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Lent: A Closer Walk

The season of Lent is an ancient and sacred journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The purpose of this journey is not to reach particular destination, but to deepen the intimacy and communion with our divine companion along the way. But, just how do you do this? Try taking a step into our Wednesday night worship with an open heart. Maybe take a step towards some of your FP neighbors by joining a small group discussing the Jesus Path in the book Siddhartha. However, you choose to journey through Lent, we are excited to make the journey with you.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our journey to Easter. This day we remember our own humanity and our need for God through the imposition of ashes made from the palm fonds of last year’s Palm Sunday. There will be two opportunities to receive ashes.

  • Stop by anytime between Noon-1:00pm to receive your ashes in the Prayer Room.

  • Ash Wednesday worship, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. This deeply spiritual service will help prepare our hearts for the season of Lent and will be designed for the entire family to worship together. Childcare provided. Dinner will be served prior to the service in Pilgrim Hall anytime between 4:45-6:00pm in Pilgrim Hall ($6 adults/$3 children).

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A Love/Hate Relationship with Lent

March 20, 6:45pm | LED BY Jim Keck, KJ Langlais, Patrick Messer, and Hollie Schmidt

Among all the great seasons of the church year, Lent seems like a real downer. No wonder some folks say wake me when its Easter. Here’s the thing. Even though Lent seems like an expendable part of the spiritual journey, it offers a kind of deep soul searching that can free us from old hang-ups for fuller life and love. Come hear the pastors discuss what they find most challenging about Lent, but why it is worth every second of this 6-week journey. 

Wednesday Worship During Lent

FP Sanctuary @ 6:15pm. During Lent, hear heart-warming testimony from kids, youth, and adults as to just what it looks like to have Jesus as a loving companion in life’s journey. As we listen, sing, pray, and receive communion, you may just find yourself shoulder to shoulder with divine.  

FP Family Easter Fair

Easter crafts & dinner for the whole family on March 22, 6:00-8:00pm. Free for all families with kids 5th grade and under. 

Lent Through Music

A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

April 14, 4:00 PM. Doane University Choir, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, Abendmusik Chorus, and Abendmusik Festival Orchestra. To purchase tickets visit abendmusik.org.


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Lent @ FP-East

The Steps to a Closer Walk
Sermon Series with Patrick Messer, March 10, 17, & 24, 9:30am
If you are looking for practical steps to take in order to walk more closely with the God, this series is for you. Warning: Any who begin this journey won’t be left unchanged!

Spiritual Practices for the Searching Soul
Sun. March 10 -31, 10:30am. An intergenerational experience of specific practices that anyone of any age can use to center the soul and deeper one’s walk with God. 

Break-the-Fast Potluck - April 7 
Sweets, caffeine, and carbs are common casualties of people’s Lenten fasts. But, did you know it is an old practice to break those fasts on Sundays in Lent as a foretaste of Easter? It is! So whatever, you’ve given up for Lent, break the fast for a special potluck following worship!    


Lenten Devotional Booklets

Daily devotionals written by church members. Copies available at church or firstplymouth.org. Thank you Dale Hauptmeier for coordinating this project. Download booklet

4th Annual Fish, Fries, and Bingo

Sunday March 31, 5:00 -7:30pm

Tickets: $12 adults and $6 (ages 5-12), and will be sold Sundays in March. Join us for a great meal; a fun night of bingo and prizes; and an opportunity to donate to the 2019 FP mission trips. Sponsored by the Board of Christian Outreach.


Siddhartha Book Talks

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Siddhartha & the Jesus Path

It might seem a little oddball to use Herman Hesse’s short novel about a Buddha-like figure as a book study in Lent. But each of our lives is a spiritual quest – a lived novel – and some of the themes of this delightful little book could inform a Christians walk with Jesus.

So join a small group, read a spiritual novel and explore discussion questions about the “Jesus Path” all with a little fun and fellowship thrown in.

JOIN A LENTEN BOOK GROUP

Let’s get to know one another better, explore the challenges of our days, and learn about our faith. During Lent, we are holding church wide book groups in homes, coffee shops, or at church. One book… many groups.. and it’s a fascinating little book!

We encourage people to join a group. Below are groups of various times, dates, and locations to suit your schedule and availability. Contact any of the group leaders to let them know you’ll be attending and for address. The groups will meet for three weeks starting the week of March 17. If you can’t make it to a group, start your own group – just discuss in your home with family and friends. For more info. contact addie@firstplymouth.org or call 402-476-7565.

BOOKS AVAILABLE
Stop by to purchase copies of the book in the church office during the week. 


Join a Book Discussion Group

TUESDAY

6:30pm
Fallbrook
John & Jean Slieter
jslieter@gmail.com

7:00pm
80th & Adams
Tim & Joan Creger
cregers5@inebraska.com

7:00pm
70th & Pioneers
Sandie Brown
SandieBgood@gmail.com

7:00pm
The Grand Lodge Preserve
Char Miller, Sally Pollard, Sue Clifford
charbmiller@aol.com

WEDNESDAY

5:30pm
Calvert Parlor/FP Church
Bobbi Jensen
murphyj30@hotmail.com

6:30pm
Noyes Art Gallery
Julia Noyes
joaniecradick@gmail.cm

6:30pm
40th & Old Cheney
Lee & Matt Nyberg
nyberg.lee@gmail.com

6:30pm
Rolling Hills
Nancy & John Becker
nbecker180@gmail.com

7:00pm
S. 70th & Van Dorn
Suzanne Jouvenat
sjouvenat@gmail.com

THURSDAY

6:30pm
The Mill-Innovation Campus
Tina Walton and Dale Hauptmeier
tinawalton2@yahoo.com
dhauptmeier@live.com

7:00pm
S. 27th & Sheridan
Bob & Barbara Bartle
robertfbartle@gmail.com

7:00pm   
Calvert Parlor/FP Church
Rev. Jim Miller
jmiller@firstplymouth.org

Friday

12:30pm
Calvert Parlor/FP Church
Pastor KJ Langlais
kj@firstplymouth.org

Saturday

11:00am
Green Gateau Bistro
Willa Foster Jones
willa@fosterjones.com
*Starts March 16. Limited to 8

Sunday

9:45am
Between Services Book Group
Tower Rm/FP Church
pennylarsen66@gmail.com
*Starts March 31

10:30am
FP East @ Kloefkorn Elementary
Pat & Allan Smith
psmith031@gmail.com

1:30pm
Meadowlark Coffee
Teresa Harms
teresa@clinicwithaheart.org

5:00pm
Meadowlark Coffee
Nora & Andy Peterson
noramape@gmail.com

7:00pm
The Mill-Telegraph District
Jon Stewart
jstewart3631@gmail.com
*Starts March 24

MONDAY

7:00pm
S. 80th & Pioneers
Bill Etmund
bill@etmund.com

7:00pm
The Mill-Telegraph District
The Table (ages 18-29)
jodsterssr12@gmail.com