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Radical Joy
Advent Activities
There are plenty of things happening at First Central this Advent Season!  The schedule above highlights a few, but please keep reading to get the details on lots of other events and opportunities to round out your Christmas memories this year!
Jazz To The World
The Omaha MasterSingers will present their 10th annual Christmas Concert, Jazz To The World, on Sunday afternoon at 4 PM in our sanctuary. Purchase tickets here or contact Sara in the office for info!  The show will feature the best and brightest holiday tunes from the past nine years of performances.  Don't miss the fun!
Here We Come A Caroling!
First Central's annual caroling event is set for Wednesday, December 18th.  We traditionally gather for a light supper before canvasing the city to carol for church members, and then reassemble for desserts.  Please RSVP to the church office by December 15th so we can plan for food and caravan teams!
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
WORSHIP NEWS
“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’”  This week in worship we explore the revolutionary change that God intends for the Earth.  Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for Revolutionary Joy.
CHANGE THE WORLD
OUTREACH NEWS
Congregational Outreach Ministry is collecting NEW hats, NEW mittens/gloves and Gently Used coats during the month of December.  Items will be given to Siena Francis and the homeless they serve. The shelter is especially in need of adult men's items.  Donations may be placed in the "wrapped" boxes in the narthex.

On May 16, 2019, the Women’s Wing of the Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC) hosted a tree planting event.  Global Ministries invites us to pray with  Eswatini.
PURSUE WISDOM
EDUCATION NEWS
Our weekly Wednesday night potluck and classes for all ages will have our final gathering for this semester on December 11.  The next week is the caroling progressive party.  Wednesday night programming will resume on January 22.

Our Wednesday Night Bible Study will be wrapping up our Parables study soon.  What topics or book(s) of the Bible would you like to see us study in the Spring?  Let Scott know.
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
CONGREGATIONAL CARE NEWS
As we prepare for the season, we will again be decorating the sanctuary with flowers and greens.  If you would like to donate a memorial gift of $15 towards greenery and flowers, please email Sara.  Everything will remain in the sanctuary through the season and then will later be delivered to our home bound or hospitalized members.
EMPOWER MINISTRY
SUPPORT NEWS
In November you may have noticed two changes to the east side of the building--new masonry work on the part of the building exposed when we removed the old retaining wall and dirt and new parking blocks installed by our Building Team.  We also patched cracks in the patio.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Habitat for Humanity Omaha recently celebrated the completion of their Home Builder's Blitz with the fourth and final home dedication in the Kountze Park neighborhood.  Check out the photos!
STILL SPEAKING
UNITED CHURCH NEWS
Former Nebraska Conference Minister Clip Higgins died on November 25th.  The memorial service will be January 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Vine Congregational Church in Lincoln.

The Florida Conference United Church of Christ and its congregations, with support from UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries, is giving longtime partner the Immokalee Fair Housing Project a special gift this Thanksgiving.  Read about it here.


UCC Roots: Lourdino Yuzon ministered to Filipino immigrants.  Read this month's story.
IN OUR PRAYERS
The family of Frances Cassiday, who's funeral was last week; Val Himes, recovering from surgery; Bill Bahnke, now in rehab; Kate Valla, recently hospitalized now in rehab
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.
Save The Date
Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to attend the Annual Women's Retreat on February 21-23 at The Retreat Center in Schuyer, NE.  Watch for more details coming soon!
CALENDAR

Wednesday
EverGreen Thrift Shop, 10 AM - 2 PM through Friday

Richard Bahnke funeral, 1:30 PM

Church Night, 5:30 PM potluck supper - classes and Bible Study being at 6:05 PM, Parlor

Sanctuary Choir, 7 PM Choir Room

Saturday
EverGreen Thrift Shop, 10 AM - 1 PM

Sunday
FirstForum, 9:15 AM, Memorial Hall - Fred Nielsen leads us in a discussion and sing along of Christmas Carols

Affodable Art Sale continues in the Parlor after worship

Blood Pressure Screenings, 11;40 AM, Family Room

Master Singers Concert, 4 PM, Sanctuary

Monday
Staff Meeting, 1:30 PM, Pastor's Study

Eve's, 7 PM, Susan Fortina's House - 3504 Woolworth Ave.  Annual Christmas White Elephant Gift Exchange! 



For the complete calendar.
There was a festive crowd in Memorial Hall on Sunday for the annual Advent Workshop!
CONTACT US
421 SOUTH 36TH ST
OMAHA NE, 68131
402-345-1533
info@firstcentral.org
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