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
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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!
Welcome these new members to First-Plymouth:
Robert Rickert, Amanda Coon, Tim & Cindy Fleener, Kathie Starkweather, and
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. others from the church. Bring an appetizer
Stone (803 Q St).
and beverage (most bring wine) to share.
Singles Plus+ News RSVP for directions to 730-2324 or
Single Adults (60 and older)
• Thanksgiving Potluck: 11/25, 1PM, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
share. RSVP for directions to Ken at
grim Hall. Open to all.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email@example.com 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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sunday services. Cost $9.00 per
476-7565 x 219. pound.
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
email@example.com or 488-3647.