Wednesday Night Live


In the midst of your busy week, join us to refuel your body, mind and spirit! Dinner, worship, classes, music, and small groups for ALL AGES that will challenge and inspire.

WNL Will not meet November 27

Dinners by caterer Chef Au Chef (Menu @ firstplymouth.org)

FP Kids Studio for Kdg-5th graders
November theme “Survival.” 

Children, Youth & Adult Choir Rehearsals

Middle School Youth Group
Focus on all things we are grateful for. 

High School Youth Group
Focus on serving others.  

Beginning Oct 9! Handcrafted Coffees
Order your favorite coffee drink for just $3 in Mayflower Café (5:30-7pm). 

November Adult Programs

All classes are held 6:45-7:30pm, unless otherwise noted.

Feel Good Yoga: Casual drop-in yoga, led by Kerry Amend. $5 at the door. Every Wednesday!

Strategies to Teach Children Ways to Calm Down: Nov 20.
Presented by Boys Town, who has used Common Sense Parenting curriculum for over 30 years with youth and families.

The Gospel of John: Nov. 6-Dec 4. Led by Dr. Dan Clanton, Associate Prof. of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Doane Univ. What is the Gospel of John, and why is it so different than the other Gospels? How does the Gospel of John understand Jesus, the Jews, and what it means to be a disciple? Join us as we examine some of the mysteries of the fourth Gospel.

Sketching Lincoln Landmarks Series: Nov 6-Dec. 4. Led by Joan Phelan, art instructor. Using some of Lincoln’s beloved sites (Capitol, Haymarket, Sunken Gardens) practice basic sketching while learning some history about them. Materials fee of $5 per participant. All skill levels are welcome!

Her Voice Matters Book Discussion: Dec 4. Discuss Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass. Facilitated by Kelly Tyrell.

Worship & Wisdom

Join us at 6:15pm for an innovative combination of a short sermon, lively, rockin' music, the eucharist and special teachers who will give a "ted-talk like" presentation with Q&A.

Nov 6
Redefining Masculinity: Who Gets to be in the Room Where it Happens?
Dr. Suzannah Rogan, Sexual Assault Education & Prevention at Doane University.

Society has embraced using the term “toxic masculinity,” but when it comes to redefining healthy masculinity, who is doing the bulk of the work? When it comes to redefining masculinity, men alone shouldn’t be in the room. Rather, we need to break open how to have these conversations across gender. What are the tools we need to do this? How do we provide access?


Nov 13
Climate Change: It’s REAL, So Let’s Get Real
Rev. Patrick Messer, Associate Minister.

All of human history has taken place in a single geological era, until now. What happened? Climate Change. As our planet is literally changing in ways humans have never seen, there are some things we must talk about. What exactly is happening? How did we get here? What can we expect for the next 30 years? Where is God in all this? How is God calling us to respond? 

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Nov 20
Secret Kindness Agents
Dr. Ferial Pearson, Teacher Education, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha.

Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers but they were willing to find out. So they became the Secret Kindness Agents. They not only changed the lives of those they met, they changed their own. Their hope, their hearts, and their hunger for happiness will inspire you to change your small corner of the world, in your own way, for the better.

Become a Part of First-Plymouth

Are you ready to make First-Plymouth your church home? Learn more on Wednesday, November 20, 5:30pm in Calvert Parlor, at our new member welcome hour. Meet with Pastor Jim Keck and others who are interested in becoming part of our church community. Or, simply come to learn more about our church and faith as we focus on love and inclusion for all. RSVP to krista@firstplymouth.org. Includes complimentary dinner!

Sponsor 2020 Altar Flowers

Sign-up in the notebook located in Pilgrim Hall during the month of November. Cost $60. Note: Flowers will remain in the building throughout the week to provide beauty for church events.

Lenten Devotional Book 

The tradition of the First-Plymouth Lenten devotional book continues for 2020. We are looking for volunteers to write a brief reflection on a passage of scripture for the 2020 Lenten season. Consider offering your voice. Contact Dale Hauptmeier at dale.hauptmeier@gmail.com or (402) 429-1371.

Bible Sound Check: Turn Up the Bass!

