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Neighbors In Need
Special Offering This Sunday
On Sunday, you're invited to give to the Neighbors in Need special offering.  Half of your gifts stay here in Omaha, supporting organization like Habitat for Humanity, which Lou Lamberty spoke about last week.

And in the coming weeks, you'll hear about some other ways we at First Central help our community.

The other half of your gifts go to the National setting of the United Church of Christ.

So...what do your gifts to the National setting do? ...[find out here]...
 
DON'T WAIT! 
Thanksgiving Dinner Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner are on sale now - find the table in the parlor after worship on Sunday.
Cost is just $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and if you have joined our congregation in the past year, cost is free!
Bring your whole family for turkey and ALL of the trimmings on Saturday, November 23rd.  Social Hour starts at 5:30, dinner is at 6:30.  Gobble Gobble!
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
The 24th Annual Interfaith (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) Service will be held on Sunday, November 24th, at Countryside Community Church at 5 PM.  Countryside Community Church is now located on the Tri-Faith Campus, 13130 Faith Plaza, right near 132nd and Pacific Streets.
There will be a Youth Gathering at 4 PM and a free will offering will be taken during worship to benefit Together, Inc.
Katie's Musings

Pastor Katie Miller is in North Carolina this week, attending the Outdoor Ministry Connection, GREAT GATHERING and had a few thoughts to share after one of this week's speakers:

This morning I was blessed to listen to Shane Claiborne preach the Gospel at #omcgreatgathering. And I was interested to see folks walk out.... presumably due to discomfort with the message? Although I obviously can’t say for sure.

And I got to thinking about the Gospel.
And how uncomfortable it is.

How uncomfortable it is to follow a Christ who resides firmly on the side...

PURSUE WISDOM
EDUCATION NEWS
FirstForum this Sunday morning welcomes Cathy Roller who will lead a discussion of the documentary THE GREAT HACK - Data has surpassed oil as the world's most valuable asset.  It is being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare.  Join us for this discussion at 9:15 in the Third Floor Parlor.  The documentary can be viewed on Netflix.

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways is the Book Club discussion this Thursday.  For information.


“The first front in any battle for a better world is improving myself.”  This month's Theology Brunch will discuss The Wrong of Rudeness by Amy Olberding.  For more information.
CHANGE THE WORLD
OUTREACH NEWS
Please keep Lebanon in your prayers during this time of social and political change. This week Global Ministries invites us to pray with Lebanon.

First Plymouth Church
in Lincoln is is providing a message about Faith and Climate Change at their Wednesday informal worship service, Wednesday night at 6:15
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
WORSHIP NEWS
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."  This week in our Sunday worship we arrive at the final petitions of the Lord's Prayer.  How are we delivered from evil?

In a follow up to Scott's sermon last Sunday on "Forgive Us Our Debts" read more about the theology behind the UCC's effort to forgive medical debt.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Center for Faith Studies: "Warriors for the Human Spirit" with Margaret Wheatley, on November 16.  For more information.

Issue Cafe: Immigration and the Intersection of Climate Change on November 19 at 6:45-8pm at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St.) Join Nebraska Appleseed and Omaha Together One Community to hearfrom Dr. Richard Miller of Creighton University and Schuyler Geery-Zink of Nebraska Appleseed to explore the intersection of immigration and climate change.
STILL SPEAKING
UNITED CHURCH NEWS
The Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Boards of Directors unveiled its Why Statement at the Joint Annual Meeting June 14th-16th in Omaha. The Why Statement articulates the purpose of the conferences and will help guide future decisions.

Need some UCC-themed aprons, coffee mugs, or other bling for Thanksgiving?  Check out the UCC store here.

"On August 6, 1746, an adventurous Swiss pastor arrived in Pennsylvania, eager to serve as a pastor to new German Reformed emigrants. . . " read this month's UCC Roots.

"The UCC Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice campaign offers resources to help congregations engage in the electoral process in a nonpartisan way, through voter education, issue education and voter empowerment and mobilization."  Check out this year's resources.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Val Himes, recent surgery; Jeanne Gilman, recovering from hip surgery
THANK YOU

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who participated in Scott's heartfelt Celebration of Life, and to the many who provided treats and helped with the reception.  I can't begin to tell you how much your cards and kinds words have meant to my family and me.

Gratefully,
Kathy Hoyt
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

Friday
Seina/Francis House, 4:30 PM, or as soon as you can get there


Saturday
Evergreen Thrift Shop - 10 AM - 1 PM.

Sunday
FirstFORUM, 9:30 AM,Third Floor Parlor; The Great Hack presented by Cathy Roller.

Confirmation: Noon, Pastor's Study
 
Monday
Staff Meeting, 1:30 PM, church office

Day of the Week
Events

For the complete calendar.
CONTACT US
421 SOUTH 36TH ST
OMAHA NE, 68131
402-345-1533
info@firstcentral.org
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