News & Events Highlights

Here you will find information on some of the exciting things going on at FCC. Visit this page often to review featured events, ongoing opportunities, and various updates from the congregation.

Katie’s Musings: Memories and ‘Dos

Cassie Williams
June 22 2017

The start of June marked my one year anniversary here with you all in this town and church and corner of the world.  So that’s cool!  I feel so very blessed to be a part of this community, so let me take a moment to express my gratitude for your love and openness over the past year.  I started here in the midst of a rather difficult time in my life, and I can’t begin to express how glad I am that I came here.  At that moment, in general, always and every day.

So thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

*end sappiness.  for now.  😉 *

It’s funny to think about the people we are now versus the people we were even a year ago.  Lessons learned, possessions acquired, weight gained or lost, understandings of the way things work that have shifted.

I am fascinated by the things with which we delineate our time on this planet.  Places lived, perhaps.  Relationships.  Jobs.  Age of children.  When we got that dog, and when we lost that dog.  Illness.  Recovery.

For me, it’s hair.  Particularly the more drastic changes.

A few days ago, a picture popped up on my Facebook memories.  It was 2013, and I was spending my first of two summers on the Resource Team at Kaleo.  I had a platinum pixie cut that I’d spiked up with multi-colored hair gel for “Wacky Hair Wednesday”.  In a day or two, I should get the Facebook memory of that week’s mission night, when my hair got spiked up with whipped cream, the result of a mission goal met and a pie taken square in the face.  I see that picture, and I’m reminded of the summer and the fun and all the music I wrote, but also how my hair got to be platinum in the first place:  a snap decision made in the aftermath of learning that a dear friend/nannying charge’s mom had died.

The long auburn hair was when I was trying to be an actor and thought I needed “castable hair” to get jobs.  The short dark hair (the first time) was when I let that dream go and decided to focus my passions elsewhere.  The less-than-platinum hair was when my sister got married and didn’t want me platinum in the pictures.  The black hair was when the platinum went awry and highlighter yellow wasn’t quite what the Shedd Aquarium people had in mind for their Holiday Fantasea performers.  The cherry red, camp year 2, because… well why not at that point?  I never did full on funky colors, no blues or pinks, though I make no promises for the future……

I guess my point is that we are all on journeys.  Sometimes they most certainly lead us down paths we do not expect.  But those journeys are important.  Hair color, life experiences, places moved, people encountered, decisions made… they make up who we are.  They’re important.  Even … holy.  On Sunday morning we say it – “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are most welcome here.”  That has most certainly been my experience, and I’m so glad my journey led me here, walking this portion of it with you all.

(I mean, my hair has stayed relatively the same color all year, so that should say something!  🙂 )


Heroes & Songs

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 22 2017

Need some encouragement?  Need some confidence?  Need to be empowered?  From some of the great stories of the Hebrew Bible we are … More

Luther and the Jews: Responsibility and Reconciliation

Cassie Williams
June 21 2017

Hiking in Hummel Park

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 17 2017

Ready for a walk in the woods?  Saturday we’ll be hiking in Hummel Park. This is a good opportunity to get to … More

Florence Mill- Stories of the Overland Trail

Cassie Williams
June 15 2017

What: “Overland Trails: Children on the Trail” When:  This Saturday June 17, 3:30 pm Who: Renae M. Hunt is a Nebraska farm girl who … More

America and Refugees, From the Holocaust to Today – Dr. Rafeal Medoff

Cassie Williams
June 15 2017

Scott’s Column: Good Neighbors

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 13 2017

May 25-26, I attended the Neighborhoods USA annual conference, which was hosted this year in Omaha.  I attended at the encouragement of … More

Heartland PRIDE Reminder

Cassie Williams
June 17 2017

The Parade will be held Saturday, June 17th at 10 a.m. Set-up begins at 9 a.m. If you would like to march … More

First Forum: June 11 & 18: Tasty Texts!

Cassie Williams
June 18 2017

June 11 & 18: Tasty Texts! We are exploring key themes of the Book of Romans in worship, but some of the … More

Let’s Take a Hike

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 17 2017

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”–Thoreau Announcing our new First Central Hiking Club.  Beginning May 20, we’ll … More

Omaha Together One Community- Building Relationships to Strengthen our Democracy

Cassie Williams
June 12 2017

Building relationships to strengthen our democracy Join Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) on Second Mondays this Summer(June 12 , July 10  and … More

The Prairie Citizen

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 1 2017

In an effort to find common ground in these divisive times, we at First Central have launched a new weekly podcast entitled … More

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TEAM

Cassie Williams
May 31 2017

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TEAM Again this year I am forming a team to help build a Habitat house. We will be part … More

Conversational Dinners

Cassie Williams
May 10 2017

It’s that time again! Please sign-up in the Parlor, or call Val Himes, to RSVP for the dinners being held Sunday, May … More

Groundbreaking

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 7 2017

One hundred years ago the United States entered the First World War and Rev. Dr. Gustave Hulbert knew that the church needed … More

First Central Green Team

Cassie Williams
February 28 2017

A Note From Bud- Sometimes the simplest issues are complicated. The First Central Green Team has been attempting to reduce the use … More

Writer’s Group: The “Write” of Spring

Cassie Williams
January 28 2017

Celebrate spring, actually each season, by writing about your observations about it. Such writing can be a fun game to record all … More

First Central Book Club Schedule

Cassie Williams
January 25 2017

  February 9, 7 pm, 51 Carter Lake Club, Carter Lake, IA (Julie McKillip’s home). Book: Willa Cather’s My Antonia. Sue Arkfeld … More

More on Justification

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 12 2017

Paul uses many metaphors to discuss salvation– redemption, reconciliation, adoption, atonement, rescue, justification, propitiation, even salvation itself, which is a medical term … More

Sanctuary in the Streets Training Event

Cassie Williams
June 17 2017