NEWS & NOTES
APRIL 22, 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. “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.
Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Today in Sunday School, students learn the story of “Paul’s First Missionary Journey”. Just as God sent Paul and Barnabas to spread the Gospel, so today He sends pastors to preach the Gospel, baptize, and feed Jesus’ body and blood to His children, against whom the gates of hell cannot prevail. Consider discussing, “Who gave Paul directions on where to travel? What was Paul’s message?”
LIFE MOMENT: What an “aha” moment it must have been for the disciples when Jesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24: 45). They realized the connection. The Scriptures were all about Him! What an “aha” moment when we realize that Jesus is all about us! We can trust in Him no matter what our circumstances.
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.
RECITAL: Last Sunday Head Organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Dr. Christopher Ahlman, performed the dedicatory organ recital at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes, SD. This afternoon he has agreed to repeat this recital at Good Shepherd at 3:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend the recital and join us for refreshments afterwards.
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: Thank you to everyone who provided baked goods, purchased baked goods, or in some way assisted in the fundraising efforts for Cooper DeWitt, great-grandson of Rollie & Marjorie Victor and cousin of the Voogs. Thanks also to Super Saver for donating the food for the Saturday hot dog meal at Super Saver. Cooper will be undergoing treatments for leukemia for perhaps three years. These funds will be used to help Cooper’s family with medical expenses. If you did not get the opportunity to participate and would like to donate, just put the funds in a plain envelope and mark it “Cooper DeWitt Fundraiser” and we will see that it gets to the family. You may write out checks to “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” but mark the memo area “for Cooper DeWitt”.
LIFELIGHT CLASSES: LifeLight Bible study classes on the book of Romans will continue on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays 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. We have many participating merchants. Check with the ladies in the library for more options.
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, there are packets at the information center or you may contact the church office and we will get the info to you. Thanks.
EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s topics include: Turning Sorrow into Joy, Biblical Archeology, Paul & Timothy, St. Mark, the Evangelist 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.
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.
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.
CONFIRMATION ESSAYS: The fourteen confirmands have all read their essays during a service at Good Shepherd. If you missed them, you can check the services on the website. The essays of the 7th graders are posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.
MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY: The Midweek Bible Study that has been meeting on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm will be taking a break for the late spring & through the summer.
NEBRASKA LUTHERANS FOR CONFESSIONAL STUDY: The April gathering of the NLCS will be held on Thursday, April 26th at Good Shepherd. Refreshments will be in the fellowship hall at 9:30 am followed by Matins at 10 am. Presenter for the morning will be Pastor Poppe, who will continue his examination of CFW Walther’s “True Visible Church on Earth”. The morning session will start at 10:30 am followed by lunch on your own. The afternoon session will follow. The afternoon presenter will be Rev. Robert Wentzel , Trinity Lutheran Church in Walton. His presentation will be “Two Kinds of Righteousness and Preaching”. Meeting will conclude by 2:30 pm. Everyone is invited, both clergy and laity. A free-will offering will be taken to help defray expenses.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 122:
Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
Wed 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
7:30 pm Adult Choir/LifeLight Bible Study
Thurs 9:30 am Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Study
Fri 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sun 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Studies/New Member Reception
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
ASSISTING WITH OUR SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elders: Bob McClellan
Organist: Dr. Christopher Ahlman
Acolytes: 8:00 am: Destinee Pelc
10:30 am: Kaitlyn Malone
Greeters: 8 am: Matt & Anne Duchek
10:30 am: Vivian Brinkmeyer
Coffeemakers: Joe & Nancy Velasquez
Information Center: Bob McClellan
Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Jason Prenosil, Erik Prenosil, Allen Wilkens
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Shirley Green
Communion Clean-up: Shirley Manthey
Meals on Wheels Today: The Garris Family
Meals on Wheels Friday: Carl & Marilyn McReynolds
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
* Harlan Naber, father of Clyde Naber, battling multiple health issues and in hospice care.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 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 :
Rick Brisbois, brother of Rev. Timothy Brisbois, who was taken to his heavenly home this week.
Don Hoffart, friend of the Prenosil family who was taken to his eternal home this week.
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 22 Alexander & Elizabeth Luebbe, Dean Prochnow
April 23 Marissa Ayotte, Scott Pierson, Donna Semin
April 25 Damian Thompson
April 26 Jenny Higgins, Erin Klutz, Kristen Wegner, Dorothy White
April 27 Ja Nahn Niven
April 28 Mark Renken, Wyatt Sachtjen, Andrew Wood
ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
April 24 Marcus & Lisa Schmidt
April 25 Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Mark & Becky Renken
April 26 Rick & Paula Erickson
Charles & Nancy Fleck
Greg & Julie Potter
Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
April 27 Rich & Lorelee Novak
Scott & Andrea Piening
THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
Wed., April 11 75
Sun., April 15 272 $ 12,055.03
Growing in the Gospel 1,555.00
Totals for the Week 347 $ 13,610.03
Needed Weekly * $ 12,940.00
*based on the fiscal budget for the year ending 6/30/12.