Christmas Giving Tree - First- Plymouth Congregational Church by wangnianwu


									                                                    The Herald              First-Plymouth Church
                                                                  A Congregation of the United Church of Christ
                                                                                    Issue #21 • November 17 - November 30, 2010

                             Christmas Christian OutreachTree
                             Sponsored by the Board of
Worship with
us in November               Gift tags will be available on the Christmas trees located near Pilgrim Hall on Nov. 21
                             & 28 and Dec. 5 & 12. Gifts will be donated to Friendship Home, Whitehall, Light-
Nov. 20 & 21
                             house, St. Monica’s, Antlers, Elliott school and a family from Bennet, Nebraska.
(Children’s Sabbath)
Jim Keck preaching.          Bring items to Rev. Barb’s office during the week or return them to the Giving Tree
Choristers at 9AM serv-      table on Sundays. Gifts must be delivered to the church no later than Dec. 15.
ice, Chapel Choir &
Youth Orchestra at 9 &
10:30AM Services. Ply-       Renew and Reconnect with
mouth Choir at 10:30AM
service.                     Contemplative Prayer at Taizé Service
Nov. 21                      On the first Sunday of each month, the sanctuary at First-Plymouth takes on
11:59 – Jim Keck teach-      a different look and feel when at 7PM in the soft lighting, amidst candles
ing. Music by Marc Mey-
                             and icons, chanting begins. With the rhythm of the music and ease of the re-
ers & Tom Trenney.
                             frain, one begins to relax, settle in and reconnect with God.
Nov. 24                         Taizé is a small community in France and in 1940, Brother Roger arrived there
Thanksgiving Eve Service,
                             from his native Switzerland to establish a religious community designed to recon-
St. Paul United Methodist
Church, 7:00PM. Jim Keck     cile Christians with each other. World War II interrupted the formation of the
preaching. Plymouth          community of brothers, but by 1949, the brothers made lifetime commitments to
Choir & St. Paul Chancel     the community of Taizé. Today Taizé is a thriving and spirit-filled community.
Choir. William Wyman            The service, which lasts about 30 minutes, includes hymns in the style of
conductor, Tom Trenney       Taizé, psalms, Scripture, prayers and 10-12 minutes of silent reflection during which a person may
                             refresh and renew oneself and reconnect on a deeper level with God. The next service is Dec. 5th at
Nov. 27 & 28 (First          7PM. Contact Barb Smisek:
Sunday of Advent &
Barb Smisek preaching.
Chorale & Summit String
                             Thanksgiving Eve Service at St. Paul
Quartet at 9:00AM service.   This year’s service will be Wed., Nov. 24th, 7:00PM at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M”
Plymouth Choir & Sum-        St. Jim Keck will give the sermon. The Plymouth Choir will join with the St. Paul’s Chancel Choir
mit String Quartet at
                             to offer special music. William Wyman will conduct and Tom Trenney will serve as organist.
10:30AM service.
Nov 28                       The offices at First-Plymouth will be closed on Nov. 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving.
11:59 – Jim Keck teach-
ing. Music by Erin-Ann
Scott & Tom Trenney.           First-Plymouth Budget Facing 5 Percent Increase
Join us for worship Satur-   Because of rising costs across the board, we will have to raise almost 100,000 dollars more than
day at 5:30PM, Sunday at
                             last year. First-Plymouth is filled with generous and faithful givers. If everyone increases their
9:00, 10:30 and 11:59AM.
Child care is available at   pledge by 5 percent this year, we can move forward with the exciting ministries planned for the
9:00 & 10:30AM services.     year ahead. Thanks to everyone who makes this church possible!
                                           Congregation News
                                           Welcome these new members to First-Plymouth:
                                           Robert Rickert, Amanda Coon, Tim & Cindy Fleener, Kathie Starkweather, and
                                           Jennifer Davidson.

