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.

An Interview With… Laura Mitchell, Moderator-Elect

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
January 23 2020

Laura will be taking over as Moderator after Sunday’s annual meeting, so we thought you all might like to get to know her a little better.



Kerrie: Thanks for being our new Moderator!

Laura: Sure! It’s an exciting time right now at First Central!

Kerrie: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?  How long have you and Chad been members of the congregation?

Laura: Um… about 15 years.  Our kids Katrina and Elliott were still pretty little and we’d always worry when they’d go down for the children’s sermon that they would do something super embarrassing!

Kerrie: What brought you to First Central originally?

Laura: Well, I grew up Lutheran and Chad was raised in a really conservative church. As a young couple, we had just never found a church where our evolving faith journeys were accepted and celebrated – until we found First Central. That first Sunday we visited, Wendy Wiseman showed us all around and made us feel so welcome we never left.

Kerrie: Was there a pivotal moment when you knew you’d keep coming back?

Laura: Oh, our first all-church retreat!  Well, and really every one we’ve been to since.  There is always an activity or a conversation or a moment when I just look around and realize – again – we are in the right place.

Kerrie: So, this whole becoming Moderator thing… Are you excited?

Laura: I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve got big shoes to fill because Garret Higginbotham has brought a wealth of skills and experience to the role during his tenure, but I’m optimistic I can use my gifts to support our congregation in other ways.  I work in Marketing (for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Foundation) and it is similar to First Central in that there is always a story to tell.  I feel like First Central is a really well-kept secret, and we have opportunities to invite more people to get to know us and join us in the loving, meaningful work we do here.  Hopefully, during my term as moderator, that happens.

Kerrie: Do you have any other goals or aspirations that you want to see come to fruition during your term?

Laura: The recent feasibility study helped us to shed light on our priorities, and you can feel just how much the congregation is invested in moving us ahead with all of those projects.  I’m looking forward to helping that all unfold and watching how the results impact our neighborhood and the community as a whole!

Scott’s Column: Ideas

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
January 6 2020

The second column in my series on what I read in 2019.  Here’s the first one on books about history. A good … More

Wisdom: Wednesday Night Bible Study

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
January 22 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

Can You Resolve to TAGG-ing More in the New Year?

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
January 2 2020

In case you have ever wanted to try the TAGG app, or if you’ve tried and not been successful and have given … More

Scott’s Column: History

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
December 5 2019

One of the goals I set for 2019 was to read more history.  I began the year reading Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly … 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

Katie’s Musings – Thoughts on the Gospel from North Carolina

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 13 2019

This morning I was blessed to listen to Shane Claiborne preach the Gospel at #omcgreatgathering. And I was interested to see folks … 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

An Interview With… Terry Beranek

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
October 31 2019

Recently, Ministry Support voted to officially make Terry Beranek our new Church Sexton.  I sat down with him last Sunday to chat … More

An Interview With… Kerrie Kleppin-Winn

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
October 9 2019

Scott:  Thank you for taking on a new role as our Director of Information and Engagement.  You’ve been helping with our communications … 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

Just My Thoughts… ‘Tis The Season

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
December 18 2019

Early in the hours of Thanksgiving morning my favorite Uncle died.  Now, lest you think this is going to be a sad … More

Scott’s Column: Sallie McFague

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
November 18 2019

One of the great theologians of our time has died.  Sallie McFague was Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Vancouver School of Theology … More