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    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School
    3825 Wildbriar Lane
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-4502
    Church: (402) 423-7639
    School : (402) 423-7677
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  • News and Notes 3/19/17
    March 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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study is a part of our year-long emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, justification, the Lord’s Supper and predestination.

    USHERS are needed to fill teams for the 10:30 am services on Sundays and some 6:30 pm services on some Wednesdays. Volunteers serve for a month of services and then will be off-duty for 3-4 months. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Joe Velasquez at (402) 560-3812.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde began a study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word last Sunday at 9:30 am . . . but it’s not too late to join this study! If you would like to learn more about what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Sin and Grace; Who is Jesus?; Salvation; Baptism; the Lord’s Supper; Confession and Absolution; etc. Completion of these classes can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

    LIFE MOMENT: “Every life is bought with a price. Even though we are the handiwork of God, sin separated us from our Maker. He had every right to abandon us, to turn us over to “human cunning” and “deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4: 14). But the truth of life is, God loved what He made with His hands so much that He was willing to pay dearly to buy us back. On the cross, Jesus became our sin, suffered our punishment, and died our death. Paid in full!!” Rev. Dr. James Lamb

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR A LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD: “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Psalm 19:10).

    LENTEN MEAL – LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: LFL will be sponsoring the Lenten meal on Wed., March 22nd (lasagna and the fixings). The free will offering is designated to assist with the “Owen’s Mission”project. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. (That’s 1078 schools affecting 139,000 students.) We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception. We want students to be motivated by what God has done as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier that gives value to life. We want students to value themselves and to value others as persons because of this God-given value. Please join us for supper at 5 pm, support this project, and stay for the Lenten service at 6:30 pm.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 11: 21-22 – “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe: but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.? Jesus has disarmed Satan in a most unusual way: He has disarmed him by allowing Satan to cast all his weapons into Jesus. Satan has nothing left to attack us with: he spent it all on Jesus. And now Jesus is our Stronger Man. He guards and keeps us and ours – and we have none to fear.

    EASTER LILIES are used to beautify our sanctuary in celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. If you would like to order a lily, there will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. The cost will be $10.00. If paying by check, please make the check out to Good Shepherd and designate that it is for flowers. If you would like to dedicate you lily in honor of, or in memory of someone, please write this on the envelope.

    MISSIONARY SUPPORT FOR THE AHLMAN FAMILY: Lutheran Women in Mission (LWIM) has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project for the 2017 Lenten season. The Ahlmans live in Leipzig, Germany. Christopher serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. You may remember that Dr. Ahlman was our organist and choir director at Good Shepherd while he awaited a call several years ago.
    Our fundraising began on March 8th with the Lenten meal. Free-will donations were earmarked to be sent to the Ahlmans for financial assistance with transportation and travel, new baby needs, housing, medicine and medical expenses, teaching supplies, music supplies, visas, etc. Check out the table in the narthex for more information about this project. Envelopes are available at the table for donations. You may place checks or cash in these envelopes (Be sure to put your name on the envelope if you donate cash so that we may include this contribution on your year-end statement.) and place them in the offering plate at any service. Make out the checks to “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.”

    FOOD BARRELS: Non-perishable items may be brought to Good Shepherd and placed in the blue barrels for distribution to those in need through the Food Pantry. Let’s try to fill both barrels by the pick-up date of the second Tuesday in April.

    SPRING CLEAN-UP: Volunteers are needed for our annual Spring clean-up of the flower beds in preparation for Easter on Saturday, April 1 at 9 am. Please bring leaf bags, rakes, clippers, gloves and brooms for cleaning up the flower beds. Coffee and rolls will be provided. If the weather is too cold or not suitable for working outside on April 1st, we will plan to meet the next weekend (Saturday, April 8th). Thanks for your assistance.

    VOTERS MEETING: There will be a special voters meeting on Sunday, March 26th at about 9:10 am in the sanctuary. Because Linda Ahrens, current administrator/teacher for Good Shepherd Lutheran School, will be relocating to Missouri at the end of the current school year, it is necessary to fill this position before the fall of 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to consider and approve issuing a call to an administrator/teacher for Good Shepherd Lutheran School . The information for this candidate is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall below the minutes of the Voters’ meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Maronde or a member of the school board – Nancy Stepp, Joel Kaldahl, Matt Phillips, or Jenny Higgins.

    LWML ZONE SPRING WORKSHOP: All women are invited to come to the zone workshop at Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St. Park in the south lot and enter via the southwest doors. This event will be on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is $2.00. We will begin with refreshments at 8:30 am. The theme is “The Gift of Service” based on I Peter 4: 10. For our servant event we will make developmental cloth hearts and LWML bookmarks. Please bring cloth scissors, paper scissors, paper punch, and colored pencils.

    ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-Centered School for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. School and preschool brochures are on the school table in the narthex. Preschoolers must be potty trained and 3 years old on or before the first day of their attendance. Please call the school office at (402) 423-7677 to schedule a tour.
    “For the sake of the church we must have and maintain Christian schools.” ~Martin Luther

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week eighteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “Luther’s Excommunication.”

    ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN LINCOLN COLLECTION CENTER will be open from 9 am – 12 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month. They are located at 2316 Kimarra Pl. in Lincoln. Questions? Contact Dick Waechter at (402) 450-4368.

    LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR will present a concert on Sunday, April 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln at 3 pm. Brett Epperson, the choir’s artistic director and conductor has selected our theme: “Peace, Rest, Renewal.” The program takes the shape of a musical prayer seeking lasting peace, quality rest, and time for spiritual renewal. The Lincoln Lutheran High School choir will join us in several selections. As always, the concert will include congregational singing. Come sing with us!

    CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY A CAPPELLA CHOIR will be giving two local area concerts following their concert tour to other states. On April 2nd at 2 pm the choir will be at the St. Thomas Aquinas (Newman Center) in Lincoln and at 7 pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Admission to the concerts is free. A free-will offering will be gathered to defray tour expenses.

    ISSUES, ETC – PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR LUTHERAN LAITY: You are invited to attend the Issues, Etc. “Making the Case” Conference on June 9 & 10 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL (15 miles east of St. Louis). Topics include: The Reformation’s Relevancy, Depression, Natural Law, News Discernment, Lutheran Piety, and Modern Day Prophets and Apostles. Speakers include: Matt Harrison, Peter Bender, Todd Peperkorn, Aaron Wolf, Terry Mattingly and Chris Rosebrough. Attendance is limited to 400. For more information, visit www.issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.

    ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN FISH FEED will be held at the Lutheran Chapel at UNL, 1510 “O” St. on Friday, March 31st from 5 – 8:30 pm. This event will benefit Orphan Grain Train and is sponsored by the Lutheran Fraternity on the UNL Lincoln campus. For more information, please contact Jacob at (402) 807-6099.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 19:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
       4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
       7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
       7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
       8:15 am Chapel
       7:00 pm Church Council
    Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service/Communion
       5:00 pm Lenten Meal – Lutherans for Life
       5:30 pm Midweek Classes
       6:30 pm Lenten Service/Communion
       7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
       12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
       1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
       2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
       2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
       8:15 am Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
       9:10 am Special Voters Meeting
       9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
       10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Chad Renter
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Alaina Novacek
       10:30 am: Sarah Stepp
    Greeters: 8 am: Makenzie Scollard
       10:30 am: Adrianne Jansky
    Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Nancy Stepp
    Information Center: Vicki Hughes
    Ushers: 8 am: Bryan Prenosil, Allen Wilkens, Anna Wilkens
       10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-Up: Sondra Rathjen
    Communion Clean-up: Shirley Manthey, Kathy Everman