                                           Meet some new members of First-Plymouth:
                                           Carla & Dennis Seeba moved to Lincoln in 2007. Dennis owns a hardware & TV
                                           store in Cook, NE. Carla works at Stevens Creek Family Medicine in Lincoln. They
Russell Red Oak,                           were members of St. Paul’s UCC in Cook before joining F-P. They have 3 daughters
Our New Friend                             and enjoy spending time with family, the outdoors and using the trails in Lincoln.
Russell Gorthey, member of First-
Plymouth since 1956, died Sept. 11,        Traci Bair works in the GI Lab at Bryan Med. Center. She has a nine year old son
but his memory will live on thanks         and she enjoys volunteering, music, books, movies, nature, friends and her dog,
to the Red Oak planted in his honor        Gus.
where “Old Prickly” once stood.
   The family of Dr. Gorthey named         Brianna Bergholz is a kindergarten teacher at Elliott Elementary. She recently be-
the tree “Russell” (rustling leaves) and   came engaged and she and her fiancé are looking for an opportunity to renew their
brought dirt from his childhood            faith together.
hometown of Murdock, NE to sur-
round its roots. Many of the Dimen-        Jason Farber is originally from Omaha but has lived in Lincoln for six years. He is
sions First-Plymouth Early Education       an auditor for the State of NE and Jason recently became engaged.
afternoon classes, teachers and par-
ents gathered with the family to expe-                                                                              Baptisms
rience the tree planting.                                                                   Jackson Reinhardt Kruse – Nov. 7th
   While the children waited for the                                                              Eden Marae Kahla – Nov. 7th
tree to arrive, several of them lay down
on the ground where Old Prickly once
stood and experienced the diameter of      Christmas Poinsettias
the hole that would be needed for the
new tree. “They probably have to           To honor a loved one with a poinsettia this Christmas, complete
make it as big as me.” Oskar surmised.     the form and mail or bring to First-Plymouth Church, ATTN:
   The nursery crew dug a deep hole        Rebecca, 2000 D St., Lincoln, NE 68502. Make checks payable to
and let the children take turns jumping    First-Plymouth Church, designate them “Poinsettias.” Each plant is
inside the hole. The roots of the tree     $16.00. No phone orders, please. Orders must be received by: Mon, Dec. 13.
were tied together with string and wire,
which concerned some children. The
nursery crew explained that the string     Honoree:
and wire would be cut so that the roots                                         PRINT CLEARLY
could spread out and grow under-
ground. “Someday this tree will be big,”
they assured them. The children sang       Given by:
as the Gorthey family planted the tree:                                         PRINT CLEARLY

Russell Red Oak
Russell Red Oak                                    Check if you would like your poinsettia donated to a nursing home or hospital.
We Love You
Russell Red Oak
Russell Red Oak                                    Poinsettias at $16.00 each     Total enclosed:
We’ll take care of you.
Honduras Mission Trips 2011
Join First-Plymouth and Southwood Lutheran Church as they travel to Honduras
on: March 19th-26th, Agriculture based (teaching and helping plant vegetable gar-
dens, chicken raising education). June 4th-11th, Dental/Optical mission trip is full
for non-medical volunteers. July 23-29, building trip, follow up on vegetable gar-
dens and chicken raising. For more information, contact Barb Smisek at                 Kathie Johnson, Director of Children                                                              and Family Ministries, 476-7565, Ext.

