2019 Family Mission Trip

Pine Ridge Reservation, July 27-Aug 2, 2019
Leader: Patrick Messer

Be part of next summer’s mission trip for families with children 8 years and up. Limited spots available so please register soon! Registration available online: 

Questions? Contact

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups & Bible Studies

For a complete program listing visit To register contact Addie Vortherms at or call 476-7565.

W= Walk-ins R= Registration Required

Tuesday Bible Study W
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, Calvert Parlor. Led by Carolyn Zeisset.Christmas Hymns: Where Did Those Words Come From? Dec. 4, Prepare the Way, O Zion; Dec. 11, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning Wake, Awake, the Night Is Flying; and Dec. 18, Cantlcle of the Turning (My Soul Cries Out).

Academic Bible Study W
Sundays, 9-10am, Resource Room. Led by Dr. Luke Schulte. Dr. Luke Schulte is a religion scholar currently teaching both at UNL and Eden Theological Seminary.

Five - Bible Study for Adults in their 20s and 30s W    
Sundays,1:00-2:00pm, Art Room, Group led.

A group for young adults in their 20s and 30s from both the church and community who meet weekly for focus on spiritual and community development. Keep it simple with five tenants: pray, share, give, serve, and study. Contact

Men’s Early Birds Group. Looking for New Members! W
Thursdays, 7:00am, Calvert Parlor. Light breakfast, conversation and book study.

The Courage to Rise Strong in the Depths of Winter – Women’s Retreat R
January 13, after 1:00pm, Mayflower Hall. Spend an afternoon warming your soul in the company of other women: discussing Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong, preparing a meal and gentle movement. For more information email Request childcare by Jan. 5 with


Recycle your old Christmas Lights in a box at the East or West doors through Jan. 8. We join Eastridge Elementary School as they continue their successful collection for the sixth year.

-FP Sustainable Living Ministry.

Wednesday Night Live

Schedule, menu, and registration for FP Kids Studio at

No WNL on Dec. 26, Jan 2 & 9.

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FP Kids Studio (K-5th)
Sign-up online for “Be Happy” sessions in December. Learn how to define real happiness in the midst of the Christmas season through various creative arts. Register online now!

Dec 5 @ 6:45pm: As part of the Her Voice Matters ministry we will have a speaker from Voices of Hope here to talk to our high school youth about Healthy Relationships. All high schoolers be sure to join us from 6:45-7:30pm for this important conversation.

Discover what The Biggest Gift means this advent. Activities, crazy games, and more as we prepare for Christmas.

HSYG & MSYG Christmas Parties Dec 19
Spend your Wednesday night with friends!

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

December Classes for Adults (6:45-7:30pm)

Yoga De-Stress For the Holidays W
Dec. 5, 12 & 19. Led by Kerry Amend. $5 per class. Stretches, focused breathing and relaxation to help you de-stress during this busy holiday season.

Angels for Christmas
Nov 28 – Dec 12 | June Ryan, artist | $20 for supplies. Scholarships available. Have fun making an assortment of art angels (fabric, ribbon, bead and paper) for Christmas. All artistic levels welcome! We will make at least three angels to take home and learn why angels are so important to us. 


The Reel Bible: Bible in Film W
Dec 5, 12, & 19 | Dr. Dan Clanton, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Doane University. Far more people have encountered Scripture on the Big Screen than on the printed page. Join us as we examine key films that adapt biblical literature and some of the ways cinema has interpreted the Bible through a multi-media session.


A Sweet Carillon Story

Earlier this fall, Kathie Johnson, the church carillonneur was giving a tour of the bell tower to a group when one of the tour participants, new church member J.D. Ayres asked if he could play a note on the carillon. He shared the sweet story that his mother Harriet Daly (Ayres) was on staff as First-Plymouth's Choir Director and Carilloneur between 1934 and 1938. She graduated from UNL in 1933 majoring in piano and minored in organ. Wilber Chenowith was her organ Professor in the School of Music and Minister of Music at FP at that time and the connection between his mother and FP.


The Weary World Rejoices – An Abendmusik Christmas
Dec 14, 7:00pm & Dec 16, 4:00pm. Freewill offering.
Hear the Christmas story through inspirational lessons and magnificent song. Featuring the Plymouth Choir, Plymouth Ringers and Abendmusik Festival Orchestra.  

Last Blast with the Plymouth Brass
Dec 31, 7:00pm. $20 adults/$15 seniors/$10 students
Ring in the New Year with the Plymouth Brass, the University of Nebraska Husker Horn Choir, and First-Plymouth’s magnificent Lied Organ. for tickets.

Adult Fellowship Groups

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

Peace & Justice Coffee & Conversation
Dec 1 & Jan 5, 9am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South).

FP Singles Christmas Celebration
Dec 9, 5:00pm Social | 5:30pm Dinner | 6:15pm musical Entertainment
Get in the holiday spirit and join us in Mayflower Hall for a fun evening -- one of our most popular events of the year! Catered by Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que (vegetarian). $12 a person. Registration and payment required by December 6th. Mail or drop off your check at the church office.

NEW! Calling all 20s and 30s Adults
Are you in your 20’s or 30’s? Do you enjoy pizza, beer, and good people? Well come on out for Trivia night on Dec 11, 7:00pm at Mellow Mushroom (Railyard). Don’t worry - you don’t have to be good at trivia. Enjoy a great night meeting other young professionals in the Lincoln area. RSVP to host Mo St. Germain,

Church Social
Dec 8, 6:30-9:00pm at hosts Susan Wood & Ramin Shafain’s home
Meet others who attend First-Plymouth and East! Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. RSVP for directions by emailing

Needles & Prayers (knitters and crocheters)
New Time! Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm in Calvert Parlor.
We give prayer shawls and baby blankets to the church, hat and scarves to schools and work on our own personal projects. Beginners welcome. Margaret 402-423-2976 for more info.

