News and Notes 4/2/17
April 2nd, 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 (check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered in the fellowship hall 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, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.
The law can change a behavior but it cannot change the heart.

SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is currently leading a group through the study of the basics of the Christian faith as they are 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 is for you. Today’s topic is “Sin and Grace.” Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

REMEMBER TO VOTE on Tuesday if you reside in Lincoln. Primaries are being held on April 4th.

LIFE MOMENT: “Clearly, the Bible, especially in its original languages, treats the preborn child the same as a child already born. The Bible knows nothing about ‘potential human beings.’ To the authors of Scripture, there are only human beings with potential.” Col. John Eidsmoe, Lutherans for Life Board of Directors

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR A LOVE OF MERCY: “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6: 36)

LENTEN MEAL – BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 22: On Wed., April 5th the Boy Scouts of Troop 22 will be providing the Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be taco salad/nachos and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help with planned activities throughout the year. Thank you for your support.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Hebrews 9: 12 “He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” The only price that could redeem us was the very Blood of the Christ – this is the only sacrifice of true worth. His sacrificial giving sets a pattern for our life – for how can we who are redeemed by the self-giving of God not also give of ourselves to His Kingdom?

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!

ATTENTION YOUTH!: 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 Saturday, April 15th set up at 10 am and the two Sun., April 16th serving times listed above and clean-up afterwards. We need youth parents to help with both of the food service shifts as well as the 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. It’s a great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross.

LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will be hosted this month by Arlene Hadenfeldt and will be held at Clark Jeary, 8401 S. 33rd St. on Monday, April 3rd at 1:30 pm.

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 payable to Good Shepherd and designate that it is for flowers. If you would like to dedicate your libly in honor of, or in memory of someone, please write this on the envelope.

MISSIONARY SUPPORT: For the Lenten/Easter season the Lutheran Women in Mission has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher & Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project. Dr. Ahlman 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. Before receiving his current call, Dr. Ahlman served at Good Shepherd as our organist and choir director.
Donations have been earmarked to be sent to the Ahlmans for financial assistance with the many expenses for travel, transportation, new baby needs, housing, medicine and healthcare, teaching 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” and write “Ahlman Support” on the memo line.

MOVIE REVIEW: Many people have been asking about a movie that has been very popular at the box office recently, “The Shack.” Pastors Poppe and Maronde would like to caution people that this movie is not a Christian movie and you may want to prepare yourself before you go or debrief if you have already attended. There are two faithful movie reviews available at the information center, one by the LCMS blog site and one by Rev. Mark Surburg. Thank you!

FOOD BARRELS: Non-perishable items may be brought to Good Shepherd and placed in the blue barrel for distribution to those in need through the Food Pantry. Thanks to all who contributed to filling the first of the two barrels already. Let’s try to fill this second barrel by the pick-up date of the second Tuesday in April.

LWML ZONE SPRING WORKSHOP: All women are invited to come to the zone workshop at Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St., Lincoln. Park in the south lot and enter via the southwest doors. This event will be on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 am – 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.

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty 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 “Emperor Charles V.”

LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR will present a concert today, 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 ( today) 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.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 2:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:30 pm Lutheran Older Ladies at Clark Jeary
    4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. LINCOLN PRIMARY ELECTIONS
    6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
    6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service/Communion
    5:00 pm Lenten Meal – Boy Scout Troop 22
    5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Lenten 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
Sat. 8:30 am LWML Spring Workshop at Faith Lutheran
    10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
Sun. PALM SUNDAY
    8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    2:30 pm Gramercy Service

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Wayne Gudgel
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Grace Macklin
    10:30 am: Simon Johnson
Greeters: 8 am: Joy Barefoot
    10:30 am: David & Lois Kirchhoff
Coffeemakers: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
Information Center: Bob McClellan
Ushers: 8 am: Vickie Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
Communion Set-Up: Sondra Rathjen
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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Bob Van Valkenburg, recovering from heart 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 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.
* for Jay & Lindsey, friends of the Tureks, whose son was stillborn 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:
April 2 Renee Jackson, Darla Posner, Jacob Schlatter
April 3 Paige Renter, Ivy Theewen
April 4 Dan Bergmeyer, Amy Fitzsimmons, Mariah Niemeyer
April 5 Brent Travis
April 6 Arnette Garris, Meggan Garris, Melissa Peters, Shelley Poore, Helen Snook
April 7 Elizabeth Phillips, Jonathan Olson
April 8 Sara Harms, Landon Marshall, Maureen Marshall, Charity Mercer, Cheryl Pflueger

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
April 2 Eric & Lacy Wallace
April 3 Cletis & Beth Dobesh
Rev. Mark & Katherine Williamson
April 4 Curt & Corie Christiansen
Steve & Joyce Eckhoff
Brad & Casey Rezny
April 7 Kurt & Patty Stradley

WORD AND SACRAMENT:
The Sacraments are signs of God’s will toward us and not merely signs of people among one another. Those who define Sacraments in the New Testament as signs of grace are correct. There are two things in a Sacrament: a sign and the Word. In the New Testament, the Word is the promise of grace added. The promise of the New Testament is the promise of the forgiveness of sins, “This is My body, which is given for you. This [cup] is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” [See Matthew 26: 26-28; Mark 14: 22-24; Luke 22: 19-20; I Corinthians 11: 24-25.] So the Word offers the forgiveness of sins. A ceremony is a sort of picture, or seal, as Paul (Romans 4: 11) calls it, the Word making known the promise. Therefore, just as the promise is useless unless it is received through faith, so a ceremony is useless unless faith, which is truly confident that the forgiveness of sins is here offered, is added. This faith encourages penitent minds. Just as the Word has been given to excite this faith, so the Sacrament has been set up so that what meets the eyes might move the heart to believe. The Holy Spirit works through these: Word and Sacrament.”
~Apology of the Augsburg Confession XXIV (XII) 69-70~