Shirts for Scholarships                                                                Children are invited to one of our
Do you have your First-Plymouth shirt? T-shirts (long &                                Church School experiences at 9:00-
short sleeve), sweatshirts and hoodies are now available to                            9:45AM or 10:30–11:30AM. Infant
order. Reasonably priced, these shirts are a fundraising proj-                         and toddler care is provided dur-
ect for the scholarship program of the Board for Women’s                               ing both services. Location: west
Ministries. See samples and place your orders (by Nov. 29) between services or on      entrance, lower level, Toddler A.
Wednesday nights. Can’t make it during these times? Contact Elizabeth, 476-7565 x
217 or These will make great Christmas gifts!             November 21 – Chapel Choir
                                                                                       (K’s-2nd graders) will sing at the
                                                                                       worship service they attend:
                                                                                       9:00AM - K’s – 2nd graders are
AIDS Day Service                                                                       asked to go DIRECTLY to the
A service commemorating World AIDS Day will be held Dec. 2 at St. Paul United
                                                                                       chapel by 8:45AM to rehearse. K’s,
Methodist Church, 1144 “M” St. at 7:00PM.
                                                                                       1st, & 2nd graders will not be sitting
                                                                                       with parents.
                                                                                       10:30AM – K’s, 1st & 2nd graders
Advent Workshop                                                                        are asked to be in the chapel by
                                                                                       10:15 to allow time to prepare for
Dec. 5 – 2:00-4:00PM, Mayflower Hall. Families are invited to the Advent Work-
shop in anticipation of Christmas to make crafts and enjoy fellowship.                 singing at the worship service.
Volunteers needed for Advent Workshop Craft Tables – Dec. 5, 2:00-4:00PM.
Contact Deb Comstock at                                          Angels and Shepherds
                                                                                       Angels (kindergarten & older) and
                                                                                       shepherds (between 7-10 years of
Children’s Sabbath Outreach Project                                                    age) are needed for the 3:00PM
                                                                                       Family Christmas Eve worship
Ends November 21                                                                       service. Dance lessons are helpful,
                                                                                       but not required. Children should
The Lincoln Food Bank BackPack                                                         be available to attend all rehearsals:
Emergency Pantry provides schools
with emergency food boxes for families                                                 Sun., Dec. 5 - 11:30-12:30 Fitting for
in crisis. Help our First-Plymouth                                                     all cast members
Church School children collect food for                                                Sat., Dec. 11 - 10:00-11:15 Angels
the Pantry. Food barrels are located by                                                Sat., Dec. 11 - 11:15-12:30 Shepherds
each of the elevators.                                                                 Sat., Dec. 18 - 10:00-11:00 Angels
                                                                                       Sat., Dec. 18 - 11:00-12:00 Shepherds
• Peanut Butter & Jelly                     “Woof, Woof”…..McDuff’s letting you know   Wed., Dec. 22 - 5:00-6:45 All cast
• Concentrated Fruit Juice                  you have one more chance to bring food     dress rehearsal
  (non-refrigerated non frozen)             for the Emergency Pantry!
• Canned Fruits & Vegetables                                                           Angel and shepherd sign-up forms
• Cereal & Pop Tarts                                                                   are available on-line and outside
• Canned meats                                                                         Kathie Johnson’s office. Deadline
• Spaghetti O’s, pasta and pasta sauce, mac & cheese                                   to Kathie: Mon., Nov. 22nd.
• Backpacks (large enough to hold a box of cereal)
Adult Fellowship Groups
Get connected…join a group. All Adult fellowship groups have e-newsletters.
To be added to a specialized list, email