November 3, 10, & 17
New Sermon Series at FP East (9:30am Sundays @ Kloefkorn School) & Morning Blend (8:00am in Pilgrim Hall at 20th & D)

I like to think about the Bible as a stereo. It is the device that plays the wildly mysterious and beautiful song of God. But, this song has a vast array of pitches and sounds that requires the listener to wisely adjust the levels on that stereo. If we always turn down the bass of deep struggle while cranking the treble of victory, the song is distorted. In this sermon series, join Pastor Patrick Messer as he raises the bass tones of the Bible by opening up Lamentations. The result isn’t despair, but an encounter with the full-bodied music of heaven that still has the power to create and resurrect life.   

Doane’s University Jazz Unlimited will help lead worship on Sunday, November 3 at both FP East (Kloefkorn School) at 9:30am and 11:59am at 20th & D.

Board of Christian Outreach Ministry

Help Deliver Meals on Wheels 

A great opportunity for the whole family or individuals! Volunteers are needed in 2020 for this Tabitha program to drive a route 5 to 6 times per year delivering pre-made meals. Routes take about 60-90 minutes and begin from First-Plymouth after either the 9:00 or 10:30am services. Contact Beth Hartman at bethjh@connections.net for info.

Are you looking for a way to serve those in need? 

The Board of Christian Outreach is seeking nominations for congregants that wish to serve on the board for the 2020-2022 term. Interested? Contact Kathleen Maynard, kmaynard@neb.rr.com.

‘Tis the Season for Giving: Giving Tree

The Giving Tree table will open November 24 and will run through most of December. Pick up a gift tag for one of our outstanding charities! Shopping not your thing? Cash/check/gift cards are always welcome. Share in the joy of giving this season!

Deacons Needed for 2020

The FP deacon team makes our worship services hum along. The deacons fill the communion cups, cut up the bread and serve communion. And it’s the deacons who help with outreach and pastoral care as needed. If you are interested in being a part of this very important (and fun) team, contact Dale Hauptmeier dhauptmeier@live.com /402- 429-1371. We need you. 

Grief and the Holidays

Nov 19, 6:00-7:00pm, in Calvert Parlor. Led by Dr. Lisa Borchardt. Free, but registration requested with addie@firstplymouth.org

A small group gathering to help ease the grief and pain as the holiday season approaches. Share ways to cope and discuss traditions during the season.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, hollie@firstplymouth.org

Wednesday Night Live in November
Complete schedule of events listed on page 2.

FP Kids Studio- November theme “Survival.”
Register online now!

HSYG- November focus on serving others.  

MSYG- November focus on all things we are grateful for.

Youth Musical Tickets On Sale Now!
Performances: Nov 22 @ 6:30pm & Nov 23 @ 1:00pm

FP Family Night – Movie Night
Nov 15, 6:00-8:00pm, at Joyo Theatre. Open to all children, youth & families.  Free event.
Popcorn & drinks available for a fee.

Christmas Eve Pageant Sign-Up
Calling all angels and shepherds in K-5th grade. It’s time to register on-line to be a part of this wonderful service. 

Sign-up Open for Christmas Eve Youth Orchestra ... page 5 for details.

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Grateful for the Talarico’s

We want to extend our gratitude to Stephen and Michelle Talarico for all the time and talent they put into decorating our altar table for worship as part of the Music and Fine Arts Board (pictured here with the beautiful table they decorated for World Communion Sunday). Please reach out and thank them for all that they do for our church!

Morning Blend

3 Reasons To Try the New Sunday 8am service “Morning Blend” in Pilgrim Hall

  1. Be amazed by the power of simplicity. It’s just scripture, a sermon, and communion.

  2. You will love Patrick’s preaching.

  3. Worship is better with hot coffee and a pastry!

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The Wedding at Cana

A Coming Out Story

As John’s gospel tells the story, while some were marveling at how water could have possibly become wine that day in Cana, those who were close saw the real miracle: a person refusing to hide any longer, conquering their fear, claiming their truth, letting themselves be known and seen for who they really are.  It was the day that Jesus came out of the closet—not the kind of closet with rainbow wallpaper lining the interior, as talk of closets usually implies in our culture, but not unlike that either. No matter what closets we have (and yes, we all have them), “coming out” and letting ourselves be seen for who we truly are is terrifying, and it is hard, and it needs to be done if we are going to live as beloved people of God and people inspired by Jesus who nurture transformative communities of faith.