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at home.
    * Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    *Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm. 102.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she undergoes radiation therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, thanksgiving for successful treatment and stem cell transplant. Pray for continued healing and strength.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Carl & Callie, for peace and patience in their wait to adopt a child.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, hospitalized in Crete with pneumonia.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.
    * Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    * Desi Kessler, having surgery.
    * Kimberly Berndt, having knee surgery on March 23rd.
    * Al & Cindy Fox, parents of Nancy Stepp, for continued healing & strength following hospitalization.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
    * for the family of Lois Schoenbeck, grandmother of Jeana Wood, Jesse Luebbe, Bethany Kranz, and Russ Schoenbeck, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for Pastor Benjamin & Erica Siebert, whose daughter was stillborn recently.
    (c/o St. John Lutheran Church, 966 N. Hwy. 14, Lincoln, KS 67455)

    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:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    March 19 Ken Knaus, Simon Mees, Fox Reinsch, Tori Renken, Lucas Seymour, Joe Velasquez, Teri Wright
    March 20 Matt Boon, Lindsey Reinke
    March 21 Jackson Meyer
    March 22 Adam Mankin, Michael Plambeck
    March 23 Helene Ahlman, Barb Proescholdt
    March 24 Elaine Egner, Susan McKinney
    March 25 Pam Abels, Doug Marsh

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    March 19 John & Patty Plambeck
    March 21 Tim & Jenny Higgins
    March 22 Marvin & Joyce Thompson
    March 25 Josh & Tracie Voog

     

    Wed., March 22 Lenten meal will be provided by Lutherans for Life. Menu includes lasagna and the fixings. There will be communion at both services.
    Sun., March 26 Fourth Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 10:30 am service.
    Wed., March 29 Lenten meal will be provide by Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. The menu will be ham, baked potatoes, salads, green beans, and desserts.
    Sun., April 2 Fifth Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 8 am service.
    Wed., April 5 Lenten meal will be provided by the Boy Scouts. Menu will be a taco salad/nachos bar. There will be communion at both services.


    Newsletter March 13-18, 2017
    March 14th, 2017 by

    A TRINITY OF GIVING We’ve all heard that stewardship is giving to the church of our time, talents, and treasure. This alliterative trinity helps us to see that giving is not just about money, but about our whole lives. For God has given us everything we have and enjoy as we confess in the meaning to the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed. And what we confess first among those is that God gives us “our body and soul, our eyes, ears, and all our members, our reason and all our senses.” Only then do we confess that he gives us material things. Thus the time, talents, and treasure trinity places before our eyes that fact that we are to give something of all of these things toward the mission of the church in thanksgiving for what God has provided. For everything we have and indeed everything we are comes from God’s fatherly divine goodness and mercy.
    The problem with this alliterative trinity comes when we replace one little word with another little word – when we replace the word and with the word or. It is always written with the and but when we read it, we read it with or. Thus this quite helpful trinity, which extolled that everything that we have and are is a gift from God and which is to be pressed into the service of God in His church, turns into a trinity that we can pick and choose which of the trinity we use into the service of God. The giving of our time, talents, and treasure turns into the giving of our time, talents, or treasure.
    Then the question arises: Can we give of our time and talents instead of our treasures? Or perhaps it is the other way around: Can we give our treasure and not of our time and our talents? But these are the wrong questions. The right question is, can we give of our time and our talents in addition to our treasure? Yes, indeed, we are called to give of all three. The things that God gives us are not to be pitted against one another. They are given to us and we are to press them all into God’s service for the benefit of His church and our neighbors in need.
    Thus we give all three. We give our treasure in the form of a generous, first-fruits, proportion of our income. We give of our time in generosity for the benefit of Christ’s holy church. We give of our talents in the same manner. Since God gave us all these things, we are called to give generously of all these things in faith toward Him and in fervent love for our neighbors.
    For God has provided all these things to us. Out of His fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, He gives us each time, talents AND treasures as a means to bless those around us. We serve our neighbors with these things, blessing them with the blessings with which God has blessed us. We give of our time, talent and treasures to our families, our society, and to our church, our local congregations. And we do this because we know that we are not our own. Rather, we belong to God. We have been bought with a price – with the holy precious blood and innocent suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    He gave everything – His time, His talent, and His treasure, – to have us as His own and to live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. We have these things as gifts and blessings from God. Let us then press them all into service for the sake of His love – time, talents, and treasures together.

    LENTEN/EASTER SCHEDULE:
    Wed., March 15 Lenten meal provided by KNNA radio staff. The menu will be sloppy joes, chips, green beans and desserts. Come for the meal at 5 pm and stay for the Lenten service at 6:30 pm. There will be no midweek classes today. Services are at 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm.
    Sun., March 19 Services at 8 am & 10:30 am with communion at the 8 am service.
    Wed., March 22 Lenten meal will be provided by Lutherans for Life. Menu includes lasagna and all the fixings. There will be communion at the 12:15 pm and the 6:30 pm services.
    Sun., March 26 Services at 8 am & 10:30 am with communion at the 10:30 am service.
    Wed., March 29 Lenten meal will be provided by Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. The menu will be ham, baked potatoes, salads, green beans, and desserts. Services are at 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm.
    Sun., April 2 Services at 8 am & 10:30 am. Communion is at the 8 am service.
    Wed., April 5 Lenten meal will be provided by the Boy Scouts. Menu will be a taco salad/nachos bar. There will be communion at the 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm services. Sun.,
    April 9 Palm Sunday services at 8 am & 10:30 am with communion at both services. Children are invited to participate in the parade of palms at both services. Please come a little early to give the kids an opportunity to get their palm branches and line up to process into the church.
    Mon., April 10 Holy Monday service at 6:30 pm
    Tues., April 11 Holy Tuesday service at 6:30 pm
    Wed., April 12 Holy Wednesday service at 6:30 pm. This will also be Part IV of the Confirmand Questioning.
    Thurs., April 13 Maundy Thursday services at 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm with communion at both services.
    Fri., April 14 Tre-Ore service at 12:15 pm. Tenebrae service at 7:30 pm.
    Sat., April 15 Easter Vigil service at 6:00 pm with Junior Confirmation and Communion.
    Sun., April 16 Easter Sunday services at 6 am, 8:30 am, and 10:30 am with communion at all services. Easter breakfast will be served at 7 am and Easter brunch at 9:30 am.


    News and Notes 3/12/17
    March 12th, 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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study is a part of our year-long emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Today we continue to study the doctrine of “Justification.”

    USHERS are needed to fill teams for the 10:30 am services on Sundays and some 6:30 pm services on some Wednesday evenings. Volunteers serve for a month of services and then will be off-duty for 3-4 months. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dale Meyer, (402) 484-8599.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde will begin a study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word on Sunday, March 12th at 9:20 am in room 109. If you would like to learn more about what Lutherans believe, teach and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Sin and Grace; Who is Jesus?; Salvation; Baptism; the Lord’s Supper; Confession and Absolution; etc. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

    LIFE MOMENT: True disability is when a person forgets ‘God does not make junk.’ Every single day is an opportunity for each person to meet their full potential, and each person is a gift from God – braces, tubes, wheelchair, trachs, catheters, or whatever may just be part of that package.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR SELF-CONTROL: “Father, help my children to not be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (I Thess. 5: 6)

    LENTEN MEAL: KNNA radio personnel will be serving the Lenten meal on March 15th (sloppy joes, chips, green beans, and desserts). The free-will donations for the meal will be designated to be used to cover expenses for the radio station. Please join us for dinner between 5 pm and 6:15 pm and stay for the Lenten service to follow at 6:30 pm.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 15: 27 – “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” These are the words of faith, for faith means receiving what God gives. And God has given us so much more that just the crumbs that fall from the table – He has given us life, salvation, body and soul, eyes and ears, possessions and income. That’s where our stewardship starts: with faith in the God who is the greatest Giver.

    EASTER LILIES are used to beautify our sanctuary in celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. If you would like to order a lily, there will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. The cost will be $10.00. If paying by check, please make the check out to Good Shepherd and designate that it is for flowers. If you would like to dedicate you lily in honor of, or in memory of someone, please write this on the envelope.

    MISSIONARY SUPPORT FOR THE AHLMAN FAMILY: Lutheran Women in Mission (LWIM) has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project for the 2017 Lenten season. The Ahlmans live in Leipzig, Germany. Christopher serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. You may remember that Dr. Ahlman was our organist and choir director at Good Shepherd while he awaited a call several years ago.
    Our fundraising began on March 8th with the Lenten meal. Free-will donations were earmarked to be sent to the Ahlmans for financial assistance with transportation and travel, new baby needs, housing, medicine and medical expenses, teaching supplies, music supplies, visas, etc. Check out the table in the narthex for more information about this project. Envelopes are available at the table for donations. You may place checks or cash in these envelopes (Be sure to put your name on the envelope if you donate cash so that we may include this contribution on your year-end statement.) and place them in the offering plate at any service. Make out the checks to “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.”

    FOOD BARRELS: Non-perishable items may be brought to Good Shepherd and placed in the blue barrels for distribution to those in need through the Food Pantry. Let’s try to fill both barrels by the pick-up date of the second Tuesday in April.

    SPRING CLEAN-UP: Volunteers are needed for our annual Spring clean-up of the flower beds in preparation for Easter on Saturday, April 1 at 9 am. Please bring leaf bags, rakes, clippers, gloves and brooms for cleaning up the flower beds. Coffee and rolls will be provided. If the weather is too cold or not suitable for working outside on April 1st, we will plan to meet the next weekend (Saturday, April 8th). Thanks for your assistance.

    VOTERS MEETING UPDATE: The financial statements presented at the January Voters meeting showed a checking account balance of $49,437.81. The information given did not adequately indicate that a significant part of that balance included funds to be transferred to the Vicar account and to be applied to the mortgage principal from the capital campaign. The finance committee is working to address this issue by developing procedures to assist the treasurer in making these transfers on a more timely basis. We are also working to provide segregated reporting for each of these funds and provide more clarity in amounts received and disbursed for each fund.

    GOOD SHEPHERD YOUTH are invited to try their hand at the somewhat ancient sport of rolling a ball down a narrow strip of wood with the sole purpose of obliterating any objects at the end of the said path. Meet at church on March 18th at 1 pm to head over to Parkway Lanes to have a good laugh at how horrible we all are at something that sounds so simple. Bring $10 to start; youth account will cover the rest. Plan on two games. We get a group rate if we have over 20 bowlers! Contact Marc Huff (402) 890-9752 or marchuff@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    LWML ZONE SPRING WORKSHOP: All women are invited to come to the zone workshop at Faith Lutheran Church, 8701 Adams St. Park in the south lot and enter via the southwest doors. This event will be on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is $2.00. We will begin with refreshments at 8:30 am. The theme is “The Gift of Service” based on I Peter 4: 10. For our servant event we will make developmental cloth hearts and LWML bookmarks. Please bring cloth scissors, paper scissors, paper punch, and colored pencils.

    ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-Centered School for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. School and preschool brochures are on the school table in the narthex. Preschoolers must be potty trained and 3 years old on or before the first day of their attendance. Please call the school office at (402) 423-7677 to schedule a tour.
    “For the sake of the church we must have and maintain Christian schools.” ~Martin Luther

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week seventeen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “Luther and Cardinal Cajetan.”

    LENTEN MEAL – LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: Owen’s Mission is a very special project of Lutherans for Life. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. (That’s 1078 schools affecting 139,000 students.) We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception. We want student to be motivated by what God has done as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier that gives value to life. We want students to value themselves and to value others as persons because of this God-given value. Lutherans for Life will be sponsoring the Lenten meal (lasagna and the fixings) on March 22nd and the free-will offering is designated to assist with this project.

    ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN LINCOLN COLLECTION CENTER will be open from 9 am – 12 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month. They are located at 2316 Kimarra Pl. in Lincoln. Questions? Contact Dick Waechter at (402) 450-4368.

    LINCOLN LUTHERAN CHOIR will present a concert on Sunday, April 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln at 3 pm. Brett Epperson, the choir’s artistic director and conductor has selected our theme: “Peace, Rest, Renewal.” The program takes the shape of a musical prayer seeking lasting peace, quality rest, and time for spiritual renewal. The Lincoln Lutheran High School choir will join us in several selections. As always, the concert will include congregational singing. Come sing with us!

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 12:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
       4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
       7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
       8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service
       5:00 pm Lenten Meal – KNNA
       5:30 pm NO MIDWEEK
       6:30 pm Lenten Service
       7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
       12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
       1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
       2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
       2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
       8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders Mtg.
       10:30 am Homestead Service
       1:00 pm Youth Bowling
       1 pm Bridal Shower
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
       9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
       10:30 am Matins

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Matt Phillips
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Aiden Jazwick
       10:30 am: Madison Crocker
    Greeters: 8 am: Ryan & Jessica Theewen
       10:30 am: Carolyn Schwarz
    Coffeemakers: Nancy Stepp, Loree Kirilloff
    Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
    Ushers: 8 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
       10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-Up: Ginger Borneman
    Communion Clean-up: Katherine Williamson

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
    * Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    *Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm. 102.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she undergoes radiation therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Carl & Callie, for peace and patience in their wait to adopt a child.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.
    * Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    * Desi Kessler, having surgery.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
    * for the family of Marvin Henning, former member of Good Shepherd, who was taken to his heavenly home recently. (If you would like to send a card to his wife, Donna: 3302 N. Dixieland Rd., #M11, Rogers, AR 72756)
    * for the family of Lois Schoenbeck, grandmother of Jeana Wood, Jesse Luebbe, Bethany Kranz, and Russ Schoenbeck, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
    * for Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, that her cancer was caught early and she will not need chemo or radiation.

    FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    March 12 Alan Brodbeck, Madalyn Stolcpart, Rev. Mark Williamson
    March 13 Scott McKinney, Claire Sanley, Aubrey Wiest
    March 14 Janet Amack, Layla Thornton
    March 16 Scott Johnson, Willis Legband, Jerika Perrin, Rollie Victor
    March 17 Verneda Gerdes
    March 18 Adilyn Damme, Alice Krause, Jerry Sidlo, Tristen Toelle

    UPCOMING SCHEDULE
    Wed., March 15 Lenten meal provided by KNNA radio staff. Menu will be sloppy joes, chips, green beans and desserts. There will be no midweek class this evening.
    Sun., March 19 Third Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 8 am service.
    Wed., March 22 Lenten meal will be provided by Lutherans for Life. Menu includes lasagna and the fixings.There will be communion at both services.
    Sun., March 26 Fourth Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 10:30 am service.
    Wed., March 29 Lenten meal will be provide by Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. The menu will be ham, baked potatoes, salads, green beans, and desserts.
    Sun., April 2 Fifth Sunday in Lent. Communion at the 8 am service.
    Wed., April 5 Lenten meal will be provided by the Boy Scouts. Menu will be a taco salad/nachos bar. There will be communion at both services.
    Sun., April 9 Palm Sunday – Communion at both services. Children are invited to participate in the parade of palms at both services. Please come a little early to give the group an opportunity to get their palms and line up to process.
    Mon., April 10 Holy Monday service at 6:30 pm
    Tues., April 11 Holy Tuesday service at 6:30 pm
    Wed., April 12 Holy Wednesday service at 6:30 pm. This will also be Part IV of the Confirmand Questioning.
    Thurs., April 13 Maundy Thursday services at 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm with communion at both services.
    Fri., April 14 Tre-Ore service at 12:15 pm
       Tenebrae service at 7:30 pm


    News and Notes 3/5/17
    March 7th, 2017 by

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    March 5, 2017

    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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study begins our year-long congregational emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31st, 2017). Today we will continue to study the doctrine of “Justification.”

    USHERS are needed to fill teams for the 10:30 am services on Sundays and some Wednesday evenings. Volunteers serve for a month of services and then will be off-duty for 3-4 months. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Dale Meyer at (402) 484-8599.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde will begin a study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word on Sunday, March 12th at 9:20 am in room 109. If you would like to learn more about what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Sin and Grace; Who is Jesus?; Salvation; Baptism; the Lord’s Supper; Confession and Absolution; etc. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

    DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME will resume next weekend on March 12th. Please note this on your calendar.

    “FAMILY OF FAITH” – SCHOOL GALA AND AUCTION: This annual event will take place this year on Friday, March 10th with an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool. Tickets are on sale today following both services or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com Tickets are $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet our budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum.

    LIFE MOMENT: “What do we teach our little children so that when they are older, sexual promiscuity and abortion will be unthinkable? They are very special because they are created, redeemed and called.”

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR GROWING IN HONESTY AND INTEGRITY: “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Psalm 25: 21).

    PCAN UPDATE: The 3rd annual Pancakes for PCAN (Pediatric Cancer Action Network) was a great success! Thanks to our friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, we raised $3,610.00 for local families battling childhood cancer. We are so impressed with the number of volunteers that came together to make this a memorable and successful evening. We have heard from many of the community volunteers how much they enjoyed being a part of the event this year!
    PCAN has already approved the first grant to be paid from the money raised at Pancakes for PCAN. We were able to pay the rent and utilities for a family while they focused on caring for their son while he battles leukemia.
    We would also like to ask for prayers for a family that we were able to support from last year’s event as they prepare to say their goodbyes to their young daughter. We know that they were so grateful for the support they received that allowed them to be at their daughter’s bedside while she battled cancer. She entered hospice care this week.
    Friends, never underestimate what your support of PCAN can do. When we all come together and give a little, we can make a BIG impact. If we can provide a family with weeks, days, or hours of time with their child that they may have had to spend at work without our help, then we have achieved our goal! Time spent with their child is a gift they may not have in the future. Thank you from the members of PCAN.

    MISSIONARY SUPPORT FOR THE AHLMAN FAMILY: Lutheran Women in Mission (LWIM) has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project for the 2017 Lenten season. The Ahlmans live in Leipzig, Germany. Christopher serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. You may remember that Dr. Ahlman was our organist and choir director at Good Shepherd while he awaited a call several years ago.

    LWIM will be serving the Lenten meal on March 8th (chicken casserole, orange jello salad, rolls, and dessert) and free-will donations for the meal will be designated to support the Ahlmans and their missionary work. Also, watch for other opportunities to support the Ahlmans during the next several weeks.

    VOTERS MEETING UPDATE: The financial statements presented at the January Voters meeting showed a checking account balance of $49,437.81. The information given did not adequately indicate that a significant part of that balance included funds to be transferred to the Vicar account and to be applied to the mortgage principal from the capital campaign. The finance committee is working to address this issue by developing procedures to assist the treasurer in making these transfers on a more timely basis. We are also working to provide segregated reporting for each of these funds and provide more clarity in amounts received and disbursed for each fund.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 4: 7 – Jesus said to him, “Again it is written . . .” Jesus defeats Satan in our place – not by using His power as God, but by His perfect obedience in His perfect humanity. Jesus defeats Satan not by miracles, but by quoting the Scriptures and living according to it. This should cause us great joy for two reasons. First, because we see Jesus win the victory for us. Second, because here Jesus shows us how to stand in that victory: on the Word of God alone.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week sixteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “The Heidelberg Disputation.”

    CUBBIES: We have cleaned out and reassigned the cubbies (mailboxes) in the hallway beside the coat room. Your cubbie will be found under your name. Some families at the end of the alphabet will find a folder in the black crate instead of a cubbie. If you need some help in finding your cubbie/folder, please ask an usher, an elder, or another member of Good Shepherd. There are a few Christmas cards, newspaper articles, CD’s, usher schedules, etc. that we left in the cubbies so please check to see if you have something in yours. These cubbies can be used to remember someone’s special day with a card, to tell someone that he/she is in your prayers, to give someone encouragement, etc. In addition, the church office, church council, the school, and others may use the cubbies to communicate usher schedules, altar guild information, special information on upcoming events, etc. Please check your cubbie often. Thanks.

    LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS: It is time to renew/subscribe to the Lutheran Witness for the June 2017 – May 2018 year. Subscriptions for the year (eleven issues: June/July is a combined issue) are $15.96. Please sign up at the information center if you would like to subscribe for the year beginning in June of 2017. You may pay for your subscription by placing a check or cash in an envelope and labeling it “Lutheran Witness” and placing it in the offering plate. If you are paying with cash, please include your name on the envelope also. Please sign up TODAY to be included. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2017 to direct them. Don’t miss the opportunity to choose that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arnette Garris at 402-420-1000.

    IN THE STEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER GERMANY TOUR: October 31, 1517 was a date that changed Christianity forever! Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door and the Reformation began. Now, you have a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the 500th anniversary of that memorable event by being in the places that influenced this much-needed reformation. Join Pastor Michael & Suzy Awe in traveling to Germany for this tour. The dates of this historic and memorable trip are July 10-20, 2017. We will begin in Mainz where Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type printing press. We will enjoy other famous and important Luther sites: Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, and Wittenberg. We will also visit Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Munich. The cost of this tour is $3799 departing from Omaha and is based on double occupancy. The price includes flights, bus, portage, most meals, all admission fees, all taxes. There is a limited number that can go, so act quickly. For more information and a brochure, please contact me preferably via either e-mail or by phone at (402) 368-9929 (cell phone) or The1Rev@cableone.net.

    LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will meet at noon on March 6th for a light lunch and some fellowship. All ladies are invited to come.

    ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHRIST-CENTERED SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD?: Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. School and preschool brochures are on the school table in the narthex. Preschoolers must be potty trained and 3 years old on or before the first day of their attendance. Please call the school office at (402) 423-7677 to schedule a tour.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 5:
    Mon. PASTORS’ CONFERENCE IN KEARNEY
    8:15 am Chapel
    12:00 pm Lutheran Older Ladies
    4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
    6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
    Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service
    5:00 pm Lenten Meal – LWIM
    5:30 pm Midweek classes
    6:30 pm Lenten Service
    7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. NO SCHOOL
    8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    6:00 pm Gala & Silent Auction
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    1:00 pm Cub Scouts
    2:30 pm Gramercy Service

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Ken Knaus
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Clare Macklin
    10:30 am: Walter Schnell
    Greeters: 8 am: Allen & Sharon Wilkens
    10:30 am: Janet Kniep
    Coffeemakers: Sharon Wilkens, Connie Swenson
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers: 8 am: Vickie Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-Up: Corie Christiansen
    Communion Clean-up: Gayleen Potter

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, struggling with medical issues.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
    * Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    *Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Tabitha at Williamsburg.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she undergoes radiation therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Carl & Callie, for peace and patience in their wait to adopt a child.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.
    * Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    * Desi Kessler, having surgery.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
    * for the family of Marvin Henning, former member of Good Shepherd, who was taken to his heavenly home recently. (If you would like to send a card to his wife, Donna: 3302 N. Dixieland Rd., #M11, Rogers, AR 72756)
    * for the family of Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

    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:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    March 5 Sam Eisenmann
    March 6 Dakota Berndt
    March 7 Paula Erickson, Steve Shively
    March 8 Nick Crocker, Bryce Cuddy, Derek Poppe, Pastor Daniel Speckhard, Mickinzie Thompson
    March 9 Braxton Beed, Lisa Etherton, Karen Kammann
    March 10 Justin Steinhauser
    March 11 Nick Fitzsimmons, Brandon Jackson, Leola Krehnke, Alaina Novacek

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
    March 10 Rev. Dr. Christopher & Elizabeth
    March 11 Rolland & Marj Victor

    EASTER LILIES are used to beautify our sanctuary in celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. If you would like to order a lily, there will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. The cost will be $10.00. If paying by check, please make the check out to Good Shepherd and designate that it is for flowers. If you would like to dedicate you lily in honor of, or in memory of someone, please write this on the envelope.


