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    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.


    News and Notes 1/28/18
    January 30th, 2018 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD 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 be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be sent to support Pastor David Preus and his family as they serve in the Dominican Republic. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: I Corinthians 9: 25: “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Self control is a fruit of the Spirit — for the desires of the flesh are at war with the desires of the Spirit. We have received the new life in Christ by His grace. Now He calls us to follow Him deliberately, with self-control and with intention.

    CALENDAR for the week of January 28, 2018

    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    6:30 pm Tierra Homeowners Assn—Rm. 109
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous in room 108
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am Chapel
    7:00 pm Voters Mtg.—Fellowship Hall
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible Study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study in room 109
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service

    HAVING TROUBLE READING THE WORDS IN THE HYMNAL?: Through a gift from a departed member we now have magnifying seeing devices available for use. They are located at the information center along with the hearing devices. Please take advantage of them if needed. Being able to see and hear God’s Word is one of the wonders He gives to all people . . . Even to us as we grow older and our hearing and sight are not as good as when we were younger.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    SOUP COOK-OFF REPORT: Thank you to all nine contestants with their GREAT soups:
    Terry Princ (Hoisin Beef)
    Alan & Karen Brodbeck (Baked Potato)
    Scott McKinney (Chicken Fiesta)
    Chris Kort (Miyeak Guk)
    Rich & Ruby Lichtenfeld (Taco)
    Jenny, Tim & Caraline Higgins (Cheeseburger)
    Adam Mankin (White Cheddar Chowder)
    Pastor Clint Poppe (Chili)
    Katy Williamson (Stroganoff)
    Competition was close and as the ballots were counted, Rich & Ruby Lichtenfeld came in first with their Taco Soup and walked away with the coveted “Golden Ladle Award.” Coming in a close second was Scott McKinney with his Chicken Fiesta Soup, and at third were Alan & Karen Brodbeck with Baked Potato Soup.
    A big thank you to all the contestants for entering their extraordinary soup for all of us to sample and enjoy.
    Many thanks, also, to those who brought condiments & desserts; those who helped set up, the ballot counters, the taste testers and those who helped with clean up and getting the furniture put back in order. A special thank you to Karen Schmidt for taking pictures at the event.

    VOTERS’ MEETING: Our semi-annual voters meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 30th at 7 pm in the fellowship hall. Reports from the church council, budget, report from the school, and other issues are on the agenda. All communicant members age 18 or over are considered voters.

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN: Celebrating our 4th year supporting local Lincoln families who are experiencing pediatric cancer, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will be hosting a pancake dinner on Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30—7:30 pm. The free-will offering will help reduce the financial burden on families with the diagnosis of pediatric cancer and advocate for a cure will be taken. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the Narthex! Call Corie Christiansen for details at 402.483.1238!

    FIRST LENTEN MEAL will be on February 14th at 5:30 pm and will be served by the youth group. A free-will offering from this dinner will help to offset some of the cost for any gatherings or activities we may do during the year. Thanks to Dawn Renter for heading this up again. We need youth in grades 8-12 and parents to assist with set up around 4:30 pm and then with running the kitchen during the dinner. We would also ask the youth to bring a dessert to share. For those who have midweek classes, if you can come beforehand to help with the set-up, that would be great. Please let Dawn Renter at (402) 430-5662 or dawnrenter@gmail.com or Marc Huff at (402) 890-9752 or marchuff@gmail.com know if you can help or if you have any questions.

    YOUTH

    YOUTH BOWLING: On Sunday, Jan. 28th from 1—3 pm the youth (grades 8—12) will meet to go bowling at Parkway Lanes (2555 S. 48th St.). Each will need to bring $5 for the game and funds for any snacks. We may also walk over to Freddie’s afterwards for custard. Let Marc Huff know if you will need a ride from church otherwise just meet us there. marchuff@gmail.com 402-890-9752 (called or texted).

    YOUTH TRIP MEETING: Come to the fellowship hall following the midweek service on Wed., Feb. 7th (about 7:30 pm). Youth, parents and any other congregation members interested in helping Pastor chaperone are invited to come and discuss options for a youth trip this summer. Pastor Maronde has gathered information on a camp in Colorado with Pastor Wolfmueller at Lutheran Valley Retreat Camp outside of Divide, CO from June 25-28. Another option he is looking into is a trip to the creation museum in Petersburg, KY coupled with a service project he could put together with a pastor friend. This option is not tied to specific dates. Come and find out what Pastor has to share with the group as we will need to be making a decision soon on the options and on who would be interested in going. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Maronde at pastormaronde@goodshepherdlincoln.org.

    YOUTH ICE SKATING will be on Sat., Feb. 17th from 11:30—1:30 pm at the Breslow Ice Hockey Center. Youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to attend. Meet at church at 11 am then we will head to Breslow at 433 V St. in Lincoln. Bring $10 for skating and $5 towards pizza afterwards. Our destination will probably be Mellow Mushrooms in the Haymarket since it is close to Breslow. Contact Marc Huff at marchuff@gmail.com or call or text 402-890-9752 if you are planning to go or have any questions.

