NEWS & NOTES
APRIL 15, 2012
WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD: Good Shepherd welcomes you 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 help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located at the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay following the 8 am service for coffee and goodies followed by Sunday School and Bible study. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.
BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING TODAY: A new Bible study will begin today at 9:30 am in the fellowship hall. Pastor Poppe will be leading a new Sunday morning Bible study on the Gospel of John, chapter 6. John 6 is one of the most significant chapters in all of Scripture . . . and also one of the most misunderstood. Today, Vicar Siebert will lead an introduction to John 6, with an overview of John 1-5. “Lord to whom shall we go; You have the words of eternal life.”
“HOW TO READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE”: Have you ever heard someone say about a portion of the Bible, “It’s just a matter of interpretation.”? Pastor Berndt will be leading a series of classes beginning on Sunday, May 13th at 9:30 am in room 109 on the Principles of Biblical Interpretation.
Forgiveness sets you free.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Today in Sunday School, we study “Jesus Reinstates Peter”. We are all like Peter in our words and actions, denying our Lord and weeping bitterly over what we have done. We are in need of the same comfort that Peter received – the comfort of sins forgiven and the assurance that even though we are faithless, Jesus will remain faithful. You might discuss, “How did Peter express his sorrow and repentance? What specific directions did Jesus give to Peter?”
LIFE MOMENT: “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2: 2). Jesus atoned for the sins of every human being whether they know it or not. What value this gives to every human being.
INVITATION: You are invited to come to the fellowship hall at Good Shepherd on Saturday, April 21st from noon - 2:30 pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joe & Sharon Burke. A lunch of sandwiches, salad and cake will be served. No gifts please. Your presence will be your present. Dress is casual.
LADIES: You are all invited to come to the regular monthly meeting of Lutheran Women in Mission on Monday, April 16th at 7 pm in room 109. See you there.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Since 1952, the United States Congress has recognized the power of prayer and declared the first Thursday in May as “National Day of Prayer” to encourage citizens to pray. We are moved to pray in response to God’s command and promise, the needs of others and of ourselves, and in gratitude for the many blessings received. Mark your calendar on May 3rd and spend some time talking with your Savior.
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL?: You may have noticed a Christmas tree in the narthex with pictures of items from the wish list of our teachers in the school and preschool. The opportunity to support our teachers was available at the school fundraiser several weeks ago. Many of these items were provided but there were some items still needed. If you would like to provide an item for the teachers and students, please select a picture from the tree, place your check or cash in the attached envelope (Checks can be made out to “Good Shepherd Lutheran School”.) and place the envelope in the basket under the tree. Thank you for your support.
Thank you to all who supported this year’s dinner and auction. We are blessed to have received so many wonderful donations which in turn supports Christian education here at Good Shepherd. This year’s event raised about $14,800.
RECITALS: Lincoln native and Head Organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Dr. Christopher Ahlman, has been invited to perform the dedicatory recital on the newly-acquired Dobson, Op.1 organ at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes, SD. The recital will take place at Holy Cross on Sunday, April 15th at 2 pm. While dedicatory organ recitals are special occasions, this particular recital is exceptional in that the recital will be performed on the first instrument ever built by Lynn Dobson, and internationally- renowned organ builder (the instrument was recently acquired by Holy Cross from another congregation). Everyone is invited to attend. Dr. Ahlman plans to repeat this recital at Good Shepherd on Sunday, April 22 at 3:30 pm. All are welcome!
LUTHERAN GOSPEL MAILERS: LGM collects donated gently used Scripture and gospel materials (Sunday School, mid-week, Bible study guides, catechisms, etc.) Note the list on the side of the blue-green materials donation box in the coatroom. The books are boxed; the boxes are marked for Liberia and volunteers transport them to Orphan Grain Train’s warehouse in Norfolk, NE . Orphan Grain Train ships the boxes, along with relief supplies, to Lutheran churches, schools and orphanages in Liberia. (We no longer mail packages as international postage rates skyrocketed in 2007.) If there are funds, we also buy Concordia Self-Study Bibles when available on the internet at a good price, or very occasionally send a foreign language Scripture gift certificate to one or two evangelists in India. Questions? Contact Linda Groothuis, 402-464-5645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAKE SALE TODAY: Cooper is a 2 year old great-grandson of Rollie & Marj Victor who is currently going through chemo for leukemia. All proceeds from the bake sale today will be given to his family for medical expenses connected with his treatment. So pick up a few goodies and help out Cooper’s family. Thank you.
