A Congregation of the United Church of Christ
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Otis Young Lecture Series Presents:

Black Lives Matter
Rev. Traci Blackmon

A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement

Thursday, November 3
1:30pm at Doane University (Perry Campus Center, Crete, NE)
7:00pm Keynote Lecture at First-Plymouth ($10 donation suggested)

Rev. Traci Blackmon  is the Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and is the Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. 

A featured voice by many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO has gained her both national and international recognition and many audiences from the White House to the Vatican.  She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and co-chaired the Municipal Governance and Court Reform workgroup. In 2016, Rev. Blackmon was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House.   Early and consistent response to racial tensions exposed after the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., has earned Rev. Blackmon several awards and recognitions, inclusive of: The White House President’s Volunteer Service Award; 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100; NAACP - Rosa Parks Award and numerous others.  

For questions: Addie Vortherms, Program Director, at addie@firstplymouth.org
Lecture co-sponsored by First-Plymouth Church and Doane University

Get to Know Patrick Messer
(our new Associate MInister)

He will be with us starting in December!

A few fun facts about Patrick:

  • Despite growing up in Kentucky, Patrick can be seen wearing a Nebraska Cornhuskers hat in high school pictures.  Kentucky football fans typically choose a second program to root for, and as a teen, he chose Nebraska.  
  • Patrick has ministerial nerd cred: Last year, Patrick presented a paper at the Christian Scholar’s Conference on the subject of Preaching and Theology.  One of the people who presented a paper in response was Dr. Gregory Sterling, the dean of Yale Divinity School. 

“The Seven Lively Virtues”
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living

Sermon Series with Dr. Jim Keck

Sundays, Nov. 6, 13, & 20

The seven deadly sins get a lot of attention. But the medieval church also talked about 7 key virtues by which our lives are lifted up. In this sermon series Dr. Keck will explore the basic building blocks to a life of moral and spiritual excellence.