The Herald First-Plymouth Church A Congregation of the United Church of Christ Issue #21 • November 17 - November 30, 2010 Giving 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 organist. 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: email@example.com Sunday of Advent & Communion) 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- Children’s 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- Ministry dens and chicken raising. For more information, contact Barb Smisek at Kathie Johnson, Director of Children firstname.lastname@example.org and Family Ministries, 476-7565, Ext. 215, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org share. RSVP for directions to Ken at grim Hall. Open to all. email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 firstplymouth.org/htmlFiles/programs/index.html 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 www.firstplymouth.org, 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 The First-Plymouth HERALD (USPS 876-600) is published every other week for $1.00 per year by First-Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-1698. Periodicals Postage paid at Lincoln, Nebraska. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the First- Plymouth HERALD, First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-1698. TIME SENSITIVE MATERIAL 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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 488-3647.
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