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    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School
    3825 Wildbriar Lane
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-4502
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    August 8th, 2017 by

    GOOD MORNING PASTOR POPPE:

    Thanks for the opportunity to visit by telephone on Monday concerning Pastor Thomas Bernard and his church/school and orphanage in Port Au Prince Haiti.  We will plan to have Pastor Thomas at Good Shepherd Church on Sunday, October 22  I have attached a short biography of Pastor Thomas and background information for his church/school—Good Sheppard Evangelical Lutheran Church.  I have also attached a 3 minute video that Kris/Tim Costello have made summarizing the immense challenges in Haiti but also the hope.  If appropriate, you may also want to include the video for that Sunday’s presentation.

    Thanks—-Roger Moore

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    News and Notes – 8/6/2017
    August 8th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be designated to Good Shepherd’s mission through KNNA 95.7 FM.  May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we will continue studying the Lord’s Supper.

    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY  will focus on studying the Reformation using the Luther movie. Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, Marc & Beth Huff, and Andrew & Jeana Wood will be leading these sessions. Today we will look at the religion of the Middle Ages. This class will be in the youth room on the upper level beginning at 9:20 am on Sundays.

    LIFE MOMENT: As Christians, we have a responsibility to provide comfort to the sick, as we do not want anyone to suffer. That is why we promote work to improve palliative care so doctors will have a better means to relieve suffering at life’s end until God calls us home to heaven where there is no suffering. Let us put our trust in Him.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Jeremiah 23: 17 “They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say ‘No disaster shall come upon you.” Jeremiah’s day sounds a lot like our own: with self-appointed prophets in the popular media telling people exactly what they want to hear. But preachers of the true Word of the Lord do us the sometimes difficult favor of telling us what is actually true. And that often challenges us, shows us our sins, and calls us to repentance and a change in life.

    AHLMAN SUPPORT: At the end of the 10:30 am service today, there will be a presentation of the funds donated to support the Ahlmans from the LWIM held Lenten meal.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR SELF-DISCIPLINE: “Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is just and right . (Proverbs 1: 3)

    NEW BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings starting August 2nd. The class will meet after church (approx. 7:30 pm) in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

    KNNA RADIO will have a board meeting after the midweek service, August 9.

    DISNEY TUREK is this years Take Steps Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. His team is having a fundraiser at Raising Canes, 58th and Old Cheney on August 29th from 5-8 pm. Raising Canes will donate 20% of each sale to the CCFA in Disney’s name. You do not need a flier to participate. Everyone is welcome; bring your family and friends. Thank you for all of your support and prayers as Disney fights Crohn’s disease.

    MIDWEEK PARENT/STUDENT MEETING: We will be having a special meeting on Wed., Aug. 16th at 5:30 pm for parents and students who will be in grades 4-8 and high school students who have not been confirmed to discuss this year’s confirmation classes. Last year was a transitional year as we made some major changes to midweek and junior confirmation for the future. We will discuss objectives, expectations, memory work, church and Sunday School attendance, and any other items pertaining to our education and instruction of students. If for some reason, you are not able to attend, please contact one of the pastors so that we can be on the same page in the expectations and goals of our instruction.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come  today for the annual Good Shepherd picnic beginning at 3 pm at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 Covered Bridge Rd. Come and meet & welcome our new vicar, Lawson Short. There will be activities for the kids and adults and a meal (bring either a salad or a dessert). A map with directions to the McKinney home is on the table in the narthex.

    WATCHING OVER ME: Local book author, Elfi Lee will be sharing her story at the August 21st LWIM (Lutheran Women in Mission) meeting at 7 pm. Elfi’s autobiography shares her family’s story of God’s provision in their survival in Germany during World War II. A copy of her book is located at the Information Center for review. Elfi will have books available to purchase and will be signing them after the presentation. We are partnering with Food Fort of Lincoln and will learn how this ministry is providing meals in low income neighborhoods from a bus. We would like to encourage you to bring a donation of board games, activity of coloring books, hats and gloves for the Food Fort are encouraged.  A Thrivent Action Team project will provide copies of Elfi’s book to give away and also provide assistance to the Food Fort project. All congregation members are invited and encouraged to bring a friend.

    LCMS MISSIONARY Rev. Dr. Michael Paul will be at Good Shepherd for worship on Wednesday evening, Aug. 16th and will make a presentation on his work in Taiwan following the service. Please join us and help spread the word!

    SOLAR ECLIPSE MINI-SEMINAR: Info on the bulletin board in fellowship hall.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study—Psalm 119
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
    2 pm & 7 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: Dale Meyer
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Blake Macklin
    10:30 am: Emmalee Buresh
    Greeters: 8 am: Kristen Wegner
    10:30 am: Suzie Znamenacek
    Coffeemakers:
    Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    Ushers:            8 am:  Vicki Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    10:30 am:  Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-up:
    Communion Clean-up:

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, recovering at home.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering at Madonna
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with cancer and receiving chemo.
    • Lyle Muth, anticipating treatment for a return of cancer.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where people are struggling for survival, and especially for the family of Good Shepherd member Ramon Marcano.
    • Pastor-Elect, Marcus Williams as he is ordained and installed at the dual parish of St. Paul Lutheran in Havre, MT and Zion Lutheran in Chinook, MT. on Sunday, Aug. 6th.
    • Pastor Clint & Barb Poppe, as they travel to return to Lincoln on Wed., Aug. 9th.
    • Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool as we begin classes on August 15th. Please pray for staff, students, and parents.
    • Midweek classes to begin soon. Please include teachers, students, and parents in the coming year.

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

    • for the healing for Lorie, 92-year-old cousin of Dorette Kleinkauf. Thank you for prayers said on her behalf.

