Barb Smisek’s Retirement

As we celebrate Rev. Barb Smisek’s 13 year ministry and upcoming retirement, the Board of Christian Outreach invites you to contribute to two gifts to her. 

  1. A special diaconate fund for those in need of assistance has been established in her name. All of you know how important this cause is to Barb. The Diaconate Board of First-Plymouth will distribute these funds. 
  2. The Board of Trustees is going to present Barb a monetary “thank you” for all she’s done for First-Plymouth Church, our members and each of us.  

If you’d like to participate in either or both of these -expressions of appreciation, please send your contributions to Kristin Buntemeyer ( Designate “Barb Fund” or “Barb Gift” on your check or donation.  

Thank you. And thanks to Rev. Barb.
Board of Christian Outreach

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Animal Blessing

Sunday, June 3, 11:59 Worship

All people attending this service are invited to bring their well-behaved pets on leashes or in cages.  Following the service, the clergy will offer an individual blessing in the courtyard.  In addition, a blessing will be offered to photos of pets not present as well as to a child’s favorite stuffed animal. The blessing is free and open to the public; a free will offering will go to Pine Ridge Reservation animal welfare and Lincoln Children’s Zoo.  (Prints from National Geographic Photo Ark by Photo Ark founder, Joel Satore, will be displayed.)

FP Futures Group to meet June 28

FP Futures is a group of individuals who are planning to make an estate gift to First-Plymouth to secure First-Plymouth long into the future. Sessions involve social time and updates on the important progress and possibilities in all aspects of the life of our church. If you are thinking about making a planned gift or already have made such arrangements, you are welcome to join the group. The group will meet on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30pm at the home of Jim and Meg Lauerman. For details call Addie Vortherms at 402-476-7565 ext.239.

Songs and Solutions: Messages of Hope and Inspiration Responding to Climate Change

June 1, 7:00pm, Mayflower Hall. Sponsored by FP Sustainable Living Ministry and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light.  Featuring Rev. Kim Morrow and entertainment by Patty Kramer and Jack Rinke.  Suggested donation of $20. All donations support Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light.

Become a Part of First-Plymouth

Are you ready to make First-Plymouth your church home? All invited to the New Member Welcome on June 10, at 11:30am, Calvert Parlor. Meet with Dr. Jim Keck and others who are also joining the church. RSVP to

From the Just Peace Church Designation Process

In January we will vote as a congregation on a Just Peace Church statement representing the intentions of First-Plymouth to fulfill God’s promise: for all to live free from fear; that all life is sustained on our planet; that all may live in dignity; and that there is peace among nations, protecting human lives. An ad hoc committee is developing the statement and surveying the efforts of FP boards, committees and individuals. Just Peace is about right relationships among people. At the highest levels that includes nations, religions, ethnic groups, etc. But it also applies to every human relationship. Commitment to peace, dignity, and reconciliation is the first step. You can be a peace-builder in your heart, home, family, school, work place and community. Contact or or visit   

Just Peace Church Committee

What’s Sacred? 

(Occasional brief musings by Kathryn Campbell, Minister of Spiritual Direction)
So many people tell me they experience God’s presence especially in nature.  I wonder whether it’s because, in the natural world, we stop thinking, if only for a brief moment.  We stop planning, analyzing, naming, remembering.  For just a moment we simply are. In silence.  With God. 

The mystic, Meister Eckhart, has said that silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. Bird song and wind whisperings are good backgrounds for silence.

If you want to talk about the Holy in your life and work, or about your search for the Holy, contact Kathryn, or Spiritual Director Jeanne Johnson,

Compline will be moving to 9:00pm for the summer

June 10  |  July 8  |  August 12

Adult Classes, Discussion Groups & Bible Studies

W= Walk-ins     R= Registration Required. Contact

5 Books and 5 Big Ideas Book Talks  W
Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries. Summer series held at First-Plymouth from 6:30-7:30pm. Visit for the full book session descriptions. Reading the book prior to the session is suggested, but not required. Open to all! 

June 5 – Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown. Presented by Rev. Kim Morrow, former pastor at First-Plymouth.

June 26 – When – The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel Pink. Presented by Rev. Jen Davidson, Third Chapter Ministries.

July 31 – Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, by Bruce Hardy. Presented by Leslie Huerta, owner of Francie & Finch bookstore.

Aug 21 – Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli. Presented by Dr. Tim Gay, FP member and professor of physics at UNL.

Pet Loss Support  R
Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 6:30-8:00pm, Resource Room. Led by Pastor Karen Clarke, FP Animal Ministry. Discuss your feelings about saying goodbye to a beloved animal companion and finding comfort and peace as we remember our friends. Cost $10 (includes book).  Register with or Pastor Karen at

Tuesday Bible Study  - Summer Series  W
June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, 9:30-11:00am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Jerusalem in the time of David & Solomon: video instructors discuss archaeological and literary evidence about ancient Jerusalem. 

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Salad Supper

Board of Women’s Ministries

June 20, 5:30-7:00pm, in Mayflower Hall. Sponsored by Board of Women’s Ministries.
$5 (tickets available at and sold on Sundays in the hallway.)
Enjoy a delicious dinner of three salads prepared by Chef Au Chef. We will award three scholarships for women pursuing higher education in Nebraska and learn from Dr. Bob Rauner (President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln).

