News and Notes 7/30/17
July 31st, 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 continue studying the Lord’s Supper.

NEW BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings starting August 2nd. The class will meet after church (approx. 7:30 pm) in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

LIFE MOMENT: Whenever Satan whispers into the ear of an expectant mother, ‘It’s your body, your fetus (Latin for ‘little one’), your choice,’ that’s when we will share the Lord’s Word which says: ‘You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.’ (I Corinthians 6: 19b –20).

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Romans 6: 19 “For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” To be sanctified means to be set aside for God’s purposes. St. Paul encourages us to see ourselves, our bodies, our souls, and all that we are as set aside for God’s work—in all that we do whether in the home, church, or society at large.

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.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR A PASSION FOR GOD: “Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee.’ (Ps. 63: 8 KJV), one that clings passionately to you.”

THE CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2017 and their families have provided 7 new Lutheran Service Book hymnals for Good Shepherd to replace some of the hymnals that are showing some wear and tear. We thank these families for seeing a need and filling it.

REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-eight 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 “Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Visit Wittenberg.”

MIDWEEK PARENT/STUDENT MEETING: We will be having a special meeting on Wed., Aug. 16th for parents and students who will be in grades 4-8 and high school students who have not been confirmed to discuss this year’s confirmation classes. Last year was a transitional year as we made some major changes to midweek and junior confirmation for the future. We will discuss objectives, expectations, memory work, church and Sunday School attendance, and any other items pertaining to our education and instruction of students. If for some reason, you are not able to attend, please contact one of the pastors so that we can be on the same page in the expectations and goals of our instruction.

GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come on Aug. 6th for the annual Good Shepherd picnic beginning at 3 pm at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 Covered Bridge Rd. Come and meet & welcome our new vicar, Lawson Short. There will be activities for the kids and adults and a meal (bring a main dish and either a salad or a dessert). More details to come.

JANITOR NEEDED: Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is looking for a janitor to work approximately 1 hour per day on school days. Contact Nancy Stepp at nlstepp@gmail.com or (402)304-3001 or Jenny Higgins at (402) 430-9059 for more information.

ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-centered school for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool are accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information contact the school office at (402) 423-7677.

SOLAR ECLIPSE MINI-SEMINAR: Info on the bulletin board in fellowship hall.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30:
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—Psalm 119
Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
2 pm & 7 pm Sewing & Quilting Group
Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sat. 2:00 pm Baby Shower
Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Matins
1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service
3:00 pm Church Picnic/ New Vicar Welcome

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Matt Phillips
Organist: Sylvia Yoder
Acolytes: 8 am: Eli Theewen
10:30 am: Joe Klutz
Greeters: 8 am: Betty Bluhm
10:30 am: David & Lois Kirchhoff
Coffeemakers:            Gary & Vicki Rockel
Information Center:               Sandy Langemeier
Ushers:            8 am:   Joe Velasquez, Ralph Humphrey, Nathan Keller, Bob Rathjen, Adam Mankin
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up:               Nancy Wagner, Suzie Znamenacek
Communion Clean-up: Suzie Znamenacek, Maureen Marshall

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.
  • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
  • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
  • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, recovering at home.
  • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
  • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
  • Rollie Victor, recovering at Madonna
  • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
  • Lorie, 92 year old cousin of Dorette Kleinkauf, recovering from surgery.
  • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
  • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
  • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
  • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
  • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
  • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
  • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
  • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
  • Larry Eisenmann, battling with cancer and receiving chemo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
  • The people of Venezuela and other countries where people are struggling for survival, and especially for the family of Good Shepherd member Ramon Marcano.

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

  • For Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, for the successful implant of an LVAD and removal of the implant because her heart is now strong enough to work on its own. Pray for her continued healing.
  • For the installation of Good Shepherd’s new vicar, Lawson Short, at today’s services.

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

  • for the family of Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, who was taken to his eternal home recently.

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:
Francine Poppe
Victoria Sample                        Cooper DeWitt                           Ryan Hausfeld
Cindy Fox                                    Carol Parrott                             Maria Schwarz
Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe Anne Nelson
Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
Welden Duer Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler
Betty Bluhm Betty Kieselhorst Doretta Kleinkauf

STREET REPAIR: Wildbriar Lane is scheduled for repair with work that has begun this week. This work may require the temporary closure of the Wildbriar driveway. Weather and other factors may affect the completion date, but in most cases, construction will be finished in less than four weeks. Please remind your children to stay away from the work area. If you have any questions, contact the Engineering Services Department at (402) 441-7711.

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
July 30 Dan Alexander, Caitlin Neesen, Jacob Wiest
July 31 Kyler Piening, Forest Reigle, Kyra Stradley
Aug. 1 Aaron Boucher, Jacob Crocker
Aug. 2 Cade Cover, Cole Cover, Jason Knapp, Gina Streich
Aug. 4 Michael Fredrick, Norma Muth, Paul Schmidt

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
July 30 Con & Alice Urbach
Deryk & Rachel Wortmann
July 31 Brad & Angie Marshall
Aug. 2 Maurice & Carolyn Lange
Aug. 3 David & Jerika Perrin
Aug. 4 Bryce & Tammy Cuddy
Nathan & Kim Keller

 

Attendance
Wed., July 19                                                         36
Sun., July 23                                                       249