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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Message from the Moderator

People, Pledges & Programs

We need your help.

The board of trustees, the church council and the First-Plymouth staff are all involved in putting together next year’s budget. We plan for programs, services and efforts that we know we can afford. Just like your family budget. Or a business plan.

Every dollar in our church’s budget comes from you . . . members of our congregation. (That’s the people part.) There isn’t a secret room in the church basement with “extra money” waiting if needed. Or a donor or foundation that we can go to. We count on your generosity. Each and every one of you. Please.

So we would like to know how much you plan on giving. Think of it as your anticipated annual contribution amount. You should have received a letter asking for your pledge amount. Or give online at firstplymouth.org, or call 402-476-7565.

Please consider increasing your pledge. The cost of operating our church goes up each year. No surprise. Increased health care costs, salary enhancements, maintenance, music expenses, utility costs go up by about 3 to 5 percent a year in total.

Think about how many worship services we deliver to our members. Thirty-four a month. That’s more than one a day. Plus all the programs, discussion groups, classes, Wednesday Night Live, First-Plymouth East, choir and music performances, Children, Youth and Family ministries, a myriad of things we serve the wider community and those in need, including hospital and pastoral in-home visits.

So please take a deep breath, think about all First-Plymouth means to you and bump up that pledge total. My wife and I did.

Thanks again for all you do for First-Plymouth Church.

Jim Lauerman – Moderator

jlauerman@baileylauerman.com - 402-525-9700

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Service of Remembrance

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” matthew 5

Sunday, November 3, 9:00am Worship

We will be lifting up the names of church members who have died since November of last year and we will also remember all of our loved ones who have entered eternity.

Let Us Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 27, 7:00pm First-Plymouth

Two churches gather to give thanks at a community worship service at First-Plymouth Church. Clergy from First-Plymouth and St. Paul United Methodist will share the thanksgiving message. The Plymouth Choir and the Chancel Choir of St. Paul will combine under the direction of Tom Trenney. The community is invited to attend the service.