Sing Your Faith. Refresh Your Spirit.


A choral and spiritual retreat in the heartland

First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska | July 19-21, 2019



First Congregational Church,
organized in 1866, was the first church to settle in Lincoln, Nebraska. Its second church building was dedicated in 1887.



This organ, built for First-Plymouth Congregational Church, and for all
of the people of Lincoln, is the
Magnum Opus in our 121 years of
organ building.



The carillon is an extraordinary musical instrument with a history as rich as it is long. For more than five centuries, the carillon has been a voice for the hopes, aspirations and joys of humankind. 




TOM TRENNeY, Minister of music

Tom Trenney serves as Minister of Music to First-Plymouth, shepherding our adult choirs, accompanying our congregation on the Lied Organ, leading our music outreach through Abendmusik, and even preaching for worship services. As an organist and conductor, he has performed for regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association, and his choral music has been sung by church and collegiate choirs across America. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for his teachers and mentors, especially Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, David Higgs, Craig Hella Johnson, William Weinert, Anne Wilson, Todd Wilson, and Mister (Fred) Rogers.

Ariel Merivil, Associate Minister of Music

Ariel Merivil comes to First-Plymouth Church from First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, where he served as Director of Music, Worship, and Administration-- designing worship, conducting the choral ensembles and leading weekly worship as organist-choirmaster, pianist, and vocalist.  A collegiate and high school choral conductor and instructor, Ariel served the choral departments at Georgia State University and Atlanta Adventist Academy.  A passionate and gifted musician, Ariel enjoys leading congregations in diverse and meaningful expressions of music in worship that allow others to experience the divine presence of God in a powerful way. A graduate of the Georgia State University School of Music in choral conducting and organ performance, Ariel also received the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern Polytechnic State University. Ariel has an active love for design, photography, and technology and actively competes as an amateur powerlifting athlete with USA Powerlifting.

DREW DUNCAN, Music Administrator

Drew Duncan, originally from Okoboji, IA, serves as Music and Fine Arts Coordinator at First-Plymouth Church and as Executive Director for Abendmusik. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Simpson College, and he has sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Castleton Festival, and Chicago Opera Theater.  Since moving to Nebraska in 2012, Drew has regularly sung with Opera Omaha, Abendmusik, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, The Nebraska Wind Symphony, and the River City Mixed Chorus.  He has sung the National Anthem for the UNO Maverick Hockey team, the College World Series and the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials.