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.

Scott’s Column: Across Nebraska

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 14 2018

Across Nebraska

Last Thursday, after Ron Butler’s memorial service, Sebastian and I left town on our first trip just the two of us, heading across Nebraska to attend the Annual Gathering of the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ in Ogallala.

Our first night we spent in a hotel in Grand Island, where I was reminded how much fun a hotel can be for a kid—riding in an elevator, pushing the luggage cart, jumping on the bed, etc.  Friday morning, we stopped in North Platte to watch the shunting of train cars at the Bailey Rail Yard, the world’s largest (this was a second visit for both of us, and Sebastian said it was his favourite part of the trip).  And we climbed on the old trains on exhibit at Cody Park, before heading on to Ogallala’s First Congregational Church. 

The focus of the meeting was children’s and youth ministries.  The keynote speakers talked about various innovative ideas and programs that have worked in different settings.  The workshops included one on social media by Katie Miller, who also provided the music for the meeting.

This was also our first conference gathering since the implementation of the Tri-Conference with Iowa and South Dakota and our new conference staff, who met many people for the first time.  We heard updates and growing pains on how that work is going.  I’m excited by how these combined ministry projects and new relationships are already enriching wider church work.

Among the business, I was elected Vice Chair of the Conference Board, with the expectation that I’ll be chair in a year.

This year Conferences are considering ratification of changes to the UCC Constitution approved by General Synod last year.  The votes so far have been mixed.  I opposed some of those changes last year and spoke against them at the Conference meeting.  The Nebraska Conference voted not to ratify.  My opposition is around the elimination of the Collegium of Officers, the centralization of power and authority in the General Minister and President, and the fact that the changes have been implemented before being ratified.

The meeting closed with a picnic and worship at Lake Ogallala.  This was a beautiful end to the event, and the best way to close I’ve experienced, as usually people are looking at their watches ready to run off.  One virtue of the meeting being in the far west is that more people stay the night and so linger for conversations and fellowship.  Much thanks to Rev. Lisa Hadler and her congregation for hosting a great meeting.

After the picnic Sebastian and I walked on the beach at Lake Mac and threw rocks in the water.  On Sunday we traveled a little farther west to climb Windlass Hill on the Oregon Trail and visit Ash Hollow before heading on to Kearney where his godmother lives so we could spend time with her.

Monday morning we toured the Kearney Arch and then spent most of the day at Pioneer Village in Minden.  That place is fabulous, and I can’t believe it took me eight years to get there.  Sebastian enjoyed himself—playing on old fashioned phones, climbing aboard old boats and streetcars, pretending to be the teacher in the school house, etc.  He kept saying “I want to see more tractors” or “I want to see more cars” and this was a place to fulfill those wishes.

We were glad to get home, just before the thunderstorms Monday night, but we enjoyed our trek across Nebraska.


After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, & American Religion

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 5 2018

“AIDS has been since its emergence both a religious and moral event.” In After the Wrath of God, Anthony Petro vividly narrates the … More

Conversational Dinners

Cassie Williams
June 10 2018

Sign up now for the next Conversational Dinners, to be held June 24th. You will be assigned to a family that is … More

First Forum in the SUMMER

Katie Miller
May 31 2018

First Central has an exciting line up for this Summer’s First Forum Schedule! Beginning at 9:15 am each Sunday morning, First Forum is … More

Share the Bounty

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 31 2018

Each summer our Share the Bounty program promotes food security and sustainability while showing our love of neighbor. Please bring your extra produce … More

Transformations: Art Exhibit

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 10 2018

The Arts Team in cooperation with Charmayne Harper’s Discernment Committee is happy to present an exhibit of Charmayne’s art June 3 thru … More

Summer at First Central

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 29 2018

Want to see what we have planned for Summer at First Central?  Check out our new seasonal brochure (below), showcasing events in … More

Don’t Leave Them Guessing

Cassie Williams
June 16 2018

No one wants to talk about it. No one likes to think about it. It’s easy to NOT do it. But we need … More

Holy Resilience: Summer Worship Series

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 10 2018

Jewish historian Simon Schama writes that the Hebrew Scriptures are “not a rehearsal for grief but a struggle against its inevitability.” In … More


Cassie Williams
April 26 2018

Summer is fast approaching and that means…. KAMP KALEO SEASON!  🙂  Kamp Kaleo is the Nebraska UCC/DOC camp, located on the banks … More

Theology Brunch

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 1 2018

“Let’s gather over food to talk and learn some contemporary theology.” Announcing a new program–Theology Brunch. Our Senior Minister Scott Jones is … More

TAGG for First Central

Cassie Williams
August 17 2017

TAGG for First Central TAGG – Together A Greater Good – is a small, local enterprise based here in Omaha.  Conceptualized by two … More

Scott’s Column: O Sing Unto the Lord

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 29 2018

O Sing Unto the Lord Liz Patterson came into my office recently bearing Kate her precious daughter.  She was there to schedule … More

Mental Health Month

Cassie Williams
May 24 2018

May is Mental Health Month and the Health Team is focusing on anxiety and depression. Included below are two short assessments, one for anxiety … More