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  • Newsletter 6/26/17
    June 28th, 2017 by

    Demystify Your Pastor With The Small Catechism by Pastor Ryan Loeslie
    We all know pastors can be a bit mystifying sometimes. Growing up in a small congregation with fairly high pastor turnover, that’s what I thought anyway, no matter which pastor it was who was serving us at the time. They always seemed kind of mysterious and outside the mainstream. Our pastors always dressed strangely, I thought. That white tab thing? No other man in the community dressed that way. Vestments, well they kind of looked like a man wearing a dress. Preaching struck me as a very unique task. That was an impressively long speech, and sometimes the pastor would be pretty intense about it. How could he pull that off? Maybe the strangest of all, the pastor sang out more than almost every man in the congregation. What drove him to do such a thing?
    I soon learned how the mystery spread beyond the walls of the church. I learned that the pastor actually had a pretty extensive and specialized education at this place called a seminary. He had to learn and know the original languages of the Bible, Greek and Hebrew. That was definitely outside the mainstream. And it seemed like our pastors were always a bit out of step with the broader community. I mean, did they really believe that confirmation class was more important than going to school and our sports practices? Did they really believe our little church was a better place to go than the other Lutheran church in town or the other churches of the community? They were a bit mysterious, and yet I found much of it intriguing. That mystery and intrigue were a big part in driving me towards the ministry myself.
    As I grew older, though, I learned that not everyone was as intrigued as I was. I learned that sometimes there is a gap between the pastor and the congregation. Good pastors could even get fired for being faithful to their calling. I even learned that this happens routinely. People can complain about the pastor’s personality or supposed dryness of his sermons, or they can complain about the hymns he chooses. They may get upset if a pastor challenges the status quo of certain practices in the church. Sometimes people are shocked at the hard lines a pastor might draw. He won’t marry a couple because they are already living together? Who really cares about that anymore anyway? And some people just don’t like him, no matter what he does. The pastor can beg and plead, he can be gentle and he can be sharp, but it makes no difference to hearts hardened against him. The mystery around the pastor is too often a source of conflict and bitterness.
    What if I told you there were a foolproof way to “demystify” your pastor? Yes, it can be done! And it’s not that complicated actually. All it takes is a Small Catechism. And no, not the big blue book you possibly used in confirmation class. That has all kinds of extra information and Bible verses which maybe make it seem a little overwhelming. We’re just talking about what Luther wrote. His Small Catechism is just a pamphlet. The ones you can order from Concordia Publishing House have just 23 pages. With your Small Catechism, you can “demystify” your pastor for good. You can learn what makes him tick and drives him to act as he does.
    However, if you’re serious about this, just one quick read through won’t do the job. You need to learn Luther’s little masterpiece very well. I suggest a reading schedule which allows you to make the Small Catechism a part of your daily life. It looks like this:
    Monday – Ten Commandments
    Tuesday – Creed
    Wednesday – Lord’s Prayer
    Thursday – Holy Baptism
    Friday – Confession and Absolution/Office of the Keys
    Saturday – Sacrament of the Altar
    I know I have written about this before, but I offer you this little schedule again because it is worth repeating. A little bit of time spent in the Small Catechism every day is enormously beneficial. Luther himself thought so. To read one chief part may take you no more than a minute or two, easily done at the breakfast table. Or perhaps you could leave your Small Catechism on your nightstand and do your little devotion as you are settling in to sleep. Done with consistency, you can learn the Small Catechism very well in really not that long a time.
    There are enormous benefits to doing this. For one, knowing the Small Catechism better will benefit you personally. There is a lot of daily application for what the Small Catechism teaches in personal and family life, but what we really want to zero in on here is how we can use the Small Catechism to better understand our pastor.

    PASTOR-ELECT MARCUS WILLIAMS (former vicar at Good Shepherd) will share with us a message from God’s Word on Wednesday, June 28th at the 6:30 pm midweek service. Refreshments will be served following the service to give everyone an opportunity to visit with Marcus & Jill and their family.

    CHURCH OFFICE CONTACT: We are experiencing the results of a power outage and surge in the church office. If you have sent a prayer request or some other message to the church office email or Jan’s email since last Wednesday morning, it has not been received. For the present, you may contact Jan at 14christ1580@gmail.com or Tina at dcepegasus@gmail.com. Thanks for your patience as we cope with this situation.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.


    June 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. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drinks into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic and brother of our former vicar, Pastor Christian Preus. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    MINISTRY PLAN: The Finance Committee is presenting next year’s budget to the congregation between services at 9:30 am. This is a question and answer event conducted by the Finance Committee. We will be voting on the budget at the voters meeting next Sunday, June 18th following the potluck at noon.

    LIFELIGHT BIBLE STUDY will continue on Thursdays at 1 pm throughout the summer with a study of the book of Hebrews. Everyone is welcome. Study guides are available from Pastor Maronde.

    LIFE MOMENT: As God called Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls, God has called each of us to be soldiers in His army to repair our portion of the ‘wall’ by affirming life and speaking the truth of the Gospel with love to everyone who will listen, with the weapon of God’s Word.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT:  Isaiah 6: 3: And one called to another and said, ”Holy, holy, holy if the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” Behold the threefold name of God — here in Isaiah the angels cry Holy, Holy, Holy which is nothing else than an indication of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the Name we are baptized into. We have been made a part of God’s family. And so we are now called to live lives that are in harmony with our new family: we are to be godly, to live in God’s image. As God is loving, and kind, and generous — so are we called to be.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL began last Sunday. So far, we have filled the month of June with volunteer teachers. Good Shepherd has many dedicated people who teach Sunday School during the school year and would like to take the summer off. The students have been divided into two groups: preschool—grade 2 and grade 3– grade 7. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one Sunday or more during the months of July—August and sign up at the information center in the narthex for your choice of date and age group. Volunteering with a spouse, friend, or as a family is encouraged. Materials are user friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be June 12—16 from 9 am—noon. The theme this year will be “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther.” This theme is especially appropriate as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year. We still need some leaders and helpers for preschool through grade 8, and helpers for crafts, snacks, and games. Please contact Karen Radebaugh at (402) 423-8565 or Kaylee Prenosil at (402) 419-0196 to volunteer or for more details. You can register your child/children by filling out a form on the table located in the narthex or by contacting Karen or Kaylee. You can also register  before the start of VBS tomorrow by coming about 15 minutes early.

    VBS ITEMS NEEDED: On the table in the narthex is a sheet to sign up to help provide snack items for VBS. There are a few items still needed (grapes, strawberries, frosting, etc.)  If you are able to help provide these items, please sign up today.

    LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will be meeting at Holmes Lake on Monday, June 12th at 1 pm. Please bring a sack lunch to enjoy. For more information contact Betty Kieselhorst at (402) 419-3357.

    VOTERS MEETING/POTLUCK:  Good Shepherd members have an annual opportunity to  elect church council members and to approve the ministry plan for the coming year. Please come on Sunday, June 18th for a potluck followed by the meeting. If your last name begins with A—M, please bring a main dish and salad. If your last name begins with N—Z, please bring a main dish and dessert. Beverages will be provided. Childcare will by provided by the youth of Good Shepherd during the meeting time. Please mark this event on your calendar and plan to attend.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR HUMILITY: “God, please cultivate in my children th ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3: 2)

    REFORMATION INSERTS:  Today we will continue with week thirty-one in the 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 on 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 “Hymn: ‘Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord’ — LSB 497.”

