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: The Salvation Army

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
December 5 2018

A traditional feature of the holiday season is Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells outside stores, encouraging donations in their red kettles.  Locally these funds support social services for 100,000 people.

This year I joined the local Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.  Recently some congregants have asked me about this volunteer service, so let me share how it came to be.

Last winter I was first approached by the local Board asking if I would consider serving.  I had been recommended by our church member Gene Spence who is a longtime member of the Board.  Frankly, this invitation came as a surprise for a number of reasons.  The Salvation Army is a conservative denomination and there have long been complaints about the Army’s discrimination against LGBT persons.

I was being invited precisely because I am a gay man.  The local Army was committing to greater diversity.  They wanted a voice from the LGBT community.

I took my time to consider this invitation.  I was aware that some years ago the Salvation Army had been in dialogue with the Human Rights Campaign, the leading national LGBT rights organization.  So I talked with my friend who had led that dialogue, and she encouraged me to serve.  I discussed it with church leaders, friends in the LGBT community, and with an activist friend who had already joined the Salvation Army board as part of this new effort.

I’m also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Equality Fund, a new initiative through the Omaha Community Foundation which is expanding our community’s funding for LGBT services.  One of the other goals of this fund is to increase LGBT representation on philanthropic boards in the city.

And, so, I decided to say yes.  I believe in building bridges.

I’ve been serving now for a few months and have enjoyed my time.  I believe there is a genuine commitment on the part of the Salvation Army and I have felt listened to.  If I can help improve the services offered to the needy in our community, then that service will be worthwhile.


Katie’s Musings: Waiting

Cassie Williams
November 30 2018

This past Wednesday at family night, I posed a question: Advent is a time of waiting.  So, what are you waiting for this Advent? Peace?  … More

Advent & Christmas at First Central

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
December 1 2018

Christ is coming. Let us anticipate and rejoice! SONGS OF PROMISE is our Advent theme this year.  Here are the events and … More

Art Sale

Cassie Williams
December 9 2018

Small Art Sale: Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16.  All art $50 or less.  We are seeking our very creative church … More

Stewardship Campaign 2019

Cassie Williams
October 11 2018

For the past few weeks Church members have been sharing their First Central stories. They have expressed what make this Church important … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Matt & Megan Henkes

Cassie Williams
October 1 2018

“First Central wasn’t our first stop on that journey, but it is where we found our community.” – Matt & Megan Henkes … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Julie McKillip

Cassie Williams
October 1 2018

“That hole has been filled and for that I thank you.”  – Julie McKillip   “Hi my name is Julie McKillip. I … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Sara Sharpe

Cassie Williams
September 24 2018

“First Central is so much more than a church. We are here because it is our family, our tribe.” – Sara Sharpe … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Gary McConnell

Cassie Williams
September 24 2018

“As I reflect on my life, I have no doubt that First Central has made me a better person and given me … More

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Cassie Williams
September 20 2018

“The Judges material is supposed to be rough, uncouth, and in places very exciting and comical.” So writes Victor H. Matthews in his … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Pam Beranek

Cassie Williams
September 18 2018

“I feel love here in times of sadness and happiness.” – Pam Beranek   “I’m Pam Beranek and I’m what I call … More

Stewardship 2019- What’s Your Story? Nikki Zimmerman

Cassie Williams
September 18 2018

“I will always remember that a simple invitation to visit our church where everyone is made to feel very welcome may lead … More

Stewardship Campaign 2019

Cassie Williams
September 14 2018

“I felt like I had a hole that needed to be filled, a longing for companionship with friendly, loving people.” — Julie … More

Autumn at First Central

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
September 6 2018

Inspire–a worship series in collaboration with the Joslyn Art Museum. New Wednesday Night programming for all ages. Trunk or Treat. And more … More

Theology Brunch: Fall 2018

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
August 30 2018

“Let’s gather over food to talk and learn some contemporary theology.” We will continue to gather at noon the last Thursday of … More

Wednesday Night Bible Study–The Book of Judges with Scott Jones

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
August 22 2018

“The Judges material is supposed to be rough, uncouth, and in places very exciting and comical.” So writes Victor H. Matthews in … More

MasterSingers 2018/2019 Season & Audition Information

Cassie Williams
August 16 2018

MasterSingers Omaha Announces 2018/2019 Season Omaha, NE – The Omaha MasterSingers are excited to announce their upcoming 2018/2019 season of performances. Join Omaha’s … More

REFUGEE TEAM TWO

Cassie Williams
July 19 2018

REFUGEE TEAM TWO As you know, for the last two years I have chaired a team on behalf of our church which … 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: Some Children’s Books

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
November 5 2018

In October Sebastian and I were driving along as I was listening to a podcast about Islamic science.  The podcast mentioned the … More

Katie’s Musings: Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Katie Miller
October 31 2018

Everything I know for sure to be true about humanity – the good and the bad, the interconnected of us all, the … More

Scott’s Column: Book Tour

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
October 24 2018

I did enjoy the 79 degree, sunny day I was in Dallas.  Beat the inch and a half of snow we had … More

Scott’s Column: The Strain

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
October 3 2018

In his magisterial work The Open Society and Its Enemies philosopher Karl Popper contrasts closed societies with open ones.  Closed societies are … More