    News and Notes 2/26/17
    February 26th, 2017 by

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    February 26, 2017

    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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools and clinics. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study begins our year-long congregational emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we look at justification.

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43: 1b
    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde will begin a study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word on Sunday, March 12th at 9:20 am in room 109. If you would like to learn more about what Lutherans believe, teach and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Sin and Grace; Who is Jesus?; Salvation, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Confession and Absolution; etc.

    DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME will resume on March 12th. Please note this on your calendar.

    “FAMILY OF FAITH”/SCHOOL GALA & AUCTION: This annual event has been an opportunity to gather for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com. Tickets will be $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet our budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum.

    LIFE MOMENT: “The first truth of life is that every life is the handiwork of God. The Psalmist says that God “knitted” each of us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139: 13). Job and Isaiah talk about God shaping and forming us in the womb. Yes, the truth of life is, every life is the work of God’s hands.” Rev. Dr. James Lamb

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 18:35 “As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.” The last known words of Martin Luther were found scratched on a slip of paper next to his death bed: “We are all beggars, this much is true” All that we have is a gift of God. We are all beggars before Him. Knowing this can leave us with nothing but thankfulness in our hearts.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR GROWING IN LOVE: “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in them.” (Galatians 5: 25, Ephesians 5: 2)

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week fifteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “The Ninety-Five Theses.”

    LENTEN MEALS: Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. The youth of Good Shepherd have volunteered to provide the first Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be pulled pork, baked beans, chips, salads and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help with expenses for those who plan to attend the Higher Things Youth Conference.

    MISSIONARY SUPPORT FOR THE AHLMAN FAMILY: Lutheran Women in Mission (LWIM) has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project for the 2017 Lenten season. The Ahlmans live in Leipzig, Germany. Christopher serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. You may remember that Dr. Ahlman was our organist and choir director at Good Shepherd while he awaited a call several years ago.

    LWIM will be serving the Lenten meal on March 8th (chicken casserole, orange jello salad, rolls, and dessert) and free-will donations for the meal will be designated to support the Ahlmans and their missionary work. Also, watch for other opportunities to support the Ahlmans during the next several weeks.

    CUBBIES: We have cleaned out and reassigned the cubbies (mailboxes) in the hallway beside the coat room. Your cubbie will be found under your name. Some families at the end of the alphabet will find a folder in the black crate instead of a cubbie. If you need some help in finding your cubbie/folder, please ask an usher, an elder, or another member of Good Shepherd. There are a few Christmas cards, newspaper articles, CD’s, usher schedules, etc. that we left in the cubbies so please check to see if you have something in yours. These cubbies can be used to remember someone’s special day with a card, to tell someone that he/she is in your prayers, to give someone encouragement, etc. In addition, the church office, church council, the school, and others may use the cubbies to communicate usher schedules, altar guild information, special information on upcoming events, etc. Please check your cubbie often. Thanks.

    LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS: It is time to renew/subscribe to the Lutheran Witness for the June 2017 – May 2018 year. Subscriptions for the year (eleven issues: June/July is a combined issue) are $15.96. Please sign up at the information center if you would like to subscribe for the year beginning in June of 2017. You may pay for your subscription by placing a check or cash in an envelope and labeling it “Lutheran Witness” and placing it in the offering plate. If you are paying with cash, please include your name on the envelope also. Please sign up by March 5th to be included. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2017 to direct them. Don’t miss the opportunity to choose that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arnette Garris at 402-420-1000.

    IN THE STEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER GERMANY TOUR: October 31, 1517 was a date that changed Christianity forever! Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door and the Reformation began. Now, you have a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the 500th anniversary of that memorable event by being in the places that influenced this much-needed reformation. Join Pastor Michael & Suzy Awe in traveling to Germany for this tour. The dates of this historic and memorable trip are July 10-20, 2017. We will begin in Mainz where Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type printing press. We will enjoy other famous and important Luther sites: Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, and Wittenberg. We will also visit Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Munich. The cost of this tour is $3799 departing from Omaha and is based on double occupancy. The price includes flights, bus, portage, most meals, all admission fees, all taxes. There is a limited number that can go, so act quickly. For more information and a brochure, please contact me preferably via either e-mail or by phone at (402) 368-9929 (cell phone) or The1Rev@cableone.net.

    A VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COORDINATOR is needed by April 1. If you are interested in this volunteer position for the VBS this year, please contact the church office or one of the pastors.

    LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will meet at noon on March 6th for a light lunch and some fellowship. All ladies are invited to come.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 26:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
        4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
        6:30 pm Boy Scout Court of Honor
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
        8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 12:15 pm Ash Wednesday service/Communion
        5:00 pm Lenten Meal
        5:30 pm Midweek classes
    Wed. 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service/Communion
        7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
        12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
        2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
        2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing 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 Matins
        1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Gary Baker
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Layla Thornton
        10:30 am: Aubrey Wiest
    Greeters: 8 am: Paul Keeney & Kristan Fujan
        10:30 am: Seth & Makenzie Scollard
    Coffeemakers: Mark & Lori Reinke
    Information Center: Sandy Langemeier
    Ushers: 8 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
        10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Matt Durr, Steve Eckhoff
    Communion Set-Up: Suzie Znamenacek
    Communion Clean-up: Linda Reigle

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, struggling with medical issues.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
    * Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    * Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, waging her third battle against cancer.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, hospitalized.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, recovering from two broken wrists and a concussion.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she undergoes radiation therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Faye Mann, having eye issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
    * for the reception through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Elliana Mae Meyer, daughter of Kevin & Megan Meyer today at the 8 am service.
    * for the gift of Holy Baptism for Peter Vernon Kaldahl, son of Joel & Sarah Kaldahl, who was baptized in the hospital shortly after his birth. The affirmation of his baptism is celebrated at the 8 am service today.

    FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Feb. 26 Lisabeth Christiansen, Britney Damme, Nathan Damme, Nolan Keller, Kaylee Prenosil, Hazel Reinsch, Rachel Wagner
    Feb. 28 Bella Hoehne, Jim Kirk
    March 1 Stacy Durr
    March 2 Cooper Schroeder
    March 3 Arlene Hadenfeldt, Shelley Kurtzer, Judy Poore, Alex Renken, Michelle Schnell, Makenzie Scollard

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
    March 1 Bob & Gerayne Yelkin

    “We start with learning from the workers in the vineyard not to haggle over the denarius but understand whose it is and that it is a gift, or, from the call of Jesus to Zacchaeus, who collected taxes for the foreign oppressors, that he doesn’t have to climb a tree to see him, that he is coming to his very house – which by the way produced more grumbling about what is right and just – after which Zaccheus repented and made restitution to his brethren. The Son of Man has indeed come to seek and save the lost – don’t worry about being seeker-sensitive, HE is the seeker – whether that be those who cast aside their own people for power or those who are idle because they are not hired, as we all seek our own gain first by nature and are all “unemployable” before the justice of God, who shows us mercy instead in Christ Whom He has sent.”
    ~ Terry Maher~


    Raising Cane’s Fundraiser 4/10/17
    February 20th, 2017 by

    Save the date for Monday, April 10th!

    From 5-8pm, mention Good Shepherd at Raising Cane’s over by 56th and Highway 2, and 20% of sales will be donated to the school!


    News and Notes 2/19/17
    February 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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools and clinics. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study begins our year-long congregational emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.
    “A Christian is never in a state of completion, but always in the process of becoming.” -Martin Luther-

    “FAMILY OF FAITH”/SCHOOL GALA & AUCTION: This annual event has been an opportunity to gather for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com. Tickets will be $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet our budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum.

