News and Notes 12/31/17
January 8th, 2018 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. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be given to Lutherans for Life. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

BIBLE STUDY AND SUNDAY SCHOOL will follow the regular schedule today.

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 2:21 “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” The Name of Jesus means “the Lord Saves.” There is no better way to end or begin a year than with the sweet comfort of the Name of Jesus. He saves us. He loves us. He desires to bless us. That assurance is the basis for all we do in our Christian lives, in the realm of stewardship and in every realm.

SOUP COOK-OFF: Do you have what it takes to be the next reigning champion and receive the coveted “Golden Ladle” Award? The “Amazing Soup Cook-off” Contest is scheduled to be held at noon on Sunday, January 21, at Good Shepherd after the second service. All types of soup are welcomed and encouraged! Sign-up sheet and contest rules will be in the Narthex after Christmas. Please sign up before January 18! Not ready to enter? Donate carrots, celery, soup crackers, shredded cheese, cinnamon rolls, or dessert bars and enjoy the event! Proceeds from the free-will offering will be given to Mark & Bethany Kranz to assist with Seminary costs.

PANCAKES FOR PCAN will be held Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30– 7:30 pm here at Good Shepherd. The free-will offering will benefit Lincoln area families experiencing pediatric cancer. This will be the 4th year that Good Shepherd Church and School will partner with PCAN in this community outreach fundraiser to reduce the financial burden on families with the diagnoses of pediatric cancer and advocate for a cure. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the Narthex! Call Corie Christiansen with questions: 402-483-1238!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for February 8! The Dine Out to Donate fundraiser at Runza on 33rd & Hwy 2 will benefit our school and preschool!

THE SCHOOL AUCTION fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 9. Details to follow!

WEATHER KEEPING YOU FROM CHURCH? While the radio is never a substitute for coming to church to hear the Word and receive the Sacrament, sometimes the weather doesn’t permit us to make it to church. KNNA broadcasts all our church services live on 95.7 FM here in Lincoln. Or go to and click “Listen Live”. Look on Google Play or the Apple Store for our App and take us everywhere you go! Being in worship is always preferable, but for times when life gets in the way, tune into KNNA!

CLOTHING is available to order. Check out the table by the church office window. A purple folder holds the catalog and order forms. You may fill out a form, place it and a check in the KNNA envelope, and place the envelope in the KNNA box on the table. If you would like to pay by another method, please contact KNNA via the website.

KNNA NEWSLETTERS are available on the table in the Narthex under the office window. Get a sneak peek of things to come on KNNA and notes from backstage from all our radio personalities! Want to get the newsletter electronically? Subscribe to KNNA and get it right in your e-mail box and never miss an issue! Check out our website,, for more information!

KNNA thanks everyone who attended the December 20th Advent meal and supported us through your donation.  We apologize to the few who didn’t get to eat because we ran out of food early.  We thought we had enough but obviously we ran short.  Next time we will be sure to have enough for everyone.  Thanks again to all for your support of our radio station.


Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Divine Service
7:30 pm Bible Study
7:30 pm Choir
Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion


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.
  • Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from ACL surgery.
  • Scott Schlatter, beginning chemo again for returning cancer.
  • Rollie Victor, recovering from surgery.
  • Connie Swenson, for continued healing following knee surgery.
  • Vivian Pohlmann, friend of Maureen Marshall, for healing.
  • Aiden Jazwick, recovering from a severe allergic reaction and enduring medical tests.
  • Donna White, friend of Bob & Elaine VanValkenburg, dealing with the return of cancer.
  • Deverne Malchow, father of Joy Barefoot, dealing with heart issues
  • Kaity Schneider, friend of Tina Schellenbach, having medical issues.
  • Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery at home.
  • Lavonne Myers, scheduled for an appointment at Mayo Clinic in January.
  • Diane Bolin, friend of Katy Williamson, receiving treatment.
  • 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, recovering from hip replacement surgery.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mildred Humphrey, recovering at home from knee replacement.
  • Sharon Burke, recovering from a broken shoulder and dealing with other medical issues.
  • Ken Knaus, recovering at home following a hospitalization
  • Doug Marsh, recovering at home

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 Rachel Wagner

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) Burnette

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

Dec. 31 Simon Johnson
Jan. 1 Bonnie Gyberg, Jennifer Roeder
Jan. 2 Jayme Fitzsimmons
Jan. 4 Anna Wilkens
Jan. 5 Tonya Pierson, Penelope Winkelmann
Jan. 6 Gerald Gerdes

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LIFE MOMENT: “Our happiness, therefore, does not depend on a new year or a changed situation, but upon the Lord and our changed relationship, our deepened growth, in Him and in terms of His will for us … ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ (Matthew 6:33 KJV).” R. J. Rushdoony, philosopher, historian, and theologian– A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •

Attendance: Wednesday: 115
Sunday: 183
Christmas Eve: 362
Christmas Day: 83
Total: 743

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Our church needs helping hands to work the soundboard during church services. Although it looks rather complicated, it is quite easy to do and training is provided! Please contact Curt Christiansen, Jim Kirk, or Jack Kirk to volunteer.

THERE ARE STILL GREAT NEEDS for those in Texas suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Please consider sending a donation to: Texas District Disaster Relief c/o Rev. Steven Misch, Disaster Relief Coordinator at 7900 E Highway 290 in Austin, TX 78724 where 100% of your donation will go for LCMS disaster relief in Texas.

Elder Matt Phillips
Organist Connie Stauffer
Acolytes (8:00 am) Caraline Higgins
(10:30 am) Emily Klutz
Greeters (8:00 am) Elizabeth Bluhm
(10:30 am) Brad & Angie Marshall
Coffeemakers Loraine Harnett and Nancy Stepp
Information Center Bob McClellan
Ushers (8:00 am) Joe Velasquez, Ralph Humphrey, Nathan Keller, Bob Rathjen, Adam Mankin
(10:30 am) Ben & Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
Communion Set up (8:00 am) Corie Christiansen
(10:30 am) Corie Christiansen
Communion Cleanup (8:00 am) Corie Christiansen
(10:30 am) Maureen Marshall
Special Music Kristin Wegner, Loree Kirilloff, David Sandman