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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg             Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:                                       Francine Poppe
    Victoria Sample                      Cooper DeWitt                          Ryan Hausfeld
    Cindy Fox                                 Carol Parrott                            Maria Schwarz
    Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Welden Duer Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler
    Betty Bluhm Betty Kieselhorst Doretta Kleinkauf

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Aug. 6 Matt Durr, Alvin Schmeling
    Aug. 7 Matt Buresh, Pastor Clint Poppe
    Aug. 8 Nancy Wagner
    Aug. 9 Maurice Lange, Anita Webster
    Aug. 10 Bob McClellan
    Aug. 11 Madison Crocker, Abby Durr, Kathy Everman
    Aug. 12 Kevin Christiansen, Andy Eisenmann, Brenda Erickson, Mark Fitzsimmons, Harlohe Holloway

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Aug. 6 Erik & Jennifer Prenosil
    Aug. 7 Rev. Tim & Ruth Brisbois
    Jim & Marilyn Carr
    Aug. 8 Mark & Bethany Kranz
    Austin & Caitlin Neesen
    Aug. 9 Pastor Lance & Kimberly Berndt
    Aug. 10 Evan & Lena Scamman
    Aug. 12 Gary & Linda Ahrens
    Jim & Aimee Baumann

     

    Attendance                           Gifts for Our Savior
    Wed., July 26                                                    46
    Sun., July 30                                                   264
    Total                                                                  310


    News and Notes 7/30/17
    July 31st, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we will continue studying the Lord’s Supper.

    NEW BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings starting August 2nd. The class will meet after church (approx. 7:30 pm) in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

    LIFE MOMENT: Whenever Satan whispers into the ear of an expectant mother, ‘It’s your body, your fetus (Latin for ‘little one’), your choice,’ that’s when we will share the Lord’s Word which says: ‘You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.’ (I Corinthians 6: 19b –20).

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Romans 6: 19 “For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” To be sanctified means to be set aside for God’s purposes. St. Paul encourages us to see ourselves, our bodies, our souls, and all that we are as set aside for God’s work—in all that we do whether in the home, church, or society at large.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of July and August under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR A PASSION FOR GOD: “Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee.’ (Ps. 63: 8 KJV), one that clings passionately to you.”

    THE CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2017 and their families have provided 7 new Lutheran Service Book hymnals for Good Shepherd to replace some of the hymnals that are showing some wear and tear. We thank these families for seeing a need and filling it.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-eight in the 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 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 “Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Visit Wittenberg.”

    MIDWEEK PARENT/STUDENT MEETING: We will be having a special meeting on Wed., Aug. 16th for parents and students who will be in grades 4-8 and high school students who have not been confirmed to discuss this year’s confirmation classes. Last year was a transitional year as we made some major changes to midweek and junior confirmation for the future. We will discuss objectives, expectations, memory work, church and Sunday School attendance, and any other items pertaining to our education and instruction of students. If for some reason, you are not able to attend, please contact one of the pastors so that we can be on the same page in the expectations and goals of our instruction.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come on Aug. 6th for the annual Good Shepherd picnic beginning at 3 pm at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 Covered Bridge Rd. Come and meet & welcome our new vicar, Lawson Short. There will be activities for the kids and adults and a meal (bring a main dish and either a salad or a dessert). More details to come.

    JANITOR NEEDED: Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is looking for a janitor to work approximately 1 hour per day on school days. Contact Nancy Stepp at nlstepp@gmail.com or (402)304-3001 or Jenny Higgins at (402) 430-9059 for more information.

    ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-centered school for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool are accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information contact the school office at (402) 423-7677.

    SOLAR ECLIPSE MINI-SEMINAR: Info on the bulletin board in fellowship hall.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible Study—Psalm 119
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
    2 pm & 7 pm Sewing & Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sat. 2:00 pm Baby Shower
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins
    1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service
    3:00 pm Church Picnic/ New Vicar Welcome

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Matt Phillips
    Organist: Sylvia Yoder
    Acolytes: 8 am: Eli Theewen
    10:30 am: Joe Klutz
    Greeters: 8 am: Betty Bluhm
    10:30 am: David & Lois Kirchhoff
    Coffeemakers:            Gary & Vicki Rockel
    Information Center:               Sandy Langemeier
    Ushers:            8 am:   Joe Velasquez, Ralph Humphrey, Nathan Keller, Bob Rathjen, Adam Mankin
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-up:               Nancy Wagner, Suzie Znamenacek
    Communion Clean-up: Suzie Znamenacek, Maureen Marshall

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, recovering at home.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering at Madonna
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Lorie, 92 year old cousin of Dorette Kleinkauf, recovering from surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with cancer and receiving chemo.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where people are struggling for survival, and especially for the family of Good Shepherd member Ramon Marcano.

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

    • For Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, for the successful implant of an LVAD and removal of the implant because her heart is now strong enough to work on its own. Pray for her continued healing.
    • For the installation of Good Shepherd’s new vicar, Lawson Short, at today’s services.

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

    • for the family of Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, who was taken to his eternal home recently.

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg              Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Francine Poppe
    Victoria Sample                        Cooper DeWitt                           Ryan Hausfeld
    Cindy Fox                                    Carol Parrott                             Maria Schwarz
    Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Welden Duer Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler
    Betty Bluhm Betty Kieselhorst Doretta Kleinkauf

    STREET REPAIR: Wildbriar Lane is scheduled for repair with work that has begun this week. This work may require the temporary closure of the Wildbriar driveway. Weather and other factors may affect the completion date, but in most cases, construction will be finished in less than four weeks. Please remind your children to stay away from the work area. If you have any questions, contact the Engineering Services Department at (402) 441-7711.