First-Plymouth Singles News                       vites singles (of all ages) to their An-     XL); Husker gear; slippers, batteries;
Single Adults (30’s-60’s). For more info. check   nual Christmas Dinner Party on Sun.,         clocks and warm socks.
out the Singles newsletter, The Individualist.    Dec. 5, 5:30PM in Pilgrim Hall. Enjoy
                                                                                               Church Social
Volleyball – Mon. Nov. 22 & 29, 7:30-             a catered holiday meal, entertainment        monthly social gatherings in hosts’ homes
9:30PM, in F-P Gym.                               and more. Cost: $10.00. Family and           Nov. Event:
                                                  friends are welcome. Pre-registration        All are welcome Fri., Nov. 19th, 7-9PM, at
Sunday Brunches: 11:45 AM Nov 21,                 is required by Wed. Dec. 1, by calling       Bruce and Nancy Mitchell’s home to meet
Grisanti’s (6820 O St); Nov 28, Brix &            476-7550 or         others from the church. Bring an appetizer
Stone (803 Q St).
                                                                                               and beverage (most bring wine) to share.
Upcoming Events:
                                                  Singles Plus+ News                           RSVP for directions to 730-2324 or
                                                  Single Adults (60 and older)
• Thanksgiving Potluck: 11/25, 1PM,                                                  
  at Rose & Kevin’s. Spend Thanksgiv-             Gone with the Wind Movie Party:
  ing with friends, turkey provided.                                                           Tower Club 2
                                                  Sun. Nov. 21, 2PM, at Barb H’s home.         monthly social for young couples with/with-
  Bring trimmings or dessert to share.
                                                  RSVP for directions 489-5990.                out children
  RSVP to Rose for directions: 742-
                                                  Brunch: Mon. Nov. 22, 11AM, at Ter-          Nov Event:. Sat., Nov. 20th, 6PM. In the
  7478 or
                                                  race Grill (inside the Cornhusker            spirit of the season, we will be giving
• Husker Football Party: 11/26, 1PM,
                                                  Hotel). Host: Veronica.                      thanks for babysitters. Hosted by
  at Ken and Suzette’s. Bring a beverage,
                                                                                               Richard and Laura Moberly, RSVP to
  Thanksgiving leftovers or a snack to
                                                  Bridge: Wed. Nov 24, 1-4:30PM, in Pil-       488-0777 or
  share. RSVP for directions to Ken at
                                                  grim Hall. Open to all. or call 540-
  6519.                                           Breakfast with Friends: Mon. Nov. 29,        Cribbage Club
• Outreach at F Street: Volunteers are            9AM, at Panera Bread (201 N. 66th).          Mondays, 6:30PM, Courtyard Lounge.
  needed to prepare and serve a meal for                                                       Beginners welcome.
                                                  Lancaster Manor Gift Donation: During
  the children at the F St. Rec Center
                                                  November and December, Singles Plus+         Plymouth Pride
  (1225 F St) on 11/29, at 4:45PM. Email
                                                  will collect unwrapped Christmas gifts for   Christmas Party, Dec. 12, Pilgrim Hall, to volunteer.
                                                  Manor residents. Bring to Addie’s office     5:30. Entertainment, "A Christmas
F-P Singles Ministry                              or to Bridge on Wed. Dec. 8th. Donations     Cabaret" by Angels Theater Company.
Annual Christmas Dinner:                          needed: $10 gift certificates to the Manor   RSVP,
The First-Plymouth Church Singles in-             Beauty Parlor; Stamps; Sweat suits (M-       476-7565 ext. 217

           Abendmusik Invites you to participate in a Sweater
                 Drive October 22nd - November 20th
                      The sweater drive will culminate with a special Abendmusik concert “A Beautiful Day in
                      the Neighborhood” Featuring the music of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Special guest
                      Mr. McFeely (David Newell) will join us along with Marc Meyers, Tom Trenney, Zuri, X-
                      the owl, Daniel Striped Tiger and King Friday XIII. Admission is free but we encourage
                      you to bring a sweater to donate! Drop off your new or gently used winter-wear at West-
                      gate Bank, Runza, or First-Plymouth Church.
                         Sunday, November 21st at 4 PM • First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street
                             Wednesday Night Live
         Wednesday nights – Food * Fun * Fellowship * Music * Education – for all ages
     WNL isn’t just for people with children…it’s for singles, couples, empty nesters …. EVERYONE! Come for dinner ($6
     adults, $3 children, under age 6 free, family cap $20) and then attend one of our many walk-in classes and church
                                     tours listed below under Wednesday night activities

                                                                                 WNL will not be meeting on Wed. November 24th.

Adult Classes, Discussions Groups and Bible Studies
  Additional information available in First-Plymouth’s Activities Booklet and online under Programs or on the online building cal-
  endar. Pre-registration is required for some classes indicated below. To register, email or call 476-7550.
                                                 W-Walk-ins      R- Registration Required

