News and Notes 7/9/2017
July 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. 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. Today we will learn about the Lord’s Supper.

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: We must be diligent and unceasing in prayer for our land — for the church, people, governments, and culture — to repent, seek God’s forgiveness, turn from wicked ways, and prosper by hearing the saving message of the Gospel which leads to life everlasting.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Romans 8: 18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel — if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

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 July and August 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.

YOU ARE INVITED to a fish feed sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church in Kramer, NE today to benefit Orphan Grain Train. Serving will be from 11:30 am—1:30 pm and Kramer Hall in Kramer. The free-will offering will be used by Orphan Grain Train with 10% being used for operating expenses and the remainder of 90% used to ship needed items to many places around the world. If you would like to volunteer to help sort clothing and other items, please contact Cheryl Tickner at (308) 894-8125 or by email, dtickner@eaglecom.net. You may also bring good clean clothing (no tears), non-breakable kitchen items, handicap items, bikes, quilts, school supplies, health items, plastic mats, pillowcase dresses, beddings and linens to donate.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR FAITH: “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them in Holy Baptism.”

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-five 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 “Small Catechism — Fifth Chief Part — Office of the Keys.”

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

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.

KNNA is becoming an important tool of outreach into the community and a point of contact to many who have not previously heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. You can listen to KNNA at 95.7 FM or your radio or at the website www.thecross957.org. Good Shepherd’s services on Sundays at 8 am and 10:30 am and on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm are broadcast live on KNNA. If you have neighbors or family members who cannot attend church but would like to listen to God’s Word, please pass the word along. The schedule includes Bible studies, services, hymns, discussions about God’s Word, community announcements, original programming and much more.

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.

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Gary Baker
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Emma Roblyer
10:30 am: Liz Luebbe
Greeters: 8 am: Mark & Lori Reinke
10:30 am: Daren & Sheila Turek
Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Sandy Langemeier
Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
Ushers: 8 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Aaron & Rachel Wagner
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Ginger Borneman
Communion Clean-up: Shirley Green

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.

  • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
  • Lowell Renken, hospitalized.
  • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
  • Ryan Bokelmann, grandson of Mark & Lori Reinke, recovering from an appendectomy.
  • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
  • Welden Duer, moving to a memory care unit.
  • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
  • 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, moved to Madonna.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • for 96 years of life for Adeline Poppe, mother of Pastor Poppe, whose birthday is July 11th.

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

  • for the family of Marian Schmieding, who was taken to her eternal home recently.

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

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 9 Kimberly Von Rentzell
July 10 Angela Frerking, Loree Kirilloff, Bethany Kranz
July 11 Brantley Reinke
July 12 Evelyn Johnson, Sheila Poppe, Gabe Schroeder
July 13 Kent Marshall, Dave Schmeling, Chloe Theewen
July 14  Curt Christiansen, Marlene McClellan, Jeff Nothwehr, John Reigle, Vicki Rockel, Disney Turek
July 15 Vivian Kunz, Sarah Stepp

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
July 10 Don & Darla Posner
July 12 Lavern & Beverly Obermeier
July 13 Kyle & Shelley Poore
July 15 Renos & Vivian Kunz
Eric & Debra Riveland

WEEKLY STATS:
Sunday Attendance: 232
Wed. Attendance:   72
Total Weekly Attendance: 304

VICAR MOVE-IN DATE: Lawson Short will be moving to Lincoln on Saturday, July 15th and could use some help unloading the truck. Meet at the apartment, 4631 Old Cheney Rd., Apt. 14 at 3 pm.