GETTING AND GIVING:
“Winston Churchill reportedly said that, ‘we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ According to Churchill then, our lives are defined less by what we have gotten, and more by what we give away.
Our Lord’s life is defined in this way. He gave completely of Himself for us. He became man for us. He taught the truth of God’s Word. He healed those with many and various diseases. He
died the death that we deserve because of sin. He gave of Himself in order to save us from sin, death, and hell. And so, it is that by giving completely of Himself, He got for Himself us, making
us citizens of His eternal kingdom by grace.
As it was for Jesus, so it is also for us. We get more from giving than we do from simply getting. For giving softens our hearts and frees us from the grip which the worries of this world and making a living has on us. For when we are singularly focused on making a living, we are singularly focused on what we get. That mindset begins to bleed into all areas of our lives — our relationships with friends and family, with neighbors and coworkers, and with the Lord. It shifts our focus from asking the question — How can I be friend, family member, neighbor, and servant to others — to asking the question — what have they done for me lately. We become more selfish instead of selfless.
But when we give, we do not have less, we have more because when we give we join in the bond of friendship and family, the bond of service to those around us out of love for them. And love is the fulfillment of the Law. It is the nature of God Himself, for God is Love. Thus we are reflecting the divine nature. As Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20: 35). “
Taken from the LCMS website, stewardship section, August 2017.
SEMI-ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING: Good Shepherd will have a voters’ meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at 7 pm in the fellowship hall to update members. There will be reports from the school/preschool and some of the boards, info on upcoming activities, approval of the budget, etc. All communicant members age 18 and over are considered voting members.
PEDIATRIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK (PCAN): Good Shepherd is celebrating our 4th year supporting families who are experiencing pediatric cancer. We will be hosting a pancake dinner on
Tues., Feb. 6th from 4:30—7:30 pm in the fellowship hall. The free-will offering will help to reduce the financial burdens on these families and also advocate for a cure. Come and eat supper at
Good Shepherd and support these families at the same time. Sign – up sheets to help with setting up, cleaning up, helping with serving and collecting used trays, etc. are located in the narthex. Questions?? Contact Corie Christiansen at 402.483.1238.
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP is scheduled for Fri., Feb. 9th from 9—10:30 am. All children who will be five years old on or before July 31, 2018 are invited to attend. Good Shepherd has both half and full day kindergarten and both before and after school care. Please call the school or speak with Mrs. Barefoot in advance so she knows how many to plan for prior to this Feb. 9th date.
SCHOOL REGISTRATION opens on Feb. 1! The mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool is to proclaim Christ, prepare the foundation for further learning, and equip for lifelong
service to God, family and society for the salvation of all. Our Christ-centered, classical, and individualized curriculum meets the needs of each student. For more information please contact Pastor
Maronde at (402) 802-4279 or Joy Barefoot at the school office (402) 423-7677.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES and midweek services during Lent will be at 4 pm and 6:30 pm with the Lenten meal at 5 pm. The Lenten worship series will be entitled, “40 Days of Love” and will be based on readings from I John. Please come for the journey through the Epistle of Love during the Lent through Easter Sunday services.
YOUTH TRIP MEETING: A decision is being made regarding the youth trip this summer. Parents and youth who are interested are asked to meet in the fellowship hall on Wed., Feb. 7th after the midweek service (about 7:30 pm). Youth, parents, and any other congregation members interested in helping Pastor chaperone are invited to come and discuss options. There is an opportunity to travel to Divide, CO for the Lutheran Valley Retreat Camp from June 25-28. The second option is the creation museum in Petersburg, KY. This option is not tied to specific dates. Come and find out what Pastor Maronde has to share with the group about these opportunities and any others he may have found.