Learn More About Medicaid Expansion

Sunday, June 3, 9:45am, in Calvert Parlor. Sponsored by FP Peace & Justice Team. 
In Nebraska, 90,000 people lack health insurance because they fall into the “coverage gap.” They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but they do not make enough to qualify for subsidies from the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Medicaid Expansion, which is available in 31 other states, would make Medicaid available to people earning less than $17,000 a year. It would prevent them from having to choose between life-saving care and putting food on the table. 

Kathy Ward, a volunteer for the Medicaid Expansion petition drive, will discuss issues related to Medicaid Expansion and the reason for the petition drive. Registered voters who attend the presentation may sign the petition if they want to give Nebraska voters the opportunity this Fall to make a decision on Medicaid Expansion. 

Help Tend to the Church Grounds
Volunteers needed June 8 & 9, July 13 & 14, and Aug 10 & 11, 9:30am-11:00am, in the courtyard. Bring your own tools (rakes, clippers, gloves). Contact Sponsored by Sustainable Living Ministry.

God’s Garden
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.

Sign up to receive The Herald newsletter by email only. Contact

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,
for full event descriptions visit

Kids Are Moving Up, June 3
All kids will move up to the next grade level for FP Kids & Youth Discussions.

ALL Church Pool Party, June 16, 10:30am-12pm
Join us at Star City Shores for a fun morning of swimming just for First-Plymouth.  
No need to RSVP, just come & bring some friends!

HSYG Laser Tag, July 8, 5-7pm
All high school youth are invited to join us for a fun night of Laser tag and pizza!

MSYG Mission Trip, July 13-14
Register now!  Online Registration forms available on our website.

FP Family Camp @ Kamp Kaleo, July 20-22
Mark your calendars to be part of this fun family weekend. Register online or contact

Abendmusik 2018 Summer Series

Duruflé’s REQUIEM
June 13, 7:00pm, FREE Concert/freewill offering
Plymouth Choir performs before they travel to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
The Raleigh Ringers 
June 20 ,7:00pm. Tickets $20 (group discounts available)
Internationally acclaimed handbell choir.
David von Behren
June 27, 7:00pm. Free Concert-freewill offering
Nebraska native, studying at Yale School of Music, organist, vocalist, pianist, and violinist.
Community Summer Sing – Brahms’ REQUIEM

Aug 1, 7:00pm. FREE – Freewill Offering. Join singers of all levels for a rehearsal and performance.

June Spring Food Drive
Sponsored by the Board of Christian Outreach. Drop items in the barrels at church!

Join the Summer Drop-in Choir in July
No reservations, rehearsals, resumes, or robes required.  
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  9:45am practice in the choir room for the 10:30 service.

Church Directories
If you had your picture taken for the directory, please pick up your complimentary copy from the church office during the week 8:30am-4:30pm.

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected . . . join a group. 

Peace & Justice Coffee & Conversation
June 2 & July 7, 9:00-10:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). 

Calling All Singles! 
Sunday, June 10, 5:00-6:30pm, Antelope Park Picnic Shelter #1
Celebrate 21 years of FP Singles Ministries at the most popular event of the year!  We will provide the bbq sandwiches, drinks and table service; you bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group. Monthly newsletter:
Plymouth Pride Karaoke Night
June 17, 7:00pm at The Panic hosted by Yuka Layme with DJ Dale Kovar.  Snacks provided. Contact or check out Plymouth Pride’s Facebook page for more details.

Church Social
June 8, 6:30-9:00pm, at Pat and David Crew’s home. A great way to meet others who attend First-Plymouth and FP East! Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share with the group. RSVP for directions by emailing  

Funeral Care Committee Needs You
Help provide and serve refreshments for funeral receptions at the church.  We are currently in need of volunteers to provide cookies and/or salads when needed; and or will help serve during receptions.  Contact Nancy Becker (402-423-6141 or

June Artist in Pilgrim Hall
Joni Brown is a native Lincoln artist and a member of Noyes Art Gallery. She enjoys painting nature, animals, and capturing special moments. 

Volunteers Needed for Habitat for Humanity
The Board of Christian Outreach is in need of volunteers for a build on June 9, 8:00am-3:00pm (half-days also available). Volunteers are also needed for food and drink donations for the workers. A sign-up table will be set-up in the hallway on Sunday's. Contact


VBS 2018 Shipwrecked

June 11-14, 9:00am-12pm. A week of fun in the sun for all 4 year olds to 5th graders as we explore the island we have landed on. Come learn about all the ways God is there for us while we are stranded on Shipwreck Island.  

Each day begins ends with music lead by our band and of course our opening skit.  We know the kids will enjoy exploring Coconut Creations, Tropical Treats, Island Tales and so much more during their time on our island. The week will end at Family Night with dinner and a program led by our kids and band. Then join us for a pool party on June 16.

Register & pay online:

Volunteers needed too! There are lots of options of how to help before, during and after VBS. Contact

Wednesday Night
Summer Worship in the Courtyard

Live Music | Dinner | Inspiring Message | Kid activities

June 6  |  July 18  |  Aug 8  |  Aug 22

5:30-6:15pm Dinner Served (freewill donations)
June 6th menu provided by Plymouth Choir, donations support the Choir’s trip to Washington DC.

5:30-6:15pm ive Music, Kid’s Activities in the Courtyard, Balloon Artist, Face Painting

6:15-6:45pm Inspiring Mid-Week Worship

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join the fun! For all ages!
In case of inclement weather, service will be moved indoors.