    ASSISTING THIS MORNING

    ELDER: Curt Christiansen
    ORGANIST: Connie Stauffer
    ACOLYTES: (8 am) Natalie Steinhauser (10:30 am) Caleb Durr
    GREETERS: (8 am) John & Cindy Olsen (10:30 am) Rich & Suzie Zna menacek
    COFFEEMAKERS: Gary & Vickie Rockel
    INFORMATION CENTER: Vicki Hughes
    USHERS: (8:00 am) Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    (10:30 am) Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    COMMUNION: Set-up: Shirley Green Clean-up: Katy Williamson, Carolyn Schwarz

    PRAYERS

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at 402.423.7639.
    Mark Simnitt, for successful recovery.
    Scott Schlatter, chemo treatments for returning cancer
    Vivian Pohlmann, (friend of Maureen Marshall) for healing
    Aiden Jazwick, for medical issues related to allergies
    Donna White, (friend of Bob & Elaine VanValkenburg) dealing with the return of cancer
    Deverne Malchow, (father of Joy Barefoot) dealing with heart issues
    Kaity Schneider, (friend of Tina Schellenbach) having medical issues
    Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery
    Lavonne Myers, recovering from a hospitalization.
    Diane Bolin, (friend of Katy Williamson) receiving treatment
    Noel and Carol, (sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner) facing difficult life and medical choices
    Charlotte Luethje, (grandmother of Violet Kirk) for physical healing
    Celeste, (niece of Joe Velasquez) struggling with cancer
    Del Meints, for healing of his eye
    Ed Velasquez, (brother of Joe Velasquez) dealing with health issues
    Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment
    Sherrie Neubaum, (friend of Sharon Burke) battling cancer
    Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues
    Warren Zakapco, (friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer) diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain
    Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems
    Cindy Fox, mother of Nancy Stepp, dealing with eye issues.
    Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating more surgery
    Cleo Kessler, hospitalized
    Harper, (good friend of GSLS) and her family as they battle to find answers and treatment for her FPIES disease
    Greg Garison, (nephew of Joe Velasquez) undergoing intense chemo
    Martha Rochel, (friend of Joe Velasquez), diagnosed with cancer
    Louisa and her family, (Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter) dealing with the health of one of their children
    Thanksgiving for the birth of a daughter, Emberly Grace to Eric & Bridgette Beed.
    Michelle & Glenn, friends of Dee Indgjer, diagnosed with leukemia, for successful treatment
    Ben, friend of Dee Indgjer, with incurable cancer, for a good quality of life
    Joe Velasquez, recovering from surgery.
    Karen Kammann, recovering from surgery.
    Ken Knaus, for returning strength and health.

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS: Bethany Kranz Rachel Wagner

    FOR OUR SHUT IN MEMBERS: Kay Kohl Francine Poppe
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
    Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
    Anita Armistead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette

    FOR THOSE IN LONG–TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
    Victoria Sample Rollie Victor
    Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
    Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
    Disney Turek

    WEEKLY STATS

    ATTENDANCE SUNDAY: 264
    WED: 69
    TOTAL: 333

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Jan 29 Roger Potter
    Jan 30 Jacob Poppe
    Jan 31 Nevaeh Kessler
    Feb 1 Renos Kunz, Michelle Meyer, Paytyn Renter
    Feb 2 Preston Cuddy, Ramon Marcano, Dale Meyer, Rich Znamenacek
    Feb 3 Addison Thorin

    THE GESIMA SUNDAYS:

    In the one year lectionary, the season of Pre-Lent provides a gradual transition from Epiphany to Lent. The three Sundays during this time are know by the Latin word for 70, 60, and 50: Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima. In round figures these names signal the amount of time before Easter. This preparatory time for Lent was established in Rome before the end of the sixth century and spread throughout the western Church.

    The “Farewell to Alleluia” occurs on the Transfiguration of Our Lord and so this word is omitted from the Divine Service. However, the color for the season remains green. There is a spiritual logic to this season of Pre-Lent. A similar practice of Pre-Lent exists in the Orthodox tradition. In writing about this, the Orthodox scholar Alexander Schmemann observed: “Knowing our lack of concentration and the frightening ‘worldliness’ of our life, the Church knows our inability to change rapidly, to go abruptly from one spiritual or mental state to another. Thus, long before the actual effort of Lent is to begin, the Church calls our attention to its seriousness and invites us to meditate on its significance.”


    News and Notes 1/21/18
    January 20th, 2018 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD 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 be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be sent to support Pastor David Preus and his family as they serve in the Dominican Republic. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 17: 7—But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” When Jesus is with us, there is no need to fear. He loves us and cares for us and will never abandon us. That assurance is the basis of all generosity—for only those who are set free from worry can learn the joy of giving.