    LIFE MOMENT: “What dwells and develops in pregnant wombs is no clump of cells, product of conception, parasite, piece of mother’s body, or potential anything. This little one is a full-fledged human being, made in the image of God and saved by the incarnation of Jesus Christ, to whom the Holy Spirit shows grace and in whom He creates faith. He/she is our neighbor and, God willing, His beloved child – a dear brother/sister to us.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION: The monthly meeting for this group will be on Mon., Feb. 20th at 7 pm. Bible study will be led by Kristin Wegner. A short business meeting will be followed by refreshments. All women of Good Shepherd are invited.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 8: 11 “The seed is the word of God.” It all starts with the Word. “In the beginning the Word was with God . . .” “He saved us by the regeneration of water and the Word . . .” “The Word of the Lord stands forever.” We never outgrow our need to hear the Word of God. We never achieve such greatness that we don’t need the blessings of God ‘s Word. Rather the Christian life is one of always striving to conform our lives to God’s Word – to live out the truth of our Baptisms, that we are God’s children by the power of His Word.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR GROWTH IN GRACE: “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3: 18)

    FAVORITE OLD BOOKS: With a title like that, and published in a church newsletter, the answer must be the Holy Bible. That is a correct answer but not the right one in this case. Do you have a favorite novel or history book or perhaps a romance novel that you go back and read over and over until the pages are torn and loose and the binding starts to come apart? Well, the members of Good Shepherd have one that all of us use every time we are in worship. It’s the Lutheran Service Book (the hymnal). We use it for the liturgy, the Sacraments, the Psalms, and to sing praise and glory to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now to get to the reason for this article. Some of our hymnals have become very worn from use. To remedy this problem we need to procure 20-30 new hymnals in the near future. If you would like to help with this problem by donating the cost of one hymnal at $20 per copy, they are on sale at this time. The normal cost is $25.99 per copy. We could help with this small issue before it becomes a large issue. You can drop your offering in the offering plate marked “hymnal fund” or give it to one of the elders. You can also give it to Bob McClellan and he will see to it that all monies collected go to the purchase of new hymnals. The old hymnals will be kept to be used when we have a service when more hymnals are needed. Thanking you in advance for the support in this effort.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week fourteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “John Tetzel.”

    LENTEN MEALS: Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. The youth of Good Shepherd have volunteered to provide the first Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be pulled pork, baked beans, chips, salads and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help with expenses for those who plan to attend the Higher Things Youth Conference. On the following Wednesday (March 8) the meal will be prepared and served by the Lutheran Women in Mission. The menu for the second Lenten meal will be chicken casserole, orange jello salad, rolls, and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to support the Ahlman family in Leipzig, Germany.

    CUBBIES: We have cleaned out and reassigned the cubbies (mailboxes) in the hallway beside the coat room. Your cubbie will be found under your name. Some families at the end of the alphabet will find a folder in the black crate instead of a cubbie. If you need some help in finding your cubbie/folder, please ask an usher, an elder, or another member of Good Shepherd. There are a few Christmas cards, newspaper articles, CD’s, usher schedules, etc. that we left in the cubbies so please check to see if you have something in yours. These cubbies can be used to remember someone’s special day with a card, to tell someone that he/she is in your prayers, to give someone encouragement, etc. In addition, the church office, church council, the school, and others may use the cubbies to communicate usher schedules, altar guild information, special information on upcoming events, etc. Please check your cubbie often. Thanks.

    LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS: It is time to renew/subscribe to the Lutheran Witness for the June 2017 – May 2018 year. Subscriptions for the year (eleven issues: June/July is a combined issue) are $15.96. Please sign up at the information center if you would like to subscribe for the year beginning in June of 2017. You may pay for your subscription by placing a check or cash in an envelope and labeling it “Lutheran Witness” and placing it in the offering plate. If you are paying with cash, please include your name on the envelope also. Please sign up by March 5th to be included. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2017 to direct them. Don’t miss the opportunity to choose that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arnette Garris at 402-420-1000.

    IN THE STEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER GERMANY TOUR: October 31, 1517 was a date that changed Christianity forever! Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door and the Reformation began. Now, you have a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the 500th anniversary of that memorable event by being in the places that influenced this much-needed reformation. Join Pastor Michael & Suzy Awe in traveling to Germany for this tour. The dates of this historic and memorable trip are July 10-20, 2017. We will begin in Mainz where Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type printing press. We will enjoy other famous and important Luther sites: Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, and Wittenberg. We will also visit Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Munich. The cost of this tour is $3799 departing from Omaha and is based on double occupancy. The price includes flights, bus, portage, most meals, all admission fees, all taxes. There is a limited number that can go, so act quickly. For more information and a brochure, please contact me preferably via either e-mail or by phone at (402) 368-9929 (cell phone) or The1Rev@cableone.net.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19:
    Mon. NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)
        4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
        7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
        8:15 am Chapel
        7:00 pm Church Council
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek classes
        6:30 pm Midweek service/communion
        7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
        12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
        2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
        2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
        8:15 am Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins/Confirmand Questioning/Baptisms
        9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
        10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Curt Christiansen
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Maddie Schmeling
        10:30 am: Nick Crocker
    Greeters: 8 am: Rev. Jack & Jo Kirk
        10:30 am: Steve & Joyce Eckhoff
    Coffeemakers: Joe & Nancy Velasquez
    Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
    Ushers: 8 am: Bryan & Erik Prenosil, Allen & Anna Wilkens
        10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Matt Durr, Steve Eckhoff
    Communion Set-Up: Corie Christiansen
    Communion Clean-up: Shirley Manthey, Kathy Everman

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, struggling with medical issues.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
    * Maureen Marshall, having foot surgery.
    * Steve Deines, recovering from surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    * Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, waging her third battle against cancer.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering at Savannah Pines.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, recovering from two broken wrists and a concussion.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Lori Sidlo, recovering from surgery at home.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she recovers from breast cancer surgery and will begin radiation and oral medication therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., battling serious medical problems.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Faye Mann, having eye issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, anticipating medical treatment..
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
    * for the family of Lynn Pagels, brother of Barb Poppe, as the family gathers for the funeral on Monday in West Point, NE.
    * for the family of Rosa, niece of Loraine Harnett, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Jeff Jones, brother-in-law of Dale Meyer, who was taken to his eternal home recently.

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1
    * for the reception through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Amber Grace, daughter of Brandon & Renee Jackson.
    * for the birth of a son, Peter Vernon, to Joel & Sarah Kaldahl.

    FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Feb. 20 Jennifer Ainsworth, Kimberly Keller, Rich Novak, Eric Riveland
    Feb. 21 Bridgette Beed, Addison Cheek, Tammy Cuddy, Rachel Smith
    Feb. 22 Ralph Harper, Lois Herpolsheimer, David Kirchhoff, Josh Olson
    Feb. 23 Carol Navratil
    Feb. 24 Jim Baumann
    Feb. 25 Candi Johnson, Melissa Macklin, Kyle Poore

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
    Feb. 24 Mark & Bonnie Lemke
    Feb. 25 Roger & Gayleen Potter

