Writers Needed for Lent devotional

Lend your voice to the 2019 FP Lenten devotional book. Contact Dale Hauptmeier at dale.hauptmeier@gmail.com or text/call 402-429-1371 if interested.

Become a Part of First-Plymouth Church

Do you appreciate the range of different worship services art First-Plymouth? Have you been inspired by our service to the wider community and our striving for justice and peace? Does this place feel like home? Visit firstplymouth.org and become a member of First-Plymouth!

A Message From the Moderator

Jim Lauerman

Jim Lauerman

On behalf of the boards, committees and officers of First-Plymouth, I hope that 2019 will bring many blessings to you and yours.

I would also like to thank the staff and the HUNDREDS of volunteers that helped make Christmas Eve at F-P so special. Our church was a place of peace and joy to thousands that night.

In fact, we set an all-time record for the number of worshipers on Christmas Eve. Here is some interesting history of our Christmas Eve numbers:

1866 (It's unknown whether we held a Christmas Eve service that year)
1898 - about 400 worshipers on that night
1951 - 2105
1989 - 2392
1997 - 2872
2006 - 3536
2018 - 4129

The faith grows!

A true example of Love. First-Plymouth.

Jim Lauerman, Church Moderator


Our nine Stephen Minister trainees continue their training. Please keep them in your prayers as they nurture their gifts and acquire new skills to bring love and care to hurting people on behalf of our congregation.

The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell: Renown Mythologist

Mon., Feb 4-24, 10:00am-11:15am, Calvert Parlor. Facilitated by Gary Summers

We will be listening to two interviews conducted by Michael Toms from New Dimensions and Bill Moyers and discussing the material. Cost: $15. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org prior to the first class.

Being Genuine: Stop Being Nice, Start Being Real

Thurs. Feb 21 - March 28, 10:00am-11:15am, Calvert Parlor. Facilitated by Gary Summers, Educator and Trained Mediator

This discussion group is based on a book by Thomas D’Ansembourg based on his work of nonviolent communication. Suggested that you purchase this book on your own prior to the first class. Cost: $15 per person. Register prior to the first class with addie@firstplymouth.org

Dominican Republic Mission Trip- Nov 2-9

Travel to the Dominican Republic to serve with the Wine to Water organization.  Help build filters that allow people to have access to clean water in their homes.  As part of our work there we will also be showing people in the community how to use them as well. All are welcome to attend the Information Meeting on Feb 25, at 6:30pm in Room 203.

Clinic with a Heart Volunteers Needed

Clinic with a Heart (CWH), a faith-inspired organization, located at 1701 S 17th, serves the uninsured and underinsured through a ministry of healthcare.

As CWH grows, a concern for the safety of those they serve, their volunteers and their staff has also increased. CWH is currently working on creating a safety team to volunteer during clinic hours. We need a volunteer or two during our Tuesday and Thursday clinics, from 4pm to 8pm, to monitor the clinic and engage with those we serve with the same compassion of our staff and volunteers. To learn more contact jjbecker325@gmail.com.

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group. All Adult fellowship groups have e-newsletters. To be added to a specialized list, email addie@firstplymouth.org

Peace & Justice 1st Saturday Coffee and Conversation

Feb 2 & March 2, 9:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South).

Calling All Singles!

Monthly events posted at firstplymouth.org/singles

Annual Spiritual Check-up by Rev. Kathryn Campbell

We are now half-way between the fullness of our Christmas Alleluias and the thoughtful days of Lent - a good time to take stock of where you are spiritually and how you have been growing in our spiritual life.  Some things that used to be very important to your spiritual/religious life may have lost some of their sizzle, while other things have begun to sparkle and spark new life in you.  

In this check-up, some questions you might ask yourself are: What helps me to feel closer to God?  How often do I do that/go there? What gets in my way? Are they external (e.g., schedule) or internal (e.g., ideas, fears)?   

Another helpful exercise may be to consider anew the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:1-17.  Try looking at them as a gift to humanity, a rough guide to help us get along with each other.  You might play with the idea that they are not as much rules to control our behavior as pointers for shaping our attitudes.

It may also be helpful to talk over your spiritual longings and wonderings with a trained soul-listener.  Minister of Spiritual Direction Kathryn Campbell (kathryn@firstplymouth.org) or Spiritual Director Jeanne Johnson (jeanne@firstplymouth.org) will listen compassionately, confidentially, and non-judgmentally.  They may help you see where God has been particularly acting in your life – perhaps in ways you hadn’t thought of – and what you are being called to now.  

The check-up isn’t all up to you.  Remember, as you are searching for God, God is searching for you.

First-Plymouth Family

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

Souper Bowl of Caring, Feb 3

Our youth will be taking donations following all services to help support our monthly meal ministry to Matt Talbot.  

Middle school & Hgh school Parents Coffee & Dessert, Feb 8, 6:30-8:00pm

An ALL NEW social event just Middle & High School Parents. Join us in Mayflower Hall for drinks, food and some get-to-know you fun. A great way to get to know other youth parents here at First-Plymouth. Contact Ella or Dylan.

FP Family Night - Parent Game Night, Feb 22, 6-8pm

Games, drinks, and snacks. Kids will have their own separate fun activities. RSVP to deb@firstplymouth.org.  

