News and Notes 4/9/17
April 12th, 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 at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. May God richly bless ouor 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 a part of our year-long emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (October 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper and predestination.

LIFE MOMENT: “Adopted sons are no different than sons. They have an inheritance coming, eternal life with the Father. That’s why ‘sons’ is used in Galatians 4: 7 and not ‘children.’ In those days son received the inheritance. Paul makes the point that those who God adopts – men, women, boys and girls – all have the full right of sons, all have eternity waiting.” Rev. Dr. James Lamb

SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Today’s topic for this class is, “Who is Jesus?” If you would like to review the basics of what Lutherans believe, teach and confess as they are taken from God’s Word you are welcome to come to all or any of the classes. Completion of all the classes may lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions about this class or if you are interested in attending the next series.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND THOSE IN AUTHORITY: “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands.” (I Peter 2: 17).

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 21: 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ and he will send them at once.” Did Jesus really need the donkey? If the man had refused to give the donkey would the work of salvation have been derailed? Of course not. But what an honor for the man who owned this donkey and foal! Likewise with us – the Lord needs none of us, but what an honor for God to choose to use our generosity in the work of His Church.

JUNIOR CONFIRMATION will be at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 15th at the 6 pm service. Our junior confirmands this year are: Nicholas Crocker, Calvin Cuddy, Max Fitzsimmons, Alaina Novacek, Grace Macklin, Shelby Pierson, Derek Poppe, Samantha Roblyer, Madalyn Stolcpart, and Jacob Wiest. Please keep these young people in your prayers that they would be faithful to their confirmation vows and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

KNNA: Check out the table in the narthex today for KNNA items. New items available include tee-shirts, pullovers, and dress shirts for both men and women. It’s a great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross!

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.

THANK YOU!! We want to thank everyone who donated to the Lutherans for Life project, “Owen’s Mission” at the March 22nd Lenten meal. A total of $613.25 was raised. Thank you for your generosity!!

THANK YOU TO ALL who supported, prepared, served, donated, etc. for the Lenten meals these past few weeks and to those who have contributed non-perishable food items to the Food Pantry barrels in the narthex. The donations to the Food Pantry equaled 126 lbs.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP to clean up the flower beds and spruce up the outside of the church for Holy Week and Easter. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.

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.

LETTER FROM DR. AHLMAN: We received a letter and newsletter from Dr. Ahlman this week with the news that he has announced his resignation as Evangelistic Missionary for the LCMS Office of International Mission. Staying in this position would have meant a relocation to St. Petersburg, Russia which they did not feel was in the best interest of their family at the present time. Elizabeth, Matthias, and Helene will be returning to the USA on April 28th. Dr. Ahlman and Thomas will be staying to tie up loose ends, finish the school year, pack up their belongings, and return to the USA about June 10th.
The letter will be posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall if you would like to read the entire communication. Copies of the current newsletter will be on the table in the narthex. Please keep Dr. Ahlman and his family in your prayers as they seek God’s guidance on where to go from here.
There will be further communication about funds we have gathered for the Ahlmans, what to do if you have been a monthly supporter, how to redirect your mission support should you desire to do so, etc. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Poppe or Pastor Maronde.

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!

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-one 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 “Invasion of Austria by the Turks.”

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 9:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
   4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
   6:30 pm Holy Monday service
   7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
   8:15 am Chapel
   6:30 pm Holy Tuesday service
Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
   6:30 pm Holy Wednesday service/Confirmand Ques.
   7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
Thurs. 12:15 pm Maundy Thursday service/Communion
   2:30 pm Homeschool Choirs
   6:30 pm Maundy Thursday service/Communion
   2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
Fri. NO SCHOOL
   8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
   12:15 pm Tre Ore service
   7:30 pm Tenebrae service
Sat. 7:00 am Elders
   10:30 am Homestead service
   12:00 pm Barefoot family gathering
   ? Cuddy Confirmation reception
   6:00 pm Easter Vigil service/junior confirmation /Communion
Sun. EASTER SUNDAY
   6:00 am Sunrise service/Communion
   7:00 am Easter breakfast
   8:30 am Easter Divine Service/Communion
   9:30 am Easter Brunch
   10:30 am Easter Divine Service/Communion

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Curt Christiansen
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Shelby Pierson
   10:30 am: Liz Luebbe
Greeters: 8 am: Arnold & Gloria Henning
   10:30 am: Kevin & Ruth Cheek
Coffeemakers: Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
Ushers: 8 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
   10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
Communion Set-Up: Corie Christiansen, Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up: Linda Reigle, Suzie Znamenacek

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.
* 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.
* Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
* 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, doing well following the insertion of a mini-pacemaker. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
* Cassie Borneman, hospitalized in Omaha.
* Karolyn Husa, with health issues.

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.
* for the family of Melissa Macklin, whose grandfather was taken to his eternal home recently.
* for the family of Brett Clark, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who was taken to his eternal home this week. Please include his wife, Julie in your prayers.

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 9 Jeana Wood
April 10 Shirley Manthey
April 11 A. J. Hoyle, Shanon Roblyer, Brady Rockel, Benjamin Simnitt
April 12 Wesley Damme, Austen Nichols, Coby Erickson
April 13 Brock Cuddy, Deb Schlatter, Carly Shriner, Con Urbach
April 14 Erica Alexander, Mayah Stolcpart
April 15 Calvin Roblyer, Laney Thorin

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
April 9 Zeb & Kate Smith
April 12 Don & Beth Fitzgerald
April 15 Lane & Edith Isaacson

THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!” Mark 11: 9b – 10