    LIFE MOMENT: “All that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

    CALENDAR For the week of January 21, 2018

    Mon. LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK—January 21—27, 2018
    8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous in room 108
    7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission in room 109
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study in room 109
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 9:00 am Meet at Trinity for the March for Life
    10:00 am March for Life
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    1:00 pm Youth Bowling

    THANK YOU for all your prayers and acts of kindness before and after both of our surgeries and after recovering. A special thank you to Pastor Poppe, Pastor Maronde, and Vicar Short for your visits.
    Rolland & Marjorie Victor

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    SOUP COOK-OFF: The coveted “Golden Ladle” award is up for grabs! Will you be the reigning champion this year? The “Amazing Soup Cook-off” contest to benefit Mark & Bethany Kranz with Seminary costs is scheduled for noon today, Sunday, January 21, at Good Shepherd after the second service. We are also in need of donations of carrots, celery, soup crackers, shredded cheese, cinnamon rolls, or dessert bars and of course, an appetite to enjoy the event!

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN: Celebrating our 4th year supporting local Lincoln families who are experiencing pediatric cancer, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will be hosting a pancake dinner on Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30—7:30 pm. The free-will offering will help reduce the financial burden on families with the diagnosis of pediatric cancer and advocate for a cure will be taken. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the Narthex! Call Corie Christiansen for details at 402.483.1238!

    BALANCE: Do you strive for balance in your life? Knowing Jesus Gives My Life Balance will be the LWIM Bible study tomorrow night, Monday, January 22nd at 7:00 pm in room 109. All women in the congregation are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and time in God’s Word. Bring your friends! This meeting was postponed for 1 week due to the weather.

    VOTERS MEETING: Come on Tues., Jan. 30th at 7 pm and learn about the ministry plan at Good Shepherd for the coming year. All communicant members age 18 and older are considered voters.

    FIRST LENTEN MEAL will be on February 14th at 5:30 pm and will be served by the youth group. A free-will offering from this dinner will help to offset some of the cost for any gatherings or activities we may do during the year. Thanks to Dawn Renter for heading this up again. We need youth in grades 8-12 and parents to assist with set up around 4:30 pm and then with running the kitchen during the dinner. We would also ask the youth to bring a dessert to share. For those who have midweek classes, if you can come beforehand to help with the set-up, that would be great. Please let Dawn Renter at (402) 430-5662 or dawnrenter@gmail.com or Marc Huff at (402) 890-9752 or marchuff@gmail.com know if you can help or if you have any questions.

    YOUTH BOWLING: The youth in grades 8-12 are planning to go bowling on Sunday, Jan. 28th from 1-3 pm. We will be meeting at Parkway Lanes (2555 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506). Please bring $5 for the game; any snacks are on your own. We might walk over to Freddie’s afterwards for custard. Let Marc Huff know if you will need a ride from church otherwise just meet us there. Contact: marchuff@gmail.com (402) 890-9752 (called or texted).

    LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK: January 21-27 is Lutheran Schools Week this year. Activities include a gathering at Lincoln Lutheran’s main gym on Wed., January 24th at 6:30 pm which includes a speaker, Dr. Micah Parker. There is no cost to attend this event.

    YOUTH/PARENTS MEETING: Youth in grades 8—12 and their parents are invited to a meeting following the midweek service on Wed., Feb. 7th to discuss options for a youth trip this summer.

    LIFE ISSUES

    2018 NEBRASKA MARCH FOR LIFE: Throughout our country, those who consider all life to be sacred and worth protecting gather to commemorate a very dark day in our nation’s history, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the killing of any unborn child for any reason. While this is a somber anniversary, where we remember those who have been lost, these gatherings are joyful, for we march to celebrate all life, at any stage, as a gift, and the show the world that we stand against its culture of death. The 2018 Nebraska March for Life will be held on the front steps of the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln at 10 am on Saturday, January 27th. After speakers and introductions, the March will proceed across downtown to the UNL Student Union. The Lutheran participants in the March are invited to gather at Trinity Lutheran Church (724 S. 12th St.) at 9 am for treats, introductions, and a brief worship service led by District Life Coordinator, Rev. Christopher Maronde before we join the March. Come join us to rejoice in God’s gift of life!

    THANK YOU

    WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK the members and friends of Good Shepherd for all the expressions of kindness shown to us and our families during the Advent and Christmas season. We thank you and thank God for you!
    Pastor Poppe, Pastor Maronde, and Vicar Short

    ASSISTING THIS MORNING

    ELDER: Wayne Gudgel
    ORGANIST: Connie Stauffer
    ACOLYTES: (8 am) Aiden Jazwick (10:30 am) Dean Perrin
    GREETERS: (8 am) Nancy Wagner (10:30 am) Ramon Marcano
    COFFEEMAKERS: Joel & Sara Kaldahl
    INFORMATION CENTER: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    USHERS: (8:00 am) Bryan Prenosil, Allen Wilkens
    (10:30 am) Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    COMMUNION: Set-up: Nancy Wagner, Ginger Borneman
    Clean-up: Ginger Borneman, Maureen Marshall

