News and Notes 9/10/17
September 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 of 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 follow by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

BIBLE STUDY TODAY:  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. Join this study at 9:20 am in the fellowship hall.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY will focus on studying the Reformation using the Luther movie. Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, Marc & Beth Huff, and Andrew & Jeana Wood will be leading these sessions. This class will meet in the youth room on the upper level beginning at 9:20 am on Sundays.

THANK YOU to Maureen Marshall who created and organized summer Sunday School here at Good Shepherd. Thanks to all who helped with teaching Summer Sunday School so that our regular teachers could have a summer break. We appreciate the participation of Joy Barefoot, Beth Huff, Matt Philips, Marilyn Meyer, Aaron Wagner, and Jerika Perrin.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Family Fun Night on Friday, September 22 from 5-8 pm. There will be food, games, booths, face painting, and activities for the whole family. There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex for volunteers to sign up to staff booths, serve food, bring food, set up and clean up, etc. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome.

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a Bible study on Wednesday evenings following the midweek service (about 7:30 pm). This class will meet in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

LIFE MOMENT: People may scorn and reject as worthless the life of the old man or woman in a nursing home, the life of the unborn child, the life of the terminally ill, or the life of the physically or mentally handicapped. But the Cross decisively demonstrates God’s compelling love for each and all of them . . . That love came in the most unexpected way to people who could never have earned or deserved it — people exactly like us.

CHOIR REHEARSALS will begin again on Wed., Sept. 13th following the midweek service (about 7:20 pm) in the balcony. We will be learning songs for Sunday worship services and especially for special events including Good Shepherd’s 40th anniversary, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. New singers will be welcomed.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 10: 25 “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” That’s just not a good question! Doing and inheriting just don’t go together: what can you do to inherit Bill Gates’ fortune? Nothing. Inheriting is about birth right; doing is about merit. We receive eternal life by birth right in our Baptism into Christ. All of our doing in the Kingdom of God flows from this, from who we are by our new birth. It can never be the other way around.

RECYCLING: Beginning in April 2018 Lincoln will ban the disposal of cardboard from the landfills. A recycling bin has been place in the kitchen for all cardboard, glass, plastic, paper, and cans. Also, located at the outside lower level by the trash bins, is a recycling bin for the kitchen container to be emptied into for recycling pickup. Questions about the recycling may be directed to Aaron Boucher.

THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is focused on the results of the Reformation and why it needs to happen on a continuous basis. “The Reformation Today” is the title of the insert today.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 7 pm in the church library of Christ Lutheran Church. The presentation will be a DVD entitled, “The Euthanasia Deception.” For more info contact Lyn Maaske at rnmsk@aol.com or (402) 421-7363.

THANK YOU to all who attended the August LWIM (Lutheran Women in Mission) event. Guest speaker, Elfi Lee, co-author of the book Watching Over Me, has donated a copy of her book to the Good Shepherd library if you did not get a chance to attend,  please check out the book. A copy was also presented to several of our school students for the school library. A big thank you also to all who donated games, books, hats and gloves to the Food Fort probject. The Food Fort bus is equipped for cooler weather and activities for the children they serve.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, October 21, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE will host a 2017 Lutherans for Life Regional Conference with the theme HOPE FOR LIFE. Speakers will be Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life; Laura Davis, Director of Y4 Life, LFL’s outreach to youth; Brian Young, speaker on Creation and Biblical authority; and Greg Baker speaking on “Christian Witness in the Public Square”. David  Zach and his band, Remedy Drive, will present a preconference concert at St. John’s in Seward on Friday evening and will speak on “Human Trafficking.”
Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for students and includes the noon meal. To register for the conference and for more information go to www.lutheransforlife.org/conference. Nebraska Lutherans for Life is offering scholarships to cover the registration fee. To apply for a registration scholarship, contact Nebraska LFL treasurer, Kirk Goertzen at 402-725-3593 or kirk.goertzen@nm.com. Questions? Call Sandy Langemeier at 402-486-1361.

DISNEY TUREK is this year’s “Take Steps” Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. His team is having another eat out fundraiser at Runza, on 33rd and HWY 2 on Monday, Sept. 11th from 5-8 pm. Everyone is welcome. Runza will donate 15 % of each sale from anyone who comes to the restaurant. You can even go through the drive-thru! Thank you again for all your support and prayers for Disney.

