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: 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 decline leading some to suggest we finally have the infection under control in the US, and today, May 25, is the last day of the mask mandate here in Omaha.

Over the last five months as most of us adults have been vaccinated, we’ve experienced the joy (and sometimes the anxiety) of hugs, family gatherings, eating out again, and otherwise emerging from the restrictions of the last year.  And with the summer months, changing protocols, and declines in cases, we seem to be heading into a new period.

This coming Sunday at church masks will become optional, but we ask that if you are unvaccinated that you continue to wear one.  First off, I ask you to go get vaccinated.  It’s free and easy and as you can see from all your friends and the hundreds of millions of people globally who have been inoculated, this is a miracle of scientific achievement, one of the greatest achievements of our species in human history.  Don’t miss out on the fun.

Plus, if you aren’t vaccinated, you remain a possible vector of transmission, meaning you are putting other people at risk, not just yourself.  And I can’t imagine most of you want that on your moral conscience.

But, if you do remain unvaccinated and want to keep coming to church in person, then I ask that you wear your mask, and I’m asking as a parent.  At the moment, our children under twelve cannot yet receive the vaccine.  As long as the adults around them are vacccinated, then the children are well protected.  But unvaccinated adults around them pose a health risk to the children.  Continuing to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated helps to protect our kids.

In the coming Sundays, I look forward to seeing your smiling, vaccinated faces for the first time in a long time.  What great days ahead.


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

Gratitude: Guest Columnist Jamie Rudd

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
January 5 2021

“Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude” was the culture topic at Nebraska Medicine for the month of December. How timely. On December 23rd, … More