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 – Sooooo, what now?

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
April 1 2020

“Keep yourself busy!”  “Use this as a time to better yourself!”

“NO be gentle, don’t worry about being productive, these are stressful times!”

“Support local by ordering takeout!”

“Contact with other people is too great a risk for even that!”

“KEEP YOUR KIDS AND YOURSELF ON A SCHEDULE!”

“THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR A SCHEDULE!”

 

Believe it or not… no one actually can know what we should be doing right now, in the midst of the greatest pandemic crisis in about a century.  No one.

I mean, yes, we should be supporting the healthcare working on the frontlines of this crisis.  And we should be kind and courteous to the people keeping the world running (and, if we weren’t before, newly dedicated to getting those folks a living wage as their services are, turns out, essential).  And we should certainly be staying inside as much as sanity allows to slow down the spread of this virus. That we all know.

But beyond that, what we should be doing with our time whilst stuck inside away from friends and family and communities?   *shrug* All bets are off.

And I’m going to make the bold suggestion that there can be a great of freedom in that unknowing, even within our confinement.

We are in one of those thin space moments, a moment in which everything changes.  We’ve had them before.  In the blink of an eye, the social and economic landscape known as “what we know for SURE” is changing.  We don’t know what that change will look like.  We don’t really know how things will look on the other side.  It’s a strange space to be in, a space forcing us to confront systems that don’t work, technology we’ve occasionally devalued, social and personal patterns that haven’t served us positively, relationships that are ultimately harmful, and deeply held prejudice we may not have even known about.  For what is so equalizing as a tiny, highly contagious virus?

And when confronted with such change, there are two possible responses.  The first:  hold tightly to what has been so as to ensure it will still be precisely as it was when this has passed.  It’s an understandable tendency.  There is great comfort to be had, and if there is anything we crave in this uncertain time it is comfort.  We all choose this from time to time.  History is full of this choice.

But the second… oh, the second…

The second is to loosen the grip on what has been in favor of what could be.
Even if it’s just for a second.  Even if it’s difficult.
To try the new thing, for who is there to judge a perceived failure anyway?
To make the revolutionary choice to love and celebrate yourself and your body, for isn’t it a miraculous thing to have one?

To commit long-term to this new, intimate understanding of the word “neighbor” and the importance of loving them as yourself.
To lean into the challenge of learning new ways of doing things and new ways of connection and imagine ways they could shape our future in meaningful ways.
To make sure all are valued as they should be, for we are all, every one of us, humans of God.

The world is totally going to change.  That’s a given.

And we are totally going to change with it.  That’s also a given.

The “how” part of that change?  Totally up to us.

(To the healthcare workers, the grocery store and gas station clerks, the delivery people, the cleaning crews, the truck drivers, the teachers… thank you, thank you, thank you.)

 


Scott’s Column: Coronavirus Update

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 24 2020

Dear Friends, We are living in a challenging and confusing season.  Over the last few weeks, the church took action and made decisions … More

From The Health Team – by Bonnie Harmon

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 20 2020

As chair of our Health Team, I have been receiving many emails, from several great sources, about how to help people combat … More

Worship LIVE – March 22, 2020

Katie Miller
March 18 2020

Join us LIVE for worship on March 22, 2020, at 10:30 am, broadcast from the church. The link will go live at … 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

New Books on New Shelves – Katie’s Musings

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 11 2020

Children’s Library Books If you haven’t stopped down by the children’s area recently, it’s worth a visit!  We’ve installed a new children’s … More

Scott’s Column: To Be More . . .

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 2 2020

In Sunday’s sermon I shared the inspiration for our Lenten theme To Be More . . .   I’ve posted the story here … More

The Wounding & Healing of Desire: Theology Brunch for March

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 26 2020

“Desire testifies to the divine image in us and to the great and precious beauty that is in us and cannot be … More

Wisdom: Wednesday Night Bible Study

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 4 2020

“To move from Job to Proverbs to the Song of Solomon is to see the many ways God is engaged with us–in … More

To Be More . . . this Lent

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
February 26 2020

The season of Lent is a time of self-examination as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter.  Traditionally people commit to giving … 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

Worship Live Stream – Sunday March 15, 2020

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 15 2020

If you subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you received detailed instructions to view our Sunday worship service this morning. CLICK HERE to … More

COVID-19 Update for Friday, March 13th

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 13 2020

Based on the best public health information we have today, Friday, March 13, we WILL HAVE WORSHIP this Sunday and will also … More

COVID-19 Update

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
March 11 2020

Worship on Sunday had its amusing side as congregants lived with the new reality of not shaking hands.  Waves, elbow bumps, toe … More