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 30 Dan Alexander, Caitlin Neesen, Jacob Wiest
    July 31 Kyler Piening, Forest Reigle, Kyra Stradley
    Aug. 1 Aaron Boucher, Jacob Crocker
    Aug. 2 Cade Cover, Cole Cover, Jason Knapp, Gina Streich
    Aug. 4 Michael Fredrick, Norma Muth, Paul Schmidt

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 30 Con & Alice Urbach
    Deryk & Rachel Wortmann
    July 31 Brad & Angie Marshall
    Aug. 2 Maurice & Carolyn Lange
    Aug. 3 David & Jerika Perrin
    Aug. 4 Bryce & Tammy Cuddy
    Nathan & Kim Keller

     

    Attendance
    Wed., July 19                                                         36
    Sun., July 23                                                       249

     


    News and Notes 7/23/17
    July 24th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we will learn about the Lord’s Supper.

    NEW BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings starting August 2nd. The class will meet after church (approx. 7:30 pm) in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 169.

    LIFE MOMENT: There is a logical slippery slope between euthanasia for adult and for children. If death is regarded as a ‘benefit’ for sick or depressed adults, then it is difficult to see why children should not be given this ‘benefit’ as well . . . Euthanasia and assisted suicide are contrary to the ethos of medicine, which is to care, not kill . . . We must ensure that treatment is only withdrawn from patients of any age for a good medical reason. The motive for withdrawing treatment should never be to end a life.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 5: 24 “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come  and offer your gift.” Our giving to the Lord’s work is part of our wider Christian life. The Lord wants us to walk in His ways in all we do — He wants our hearts united to His. It’s not our gift the Lord wants — it is our very selves in all we think, say, and do.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of July and August under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR THE WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY TO WORK: “Teach my children, Lord to value work and to work at it with all their hearts, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3: 23).

    THE CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2017 and their families have provided 7 new Lutheran Service Book hymnals for Good Shepherd to replace some of the hymnals that are showing some wear and tear. We thank these families for seeing a need and filling it.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-seven in the 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 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 “Luther’s Death.”

    AT HOME IN YOUR HYMNAL: When I was a young boy growing up in rural Nebraska, I remember a number of the older folks in the congregation bringing their own hymnal to church. I also remember wondering why, since there were plenty of hymnals in the pews for people to use. When I looked at the old confirmation pictures that were beautifully displayed in our church fellowship hall, I notices that each confirmand had a hymnal in the picture. I was jealous.
    We had several hymnals in our home growing up and we used them on a semi-regular basis, most often during Advent and Lent. We had daily devotions, readings from the Psalms, and often sang hymns. These are wonderful memories; maybe you have them too!
    Planning is underway for a new program on KNNA called, “At Home in Your Hymnal.” This program will explore the many different features of the hymnal we use at Good Shepherd, the Lutheran Service Book, so that you will know the contents very well. In addition, we will explore the theology behind the different liturgical settings and hymns as well as teaching how the hymnal can become an important part of your daily piety and devotional walk. We look forward to you comments and suggestions. We pray this new program will be a blessing to you and yours.
    In Christ, Pastor Poppe

    VICAR FAREWELL: Come one, come all and help give a fond fare-thee-well to Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena, and Katie before they head back to Ft. Wayne. We will have a potluck on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Please bring a main dish to share and either a salad or a dessert. Beverages and tableware will be provided. We could use some help getting set up at 10:30 am after the Sunday Bible study and at 4:30 pm before the potluck begins. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

    APPS ARE LIVE!: The Android and iOS apps are both live in the app stores! We can now install an app on our Android or iOS phones to listen to the streaming of KNNA. The app includes an alarm which you can set to wake you to KNNA and a sleep timer to help you go to sleep at night.
    Search “KNNA” in either app store or enter a link below:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.knnalp.player
    Or
    https://tunes.apple.com/us/app/knna-good-shepherd-radio/id1173995044

    JANITOR NEEDED: Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is looking for a janitor to work approximately 1 hour per day on school days. Contact Nancy Stepp at nlstepp@gmail.com or (402)304-3001 or Jenny Higgins at (402) 430-9059 for more information.

    ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-centered school for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool are accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information contact the school office at (402) 423-7677.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come on Aug. 6th for the annual Good Shepherd picnic beginning at 3 pm at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 Covered Bridge Rd. Come and meet & welcome our new vicar, Lawson Short. There will be activities for the kids and adults and a meal (bring a main dish and either a salad or a dessert). More details to come.

    SOLAR ECLIPSE MINI-SEMINAR: Info on the bulletin board in fellowship hall.

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder:                Kurt Stradley
    Organist:         Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:         8 am:                 Bella Steinhauser
    10:30 am:               Peyton Nichols
    Greeters:         8 am:                 Arnold & Gloria Henning
    10:30 am:                 Adrianne Jansky
    Coffeemakers: Lavern & Beverly Obermeier
    Information Center: Vicki Hughes
    Ushers: 8 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-up: Ginger Borneman
    Communion Clean-up: Katherine Williamson

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, recovering at home.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering at Madonna
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Lorie, 92 year old cousin of Dorette Kleinkauf, recovering from surgery.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, on heart transplant list.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with 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.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries whose people are struggling, and especially for the family of Good Shepherd member Ramon Marcano.

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

    • for the completion of lymphoma treatments for Gloria Pospisil Henning.

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

    • for the family of Luella Bartzat, aunt of Karen Kammann, who was taken to her eternal home recently. (The funeral service will be in Phoenix on July 26th.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 24:
    Mon.                 7:00 pm               Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues.                 6:00 am               Men’s Bible study
    Wed.                 6:30 pm               Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm               Bible study
    Thurs.              1:00 pm               LifeLight Bible study—Hebrews
    2 pm & 7pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE: Francine Poppe
    Victoria Sample Cooper DeWitt Ryan Hausfeld
    Cindy Fox Carol Parrott Maria Schwarz
    Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe Anne Nelson
    Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff Willis Legband
    Welden Duer Diane Greckel Nevaeh Kessler
    Betty Bluhm Betty Kieselhorst Doretta Kleinkauf

    STREET REPAIR: Wildbriar Lane is scheduled for repair with work to start within the week. This work may require the temporary closure of the Wildbriar driveway. Weather and other factors may affect the completion date, but in most cases, construction will be finished in less than four weeks. Please remind your children to stay away from the work area. If you have any questions, contact the Engineering Services Department at (402) 441-7711.

