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Join our neighbors in an ecumenical service to celebrate our blessings! 
Countryside Community Church is located on the Tri-Faith Campus just south of the 132nd and Pacific Streets.  Donations of cookies and bars are needed for the fellowship time following the service!  Treats can be dropped off at Countryside anytime on Sunday before the service.  Contact Mary Beth if you have questions.
From the Health Team: Cold & Flu Season

Here we are again, right at the onset of cold and flu season. We are all interested in things we can do to keep ourselves and others healthy.  Of course, we always start with the recommendations from the CDC, not only to protect ourselves, but others who cannot take the vaccine.  Learn more...
TAGG - One Easy Way to Give to First Central!

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 over run 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! 
Learn how it works...
SALLIE McFAGUE
SCOTT'S COLUMN

One of the great theologians of our time has diedSallie McFague was Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Vancouver School of Theology after spending twenty years as the Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

I was introduced to McFague as an undergraduate at Oklahoma Baptist University.  More...

FEED YOUR SPIRIT
WORSHIP NEWS
God is the goodness we crave.  This Sunday we will complete our autumn worship series on the Lord's Prayer with "Kingdom, Power, & Glory."  Join us for Reign of Christ and Thanksgiving Sunday.
PURSUE WISDOM
EDUCATION NEWS
Election 101, presented by Michael Cich-Jones is the feature for Sunday's FirstForum at 9:15 in the third floor parlor.  Everything you need to know: important dates, early voting and the impact of it on turnout, polling place info and election workers!  Don't miss it.
CHANGE THE WORLD
OUTREACH NEWS
Congregational Outreach is collecting NEW hats, mittens and gloves and gently used coats during the month of December to take to the Siena Francis House. Items can be placed in the "wrapped" boxes in the Narthax.  Contact Susan Dolezal with questions.

"As the students of the Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary in Peki, Ghana and I together study the theology of the Old Testament, we have long conversations concerning the use and misuse of human labor and natural resources. We note the paradise God gave in Eden in abundance. We seek ways to be prophetic is preaching of God’s paradise for all."  This week Global Ministries invites us to pray with Ghana.  
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
CONGREGATIONAL CARE NEWS
Save the Date for the Advent Workshop to be held after worship on December 1st in Memorial Hall.  Come join us for a soup lunch and fun holiday crafting!

UCC Disabilities Ministries is looking for new board directors in 2020.  Learn more.

"As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am moved to express gratitude for all the good that has been happening in my world."  Read the latest column of Michael Readinger, head of the Council of Health and Human Services Ministries. 
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Transgender Day of Remembrance & Candlelight Vigil at The Union for Contemporary Art, Tuesday, November 26, 5:30-8:30 PM.  For details.

Omaha Table Talk | Decolonizing Thanksgiving: Racial Justice and Oppression as Tradition, November 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  For information.

Issue Cafe: Payday Lending Ballot Initiative on November 26 at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St.) Leaders from OTOC and Nebraska Appleseed will explain the campaign to cap fees on payday loans at 36% APR (down from 404%) through a Nov. 2020 ballot initiative and how you and your institution can support the campaign.
STILL SPEAKING
UNITED CHURCH NEWS
On a lovely, sunny, autumn day, your Nebraska Conference Board of Directors gathered for a meeting at Vine Congregational Church in Lincoln Saturday, November 9. We declared this coming April 19 a Climate Change Sabbath, authorized scholarships for continuing education and student loan debt, and chose our first priority for in-depth discussion to be the education and training of our ministers. This is a recap of the highlights of our meeting.

What are we doing for #GivingTuesday?
Your donation to our #GivingTuesday campaign will be used to erase crushing medical debt for people living below the poverty level who are facing insolvency, and for whom medical debt is 5% or more of annual income.  Check it out.

Millions of people have benefitted from access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). These two tax credits together helped lift 8.9 million people out of poverty last year and helped many millions more.  However, there are still low-income workers being left behind. With improvements, EITC and CTC could make a real difference in the lives of low-income workers and their families.  The United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries invites us to Take Action on behalf of these programs.

Cally Rogers-Witte, retired Global Ministries and Conference exec, dies at 74. Read about her ministry among us here.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Jeanne Gilman, recovering from hip surgery; Val Himes, recovering from surgery; Ross Winn, who has been ill; Frances Cassiday, now in hospice; Bill & Pauline Bahnke, on the unexpected death of their son, Richard; Tara Obner, recovering from second carpel tunnel surgery.
The Annual Affordable Art Sale
The Affordable Art Sale features original work by FCC artists. You can find a variety of mediums including paintings, pottery, photography, and handmade paper. There is something for everyone! All art is affordably priced and nothing is over $50. One-fourth of the price goes to FCC to fund arts projects. Sale items will be on display in the parlor from December 1st through the 15th.  Stop by and do some holiday shopping!
NEED A RIDE?
If you need a ride to church, we'd love to help.  Please call Alan Bucknam (402-393-7092) for the current schedule.
DONATE
Changing lives and changing the world through the ministries of this church require your financial support.  DONATE HERE.
CALENDAR

Wednesday
Evergreen Thrift Shop, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Through Friday.

Church Night, 5:30 PM - Potluck supper with classes for all ages starting around 6:00. Join Us!

Sanctuary Choir, 7 PM

Thursday
Ministry Support, 7 PM, Fireside Room


Saturday
Evergreen Thrift Shop - 10 AM - 1 PM.

Sunday
FirstFORUM, 9:30 AM,Third Floor Parlor; Election 101 presented by Michael Cich-Jones.

Chancel Team: 11:30 AM, Sanctuary

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 4 PM, Countryside Community Church
 
Monday
Staff Meeting, 1:30 PM, church office

For the complete calendar.
CONTACT US
421 SOUTH 36TH ST
OMAHA NE, 68131
402-345-1533
info@firstcentral.org
Our Confirmands made a visit to Prospect Hill Cemetery on Sunday to locate the grave of our Founding Pastor Rev. Reuben Gaylord before a lunchtime conversation about death and eternal life.
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