Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Children's Sabbath

Celebrate Children’s Sabbath
to Work for Equity and Justice in Education

On Sunday, October 23, First Central will join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the annual multi-faith National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths. Our children will be leading us in worship and incorporating some of the things they learned this summer when they studied worship and designed their own service in Grand Central Stations.

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths weekend is sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan Children’s Defense Fund and supported by the United Church of Christ, Catholic Charities U.S.A., the Islamic Society of North America, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’ís in the U.S., the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and more than 200 other religious organizations and denominations.

The 2011 Children’s Sabbath, “Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue:” Answering God’s Call to Protect Children, will focus on the education achievement gap that leaves too many children, especially poor and minority children, reading and doing math below grade level, leading to lower rates of school completion. Educational attainment is the greatest predictor of future income. The best poverty-prevention strategy we have is ensuring high levels of school completion—supporting children to complete high school and to go on to complete a four-year college education. Justice requires equitable and excellent education, especially for the most vulnerable children. When we work for excellent and equitable education, we not only protect children from current injustice but we protect their futures by putting them on the path to a promising and productive adulthood.

As people of faith we recognize the sacred responsibility to nurture and protect children and to work for the world God intends. On the Children’s Sabbath, we will remember the children in struggling schools and difficult circumstances, we will reflect on the teachings of our faith that lead us to respond, and we will commit to putting our faith into action to help all children learn and succeed.

All are invited. This will be a good time to invite other families or children to visit our congregation. For more information or to find out how you can help, contact Peg Peterson at

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Behind the Poverty Numbers: Real Lives, Real Pain

Like the following story reports, our neighbors in need are more than just numbers in Census data. Service to others is important in our faith community - it is part of our mission to put a face to the many issues our community is dealing with so that more people can join the human cause - to help a person in need.

Please read the following story from Yahoo News, Behind the Poverty Numbers: Real Lives, Real Pain by David Crary to learn more about the poverty crisis in our nation today.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Growing Cities

First Central is one of the many faith communities that supports a return to the land, green living and expanding access to fresh fruit and veggies for all our city's residents. First Central partners with The Big Garden, a network of community gardens in metropolitan Omaha and southeast Nebraska. The Big Garden empowers neighbors to grow nutritious food, build community relationships, create safe neighborhood spaces, and develop healthy lifestyles. Behind our very church building neighbors and church members grow goodies for all to share in the bounty. We use the produce we grow to cook meals for the monthly Neighbors United Community Meal.

As a community of faith, we feel that it is important to promote our "green" resources and support similar efforts. Once such Omaha project is the Growing Cities Movie and Movement. Growing Cities is a feature-length documentary film about urban farming across America. It follows two Omaha native friends in their road trip across country as they meet with leaders in the urban farming movement and learn how cities are being revitalized one vegetable, bee, and chicken at a time.

We hope that you enjoy learning about what First Central Congregational Church United Church of Christ and other Omaha organizations are doing to better our community.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GLBTQ Inclusive Clergy and Churches

Heartlands Christians supporting LGBT equality now have a Proclamation and a website (and a Facebook page)! The Heartland Clergy for Inclusion will hold a press conference at 6pm tomorrow (6/15) to unveil everything on the banks of the Missouri River. Check out the beautiful website.

If you're Heartlands clergy, sign your name. If you're ANYONE, record a statement of support!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Week and Easter

Happy Easter to our church community. We wish you a reflective and joyous holiday as we remember Jesus' life, death and resurrection.