KITCHENWARE: Since we have had an abundance of opportunities to donate food for special events of late, we have accumulated an abundance of stray dishes, pans, and various other containers. If you have brought food recently, please check the kitchen for any containers belonging to you. Thanks!
LIFELIGHT CLASSES: LifeLight Bible study classes on the book of Romans will resume this Wed. at 7:30 pm and Thurs. at 1 pm.
GARDENING: Need some mulch, gardening tools, plant food, etc? Come to the church library at the northwest end of the fellowship hall and purchase gift cards for Menards, Target, or Earl May. You can support Christian education at Good Shepherd by purchasing gift cards through the SCRIP program.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Students in the 5th - 8th grades should have received information about the confirmation retreat at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs on June 12-14, 2012 in midweek class. If you have any questions, or would like to register to attend, please contact Pastor Poppe or Pastor Berndt. If you did not receive this information, contact the church office and we will get the info to you. Thanks.
ISSUES, ETC: You can listen to teachings for the Easter season on subjects like: Jesus Appears to His Disciples, The Annunciation of Our Lord, Paul’s First Missionary Journey, 11th Century Theologian Anselm of Canterbury and more. Listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org.
LINCOLN MARATHON: The marathon will be run on Sunday, May 6th The race will be passing the intersection of 48th St. and Hwy. 2 from about 7:30 am - 8:10 am. If you will be attending the 8 am service on May 6th, you may want to modify your route to avoid intersecting with the runners. If you would like to check out the route, go to the Lincoln Track Club website at www.lincolnrun.org and click on the Lincoln Marathon at the right side of the page and then at the right side on maps and resources.
SUMMER CAMP: There are several brochures at the information center with information about Camp Luther and its schedule for 2012. The brochure also has information on how to register. You can also go to the website www.campluther.org or call (402) 352-5655. Please Note: The additional child discount mentioned in the brochure is not available.
FOLLOW THE LAMB: This will be the theme for VBS this year on June 4-8. Many, many volunteers are needed to take care of such details as craft projects, snacks, registration, helping in the classrooms, teaching, publicity, etc. If you would like to be involved in one of these areas or just want to be a part of this exciting week, please contact either Patty Stradley at 783-5400 or Kim Bock at 421-1729.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 15:
Mon. SPRING PASTORS’ CONFERENCE IN KEARNEY
7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission
Tues 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
7:00 pm Church Council
Wed 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
6:30 pm Midweek Service
7:30 pm Adult Choir/LifeLight Bible Study
Thurs 6:30 pm Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sat 7:00 am Elders
10:30 am Homestead Service
12 noon Burke 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sun 8:00 am Divine Service
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Studies
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
3:30 pm Organ Recital & Refreshments
ASSISTING WITH OUR SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elders: Mark Reinke
Organist: Sylvia Yoder
Acolytes: 8:00 am: Cassie Borneman
10:30 am: Courtney Roth
Coffeemakers: Gary & Anita Wilhelm
Information Center: Sandy Langemeier
Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Jason Prenosil, Erik Prenosil, Allen Wilkens
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Sondra Rathjen
Communion Clean-up: Marjorie Victor
Meals on Wheels Today: The Stradley Family
Meals on Wheels Friday: Steve & Jan Stover
Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests become outdated. If you have prayer requests for the News and Notes or the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4: 2
* Jerry Gass, recovering at Tabitha
* Roger Lanum, friend of Maynard & Joannie Michel, for successful treatment of cancer.
* Leah Dabbert, mother of Bruce Dabbert, beginning chemo.
