News and Notes 2/26/17
February 26th, 2017 by

GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
February 26, 2017

WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools and clinics. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study begins our year-long congregational emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we look at justification.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43: 1b
SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde will begin a study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word on Sunday, March 12th at 9:20 am in room 109. If you would like to learn more about what Lutherans believe, teach and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Sin and Grace; Who is Jesus?; Salvation, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Confession and Absolution; etc.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME will resume on March 12th. Please note this on your calendar.

“FAMILY OF FAITH”/SCHOOL GALA & AUCTION: This annual event has been an opportunity to gather for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com. Tickets will be $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet our budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum.

LIFE MOMENT: “The first truth of life is that every life is the handiwork of God. The Psalmist says that God “knitted” each of us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139: 13). Job and Isaiah talk about God shaping and forming us in the womb. Yes, the truth of life is, every life is the work of God’s hands.” Rev. Dr. James Lamb

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 18:35 “As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.” The last known words of Martin Luther were found scratched on a slip of paper next to his death bed: “We are all beggars, this much is true” All that we have is a gift of God. We are all beggars before Him. Knowing this can leave us with nothing but thankfulness in our hearts.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR GROWING IN LOVE: “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in them.” (Galatians 5: 25, Ephesians 5: 2)

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week fifteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “The Ninety-Five Theses.”

LENTEN MEALS: Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. The youth of Good Shepherd have volunteered to provide the first Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be pulled pork, baked beans, chips, salads and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help with expenses for those who plan to attend the Higher Things Youth Conference.

MISSIONARY SUPPORT FOR THE AHLMAN FAMILY: Lutheran Women in Mission (LWIM) has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project for the 2017 Lenten season. The Ahlmans live in Leipzig, Germany. Christopher serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. You may remember that Dr. Ahlman was our organist and choir director at Good Shepherd while he awaited a call several years ago.

LWIM will be serving the Lenten meal on March 8th (chicken casserole, orange jello salad, rolls, and dessert) and free-will donations for the meal will be designated to support the Ahlmans and their missionary work. Also, watch for other opportunities to support the Ahlmans during the next several weeks.

CUBBIES: We have cleaned out and reassigned the cubbies (mailboxes) in the hallway beside the coat room. Your cubbie will be found under your name. Some families at the end of the alphabet will find a folder in the black crate instead of a cubbie. If you need some help in finding your cubbie/folder, please ask an usher, an elder, or another member of Good Shepherd. There are a few Christmas cards, newspaper articles, CD’s, usher schedules, etc. that we left in the cubbies so please check to see if you have something in yours. These cubbies can be used to remember someone’s special day with a card, to tell someone that he/she is in your prayers, to give someone encouragement, etc. In addition, the church office, church council, the school, and others may use the cubbies to communicate usher schedules, altar guild information, special information on upcoming events, etc. Please check your cubbie often. Thanks.

LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS: It is time to renew/subscribe to the Lutheran Witness for the June 2017 – May 2018 year. Subscriptions for the year (eleven issues: June/July is a combined issue) are $15.96. Please sign up at the information center if you would like to subscribe for the year beginning in June of 2017. You may pay for your subscription by placing a check or cash in an envelope and labeling it “Lutheran Witness” and placing it in the offering plate. If you are paying with cash, please include your name on the envelope also. Please sign up by March 5th to be included. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2017 to direct them. Don’t miss the opportunity to choose that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arnette Garris at 402-420-1000.

IN THE STEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER GERMANY TOUR: October 31, 1517 was a date that changed Christianity forever! Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door and the Reformation began. Now, you have a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the 500th anniversary of that memorable event by being in the places that influenced this much-needed reformation. Join Pastor Michael & Suzy Awe in traveling to Germany for this tour. The dates of this historic and memorable trip are July 10-20, 2017. We will begin in Mainz where Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type printing press. We will enjoy other famous and important Luther sites: Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, and Wittenberg. We will also visit Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Munich. The cost of this tour is $3799 departing from Omaha and is based on double occupancy. The price includes flights, bus, portage, most meals, all admission fees, all taxes. There is a limited number that can go, so act quickly. For more information and a brochure, please contact me preferably via either e-mail or by phone at (402) 368-9929 (cell phone) or The1Rev@cableone.net.

A VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COORDINATOR is needed by April 1. If you are interested in this volunteer position for the VBS this year, please contact the church office or one of the pastors.

LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will meet at noon on March 6th for a light lunch and some fellowship. All ladies are invited to come.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 26:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    6:30 pm Boy Scout Court of Honor
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
Wed. 12:15 pm Ash Wednesday service/Communion
    5:00 pm Lenten Meal
    5:30 pm Midweek classes
Wed. 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins
    1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Gary Baker
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Layla Thornton
    10:30 am: Aubrey Wiest
Greeters: 8 am: Paul Keeney & Kristan Fujan
    10:30 am: Seth & Makenzie Scollard
Coffeemakers: Mark & Lori Reinke
Information Center: Sandy Langemeier
Ushers: 8 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Matt Durr, Steve Eckhoff
Communion Set-Up: Suzie Znamenacek
Communion Clean-up: Linda Reigle

Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
* Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, struggling with medical issues.
* Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
* Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
* Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
* Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
* Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
* Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, waging her third battle against cancer.
* Mary Ann Proescholdt, hospitalized.
* Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
* Lorelee Novak, recovering from two broken wrists and a concussion.
* Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
* Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she undergoes radiation therapy.
* Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
* Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
* Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
* Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
* Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
* Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
* for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
* Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
* for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
* Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
* Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
* Faye Mann, having eye issues.
* Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
* Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
* Robert Zook, recovering at home.
* the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
* Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.

FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22

THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
* for the reception through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Elliana Mae Meyer, daughter of Kevin & Megan Meyer today at the 8 am service.
* for the gift of Holy Baptism for Peter Vernon Kaldahl, son of Joel & Sarah Kaldahl, who was baptized in the hospital shortly after his birth. The affirmation of his baptism is celebrated at the 8 am service today.

FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
Feb. 26 Lisabeth Christiansen, Britney Damme, Nathan Damme, Nolan Keller, Kaylee Prenosil, Hazel Reinsch, Rachel Wagner
Feb. 28 Bella Hoehne, Jim Kirk
March 1 Stacy Durr
March 2 Cooper Schroeder
March 3 Arlene Hadenfeldt, Shelley Kurtzer, Judy Poore, Alex Renken, Michelle Schnell, Makenzie Scollard

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
March 1 Bob & Gerayne Yelkin

“We start with learning from the workers in the vineyard not to haggle over the denarius but understand whose it is and that it is a gift, or, from the call of Jesus to Zacchaeus, who collected taxes for the foreign oppressors, that he doesn’t have to climb a tree to see him, that he is coming to his very house – which by the way produced more grumbling about what is right and just – after which Zaccheus repented and made restitution to his brethren. The Son of Man has indeed come to seek and save the lost – don’t worry about being seeker-sensitive, HE is the seeker – whether that be those who cast aside their own people for power or those who are idle because they are not hired, as we all seek our own gain first by nature and are all “unemployable” before the justice of God, who shows us mercy instead in Christ Whom He has sent.”
~ Terry Maher~