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: Neighborliness

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
October 6 2021

All through the summer, as Sebastian would walk from my house to my Mom’s apartment, he would get annoyed at the trash he’d see on the ground.  “We need to come pick this up,” he’d say.  And then one Sunday about a month ago on the way to church he saw some litter and insisted that after church we were coming back to pick it up.  Which he reminded me of that afternoon, so we took a trash bag and our grabber and headed down the street.  Sebastian not only cleaned all the trash between my house and the church, he then spent about an hour walking around the neighborhood picking up trash.  “That was fun,” he said at the end as we threw a full bag away.

Then within a week he wanted to do it again, and head along a different route to pick up the trash, which we did.

I told him that when I was a kid we called people who threw trash on the ground “litter-bugs,” so now when he sees trash outside he shakes his head and says, “Look, litter-bugs!”

At the end of one of his trash collecting excursions he said to me, “Take my picture and share it, because maybe people will see it and they’ll pick up their own trash so I don’t have to.”

I mentioned to him that maybe his trash removal activity was something the neighborhood association would be interested in.  I asked if he’d like to make a proposal to organize and chair such an effort.  He thought about it and responded, “Yes, that’s something I’d like to do.”

So, last night he briefly presented his idea to the Executive Committee of the Blackstone Neighborhood Association during a Zoom meeting.  He spoke about the importance of helping the environment.  Of course the group approved his idea, and he is very excited.  I told him we needed to pick a day and then prepare an announcement to send out to the neighborhood.  “I’m going to invite my friends too,” he said.


Just My Thoughts – Out of the Darkness

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
September 22 2021

I had plenty of things to do last Saturday – projects, laundry, you know the normal weekend stuff. Instead, I put on … More

Scott’s Column – Exciting Neighborhood

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
August 11 2021

Eleven years ago, the week we moved into our new home here in Omaha, Midtown Crossing also opened.  One reason I came … More

Pandemic Spirituality

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
June 24 2020

This spring Senior Minister Scott Jones wrote a series of five essays connecting our pandemic and quarantine experiences with the spiritual wisdom … More

Katie’s Musings: COVID Time

Katie Miller
June 24 2020

I think the weirdest thing about COVID life is the passage of time.   June is almost gone.  But May was only … More

Living Well During the Pandemic: Zoom Forums

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 26 2020

We are living through a public health crisis with profound implications for all other aspects of human living—morality, psychology, culture, politics, economics, … More

From the Health Team

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
May 13 2020

Submitted by Bonnie Harmon, First Central Health Team   In preparation for this week’s Adult Forum on Mental and Spiritual Well Being, … More

From The Refugee Team

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
May 5 2020

We received word last month that our (current) refugee family was struggling during this time of pandemic. The bread-winner of the Khamis … More

From The Health Team – Mask Mastery

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
April 24 2020

Your mask protects me, and my mask protects you. I hope you have heard this many times by now. It is the … More

An Interview With… Sally Lewis

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 18 2020

Late last year, the Council – with guidance from the Health Team – asked First Central member Sally Lewis to step into … More

State of the Church 2020

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
January 27 2020

At yesterday’s Annual Meeting, Senior Minister Scott Jones delivered his annual “State of the Church” address. This being my tenth Annual Meeting … More

TAGG – One Easy Way to Give to First Central!

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 20 2019

TAGG, which is an acronym for “Together A Greater Good” is a non-profit organization unique to Omaha.  The phone app was launched … More

From the Health Team: Cold & Flu Season

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 19 2019

Here we are again, right at the onset of cold and flu season. We are all interested in things we can do … More

Education Spotlight: What’s Happening Downstairs?

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 6 2019

On Sunday mornings, the kids all head out of the sanctuary after the Children’s Sermon.  But then what happens? Most Sundays, the … More

Parables: Wednesday Night Bible Study

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
September 11 2019

“The parables give us access to the way Jesus re-imagined the possibility of living, of being in the world.”–Brandon Scott Our Wednesday … More

First Central Library

Cassie Williams
June 21 2019

Ever wondered what books are available in the church library? The First Central Library catalog is now online. You can access it … More

Scott’s TED Talk

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
April 2 2019

In February Scott was an invited speaker to this year’s TEDxUNO where the theme was Resilience.  His talk, “Living Open” has now … More

Guest Columnist – Deb Kirwan: General Synod

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
September 2 2021

Having attended a UCC General Synod in the past (and loving the experience), I wondered what it would be like to be … More

Scott’s Column – Our Limitations

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
August 20 2021

A few weeks ago one of my ministry colleagues said in relation to the pandemic, “I’m f***ing tired of navigating this thing.”  … More

Scott’s Column: Recentering

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
July 12 2021

During 2020 I realized that when we could travel more easily again that I wanted to visit people I care about because … More

Scott’s Column: Changing Protocols

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 25 2021

Welcome to the new normal.  In the last few weeks the CDC has altered its Covid guidance, Covid cases are in sharp … More

Scott’s Column: Depression & Resilience

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
May 12 2021

Last week I was in a down mood for much of the week, so on Friday morning after I dropped Sebastian off … More

A Note from Pastor Katie

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
May 5 2021

Hi Friends! I’ve been here at First Central for 5 years already. Can you believe it? Such a wonderful time with wonderful … More

Just My Thoughts – Mind Matters

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 24 2021

Sometime last April, one of those Facebook memes floated by my distracted attention span, but really spoke to me.  It read: Welcome … More