News and Notes 11/12/17
November 13th, 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. Everyone is invited to come to the sanctuary between services today. We will be having a visit from Martin Luther in a presentation suitable for the whole family. Everyone is also invited to come to the fellowship hall following the 10:30 am service for a meal of ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad, & pie and a short program to celebrate Good Shepherd’s 40th anniversary.

FLOWERS for this special occasion have been provided by Mildred Humphrey and her son and daughter, Ralph Humphrey, Jr. and Ruth Eisenmann in loving memory of her husband and their father, Ralph Humphrey, Sr. Thank you to this family for adding beauty to our services today.

THANK YOU to Karen Kammann for playing the pre-service music today at the 8 am service, to Pastor Lance D. Berndt for his message today, to the choir, to the people who have provided salads and pies, helped with setting up and cleaning up for the meal, are helping in the kitchen today, etc. You are all appreciated.

JAN will be on vacation from Mon., Nov. 13 – Fri., Nov. 24, 2017. Tina will be here on most days so you may contact the church office at (402) 423-7639 as usual. Her e-mail address is You can also call her cell phone (785) 713-2898. Thank you for your patience.

Tues. at 6 am Men’s Bible Study (book of Ruth)
Wed. at 7:30 pm Psalm 119
Thurs. at 1 pm LifeLight Bible Study of Hebrews (The Lifelight study will be taking a break this week.)

LIFE MOMENT: My trust for real change is in the LORD. He changes hearts, and we need a lot more changed hearts before we will ever get changed laws. We need a lot more changed hearts so we can get our priorities in their proper place.

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING: What do Stephen Ministers do? Why would I want to become a Stephen Minister? Is it right for me? What does it take to become a Stephen Minister? How much of a time commitment is it? If Stephen Ministry has crossed your mind you are invited to sign up for an orientation session on November 13th at 7 pm in room 106. We will help you answer these and other questions. The sign-up sheet is on the Stephen Ministry table in the narthex. Even if you decide not to join Stephen Ministry after the training, the course will aid you in your daily life to show compassion, give encouragement, and help others. If you have questions, contact Gary Baker at or (402) 540-1916.

GOOD SHEPHERD MEMBERS aged 75+ will be receiving invitations to a special Thanksgiving meal being prepared for you and a short service in the sanctuary with an opportunity to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Please contact the church office and let us know if you are planning to come. There are two dates on the letter. The dinner will be on Thursday, Nov. 16th at noon. Hope to see you there!

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL needs used greeting cards to use in various art projects. Please put these donations in the box on the table by the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Thanks much!

GOOD SHEPHERD’S FOURTIETH ANNIVERSARY will be celebrated today, November 12th with Pastor Lance Berndt, former associate pastor at Good Shepherd, preaching at both services. During the education hour between services everyone is invited to meet in the sanctuary for a visit with Martin Luther. Following the 10:30 am service will be a dinner with ham, potatoes, green beans, and rolls provided.

THE REFORMATION is a special book put out by Concordia Publishing House which will take you on a tour of the Reformation beginning with the world into which Martin Luther was born and continuing with his life, his protest of indulgences, the Diet of Worms, and how the Reformation spread throughout Europe and the world. A sample from this book is available at the information center. You may order this book by Cameron MacKenzie at at the cost of $29.99 plus taxes and shipping.

LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR presents: 500: Reformed on Sunday, Nov. 19th at 3 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington St., Lincoln. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the choir will be presenting Reformation-focused literature , the centerpiece of which is J. S. Bach’s BWV 80 “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is Our God). There will be soloists, a chamber orchestra, and the All City Girls Chorus.

SOUNDBOARD OPERATORS are needed for both services. If you are interested in helping to transmit our services to KFOR and KNNA, please contact Jim Kirk at (402) 750-9729 . Training will be provided.

YOUNG ADULTS will meet on Thursday evening at 7 pm at the home of Jim & Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. Kids are welcome.

ALL LADIES OF THE CONGREGATION are invited to the LWIM Christmas Dinner on Dec. 4th. Watch for more details.

REVISED COMMUNION SCHEDULE: Requests have been received which have prompted the Pastor and Elders of Good Shepherd to make a change in the scheduling of the Lord’s Supper. At the start of the new church year (which begins with Advent) the Lord’s Supper will be offered at both services on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month and at the 8 am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month and at the 10:30 am service on the 4th Sunday of the month. Questions can be directed to one of the pastors or an elder.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Philippians 1: 5 “I always thank God . . . because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” God doesn’t need anything we have. Yet He invites us to give so that we can indeed become ‘partners in the Gospel.’ This is a gift of His grace: inviting us to do significant work in the Kingdom of God.

CHRISTMAS PROJECT: LWIM members are writing and sending Christmas/Encouragement cards to refugee and immigrant mothers and children. This project is part of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service project, Hope for the Holidays. (Hebrews 13: 2-3)

Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
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
7:30 pm Bible Study/Choir
Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
12:00 pm Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors/Communion Serv.
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 Divine Service/Communion
3:00 pm Homeschool Choir Concert

Elder: Ken Knaus
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8:00 am: Gunner Baumann
10:30 am: Alex Luebbe
Greeters: 8:00 am: Loraine Harnett
10:30 am: Chad Johnson
Coffeemakers: Nancy Stepp & Loree Kirilloff
Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
Ushers: 8:00 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Aaron & Rachel Wagner
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Shirley Green
Communion Clean-up: Maureen Marshall

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

  • Lois Goeres, recovering at Tabitha.
  • Mark Simnitt, recently diagnosed with cancer and considering treatment options.
  • Pastor Mark Duer, former member of Good Shepherd, as he considers a call to Illinois.
  • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marjorie Victor, anticipating hip surgery Tues., Nov. 28th at Bryan East.
  • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
  • 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.
  • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
  • Joyce Thompson, recovering from surgery.
  • Cleo Kessler, hospitalized.
  • Harper, a good friend of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and her family as they battle to find answers and treatments for her FPIES disease.
  • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing intense chemo.
  • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
  • The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.
  • John Reigle, recovering from surgery at home.
  • Disney Turek, having a liver biopsy next week.
  • Bob Yelkin, recovering from surgery.
  • Mildred Humphrey, recovering at home from knee replacement.
  • Diane Bolin, friend of Katy Williamson, beginning treatment for brain cancer.
  • Lavonne Myers, dealing with medical issues.
  • Rollie Victor, having surgery on Tues., Nov. 14th at St. E’s.
  • Clarabelle Brakhahn, mother of Patty Stradley, on hospice care.
  • Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery at home.
  • Hilda Eitzmann, recovering from surgery.
  • Connie Swenson, for continued healing after knee surgery.

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

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

Bethany Kranz

Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
Anita Armitstead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese
Kay Kohl
Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler

Nov. 12 Karen Huff, Roger Ketelsen, Mark Luebke
Nov. 13 Joe Burke, Maria Strawn, Reva Von Busch Nov. 14 Pastor Christopher Maronde, Lyle Nelson, Allen Wilkens
Nov. 15 Kathy Hoehne, Evan Scamman, Beckett Schroeder
Nov. 16 Amy Burow, Christian Russert
Nov. 17 Austin Huff, Amber Jackson, Jason Jazwick, Kerri Mees

Nov. 14 Jonathan & Sarah Bliss

Attendance: Sunday: 320
Wed: 112
Total: 432