    PRAYERS

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at 402.423.7639.
    Mark Simnitt, for successful surgery and recovery.
    Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from surgery
    Scott Schlatter, chemo treatments for returning cancer
    Rollie Victor, having physical therapy
    Vivian Pohlmann, (friend of Maureen Marshall) for healing
    Aiden Jazwick, for medical issues related to allergies
    Donna White, (friend of Bob & Elaine VanValkenburg) dealing with the return of cancer
    Deverne Malchow, (father of Joy Barefoot) dealing with heart issues
    Kaity Schneider, (friend of Tina Schellenbach) having medical issues
    Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery
    Lavonne Myers, recovering from a hospitalization.
    Diane Bolin, (friend of Katy Williamson) receiving treatment
    Noel and Carol, (sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner) facing difficult life and medical choices
    Charlotte Luethje, (grandmother of Violet Kirk) for physical healing
    Celeste, (niece of Joe Velasquez) struggling with cancer
    Del Meints, for healing of his eye
    Ed Velasquez, (brother of Joe Velasquez) dealing with health issues
    Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment
    Sherrie Neubaum, (friend of Sharon Burke) battling cancer
    Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues
    Warren Zakapco, (friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer) diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain
    Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems
    Cindy Fox, mother of Nancy Stepp, dealing with eye issues.
    Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating more surgery
    Cleo Kessler, hospitalized
    Harper, (good friend of GSLS) and her family as they battle to find answers and treatment for her FPIES disease
    Greg Garison, (nephew of Joe Velasquez) undergoing intense chemo
    Martha Rochel, (friend of Joe Velasquez), diagnosed with cancer
    Doug Marsh, recovering at home
    Thanksgiving for the birth of Emberly Grace, daughter of Eric & Bridgette Beed.
    Louisa and her family (Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter) dealing with the health of one of her children.
    Ken Knaus, returning home after hospitalization.

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS: Bethany Kranz Rachel Wagner

    FOR OUR SHUT IN MEMBERS: Kay Kohl Francine Poppe
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
    Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
    Anita Armistead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette

    FOR THOSE IN LONG–TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
    Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
    Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
    Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
    Disney Turek

    WEEKLY STATS

    ATTENDANCE SUNDAY: 254
    WED: 73
    TOTAL: 327

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    January 21 Char Large
    January 22 Chad Johnson
    January 23 Trevor Fleck, Casey Rezny
    January 24 Matthias Ahlman, Dawn Renter
    January 26 Tiffany Bellows
    January 27 Amy Jazwick

    ANNIVERSARIES:
    Jan. 22 Luverne & Lavonne Myers
    Gary & Vicki Rockel

    TRANSFIGURATION:
    The season of Epiphany is a time of the Church year that sets our attention upon the manner in which Jesus Christ and His saving ministry were revealed to the world. In the visit by the magi, the baptism of Jesus and in the miracle at Cana the saving glory of Christ was made known. This theme of light, glory, and revelation reaches a crescendo as we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

    The Gospel lesson for that day is Matthew 17: 1-9. At the end of chapter sixteen, Peter had just confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (16: 16). Our Lord then proceeded to predict His passion for the first time as Matthew tells us: “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (16: 21).

    The end of chapter sixteen presents a paradox: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and Jesus will suffer and die. We may wonder if this can really be true. Immediately after this, we hear about the transfiguration. Jesus takes Peter, James and John up on a mountain and then Matthew tells us, “And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” Jesus shines forth in divine glory in an event that leaves no doubt about whether He is the Son of God. Then, a bright cloud overshadows them and God the Father says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”


    News and Notes 1/14/18
    January 14th, 2018 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD 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 be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other ques-tions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be sent to support Pastor David Preus and his family as they serve in the Dominican Republic. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: John 2: 5—His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” What must Mary have thought when Jesus replied, “What does this have to do with Me?” But she knew this: whatever her Son said to do would be a blessing, so she knows what advice to give to the ser-vants: So whatever He tells you! That’s still good advice for us in every as-pect of our lives—including in our generosity towards the Lord’s work in the Church.

    CALENDAR

    For the week of January 14, 2018
    Mon. NO SCHOOL
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous in room 108
    7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission in room 109
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am Chapel
    7:00 pm Church Council in room 107
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible Study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study in room 109
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    7:30 pm Class on editing sound/audio files in room 109
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders
    10:30 am Homestead Service
    3:00 pm Piano Recital
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    12:00 pm Soup Cook-off in the fellowship hall

    THANK YOU for all your prayers and acts of kindness before and after both of our surgeries and after recover-ing. A special thank you to Pastor Poppe, Pastor Ma-ronde, and Vicar Short for your visits.
    Rolland & Marjorie Victor

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    SOUP COOK-OFF: The coveted “Golden Ladle” award is up for grabs! Will you be the reigning champion this year? The “Amazing Soup Cook-off” contest to benefit Mark & Bethany Kranz with Semi-nary costs is scheduled for noon on Sunday, January 21, at Good Shepherd after the second service. All types of soup are welcomed and encouraged! The sign-up sheet and contest rules are in the Narthex! Please sign up before January 18! Not ready to enter? We are in need of donations of carrots, celery, soup crackers, shredded cheese, cinnamon rolls, or dessert bars and of course, an appetite to enjoy the event!

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN: Celebrating our 4th year supporting local Lincoln families who are experiencing pediatric cancer, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will be hosting a pancake dinner on Tues-day, February 6 from 4:30—7:30 pm. The free-will offering will help reduce the financial burden on families with the diagnosis of pediatric cancer and advocate for a cure will be taken. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the Narthex! Call Corie Christiansen for details at 402.483.1238!

