Trenney, Minister of Music will present. Bring a potluck dish, and your table service. RSVP Darlene/Mike Harris, 402-540-9344.

Singles Ministry
Monthly events @ firstplymouth.org/singles

Church Social-Open To All!
March 15, 6:30 - 9:30pm at Ellen & Pat Bean’s home. A great way to meet others who attend First-Plymouth. Bring an appetizer and drink to share. RSVP to ebeans66@gmail.com for directions.


Courageous Faith in the age of Climate Crisis

Rev. Kim Morrow, Former Minister of Sustainability
March 3, 9:30am at FP East
Be inspired with the courage to address climate change honestly, to translate our faith into action, and to sing radical hope into existence. Afterwards, a FREE pancake breakfast.

Preaching FROM the Choir

March 28, 7:00pm, Chapel
Tom Trenney, FP Minister of Music, shares his heartfelt personal calling to music ministry and invites us all to consider how we can offer our very selves to become instruments of God’s love, both as worshipers in the church and as servants in the world.


Syrian Heart, Midwest Soul.

Bassel Almadani is a Syrian-American artist from Chicago, who was born and raised by immigrants from Aleppo, Syria. He and his band, Bassel & The Supernaturals return to First-Plymouth on March 10th for 11:59am, followed by his discussion "Syrian Heart, Midwest Soul” at 1:00pm in Calvert Parlor where he’ll be highlighting his Syrian-American heritage in an effort to build empathy and cultural understanding during a humanitarian crisis that has deeply impacted his family as well as over 10,000,000 others. All are welcome.

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Her Voice Matters Celebrates International Women’s Day

On March 8, watch FP's social media channels for profiles of oustanding women who are advocates for Her Voice. On Sun. March 10, in Pilgrim Hall these profiles will be featured in an art piece that will also have a place for you to write your own inspiring message. Her Voice Matters webpage is now live, check for more events and details.

Her Voice Matters Book Discussions

April 17, 6:45pm: What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman by Danielle Crittenden [ISBN 0-684-85959-9]

The author explores why all the advancements of the Feminist Movement haven’t created the happiness that modern women are still longing for. Topics range from marriage to career, to motherhood and aging. Childcare available.

Aug 3: MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche

Oct 2: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Dec 4: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister


Baylor A Capella Choir

March 10, 4:00pm | $15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students

Baylor University’s A Capella Choir makes its Lincoln debut. Themes focusing on prayer, grief, human loss, and grace will be heard in the music of Herbert Howells, Felix Mendelssohn, Will Todd, Moses Hogan, and Marques Garrett.

A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

April 14, 4:00pm | $20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

Featuring Doane University Choir, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, Abendmusik Chorus, Abendmusik Festival Orchestra; Sapphire Munford, soprano; Samuel Kidd, baritone; Tom Trenney, conductor.

Drop-in Choir @ FP East

March 3. All are invited to join in singing! Arrive at 8:45am to prepare.

May Orchaband Sign-up

Play for the Blessing of the Athletes Service May 4! If you play a band or orchestral instrument, you have all it takes to become a member. Rehearse 3:00-4:30pm, an hour break, and then we will gather for the 5:30 service.  Sign-up with ariel@firstplymouth.org.

Sing your faith. Refresh your spirit.

July 19-21, at First-Plymouth. A weekend choral and spiritual retreat – to offer inspiration for those who love to sing their faith and healing for those who long to refresh their spirit. Retreat details at firstplymouth.org/singyourfaith.

new singers - Te Deum

Those who are interested in a fun and supportive choir experience are encouraged to check out Te Deum on Thursdays from 5:00 -5:50 pm. Contact ariel@firstplymouth.org.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, hollie@firstplymouth.org.

No WNL March 6 & 13.

Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser, March 10
The youth Guatemala mission team will be selling rolls ($2) following the 9 & 10:30 services. 

FP Family Easter Fair, March 22

Pine Ridge Mission Trip, July 6-12
We have 9 openings for this group led by Dylan Kitchen this summer.  Open to youth, parents & college students. Register online or Dylan@firstplymouth.org

Sunday Youth Discussions
We are trying a whole new approach to our Sunday morning experience for youth!  Join us in the youth room at both 9 & 10:30am as we re-imagine this time together. 

FP Sustainable Living Ministry

Sustainable Living Ministry Earth Month Series

April 3: Why ban cardboard from the landfill? Karla Welding, Lincoln Solid Waste Facilities

April 10: Saline Wetlands: Beyond the Beetle. Ethan Freese, UNL.

April 17: Why Lawns BUG Me: How to repair and rep-prairie suburbia to create

SUBIRDIA! Jason “The Birdnerd” Sst. Sauver, Spring Creek Prairie

Save Your Broken Electronics for Recycling April 28, 8:00am-Noon, East parking lot.

Are you a Woman Returning to School?
Could you use some financial assistance?

The Board for Women’s Ministries is please to announce that scholarships will be awarded to “nontraditional” female students. Priority for one scholarship will be given to a F-P member. Other scholarships will go to community members. Download an application at firstplymouth.org. Email krista@firstplymouth.org your intent to apply (deadline April 29).

First-Plymouth Presents

Bloopers, Blunders, & Boo Boo’s

MARCH 17 Downstairs @ First-Plymouth in Mayflower Hall

With Jim Keck & Patrick Messer

Ministers commit some of the most outrageous blunders imaginable in weddings, funerals and worship services. We don’t have video footage, but we do have stories! If you need a good laugh, come hear two pastors talk about their epic fails! 

Live Music from The Wildwoods

6:30pm: Live Music, cash bar, and complimentary appetizers

7:00pm: Program

Third Chapter Ministries (55+)

Spirituality & Aging Series at First-Plymouth

May 1
Woman Rowing North with NYT best selling author Mary Piphor

May 8
The Aging Body with Mark Sunderman

May 15
Living Your Best Life with Jeannine Bryant

Stuff That Needs To Be Said
John Pavlovitz

Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm - Keynote lecture followed with Q&A, and book signing.

In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How can we cultivate hope when it is hard to come by?

Join Author John Pavlovitz for an authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources.

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, NC. In the past five years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 22-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity and justice — both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017, he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His second book, Hope and Other Superpowers, was released in 2018.

Let the Whole Creation Cry: A Festival of Hymns

Sunday, March 3, 4:00pm

First-Plymouth Choir and Plymouth Brass will be joined by choirs from Southwood Lutheran, Westminster Presbyterian, and Doane University to lead the entire community in a hymn festival celebrating the abundance of God’s creation. Scripture, poetry, and pastoral reflections will invite us to remember our privileged role as caretakers of the Earth. Free and open to the community.



As we move into Lent we will prepare room in our hearts for more of God’s love. And more of our mission to increase the love of neighbor. This year we have decided on a collective act of generosity that will truly inspire our hearts.

On March 9 & March 10, EVERY BIT OF CASH that is collected in the plate will go directly to two nonprofits that serve the poor in Lincoln rather than our church budget. Some things matter more than budgets!