NEWS & NOTES
APRIL 29, 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.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY: Come to the fellowship hall for coffee, goodies, and Bible study. Pastor Poppe will be leading a study 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.” During the Bible study this morning, we will have our new members join us for part of the time. It will be a good opportunity to put name and face together and get to know them better.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: The story of “Paul & Timothy” serves as the focus of Sunday School today. Just as many in Paul’s day thought, we think we must do something to be saved. Yet the answer is always Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus, whose resurrection from the dead sealed our salvation and absolved the world. Questions for discussion include, “How are you like Timothy? How are we saved from our sin?”
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.
LIFE MOMENT: When the valleys grew dark on the evening journeys back down to the sheep fold, shepherds would beat out a rhythm with their rod and staff (Psalm 23: 4). Even though the sheep could not see their shepherd, they knew he was there. No matter how dark things may seem in our lives, the Good Shepherd comforts us with His promises, a constant, resonating reminder that He still leads.
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.
LIFELIGHT CLASSES: LifeLight Bible study classes on the first half of the book of Romans will continue on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and on Thursdays at 1 pm. However, there will be no LifeLight class on Wednesday, May 2nd because of the Confirmand Questioning and Reception that evening. If you would like to join either of these classes for the second half of Romans and need to have us order a study guide for you, please contact the church office.
FLOWERS: The flowers on the altar today were given to the glory of God and in memory of Harold Kieselhorst on the occasion of our 60th wedding anniversary on April 27th. ~Betty Kieselhorst~
SEMINARY STUDENT SUPPORT: Ryan Janke is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Winside, Nebraska. Ryan will begin attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne this summer and would like to receive financial aid from our congregation. If any member (s) would like to provide financial assistance for Ryan, please contact Curt Christiansen at (402) 483-1238, for more information. A donation can also be made for Ryan, by obtaining a Seminary Student offering envelope from the information center in the church narthex and writing Ryan Janke’s name on the envelope. Thank you for your assistance.
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.
COMING EVENT: On Wednesday, May 2nd at the 6:30 pm service we will have the questioning of the confirmands about the basic doctrines of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. This is a good opportunity for everyone to review the basics. Are you “smarter than a confirmand”? You are also invited to stay for the reception following the service.
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.
LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR AND DOANE COLLEGE CHORAL PRESENT: The Spring Concert of Lincoln Lutheran Choir and Doane College Choral and String Orchestra will present, “Ring Out, O Songs, Resound, Ye Strings” on May 5 & 6 in Lincoln and Crete. Music will include works by Vaughn Williams, Hammerschmidt, Mendelssohn and Brahms and will culminate with all choirs and orchestra performing J. S. Bach’s cantata Erschallet, ihr Lieder. Concerts will be held at Grace Lutheran on Sat. at 7 pm and at Heckman Auditorium, Doane College, Crete on Sunday, May 6 at 3 pm. Admission is free, free-will offering will be taken. For more information please see www.LincolnLutheranChoir.org or find us on Facebook. Lincoln Lutheran Choir is led by Artistic Director and Conductor Josh Norris.
CONCERT AT CHRIST LUTHERAN: The Concordia University Male Chorus from Seward and the Beatrice centered “Homestead Harmonizer A Cappella Barbershop Chorus will headline the concert of male vocal music. It will be held today, April 29th at Christ Lutheran Church at 7 pm. The event also features the Concert Choir of the 120 member Lincoln Boys Choir and will include the “Exit 24" quartet who attend East High School and are members of the Lincoln Continentals’ Barbershop Chorus plus the host Christ Lutheran Men’s Chorus.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 29:
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/Confirmand Questioning
7:30 pm Adult Choir
Thurs 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
Fri 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sat 11:00 am Eisenmann graduation reception
Sun 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Studies/Confirmation Photos
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion/Junior Confirmation
Sun 12:00 pm Lichtenfeld & Cuddy Confirmation Receptions
ASSISTING WITH OUR SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elders: Ken Knaus
Organist: Dr. Christopher Ahlman
Acolytes: 8:00 am: Laura Arens
10:30 am: Taylor Headley
Greeters: 8 am: Dale & Ginger Borneman
10:30 am: Zeb & Kate Smith
Coffeemakers: Gary & Vicki Rockel
Information Center: Marvin Thompson
Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Jason Prenosil, Erik Prenosil, Allen Wilkens
10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
Communion Set-up: Marilyn Meyer, Linda Reigle
Communion Clean-up: Linda Reigle, Gayleen Potter
Meals on Wheels Today: The Meyer Family
Meals on Wheels Friday: Doug & Carol Marsh
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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Marcy Littlejohn, daughter-in-law of Doretta Kleinkauf & sister-in-law of Loree Kirilloff, who was diagnosed with cancer.
* 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.
* Mathilda Fuelberth, mother of Sandy Prenosil, hospitalized.
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 recently.
Don Hoffart, friend of the Prenosil family who was taken to his eternal home recently.
Don Mach, friend of the Poppe family who was taken to his eternal home recently.
Harlan Naber, father of Clyde Naber, who was taken to his eternal home on Wednesday.
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 29 Alanna Everman, Gene Harms, Dick Large, Allison Loper, Kane Schroeder
April 30 Georgene Duer, Anna Eisenmann, Chelsea Meyer, Hilary Moran, Cindi Olson
May 1 Kelsey Ahrens, Eric Beed, Don Carpenter
May 2 Steve Mercer
May 4 John Lujan, Jim Thompson
May 5 Kevin Meyer
ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
April 30 Jeff & Micki Iverson
May 1 Matt & Jennifer Fencl
May 2 Brian & Lori Reetz
May 3 Chris & Marissa Ayotte
THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
Wed., April 18 93
Sun., April 22 312 $ 6,649.93
Growing in the Gospel 600.00
Totals for the Week 405 $ 7,249.93
Needed Weekly * $ 12,940.00
*based on the fiscal budget for the year ending 6/30/12.THANK YOU to our Good Shepherd family for all of your prayers, condolences, memorials, and gifts of food and kitchen help for the luncheon at the time of Marilyn Gadeken’s funeral. Special thanks to Pastor Poppe, Pastor Berndt and Vicar Siebert for your visits, devotions, and beautiful, comforting , and compassionate memorial service. In addition, thank you to everyone who provided food and contributions to Cooper DeWitt’s bake sale. Special thanks to Thrivent for the matching funds.
~Rolland & Marjorie Victor~