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: Thanksgiving

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
November 8 2021

This autumn marks the 400th anniversary of the meal between the Pilgrims of Plymouth and the indigenous Wampanoags.  Often our current annual Thanksgiving events reference this “First Thanksgiving.”  Many of us learned the story as kids in school or watching Charlie Brown.  But, of course, the actual history is more complicated than that.

And for us Congregationalists, who also honor that history as part of our religious tradition, it is even more complicated, especially in an era when we are examining how we remember, honor, and celebrate the past to reflect our current values and ideals.

The next two Sundays in our worship we will examine this Thanksgiving anniversary.  My plan is to spend this coming Sunday, November 14 “Deconstructing Thanksgiving” and then the next week, November 21, “Reconstructing Thanksgiving.”

My plan is to bring to bear some critical questions and then work at moving with those critical questions to a new appreciation of the story, its values, and its possibilities for our future in what biblical scholars Paul Ricoeur and Marcus Borg would call a “post-critical naivete.”

Meanwhile, I’m quite thankful today, because my son Sebastian has received his vaccine shot!  What are you thankful for this year?


An Interview With… Katie Foster

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
October 28 2021

When Sara headed off into retirement last month, there was a gaping hole in the offices downstairs. This week, we welcomed Katie … More

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 … More

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