News and Notes 5/14/17
May 14th, 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.  You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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.  Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic.  May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be continuing the Bible study on 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 (October 31, 2017).  Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper and predestination.

LIFE MOMENT: “As the Church of God it’s time we rightly extolled the vocation of motherhood, and it’s time we finally saw the resplendent majesty concealed therein. There is no greater vocation on earth for it is God’s chosen means to bring children into this world and, likewise through parents, to bring children into Christ’s kingdom of forgiveness through Holy Baptism.” Rev. Jonathan Conner, Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, IA

SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is leading a study of the basics of what Lutheran’s believe, teach, and confess as they are taken from God’s Word.  Topics include Baptism, Confession & Absolution, the Office of the Keys & Confession, and The Lord’s Supper.  If you are interested in joining this class in the coming weeks, just come to room 109 on the main level at 9:20 am on Sundays. Questions? Contact Pastor Maronde.

VOTERS MEETING: A voters’ meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 9:10 am in the sanctuary with the purpose of voting to extend a call to be the administrator/teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS:  School is almost out and it is time to think about the warm summer sun, picnics, and Summer Sunday School.  We need volunteers to be Sunday School teachers this summer!  Please add your name to the sign up flier at the Information Booth in the Narthex.  Have questions?  Give Maureen Marshall a call at 402.420.6239.

GALA PHOTOS: The photos taken at the gala fundraiser for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool  are available on tables in the narthex. Feel free to come and look at them and take them.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY—FOR KINDNESS: “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (I Thessalonians 5: 15)

LOCKING DOORS: Just a reminder . . . If you are the last one to leave the building  on either the basement or the main level, please lock the doors. Thanks. This is for the safety of our students and our staff and to protect our property.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year VBS will be June 12-16 from 9am to 12pm.  The theme is “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther”.  We need leaders and helpers in the following areas: Leaders/ helpers for grades preschool through 8th grade, Craft Leaders, Snacks, and Games.  Please contact Karen Radebaugh  @ 402.423.8565 or Kaylee Prenosil @ 402.419.0196 to volunteer or for more details. You can register your child/children by filling out a form on the table located in the narthex or contact Karen or Kaylee. You can also register by calling or emailing the church office ( For registering by phone or email we will need the following information: parents names, address, home phone, daytime phone, email address, emergency contact (other than parents or guardian), doctor and contact information, food allergies, students names, grades completed, date of birth.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT:  1 Peter 2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”  Surely one of the “passions of the flesh” we all struggle with is greed: the desire to have more things to bring us comfort and peace of mind.  But that shows us the real problem with greed: it wages war against our soul– it urges us to place our trust in the things of this world and not in God.  But St. Peter reminds us that we are sojourners and exiles: we belong to the Kingdom of God.  We have been purchased by the blood of Christ and belong to Him.

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-seven 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 “Martin Luther vs. Urlich Zwingli.”

CONGRATULATIONS to Pastor– elect Marcus Williams.  He received his first call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havre, MT and Zion Lutheran Church in Chinook, MT.  Also, congratulations to Vicar-elect Lawson Short of Pratt, KS, who will be our new vicar at Good Shepherd.

OFFICE STAFFING: Jan will be out of the office at times for the next several weeks because of Ken’s total knee replacement.  If you have information for the church office you can send it via email to or you can leave a message on voice mail at 402.423.7639.  If you are having an emergency, please contact your elder, one of the pastors, or call or text Christina Schellenbach at 785.713.2898 and she will forward your message.  Thank you for your patience during the coming weeks.

Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission
7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
8:15 am Chapel
7:00 pm Church Council
Wed. 10:30 am Closing Chapel
6:30 pm Midweek Service
7:30 pm Bible Study/ Choir
Thurs. 1:00 pm Lifelight
2:00 pm & 7 pm  Sewing/ Quilting Group
Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sat. 10:30 am Homestead Service
3:00 pm Piano Recital
Sun 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:10 am Voters’ Meeting
9:20 am Sunday School/ Bible Study
10:30 am Matins
12:00 pm Ahrens Farewell

Elder: Wayne Gudgel
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes:                      8:00 am:       Ellyson Stolcpart
10:30 am:        Aubrey Wiest
Greeters:                      8:00 am:       Connie Swenson
10:30 am:        Judith Poore
Coffeemakers:            Loraine Harnett, Maureen Marshall
Information Center:              Bob McClellan
Ushers:                         8:00 am:       Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
10:30 am: Joe Burke, Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
Communion Set-up: 8:00 am Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up: 8:00 am 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
  • Emily Schmeling, recovering from knee 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
  • Vivian Brinkmeyer, recuperating at home following surgery
  • Ruth Odvody, niece of Gloria Henning, recovering from surgery.
  • Sharon Wilkens, recovering from broken bones due to a fall
  • Lyle Schardt, brother-in-law of Lois Kirkchoff, injured in a farm accident.
  • Al Fox, father of Nancy Stepp, dealing with heart issues and awaiting the placement of a pacemaker.
  • Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
  • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
  • Doretta Kleinkauf, recovering at home from a hospital stay.
  • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
  • Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • 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.
  • Ken Knaus, recovering from knee surgery.
  • Brian Campbell recovering from knee surgery.
  • 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.
  • Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
  • Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from chemotherapy and deciding on the next course of treatment
  • The son-in-law of Rollie &Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
  • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
  • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
  • Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
  • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
  • Cassie Borneman, recovering at home.
  • Joyce Kaldahl, grandmother of Joel Kaldahl, hospitalized in very serious condition.
  • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing
  • for Marjorie Legband, sister-in-law of Willis Legband, whose cancer has returned. She has been place in hospice care.
  • For the people of Venezuela and especially the family of Good Shepherd member, Ramon Marcano. Please pray for God’s care and protection.

FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”  Psalm 119:76

  • for the family of Alanna Sanderson, friend of Angie Poppe, who died in an accident on April 30.

THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”


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


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
Betty Bluhm


Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann


May 14             Dee Indgjer, Brittani Jackson
May 16             Dennis Von Busch
May 18             Madelynne Eisenmann, Lorie Knapp, Becky Renken
May 19             Charles Cox, Christina Schellenbach, Seth Scollard


May 15 Pastor David & Amber Dunlop
Christopher & Paulette Luebbe
May 20 Pastor Christopher & Bethany Maronde