    BALANCE: Do you strive for balance in your life? Knowing Jesus Gives My Life Balance will be the LWIM Bible study tomorrow night, Monday, January 15th at 7:00 pm in room 109. All women in the congregation are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and time in God’s Word. Bring your friends!

    EVER WANTED TO MAKE YOUR OWN RING TONES? On Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm in room 109, KNNA is hosting a class on editing Sound/audio files. The class will be taught by Brent Matz, who professionally edited the Back to the Bible broadcast and currently edits audio as a sideline business. The class is open to anyone in the congregation or without, who is interested in learning how to use programs such as Audition to edit audio and music files. Come and learn how to record and edit ring tones, music, and other sound or audio files. Any questions, contact Curt Christiansen at 402-483-1238.

    FIRST LENTEN MEAL will be on February 14th at 5:30 pm and will be served by the youth group. A free-will offering from this dinner will help to offset some of the cost for any gatherings or activi-ties we may do during the year. Thanks to Dawn Renter for heading this up again. We need youth in grades 8-12 and parents to assist with set up around 4:30 pm and then with running the kitchen during the dinner. We would also ask the youth to bring a dessert to share. For those who have midweek classes, if you can come beforehand to help with the set-up, that would be great. Please let Dawn Renter at (402) 430-5662 or dawnrenter@gmail.com or Marc Huff at (402) 890-9752 or marchuff@gmail.com know if you can help or if you have any questions.

    SIP, SAVOR, AND DRINK DEEPLY: Now that Christmas is over and those cold, winter days are getting longer, you are invited to bring your friends to spend a day together around hot drinks, great food, and wonderful fellow-ship with other women from the area. Nebraska author, and speaker Deb Burma will lead two one-day Women’s retreats based on her new Bible study “Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply.” Choose the date and location that works best for you and register today!  Saturday, Jan. 20th from 9:30 am—3 pm at the Gothenburg Senior Center (includes lunch) or Sunday, Jan. 21st, from 1:30—6:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington

    LIFE ISSUES

    2018 NEBRASKA MARCH FOR LIFE: Throughout our country, those who consider all life to be sacred and worth protecting gather to commemorate a very dark day in our nation’s history, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the killing of any unborn child for any reason. While this is a somber anniversary, where we remember those who have been lost, these gatherings are joyful, for we march to celebrate all life, at any stage, as a gift, and the show the world that we stand against its culture of death. The 2018 Nebraska March for Life will be held on the front steps of the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln at 10 am on Saturday, January 27th. After speakers and introductions, the March will proceed across down-town to the UNL Student Union. The Lutheran participants in the March are invited to gather at Trinity Lutheran Church (724 S. 12th St.) at 9 am for treats, introductions, and a brief worship service led by District Life Coordinator, Rev. Christopher Maronde before we join the March. Come join us to rejoice in God’s gift of life!

    ASSISTING THIS MORNING

    ELDER: Chad Renter
    ORGANIST: Connie Stauffer
    ACOLYTES: (8 am) Randall Roblyer (10:30 am) Madison Crocker
    GREETERS: (8 am) Jessica Theewen (10:30 am) Jerry Kohl
    COFFEEMAKERS: Loraine Harnett, Maureen Marshall
    INFORMATION CENTER: Don & Peg Olson
    USHERS: (8:00 am) Tim Higgins, Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Maynard Michel
    (10:30 am) Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    COMMUNION: Set-up: Nancy Wagner Clean-up: Gayleen Potter

    PRAYERS

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at 402.423.7639.
     Mark Simnitt, for successful surgery and recovery.
     Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from surgery
     Scott Schlatter, chemo treatments for returning cancer
     Rollie Victor, having physical therapy
     Vivian Pohlmann, (friend of Maureen Marshall) for healing
     Aiden Jazwick, for medical issues related to allergies
     Donna White, (friend of Bob & Elaine VanValkenburg) dealing with the return of cancer
     Deverne Malchow, (father of Joy Barefoot) dealing with heart issues
     Kaity Schneider, (friend of Tina Schellenbach) having medical issues
     Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery
     Lavonne Myers, recovering from a hospitalization.
     Diane Bolin, (friend of Katy Williamson) receiving treatment
     Noel and Carol, (sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner) facing difficult life and medical choices
     Charlotte Luethje, (grandmother of Violet Kirk) for physical healing
     Celeste, (niece of Joe Velasquez) struggling with cancer
     Del Meints, for healing of his eye
     Ed Velasquez, (brother of Joe Velasquez) dealing with health issues
     Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment
     Sherrie Neubaum, (friend of Sharon Burke) battling cancer
     Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues
     Warren Zakapco, (friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer) diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain
     Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems
     Cindy Fox, mother of Nancy Stepp, dealing with eye issues.
     Jacob Simnitt & Alyssa Cole, to be married on Jan. 20th.
     Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating more surgery
     Cleo Kessler, hospitalized
     Harper, (good friend of GSLS) and her family as they battle to find an-swers and treatment for her FPIES disease
     Greg Garison, (nephew of Joe Velasquez) undergoing intense chemo
     Martha Rochel, (friend of Joe Velasquez), diagnosed with cancer
     The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns
     Louisa and her family, (Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter) dealing with the health of one of their children
     Ken Knaus, in rehab.
     Doug Marsh, recovering at home
     Thanksgiving for the birth of a daughter to Eric & Bridgette Beed.

