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.

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 a few years ago my two busy moms who were overrun with an onslaught of fundraisers with their kids.  Their only mission: find a better way to raise funds without inundating people with things they may or may not need.

And that’s what they did!

Here’s how it works: you simply buy things and shop around town, and participating businesses give a portion of your spending back to the organization, school or non-profit of your choice.  It couldn’t be easier.

First Central became a participating non-profit organization a few years ago.  In fact, some of our members have been “TAGGing” and earning money for FCC for some time.  Restaurants, theaters, some small businesses – like insurance agencies, mortgage companies, and landscapers – have registered to participate.  In fact, Hy-Vee grocery stores just recently announced their participation in the program!  Remember this as you do your weekly grocery shopping and think about how a small portion of your total purchases could add up if we were all TAGGing.

All you need to do is download the TAGG app to your smart phone or tablet.  Then save the receipts from businesses participating in the program.  Simply snap a photo of the receipt and save it into the app, select the non-profit of your choice – First Central, of course – and viola – a portion of your purchase will end up in the church budget.  (The amounts vary slightly from business to business, but every dollar helps!)  You literally give when you spend!

You can find a helpful tutorial – as well as a list of participating businesses – right here.

New businesses are being added every week, so check back often!  And don’t forget to look for the TAGG logo while you are out and about.  Most restaurants proudly display a sticker on the door to remind you to hang on to that receipt and TAGG it to First Central!

Happy TAGGing!

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner – Saturday, Nov. 23rd

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 23 2019

For just about as long as the church has had a kitchen, First Central has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner!  This year’s festivities … 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

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

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

Neighbors In Need – How you can help

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
November 13 2019

In case you missed this informative message from Michael Cich-Jones on Sunday morning, here it is again!   “You’ve been invited to … 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

Scott’s Column: Our Church’s Wider Mission

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
October 21 2019

In the last month our congregation participated in the National Trans Visibility March in Washington, D. C., an ecumenical trip to Venezuela … More

The Wrong of Rudeness: Theology Brunch for November

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
November 21 2019

“The first front in any battle for a better world is improving myself.” In a time of fractious politics, being rude can … More

Radical Joy

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
November 19 2019

“Joy: that durable, inexhaustible, essential, inadequate word.”—Christian Wiman “How does one speak of joy amid such ubiquitous injustice and suffering in the … 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

Stewardship Spotlight – Warehouse or Wilderness

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
October 8 2019

In an essay, “The Warehouse and Wilderness,” Scott Russell Sanders (A Conservationist Manifesto) compares two guiding but rival narratives.  The one goes … More

Stewardship Spotlight – Subtraction, Not Addition, As The Way of Wisdom

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
October 1 2019

“To attain knowledge, add things every day.  To attain wisdom, subtract things every day.”  Matthew May found this Chinese proverb on a … More

Stewardship Spotlight – Manifesting the Image of God

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
September 24 2019

In his book, Free of Charge, Miroslav Volf writes that there are two irresistible false images of God that we run between:  … More

Fall Worship: The Lord’s Prayer

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
September 23 2019

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” The followers of Jesus asked him to teach them how to pray, … More

Stewardship Spotlight – Caretakers of the Way

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
September 18 2019

Caretakers of the Way   Humans leave traces of connection.  The British naturalist Robert MacFarlane has written “that once you begin to … More

Annual Giving Campaign – FAQs

Kerrie Kleppin-Winn
September 12 2019

Annual Giving Campaign Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)   Q:   Why should we give to First Central?   A:   First Central is … 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

Katie’s Musings: Our Daily Bread

Katie Miller
November 5 2019

There’s a short list of movies I could (and have) watch over and over again and never tire of.  Comforting movies, always … More