News and Notes 3/26/17
March 26th, 2017 by

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 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 is part of our year-long emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, justification, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.

VOTERS MEETING: There will be a short meeting following the 8 am service today (promptly at 9:10 am) to consider placing a call to for an administrator/teacher for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Linda Ahrens, our current administrator/teacher, will be moving to Missouri at the end of this school year. The school board has done the research and is recommending Mr. Keith Vieregge to the voters to extend a call.

SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is currently leading a group through the study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about what Lutherans believe, teach and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class if for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Who is Jesus?; Sin and Grace; Salvation; Baptism; The Lord’s Supper; Confession and Absolution; etc. Completion of these classes can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

CONFIRMAND AND THEIR PARENTS are asked to meet on Wednesday, after the 6:30 pm service in room 109 to discuss details and preparation for the rite of confirmation on April 15th.

LIFE MOMENT: “We are carved in the palm of His Hand, and the unborn child has been carved in the Hand of God from conception.”
~Mother Teresa~

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR A LOVE OF JUSTICE: “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Psalm 11: 7; Micah 6: 8)
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4: 23

LENTEN MEAL – GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL & PRESCHOOL: On Wednesday, March 29th the school/preschool will be providing the Lenten meal . The menu includes salads, ham, baked potatoes, green beans, and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help meet the expenses connected with the school/preschool. Thank you for your support.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: John 6: 5 : Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” Of course Jesus knows the answer to that question – He knows how He means to care for His people. The Lord provided, and He still provides. This knowledge frees us for generosity without fear.

EASTER BREAKFAST FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of breakfast casseroles, muffins/rolls or juice would be appreciated. The Youth Groups will serve breakfast Easter morning after the sunrise service and between the 2nd and 3rd services. Sign-up sheets and casserole recipes are located on a table in the narthex. Your help with this special event is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

YOUTH EASTER BREAKFAST: Following the sunrise service on Easter, the Youth Group will serve Easter breakfast (casseroles, rolls, fruit, and juice) from 7 am – 8:30 am. After the second service, the youth will serve coffee/juice and rolls and possibly casseroles from 9:30 am -10:30 am. Youth sign-up sheets are on the door leading to the upstairs youth room. We need help with April 15, Saturday morning set-up at 10 am and the two April 16, Easter Sunday serving times listed above and clean-up afterwards. We need youth parents to help with both of the food service shifts as well as clean-up. Any youth attending the Higher Things Youth Conference will get credit towards Higher Things based on how many shifts you help with . . . so the more shifts you work the more credit you will get. Youth/parents contact Marc Huff (402) 890-9752 or Andrew Wood (402) 369-2691 if you have any questions.

COMING IN APRIL – KNNA will be selling tee-shirts, pullovers, and dress shirts for both men and women. They will be on display and can be purchased in the narthex after church or in the fellowship hall library during Bible study. A great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross.

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.

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.
Our fundraising began on March 8th with the Lenten meal. Free-will donations were earmarked to be sent to the Ahlmans for financial assistance with transportation and travel, new baby needs, housing, medicine and medical expenses, teaching supplies, music supplies, visas, etc. Check out the table in the narthex for more information about this project. Envelopes are available at the table for donations. You may place checks or cash in these envelopes (Be sure to put your name on the envelope if you donate cash so that we may include this contribution on your year-end statement.) and place them in the offering plate at any service. Make out the checks to “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.”

FOOD BARRELS: Non-perishable items may be brought to Good Shepherd and placed in the blue barrels for distribution to those in need through the Food Pantry. Let’s try to fill both barrels by the pick-up date of the second Tuesday in April.

SPRING CLEAN-UP: Volunteers are needed for our annual Spring clean-up of the flower beds in preparation for Easter on Saturday, April 1 at 9 am. Please bring leaf bags, rakes, clippers, gloves and brooms for cleaning up the flower beds. Coffee and rolls will be provided. If the weather is too cold or not suitable for working outside on April 1st, we will plan to meet the next weekend (Saturday, April 8th). Thanks for your assistance.