    YOUTH ACTIVITY: Junior confirmands are invited to come to the mini-golf/barbeque event on Saturday, June 17th. We will begin at Adventure Golf (5901 S. 56th St.) and then go to the Radebaugh home for a BBQ and to hang out. Meet at the church at 3 pm on Saturday.

    INSTALLATION: You are invited to attend the installation of Rev. Matthew Toensing as the pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Kramer, NE today, June 11th at 2 pm.

    JAZZ IN JUNE: The Lutheran Women  in Mission group will be attending Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 20th. (Note the change of date.) All ladies are invited. We will begin with supper at Misty’s and then walk to the concert. Please sign up at the information center by Sunday, June 18th. For more information contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 902-9125.

    PASTOR—ELECT MARCUS WILLIAMS will be with us on Wednesday, June 28th at the 6:30 pm service as our guest preacher. Following the service there will be cookies/bars available to give people the opportunity to visit with the Williams family.

    YOUNG ADULT GATHERING will be  on Thursday, June 15th at the home of Jim and Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. at 7 pm. There will be games and light snacks and lots of fellowship and getting acquainted. Kids are welcome. For more info contact Beth Huff at (402) 304-3352.

    MEMBERS OF GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND CHURCH: God is good. We never know where He will lead us and when; we just know we are to follow in His ways. I and my family would like to thank you for the wonderful potluck farewell which was held on May 21st. Between Haley’s high school graduation, finishing up school reports, interviews and unpacking, life has been just a little crazy.
    Good Shepherd is where I first learned about Classical Education. Embracing it was not difficult since I love learning and growing just as much as the children. What a wonderful opportunity you have in continuing not only teaching the children about academics needed to achieve great things, but you have the gift of teaching them about Jesus within and through each and every subject. It is only by Jesus we have our being.
    Thank you for the last 13 years of watching relationships grow and develop, while praying for myself, the school and volunteering your time. We would love to continue these special contacts though we are no longer in your midst. Our address is: 802 Town and Country Lane, Trenton, MO 64683.
    God is good and gracious! I pray He continues to bless each and every one of you, while you use your vocations to proclaim His great gist of Jesus, the Savior of His world.
    (Linda Ahrens is currently preparing to teach 1st grade at Rissler Elementary in Trenton. MO.)

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder:                Matt Phillips
    Organist:          Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:           8:00 am:              Aiden Jazwick
    10:30 am:              Disney Turek
    Greeters:           8:00 am:              Gene & Janet Harms
    10:30 am:              Scott & Susan McKinney
    Coffeemakers:              Sharon Wilkens, Connie Swenson
    Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel
    10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Steve Eckhoff, Matt Durr
    Communion Set-up: Suzie Znamenacek
    Communion Clean-up: Suzie Znamenacek

    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.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Vivian Brinkmeyer, recovering at home following surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Lyle Schardt, brother-in-law of Lois Kirchhoff, injured in a farm accident.
    • Al Fox, father of Nancy Stepp, receiving a pacemaker this week
    • Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Doretta Kleinkauf, recovering at home from a hospital stay.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for doctors to determine treatment for her cancer.
    • Gerayne Yelkin, recovering at home following a hospital stay.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostrate cancer and kidney problems
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ken Knaus, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Brian Campbell, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr. having multiple health problems.
    • Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from chemo.
    • The son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Joyce Kaldahl, grandmother of Joel Kaldahl, hospitalized in very serious condition.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Noel and Carol, sister & brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • The people of Venezuela and especially the family of Good Shepherd member, Ramon Marcano. Please pray for God’s care and protection.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT; “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119: 76

    • For the family of Mary Ann Proescholdt, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

    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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    June 11 Delene Legband, Nancy Velasquez
    June 12 Charish Romo
    June 14 Peggy Cather, Jenny Prenosil
    June 15 Jim Cather, Margaret Ficken, Jill Sanley, Zeb Smith, Derek Wortmann

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    June 11 Connor & Mariah Niemeyer
    June 12 Gary & Myrna Heckman
    June 13 Gerald & Verneda Gerdes
    June 14 Robert & Michelle Meyer, Robert & Sondra Rathjen,  Andrew & Jeana Wood
    June 16 Jerry & Kay Kohl, Tony & Shirley Manthey
    June 17 Matt & Robin Phillips, Dennis & Reva Von Busch

    HIGHER THINGS: Higher Things Final Parent Student information meeting will be on Wed., June 28th at 7:30 pm in room 109. We will touch base on travel plans, packing needs, and breakout sessions info. Also starting as soon as it comes out in email, there will be a 4 week pre-conference Bible Study on Sundays in the youth room. We encourage all youth to attend … especially if you are going to Higher Things. It would also be great if any adults attending the conference could come up for the study as well. If you have questions contact Marc Huff or Pastor Maronde.


    Newsletter 6/5/17
    June 11th, 2017 by

    SIMPLE PROMISES by Valerie Boehne
    Even as adults, we can have difficulty processing death. The thought of death is scary and uncomfortable. What about children then? As parents, we might be tempted to protect them from it. We don’t want them to feel the pain and sadness of death. But while our intentions may be good, death is a time to share important truths with our children: Death will not win. Jesus is stronger. He rose from death. The sting of death is only momentary in this world, and our life with Jesus is eternal. With this comforting Gospel, you can use these moments to direct your children to God’s mercy and grace. There are practical ways you can talk to your children about death. When a loved one dies, children should hear simple truths.
    1. It’s okay to tell a child that this world is not our home. Yes, God has given us many things to enjoy here on earth. But this is also a world of sadness, sin and death. God has given us something better. In heaven we have eternal life with our Savior Jesus. You can say things like, “Your grandma is with Jesus. He has promised this in His Word.” and then read John 11: 25. You can remind your children that these promises are given to us in Baptism (Colossians 2: 12).
    2. Always speak of your love ones as “with Jesus.” They aren’t in the sky or in our hearts. They’re with Jesus. The common phrase ‘passed away’ seems to dance around the reality of death. To say, “He died” is difficult for many people because it acknowledges the finality of life here on earth. Yet to say someone is ‘with Jesus’ testifies that our death is not final, and we have life eternal in Christ. Children gain comfort in hearing this simple reminder that Jesus is our Savior from death.
    3. Don’t be afraid of questions. Children have good questions and real fears about death. “What happens when you die? Will it be painful? Will I see a bright light? What is heaven like? While we don’t always have the specifics, God’s Word gives us good answers for them. When we die, our soul goes to be with Jesus. Jesus told the thief on the cross that he would be with Him in paradise on that very day (Luke 23: 43). Our bodies will rest peacefully until Jesus raises them up perfectly on the Last Day. Paul speaks of the faithful dead as those who are asleep in the Lord (I Thess. 4: 15). God’s Word is clear. When we close our eyes for the last time, we will be with Jesus.
    4. Take your children to funerals. My parents would take me to the visitations and funerals of fellow church members when I was a child. Some funerals were of dear friends. Some were only acquaintances. Nonetheless, they were all fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This, of course, didn’t excite me. But my parents thought it was important to go and offer condolences to the suffering members of the body of Christ. Bringing our children along to funerals and visitations invites them to see that not only does the Church rejoice together, but the Church grieves together as well.
    5. Keep in mind that the idea of eternity can be overwhelming for a child. In this world, everything comes to an end one way or another. Eternity isn’t what we’re used to and may even seem scary. We should remember our minds are very limited. Just as the Almighty God is unfathomable, eternity may seem unfathomable as well. Yet we can always return to the simple and comforting promises that we know fully in our Savior.
    6. Don’t forget the beautiful pictures of heaven given to us in Revelation. Children will enjoy them as much as adults. Open the Bible with them to Revelation: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 2: 3-4). These aren’t one-time conversations. As often as God gives us opportunity, we direct our children to the hope we have in Jesus, our Savior from death. ~from the Lutheran Witness (Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO) June/July 2017, pg. 12-13.

    LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will be meeting at Holmes Lake on Monday, June 12th at 1 pm. Please bring a sack lunch to enjoy. For more information contact Betty Kieselhorst at (402) 419-3357.

    YOUTH EVENT: Meet at church at 3 pm on Saturday, June 17th to go to Adventure Golf (5901 S. 56th St.) for a round of miniature golf. Following the golf, we will travel to the Radebaughs’ home for a barbeque and an opportunity to hang out. For more information or answers to question, please contact Beth Huff at (402) 304-3352.

    YOUNG ADULT GATHERING will be on Thursday, June 15th at the home of Jim & Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. at 7 pm. There will be games and light snacks and lots of fellowship and getting acquainted. Kids are welcome. For more information call (402) 992-2394.

    VOTERS MEETING/POTLUCK will be on June 18th following the 10:30 am service. If your last name begins with A—M, please bring a main dish and salad. If your last name begins with N—Z, please bring a main dish and dessert. Beverages will be provided. Childcare will be provided by the youth during the business meeting. Issues to be discussed include election of officers and proposed budget/ministry plan for the coming year.

    VBS at Good Shepherd will begin on Monday, June 12th at 9 am. Call the church office or register in the narthex on Sunday, June 11th or come 15 minutes early on Monday to register.


    News and Notes 6/4/17
    June 4th, 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. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic and brother of our former vicar, Pastor Christian Preus. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

    LIFELIGHT BIBLE STUDY will continue on Thursdays at 1 pm throughout the summer with a study of the book of Hebrews. Everyone is welcome. Study guides are available from Pastor Maronde.

    LIFE MOMENT: The trap of a human philosophy and society shaped  by merely utilitarian aims will always lead to horror and hatred. Always. No matter how smart we get, how advanced our technical skills, how ‘scientific’ we think we are, the human person is more than what we can see. If we weren’t more than that, there would be no art, no beauty, no poetry. We are more than what we see!

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Acts 2: 1 “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Pentecost is the Old Testament harvest festival — it happens around the time when the wheat and oats are ready to be brought in. Of course, this was a picture and foreshadowing  of the great harvest of humankind that God means to bring in through the preaching of His Word. God gives the seed, and God brings about the harvest. From first to last, in things temporal and things eternal, we stand only by His grace.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL begins today. So far, we have only a few slots filled by volunteers. Good Shepherd has many dedicated people who teach Sunday School during the school year and would like to take the summer off. The students have been divided into two groups: preschool—grade 2 and grade 3– grade 7. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one Sunday or more during the months of June—August and sign up at the information center in the narthex for your choice of date and age group. Volunteering with a spouse, friend, or as a family is encouraged. Materials are user friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be June 12—16 from 9 am—noon. The theme this year will be “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther.” This theme is especially appropriate as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year. We still need some leaders and helpers for preschool through grade 8, and helpers for crafts, snacks, and games. Please contact Karen Radebaugh at (402) 423-8565 or Kaylee Prenosil at (402) 419-0196 to volunteer or for more details. You can register your child/children by filling out a form on the table located in the narthex of by contacting Karen or Kaylee. You can also register by contacting the church office with the following information: student(s) name, parents’ names, address, home phone, daytime phone, email address, emergency contact (other than parents or guardians), doctor and contact information, food allergies, grade completed for the students, date of birth for students.

    VBS ITEMS NEEDED: On the table in the narthex is a sheet to sign up to help provide snack items for VBS. Some of the items needed are graham crackers, frosting tubs, pudding cups, gummy worms, strawberries, grapes, applesauce cups, goldfish crackers, and chocolate chip cookies. Please check the sign-up sheets and indicate what you will plan to bring.

    VOTERS MEETING/POTLUCK:  Good Shepherd members have an annual opportunity to  elect church council members and to approve the ministry plan for the coming year. Please come on Sunday, June 18th for a potluck followed by the meeting. If your last name begins with A—M, please bring a main dish and salad. If your last name begins with N—Z, please bring a main dish and dessert. Beverages will be provided. Childcare will by provided by the youth of Good Shepherd during the meeting time. Please mark this event on your calendar and plan to attend.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR PERSEVERANCE: “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.(Hebrews 12: 1)

    REFORMATION INSERTS:  Today we will continue with week thirty in the 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 on 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 “Augsburg in 1530.”

    YOUTH ACTIVITY: Junior confirmands are invited to come to the mini-golf/barbeque event on Saturday, June 17th. We will begin at Adventure Golf (5901 S. 56th St.) and then go to the Radebaugh home for a BBQ and to hang out. Meet at the church at 3 pm on Saturday.

    INSTALLATION: You are invited to attend the installation of Rev. Matthew Toensing as the pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Kramer, NE on Sunday, June 11th at 2 pm.

    JAZZ IN JUNE: The Lutheran Women  in Mission group will be attending Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 20th. (Note the change of date.) All ladies are invited. We will begin with supper at Misty’s and then walk to the concert. Please sign up at the information center by Sunday, June 18th. For more information contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 902-9125.

    PASTOR—ELECT MARCUS WILLIAMS will be with us on Wednesday, June 28th at the 6:30 pm service as our guest preacher. Following the service there will be cookies/bars available to give people the opportunity to visit with the Williams family.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 4:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    7:00 pm Briarhurst Condo Assn.
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study—Hebrews
    2:00 pm  & 7:00 pm  – Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    2:30 pm Gramercy Service

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Kurt Stradley
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:  8:00 am: Maddie Schmeling
    10:30 am: Connor Nelson
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Cherie Travis
    10:30 am: Lyle & Anne Nelson
    Coffeemakers: Mark & Lori Reinke
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Vicki Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel Kaldahl
    10:30 am: Scott McKinney, Steve Eckhoff, Matt Durr
    Communion Set-up:                  Sondra Rathjen, Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up:              Linda Reigle, Maureen Marshall

    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.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Emily Schmeling, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Vivian Brinkmeyer, recovering at home following surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, recovering from broken bones due to a fall.
    • Lyle Schardt, brother-in-law of Lois Kirchhoff, injured in a farm accident.
    • Al Fox, father of Nancy Stepp, dealing with heart issues and awaiting the placement of a pacemaker.
    • Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Doretta Kleinkauf, recovering at home from a hospital stay.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for doctors to determine treatment for her cancer.
    • Gerayne Yelkin, recovering at home following a hospital stay.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Joe Velasquez, for healing and pain relief.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    • Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care.
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostrate cancer and kidney problems
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ken Knaus, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Brian Campbell, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr. having multiple health problems.
    • Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from chemo.
    • The son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Joyce Kaldahl, grandmother of Joel Kaldahl, hospitalized in very serious condition.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Noel and Carol, sister & brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • The people of Venezuela and especially the family of Good Shepherd member, Ramon Marcano. Please pray for God’s care and protection.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, hospitalized. Please pray that doctors would find the source and treatment for his medical issues.
    • Merrilee Sump, as she considers the call to be administrator/teacher here.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT; “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119: 76

