Adult Classes & Workshops
W-Walk-Ins Welcome R-Registration Required
Church Building Tour
Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm. Led by Judi Cook.
Learn more about this unique historic building and discover interesting features, symbols and how to navigate. Meet in the back of the Sanctuary.
Peace & Justice Fashion Show: What Would Jesus Wear?
Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm.
What we choose to wear has far deeper ramifications than we may realize when we reach for a cute shirt. The worldwide garment manufacturing industry is a potent international force which affects the environment and worker justice in developing countries. This fun-spirited fashion show will feature creative, recycled fashions that will help us learn how to be more conscientious fashionistas. Come early for dinner served from 5-6:15pm in Pilgrim Hall.
Essentials Oils…What Are They?
Wednesdays, November 13 & 20, 6:30-8:30pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed Massage Therapist. Cost: $5
This class will introduce essential oils, their uses in specific conditions and health situations.
“A Place at the Table” Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30pm. Sponsored by the Sustainable Living Ministry.
America’s obesity epidemic has far more to do with farming practices, food policy and poverty than most of us realize. This documentary opens up the issues, showing how they are all interconnected and how we might begin to turn the tide. As Thanksgiving approaches, join us for this screening and panel discussion with local food experts.
Hymn Sing-Explore New Hymnal
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-7:30pm, Pilgrim Hall. Led by Tom Trenney, Minister of Music and Jeremy Bankson, Associate Minister of Music at First-Plymouth.
Explore First-Plymouth’s new GLORY TO GOD hymnal as we share in some golden oldies and discover some new treasures as we sing our faith together.
Church Talent Show
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm. Dinner 5-6:15PM
There’s nothing better than an old-fashioned amateur talent show to bring a community together. Can you play the spoons? How about a little soft shoe? Does your dog do tricks? Be creative! Acts of all kinds and performers of all ages will be considered. You won’t want to miss the clergy and staff on stage! Contact Pastor Barb by Nov. 1 with your act, email@example.com or 402-476-7565 ext. 219. Attend dinner, served from 5:00-6:15pm, prior to the Talent Show.
Dead Sea Squares – A Holy Game Show
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30pm.
Do you remember the game show Hollywood Squares? It was a giant tic-tac-toe with celebrities in each of the boxes. Questions were asked of the celebrities, they had the option to answer correctly or incorrectly, and the contestant had to decide if they agreed or disagreed. Dead Sea Squares is our version of Hollywood Squares. Join us for a lighthearted and educational evening of Bible Trivia. Can’t tell who the “celebrities” will be, but everyone will be either an “X” or an “O” and share in the fun.
Church Mural Tour
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30pm. Led by Judi Cook.
Get a quick chronological review of the Old Testament stories depicted on a mural painted by local artists, located on the top floor of the west wing. Meet in the back of the Sanctuary.
Living. Loving. Losing.
Wednesdays, January 8-February 12, 6:30-8:00pm. Cost: $25. Led by Lisa Borchardt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, www.journeythroughliving.com
To live is to love and to love is to lose. Critically think and problem solve about how thoughts, choices, and actions influence you across your lifespan. Discovering one’s authentic self will be presented to gain understanding about sharing genuine love, trust, and support. Tangible and intangible losses will be identified, grief journeys explored, and the action of physically “letting go” discussed.
Rebuilding 1: When Your Relationship Ends
Wednesdays, January 8–February 26, 6:30-8:00pm. Led by Kathy Foster and Gary Summers. Cost: $30.00 (includes materials). Class size limited.
We all know others who have been through a divorce but when it happens to us we often feel alone and lost. This 8 week class will help you to learn how to deal with the sadness, anger, guilt, living apart/or alone, and uncertainty that comes with this major life change with others who are going through the same process.
Making Bead Jewelry
Wednesdays, January 8-29, 6:30-7:45pm. Led by April Stevenson, Jewelry Artist.
$20 Kit (required) includes findings and stringing media. Bring your payment to first class.
Do you know the secrets of how to make durable and easy-to-wear beaded jewelry? Learn the basics of bead stringing, how to use jewelry tools, findings and wire-wrappings. Tools will be provided (or bring your own.) Make several bracelets and earrings in class. Bring your own beads or choose from a wide selection.