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 24             Angie Marshall, Dean Perrin
    July 25             Timothy Higgins
    July 27             Mildred Humphrey, Abby Potter
    July 28            Corie Christiansen, Nancy Stepp, Stephanie                      Thorin
    July 29             Michael Adams, Cameron Jones

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 27 Jason & Amy Jazwick, Chad & Wendy Toelle
    July 29 Brian & Anita Campbell

    Attendance                           Gifts for Our Savior
    Wednesday, July 12                                               55
    Sunday, July 16                                                     306
    Total                                                                         361

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Newsletter 7/24/17
    July 24th, 2017 by

    A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching by Dr. Matthew Phillips
    “A little yeast leavens the whole lump.” Galatians 5: 9
    In Dr. Luther’s commentary on this verse, we may observe his typical approach in dealing with false teaching. Even when someone seems to agree with right doctrine in most matters, divergence
    on a single point will usually taint his whole message. For Luther, in matters of theology, there was no middle ground. He used these words ‘no middle ground’ to refer to his dispute with Ulrich Zwingli over the nature of the Lord’s Supper. [Luther Against Zwingli] Zwingli, accused him of sinful recalcitrance and being unloving towards his fellow believers. (Zwingli’s theological descendants are the Reformed theologians also shaped by John Calvin’s teachings.) Luther addressed these issues in relation to the debate over the Sacrament of the Altar in his own time:
    “For the sectarians who deny the bodily presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper accuse us today of being quarrelsome, harsh, and intractable, because, as they say, we shatter love and harmony among the churches on account of the single doctrine about the Sacrament. They say that we should not make so much of this little doctrine, which is not a sure thing anyway and was not specified in sufficient detail by the apostles, that solely on its account we refuse to pay attention to the sum total of Christian doctrine and to general harmony among all the churches. This is especially so because they agree with us on other articles of Christian doctrine.”
    [Luther, Lectures on Galatians (1535), LW 27:36-37]
    Dr. Luther observed that this accusation could be quite effective in making him “unpopular among their own followers” and portray Luther as disagreeing out of “sheer stubbornness or some other feeling.” Essentially, the Reformed and even some other Lutherans might accuse Luther of just looking for a theological brawl. Luther rejected this smear tactic as a diabolical deception by which Satan was trying to overthrow all Christian teaching. He asserted:
    “In philosophy a tiny error in the beginning is very great in the end. Thus in theology a tiny error overthrows the whole teaching. Therefore doctrine and life should be distinguished as sharply as possible. Doctrine belongs to God, not to us; and we are called only as its ministers. Therefore we cannot give up or change even one dot of it (Matt. 5: 18). Life belongs to us; therefore when it comes to this, there is nothing that the Sacramentarians can demand of us that we are not willing and obliged to undertake, condone, and tolerate, with the exception of doctrine and faith . . . On this score we cannot yield even a hairbreadth.”
    [LW 27:37] {Emphasis added}
    What an incredible statement! Luther recognized that Christians must deal with all sorts of  people in daily life. He taught in other places that we must always be quick to forgive someone’s sins and bear each other’s burdens. However, when it came to Christian teaching, there could be no compromise, even if, there might be substantial agreement in many areas. [Life vs. Doctrine] (continued in next newsletter)

    VICAR SCAMMAN and his family will be finishing packing and loading up the truck this week on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th. If you would like to help, please come whenever you can on these days to their house at 1815 S. 51st St (south of Bryan East Hospital) to lend a hand. They will be leaving early next week to return to the seminary. Please keep them in your prayers for safe travel and for God’s richest blessings in the coming year.

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S NEW VICAR, Lawson Short will be installed on Sunday, July 30th. Come and meet & welcome him to the Good Shepherd family.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come on Sunday, Aug. 6th at 3 pm for the annual Good Shepherd picnic at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 W. Covered Bridge Rd. There will be games and activities for both kids and adults. Please bring either a salad or a dessert. Meat, beverages and tableware will be provided. Please sign up on the table in the narthex so that we can plan for how much meat will be needed.

    MIDWEEK STUDENTS/PARENTS MEETING: A new year of Christian education begins here at Good Shepherd with a meeting of parents and students (grades 4-8 and those who are high school students who have not yet been confirmed) on Wednesday, Aug. 16th at 5:30 pm. Midweek classes will take students through the Old and New Testaments and Luther’s Small Catechism to learn the basics of what Lutheran Christians believe, teach and confess. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Poppe or Pastor Maronde.

    STREET REPAIR: Wildbriar Lane is scheduled for repair with work to begin within the week. This work may require the temporary closure of the Wildbriar driveway. Weather and other factors may affect the completion date, but construction is scheduled to be finished in less than four weeks. Please remind your children to stay away from the work area. If you have any questions, contact the Engineering Services Department at (402) 441-7711.


    News and Notes 7/16/17
    July 18th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

     

    A STILL SMALL VOICE: When Elijah is discouraged, God comes to him in a still small voice. God’s voice speaks to us in the quietness of the pages of Scripture by which He encourages us with words of forgiveness, life and salvation.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we will learn about the Lord’s Supper.