    • For the family of Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, who was taken to her eternal home.
    • For the family of Mary Ann Proescholdt, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

    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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    June 4 Logan Fisser, Alice Urbach
    June 5 Janet Kniep, Peggy Olson
    June 7 Dr. Bob Heins
    June 8 Patty Plambeck, Tracie Voog
    June 9 Jonathan Bliss

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    June 4 Seth & Makenzie Scollard
    June 5 Don & Peggy Olson
    June 6 Dan & Nancy Bergmeyer
    June 7 Chris & Melissa Peters; Brent & Jan Stehlik
    June 8 Dale & Ginger Borneman
    June 10 Roger & Arlyss Ketelsen; Mark & Nancy Simnitt; Mark & Melissa Wimmer


    Newsletter 5/23/17
    May 24th, 2017 by

    Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Calls us, His Sheep

    One of the best known and beloved psalms is Psalm 23, the Shepherd Psalm. There we learn that the Lord is our shepherd. And since He is our shepherd, we will not want. We will not suffer want  because the Lord, our shepherd, will lead us to green pastures and beside still waters. In other words, the Lord, our shepherd, will provide for all that we need in both body and soul.

    Yet, we live as though this is not the case. We live as though we actually suffer from want, that the Lord, our shepherd, will not provide for all that we need. And thus, we live as though the Lord is not our shepherd. And that means that we live as though we are not the Lord’s sheep.

    How do we do this? We do it when we put anything else before Him and His provision for us. When we think that going to work is more important than receiving the gifts that He won for us on the cross, a violation of the First and Third Commandments. We do it when we fail to give generously of the first fruits of what the Lord has provided for us because we think we don’t know what the future will bring, even though He has promised that He will lead us to green pastures and still waters. We do it when we think that the Lord is only in the business of helping those who will help themselves, we do this because we have a mind set on earthly, temporal things and not on heavenly, eternal things. We do this because we have stopped hearing the call of our shepherd, which comes through His Word.

    The Word of God is how our shepherd calls us to himself. Through that Word, the Holy Spirit gathers and enlightens us with His gifts. Through that Word, we are kept holy and nourished in the one true faith, the faith that follows our Shepherd wherever He leads us. He promises to lead you to your true home, to the land flowing with milk and honey, to a better country, not of this world, but a heavenly one.

    And so, here’s the good news: The Lord is your shepherd still, even, and especially, for wayward sheep. For Jesus seeks and saves those who are lost. He finds the lost sheep and carries them back to the fold. He is the shepherd that lays down his life for His sheep. The Lord is your shepherd. Let us live then as His sheep.

     

    HERE I STAND is the theme of Vacation Bible School this year—June 12-16 from 9 am—noon. It focuses on the life and times of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Sign-up sheets for teachers, helpers, craft crew, snacks crew, etc. are on the table in the narthex. There will soon be lists of items needed for snacks and for crafts on the table. If you are able to provide some of the items on the list, this would also be appreciated. There you will also find registration forms for children age 2—grade 8. Attached with this newsletter is also a copy of the registration form. You may fill it out and send it back by email or bring or mail it to Good Shepherd. For questions or to volunteer please call Karen Radebaugh at 402.423.8565 or Kaylee Prenosil at 402.419.0196.

    WE WELCOME BACK Ft. Wayne seminary student and Good Shepherd members Mark & Bethany Kranz and Emma to join us this Sunday, May 28th. Seminary student Mark will be presenting the sermon at both services. We will also host a cake reception between services in the fellowship hall to give everyone an opportunity to greet them . Please join us.

    VOTERS’ MEETING/POTLUCK: Good Shepherd members have an annual opportunity to elect church council members and check over the proposed budget for the coming year plus take care of other items of business. This opportunity will be happening on Sunday, June 18th following a potluck at noon. Please bring a main dish and either a salad or a dessert for the potluck. Childcare will be provided by the youth of Good Shepherd during the meeting time. Please mark this opportunity on your calendar and plan to attend.

    YOUTH ACTIVITY: Junior confirmands are invited to join the youth for mini-golf at Adventure Golf (5901 S. 56th St.) and then go to Barry & Karen Radebaugh’s home for a BarBQ and to hang out. Meet at the church at 3 pm on June 17th.

    LADIES OF THE CONGREGATION are invited to attend Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 20th. We will begin with supper at Misty’s at 5:30 pm and then walk to the concert. Please sign up at the information center by Sunday, June 18th so that we can reserve seating at Misty’s for the meal. For more information contact Maureen Marshall at 402/902.9125.

    GOOD SHEPHERD has issued a call to Merrilee Sump for the position of administrator/teacher of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool. Please keep her in your prayers as she seeks the

    Lord’s guidance.

    CHECK AT THE INFORMATION CENTER for June calendars, Portals of Prayer, church council meeting minutes, Camp Luther information, to sign up to teach summer Sunday School, etc.

    CHECK OUT KNNA 95.7FM , Good Shepherd’s low power FM radio station for live church services, recorded Bible studies, discussions of the Scripture readings for the week, music, Issues, Etc. programming, community service programs, When Music Was Music, Table Talk, etc. You can also access programming at www.thecross957.org.

     


    News and Notes 5/21/17
    May 23rd, 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.  You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall provided by the youth of Good Shepherd following the 8 am service.  The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd.  Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall.  Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic.  May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

    LIFE MOMENT: “You might think you’ve made mistakes that can’t be forgiven, you’ve been broken beyond repair, you’ve been lost in the eyes of the world. But God has loved you so deeply that He created you, He redeemed you, and He called you to new life through that same Holy One of Israel. Live this new life of faith to the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, today and forever. Amen.” Rev. Paul J. Frank, Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is leading a study of the basics of what Lutheran’s believe, teach, and confess as they are taken from God’s Word.  Topics include Baptism, Confession & Absolution, the Office of the Keys & Confession, and The Lord’s Supper.  If you are interested in joining this class in the coming weeks, just come to room 109 on the main level at 9:20 am on Sundays. Questions? Contact Pastor Maronde.

    VOTERS MEETING: A voters’ meeting will be held today at 9:10 am in the sanctuary with the purpose of voting to extend a call to be the administrator/teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS:  School is almost out and it is time to think about the warm summer sun, picnics, and Summer Sunday School.  We need volunteers to be Sunday School teachers this summer!  Please add your name to the sign up flier at the Information Booth in the Narthex.  Have questions?  Give Maureen Marshall a call at 402.420.6239.

