First Presbyterian Church of Omaha
Omaha NE

68131





Who we are

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Omaha. We are a worshipping body, who love Jesus and focus on our story as reflected in the Bible. We’re a church working to help our neighbors with missions, both here at home and around the world. We invite you to join us for worship, where the dress is casual and we encourage you to explore your story as a child of God. Come and find your place as a part of our story.



Church Address

First Presbyterian Church of Omaha
216 S 34th St
Omaha, NE 68131
United States
Phone: (402) 345-5383
Fax: (402) 345-5227
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Church Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Sloan
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Sloan
Senior Pastor
216 S 34th St
Omaha, NE 68131
United States
Phone: (402) 345-5383
Fax: (402) 345-5227
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Quote of the Day
Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

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I first sensed a call to the ministry in kindergarten. While all my friends wanted to be police officers, doctors, nurses, and astronauts, I wanted to be a pastor. For the last 20 years, I have answered that call. I believe that the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and His Word as reflected in scripture has an immense impact on our lives today and must guide us in all that we do as individuals and as a church.

When I went back to school for my doctoral degree, I focused on the idea that each of us is a masterful creation of God, bestowed with special talents, gifts, strengths, and abilities. We are each a unique masterpiece. God created us just the way He wanted, and our role is to discover and develop His will for our lives. We do this so we can respond to God’s call and be people that realize His full potential for us.   Edit
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Sherri Petersen   Edit
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Need a ride to church? A van ride is available upon request. Contact the church office at (402) 345-5383 and ask for Sherri.   Edit


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First Presbyterian Church of Omaha Service Times

We’d love to have you join us on Sundays. The service in the sanctuary begins at 10:30 a.m. You will meet a warm and welcoming congregation.

Our Sunday Worship offers a blend of music ranging from contemporary songs to traditional hymns, chancel choir, organ music, and liturgy. We celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

Children are welcome in worship. Following the Children’s message those 1st grade and younger are dismissed to Godly Play. Nursery care is provided for those 3 years & younger.

Following Worship you are invited to join us in Calvin Hall, which is through the door and right of the Sanctuary, for coffee, lemonade, and cookies.

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Your very young one receives care at First Presbyterian in a loving, nurturing environment. The nursery care is for infants through two-year-olds and is provided Sunday mornings from 8:45 am until 11:45 am or until the worship service is over. The nursery is located in Millard Hall.   Edit
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We believe God’s Word plays an integral part in our lives as Christians and we want your child to understand the Bible through age-appropriate lessons. We strive to make God’s Word come to life in all our various classes and programs across age groups.

Our age-appropriate Sunday morning classes include a Bible story, arts and crafts, and music. Classes for all ages are held at 9:00 a.m. in Millard Hall. Our classes are grouped as follows:

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Handicap Accessibility

Need help entering the church? There are two areas designated for handicap parking. Accessible parking places are available on Farnam Street in front of our church building and at the back of the church.

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Proceed west on the sidewalk to the front door of Millard Hall. Turn right and proceed to the button-activated doors. To reach the sanctuary, go east in the portico to the wooden church doors that are also button activated.

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An elevator is available for you to get to the sanctuary. A Helping Hand (one of our church members) will greet you at the elevator to assist and direct you to the sanctuary.   Edit

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History of First Presbyterian Church of Omaha

A Short History of First Presbyterian Church, Omaha & Central Presbyterian Church

Church Merger

First Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church have been leaders in the Omaha Presbyterian Church Community since the mid 1800’s. Both churches have had a rich history in the city of Omaha and have parallels in their development.

The 1950’s brought an all time high in attendance to both churches. As time passed, attendance dwindled. The congregation discussed possibilities of how to save their church. They finally decided that merger with another church was the answer.

After visiting other Presbyterian Churches, it was decided in 2014 to merge with First Presbyterian Church, Omaha. Both churches approved the merger, and it became official on January 1, 2015. As a tagline to FPC, we are proud to be
~ Keeping Christ Central ~.

First Presbyterian Church of Omaha

In July, 1856, a Sunday school was organized in a private school room on Howard Street with the purpose that this would be the beginning of a Presbyterian church. This became “The Sunday School of the First Old School Presbyterian Church of Omaha City, Nebraska.” In June of 1857, this group began meeting in the Methodist Episcopal Church, which stood on Thirteenth Street.

In June, 1860, the current minister resigned, and the church practically dissolved. However on December 23, 1860, Rev. F.M. Dimmick was appointed to the church and he organized the Second Presbyterian Church of Omaha. The church was incorporated by special act of the Territorial Legislature, and approved January 11, 1861 with the name “The Second Presbyterian Church of Omaha City.” The name was changed in April, 1888 by a special act of the legislature to First Presbyterian Church of Omaha

17th and Dodge Streets

It was decided in 1864 to build a church. Land was purchased at 17th and Dodge for $1250. The building of the church was put on hold until the Civil War was over. The total cost of the building was about $30,000. The ladies of the church held a fair and festival to help raise money. It was decided to rent pews for permanent seating. This money was used to help pay for the church. The cost of the pews ranged from $25 to $100 a year.

34th and Farnam Streets

On January 21, 1914, at a congregational meeting, it was decided to move west and land was purchased at 34th and Farnam Streets. Construction began in the spring of 1915 and Peter Kiewit carried bricks to help his father’s construction company build the church. The dedication of the new building was March 11, 1917. In 1959, FPC had an all time high of 2188 members. In 2017, we will celebrate the building’s centennial and its congregation continuing to help and support our community as they did over 100 years ago.

Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church was organized in 1867. This new church purchased a small Swedish mission building on 17th and Dodge. Regular services were held and mission work was emphasized.

In 1893, with membership growing, a new church was built near the “outskirts mission” at 24th and Dodge. In 1898 the General Assembly met at this church with 250 delegates and many foreign missionaries attending. This was an important day for Central United!

The Church on Leavenworth

As the city moved westward, so did Central. In 1911, a lot was purchased at 55th and Leavenworth. The land was used to operate a Sabbath School. In 1925, the church membership was growing so a church was built at this location. The new building was completed in 1927 at a cost of $75,000. Over the years, many outstanding ministers preached and many attended church – the high point was 1400 members.
55th and Leavenworth

The church on Leavenworth is where the Central congregations celebrated their centennial year with the theme of “Remember and Rededicate,” and also in 2012 their 125th year. Since 1887, Central Presbyterian Church has a proud history of “Sharing the Gospel in the Heart of the City.” In 2014, due to declining membership, the congregation decided to merge with First Presbyterian Church.

With the January 1, 2015 merger complete, we go forward in faith, hope, love, ministry, and mission. We are ~ Keeping Christ Central ~.   Edit


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Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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