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: 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 I was missing them so.  I assume I wasn’t alone in this decision during the worst of the pandemic isolation.  Then, add my divorce to the mix, and my need to reconnect and recenter became even more important.

In mid-June I made a quick trip to my hometown of Miami, Oklahoma because they were hosting their first ever Pride Festival.  Miami’s population is around 12,000 and there are no local LGBT organizations, but a few folk decided they needed to host a Pride, and in a few months they organized a superb event.  It was powerful for me to be in my hometown park—site of so many family reunions, church picnics, and Independence Day fireworks shows—watching drag queens perform and trans kids march.

That day I also was able to have a long talk with one of my high school teachers with whom I’ve been very close for decades.  She’s also an ordained Episcopal deacon, so she gets my spirituality and ministry.  She was able to provide perspective for me that encompassed my entire life.  I realized that when she said at one point, “What you just said sounds like something you told me while you were in college.”

That week I also stayed with my dear lifelong friend Jason Huffman, and we had many rich conversations.

Only a week after this quick trip Sebastian and I left on our summer vacation of two weeks.  This was the trip I had been imagining since last year.  We traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City visiting family and friends.  All of these are places where I’ve lived and worked and maintain close connections with people.  The folks in Dallas were particularly wanting to see us, as Sebastian had never been there before.

We did some sight-seeing on the trip, but most of it was spent hanging out with people.  Many of the days were deeply relaxing.

By mid-way through the trip, I realized it was working.  I felt re-centered, reconnected to my past and sense of self, and renewed.

I hope after the losses of the last year and a half, that you are able to have a similar experience.  All of us have been reminded of what and who are important to us.  Let’s give our attention to what strengthens us.

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

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

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

Bubble Kamp!

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
May 25 2021

As things slowly return to a post-pandemic world, fun at Kamp Kaleo is back this summer.  See the letter below from the … 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

Scott’s Column: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
March 16 2021

While you are preparing your corned beef and cabbage or whatever you do at home this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, … More

Just My Thoughts – I’m Fine

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
February 24 2021

Once I worked in a big fancy office, with lots of mahogany furniture, and a corporate dress code. And every morning, everyone … More

Scott’s Column: Our Best Selves

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
February 9 2021

This Epiphany season our worship has focused on the Fruits of the Spirit.  This theme has allowed us to focus attention on … More

Katie’s Musings – The Vaccine Diaries

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
February 3 2021

Last week, Scott, Jim, and I were fortunate enough to receive the vaccine.  For weeks, there’d been some confusion as to whether … More