    FLOWERS: The flowers today are provided by Connie Swenson in memory of her parents, Lester and Adeline Swenson. We thank Connie for beautifying the sanctuary today.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY—FOR GENEROSITY: Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (I Timothy 6: 18-19)

    RECEPTION: There will be a reception next Sunday, May 28th between services for Mark Kranz, seminarian from Good Shepherd,  and his family.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year VBS will be June 12-16 from 9am to 12pm.  The theme is “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther”.  We need leaders and helpers in the following areas: Leaders/ helpers for grades preschool through 8th grade, Craft Leaders, Snacks, and Games.  Please contact Karen Radebaugh  @ 402.423.8565 or Kaylee Prenosil @ 402.419.0196 to volunteer or for more details. You can register your child/children by filling out a form on the table located in the narthex or contacting Karen or Kaylee. You can also register by calling or emailing the church office (info@goodshepherdlincoln.org) or by filling out the form attached to the e-newsletter. For registering by phone or email we will need the following information: parents names, address, home phone, daytime phone, email address, emergency contact (other than parents or guardian), doctor and contact information, food allergies, students names, grades completed, date of birth.

    AHRENS FAREWELL:  You are invited to stay for the noon meal today as we bid farewell and Godspeed to the Ahrens family as they move to Missouri. Please join in and give them a Good Shepherd send-off.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-eight 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 Small Catechism Published—1529.”

    YOUTH ACTIVITY: Junior confirmands are invited to join the youth for mini-golf at Adventure Golf (5901 S. 56th St.) and then to Barry & Karen Radebaugh’s home for a BBQ and to hang out. Meet at the church at 3 pm on June 17th.

    BASKETBALL CAMP: The Concordia University Men’s Basketball Team would like to invite all boys entering grades 3-12 to the basketball skills camp on June 5-7. Campers learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun, competitive, and Christian environment. Register online or download the brochure at http://www.cune.edu/athletics/teams/basketball/camps or call 402.643.7310 for more information.

    JAZZ IN JUNE: The Lutheran Women in Mission group will be attending Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 13th . All ladies are invited. We will begin with supper at Misty’s and then walk to the concert. Please sign up at the information center by Sunday, June 11th. For more information contact Maureen Marshall at 402.902.9125.

    LCEF PICNIC: Lutheran Church Extension Fund invites you to join them for food & fellowship on Sunday, June 11th from noon—2 pm at Mahoney State Park at the Wild Turkey Shelter for a picnic. RSVP by June 5th online at www.ndlcms.org or call Joyce at 888.643.2961, ext. 1011 or email her at joyceb@ndlcms.org. LCEF will cover the park entrance fee. Check in at the park entrance and mention you are attending the “LCEF Picnic in the Park.” Enjoy other park activities (some at your own expense): hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, fishing, playground, family aquatic center, tennis, and basketball courts, observation tower, etc.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 21:
    Mon. 6:00 pm Boy Scout Court of Honor
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study/ Choir
    Thurs. 1:00 pm Lifelight
    2:00 pm & 7 pm  Sewing/ Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun 8:00 am Matins
    9:10 am Reception for Mark Kranz family
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Curt Christiansen
    Organist: Sylvia Yoder
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Caraline Higgins
    10:30 am: Alex Luebbe
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Nancy Wagner
    10:30 am: Jennifer Dlouhy
    Coffeemakers:            Nancy Stepp, Loree Kirilloff
    Information Center:              Don & Peggy Olson
    Ushers:                         8:00 am:       Bryan Prenosil, Allen Wilkens, Anna Wilkens
    10:30 am:        Joe Burke, Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva
    Von Busch, Willis Legband
    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.

    • Jerry McGinn, friend of Bob Van Valkenburg, battling multiple severe medical problems.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer
    • Emily Schmeling, recovering from knee surgery
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care
    • Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm 102
    • Vivian Brinkmeyer, recuperating at home following surgery
    • Ruth Odvody, niece of Gloria Henning, recovering from surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, recovering from broken bones due to a fall
    • Lyle Schardt, brother-in-law of Lois Kirkchoff, injured in a farm accident.
    • Al Fox, father of Nancy Stepp, dealing with heart issues and awaiting the placement of a pacemaker.
    • Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Doretta Kleinkauf, recovering at home from a hospital stay.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments to her knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for doctors to determine treatment for her cancer.
    • Joe Velasquez, having medical issues.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    • Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    • Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    • 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.
    • Ken Knaus, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Brian Campbell recovering from knee surgery.
    • Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident
    • Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    • Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from chemotherapy and deciding on the next course of treatment
    • The son-in-law of Rollie &Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Cassie Borneman, recovering at home.
    • Joyce Kaldahl, grandmother of Joel Kaldahl, hospitalized in very serious condition.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing
    • for Marjorie Legband, sister-in-law of Willis Legband, whose cancer has returned. She has been place in hospice care.
    • For the people of Venezuela and especially the family of Good Shepherd member, Ramon Marcano. Please pray for God’s care and protection.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”  Psalm 119:76

    • for the family of Marjorie Legband, sister-in-law of Willis Legband, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    • for the family of Donna Preus, grandmother of Pastor Christian Preus, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    • for the family of Ron Rohde, brother-in-law or Betty Kieselhorst & Shirley Green, who was taken to his eternal rest on Wed. Please pray for safe travel for the family going to and from Denver.

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”

    • for the birth of a son, Isaac John Preus, son of Pastor Christian & Lisa Preus, born May 16th at 8 lb. 5.9 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long.

    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
    Betty Bluhm

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:

    May 22            Landon Fisser, Joseph Klutz, Grace Macklin,
    Reba Nispel, Lori Reinke
    May 23            Jenna Boon, Jessica Burow, Greg Kurtzer, Mary
    Preus, Corby Stolcpart
    May 24            Daren Turek
    May 26 Christopher Peters
    May 27 Aftan Reinsch, Gail Stachura
    May 28 Madelynn

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    May 24 Bob & Marlene McClellan
    May 28 Mark & Sara Nispel

     


