NEWS & NOTES
MAY 13, 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.
LIFE MOMENT FOR MOTHERS’ DAY: Mothers often exemplify the sacrificial love of Jesus (John 15: 13) in so many ways. Perhaps the greatest love and motherly sacrifice occurs when that unmarried teen mom decides to do what is best for her and her baby and makes an adoption plan for her child.
THANK YOU: On Mothers’ Day we give thanks to God for our mothers. God has used our mothers and/or others in our lives to teach us, comfort us, admonish us and care for us.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY: Come to the fellowship hall today for coffee, juice, goodies and Bible study following the 8 am service. Pastor Poppe will lead the study of John, chapter 6 and begins today at verse 35 where Jesus speaks of himself as the “bread of life”.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: The account of “Paul and Silas in Prison” serves as the focus of Sunday School today. Just as God freed Paul and Silas from prison, granting them life out of death, so Christ by his crucifixion and resurrection frees me from the prison of my sins and grants me life eternal. Questions for discussion include “How is this event more that just a story about Paul’s escape from prison?” and “How has God rescued us from the prison of 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 next Sunday, May 13th at 9:30 am in room 109 on the principles of Biblical interpretation. For example: How do we know whether to take a passage of Scripture literally or figuratively? Come and learn to apply some of these principles that will help when you read the Scriptures.
KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION: Wednesday evening’s service will include the graduation of our four kindergarteners. We celebrate with Dakota Berndt, Caraline Higgins, Hope Perdew and Cooper Schroeder. The school children will sing, “Laudamus Te” during the service as well. Come and celebrate with us this special event.
LADIES: Please be reminded and plan to attend the Lutheran Women in Mission monthly meeting on Monday, May 21st at 7 pm in room 109. Everyone is invited, so please come.
USHERS’ MEETING: There will be an ushers’ meeting on Sun., May 27th between services (about 9:30 am) in the sanctuary. All current ushers and anyone interested in volunteering to usher are encouraged to attend.
INVITATION: Please join us on Monday, May 28th from 1 - 6 pm as we celebrate Mariah’s high school graduation. Our home is at 5400 W. Waverly Rd., Raymond, NE. You can call us for directions at (402) 783-5400 (home phone) or on Patty’s cell at (402) 525-8981. Hope you can join us as we celebrate this milestone in her life!
Kurt, Patty, Mariah, and Kyra Stradley
CORRECTION: The sponsors for Mary Wilken’s baptism today are: Brian & Lyndsy Schulz, Heather Gowin, and Shawn Herbek.
VICARAGE ASSIGNMENT/CALL DAY: Pastor Berndt, Brent & Jan Stehlik, and Gary & Deb Baker traveled to Ft. Wayne to attend the vicarage assignment service and the Call Day service at Concordia Theological Seminary. Good Shepherd will be bidding Godspeed to Vicar Benjamin Siebert in late summer and will welcome David Dunlop ( and wife, Amber) from Sterling Heights, MI as our vicar for the August 2012 - July 2013 year. Good Shepherd’s former vicar Ryan Seymour has received his first call. He will be returning to the state of Nebraska serve Zion Lutheran, Bancroft and St. John Lutheran, Beemer, NE .
LIFELIGHT CLASSES: LifeLight Bible study classes on the first half of the book of Romans will continue on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and on Thursday at 1 pm. 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.
SCHOOL/PRESCHOOL POTLUCK PICNIC: will be held at Antelope Park on Fri., May 18th from 5-8 pm. Please bring a main dish & salad or dessert, your place settings and drinks for your family.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Students completing grades 5-8 are encouraged to sign up for the coming retreat on June 12-14 at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, IA. This retreat will be a healthy mix of worship, fun, instruction and fellowship. Midweek students should have received a packet of information several weeks ago. Our group will be the only group on campus during this retreat. We have graciously been given wide use of the Lied Center there which includes full gymnasium for games such as dodge ball, basketball, and volleyball as well as use of their indoor, zero entry swimming pool. The outdoor grounds includes a football field, bike trail, picnic shelters and wide open spaces for soccer, softball , ultimate Frisbee and the like. Instructional sessions will focus on the Lord’s Supper and will be led by Pastor Poppe. Bring a Bible and catechism for these sessions. All meals, beverages, and snacks will be provided. Cell phones are to remain turned off and are for emergency use only. Ipods, CD players and other electronic devices are to be left home. If you have any questions or need a registration form, contact the church office at 423-7639.
