The Jesus Rose

In the delightful imagination of the Christian tradition, Jesus is thought of as a rose. In Isaiah 35 a rose blooms in the desert and in Song of Solomon there is the Rose of Sharon and these images are then combined into the symbolic notion of the Christ child being like a rose that blooms in the desert. One of the great Christmas songs is "Lo, how a rose E'er blooming.

At the 10:30am service this week, Dr. Jim Keck will explore this long-stemmed tradition and offer a word of hope for those in the wilderness.


Live Inspired. Give Inspired.

2017 Annual Pledge Campaign

What's Happening at First-Plymouth

What Type of church Is First-Plymouth?

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30-7:30pm. 

Delve into the historical and theological aspects of First-Plymouth and our denomination The United Church of Christ.

Women In The Bible

November 30-December 14, 6:30-7:30pm

How are women viewed in the Bible? What stories does the Bible contain about women? Explore the books of Ruth & Esther. Led by Dr. Dan Clanton.

Christmas In The Bible

Thursday, December 15, Noon-1:00PM

In this special Thursday bible study, Pastors Jim Keck and Patrick Messer will explore the key Bible passage that illumine the meaning of the incarnation.

Programs & Activities this Fall at First-Plymouth

First-Plymouth Congregational Church touches thousands of lives each week with the good news of Jesus Christ. Its ongoing ministries reach out to meet the needs of our community and our world.

First-Plymouth seeks to provide pathways for growth. A variety of small groups, events and workshops offer opportunities for friendships, spiritual and personal growth, emotional and spiritual support, or activity and service.

Job Opportunity

Children and Family Coordinator at First-Plymouth East (office, worship at Kloefkorn Elementary)
PT Position (15-20 hours)



Reach Out & Live


Rev. Dr. Jim Keck

Open Minded

Our worship services have a quality that echoes through the ages and yet, speaks to the present and points to the future. 


We believe God is a spirit of love that can be felt and known by each one of us.


Rather than resisting change or innovation, we eagerly experiment with new ways of being faithful and new understandings


We celebrate the differences among us such as sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, mental abilities, physical capabilities, personalities, and backgrounds.