First-Plymouth Presents


Two Pastors discuss the direct experience of God
Sunday, December 2

Downstairs at Brewskys Haymarket (201 N. 8th)

Patrick Messer & Jim Keck

6:30pm Cash Bar, Food, Live Music by the Levi William Band

7:00pm Program | FREE EVENT

Are You in Need of Care?
The joy of Christmas can turn into a time of painful loneliness and emptiness for those who are going through a difficult time. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential Christian care. Learn more by contacting KJ Langlais, 402-476-7565.

Writers needed for lent devotional
Lend your voice to the 2019 FP Lenten devotional book. For more information, contact Dale Hauptmeier at or text/call 402-429-1371

Courage Tee Shirts for Sale
The FP Board of Women’s Ministries are selling tee shirts with the Courage theme “Let Your Faith Be Stronger Than Your Fear.” $15. Purchase on Sundays between services. Proceeds go to the scholarship funds for nontraditional women students.

Meals on Wheels
Volunteers are needed in 2019 to drive a route 5 to 6 times per year. Routes take about 60-90 minutes and begin from First-Plymouth after the 9:00 or 10:30 service. Contact Beth Hartman at or Nancy Shelley for more info.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt,


Thank You!
We are so grateful to all of you who supported the youth in this year’s musical. We appreciate those who worked, served, donated and bought tickets. Thank you for supporting our youth & youth missions.

FP Family Christmas Fair
(Advent workshop) Dec 7, 6-8pm
Join us in Mayflower Hall for dinner, crafts & Christmas fun for the whole family. Free.  

Christmas Eve Pageant
Register Now!
Register online for all K-5th graders who want to be an angel or shepherd in this year’s Christmas Eve Pageant. Rehearsals begin Dec 10.

HSYG - Study Night @ The Mill
Dec 16 @ 6:30pm
Join us for coffee and some study time as a group. We will meet at The Mill- Innovation Campus from 6:30-8pm. First coffee is on us!

PJ Party for FP Kids, Preschool & Youth - Dec 30
Come in your PJs, enjoy a morning treat and celebrate the New Year at both 9 & 10:30.

Youth Orchestra Gathers Again This Holiday Season
Rehearsal – Sat. Dec 15, 10:00am-Noon, Sat. Dec 22, 10:15am-1:00pm w/lunch.
Performance – Sun. Dec 24, 5:00pm Youth Christmas Eve Worship Service.

Ski Trip, Jan 21
All youth & families are invited to this year’s trip to Mount Crescent. Check online for registration & payment information.

Trivia Night - Jan 25 @ 7pm
Get 7 of your friends together & buy a table for this fun night of trivia, food, drinks & laughs all to support youth missions!  Register your team online!

Courageous Love Pledge 2019

We all lead hectic lives. And sometimes it is easy to overlook a piece of mail. Your pledge to First-Plymouth can impact many, many lives in the course of the year. Please don't over look it. Take the time now to prayerfully consider what you can pledge and mail your pledge to the church today. Contact Kristin at We have made pledging easy! All you have to do is take the final step.

Our church's mission is to increase the love of God and neighbor is shown in many ways. As a church we make a difference to the community each and every day through your gifts and support. Please pledge to First-Plymouth to help us continue to make this difference.

Thank you in advance for helping First-Plymouth continue to LOVE. MORE.

Stepping Into Vulnerability


Guest Preacher, Matt “Mo” St. Gertmain
Sunday, December 31, 11:59am

For many, the holidays are a time of celebration and love. For others, it is a season of pain and loneliness. Come hear how Jesus’ moments of vulnerability can lead us to take our next step in embracing authentic vulnerability this New Year. 

Matt St. Germain, known as Mo, is native of southeast Michigan. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska for a position at the Arbor Day Foundation, where he spends his time thoughtfully considering how to best engage our future generation of tree stewards. Though there is much room to grow, he has committed himself to the study of spiritual well-being, helping others take next steps on their respective journeys, and most of all, to leaving our world better than we found it.

A Special Sunday with The UCC Justice Ministries

Sunday, December 9, at both the 8:00am Chapel (20th & D) and at 9:30am FP East (Kloefkorn)

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Rev. Michael Neuroth, Policy Advocate for International Issues in the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries office will be guest preaching alongside Pastor Patrick Messer at both services.

We will also uplift and give thanks for our Peace & Justice Team, and the Just Peace Committee, as they are seeking to make First-Plymouth recognized as a “Just Peace Church” by the United Church of Christ at our January 2019 annual meeting. Learn more about this move to highlight all the wonderful things people through FP do to make this world better by attending these services, and by reading the covenant at and voting in January.

Rev. Michael Neuroth is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as the Policy Advocate for International Issues in the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries’ office in Washington DC. 


Faith, Family and Sexuality in the Heartland

Pre-Compline Talk, Sunday, December 9, 6:00pm in the Chapel

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Rev. Scott Jones will share his personal story of coming out as a gay man while working as a Baptist youth minister in the American heartland, and his struggles with being part of a Christian evangelical family where he challenged their beliefs. Set in the front lines of the struggle for LGBT equality in the 21st century, Rev. Jones explores the universal question of how we as humans live true to ourselves as our network of relations pushes back.

Rev. Jones will share his story on how he succeeded – living openly as a gay man and a Christian minister in the Bible Belt.

Copies of Jone’s book “Open” will be available for purchase following the event.

Rev. Scott Jones is the Senior Minister of the First Central Congregational Church in Omaha, Nebraska and a lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Creighton University. He and his husband Michael are the delighted parents of a toddler son. Scott is an accomplished activist with keen insights on life in the American heartland.