Celebrate Courage

Throughout the coming year, First-Plymouth will celebrate acts of courage, small and large. 
We all know someone who stood up to a bully, spoke out against racism or demeaning, divisiveness, but those small, brave acts often go unnoticed, even though they are the very threads that weave the fabric of a kinder world with a stronger sense of human unity. 
If you know of someone in our congregation who took a risk to stand up and do the right thing in the face of opposition, let us know.  We also see small acts of kindness as acts of courage. If you know someone who went out of their way to include another person or offer the gift of friendship in a trying time or had the courage to get involved in making the world a kinder, better place, that certainly has a positive impact. 

Sept 9, Compline returns to 7pm

Become a Part of First-Plymouth
Are you ready to make First-Plymouth your church home? Meet with Dr. Jim Keck and others who are also joining the church on Sept 9, 6pm, in Calvert Parlor. 

Summer 8am Chapel Continues This Fall
2 hymns and a sermon along with communion all in 30 minutes! Casual, short and sweet.

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First-Plymouth Presents

Out of the Pulpit & Off Script

Two Ministers Speak Candidly About the Political Chaos of Our Time
Sunday, September 16
Downstairs at Brewsky’s Haymarket (201 N 8th)
Patrick Messer & Jim Keck
6:30pm Cash Bar, Food, Live Music by the Marz House Band
7:00pm Program  |  FREE EVENT

Record worship attendance in August

First-Plymouth welcomed 1400 individuals to worship services the second week in August, an all-time record high for that week. For comparison, worship attendance for the same week in 2005 was 590.  It is also notable that Facebook views of the live-streamed service for that same week totaled 1200. If you know individuals who would appreciate joining us for worship in person, through our TV ministry or through our Facebook live stream, please invite them. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to view, visit and click on the facebook icon link. TV broadcast times and our Facebook page are posted at

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Back from the Pine Ridge, Family Mission Trip

Sign-up now for 2019, July 27- Aug 2nd

July 27 - August 3, F-P families immersed themselves in learning about the Lakota on the beautiful, but harsh land of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the organization Re-Member. Adults contributed with hard work building bunk beds and outhouses and skirting and re-siding trailers.  Expressions of gratitude from a handshake to the look in a three-year old’s eyes upon having her first bed to sleep in were heart-warming.  

It’s time to sign up for next year’s trip. It could be one of the most rewarding weeks of your life. $575 for adults and $287.50 (ages 8-11). Contact or 402-476-7565. 

Wednesday Night Live

Resumes September 5th


First-Plymouth’s mid-week ministry for religious growth and learning
Dinner | Worship | Music | Classes & Programs
For adults, children & youth
Schedule, menu, and registration for FP Kids Studio sessions at 

FP Kids Studio new classes for K-5th graders – sign-up online.
MSYG new changes coming on Wed nights.
HSYG is MOVING to WNL. Wednesdays 6:45-7:30.
The Table (college) is back - join us for dinner & discussion from 5-6pm.
Preschoolers have the chance to run, play and learn too! 

Sept Classes for Adults (6:45pm) Additional details at

4 Pastors & The Bible
Sept 5-26 | Jim Keck, Patrick Messer, Hollie Schmidt & KJ Langlais
Rethinking Courage: Explore four moments of unexpected courage in the Bible.

Learn to Bead and Make Jewelry
Sept 5-26 | Led by April Stevenson, Jewelry artist. $30. Make several bracelets and earrings in class. Register with

Feel Good Yoga
Sept 5-26 | Led by Kerry Amend. $5 a class. Beginners welcome.

Prepare to Care
Sept 12 | Led by June Ryan. An interactive conversation and planning session for caregivers and their loved ones to help get organized, identify community support, and gather ideas from others in our church.

Narrating our Parenting Journey Together
Sept 12-26 | Free. Each week, we will meet together for one hour in small groups to talk about the highs and lows of parenting. This workshop is also a part of a research study we are conducting through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Communication Studies. Please contact Addie Vortherms ( She will forward your information on to Dr. Jody Kellas at UNL whose research team will contact you about the time and location of meeting sessions. 

Carillon and Bell Tower Tour
Sept 19 | Led by Kathie Johnson, carillonneur.  Don’t miss the beautiful view!

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups & Bible Studies

To register contact Addie Vortherms, Program Director at or call 476-7550.      W= Walk-ins   R= Registration Required

Tuesday Bible Study  W
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. 
Sept 4 - Oct 16 Five Ways to Read the Bible | Oct 23 - Nov 27 Trying Paul

Academic Bible Study – New!  R
Sundays beginning Sept 9, 9-10am, Resource Room.  Led by Dr. Luke Schulte. Explore the ancient Near Eastern context for the primordial narratives in the first half of Genesis: 6 days of creation, Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel. 
Dr. Lucas Schulte has taught religious studies courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pomona College, and Claremont School of Theology, and is currently teaching both at UNL and Eden Theological Seminary. Dr. Luke has excavated at archaeological sites in Israel and will be co-teaching with his wife (Dr. Leah Rediger Schulte) a study abroad course for Doane University at the excavation of Tel Azekah in Israel.