    LIFE MOMENT: What do we say to women and men crushed in the aftermath of an abortion decision? They are created, redeemed, and called , and therefore NOTHING can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 5: 5 “And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at your word I will let down the nets.’” All our toil, all our work, all our efforts mean nothing without the Lord’s guidance. But if we walk in the Word of Jesus . . . Well, look what happened to Simon Peter! The Lord’s grace and promise bless our efforts and bring blessings out of them that we never expected.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of July and August under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    FLOWERS today are provided by Barb Proescholdt in honor of the wedding anniversary of  her parents, Bob & Mary Ann Proescholdt. Thank you for enhancing the sanctuary today and reminding us of God’s saints who have gone before us.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR A SERVANT’S HEART: “God please help my children to develop servants’ hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Ephesians 6: 7)

    THANK YOU to all who opted to help our vicar-to-be, Lawson Short move in to his apartment yesterday. Your efforts were appreciated.

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-six in the 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 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 “The Smalcald Articles and Luther’s Illness”

    AT HOME IN YOUR HYMNAL: When I was a young boy growing up in rural Nebraska, I remember a number of the older folks in the congregation bringing their own hymnal to church. I also remember wondering why, since there were plenty of hymnals in the pews for people to use. When I looked at the old confirmation pictures that were beautifully displayed in our church fellowship hall, I notices that each confirmand had a hymnal in the picture. I was jealous.
    We had several hymnals in our home growing up and we used them on a semi-regular basis, most often during Advent and Lent. We had daily devotions, readings from the Psalms, and often sang hymns. These are wonderful memories; maybe you have them too!
    Planning is underway for a new program on KNNA called, “At Home in Your Hymnal.” This program will explore the many different features of the hymnal we use at Good Shepherd, the Lutheran Service Book, so that you will know the contents very well. In addition, we will explore the theology behind the different liturgical settings and hymns as well as teaching how the hymnal can become an important part of your daily piety and devotional walk. We look forward to you comments and suggestions. We pray this new program will be a blessing to you and yours.
    In Christ, Pastor Poppe

    VICAR FAREWELL: Come one, come all and help give a fond fare-thee-well to Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena, and Katie before they head back to Ft. Wayne. We will have a potluck on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Please bring a main dish to share and either a salad or a dessert. Beverages and tableware will be provided. We could use some help getting set up at 10:30 am after the Sunday Bible study and at 4:30 pm before the potluck begins. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

    APPS ARE LIVE!: The Android and iOS apps are both live in the app stores! We can now install an app on our Android or iOS phones to listen to the streaming of KNNA. The app includes an alarm which you can set to wake you to KNNA and a sleep timer to help you go to sleep at night.
    Search “KNNA” in either app store or enter a link below:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.knnalp.player
    Or
    https://tunes.apple.com/us/app/knna-good-shepherd-radio/id1173995044

    JANITOR NEEDED: Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool is looking for a janitor to work approximately 1 hour per day on school days. Contact Nancy Stepp at nlstepp@gmail.com or (402)304-3001 or Jenny Higgins at (402) 430-9059 for more information.

    FRIENDS OF THE LUTHERAN HOUR bi-monthly meeting will be a potluck luncheon on July 18th at Immanuel Lutheran Church fellowship hall at 11:30 am. The guest speaker will be Alex Keinbaum, deaconess intern at Christ Lutheran Church. She will be speaking about the LCMS deaconess program and her duties at Christ. Bring your favorite potluck item from your home, deli, or bakery. Drinks will be provided. Questions? Call Jerry Waechter at (402) 435-7806.

    ARE YOU LOOKING for a Christ-centered school for your child? Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool are accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information contact the school office at (402) 423-7677.

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder:                Gary Baker
    Organist:         Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:         8 am:                 Paytyn Renter
    10:30 am:               Caleb Durr
    Greeters:         8 am:                 Don & Peg Olson
    10:30 am:                 Sherry Burton
    Coffeemakers:            Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    Ushers: 8 am: Bryan Prenosil, Allen & Anna Wilkens, Dave & Pam Schmeling
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-up: Corie Christiansen
    Communion Clean-up: Shirley Manthey, Kathy Everman

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Welden Duer, moving to a memory care unit.
    • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
    • The students and adults leaving to attend the Higher Things Youth Conference in Bozeman, Montana today.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, recovering at home.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Rollie Victor, recovering at Madonna
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, on heart transplant list.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with 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.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries whose people are struggling, and especially for the family of Good Shepherd member Ramon Marcano.
    • Lorie, 92 year old cousin of Dorette Kleinkauf, having surgery July 17th.

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

    • for 96 years of life for Adeline Poppe, mother of Pastor Poppe, whose birthday was July 11th.
    • for the recovery of Ryan Bokelman, grandson of Mark & Lori Reinke, from an appendectomy.

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

    • for the family of Marian Schmieding, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    • for the family of Lowell Renken, who was taken to his eternal home last week.
    • for the family of Luella Bartzat, aunt of Karen Kammann, who was taken to her eternal home recently. (The funeral service will be in Phoenix on July 26th.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 16:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible study
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study—Hebrews
    2 pm & 7pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion/Installation of Officers
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins/New Member Welcome
    5:00 pm Vicar Farewell

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:                                        Francine Poppe
    Victoria Sample                        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 Betty Kieselhorst Doretta Kleinkauf

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 16 Evelyn Damme, Beth Huff
    July 17 Lori Sidlo
    July 18 Jen Johnson, Ryan Rockel, Missy Wimmer
    July 19 Gary Baker, Amberlyn Berndt
    July 20 Megan Wright
    July 21 Cera Rose Hughes
    July 22 Seth Christiansen, Lois Goeres, Emma Kranz, Dorian Merritt, Carol Renken, Randall Roblyer

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 17 Eric & Jennifer Dlouhy
    July 20 Tom & Tara Fuoco
    July 21 Todd & Kathy Hoehne
    Doug & Carol Marsh

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Sunday Attendance: 280
    Wed. Attendance:   43
    Total Weekly Attendance: 323