High School Summer Trip to Pine Ridge Reservation, July 6-12

9 spots available for any high school youth (& parents) that would like to go serve at Pine Ridge this summer. Trip will be led by Dylan Kitchen. Register online. Questions? Contact hollie@firstplymouth.org

VBS 2019 – Save the Dates!

June 3-6. Watch for registration and information online soon.

Check page 3 for WNL Events and Activities!

Plymouth Choir at Neb Prison Dec 2018.jpg

The Weary World Rejoices

Our Plymouth Choir performed "The Weary World Rejoices" at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on December 17, 2018. The choir performed twice, which allowed for approximately 150 inmates to attend. Thank you to Tom Trenney, Ariel Merivil, and Drew Duncan for making this possible for a second year in a row. And thank you to the entire choir and gathered inmates who made the state pen burst with beauty. It was a Holy Night.

Try a Bible Study!

Contact addie@firstplymouth.org.

Academic Bible Study

Sundays, 9-10am, Resource Room. Led by Dr. Luke Schulte. Explore Exodus and the 10 Commandments. What is the significance of the plagues? Are there any archaeological findings of the Exodus? How can we better understand the Ten Commandments in their ancient context?

Five - Bible Study for Adults in their 20s and 30s    

Sundays, 1-2:00pm, Art Room. Keep it simple with five tenants: pray, share, give, serve, and study. Contact rachael.wendler.shah@gmail.com             

Tuesday Bible Study

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Assyrian Influences in the Bible continues. Discover the story behind 7 mostly unread Bible books that are largely responses to domination of the Assyrian Empire.

Women’s Circle 3 Bible Study

2nd Wednesday (Sept-May), 9:30-11am, Art Room. Led by KJ Langlais.

Not Your Ordinary Bible Study

Thursdays, Noon-1:00pm, Choir Room. Led by Dr. Jim Keck
A spiritual adventure that lets Scripture speak directly to our lives, and catapult us into far-ranging topics of real interest.

Theology on Tap

The last TOT with Pastor Messer will be Jan. 28. We will be taking a break but resuming at a later date this spring.  Stay tuned for more details.

Save Broken Electronics for Recycling

April 28: 8:30-Noon. Check the link for Nebraska Recycles to see what they will take:

https://www.nebraskarecycles.com/commercial-services Sponsored by FP Sustainable Living Ministry.

My Funny Valentines: 2 ½ Tenors – An Abendmusik Fundraiser

Feb 14, 7:00pm | $40 concert followed by reception | Abendmusik.org

Back by popular demand, this year’s Valentine fundraiser once again features Tom Trenney and the Great American Songbook, but this time he will be (joyfully!) upstaged by two real tenors: Drew Duncan and Ariel Merivil.

New York Polyphony in concert

February 24, 4:00pm. $20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students Tickets abendmusik.org

The two-time GRAMMY-nominated male quartet, New York Polyphony, will perform its first concert in Lincoln, featuring a new work: Missa Charles Darwin-- a multi-movement mass, curiously and uniquely based upon texts by Charles Darwin.

Abendmusik Youth Masterworks Festival

Feb 25, 7:00pm | FREE

More than 200 of Lincoln’s most talented high school singers and instrumentalists join professional soloists and orchestral section leaders in a side-by-side performance of a timeless masterwork: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, conducted by Georgia State’s award-winning conductor Deanna Joseph.

Wednesday Night Live

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

March 13 – No WNL programs - Spring Break.

FP Kids Studio (K-5th)
Sign-up online for “Character Generator!”

“What’s New? What’s Not? All 6-8th are invited to join. Game Night Jan 30th!

It’s a new year and we’ll tackle some important topics & have fun with friends.

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)

4 Pastors & SIN: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of this Uncomfortable Word in the Christian Faith

Feb 6-27 | Pastors Jim Keck, Patrick Messer, Hollie Schmidt, KJ Langlais

When it comes to talking about sin, churches have often committed theological and emotional malpractice. This subject has been weaponized to inflict guilt, shame, and fear. But, is there a healthy and even important way to talk about sin? We think so. Join 4 pastors of First-Plymouth as we reimagine an ancient concept in order to grow as non-judgmental people of love and justice. 

The Book of Psalms

Feb 6 | Pastor Jed Linder

Last session. Take a closer look at the Book of Psalms giving us new ways to speak and relate to God, as well as new ways to understand how God speaks to and relates to us.

Feel Good Yoga

Feb 6-27 | Led by Kerry Amend | $5 | Beginners welcome

The Whole-Brain Child

Feb 6-27 | James Tucci, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner.

Parents and caregivers workshop that will explore the workbook based on the NYT bestselling book. Explore whole-brain strategies, exercises, and activities that address sibling conflict, tantrums and meltdowns, struggles with homework, and more. Workshop is free, however a $20 workbook purchase is required per parent. Registration required with addie@firstplymouth.org. Send payment to the church prior to the first class to First-Plymouth, Attn: Addie/WB workshop.

Essential Healing Oils

Feb 6 & 13 | Led by Margaret Rickers, licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Practioner | $10

Registration in advance required by emailing addie@firstplymouth.org. This class will cover 5 essential oils that are important to have in your cabinet. We will discuss their uses, their cautions and how to select safe and effective oils. Diffusion, topical use and dilution factors will be addressed. We will make a bath or shower rub in class. The class will also include a booklet on the use of oils for cleaning and use in the home.