A Congregation of the United Church of Christ
402.476.7565   I   2000 “D” St., Lincoln NE 68502   I   Issue 2   I   February 2017

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A first-time pledge made by Nov. 19 will leverage a matching pledge, doubling the support to First-Plymouth. 

If you’ve never made a financial pledge to First-Plymouth, but are thinking about it, now’s the time. First-Plymouth’s annual pledge campaign, LOVE MORE, is in progress. As a part of the campaign, we’ve set a goal of 100 first-time pledges—no matter how big or small. The amount isn’t the question. The question is, can First-Plymouth achieve 100 new first-time pledges?
Any first-time pledge received on or before Nov. 19 will leverage matching funds that will also go to support the annual budget. In other words, for every dollar you pledge, two will go to First-Plymouth. 

Your FIRST LOVE pledge is your indication of your intention of how much financial support you plan to give to the 2018 budget. All pledges are used to support the church mission to increase the love of God and neighbor—simply put, we all LOVE MORE. 

Whether this is your first pledge or your 81st pledge in support of our beloved church, we honor your gift and will use it responsibly in service to our congregation and the community.  
FIRST LOVE pledge cards will be available in the pews in the coming weeks. You can fill one out as an offering, or return it to Kristin in the church office. Either way, First-Plymouth will honor your gift, and embrace you as a part of our community that aspires to do more—LOVE MORE. 
For more information on ways to give or to track the progress of our LOVE MORE pledge drive toward our goal, visit www.firstplymouth.org.

Jim Keck, Senior Minister
Bob Campbell, Chair
First-Plymouth Development Council

Pledge today online at firstplymouth.org or contact Kristin Buntemeyer
Kristin@firstplymouth.org, 402-476-7565 ext.207

Shane Claiborne

Author | activist | peacemaker

The Scandal of Grace

Thursday, November 16, 7:00pm Sanctuary. Free-will donations welcome.

With hard stories from the streets of Philly and the war zone of Iraq, Shane will invite us to reflect on the scandal of God’s inclusive love . . .  in a world that is starved for grace.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.

Claiborne is the author of the several books including The Irresistible Revolution and Executing Grace. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He's given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.