LWML ZONE SPRING WORKSHOP: All women are invited to come to the zone workshop at Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St. Park in the south lot and enter via the southwest doors. This event will be on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is $2.00. We will begin with refreshments at 8:30 am. The theme is “The Gift of Service” based on I Peter 4: 10. For our servant event we will make developmental cloth hearts and LWML bookmarks. Please bring cloth scissors, paper scissors, paper punch, and colored pencils.

ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-Centered School for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School & 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.
“For the sake of the church we must have and maintain Christian schools.” ~Martin Luther

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week nineteen 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 “Catechism’s Third Chief Part: The Lord’s Prayer.”

LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR will present a concert on Sunday, April 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln at 3 pm. Brett Epperson, the choir’s artistic director and conductor has selected our theme: “Peace, Rest, Renewal.” The program takes the shape of a musical prayer seeking lasting peace, quality rest, and time for spiritual renewal. The Lincoln Lutheran High School choir will join us in several selections. As always, the concert will include congregational singing. Come sing with us!

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY A CAPPELLA CHOIR will be giving two local area concerts following their concert tour to other states. On April 2nd at 2 pm the choir will be at the St. Thomas Aquinas (Newman Center) in Lincoln and at 7 pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Admission to the concerts is free. A free-will offering will be gathered to defray tour expenses.

ISSUES, ETC – PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR LUTHERAN LAITY: You are invited to attend the Issues, Etc. “Making the Case” Conference on June 9 & 10 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL (15 miles east of St. Louis). Topics include: The Reformation’s Relevancy, Depression, Natural Law, News Discernment, Lutheran Piety, and Modern Day Prophets and Apostles. Speakers include: Matt Harrison, Peter Bender, Todd Peperkorn, Aaron Wolf, Terry Mattingly and Chris Rosebrough. Attendance is limited to 400. For more information, visit www.issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN FISH FEED will be held at the Lutheran Chapel at UNL, 1510 “O” St. on Friday, March 31st from 5 – 8:30 pm. This event will benefit Orphan Grain Train and is sponsored by the Lutheran Fraternity on the UNL Lincoln campus. For more information, please contact Jacob at (402) 807-6099.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 26:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service
    5:00 pm Lenten Meal – Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool
    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. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
Sat. 9:00 am Spring Clean-up
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: Mark Nispel
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Cambry Ficken
    10:30 am: Emily Klutz
Greeters: 8 am:
    10:30 am:
Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Sandy Langemeier
Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
Ushers: 8 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-Up: Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up: Maureen Marshall

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.
* Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
* Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
* 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 Savannah Pines, rm. 102.
* 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. She is finished with radiation treatments and beginning medication.
* 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, thanksgiving for successful treatment and stem cell transplant. Pray for continued healing and strength.
* 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.
* 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, recovering from surgery.
* Kimberly Berndt, recovering from knee surgery.
* Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.

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 Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, who was taken to his eternal home recently.
* for the family of Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, who was taken to his eternal home recently.
* for the family of Genevieve Holtzen, sister-in-law of Elaine Egner, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
* for the family of Lavon Rasmussen, mother of Linda Weber, who was taken to her eternal 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 26 Joyce Aupperle, Dan Bock
March 27 Eric Dlouhy, Connor Weber
March 28 Kaitlyn Schmeling
March 29 Jack Novacek
March 30 Wade Smith
March 31 Clyde Naber, Kayla Simnitt
April 1 Larry Eisenmann, Arlyss Ketelsen, Clint Kirkland

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
March 27 Clint & Amy Kirkland
March 29 Lyle & Anne Nelson
March 31 Doug & Kathy Everman

THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
Wed., March 15 126
Sun., March 19 258

Wed., March 29 Lenten meal will be provide by Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. The menu will be ham, baked potatoes, salads, green beans, and desserts.
Sun., April 2 Fifth Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 8 am service.
Wed., April 5 Lenten meal will be provided by the Boy Scouts. Menu will be a taco salad/nachos bar. There will be communion at both services.