News and Notes 6/25/17
July 11th, 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. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. 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 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 The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.

LIFELIGHT BIBLE STUDY will continue on Thursdays at 1 pm throughout the summer with a study of the book of Hebrews. Everyone is welcome. Study guides are available from Pastor Maronde.

LIFE MOMENT: The Bible tells you that God in love designed your very existence. Psalm 139 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (NIV) You can be sure, wherever you go and whatever happens to you, that your Creator loves you dearly.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 15: 10 “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Jesus eats with sinners not so that they will remain stuck in their sins, but so that they will come to know His love and repent. To repent means to turn, that is, to turn away from sin and toward Jesus in faith. Whether the sin we struggle with is pride, greed, doubt, etc., the Lord calls us to turn to Him again in faith and away from our sin.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of August and September under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Thank you to everyone who helped with Vacation Bible School. We appreciate all the donations of money, food, and craft supplies. From the craft leaders to the classroom leaders and helpers to the kitchen helpers and the pastors, you all played an important role in the success of VBS week. The mission project of collecting toilet paper and facial tissue to pass along to Lutheran Family Services and Tabitha Meals on Wheels to distribute to those in need will continue for one more week. If you would like to donate to this project, please bring these items to the collection point in the narthex.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR CONTENTMENT: “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4: 12-13)

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-four in the series of inserts in the News & Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on 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 “Table Talk — Part II.”

FLOWERS: Last week the flowers were provided by Elaine Egner in memory of her husband, Joe. Thanks to Elaine for remembering one of God’s saints.

AT HOME IN YOUR HYMNAL: When I was a young boy growing up in rural Nebraska, I remember a number of the older folks in the congregation bringing their own hymnal to church. I also remember wondering why, since there were plenty of hymnals in the pews for people to use. When I looked at the old confirmation pictures that were beautifully displayed in our church fellowship hall, I notices that each confirmand had a hymnal in the picture. I was jealous.
We had several hymnals in our home growing up and we used them on a semi-regular basis, most often during Advent and Lent. We had daily devotions, readings from the Psalms, and often sang hymns. These are wonderful memories; maybe you have them too!
Planning is underway for a new program on KNNA called, “At Home in Your Hymnal.” This program will explore the many different features of the hymnal we use at Good Shepherd, Lutheran Service Book, so that you will know the contents very well. In addition, we will explore the theology behind the different liturgical settings and hymns as well as teaching how the hymnal can become an important part of your daily piety and devotional walk.
We look forward to your comments and suggestions. We pray this new program will be a blessing to you and yours!
In Christ, Pastor Poppe

GOOD SHEPHERD FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Thank you for prayers, cards, and visits for Mom these past months. They were greatly appreciated by her and us. We will miss her so much but we know she is at peace in the arms of Jesus.
~The family of Mary Ann Proescholdt~
Barb, Susie, and Jenny

FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT at the Lincoln Saltdogs tickets are available free of charge, on a first come, first served basis to all Thrivent Financial members. The event will be held at Haymarket Park on Thursday, July 13 with the game beginning at 6:45 pm. Lincoln area churches and their members, as well as Concordia University students and alums. Hotdogs, soda, and popcorn are $1 each! There will also be special activities and appearances by Lutheran VIPs for the ceremonial first pitch, singing of the national anthem, 7th inning stretch and more! Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Thrivent Action Team. Bring your family and friends out to the ballpark to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 125th anniversary of Lutheran Family Services. Park in back of building to access banquet room.

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN is in need of volunteers to help sort and pack clothing. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Loraine Harnett at (402) 217-7414.

VICAR FAREWELL: Come one, come all and help give a fond fare-thee-well to Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena, and Katie before they head back to Ft. Wayne. We will have a potluck on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Please bring a main dish to share and either a salad or a dessert. Beverages and tableware will be provided. We could use some help getting set up at 10:30 am after the Sunday Bible study and at 4:30 pm before the potluck begins. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

BREAD BAKERS: I am reworking the schedule. If you have a preferred month please let Shirley Green know. If anyone would like to volunteer to make communion bread, please call Shirley at (402) 304-4637.

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Wayne Gudgel
Organist: Sylvia Yoder
Acolytes: 8 am: Chad Renter
10:30 am: Simon Johnson
Greeters: 8 am:
10:30 am:
Coffeemakers: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
Information Center: Bob McClellan
Ushers: 8 am: Vicki Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel Kaldahl
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up: Katherine Williamson

Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News and 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.
  • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
  • Bob Van Valkenburg, recovering at home.
  • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
  • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
  • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
  • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
  • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
  • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
  • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
  • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
  • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
  • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, on heart transplant list.
  • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with cancer and kidney problems.
  • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
  • Larry Eisenmann, battling with cancer and receiving chemo.
  • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
  • 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.
  • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
  • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
  • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
  • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
  • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
  • Rollie Victor, hospitalized at St. E’s.
  • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
  • Noel & Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
  • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
  • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, home following hospitalization.
  • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
  • The people of Venezuela, especially the family of Ramon Marcano, Good Shepherd member.
  • Safe travel for Dr. Phillips and his family on their trip to Europe.
  • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
  • Welden Duer, moving to a memory care unit.

 

IN THANKSGIVING: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136: 1

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

  • for the family of Will Gotwald, father of Katherine Williamson, who was taken to his eternal home recently.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 2:
Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. FOURTH OF JULY—OFFICE CLOSED
Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study—Hebrews
2 pm & 7pm Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sun. 8:00 am Matins
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
2:30 pm Gramercy Service

FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
Anita Armitstead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese

FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
Victoria Sample                        Cooper DeWitt                           Ryan Hausfeld
Cindy Fox                                    Carol Parrott                             Maria Schwarz
Sheryl Chism                              Lynn Poppe                               Anne Nelson
Susanna Cantarero                  Zoe Groff                                     Willis Legband
Gloria Henning                        Diane Greckel                             Nevaeh Kessler
Betty Bluhm                              Betty Kieselhorst                       Doretta Kleinkauf

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
July 2 Barb Banks
July 3 Edith Isaacson, Paul Keeney, Ellyson Stolcpart
July 4 Aaron Williamson
July 5 Mark Kranz
July 6   Pastor Lance Berndt, Aaron Winkelmann
July 7  Max Fitzsimmons, Nolan Novacek, Ainsley Roeder

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
July 1 Marc & Beth Huff
July 7 Jim & Violet Kirk
Rev. Jack & Jo Kirk

WEEKLY STATS:
Sunday Attendance: 242
Wed. Attendance:   46
Total Weekly Attendance: 288