GOSPEL MAILERS: In the first 6 months of this year, Gospel Mailers packaged and delivered to Orphan Grain Train’s Norfolk warehouse the following: 321 Bibles, 501 New Testaments, 147 Luther’s Small Catechisms, 96 English dictionaries for students and 64 lbs. of Sunday School materials, all for shipment to our sister synod’s Lutheran churches and school in Liberia. In addition 11 Spanish Bibles and 6 Spanish New Testaments were given to Orphan Grain Train. Collection box for these materials is in the narthex coatroom. For more information, please contact Loraine Harnett at loraineharnett@gmail.com or (402) 217-7414.

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN will hold its 25th anniversary convention on Sept. 15-16 at Divots Conference Center in Norfolk, NE. For more information or to register go to www.ogt.org  or call 877-271-7393.

THRIVENT MEMBERS AND PERSONAL GUESTS are invited to attend this FREE Thrivent Member Network-Nebraska Region Event. Join us for a delicious lunch buffet, special entertainment including photos with Husker legend Eric Crouch, participate in a Thrivent Action Team, and meet fellow Thrivent members and representatives. Come cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers! Admission is free and will include: a lunch buffet ($30 value), T-shirt giveaways (while supplies last), pictures with Eric Crouch, appearances by the Husker Spirit Squad and Alumni Band, big screens to watch the game if you don’t have a game ticket (NOTE: Tailgate admission does not include game ticket), cash bar and more. For more information or to register, contact Thrivent at (402) 496-0909 by Fri., Sept. 29th.

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
5—8 pm Runza Fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis
7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
8:15 am Chapel
Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
7:30 pm Bible Study/ Choir
Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
Thurs.            2 & 7 pm            Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri.                  8:00 am            Volunteers for Christ
8:15 am            Chapel
Sat.                 7:00 am            Elders
10:30 am            Homestead Service
Sun.                8:00 am            Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am            Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Matins

PLEASE, SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?: Just as little Oliver Twist longed to fill his belly, so too do the students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School long to fill their minds. Good Shepherd has expanded to 7th grade this year! Our school has expanded, but our beautiful school library needs a little help to meet the need. WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP US IN THIS ENDEAVOR? A special wish list has been created to support the needs of our 6th and 7th grade students. A special wish list has been created to support the needs of our 6th & 7th grade students.

  1. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1UTS3215WM105/ref=nav wishlist lists 2
  2. Select a book from the list to add to your cart. (used books in good condition are just fine, too!)
  3. Add to any regular Amazon order.
  4. If you have any questions contact Bethany at: oops stoops237@hotmail.com

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Kurt Stradley Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8 am: Aiden Jazwick
10:30 am: Disney Turek
Greeters: 8 am: Seth & Makenzie Scollard
10:30 am: Maureen Marshall
Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Nancy Stepp
Information Center: Don & Peggy Olson
Ushers:          8 am:   Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Aaron & Rachel Wagner
10:30 am:  Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
Communion Set-up:            Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up:            Suzie Znamenacek

Please contact the church office if the following prayer  requests become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at 402-423-7639.

  • Kay Kohl, recovering at Tabitha from a fall.
  • 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.
  • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
  • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
  • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
  • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
  • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
  • Mildred Humphrey, anticipating total knee replacement surgery on Monday.
  • Marj Victor, anticipating hip surgery.
  • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
  • Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
  • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
  • 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 the cause and treatment for her medical issues.
  • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
  • for Jayn Brosh, daughter of Elaine Egner, having spinal cord surgery to remove a cyst.
  • For Maurice Deubler, recovering from surgery.

FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14: 27

  • For the family of Betty Kieselhorst, who was taken to her heavenly home last Sunday. (Her memorial service will be Mon., Sept. 18th at 10:30 am.)
  • For the family of Emma, mother of Dennis Von Busch, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

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

FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
Bethany Kranz

FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS: Francine Poppe
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 Dorette Kleinkauf
Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
Willis Legband Welden Duer Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
Sept. 10         Madison Knapp, Emily Schmeling
Sept. 12         Chris Ayotte
Sept. 13         Lucy Roberts
Sept. 14         Dylan Baumann
Sept. 15         Lesley Ahrens
Sept. 16         Gary Heckman, Rehema Kavugha

ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
Sept. 16         Doug & Victoria Hughes
Mark & Lori Reinke

THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance
Sun., Sept. 3                        296
Wed., Aug. 30                     133
Total                                     429