Religious Leaders of Lincoln
Wednesdays, January 15-29, 6:30pm.
We will invite some of the religious leaders in Lincoln to share their perspectives. We are blessed to have many wonderful congregations in Lincoln, and some amazing clergy from many different traditions. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them speak from the heart.
Introduction to Healing Energy
Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-1:00pm. Led by Margaret Rickers, Licensed Massage Therapist, certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master. Cost: $10.
Learn and experience the process of using our innate ability to help and to heal ourselves and others. Explore what energy healing is, the different kinds of healing, and experience some simple techniques.
Church Building Tour
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm. Led by Judi Cook.
Learn more about this unique historic building and discover who designed our beautiful church building. Find out what year it was built. Learn interesting features, symbols and how to navigate. Meet in the back of the Sanctuary.
Peace & Justice Panel Discussion: Human Trafficking
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm.
Human trafficking has exploded as an urgent international human rights issue in recent years. Join the Peace & Justice Committee and community in hearing from local experts on this issue.
Baroque Splendor: Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Rome
Wednesdays, February 5-26, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Andrea Bolland,
Associate Professor of Art History, UNL. Cost: $15.
Explore the life and times of multi-talented Italian Baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Examine selected works spanning the length of his long career, discuss his breathtaking technical skills as well as the larger political and religious contexts in which his art took on meaning.
Sacred Play: Art and Epiphany
Wednesdays, February 5 - 26, 6:30pm. Led by Susan J. Brasch,
Artist and Program Director, InnerCoreConnect, LLC. Cost: $40.
An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. It can also be spontaneous moments of discovery, recognition and understanding. This class is a guided version of PlayShops ™ created by Susan J. Brasch using art materials. The process, the projects and the creative play will give you insights and epiphanies about yourself. Your creations may even astound you. Be prepared to always be a beginner in this class. Art experience is not necessary. Materials provided.
Continuing Bead Jewelry
Wednesday, February 5-26, 6:30-7:45pm. Led by April Stevenson, Jewelry Artist.
Kit (required) is $30 and includes findings and stringing media. Bring your payment to the first class.
First class is multi-strand bracelet with the class choosing direction for the following three classes. Possibilities include needle-woven seed beads, chains, wire wrapping, and embroidery.Bring your own beads or choose from a wide selection.
5 Pastors, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Sophia
Wednesdays, February 12-26, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Revs. Jim Keck, Barb Smisek, Nancy Erickson, Greg Stewart and Kim Morrow.
Who is Sophia? In Greek, Sophia means Wisdom. The book of Proverbs describes her as a partner with the Holy One. There are only four other figures mentioned more than Sophia in the Old Testament, Yahweh, Moses, David and Job. So why do we know so little about her? Is she divine? What role does she play in our spiritual lives today? How do we find her? Explore with your pastors a feminine presence of the divine that has been around since before the 1st century.
Building Your Own Theology Part 2
Thursdays, February 27 – March 20, 7:00-8:30pm. Led by Rev. Greg Stewart,
Minister to Children, Youth and Families. $5 for materials.
This four-week course continues the inquiry of BYOT 1 for the following topics: Search, Faith, Love and Prayer. Why are these essential for committed Christians in a multicultural, multi-faith world? Hands-on activities help participants retain course knowledge. Space is limited. The syllabus will be mailed to each participant upon registration. Registration deadline: Monday, February 17.
Conflict & Resolution in Everyday Life
Thursdays, March 6 – 27, 6:30-7:30pm. Cost: $25.
Led by Gary Summers and Susan Brasch, both certified NE mediators.
Conflict occurs, at one time or another, in all our relationships, whether it be friends, family or co-workers. Learn effective ways to approach and resolve conflicts from two certified Nebraska Mediators.
Exploring the Pipe Organs of First-Plymouth
Tuesday, March 18, 7:00-8:15pm, Choir Room. Led by Jeremy Bankson, Associate Minister of Music at First-Plymouth.
First-Plymouth is home to one of the most significant organ installations of modern organ building. Learn more about the Lied Organ and Ruth Marie Amen Gallery organ, what makes them work, and what makes them significant and special!
The Legacy of Iona: Spirituality Discussion
Wednesdays, March 19 & 26, 7:00pm. Led by Rev. Kim Morrow, Minister of Sustainability.
