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.

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

FP Kids Studio for Kdg-5th graders
Join us for “All Things Animals” in October. 

Children, Youth & Adult Choir Rehearsals

Middle School Youth Group
There’s always some fun brewing this time of year! 

High School Youth Group
In October explore the theme “Be Moved”, plus we’ll be headed to get some donuts at the end of the month.  

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

Additional 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! Beginners welcome!

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends: Wed. Oct 2-Nov 20, 6:45-8:00pm. $35. Get help as you go through this major life change. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org. Limited spaces.

Her Voice Matters Book Discussion: Oct 2. Discuss Love Warrior by NY Times Best Seller Glennon Doyle, a memoir of finding love for ourselves and our sisters. Led by Kelly Tyrell.

“The Singing Tower” Carillon/Bell Tower Tour: Oct 9, led by carillonneur Kathie Johnson.

Terraforming Our Lives: Reshaping How We Think and Feel Before and in Retirement. Oct 16. Join us for this workshop that asks “Why Retire” and “Why Now?” Register with addie@firstplymouth.org. Facilitated by Floyd Sylvester and Cindi Kaliff.

Positive Parenting: Oct 23. Focus on Positive Parenting tools that can help our children to succeed in all areas of their lives. Program presented by Boys Town, who has used Common Sense Parenting curriculum for over 30 years with youth and families.

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.

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Oct 2 Sharing Your Story – Randy Hawthorne, Executive Director of The Foundry.

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Oct 9 The Future of Christianity – Dr. Jim Keck, Senior Minister at First-Plymouth.

As One We Rise

In Omaha, a church, mosque and synagogue have all been built on one site to harken to peace among religions and greater peace in our wold- the Tri-Faith Initiative. This expression of respect and love between the three Abrahamic traditions is an invitation to developing deeper relationships across ethnic and cultural lines.

Countryside UCC - the Christian partner in the Tri-faith is a sister church to First-Plymouth. In a celebration of the tri-faith and our connection to it, Pastor Elnes, Imam Daoudi, and Amanda Ryan will each discuss what it means to their faith communities why it's important they are included in the Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha.


Oct 16 Rev. Eric Elnes, Countryside Community Church, UCC Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha.


Oct 23 Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi, American Muslim Institute, Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha.


Oct 30 Amanda Ryan, Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha, Temple Israel, chair of Young Jewish Omaha.

TeamMates Sunday

First-Plymouth Church has long supported the good work of the TeamMates program.  Begun in 1991 by Tom & Nancy Osborne, this program has improved the lives of thousands of youth looking for a positive mentor.  We hope you will consider becoming a TeamMate mentor.  Mentors make a very small commitment of time each week, but make an enormous positive impact on a young person and enjoy great reward.

Attend the 9:00am worship service on October 27 and hear from Coach Tom Osborne directly about how you can become a mentor.  He will also be available in the hallway to answer questions between services. Sponsored by FP Board of Christian Outreach.

Stories from an Insecure, Desperate, and Fearful Time

Tuesdays, October 1-29, 9:30-11:00 AM, Calvert Parlor. Carolyn Zeisset, leader.

People who lived in the fear-mongering Assyrian Empire felt insecure and sometimes desperate. Their stories can evoke our empathy with people who experience similar feelings today, and help us understand hard-to-read Bible passages.

This study grapples with questions: What Bible books have the most difficult stories? When & why were they developed? What are they included in the canon?

World Communion Sunday

Christian congregations around the globe gather around Christ's table on Sunday, October 6 to celebrate World Communion Sunday. We remember that we commune with a God who knows no borders and draws no boundaries -- welcoming everyone to the table. Join us in worship at 9:00 & 10:30am, as we unite with neighbors all around the world to share the body of Christ and the cup of salvation.

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UNL Men’s Chorus

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Men’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Peter Eklund will help lead worship on Sunday, October 6 at both the 9:00 and 10:30am services.

There’s Nothing “Non” or Absent in “Nonviolence”

Preeta Bansal to Guest Preach at 11:59am
Sunday, October 13, 11:59am, in the Sanctuary

October 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a modern apostle of nonviolence who was inspired greatly by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and who in turn inspired Dr. King, Mandela, and many others. Nonviolence is not just the absence of violence, and passive resistance is far from passive. Both strategies are active assertions of soul force and love. In these polarizing times, Preeta Bansal explores the power of the subtle and of invisible inner work as a force for external social change, and considers ancient and modern tools for transmuting and transforming conflict.

Preeta Bansal has spent more than 30 years in senior roles in government, global business, and corporate law practice – as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of the U.S. President (White House), Solicitor General of the State of New York, a US diplomat and Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She has advised on the drafting of the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Morning Blend

Sundays at 8:00am in Pilgrim Hall

Coffee, delicious pastries, and worship led by Pastor Patrick Messer and Dr. Jim Keck. Come check it out!

Music Ministry

Drop-in Choir @ FP East

All are invited to sing at First-Plymouth East on October 6th. Plan to arrive at FP East (Kloefkorn School, 6601 Glass Ridge Drive) at 8:45am to prepare for the 9:30 service.

Doane’s Jazz Unlimited @ FP East and 11:59

Missy Noonan will bring Doane’s Jazz Unlimited to sing in worship for FP East (Kloefkorn School, 6601 Glass Ridge Drive) at 9:30am and for 11:59 worship (20th & D) on Sunday, November 3.