    Newsletter 5/16/17
    May 17th, 2017 by

    Reformation 2017: What’s at Stake? The Same Thing As Always

    by Rev. John Preus

    What’s at stake in the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation? The same thing as always: The Gospel. It’s attacked everywhere. But if we lose Christ, we lose everything. That’s why we risk everything to defend the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith in Christ alone.
    How is this battle fought? On what front do we find the false doctrine of works-righteousness seeking to replace the doctrine of salvation freely offered in the obedience of Christ? Where does this error first begin to creep into the Christian mind and congregation?
    Long before the doctrine of justification was officially condemned by the pope in the 16th century, and even before it practically ceased to be preached centuries earlier, the foundation of all truth had already been undermined. Scripture was no longer taught to be clear. Popes and councils had to determine its meaning. Christians began to look to philosophers and academics in order to learn what in the world the Bible taught. Behind all the political carefulness of retaining the status quo of scholarship and authority was a deafening agnosticism of what God’s word actually meant.
    Luther made his discovery of the Gospel by freeing the plain meaning of the Bible from those who claimed the Bible was unclear without committees and popes adding something to it. Luther, by the Holy Spirit, was able to learn the Gospel and preach it boldly by refusing to let God’s Word be treated as up for interpretation by those who assume the authority to do so. He learned the Gospel by first securing his footing on the Bible.
    The article upon which the Church stands or falls is the doctrine of justification. It is the chief article of Christian doctrine. For a Christian to imagine that he can stand on the article of justification while not also standing on the sure and clear Word of God is for him to sink into the mud of worldly confusion and pride until the Gospel becomes something other than what the Bible says it is.
    Popes and councils, being composed of sinful human beings like ourselves, can (and do) err, as we all do in our earthly lives. God cannot. God’s Word must therefore be known to be clear, lest we depend on something else. The Gospel is necessarily at stake. The Holy Spirit is no skeptic. He makes assertions. His assertions do not always sit well with our sinful flesh. But God speaks precisely in order that our sinful flesh might be crucified and give way to the assenting confidence of the new man who delights in the clarity of truth.
    God has spoken. And we treasure His Word as our great heritage. We learn to know Him as our Father through the grace of our Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit enlightens us by the words of the Bible and unites us together in no other way. If what He says ever seems unclear, this is our fault and reason for us to penitently implore Him for understanding even as we seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. What we must not do, since both history and Christian piety teach us not to, is appeal to human authority to settle our disagreements. Rather than cede authority to any human court or committee, we must commend ourselves to our mutual submission to God’s clear word until we are able to confess together with conviction that we have been taught by God.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year VBS will be June 12-16 from 9am to 12pm. The theme is “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther”. We need leaders and helpers in the following areas: Leaders/ helpers for grades preschool through 8th grade, Craft Leaders, Snacks, and Games. Please contact Karen Radebaugh @ 402.423.8565 or Kaylee Prenosil @ 402.419.0196 to volunteer or sign up in the narthex. You may also register your child/children at the table in the narthex or by contacting Kaylee or the church office by phone or by filling out the attached form and sending it back.

    AHRENS FAREWELL: You are invited to a potluck farewell for the Ahrens family on Sunday, May 21st at noon. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a main dish and salad. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a main dish and dessert. Let’s give the Ahrens a Good Shepherd send-off.

    CALL MEETING: A voters’ meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 9:10 am in the sanctuary with the purpose of voting to extend a call to be the administrator/teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.

    CONGRATULATIONS to Pastor-elect Marcus Williams. He received his first call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havre, MT and Zion Lutheran Church in Chinook, MT. Also, congratulations to Vicar-elect Lawson Short of Pratt, KS, who will be our new vicar at Good Shepherd.

    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, original programming, and much more!


    News and Notes 5/14/17
    May 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.  You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall provided by the youth of Good Shepherd following the 8 am service.  The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd.  Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall.  Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic.  May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

    LIFE MOMENT: “As the Church of God it’s time we rightly extolled the vocation of motherhood, and it’s time we finally saw the resplendent majesty concealed therein. There is no greater vocation on earth for it is God’s chosen means to bring children into this world and, likewise through parents, to bring children into Christ’s kingdom of forgiveness through Holy Baptism.” Rev. Jonathan Conner, Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, IA

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is leading a study of the basics of what Lutheran’s believe, teach, and confess as they are taken from God’s Word.  Topics include Baptism, Confession & Absolution, the Office of the Keys & Confession, and The Lord’s Supper.  If you are interested in joining this class in the coming weeks, just come to room 109 on the main level at 9:20 am on Sundays. Questions? Contact Pastor Maronde.

    VOTERS MEETING: A voters’ meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 9:10 am in the sanctuary with the purpose of voting to extend a call to be the administrator/teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS:  School is almost out and it is time to think about the warm summer sun, picnics, and Summer Sunday School.  We need volunteers to be Sunday School teachers this summer!  Please add your name to the sign up flier at the Information Booth in the Narthex.  Have questions?  Give Maureen Marshall a call at 402.420.6239.

    GALA PHOTOS: The photos taken at the gala fundraiser for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool  are available on tables in the narthex. Feel free to come and look at them and take them.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY—FOR KINDNESS: “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (I Thessalonians 5: 15)

    LOCKING DOORS: Just a reminder . . . If you are the last one to leave the building  on either the basement or the main level, please lock the doors. Thanks. This is for the safety of our students and our staff and to protect our property.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year VBS will be June 12-16 from 9am to 12pm.  The theme is “Here I Stand: The Reformation and Life of Martin Luther”.  We need leaders and helpers in the following areas: Leaders/ helpers for grades preschool through 8th grade, Craft Leaders, Snacks, and Games.  Please contact Karen Radebaugh  @ 402.423.8565 or Kaylee Prenosil @ 402.419.0196 to volunteer or for more details. You can register your child/children by filling out a form on the table located in the narthex or contact Karen or Kaylee. You can also register by calling or emailing the church office (info@goodshepherdlincoln.org). For registering by phone or email we will need the following information: parents names, address, home phone, daytime phone, email address, emergency contact (other than parents or guardian), doctor and contact information, food allergies, students names, grades completed, date of birth.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT:  1 Peter 2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”  Surely one of the “passions of the flesh” we all struggle with is greed: the desire to have more things to bring us comfort and peace of mind.  But that shows us the real problem with greed: it wages war against our soul– it urges us to place our trust in the things of this world and not in God.  But St. Peter reminds us that we are sojourners and exiles: we belong to the Kingdom of God.  We have been purchased by the blood of Christ and belong to Him.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-seven 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 “Martin Luther vs. Urlich Zwingli.”

    CONGRATULATIONS to Pastor– elect Marcus Williams.  He received his first call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havre, MT and Zion Lutheran Church in Chinook, MT.  Also, congratulations to Vicar-elect Lawson Short of Pratt, KS, who will be our new vicar at Good Shepherd.

    OFFICE STAFFING: Jan will be out of the office at times for the next several weeks because of Ken’s total knee replacement.  If you have information for the church office you can send it via email to info@goodshepherdlincoln.org or you can leave a message on voice mail at 402.423.7639.  If you are having an emergency, please contact your elder, one of the pastors, or call or text Christina Schellenbach at 785.713.2898 and she will forward your message.  Thank you for your patience during the coming weeks.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 14:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    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. 10:30 am Closing Chapel
    6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study/ Choir
    Thurs. 1:00 pm Lifelight
    2:00 pm & 7 pm  Sewing/ Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sat. 10:30 am Homestead Service
    3:00 pm Piano Recital
    Sun 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:10 am Voters’ Meeting
    9:20 am Sunday School/ Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins
    12:00 pm Ahrens Farewell

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Wayne Gudgel
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:                      8:00 am:       Ellyson Stolcpart
    10:30 am:        Aubrey Wiest
    Greeters:                      8:00 am:       Connie Swenson
    10:30 am:        Judith Poore
    Coffeemakers:            Loraine Harnett, Maureen Marshall
    Information Center:              Bob McClellan
    Ushers:                         8:00 am:       Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
    10:30 am: Joe Burke, Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    Communion Set-up: 8:00 am Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up: 8:00 am Suzie Znamenacek

    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
    • Emily Schmeling, recovering from knee surgery
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care
    • Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm 102
    • Vivian Brinkmeyer, recuperating at home following surgery
    • Ruth Odvody, niece of Gloria Henning, recovering from surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, recovering from broken bones due to a fall
    • Lyle Schardt, brother-in-law of Lois Kirkchoff, injured in a farm accident.
    • Al Fox, father of Nancy Stepp, dealing with heart issues and awaiting the placement of a pacemaker.
    • Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Doretta Kleinkauf, recovering at home from a hospital stay.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    • Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    • Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    • 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.
    • Ken Knaus, recovering from knee surgery.
    • Brian Campbell recovering from knee surgery.
    • Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident
    • Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    • Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from chemotherapy and deciding on the next course of treatment
    • The son-in-law of Rollie &Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Cassie Borneman, recovering at home.
    • Joyce Kaldahl, grandmother of Joel Kaldahl, hospitalized in very serious condition.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing
    • for Marjorie Legband, sister-in-law of Willis Legband, whose cancer has returned. She has been place in hospice care.
    • For the people of Venezuela and especially the family of Good Shepherd member, Ramon Marcano. Please pray for God’s care and protection.

    FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”  Psalm 119:76

    • for the family of Alanna Sanderson, friend of Angie Poppe, who died in an accident on April 30.

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”

    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
    Betty Bluhm

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:

    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:

    May 14             Dee Indgjer, Brittani Jackson
    May 16             Dennis Von Busch
    May 18             Madelynne Eisenmann, Lorie Knapp, Becky Renken
    May 19             Charles Cox, Christina Schellenbach, Seth Scollard

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:

    May 15 Pastor David & Amber Dunlop
    Christopher & Paulette Luebbe
    May 20 Pastor Christopher & Bethany Maronde


    News and Notes 4/23/17
    April 23rd, 2017 by

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    April 23, 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. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall provided by the youth of Good Shepherd following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during the Bible study will be sent to Pastor David Preus, missionary in the Dominican Republic. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be continuing the Bible study on 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 (October 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper and predestination.

    LIFE MOMENT: “What a kingdom opportunity for us to proclaim to our church and society that the pain and grief caused by abortion can be taken away! Proclaim the good news of forgiveness in your words and actions. There is hope in Jesus the light of life for all of us for all time.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is leading a study of the basics of what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess as they are taken from God’s Word. Today’s topic is “The Christian’s Life of Prayer.” Topics of future weeks will be Baptism, Confession & Absolution, The Office of the Keys & Confession, and The Lord’s Supper. If you are interested in joining this class in the coming weeks, just come to room 109 on the main level at 9:20 am on Sundays.

    VOTERS’ MEETING: Good Shepherd’s School Board has called a voters’ meeting for Sunday, April 30th at 9:10 am in the sanctuary. The purpose of this meeting will be to vote on extending a call to Mary Arrick to be our school administrator/teacher. Information about Mrs. Arrick is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

    AHLMAN SUPPORT: The Good Shepherd Lutheran Women in Mission would like to thank everyone who supported the Ahlman’s Mission Abroad focus in any way. You may be aware that Dr. Ahlman has resigned from this particular mission and that he and his family will be returning to the USA. The funds collected will be given to the Ahlmans to assist them as they make this transition. If anyone would prefer their donation to be returned or redirected, please call Maureen Marshall at 402.420.6239 or 402.902.9125 by May 10th. Continue to pray for the Ahlmans’ safe return and acclimation back to the states.

    HIGHER THINGS MEETING: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm for those traveling to the Higher Things Youth Conference. We need to talk about some things and make decisions regarding hotel accommodations, etc. for the trip. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Huff at 402.890.9752.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR COURAGE: “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deuteronomy 31: 6)

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: John 20: 19 “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” Jesus spends a lot of His time telling the disciples to not be afraid. Our fears constantly hem us in and prevent us from following the Lord’s will. But there is no need to fear. Jesus has conquered. No fear can keep us locked up; we have been set free by Jesus for lives that declare His marvelous deeds.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-three 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 Exile in the Wartburg and the Translation of the German Bible.”

    SOUP SUPPER: The Lincoln chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is sponsoring a soup supper with homemade soups, rye bread, and desserts on Friday, April 28th from 5-7 pm at the WSI hall, 1430 N. 10th St. Tickets for adults will be available at the door for $8.00. For more information, call 402.420.9580.

    LINCOLN MARATHON: The 40th Lincoln Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 7th from 7 am until about 2 pm. Expect traffic delays along the route of the marathon. Runners are given the right of way during the race. Long waits can be avoided by driving around the course. South 70th St. will be open for the entirety of the race. Areas to avoid are north/south routes from 10th St. to 56th St. and Normal to Highway 2. Due to road construction on S. 16th St., S. 17th St. will be closed from Vine St. to South St. from 6:50 am to about 8:30 am.

    OFFICE STAFFING: Jan will be out of the office at times for the next several weeks because of Ken’s total knee replacement. If you have information for the church office you can send it via e-mail to info@goodshepherdlincoln.org or you can leave a message on voice mail at 402.423.7639. If you are having an emergency, please contact your elder, one of the pastors, or call Christina Schellenbach at 785.713.2898 and she will forward your message. Thank you for you patience during the coming weeks.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 23:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
        7:00 pm Briarhurst Assn. Meeting
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
        7:00 pm Boy Scouts – Troop 22 – fellowship hall
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
        8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
        6:30 pm Midweek Service
        7:30 pm Bible Study
    Thurs. NO SCHOOL
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
        2 pm & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. NO SCHOOL
        8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
        9:10 am Voters’ Meeting
        9:30 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    Sun. 10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Kurt Stradley
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Bella Steinhauser
        10:30 am: Peyton Nichols
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Terry & Deb Princ
        10:30 am: Arlene Nelson
    Coffeemakers: Lavern & Beverly Obermeier
    Information Center: Vicki Hughes
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
        10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-up: Suzie Znamenacek
    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.
    * Emily Schmeling, recovering from knee surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    * 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.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, whose cancer has spread throughout his body. Please pray for peace for Duane and peace and comfort for his family.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers. She is finished with radiation treatments and beginning medication.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * 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 Ken Knaus, having knee replacement surgery on Tuesday.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    * Shelley Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the source and treatment for her medical issues.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, recovering from an infection.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    * Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    * Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    * Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    * Cassie Borneman, recovering at home.
    * Karolyn Husa, with health issues.
    * Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    * Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    * Carol Navratil, for good test results.
    * Sharon Wilkens, recovering from broken bones due to a fall.
    * Raymond, father of Deb Burow, recovering from 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 Melissa Macklin, whose grandfather was taken to his eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Brett Clark, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who was taken to his eternal home recently. Please include his wife, Julie in your prayers.
    * for the family of Louis Schulz, father of Wendi Schulz, who was called to his eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Alice Krause, mother of Patty Plambeck, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Sam Malone, who was taken to his eternal home this week.

    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:
    April 23 Marissa Ayotte, Scott Pierson
    April 25 Lyle Muth, Damian Thompson
    April 26 Jenny Higgins, Erin Klutz, Kristin Wegner, Dorothy White
    April 28 Mark Renken, Andrew Wood
    April 29 Alanna Everman, Frederick Allison, Gene Harms, Dick Large

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    April 25 Brian & Lisa Etherton
    Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Mark & Becky Renken
    April 26 Rick & Paula Erickson
    Charles & Nancy Fleck
    Greg & Julie Potter
    Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
    April 27 Dan & Erica Alexander
    Brandon & Renee Jackson
    Rich & Lorelee Novak

     


    News and Notes 4/16/17 Easter Sunday
    April 16th, 2017 by

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    April 16, 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. You are invited to stay following the sunrise service and the 8:30 am service for Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall. (There will be no adult Bible study or Sunday School today.)The free-will offering at the window will be used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. We thank the youth for sponsoring and serving Easter breakfast this year.