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS: Bethany Kranz Rachel Wagner

    FOR OUR SHUT IN MEMBERS: Kay Kohl Francine Poppe
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
    Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
    Anita Armistead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette

    FOR THOSE IN LONG–TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
    Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
    Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
    Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
    Disney Turek

    WEEKLY STATS
    ATTENDANCE SUNDAY: 277
    WED: 48
    TOTAL: 325

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    January 14 Christopher Luebbe
    January 15 Victor Kirilloff
    January 16 Audrey Dlouhy, Barbara Kumm
    January 17 Kaitlynn Toelle
    January 18 Rachel Erickson
    January 19 Rebekah Brisbois, Nathan Keller, Eric Klutz
    January 20 Julie Wright

    LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM

    “Written in 1529, the “Small Catechism” has stood the test of time for nearly 500 years, and each generation has used Luther’s core text and offered elaboration and further explanation in a question-and-answer format.
    The reason the catechism endures is because it is such a clear explanationof the Christian faith and lends itself well to further explanation and use as a key tool in the Church’s life and ministry and in the home of every single Christian. Proof of this is the fact of how many editions of it have been printed and how every generation of Lutheran Christians have crafted expla-nations that speak to the issues of their time.
    The 1991 edition of The Small Catechism with Explanation has served its pur-pose well, but increasingly it became apparent that new ideas, issues, and challenges to the faith were confronting Christians. . .
    During its 2013 convention, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod directed its Commission on Theology and Church Relations to prepare a new explanation. . . This new explanation offers expanded discussions of issues that are pressing upon the Church at this time and that require us all to be grounded firmly and surely in the Word of God as we respond to the dramatic changes in our culture.”
    Learn more at cph.org/catechism2017.


    News and Notes 12/31/17
    January 8th, 2018 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD 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 be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be given to Lutherans for Life. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY AND SUNDAY SCHOOL will follow the regular schedule today.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 2:21 “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” The Name of Jesus means “the Lord Saves.” There is no better way to end or begin a year than with the sweet comfort of the Name of Jesus. He saves us. He loves us. He desires to bless us. That assurance is the basis for all we do in our Christian lives, in the realm of stewardship and in every realm.

    SOUP COOK-OFF: Do you have what it takes to be the next reigning champion and receive the coveted “Golden Ladle” Award? The “Amazing Soup Cook-off” Contest is scheduled to be held at noon on Sunday, January 21, at Good Shepherd after the second service. All types of soup are welcomed and encouraged! Sign-up sheet and contest rules will be in the Narthex after Christmas. Please sign up before January 18! Not ready to enter? Donate carrots, celery, soup crackers, shredded cheese, cinnamon rolls, or dessert bars and enjoy the event! Proceeds from the free-will offering will be given to Mark & Bethany Kranz to assist with Seminary costs.

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN will be held Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30– 7:30 pm here at Good Shepherd. The free-will offering will benefit Lincoln area families experiencing pediatric cancer. This will be the 4th year that Good Shepherd Church and School will partner with PCAN in this community outreach fundraiser to reduce the financial burden on families with the diagnoses of pediatric cancer and advocate for a cure. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the Narthex! Call Corie Christiansen with questions: 402-483-1238!

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS for February 8! The Dine Out to Donate fundraiser at Runza on 33rd & Hwy 2 will benefit our school and preschool!

    THE SCHOOL AUCTION fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 9. Details to follow!

    WEATHER KEEPING YOU FROM CHURCH? While the radio is never a substitute for coming to church to hear the Word and receive the Sacrament, sometimes the weather doesn’t permit us to make it to church. KNNA broadcasts all our church services live on 95.7 FM here in Lincoln. Or go to www.thecross957.org and click “Listen Live”. Look on Google Play or the Apple Store for our App and take us everywhere you go! Being in worship is always preferable, but for times when life gets in the way, tune into KNNA!

    CLOTHING is available to order. Check out the table by the church office window. A purple folder holds the catalog and order forms. You may fill out a form, place it and a check in the KNNA envelope, and place the envelope in the KNNA box on the table. If you would like to pay by another method, please contact KNNA via the website.

    KNNA NEWSLETTERS are available on the table in the Narthex under the office window. Get a sneak peek of things to come on KNNA and notes from backstage from all our radio personalities! Want to get the newsletter electronically? Subscribe to KNNA and get it right in your e-mail box and never miss an issue! Check out our website, www.thecross957.org, for more information!

    KNNA thanks everyone who attended the December 20th Advent meal and supported us through your donation.  We apologize to the few who didn’t get to eat because we ran out of food early.  We thought we had enough but obviously we ran short.  Next time we will be sure to have enough for everyone.  Thanks again to all for your support of our radio station.

    PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SCHOOL FROM DECEMBER 22—JANUARY 7 FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK!

    FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 31:
    Mon. HAPPY NEW YEAR! OFFICE IS CLOSED!
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Divine Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study
    7:30 pm Choir
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
    7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

     

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    • Lois Goeres, recovering at Tabitha.
    • Mark Simnitt, recently diagnosed with cancer and considering treatment options.
    • Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from ACL surgery.
    • Scott Schlatter, beginning chemo again for returning cancer.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering from surgery.
    • Connie Swenson, for continued healing following knee surgery.
    • Vivian Pohlmann, friend of Maureen Marshall, for healing.
    • Aiden Jazwick, recovering from a severe allergic reaction and enduring medical tests.
    • Donna White, friend of Bob & Elaine VanValkenburg, dealing with the return of cancer.
    • Deverne Malchow, father of Joy Barefoot, dealing with heart issues
    • Kaity Schneider, friend of Tina Schellenbach, having medical issues.
    • Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery at home.
    • Lavonne Myers, scheduled for an appointment at Mayo Clinic in January.
    • Diane Bolin, friend of Katy Williamson, receiving treatment.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Marjorie Victor, recovering from hip replacement surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Cleo Kessler, hospitalized
    • Harper, a good friend of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and her family as they battle to find answers and treatments for her FPIES disease.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing intense chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
    • The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.
    • John Reigle, recovering from surgery at home.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering at home from knee replacement.
    • Sharon Burke, recovering from a broken shoulder and dealing with other medical issues.
    • Ken Knaus, recovering at home following a hospitalization
    • Doug Marsh, recovering at home

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” John 14: 27

    IN THANKSGIVING: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136: 1

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz Rachel Wagner

    FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS: Francine Poppe
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
    Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
    Anita Armitstead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese
    Kay Kohl
    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
    Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
    Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
    Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
    Disney Turek

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Dec. 31 Simon Johnson
    Jan. 1 Bonnie Gyberg, Jennifer Roeder
    Jan. 2 Jayme Fitzsimmons
    Jan. 4 Anna Wilkens
    Jan. 5 Tonya Pierson, Penelope Winkelmann
    Jan. 6 Gerald Gerdes

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    *none this weeK*

    LIFE MOMENT: “Our happiness, therefore, does not depend on a new year or a changed situation, but upon the Lord and our changed relationship, our deepened growth, in Him and in terms of His will for us … ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ (Matthew 6:33 KJV).” R. J. Rushdoony, philosopher, historian, and theologian– A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Attendance: Wednesday: 115
    Sunday: 183
    Christmas Eve: 362
    Christmas Day: 83
    Total: 743

    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Our church needs helping hands to work the soundboard during church services. Although it looks rather complicated, it is quite easy to do and training is provided! Please contact Curt Christiansen, Jim Kirk, or Jack Kirk to volunteer.

    THERE ARE STILL GREAT NEEDS for those in Texas suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Please consider sending a donation to: Texas District Disaster Relief c/o Rev. Steven Misch, Disaster Relief Coordinator at 7900 E Highway 290 in Austin, TX 78724 where 100% of your donation will go for LCMS disaster relief in Texas.

    Elder Matt Phillips
    Organist Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes (8:00 am) Caraline Higgins
    (10:30 am) Emily Klutz
    Greeters (8:00 am) Elizabeth Bluhm
    (10:30 am) Brad & Angie Marshall
    Coffeemakers Loraine Harnett and Nancy Stepp
    Information Center Bob McClellan
    Ushers (8:00 am) Joe Velasquez, Ralph Humphrey, Nathan Keller, Bob Rathjen, Adam Mankin
    (10:30 am) Ben & Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set up (8:00 am) Corie Christiansen
    (10:30 am) Corie Christiansen
    Communion Cleanup (8:00 am) Corie Christiansen
    (10:30 am) Maureen Marshall
    Special Music Kristin Wegner, Loree Kirilloff, David Sandman


    News & Notes 12/17/17
    December 19th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD 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 be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be given to Lutherans for Life. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Maronde will be leading the Bible study today entitled, “Justifying Christmas.” This study dovetails with the Formula of Concord study, Article VIII, the person and work of Christ. As a part of the LCMS Reformation 500, this study was written and prepared by several LCMS theologians, including our own Matt Phillips.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: I Corinthians 4: 2 “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” A steward manages the property of the owner for the owner’s purposes. We are stewards of all that God has given us. So we are called to use all that we are and all that we have for God’s purposes. How do we know what these are? Consider your vocations, your callings from God, in the home, the church, and society. How should you be using the gifts He’s given you to fulfill those roles?

    LIFE MOMENT: Defending life involves declaring the dangers of using death as a solution. As intimidating and discouraging as it sometimes seems, God finds His own greatest joy in the Gospel message. He guarantees that His Wordof life in Christ alone will yield abundantly.

    REVISED COMMUNION SCHEDULE: Requests have been received which have prompted the pastors and elders of Good Shepherd to make changes in the scheduling of the Lord’s Supper. Beginning today (Dec. 3rd) Holy Communion will be offered at both services on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month and at the 8 am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month and at the 10:30 am service on the 4th Sunday of the month. Questions can be directed to one of the pastors or an elder.