In preparation for the Otis Young Lecture on March 27th by Scottish spirituality writer John Philip Newell, join Pastor Kim and Jen Davidson for an introduction to his work, including his book “A New Harmony.”
Relationship Enrichment Weekend for Couples
Friday, March 28, 7:00pm - Saturday, March 29, 4:00pm, Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. Led by Rev. Barb Smisek, Associate Minister
Here’s a perfect opportunity to get away from the city and spend quality time in the rustic and restful setting of the Lied Lodge with the person you love the most love. Whether you’ve been together for 1 year or 50, the enrichment weekend is designed to bring couples into a greater sense of “oneness.” No group sharing, only activities designed for couples to privately explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding. Weekend begins after dinner on Friday, 7:00pm, and ends 4:00pm on Saturday. Cost for over-night lodging, breakfast, lunch, snacks and program, $210 per couple. Limited space available. Register by February 28th by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-476-7565 ext. 239.
Carillon and Bell Tower Tour
Wednesday, April 2, 7:00pm. Led by Judi Cook and Kathie Johnson, carillonneur.
Learn about the beautiful music from the instrument called the carillon. Meet in the back of the sanctuary. Be prepared to climb spiral staircase and ladder.
Animal Wisdom: An Exploration of Animal Thoughts, Feelings and Their Role in Our Search for God
Wednesdays, April 2 - 23, 7:00-8:00pm. Led by Pastor Karen Clarke,
First-Plymouth Animal Ministry.
As animal behaviorists discover more and more about animal understanding and skills, we humans face moral and ethical dilemmas about our respect for and treatment of all animals. Explore what animals really know and can do, discuss the ethics and morality this knowledge may require of us, and look at how the animal-human connection and the concept of an animal soul fit into the whole picture.
The Grief Club
Wednesdays, April 2-May 7, 6:30-8:00pm. Led by Lisa Borchardt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, www.journeythroughliving.com. Cost $25.
Most of us find ourselves joining grief clubs whether we want to or not. For example, the ‘Somebody I love was diagnosed with Dementia’ club, or the ‘Why did you die?’ club, or ‘Why do I have cancer?’ club? There is initiation, transition, and change when we join such clubs. Loss and death are not endings, but an opportunity for transformation and growth. This club will provide tools when we encounter situations that turn our lives upside down and help us to create our new normal.
The Green Boat Book Study & Discussion
Wednesdays, April 2-23, 7:00pm. Led by Rev. Kim Morrow, Minister of Sustainability.
Local hero and New York Times-bestselling author Mary Pipher’s newest book examines the sense of stress and despair that so many of us live with as we face the environmental and other crises in our world. She suggests that we can only recover a sense of spiritual health when we reconnect our bodies, our emotions, our loved ones and earth, reweaving the web of life that sustains us. Purchase book on your own prior to the first class.
Heart Connections: Living from the Heart
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 7:00pm. Led by Jolane Bakley (Luetchens) MS, LMHP. Cost: $15.
The heart is the center point of stillness, peace, and transformation. It is a source of higher wisdom and intelligence, and your connecting link to God. How does your lack of forgiveness of yourself or another impact you? What about a broken heart? How is your life different when you speak, listen and live from your heart? Build awareness, knowledge and skill to access your heart. Guided imagery will be included.
The Bible from 35,000 Feet
Wednesdays, April 2-30, 7:00pm. Led by Rev. Nancy Erickson, Associate Minister.
We all know the saying “Don’t miss the forest for the trees.” The saying is true. When walking in a forest we miss the larger lay of the land. But when we fly over a forest at 35,000 feet, we can see the larger patterns of that forest. So is with the Bible. It is easy to get caught up in specific verses or even books and lose the overarching themes. Discover four major themes in scripture and how they each manifest in our individual lives. Learn faithful and responsible ways to interpret scripture and to understand the big picture so that specific parts become more alive and meaningful. Bring your Bible.
The Singing Tower – First-Plymouth’s Carillon
Saturday, April 26, 10:30-11:30am. Led by Kathie Johnson, carillonneur.
Learn about the history of First-Plymouth’s Singing Tower carillon, how the instrument is played and hear its beautiful music. Must be able to climb numerous stairs and ladder. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Meet in the back of the sanctuary.