    THANK YOU to everyone who provided food for Easter breakfast, helped to serve and clean up, participated in the special services this week, added their musical talents, helped to clean up the flower beds, encouraged our confirmands, ushered for services, provided Easter lilies, etc. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

    LIFE MOMENT: The grace of God is more than a message: it’s a Person . . . His love given in crucified sacrifice changes minds, claims imaginations, heals hearts, and saves souls. His power shown in resurrected presence assigns infinite value to all bodies and ultimate sanctity to every human life. Not only will He treat the culture, He will cure the people, because He has defeated the devil and hell itself.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR FAITHFULNESS: “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Proverbs 3: 3).

    JUNIOR CONFIRMATION took place at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 15th. Our confirmands this year are: Nicholas Crocker, Calvin Cuddy, Max Fitzsimmons, Alaina Novacek, Grace Macklin, Shelby Pierson, Derek Poppe, Samantha Roblyer, Madalyn Stolcpart, and Jacob Wiest. Please keep these young people in your prayers that they would be faithful to the vows they made before God’s altar.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Mark 16: 6 And hesaid to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.” The Good News is not just that Jesus has risen, but that He is risen to bless us: there is no need to be alarmed. He still calls us His friends and brothers and means to bring us through death to resurrection as well. The Lord is risen, He is risen indeed!

    ALTAR FLOWERS: The floral bouquet near the pulpit are given in loving memory of David Langemeier by Kevin, Beth, Caroline, and Emma O’Farrell. Beth is Sandy Langemeier’s daughter.

    CONCERT: The Lincoln Home School Orchestras invite you to join us in welcoming the spring with beautiful music by Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Holst. The concert will be on Monday, April 18th at 7 pm in the fellowship hall.

    LETTER FROM DR. AHLMAN: We received a letter and monthly newsletter recently from Dr. Ahlman with the news that he has announced his resignation as Evangelistic Missionary for the LCMS Office of International Mission. Staying in this position would have meant a relocation to St. Petersburg, Russia which they did not think was in the best interest of their family at the present time. Elizabeth, Matthias, and Helene will be returning to the USA on April 28th. Dr. Ahlman and Thomas will be staying to tie up loose ends, finish the school year, pack up their belongings, and return to the USA about June 10th.
    The letter will be posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall if you would like to read the entire communication. Copies of the current newsletter will be on the table in the narthex. Please keep Dr. Ahlman and his family in your prayers as they seek God’s guidance in their future.
    There will be further communication about funds we have gathered for the Ahlmans, what to do if you have been a monthly supporter, how to redirect your mission support should you desire to do so, etc. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Poppe or Pastor Maronde.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-two in a series of inserts in the News & 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 Wittenburg, 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 Diet of Worms.”

    EASTER LILY DONATIONS: The lilies today are provided by the following people, some in memory of members of their family or friends.
    Renos & Vivian Kunz
    Curt & Corie Christiansen
    Ron & Candy Kimes
    Maria Strawn
    Elaine Egner in memory of Joseph Egner
    Clint Poppe, Jr. in memory of Lynn Pagels
    Jason & Amy Jazwick in memory of Randy Rockenbach (Amy’s father)
    Jim & Peggy Cather
    Bob & Sondra Rathjen in memory of David Langemeier
    Jerry & Arnette Garris
    Sandy Langemeier in memory of David Langemeier
    Alan & Karen Brodbeck in memory of their parents
    Georgene Duer in memory of Ida Bahr (Georgene’s mother)
    Joe & Sharon Burke in memory of Betty Carter
    Aron & Wendy Wiest
    Rehema Kavugha in thanksgiving for music and musicians who edify worship
    Loraine Harnett
    Gary & Debra Baker in memory of Eva & Woody Baker
    Gary & Debra Baker in memory of Arnold & Mildred Daberkow
    David & Pam Schmeling
    John & Linda Reigle in memory of their son, Timothy Reigle
    John & Linda Reigle in memory of their son, Michael Reigle
    Joe & Lucy Roberts
    Tony & Shirley Manthey in memory of Betty Carter
    Kathy Everman in memory of Betty Carter

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, April 17th at 7 pm. Come for Bible study and a short business meeting. All ladies of the congregation are invited.

    SOUP SUPPER: The Lincoln chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is sponsoring a soup supper with homemade soups, rye bread, and desserts on Friday, April 28th from 5-7 pm at the WSI hall, 1430 N. 10th St. Tickets for adults will be available at the door for $8.00. For more information please call (402) 420-9580.

    LINCOLN MARATHON: The 40th Lincoln Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 7th from 7 am until about 2 pm. Expect traffic delays along the route of the marathon. Runner are given the right of way during the race. Long waits can be avoided by driving around the course. South 70th St. will be open for the entirety of the race. Areas to avoid are north/south routes from 10th St. to 56th St. and Normal to Highway 2. Due to road construction on S. 16th St S. 17th St. will be closed from Vine St. to South St. from 6:50 am to about 8:30 am.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16:
    Mon. NO SCHOOL
        7:00 pm Lutheran Women in Mission
        7:00 pm Home School Orchestra Concert
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. NO SCHOOL
        6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
        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
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
        2 pm & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
        Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
        8:15 pm Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
        9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
        10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elders: Kurt Stradley, Gary Baker, Matt Phillips
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 6:00 am: Paytn Renter
        8:30 am: Caleb Durr
        10:30 am: Madison Crocker
    Greeters: 6:00 am: Betty Bluhm
        8:30 am: Richard & Alice Heinke
        10:30 am:
    Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    Ushers: 6:00 am:
        8:30 am: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil, Allen & Anna Wilkens
        10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-up: 6:00 am: Nancy Wagner
        8:30 am: Sondra Rathjen
        10:30 am: Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up: 6:00 am: Sondra Rathjen
        8:30 am: Linda Reigle
        10:30 am: Shirley Green

    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.
    * Maureen Marshall, recovering from foot surgery.
    * Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    * 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.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * 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. She is finished with radiation treatments and beginning medication.
    * Bonnie Gass, placed in hospice care at Tabitha.
    * Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with prostate cancer and kidney problems.
    * 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.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * 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, recovering from surgery.
    * Kimberly Berndt, recovering from knee surgery.
    * Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.
    * Cassie Borneman, hospitalized in Omaha.
    * Karolyn Husa, with health issues.
    * Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    * Janet Ball, friend of Cathy Meints, for healing of her heart.
    * Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    * Carol Navratil, for good test results.
    * Sharon Wilkens, recovering from a broken shoulder and elbow.
    * Raymond, father of Deb Burow, recovering from 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 Melissa Macklin, whose grandfather was taken to his eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Brett Clark, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who was taken to his eternal home this week. Please include his wife, Julie in your prayers.
    * for the family of Louis Schulz, father of Wendi Schulz, who was called 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 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:
    April 16 Linda Reigle, Joe Reinke, Darlene Wiese
    April 17 Joe Roberts
    April 18 Thomas Ahlman, Marvin Thompson
    April 19 Jill Deisley, Jared Groff
    April 20 Paris Renter, Bob Roeder, Connie Swenson
    April 21 Leon Burow, Paul Nispel, Rod Toelle
    April 22 Alexander Luebbe, Elizabeth Luebbe, Kyson Schnell, Kazimiriz Zmiewski

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    April 19 Joe & Lindsey Reinke