    ADVENT MEALS: Our fourth Advent meal will be served by the KNNA radio staff on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. The menu is ham & potatoes, green beans, and desserts.

    OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are available in the narthex until Sunday morning, Dec. 24th. Please note that your number may have changed this year. Envelopes should be in alphabetical order. Please pick up yours and take them with you to use in 2018. Remember not to use them until January 1, 2018. Also, please dispose of your 2017 envelopes at the end of 2017. We are not able to track your contributions if you use your old envelopes. If you are missing envelopes and would like some, please contact Tina in the church office.

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION meetings are being held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 pm (note the correction from last week).

    COOKIE DOUGH is ready to be picked up by those who placed an order. The dough is in the refrigerator in the kitchen.

    2018 ESTIMATE OF GIVING: Thank you to all who have submitted an Estimate of Giving for 2018. This information will aid in a more proactive approach to budgeting and will be used solely for this purpose. It’s not too late to participate. The basket will be at the information center until Sunday, December 17th or you can bring your estimate to the church office.

    KNNA CLOTHING is available to order. Check out the table by the church office window. A purple folder holds the catalog and order forms. You may fill out a form, place it and a check in the KNNA envelope, and place the envelope in the KNNA box on the table. If you would like to pay by another method, please contact KNNA via the website.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 5:00 pm Advent Meal—KNNA
    5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Advent Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study
    7:30 pm Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel (School is out at 11:30 am)
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
    7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. NO SCHOOL
    8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    4:00 pm Christmas Eve Service/Communion
    7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service/Communion
    Mon. 9:00 am Christmas Day Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Curt Christiansen
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Randall Roblyer
    10:30 am: Walter Schnell
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Tom & Joy Barefoot
    10:30 am: Dennis & Reva Von Busch
    Coffeemakers: Tim & Jenny Higgins
    Information Center: Vicki Hughes
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Allen Wilkens, Anna Wilkens
    10:30 am: Eric & Lisa Klutz, David Perrin, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-up: Corie Christiansen
    Communion Clean-up: Corie Christiansen, Shirley Green (Carolyn)

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    • Lois Goeres, recovering at Tabitha.
    • Mark Simnitt, recently diagnosed with cancer and considering treatment options.
    • Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from ACL surgery.
    • Scott Schlatter, beginning chemo again for returning cancer.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering from surgery.
    • Connie Swenson, for continued healing following knee surgery.
    • Vivian Pohlmann, friend of Maureen Marshall, for healing.
    • Aiden Jazwick, recovering from a severe allergic reaction.
    • Pastor Luke Russert, for blessings on upcoming medical procedures.
    • Deverne Malchow, father of Joy Barefoot, that his new medication will be successful.
    • Kaity Schneider, friend of Tina Schellenbach, having medical issues.
    • Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery at home.
    • Lavonne Myers, scheduled for an appointment at Mayo Clinic in January.
    • Diane Bolin, friend of Katy Williamson, receiving treatment.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Marjorie Victor, recovering from hip replacement surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Cleo Kessler, hospitalized.
    • Harper, a good friend of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and her family as they battle to find answers and treatments for her FPIES disease.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing intense chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
    • The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.
    • John Reigle, recovering from surgery at home.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering at home from knee replacement.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” John 14: 27

    • the family of Pat, daughter-in-law of Leola Krehnke, who was taken to her eternal home this week.

    IN THANKSGIVING: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136: 1

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

    FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS: Francine Poppe
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
    Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
    Anita Armitstead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese
    Kay Kohl

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
    Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
    Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
    Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
    Disney Turek

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Dec. 17 Ginger Borneman, Marge Kelly
    Dec. 18 Carol Marsh
    Dec. 19 Mark Wimmer
    Dec. 21 Anne Duchek, Ellliana Meyer, Bob Rathjen
    Dec 22 Jerry Garris
    Dec. 23 Angie Schroeder

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Dec. 19 Allen & Sharon Wilkens
    Dec. 20 Michael & Michelle Schnell

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Attendance: Sunday: 281
    Wed: 121
    Total: 402

    SOUP COOK-OFF: Our reigning champion for the annual soup cook-off is Adam Mankin. Cooks, try out some new recipes and give him some stiff competition. Our soup cook-off will be on Sunday, January 21st at noon. Come and test all the entries and vote for your favorites.

    BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Please collect these from the packages of food and sundry items from your grocery store and bring them to Good Shepherd. There is a nylon bin in the fellowship hall beside the bulletin board to collect these for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. These coupons are worth $ .10 each toward items needed for our schools.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Dine Out to Donate at Runza on 33rd & Hwy 2. This activity is also a fundraiser for our school and preschool.

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN will be coming up soon. Mark your calendar for February 6th to come to Good Shepherd for dinner. There will be music provided by the string ensemble of the homeschool orchestra and, of course, pancakes. More details to come.

    RESERVE THE DATE for the fundraiser auction for the school. Coming—Friday, March 9th.