Reverend Ellis Arnold is a renewing church pastor, curriculum writer, community organizer and now serves as one of the Associate Conference Ministers for the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the UCC. Rev. Arnold’s pronouns are they/them/theirs. 

Music Ministry

2019 Christmas Eve Youth Orchestra

All high school and middle school instrumentalists are invited help lead music at the 5:00pm Youth Christmas Eve service. Rehearsals: Dec 14 & 21. Sign-up by Nov 18 at FirstPlymouth.org/YouthOrchestra.

Drop-in Choir @ FP East

All are invited to sing on December 1. Plan to arrive at FP East (Kloefkorn School, 6601 Glass Ridge Dr) at 8:45am to prepare for the 9:30 service


Handel’s Messiah Community Sing-Along

Freewill offering to benefit Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

Dec 1, 4:00pm, at First-Plymouth.

Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light:

Christmas With Abendmusik

Fri. Dec 20, 7:00pm | Sun. Dec 22, 4:00 PM. At First-Plymouth

Experience the spiritual power of the Christmas story, and reawaken your spirit to the hope and light of the season. Freewill offering.

New Year’s Eve Last Blast

Dec 31, 7:00 PM. Plymouth Brass and special guest organist Nathan Laube – the most celebrated young organist of our time. Tickets: 402-476-9933 or abendmusik.org

Spirituality Discussion Group

Nov 13, Noon-1:00pm, “Spirituality & Science” presented by Jim Johnson.

Men’s Lunch & Conversation with Dr. Keck

1st and 3rd Wednesdays (Sept-May), Noon-1:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Bring your lunch and join for spiritual and current event discussion.

Hebrew & Christian Sacred Texts

Tuesdays, Nov 12-Dec 17, 9:30-11:00 AM, Calvert Parlor. Carolyn Zeisset, leader.

Nov. 12, Judaism: Rising from the Ashes

Nov. 19, Hebrew Scriptures: Books of Teaching

Nov. 26, Hebrew Scriptures: Trying to Make Sense of History and Life

Dec. 3, Sacred Writings: How Sacred Are they?

Dec. 10, Jewish Sacred Writings: What Do They Mean

Dec. 17, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christian Christmas Tradition

Adult Fellowship Groups

Get connected…join a group.

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
Nov 2 & Dec 7, 9:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). All are welcome.

Monthly events listed @ firstplymouth.org/singles

Cancer Ministry
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Sunday, 2:00pm in Calvert Parlor. For more info. contact jen@firstplymouth.org

My Favorite Gospel

Led by Rev. Patrick Messer
Sundays, November 10, 17 & 24, 11:40am-12:30pm, Calvert Parlor

Most people do not cite Mark as their favorite gospel. It’s weird. The story gets pretty dark. Jesus says things that don’t sound very Jesusy. The plot moves so fast it is hard to keep up. But, as the oldest gospel we have, it possesses unique beauty that can breathe new life into anyone. Let’s discover that beauty together. 

Compline & Yoga Sunday, November 10

Yoga: 6:00-6:45pm, Chapel. Led by instructor Maggie Pleskac, Milkweed Yoga. Freewill donation. Limited mats available, please bring your own mat if you have one.

Compline Worship: 7:00-7:30pm, Sanctuary

This yoga and worship series will be a wonderful opportunity to yoke the physical and mental body as a spiritual practice. Following the yoga session, at 7:00pm all are invited to gather in the church sanctuary to sit quietly and allow an experience of deep inner peace through Compline. No words are spoken. Chanting of ancient music by the Schola Cantorum choir provide the only sound during this half-hour service. Attend either one or both!

First-Plymouth Presents

An Atheist and Two Pastors Walk Into A Bar...

Sunday, November 3, 6:30pm
Downstairs at Brewsky’s Haymarket (201 N. 8th)

Join Clay Naff, Patrick Messer and Jim Keck for a dialogue between two ways of believing.
6:30pm Live Music by The Wildwoods, cash bar and food. 7:00pm Program