GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
March 5, 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 Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. 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. 31st, 2017). Today we will continue to study the doctrine of “Justification.”
USHERS are needed to fill teams for the 10:30 am services on Sundays and some Wednesday evenings. Volunteers serve for a month of services and then will be off-duty for 3-4 months. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Dale Meyer at (402) 484-8599.
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. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME will resume next weekend on March 12th. Please note this on your calendar.
“FAMILY OF FAITH” – SCHOOL GALA AND AUCTION: This annual event will take place this year on Friday, March 10th with an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool. Tickets are on sale today following both services or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets are $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: “What do we teach our little children so that when they are older, sexual promiscuity and abortion will be unthinkable? They are very special because they are created, redeemed and called.”
PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR GROWING IN HONESTY AND INTEGRITY: “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Psalm 25: 21).
PCAN UPDATE: The 3rd annual Pancakes for PCAN (Pediatric Cancer Action Network) was a great success! Thanks to our friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, we raised $3,610.00 for local families battling childhood cancer. We are so impressed with the number of volunteers that came together to make this a memorable and successful evening. We have heard from many of the community volunteers how much they enjoyed being a part of the event this year!
PCAN has already approved the first grant to be paid from the money raised at Pancakes for PCAN. We were able to pay the rent and utilities for a family while they focused on caring for their son while he battles leukemia.
We would also like to ask for prayers for a family that we were able to support from last year’s event as they prepare to say their goodbyes to their young daughter. We know that they were so grateful for the support they received that allowed them to be at their daughter’s bedside while she battled cancer. She entered hospice care this week.
Friends, never underestimate what your support of PCAN can do. When we all come together and give a little, we can make a BIG impact. If we can provide a family with weeks, days, or hours of time with their child that they may have had to spend at work without our help, then we have achieved our goal! Time spent with their child is a gift they may not have in the future. Thank you from the members of PCAN.
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.
VOTERS MEETING UPDATE: The financial statements presented at the January Voters meeting showed a checking account balance of $49,437.81. The information given did not adequately indicate that a significant part of that balance included funds to be transferred to the Vicar account and to be applied to the mortgage principal from the capital campaign. The finance committee is working to address this issue by developing procedures to assist the treasurer in making these transfers on a more timely basis. We are also working to provide segregated reporting for each of these funds and provide more clarity in amounts received and disbursed for each fund.
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 4: 7 – Jesus said to him, “Again it is written . . .” Jesus defeats Satan in our place – not by using His power as God, but by His perfect obedience in His perfect humanity. Jesus defeats Satan not by miracles, but by quoting the Scriptures and living according to it. This should cause us great joy for two reasons. First, because we see Jesus win the victory for us. Second, because here Jesus shows us how to stand in that victory: on the Word of God alone.
REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week sixteen 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 Heidelberg Disputation.”
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 TODAY 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.
LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will meet at noon on March 6th for a light lunch and some fellowship. All ladies are invited to come.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHRIST-CENTERED SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD?: Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. School and preschool brochures are on the school table in the narthex. Preschoolers must be potty trained and 3 years old on or before the first day of their attendance. Please call the school office at (402) 423-7677 to schedule a tour.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 5:
Mon. PASTORS’ CONFERENCE IN KEARNEY
8:15 am Chapel
12:00 pm Lutheran Older Ladies
4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
8:15 am Chapel
6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service
5:00 pm Lenten Meal – LWIM
5:30 pm Midweek classes
6:30 pm Lenten Service
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. NO SCHOOL
8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
6:00 pm Gala & Silent Auction
Sun. 8:00 am Matins
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
1:00 pm Cub Scouts
2:30 pm Gramercy Service
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Ken Knaus
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Clare Macklin
10:30 am: Walter Schnell
Greeters: 8 am: Allen & Sharon Wilkens
10:30 am: Janet Kniep
Coffeemakers: Sharon Wilkens, Connie Swenson
Information Center: Bob McClellan
Ushers: 8 am: Vickie Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-Up: Corie Christiansen
Communion Clean-up: Gayleen Potter
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.
*Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
* Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Tabitha at Williamsburg.
* Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
* Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
* 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.
* Carl & Callie, for peace and patience in their wait to adopt a child.
* 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.
* Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical 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.
* Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
* Desi Kessler, having surgery.
FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
* for the family of Marvin Henning, former member of Good Shepherd, who was taken to his heavenly home recently. (If you would like to send a card to his wife, Donna: 3302 N. Dixieland Rd., #M11, Rogers, AR 72756)
* for the family of Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.
THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
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:
March 5 Sam Eisenmann
March 6 Dakota Berndt
March 7 Paula Erickson, Steve Shively
March 8 Nick Crocker, Bryce Cuddy, Derek Poppe, Pastor Daniel Speckhard, Mickinzie Thompson
March 9 Braxton Beed, Lisa Etherton, Karen Kammann
March 10 Justin Steinhauser
March 11 Nick Fitzsimmons, Brandon Jackson, Leola Krehnke, Alaina Novacek
March 10 Rev. Dr. Christopher & Elizabeth
March 11 Rolland & Marj Victor
EASTER LILIES are used to beautify our sanctuary in celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. If you would like to order a lily, there will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. The cost will be $10.00. If paying by check, please make the check out to Good Shepherd and designate that it is for flowers. If you would like to dedicate you lily in honor of, or in memory of someone, please write this on the envelope.