    WHAT IS A GESIMA? THE CHURCH PREPARES FOR LENT
    by Paul McCain
    (continued) Candlemas ended Christmas. The 40 days of purpose, from Jesus’ birth to his mother’s purification in the mikveh and his presentation in the Temple, is over. These 40 days are fixed, reckoned forward from Christmas, from 25 December through 2 February. The next 40 days of purpose are not fixed, reckoned backward from that to which they lead, Easter, which is not a fixed date and reckoned differently in the West and in the East. In the West, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, will never be earlier that 4 February, so that always works out even if by just two days.
    But, the transitional period, Gesimatide, can overlap with the concluding Epiphany part of the Christmas season. For the West, adding three weeks to forty days is approximately seventy days, and even with the earliest possible Easter will fall no earlier than 18 January, so Gesimatide will still always fit between the end of the Christmas cycle itself on 14 January, after the octave of the Epiphany and the Gospel portion relating to the baptism of Jesus is read, and whenever Easter falls, early or late, in any given year.
    Septuagesima is simply another word for Seventy Days, that’s all. The modern English word is derived from Middle English in turn from Old French in turn from the actual Late Latin word septuagesima meaning seventieth day. The septua- part is the same prefix for seven or multiples by ten of seven seen in other English words – septet, and ensemble of seven; septuagenarian, someone in his 70’s; the Septuagint, the translation into Greek of the Hebrew Scriptures by seventy scholars – and the -gesima part derives from the Latin for days, dies.
    Seventieth day from Easter, no more complicated than that!So Septuagesima is 70 days, Sexagesima is 60 days, Quinquagesima is 50 days. Simple.
    With the Seventieth Day, or Septuagesima, the change is apparent on various levels. The white vestments of Christmastime joy give way to purple or violet of repentance; the joyful exclamation “Alleluia” and other joyful expressions like the Te Deum and the Gloria (there ain’t no This Is The Feast) are not used, and the readings, especially if one follows the hours of prayer, the Divine Office, begin their way through the sorry history of Man from his creation and fall on, which the Holy Saturday liturgy will recapitulate.
    On Septuagesima itself, the Gospel reading is Matt. 20: 1-16, the story of the workers in the vineyard, wherein we see Man the same as from the start in Eden, trying to impose his ideas of what is right onto God, this time arguing over whether the same wage is fair for those who worked all day, those hired at the last, and everyone in between, as if we deserved anything from God and it were not his to give and not ours to presume or demand anyway. So we argue with God and each other over the denarius rather than taking it in gratitude from him who owed us nothing! Kind of the whole problem in a nutshell.


    News and Notes 2/12/17
    February 14th, 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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools, and clinics. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    THANK YOU to the small group from the choir who sang during the 8am service today. Included in this group were Violet Kirk, Patty Stradley, Karolyn Husa, David Sandman, and Mark Gaschler.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study begins our year-long congregational emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.

    LIFE MOMENT: Christians must see children as gifts from God, not as projects. We should see marriage and parenthood as a stewardship and privilege, not as a mere lifestyle choice. We must resist the cultural seductions and raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and understand family life as a crucible for holiness, not an experiment in happiness.

    “FAMILY OF FAITH”/SCHOOL GALA & AUCTION: This annual event has been an opportunity to gather for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Tickets will be available in February for this March 10th event. Tickets will be $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION: The monthly meeting for this group will be on Mon., Feb. 20th at 7 pm. Bible study will be led by Kristin Wegner. A short business meeting will be followed by refreshments. All women of Good Shepherd are invited.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 20:9 “And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.” Behold the generosity of God! He gives out of His grace, not what we deserve to receive. Living a godly life means living in imitation of God – and surely one of the foundations of God’s being is His generosity.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR SALVATION: “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Isaiah 45: 8; II Timothy 2: 10).

    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: You should have received in the mail this week your contribution statement for the year 2016 and a confirmation of your pledge to the Capital Campaign, “Freedom: The Word of God is Not Bound” and of your contribution total to this campaign as of December 31, 2016. Please check these over carefully and contact the church office at (402) 423-7639 if you do not believe these statements are correct. If you have not received this information, please contact the church office.

    KNNA is becoming an important tool of outreach into the community and a point of contact to many who have not previously heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. You can listen to KNNA at 95.7 FM on your radio or at the website www.thecross957.org. Good Shepherd’s services on Sundays at 8 am & 10:30 am and on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm are broadcast live on KNNA. If you have neighbors or family members who cannot attend church but would like to listen to God’s Word, please pass the word along. The schedule includes Bible studies, services, hymns, discussions about God’s Word, community announcements, etc. Check the table outside the church office window for information about becoming a regular supporter of KNNA.

    FAVORITE OLD BOOKS: With a title like that, and published in a Church newsletter the answer must be the Holy Bible. That is a correct answer but not the right one in this case. Do you have a favorite novel or history book or perhaps a romance novel that you go back and read over and over until the pages are torn and loose and the binding starts to come apart? Well, the members of Good Shepherd have one that all of us use every time we are in worship. It’s the Lutheran Service Book (the hymnal). We use them for the liturgy, the Sacraments, the Psalms, and to sing praise and glory to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now to get to the reason for this article. Some of our hymnals
    have become very worn from use. To remedy this problem we need to procure 20-30 new hymnals in the near future. If you would like to help with this problem by donating the cost of one book at $20 per copy, they are on sale at this time. The normal cost is $25.99 per copy. We could help with this small issue before it becomes a large issue. You can drop your offering in the offering plate marked “hymnal fund” or give it to one of the elders. You can also give it to Bob McClellan and he will see to it that all monies collected go to the purchase of new hymnals. The old hymnals will be kept to be used when we have a service when more hymnals are needed. Thanking you in advance for the support in this effort.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirteen in a series of inserts in the News and Notes that will lead up to the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany kicking off the Lutheran Reformation. These inserts were created by the pastors of the Southeast Circuit of the North Dakota District of the LCMS to offer opportunities for additional learning about the history of the Church before the Reformation took place, and how God worked to bring His Church back to the Word of God. We continue today with a look at “Indulgences and Purgatory.”

    LENTEN MEALS: Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. The youth of Good Shepherd have volunteered to provide the first Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be pulled pork, baked beans, chips, salads and desserts. Some of the following Lenten meals will be provided and served by other organizations. Two openings still exist for March 15th and March 22nd. If your group is interested in this opportunity, please contact Corie Christiansen at (402) 525-7923.

    AMAZING SOUP COOK-OFF CONTEST WINNERS: Thank you to all eight (8) contestants for their great soups:
    Gary Baker (Chocolate Chili)
    Jenny & Caraline Higgins (venison stew)
    Barbara Kumm (Cheesy Vegetable)
    Adam Mankin (Chicken Cordon Bleu)
    Scott McKinney (Taco Soup)
    Linda Reigle (Chili)
    Jan Stehlik (Granny Engle’s Veggy Soup)
    Katharine Williamson ( Portugese Kale Stew)
    Once again, competition was close and as the ballots were counted, Adam Mankin came in first with his Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup and took home the coveted “Golden Ladle Award.” Coming in second was Scott McKinney with his Taco Soup, third was Barbara Kumm with a Cheesy Vegetable Soup and fourth was taken by Katherine Williamson with a Portugese Kale Stew. Many thanks, also, to all who brought condiments and desserts; those who helped set up and clean up; those who did the taste testing; and those who counted the ballots.

    LUTHERAN WITNESS SUBSCRIPTIONS: It is time to renew/subscribe to the Lutheran Witness for the June 2017 – May 2018 year. Subscriptions for the year (eleven issues: June/July is a combined issue) are $15.96. Please sign up at the information center if you would like to subscribe for the year beginning in June of 2017. You may pay for your subscription by placing a check or cash in an envelope and labeling it “Lutheran Witness” and placing it in the offering plate. If you are paying with cash, please include your name on the envelope also. Please sign up by March 5th to be included. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    KNNA APPS ARE LIVE: The Android and iOS apps are both live in the app stores! We can now install an app on our Android or iOS phones to listen to the streaming of KNNA. The app includes an alarm which you can set to wake you to KNNA and a sleep timer to help you go to sleep at night. Search “KNNA” in either app store.

    LUTHERANISM IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This week’s topics include: Rebuilding American Culture, Saint Valentine, 16th Century Reformer Philip Melanchthon, Loving Our Enemies, Cohabitation and Divorce, Jesus Walks on Water and more. Issues, Etc. is broadcast live on KNNA at 3pm each weekday.

    THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2017 to direct them. Don’t miss the opportunity to choose that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or School. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arnette Garris at 402-420-1000.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous – rm 108
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study – rm 109
    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
    12:00 pm Speech & Debate Homeschool Group
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 pm & 7 pm Quilting/Sewing Group
    7:00 pm Finance Committee Mtg.
    Fri 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders Mtg.
    10:30 am Homestead Service
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:30 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Wayne Gudgel
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Maddy Stolcpart
    10:30 am: Joe Klutz
    Greeters: 8:00 am : Jim & Peggy Cather
    10:30 am: Gary & Vickie Rockel
    Coffeemakers: Nancy Stepp, Loree Kirilloff
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
    10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Steve Eckhoff, Matt Durr
    Communion Set-up: Ginger Bornemann
    Communion Clean-up: Katherine Williamson

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News and Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    * Pam, friend of Anita Armitstead, struggling with medical issues.
    * Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    * Diane Greckel, sister of Barb Poppe, for healing, strength and peace.
    * Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering from spinal surgery and rehabing at home. He continues to deal with cancer issues.
    * Nevaeh Kessler, that she would be protected from harm; that the court system would speedily make the best decision for her physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
    * Steve Deines, having surgery on Thursday.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    * Jan Neubauer, friend of the Novaks, waging her third battle against cancer.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, recovering at Savannah Pines.
    * Anita Campbell, hospitalized.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, recovering from two broken wrists and a concussion.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Lori Sidlo, recovering from surgery at home.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers as she recovers from breast cancer surgery and will begin radiation and oral medication therapy.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
    * Linda Mahloch, recovering at Southlake Village from a fall.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., battling serious medical problems.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * for Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, in rehab at Tabitha in Crete.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Faye Mann, having eye issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Candy Kimes, suffering a concussion as a result of a fall.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, anticipating medical treatment..
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Lois Herpolsheimer, hospitalized.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94: 22
    * for the family of Lynn Pagels, brother of Barb Poppe, who was taken to his eternal home on Wednesday
    * for the family of Rosa, niece of Loraine Harnett, who was taken to her eternal home this week.
    * for the family of Jeff Jones, brother-in-law of Dale Meyer, who was taken to his eternal home this week.

    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:
    Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Bonnie Gass
    Arlene Hadenfeldt Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins
    Anita Armitstead Clara Deines Lois Goeres
    Mary Ann Goeschel Darlene Wiese Don Wiese

    THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample Disney Turek Cooper DeWitt
    Ryan Hausfeld Cindy Fox Carol Parrott
    Maria Schwarz Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
    Dorette Kleinkauf Rollie Victor Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Gloria Henning

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Feb. 12 Brad Marshall
    Feb. 13 Del Meints
    Feb. 14 Charles Fleck, Casper Turek
    Feb. 15 Emily Bock, Harper Boon, Megan Meyer
    Feb. 16 Matt Fritz, Christine Preus, Marj Victor
    Feb. 18 Kim Bock, Jordyn Keeney, Stephanie Schlatter, Eleanor Wallace

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
    Feb. 14 Chad & Dawn Renter
    Feb. 17 David & Lois Kirchhoff

    Lent & the “Gesima” Season
    The Liturgical preparation for Easter takes place through 3 periods or steps: The first is the “-gesimas.” These three Sundays before Lent constitute catechesis in the grace of God in which that grace is examined from three perspectives:
    Septuagesima (meaning “about 70 days”) – Grace is undeserved. The collect for this Sunday implores God to graciously hear us, who are justly punished for our sin, so that we may be delivered by God’s goodness. The goodness of God is emphasized in the parable in Matthew 20: 1-16 where all the laborers receive the reward because of the goodness of the landowner. So we too, receive the reward of eternal life, because God is good, and Another has borne the heat and burden of the day for us that we might have it.
    Sexigesima (meaning “about 60 days”) – Grace is passively received. In the Collect, we pray to the God who sees that we put not our trust in anything we do, but mercifully defends us by His power. In the parable of the sower, the seed of God’s Word is passively received in good and noble hearts.
    Quinquagesima (meaning “about 50 days”) – Grace is not easily understood. In the Gospel, Jesus predicts His passion and the disciples “understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.” (Luke 18: 34).
    The three “Gesima” Sundays begin the Lenten Preparation for Easter. They take on the character of Lent, but mildly. The color becomes violet, the color of Lent. The “Alleluias” are dropped. Pictures and crosses remain unveiled. Flowers may adorn the chancel. In the Gesimas, this provides a gradual progression of liturgical removals as we approach Passiontide. This year we begin the Gesima Sundays on February 12th.


    News and Notes 2/5/17
    February 5th, 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. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd 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 in the classrooms (Check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools, and orphanages. May God richly bless our time together and please come again. (more…)


    Newsletter 2/2/17
    February 3rd, 2017 by

    Lent & the “Gesima” Season
    The Liturgical preparation for Easter takes place through 3 periods or steps: The first is the “-gesimas.” These three Sundays before Lent constitute catechesis in the grace of God in which that grace is examined from three perspectives:
    Septuagesima (meaning “about 70 days”) – Grace is undeserved. The collect for this Sunday implores God to graciously hear us, who are justly punished for our sin, so that we may be delivered by God’s goodness. The goodness of God is emphasized in the parable in Matthew 20: 1-16 where all the laborers receive the reward because of the goodness of the landowner. So we too, receive the reward of eternal life, because God is good, and Another has borne the heat and burden of the day for us that we might have it.
    Sexigesima (meaning “about 60 days”) – Grace is passively received. In the Collect, we pray to the God who sees that we put not our trust in anything we do, but mercifully defends us by His power. In the parable of the sower, the seed of God’s Word is passively received in good and noble hearts.
    Quinquagesima (meaning “about 50 days”) – Grace is not easily understood. In the Gospel, Jesus predicts His passion and the disciples “understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.” (Luke 18: 34).
    The three “Gesima” Sundays begin the Lenten Preparation for Easter. They take on the character of Lent, but mildly. The color becomes violet, the color of Lent. The “Alleluias” are dropped. Pictures and crosses remain unveiled. Flowers may adorn the chancel. In the Gesimas, this provides a gradual progression of liturgical removals as we approach Passiontide. This year we begin the Gesima Sundays on February 12.

    KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP will be on Feb. 7 beginning th with chapel at 8 am. Following chapel you will be able to sit in on some class time, ask questions, etc. If you are interested in checking out the kindergarten program here at Good Shepherd, please register at (402) 423-7677. Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call and your call will be returned promptly.

    PANCAKES FOR PCAN: Good Shepherd will be hosting a Pancakes for PCAN fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Action Network on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5-8 pm in the fellowship nd hall. Many families of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer have monetary needs to replace lost income for days of work missed while their child was undergoing treatment, for added medical expenses, etc. There will be a free-will offering and all proceeds will benefit Lincoln families through the PCAN Foundation. Come and enjoy a meal and support a family.

    “FAMILY OF FAITH”/SCHOOL GALA & AUCTION: This annual event has been an opportunity to gather for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship for the families and supporters of Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Tickets will be available in February for this March 10 event. Tickets will be th $25 per person or you can purchase a table (which seats 8 adults) for $160. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 6 pm with dinner served at 7 pm. Funds raised at this event in past years have allowed us to meet budget needs and provide computer upgrades and new curriculum. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings or contact Kim Bock at (402) 430-9108 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com.

    THANKSGIVING: We celebrate with former vicar Marcus & Jillian Williams on the birth of a son, Patrick. If you would like to send a note of congratulations, they are currently residing at 10503 Lagoon Dr., Grabill, IN 46741.

    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: You should receive in the mail this week your contribution statement for the year 2016 and a confirmation of your pledge to the Capital Campaign, “Freedom: The Word of God is Not Bound” and of your contribution total to this campaign as of December 31, 2016. Please check these over carefully and contact the church office at (402) 423-7639 if you do not believe these statements are correct. If you have not received this information by Monday, February 6 , please contact the church office.

    KNNA is becoming an important tool of outreach into the community and a point of contact to many who have not previously heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. You can listen to KNNA at 95.7 FM on your radio or at the website www.thecross957.org. Good Shepherd’s services on Sundays at 8 am & 10:30 am and on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm are broadcast live on KNNA. If you have neighbors or family members who cannot attend church but would like to listen to God’s Word, please pass the word along. The schedule includes Bible studies, services, hymns, discussions about God’s Word, community announcements, etc.