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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 to the gift of someone finding the FCC community” — Nikki Zimmerman

 

“My name is Natalia Zimmerman – AKA- Nikki. I am a lifetime Lutheran who became a member of this church 10 years ago. Here is my story:

In 2007 I closed my psychotherapy practice, sold my Dundee home ( faster than I expected) and moved out of state ready to activate ? my retirement dreams.

Eight months later I was living in a Midtown condo in Omaha with my dreams in shambles. I was at a loss regarding how to spend the rest of my days without my work to depend on.

So, following my own advice, I laced up my walking shoes and hit the streets of Midtown. 

One day as I was passing “the big church one the corner” a friendly voice hailed me from the patio. It was a church member working on our maze. We had a short, cheerful conversation and he invited me to visit our Focus Forum.

I did. I stayed for church and later that year I joined – even though we say “debts” rather than “trespasses” in the Lord’s Prayer!

Fast forward 10 years to the present. I now am blessed with a church community that offers personal support; a weekly church service with glorious music, thoughtful and thought provoking sermons and spiritual nurturing. FCC is also a place where I can use my talents in any number of ways. And to top it off – Focus Forum and our Book Club are still providing intellectual stimulation and fellowship.

I will always remember that a simple invitation to visit our church where everyone is made to  feel very welcome may lead to the gift of someone finding the FCC community.

I was raised with the bible story about the windows mite- it is not how much we give but that we give as we are able from gratitude for the many blessing we have received. 

I invite you to join our FCC community and express your gratitude by making a financial pledge.”

 


 

We’re all drawn to First Central for so many reasons…so many stories behind those reasons. What’s YOUR First Central story? Stewardship Campaign 2019 chose stories as its focus. It’s what drives us to commit to this community of faith. It’s what inspires us to give financially so these stories can continue.

Each week we will be sharing a multitude of First Central Stories.

From now until Stewardship Sunday, October 7th, you will have a variety of ways to make a financial commitment to First Central.

You Can:

  • Submit your Pledge on Stewardship Sunday, October 7th
  • Go online at firstcentral.org   OR
  • Respond to weekly stewardship emails
    • You can make a One Time Gift or Submit Your Pledge Online