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Join Us for Fall Fun!
There is still time to sign up a "trunk" - please call or email Pastor Katie.  Trunk set up begins at 3:30 - you can decorate your trunk if you like, but it is not required.  ALL trunks - and kids - are MORE than welcome!
Semi-Annual Meeting
The Semi-Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday morning, immediately following worship services. We'll be reviewing the results of the Capital Campaign feasibility study, as well as the first draft of the 2020 budget.  So grab some coffee from the parlor and join us in the sanctuary for this informative gathering.
Halloween Bake Sale
Lots of treats - but no tricks - in the parlor on Sunday morning as the Ladies Fellowship host their annual Sweets Sale. Donations for the sale can be dropped off Sunday morning before worship and the sale will start during coffee hour following worship.
 OUR CHURCH'S WIDER MISSION
SCOTT'S COLUMN
In the last month our congregation participated in the National Trans Visibility March in Washington, D. C., an ecumenical trip to Venezuela to see the impact of sanctions on our mission partners, and work to provide a quality education at the Mission of Hope School in Kpaai district Liberia, a school that had to close a few years ago during the Ebola epidemic.  We did?  Read about it in Scott's latest column.
PURSUE WISDOM
EDUCATION NEWS
A Great Banquet--on Wednesday, October 23, in our Bible Study of the Parables, we'll examine some stories Jesus tells in Luke chapters 13 and 14 centered on the giving of banquets and who is invited.  On October 30 we'll begin our discussion of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin in Luke 15.

We'll be learning about the Talmud in First Forum on Sunday as we continue our series on world scriptures.

“What we do with our memories will depend on how we see ourselves in the present and how we project ourselves into the future.”  The End of Memory by Miroslav Volf is our Theology Brunch discussion for October 31.
CHANGE THE WORLD
OUTREACH NEWS
North Americans can do two things to help Global Ministries church partners tackle the problems they face every day in India and Sri Lanka – giant problems like poverty in slum communities, human trafficking and the shackles of caste.

"Today we remember those in Japan who are pleading for their rights."  This week Global Ministries invites us to pray with Japan.
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
WORSHIP NEWS
Pastor Katie continues our fall series on The Lord's Prayer on Sunday; grieving for the world while creating God's kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
CONGREGATIONAL CARE NEWS
CEO's (Congregationalist Eating Out) will be dining in style at Le Voltiare (French cuisine) on Friday, October 25th, located in Pepperwood, 569 North 156th Plaza at 6 PM.  Please call Tom or Colleen Syster for reservations (402-619-5530) before October, 23rd. 

The annual Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 23rd.  There is still time to sign up to help! The Job Fair is happening NOW - sign up sheets are in the parlor.  Tickets will go on sale Sunday, Nov. 3rd.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Inclusive Communities: Queer Table Talk | LGBTQIA2S+ and Faith Identities, October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
STILL SPEAKING
UNITED CHURCH NEWS
As war in Syria escalates, UCC partners describe danger, express dismay at U.S. withdrawal. Read more

Courageous and visionary leadership can combat climate change consequences, by Jim Antal.

On September 6th and 7th the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Conference and our Tri-Conference staff joined together for a Board retreat in Schuyler at the beautiful Benedictine Retreat Center. Read a summary of the meeting by Board Chair Scott Jones.

We are pleased to welcome Aidan Spencer to the TCM staff as our new Communications Specialist. 
IN OUR PRAYERS
Scott Hoyt, now in hospice
CELEBRATIONS
Congratulations to John Schalles and Ashe Anne Milkovic who were married last weekend!
NEED A RIDE?
If you need a ride to church, we'd love to help.  Please call Sam Pfiefer (402-691-8776) 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 dinner; classes and Bible Study begin at 6:05.

Sanctuary Choir, 7 PM - JOIN US!

Friday
CEO's meet at Le Voltaire, (569 North 156th Plaza) at 6 PM.  Call Tom or Colleen Syster (402-619-5530) for reservations.


Saturday
Evergreen Thrift Shop - 10 AM - 1 PM.

Mary Campbell Memorial Service - 10 AM

Sunday
FirstFORUM, 9:30 AM, third floor Parlor; Sacred Texts of the World: Judaism (part three) presented by Deb Kirwan.

Semi-Annual Meeting - sanctuary - immediately following worship.

Trunk or Treat - back parking lot - 4:00 - 6:30 PM
 

Monday
Staff Meeting, 1:30 PM, church office

For the complete calendar.
The staff celebrated Pastor Appreciation Month on Monday afternoon with fresh apple crisp. Sure looks like they enjoyed it!
CONTACT US
421 SOUTH 36TH ST
OMAHA NE, 68131
402-345-1533
info@firstcentral.org
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