Messiah Community Sing-Along

December 1, 4:00pm at First-Plymouth. George Frideric Handel’s iconic Messiah gives us reason enough to gather to sing together. But for this special community sing we have the opportunity also to support Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in their mission to defeat hunger and homeless and to restore hope.

Hat/Glove/Scarf Drive & Freewill Offering to benefit Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

FP Peace & Justice Team

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples
October 12: 10:00am-Noon, Mayflower Hall. Space is limited

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In the Doctrine of Discovery, we find the roots of injustice. In the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we find the seeds of change. How can we nurture these seeds to bring forth the fruits of right relationship among all peoples?

Through a participatory process, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward right relationship.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/roots-of-injustice-seeds-of-change-tickets-72955420627 or call 402-476-7565.

Good Talks For the Good Life

Thurs. October 17, 7:00pm, Nebraska Union Auditorium

This balanced conversation will include national groups working both for and against medical marijuana in Nebraska. Our moderated discussion with Marijuana Policy Project and Smart Approaches to Marijuana will rise above talking points and help us move forward productively. This event is free but registration is required at goodtalksgoodlife.org. Sponsored by FP Peace & Justice Team.

Church Social
October 18, 6:30-9:00pm, at Patricia & David Crew’s home. Bring an appetizer and beverage (most bring wine) to share. RSVP for directions to pcrews48@gmail.com

Peace & Justice Coffee and Conversation
Oct 5 & Nov 2, 9:00am, Meadowlark Coffee (16th & South). All are welcome.

Events @ firstplymouth.org/singles

Become an Usher!

Usher teams serve only four months a year and requires just a few extra minutes of your time on the Sunday you serve. Please contact lana@firstplymouth.org or speak with a First-Plymouth Usher. 

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

TV Ministry Needs You!
If you have an interest in music and or video, our TV and music ministry needs volunteers. No experience necessary; just a desire to learn and to help our audio-visual team. Opportunities to learn the sound system and audio board in the Sanctuary, helping with the music ministry and TV ministry on social media, as well as working with TV equipment for the live stream and Reach Out and Live TV show. Contact tdiperna@firstplymouth.org to learn more.

Spirituality Discussion
October 23, Noon-1:00pm, “Celtic Spirituality,” led by Jeanne Johnson and Rev. Jen Davidson.

Living An Examined Life: Wisdom for the 2nd Half of your Journey
Mon., October 7-November 4, Noon-1:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Facilitated by Gary Summers. Cost: $10. Also purchase the book "Living An Examined Life" by James Hollis for class. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org. Bring your lunch.

If you find yourself in a career, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path. In this series, explore a 21 step essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life.


October 25-27 at the Creighton Retreat Center near Griswold, Iowa.  A weekend of self-care and welcoming the self. Joyce Rupp will present “Offering Sanctuary to Yourself. Led by certified Boundless Compassion presenters Jeanne Johnson, Anne Kubr, Patty Forsberg & Maureen Bausch. REGISTER: transformingretreat.eventbrite.com 

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.


Grief Support Session
Oct 15, 6:00-7:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Led by Dr. Lisa Borchardt.
Give yourself the gift of being in the company of others who can bear witness to your experiences and validate your feelings during your grief journey. All are welcome, sharing is not mandatory, being in community can be healing, too. Free. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org

Grief Recovery - 8 week Series
Mon. Oct 21-Dec 10, 6:30-8:30pm. Help release the pain of loss, but not the memories of your loved one. Progress toward feeling better; toward enjoying fond memories without having them precipitate paintful feelings of regret or remorse. Cost: $14. Limited space. Register with krista@firstplymouth.org.

Grief and the Holiday Season
Nov 19, 6:00-7:00pm, Calvert Parlor. Led by Dr. Lisa Borchardt.
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. Free. Register with addie@firstplymouth.org.

Compline & Yoga - Sunday, October 13

Yoga: 6:00-6:45pm, Chapel. Led by instructor Maggie Pleskac, Milkweed Yoga.
Freewill donations accepted at the door. Limited mats available to use, 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 through yoga and worship. Through breath and movement, we are brought to a place of stillness at the center of our being, the place that connects us with the Divine within.

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, and participants are given an opportunity to light a candle as a personal act of prayer. Chanting of ancient music by the Schola Cantorum choir provide the only sound during this half-hour service.

First-Plymouth will conclude this series on November 10.

First-Plymouth Family

Contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, hollie@firstplymouth.org

Halloween Block Party

Oct 27, 4:00-5:30pm
Get your costumes ready and come enjoy our 3rd annual block party!

Halloween Block Party Booths Needed
We would like for all groups, departments and ministries to host a booth for this year’s community event.  It’s a great time, we meet our neighbors and hand out candy.  Email Deb@firstplymouth.org if interested.

Wednesday Night Live
Complete schedule of events on page 2.

FP Kids Studio- October
Join us for “All Things Animals” in October. Register online now!

HSYG- October
"Be Moved," plus we'll be headed to get some donuts at the end of the month.

MSYG- October
There’s always some fun brewing this time of year! 

FP Kids- Every Sunday, 9:00 & 10:30am
Join us on Sunday mornings as we experience worship through music, games, science, prayer and more!

Youth Musical Tickets
For sale on Nov 1st. Performances: Nov 22, 6:30pm & Nov 23, 1:00pm