    Newsletter 7/17/17
    July 17th, 2017 by

    Demystify Your Pastor With The Small Catechism: Part II by Pastor Ryan Loeslie
    When you know the Small Catechism well, you will find that your pastor’s ideas maybe aren’t so far-fetched. Like when he rebukes a man and a woman for living together outside of marriage — everyone else in the community may be up in arms wondering what on earth he’s thinking, but you’ll know exactly where he’s coming from. It’s his duty, after all. Solid theological reasons based on the 6th commandment, First Article of the Creed, and the Office of the Keys compel him to do so. It’s all in the catechism.
    Another benefit in learning the Small Catechism well is that you will be an asset to your pastor. You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution. The Small Catechism always guides us towards solutions, solutions rooted in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This is an especially beautiful thing when our Missouri Synod today is experiencing way too much conflict between pastors and congregations.
    The truth is that the lion’s share of a pastor’s work finds its foundation in the Small Catechism. It makes sense when you think about it. Preaching Law and Gospel, Prayer, Baptism, Absolution,
    Lord’s Supper — the contents of the Small Catechism are practically the pastor’s job description. When you know the compass which is directing your pastor’s day-to-day duties and life, you can be an asset to him in times of stress or persecution. Or perhaps he is indeed making a mistake or going off in the wrong direction on some issue. He is a sinful man, after all. If this happens, don’t make anonymous complaints or talk about the pastor behind his back. That’s weak. Use your knowledge of the Small Catechism to talk matters through with him in order to come up with solutions that are faithful to the Word of God.
    Knowing the Small Catechism well, you will also find out that you are fulfilling your duty as a Christian and member of a Lutheran congregation. We all promised in our confirmation vows that we would be faithful to what we were taught in the Small Catechism, even unto death. You can’t do that if you’ve forgotten what it says. In a sense this is all the pastor is trying to do — live out his own confirmation and ordination vows while serving you and your congregation.
    You have a duty to reciprocate towards him in the station of life where God has called you. This is no reason to pout and sulk. When you make a conscious effort to fulfill your duty as a Christian, the rewards are quite tangible. God will see to it even if you can’t feel the joy right now.
    After you have experienced all these wonderful benefits, you will find that you have demystified your pastor. No, you maybe haven’t learned the fine points of sermon delivery. You maybe haven’t earned an M. Div. degree yet, and maybe you never will quite understand the  different hobby or two your pastor has. But you will speak the same language as him when it comes to matters of the faith, and that is no small thing. In fact, after you’ve stripped away all the prejudices which others and maybe even you yourself have projected on him, you may find out that he was pretty normal all along. My campus pastor during my college days used to say he was intense about theology and laid back about almost everything else. Maybe your pastor is the same. After you’ve demystified him with the Small Catechism, you may find a pretty easy-going guy, but one with a clear and biblical vision for his home and congregation.
    That’s a good thing.
    We live in a society which is splintering, where human relationships are failing at an alarming rate. There are many reasons for this, too many to go into right now. The relationship between a pastor and his people is no exception to this trend. Sometimes it can be hard to coexist with one another. But here we must have faith. We know that Jesus instituted the pastoral office that we may hear his cross and resurrection preached. We know we need the pastoral office so that Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper are regularly administered among us. They are the only unique contribution our churches have to offer this world, after all. It is true that the men Jesus calls are very flawed also. The good news is that there is much you can do to find solutions around those flaws, or even right through them. We find the Small Catechism is the common ground which bridges the gap between pastors and parishioners.
    So pick up your Small Catechism.

    COMING EVENTS:

    VICAR FAREWELL: Come Sunday, July 23rd at 5 pm and bring a main dish and a salad or a dessert for the potluck meal. Help us to give Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena & Katie a fond fare-thee-well before they head back to Ft. Wayne. Beverages and tableware will be provided.

    VICAR INSTALLATION: Good Shepherd’s new vicar, Lawson Short, will be installed on Sunday, July 30th.

    GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH PICNIC: Come on August 6th for the annual Good Shepherd picnic beginning at 3 pm at the home of Scott & Susan McKinney, 3231 W. Covered Bridge Road. Come and meet & welcome our new vicar. There will be activities for the kids and adults and a meal (bring a main dish and either a salad or dessert). More details to come in News & Notes and the Good Shepherd newsletter.

    MIDWEEK STUDENTS/PARENTS MEETING: A new year of Christian education begins here at Good Shepherd with a meeting of parents and students on August 16th at 5:30 pm. Midweek classes will take students through the Old and New Testaments and Luther’s Small Catechism to learn the basics of what Lutheran Christians believe, teach, and confess. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Maronde or Pastor Poppe.

    THE ASSOCIATION OF CONFESSING EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CONGREGATIONS will be having its 7th annual conference at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on August 29-30, 2017. information will be in the News & Notes on Sunday. All of the ACELC conferences are designed to address doctrinal and practical issues in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.


    News and Notes 7/9/2017
    July 12th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we will learn about the Lord’s Supper.

    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: We must be diligent and unceasing in prayer for our land — for the church, people, governments, and culture — to repent, seek God’s forgiveness, turn from wicked ways, and prosper by hearing the saving message of the Gospel which leads to life everlasting.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Romans 8: 18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel — if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of July and August under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    YOU ARE INVITED to a fish feed sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church in Kramer, NE today to benefit Orphan Grain Train. Serving will be from 11:30 am—1:30 pm and Kramer Hall in Kramer. The free-will offering will be used by Orphan Grain Train with 10% being used for operating expenses and the remainder of 90% used to ship needed items to many places around the world. If you would like to volunteer to help sort clothing and other items, please contact Cheryl Tickner at (308) 894-8125 or by email, dtickner@eaglecom.net. You may also bring good clean clothing (no tears), non-breakable kitchen items, handicap items, bikes, quilts, school supplies, health items, plastic mats, pillowcase dresses, beddings and linens to donate.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR FAITH: “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them in Holy Baptism.”