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.
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.
THRIVENT CONGREGATIONAL VOLUNTEER: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Lancaster County Chapter is continuing a 10-year program to recognize a volunteer from each Lutheran congregation in the county each year. Loraine Harnett has been selected as Good Shepherd’s nominee for this award for 1012. Loraine was recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 1.
Loraine has volunteered many hours at Good Shepherd assisting in the office, folding bulletins, serving funeral luncheons, active in the Lutheran Women in Mission group, sewing mission quilts and making school bags for world missions. She is a regular volunteer for Gospel Mailers, Meals on Wheels deliveries, and the Lincoln Food Bank. Loraine’s name has been added to a wooden plaque recently installed in the narthex.
Past years recipients also being remembered for their service to our congregation include:
2011 honorees Gary & Deb Baker
2010 honorees Doug & Martha Weishahn
2009 honorees Joe & Nancy Velasquez
2008 honoree Patty Stradley
GARAGE SALE: Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool will have their annual garage sale on June 21st and 22nd. Items can be dropped off in the storage room (most northeast room in the basement) after May 16th. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund . If you would like to help with the garage sale, please contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108.
WHERE DOCTRINE IS LIFE: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s topics include: The Ascension Hymn “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels”, Answering Objections to Christ’s Resurrection, Handel’s Messiah, The Resurrection According to Luke’s Gospel and more. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 6:
Mon. 6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00 pm Briarhurst Assn.
Tues Primary Election - Remember to Vote!
6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
Wed Last Day of School
6:30 pm Midweek Service/Kindergarten Graduation/C
7:30 pm Adult Choir/LifeLight Bible Study
Thurs 7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
5:00 pm School/Preschool Picnic at Antelope Park
Sat 7:00 am Elders
10:30 am Homestead Service
Sun 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Divine Service
2:00 pm Piano Recital
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Mark Nispel
Organist: Sylvia Yoder
Acolytes: 8 am: Kaitlyn Radebaugh
10:30 am: Tristen Toelle
Greeters: 8 am : Tim & Jenny Higgins
10:30 am: Mark & Nancy Simnitt
Coffeemakers: David & Sandy Langemeier
Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
Ushers: 8 am: Cory Roth, Gary Wilhelm, Dale Borneman, Luverne Myers
10:30 am: Rolland Roesler, Jim Stepp, Chad Renter
Communion Set-up: Opal Christensen
Communion Clean-up: Gayleen Potter
Meals on Wheels Today: Mark & Lori Reinke
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
* 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.
* Rosie Stehno, friend of Sharon Burke, diagnosed recently with cancer, having surgery on May 14th followed by chemo.
* 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.
* Tanya Schlamman, having medical tests.
* Mathilda Fuelberth, mother of Sandy Prenosil, recovering at Southlake Village.
* Rev. Charles Borcherding, hospitalized following a stroke.
* Roger Wilkening, recovering at home.
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 :
the uncle of Jessica Danielson, 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 the gift of a son, Jude, to former vicar Ryan Seymour & Sarah.
* for the gift of a daughter, Amelia, to Tim & Lisa Davis. Lisa is the daughter of Tony & Mary Schkade.
* for the gift of a child to Jonah & Halee Jones.
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 George Kolodziejski
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 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:
May 13 Pam Deines, Lowell Fahsholtz, Casey Nichols, Chad Renter, Jr., Lucas Roeder, Tanya Wagner
May 15 Mary Spitsnogle
May 16 Kathy Knoche, Dominic Thompson
May 17 Megan Arens, George Kolodziejski, Nathan Siefkes
May 18 Lorie Knapp, Becky Renken, Dylan Whitaker
May 19 Braxton Genthe, Holden Masur
ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
May 13 Pastor Clint & Barb Poppe
May 15 Chris & Paulette Luebbe
THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
Wed., May 2 124
Sun., May 6 509 $ 9,275.78
Growing in the Gospel 1,810.00
Totals for the Week 633 $ 11,085.78
Needed Weekly * $ 12,940.00
*based on the fiscal budget for the year ending 6/30/12.