* Marjorie Legband, sister-in-law of Willis Legband, undergoing cancer treatment.
* Dale Johnson, friend of the Bocks and Carpenters, for continued healing from injuries suffered in a severe auto accident.
* Pearl Blum, cousin of Georgene Duer, recovering from a massive heart attack. Please pray for God’s healing.
* Russ Hermann, brother of Rhonda Burk, teacher at Good Shepherd, recovering from open-heart surgery.
* Rev. Arlyn Russert, father of Pastor Luke Russert, recovering from surgery.
* Roseann Anderson, mother of Lorie Knapp, undergoing cancer treatment.
* Larry Eisenmann, for renewed faith and healing following surgery.
* Dean Schmeling, brother of Alvin Schmeling, diagnosed with bladder cancer.
* David Danielson, for healing following surgery.
* Cindy Fox, mother of Nancy Stepp, continuing treatment for macular degeneration. Please pray for restoration of sight and arrest of the disease.
* Jill, friend of Jimmy & Nancy Stepp, who has resumed chemo for pancreatic cancer. Pray for successful treatment and peace.
* Doak Wegner, friend of Pastor & Barb Poppe, undergoing chemo to treat cancer.
* Edwin Weiss, father of Jan Stehlik, dealing with medical problems.
* Cooper DeWitt, two-year old great-grandson of Rollie & Marjorie Victor and cousin of the Voogs, being treated for leukemia.
* Dominic Thompson, recovering from surgery.
* Victoria Sample, daughter of a friend of Bob Van Valkenburg who is struggling with multiple sclerosis.
* Liz Churchill, for strength in dealing with medical problems.
* Sally Wordekemper, sister of Marge Kelly, diagnosed with cancer.
* Vernon Gebers, brother-in-law of David Kirchhoff, diagnosed with lung cancer.
* Jan Stehlik, for healing following a fall.
* for a young woman who is having difficulties and for her family as they seek to minister to her until she becomes more stable. Pray that God would strengthen their faith and encourage them with His love.
* for the Ahlman family as they journey back from the organ recital in Dakota Dunes, SD
FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
* for the families of :
Eldon Strasheim, friend of Gary Heckman
Merlin Pettit, friend of Brian Campbell.
Roger Jensen, nephew of Arlene Nelson
FOR THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
Arvona Jaeger Bob & Jan Heins Esther Schroeder
Jerry & Bonnie Gass Lois Goeres Elaine Muggy
Alberta Carskaddon JoAnn Ernst Lynda Mahloch
Marian Schmieding Lois Herpolsheimer Janet Schmeling
Milton & Dorothy Launer
FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
Larry Alderson Jacob McClellan Sheryl Chism
Linda Swyers-Riehl Samuel Schwarz Lynn Poppe
Robert Jensen Maria Schwarz Cole Christensen
McKenna Smith Tony Schkade Sandra Schmidt
Josalynn Kennell Sam Malone George Kolodziejski
Roger Wilkening Bryan Renter
FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
Kelli Kitchens B. J. Rohde
Michael Swyers Brock Ernst
Brent Flachsbart Jordan Ernst
Ron Van Valkenburg Jake Whitaker
Andrew Wolcott Zac Fitzsimmons
Michael Lichtenfeld Beth Eisenmann
Craig Moline Robert Humphrey
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
April 15 Calvin Roblyer
April 16 Alberta Carskaddon, Linda Reigle, Joe Reinke, Darlene Wiese
April 18 Thomas Ahlman, Sophiyah Danielson, Marvin Thompson
April 19 Jill Von Minden
April 20 Paris Renter, Robert Roeder, Connie Swenson
April 21 Leon Burow, Averyanna Fencl, Paul Nispel
ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
April 15 Lane & Edith Isaacson
April 19 Joe & Lindsay Reinke
THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
Wed., April 4 156
Sun., April 8 1,067 $ 13,334.83
Growing in the Gospel 1,911.50
Totals for the Week 1223 $ 15,246.33
Needed Weekly * $ 12,940.00
*based on the fiscal budget for the year ending 6/30/12.