SUNDAY                                         TUESDAY                                      Christmas Hymns: Where Did Those
                                                                                            Words Come From?: Wed. Dec. 1- 15,
‘Something Else’ Discussion: Sundays, 9-       Old Testament Precedents for New Tes-        6:30-7:30PM. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Ex-
10AM, Calvert Parlor. Led by Jim Hewitt, re-   tament Stories: Tuesdays through 11/23,      plore scriptural allusions used by writers of
tired lawyer and college professor. Discuss    9:30-11AM. Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Com-      Christmas hymns. Also offered Tues. Nov.
current events and the Bible. W                pare two Magnificat songs, two births, two   30-Dec. 21, 9:30-11AM. W
                                               restorations of life to a widow’s son, and
Digging for Jesus: Biblical, Archaeologi-      other New Testament versions of Old Tes-     Advent Spirituality: Wed. Dec 1-15,
cal and Other Ancient Sources: Sundays,        tament stories. W                            6:30PM. Led by Rev. Nancy Erickson. Help
9-10AM, Resource Room. Led by Dr. David                                                     prepare our minds and hearts for the com-
Peabody, author and Professor of Religion,     Christmas Hymns:                             ing of the Christ. W
Nebraska Wesleyan Univ. Will not meet Nov.     Where Did Those Words Come From?:
21. W                                          Tuesdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 9:30-11AM.        Good Grief! Widow Support: 2nd Wed. of
                                               Led by Carolyn Zeisset. Explore scriptural   the month (Dec. 8), 4-5PM. W
Sunday Discussion Group (SDG): Year            allusions used by writers of Christmas
Round. 9:15-10:15AM, Tower Room. Round-        hymns. Also offered Wed. Dec. 1-15, 6:30-    THURSDAY
table discussion. W                            7:30PM. W
                                                                                            Not Your Ordinary Bible Study: Year
Sustainable Living Potluck & Discus-           WEDNESDAY                                    Round. Noon-1PM. Led by Rev. Jim Keck.     W
sion-Sun., Nov. 21st, 12:45-2:00PM, Pil-
grim Hall. Bring an organic side dish to       Feel Good Yoga: Wednesdays, 6:45PM. $5 a     HopeKeepers: Chronic Illness/Pain Sup-
complement the soup the cooking class          class. Beginners welcome. W                  port Group: 1st Thurs. of the month (Dec. 2)
will have prepared. Guest speaker Doug                                                      6:30PM. Facilitated by Pastor Karen Clarke. W
Dittman from Branched Oak Farm will            Church Tours and Church Mural Tours:
talk about sustainable practices in their      1st Wed. of the month (Dec. 1) rotating      FRIDAY
dairy operation, followed by group dis-        church and mural tours, 6:30PM, meet Judi
cussion. W                                     Cook in Pilgrim Hall. W                      Coffee & Conversation for Parents: 1st &
                                                                                            3rd Fridays, 9:30AM, Courtyard Lounge. Led
                                                                                            by Rev. Kim Hinrichs. W
     See Classes online at
New Member Orientation
and New Member Sunday
Orientation, Thurs., Dec. 2, 7:00PM, Pilgrim Hall.
Meet others who are joining the church or who
have joined, the ministers and staff. New mem-
bers will be received into the congregation Dec. 5th
during the 9:00AM service. To become a member,
complete the membership form located in the lit-
erature racks, on-line at,
or at the orientation. For questions, call Connie,
476-7565 x 201.

Future Herald Articles
The deadline for the Dec. 1 issue is noon Nov. 22
The deadline for the Dec. 15 issue is noon Dec. 7

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  Christ, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-1698. Periodicals Postage
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Giving THANKS, GIVING Food:                                                                          Holiday
The Face of Poverty and First-Plymouth                                                               Fundraiser
First-Plymouth will be participating in the Center for People in Need campaign to                    In November, the Youth Group
provide Thanksgiving meals for low-income families in Lincoln. $30 will buy meals                    will be selling freshly harvested
for three families; $50 will buy meals for five families and $150, fifteen families.                 pecans. A table will be set up out-
Make checks payable to FIRST-PLYMOUTH and notate “Thanksgiving meal”                                 side Pilgrim Hall between the
in the memo. Contact Rev. Barb with questions, or                          Sunday services. Cost $9.00 per
476-7565 x 219.                                                                                      pound.

What’s Sacred?
occasional brief musings by Kathryn Campbell, Minister of Spiritual Direction
                            More thoughts about “how to pray”. Except, there is no one right way to pray. Everyone connects with the
                            Holy in a way unique to them.
                              Have you come to that point where you wish you were closer to God and don’t know how to get there?
                            This desire is itself a connection with God. In fact, it is a desire that God has put in your heart. (All prayer
                            begins with God; our prayer is a response.) Your desire to be closer to God is the mirror image of God’s
                            desire to be closer to you. Just sit with your desire.
                            For more conversation about prayer or spirituality or uncertainty about same, contact Kathryn Campbell, at
                   or 488-3647.

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