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-five in the 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 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 “Small Catechism — Fifth Chief Part — Office of the Keys.”

    AT HOME IN YOUR HYMNAL: When I was a young boy growing up in rural Nebraska, I remember a number of the older folks in the congregation bringing their own hymnal to church. I also remember wondering why, since there were plenty of hymnals in the pews for people to use. When I looked at the old confirmation pictures that were beautifully displayed in our church fellowship hall, I notices that each confirmand had a hymnal in the picture. I was jealous.
    We had several hymnals in our home growing up and we used them on a semi-regular basis, most often during Advent and Lent. We had daily devotions, readings from the Psalms, and often sang hymns. These are wonderful memories; maybe you have them too!

    Planning is underway for a new program on KNNA called, “At Home in Your Hymnal.” This program will explore the many different features of the hymnal we use at Good Shepherd, Lutheran Service Book, so that you will know the contents very well. In addition, we will explore the theology behind the different liturgical settings and hymns as well as teaching how the hymnal can become an important part of your daily piety and devotional walk.
    We look forward to your comments and suggestions. We pray this new program will be a blessing to you and yours!
    In Christ, Pastor Poppe

    FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT at the Lincoln Saltdogs tickets are available free of charge, on a first come, first served basis to all Thrivent Financial members. The event will be held at Haymarket Park on Thursday, July 13 with the game beginning at 6:45 pm. Lincoln area churches and their members, as well as Concordia University students and alums. Hotdogs, soda, and popcorn are $1 each! There will also be special activities and appearances by Lutheran VIPs for the ceremonial first pitch, singing of the national anthem, 7th inning stretch and more! Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Thrivent Action Team. Bring your family and friends out to the ballpark to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 125th anniversary of Lutheran Family Services. Park in back of building to access banquet room.

    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 or your radio or at the website www.thecross957.org. Good Shepherd’s services on Sundays at 8 am and 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.

    VICAR FAREWELL: Come one, come all and help give a fond fare-thee-well to Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena, and Katie before they head back to Ft. Wayne. We will have a potluck on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Please bring a main dish to share and either a salad or a dessert. Beverages and tableware will be provided. We could use some help getting set up at 10:30 am after the Sunday Bible study and at 4:30 pm before the potluck begins. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Gary Baker
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Emma Roblyer
    10:30 am: Liz Luebbe
    Greeters: 8 am: Mark & Lori Reinke
    10:30 am: Daren & Sheila Turek
    Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Sandy Langemeier
    Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
    Ushers: 8 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Aaron & Rachel Wagner
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-up: Ginger Borneman
    Communion Clean-up: Shirley Green

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Lowell Renken, hospitalized.
    • Barbara Kumm, recovering from surgery.
    • Ryan Bokelmann, grandson of Mark & Lori Reinke, recovering from an appendectomy.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Welden Duer, moving to a memory care unit.
    • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, on heart transplant list.
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with cancer and kidney problems.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with 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.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, moved to Madonna.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Noel & Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, home following hospitalization.
    • The people of Venezuela, especially the family of Ramon Marcano, Good Shepherd member.
    • Safe travel for Dr. Phillips and his family on their trip to Europe.

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

    • for 96 years of life for Adeline Poppe, mother of Pastor Poppe, whose birthday is July 11th.

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

    • for the family of Marian Schmieding, who was taken to her eternal home recently.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 9:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible study
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study—Hebrews
    2 pm & 7pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders meeting
    10:30 am Homestead Service
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample                        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                              Betty Kieselhorst                      Doretta Kleinkauf

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 9 Kimberly Von Rentzell
    July 10 Angela Frerking, Loree Kirilloff, Bethany Kranz
    July 11 Brantley Reinke
    July 12 Evelyn Johnson, Sheila Poppe, Gabe Schroeder
    July 13 Kent Marshall, Dave Schmeling, Chloe Theewen
    July 14  Curt Christiansen, Marlene McClellan, Jeff Nothwehr, John Reigle, Vicki Rockel, Disney Turek
    July 15 Vivian Kunz, Sarah Stepp

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 10 Don & Darla Posner
    July 12 Lavern & Beverly Obermeier
    July 13 Kyle & Shelley Poore
    July 15 Renos & Vivian Kunz
    Eric & Debra Riveland

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Sunday Attendance: 232
    Wed. Attendance:   72
    Total Weekly Attendance: 304

    VICAR MOVE-IN DATE: Lawson Short will be moving to Lincoln on Saturday, July 15th and could use some help unloading the truck. Meet at the apartment, 4631 Old Cheney Rd., Apt. 14 at 3 pm.

     

     


    News and Notes 6/25/17
    July 11th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Funds gathered during Bible study will be sent to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation which translates, prints, and distributes Lutheran resources such as Luther’s Small Catechisms around the world. For more information on the LHF, check the tables in the fellowship hall or the Information Center.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading the Bible study in the fellowship hall. Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. 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 Bible tells you that God in love designed your very existence. Psalm 139 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (NIV) You can be sure, wherever you go and whatever happens to you, that your Creator loves you dearly.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 15: 10 “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Jesus eats with sinners not so that they will remain stuck in their sins, but so that they will come to know His love and repent. To repent means to turn, that is, to turn away from sin and toward Jesus in faith. Whether the sin we struggle with is pride, greed, doubt, etc., the Lord calls us to turn to Him again in faith and away from our sin.

    SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We still need Sunday School teachers for some Sundays in July and most of August. Giving our regular Sunday School teachers a break during the summer is a tradition at Good Shepherd. This also gives parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to teach God’s Word to our young people. Volunteer with a friend, spouse, or as a family to take one Sunday this summer for this project. Consider signing up at the information center to during the months of August and September under the column for your preferred age group. Materials are user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Marshall at (402) 420-6239.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Thank you to everyone who helped with Vacation Bible School. We appreciate all the donations of money, food, and craft supplies. From the craft leaders to the classroom leaders and helpers to the kitchen helpers and the pastors, you all played an important role in the success of VBS week. The mission project of collecting toilet paper and facial tissue to pass along to Lutheran Family Services and Tabitha Meals on Wheels to distribute to those in need will continue for one more week. If you would like to donate to this project, please bring these items to the collection point in the narthex.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY — FOR CONTENTMENT: “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4: 12-13)

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week thirty-four in the 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 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 “Table Talk — Part II.”

    FLOWERS: Last week the flowers were provided by Elaine Egner in memory of her husband, Joe. Thanks to Elaine for remembering one of God’s saints.

    AT HOME IN YOUR HYMNAL: When I was a young boy growing up in rural Nebraska, I remember a number of the older folks in the congregation bringing their own hymnal to church. I also remember wondering why, since there were plenty of hymnals in the pews for people to use. When I looked at the old confirmation pictures that were beautifully displayed in our church fellowship hall, I notices that each confirmand had a hymnal in the picture. I was jealous.
    We had several hymnals in our home growing up and we used them on a semi-regular basis, most often during Advent and Lent. We had daily devotions, readings from the Psalms, and often sang hymns. These are wonderful memories; maybe you have them too!
    Planning is underway for a new program on KNNA called, “At Home in Your Hymnal.” This program will explore the many different features of the hymnal we use at Good Shepherd, Lutheran Service Book, so that you will know the contents very well. In addition, we will explore the theology behind the different liturgical settings and hymns as well as teaching how the hymnal can become an important part of your daily piety and devotional walk.
    We look forward to your comments and suggestions. We pray this new program will be a blessing to you and yours!
    In Christ, Pastor Poppe

    GOOD SHEPHERD FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Thank you for prayers, cards, and visits for Mom these past months. They were greatly appreciated by her and us. We will miss her so much but we know she is at peace in the arms of Jesus.
    ~The family of Mary Ann Proescholdt~
    Barb, Susie, and Jenny

    FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT at the Lincoln Saltdogs tickets are available free of charge, on a first come, first served basis to all Thrivent Financial members. The event will be held at Haymarket Park on Thursday, July 13 with the game beginning at 6:45 pm. Lincoln area churches and their members, as well as Concordia University students and alums. Hotdogs, soda, and popcorn are $1 each! There will also be special activities and appearances by Lutheran VIPs for the ceremonial first pitch, singing of the national anthem, 7th inning stretch and more! Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Thrivent Action Team. Bring your family and friends out to the ballpark to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 125th anniversary of Lutheran Family Services. Park in back of building to access banquet room.

    ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN is in need of volunteers to help sort and pack clothing. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Loraine Harnett at (402) 217-7414.

    VICAR FAREWELL: Come one, come all and help give a fond fare-thee-well to Vicar Evan Scamman, Lena, and Katie before they head back to Ft. Wayne. We will have a potluck on Sunday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Please bring a main dish to share and either a salad or a dessert. Beverages and tableware will be provided. We could use some help getting set up at 10:30 am after the Sunday Bible study and at 4:30 pm before the potluck begins. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

    BREAD BAKERS: I am reworking the schedule. If you have a preferred month please let Shirley Green know. If anyone would like to volunteer to make communion bread, please call Shirley at (402) 304-4637.

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Wayne Gudgel
    Organist: Sylvia Yoder
    Acolytes: 8 am: Chad Renter
    10:30 am: Simon Johnson
    Greeters: 8 am:
    10:30 am:
    Coffeemakers: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers: 8 am: Vicki Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel Kaldahl
    10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-up: Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up: Katherine Williamson

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests 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.
    • Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    • Bob Van Valkenburg, recovering at home.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Josalyn Kennell, hospitalized with the effects of multiple sclerosis.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues and needing home health care.
    • Sharon Wilkens, receiving physical therapy.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, receiving treatments for her sore knee.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, for wisdom for the doctors to determine treatment for cancer.
    • Mark Simnitt, for healing following surgery on his collarbone.
    • Ron Soenksen, father of Melissa Macklin, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, on heart transplant list.
    • Ted Oehlert, cousin of Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with cancer and kidney problems.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling with 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.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find a source and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Doug, son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, battling cancer.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    • Rollie Victor, hospitalized at St. E’s.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Noel & Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
    • Pearl, sister of Loraine Harnett, home following hospitalization.
    • Leola Krehnke, home following a hospital stay.
    • The people of Venezuela, especially the family of Ramon Marcano, Good Shepherd member.
    • Safe travel for Dr. Phillips and his family on their trip to Europe.
    • Georgene Duer, home following a hospitalization.
    • Welden Duer, moving to a memory care unit.

     

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

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

    • for the family of Will Gotwald, father of Katherine Williamson, who was taken to his eternal home recently.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 2:
    Mon. 7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. FOURTH OF JULY—OFFICE CLOSED
    Wed. 6:30 pm Midweek Service
    Thurs. 1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study—Hebrews
    2 pm & 7pm 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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

    FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE:
    Victoria Sample                        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                              Betty Kieselhorst                       Doretta Kleinkauf

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 2 Barb Banks
    July 3 Edith Isaacson, Paul Keeney, Ellyson Stolcpart
    July 4 Aaron Williamson
    July 5 Mark Kranz
    July 6   Pastor Lance Berndt, Aaron Winkelmann
    July 7  Max Fitzsimmons, Nolan Novacek, Ainsley Roeder

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    July 1 Marc & Beth Huff
    July 7 Jim & Violet Kirk
    Rev. Jack & Jo Kirk

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Sunday Attendance: 242
    Wed. Attendance:   46
    Total Weekly Attendance: 288