Spirituality Discussion Group  W
Sept 26, Noon, Calv. Parlor. David McCreary will lead “Why is Western culture rejecting religion as irrelevant?” 

Boundless Compassion  R
Mon. Sept. 17-Oct. 22, 6:30pm, alternating between First-Plymouth and Sheridan Lutheran. Develop the kind of love that motivated Jesus’ life and mission, through the research of Joyce Rupp. $20. Register 

Circle 3 – Women’s Study Group  R
2nd Wed (begins Sept 12), 9:30am. This year study, The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God brings to a Wounded World, by Lisa Harper. Contact to purchase the book.

Grief Support  R
Sept 18, 6-8pm. Facilitated by Lisa Borchardt. Be in the company of others who can bear witness to your experiences and validate your feelings during your grief journey. FREE.

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends  R
Tues. Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 6:30-8pm. $35 (scholarships available). Sessions for those who are going through a divorce or separation. 

Welcome to Medicare  W
Sept 20, 6:30-8pm, Mayflower Hall. FREE. Sponsored by Third Chapter Ministries (55+)
Presented by Nebraska Department of Insurance/ Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Medicare program. Medicare is a program that is made up of ever-changing parts, countless dates, and specific rules depending on your situation. One wrong turn can end up delaying your coverage or even preventing enrollment n the Medicare maze. 

Between Services Book Discussion  W
Sept 9, 9:45am; Tower Room. The Soul of America - The Battle For Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham. 

Become a Stephen Minister

Applications available now through Oct. 1 for the 2019 training class.  Stephen Ministers work alongside our Pastors to care, encourage, and provide support to people during difficult times. To request an application, contact  

Meals On Wheels

F-P delivers 4 MOW routes each Sunday.  Interested in delivering 3-4 times a year? Contact or  Visit

Part-Time Custodian

15-20 hrs weekly. Nights /weekends required. Contact

Cookie Bakers Needed Sundays

Help bake cookies 6:15-7:30am in Mayflower kitchen. Contact


Annual Pet Memorial Service, Sept 9, 1pm, in the Chapel. 

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group

Peace & Justice 1st Saturday Coffee and Conversation
Sept 1 & Oct 6, 9am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). 

Church Social
Sept 21, 6:30-9pm, Pilgrim Hall. Hosts: Jane & Lowell Nickolaus, Marilyn & Doug Larson. A great way to meet others who attend F-P and East! Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. RSVP to

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, 
for full event descriptions visit

Changes Coming to FPYG . . .  

FP Kids Fall Serve Day, Sept 2 @ 9:00, 9:30 & 10:30am
They have been learning all August about serving others, now they get the chance to do a special service project for the morning. 

FP Kids - New Fall Session
The Lord’s Prayer session begins Sept 9.

Confirmation 2018-19 - Last Chance!
Register your 8th grader today! Classes begin Sept 5. Register and pay online

Wed Night Live Begins Sept 5.

Be a part of the musical! Auditions Sept 16, 4-6pm, Mayflower Hall.  Sign-up with

MSYG Fall Retreat, Sept 22-23
Register online or

FP Family Night is BACK!
Sept 21, 6-8pm, Densmore Park. All families with kids 5th grade and under are invited. FREE night of food and games. 

Join Music Ministry

Choir Robes Available
Ages 5 to 105 are welcome to join our choirs. Contact 

Bell Chorum Seeking New Members
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at ringing handbells? Join us Wednesday nights. Contact

Abendmusik’s Season Tickets on Sale
For more information or to buy tickets visit or call 402.476.9933.


What's Sacred?

Occasional brief musings by Kathryn Campbell, Minister of Spiritual Direction
It is God’s good pleasure to give us good things. That is why we are made so we can see colors and shapes, hear tones, feel textures, smell aromas, sense friendliness. Our job is to let in these wonders of the world – when some delight or fascination catches our attention, to pause long enough to experience it to the tips of our toes. By allowing God’s Love to be expressed to you this way, you then have more to give. 

If you’re not sure where the Divine Presence is in your life or what is being said to you, you may find it helpful to talk with Kathryn ( or Spiritual Director Jeanne Johnson ( or Spiritual Director Jen Davidson (


“I have reached out to each board chair to begin that discussion, so that they can help us all in our quest to live and act more courageously through our Christian fellowship. We have great challenges, and great opportunities before us especially at this time. By focusing on courage, informed by scripture, we can develop an essential framework intended to lead us to a more inspired and fulfilling life, and a more unified community and world.”     -Rev. Jim Keck


My Life in Vietnam

September 6, 6:30pm, Mayflower Hall. Presented by Dean Hyde
Dean Hyde arrived in Vietnam on his birthday in 1969. During that year, he documented his tour with pictures and sounds of the country. These pictures and sounds have been incorporated into a program that Dean presents that begins with his journey to and back from his tour in Vietnam. He will also have a variety of artifacts on tables to display. All are welcome to attend.  We welcome all who served in Vietnam as well to come and share their own story too.