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    3825 Wildbriar Lane
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-4502
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  • 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


    News and Notes 4/9/17
    April 12th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. May God richly bless ouor time together and please come again.

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

    LIFE MOMENT: “Adopted sons are no different than sons. They have an inheritance coming, eternal life with the Father. That’s why ‘sons’ is used in Galatians 4: 7 and not ‘children.’ In those days son received the inheritance. Paul makes the point that those who God adopts – men, women, boys and girls – all have the full right of sons, all have eternity waiting.” Rev. Dr. James Lamb

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Today’s topic for this class is, “Who is Jesus?” If you would like to review the basics of what Lutherans believe, teach and confess as they are taken from God’s Word you are welcome to come to all or any of the classes. Completion of all the classes may lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions about this class or if you are interested in attending the next series.

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND THOSE IN AUTHORITY: “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands.” (I Peter 2: 17).

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Matthew 21: 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ and he will send them at once.” Did Jesus really need the donkey? If the man had refused to give the donkey would the work of salvation have been derailed? Of course not. But what an honor for the man who owned this donkey and foal! Likewise with us – the Lord needs none of us, but what an honor for God to choose to use our generosity in the work of His Church.

    JUNIOR CONFIRMATION will be at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 15th at the 6 pm service. Our junior 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 their confirmation vows and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

    KNNA: Check out the table in the narthex today for KNNA items. New items available include tee-shirts, pullovers, and dress shirts for both men and women. It’s a great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross!

    EASTER BREAKFAST FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of breakfast casseroles, muffins/rolls or juice would be appreciated. The Youth Groups will serve breakfast Easter morning after the sunrise service and between the 2nd and 3rd services. Sign-up sheets and casserole recipes are located on a table in the narthex. Your help with this special event is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    YOUTH EASTER BREAKFAST: Following the sunrise service on Easter, the Youth Group will serve Easter breakfast (casseroles, rolls, fruit, and juice) from 7 am – 8:30 am. After the second service, the youth will serve coffee/juice and rolls and possibly casseroles from 9:30 am -10:30 am. Youth sign-up sheets are on the door leading to the upstairs youth room. We need help with April 15, Saturday morning set-up at 10 am and the two April 16, Easter Sunday serving times listed above and clean-up afterwards. We need youth parents to help with both of the food service shifts as well as clean-up. Any youth attending the Higher Things Youth Conference will get credit towards Higher Things based on how many shifts you help with . . . so the more shifts you work the more credit you will get. Youth/parents contact Marc Huff (402) 890-9752 or Andrew Wood (402) 369-2691 if you have any questions.

    THANK YOU!! We want to thank everyone who donated to the Lutherans for Life project, “Owen’s Mission” at the March 22nd Lenten meal. A total of $613.25 was raised. Thank you for your generosity!!

    THANK YOU TO ALL who supported, prepared, served, donated, etc. for the Lenten meals these past few weeks and to those who have contributed non-perishable food items to the Food Pantry barrels in the narthex. The donations to the Food Pantry equaled 126 lbs.

    THANKS FOR YOUR HELP to clean up the flower beds and spruce up the outside of the church for Holy Week and Easter. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.

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

    LETTER FROM DR. AHLMAN: We received a letter and newsletter from Dr. Ahlman this week 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 feel 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 on where to go from here.
    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.

    MOVIE REVIEW: Many people have been asking about a movie that has been very popular at the box office recently, “The Shack.” Pastors Poppe and Maronde would like to caution people that this movie is not a Christian movie and you may want to prepare yourself before you go or debrief if you have already attended. There are two faithful movie reviews available at the information center, one by the LCMS blog site and one by Rev. Mark Surburg. Thank you!

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty-one 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 “Invasion of Austria by the Turks.”

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 9:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
       4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
       6:30 pm Holy Monday service
       7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
       8:15 am Chapel
       6:30 pm Holy Tuesday service
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
       6:30 pm Holy Wednesday service/Confirmand Ques.
       7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 12:15 pm Maundy Thursday service/Communion
       2:30 pm Homeschool Choirs
       6:30 pm Maundy Thursday service/Communion
       2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. NO SCHOOL
       8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
       12:15 pm Tre Ore service
       7:30 pm Tenebrae service
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders
       10:30 am Homestead service
       12:00 pm Barefoot family gathering
       ? Cuddy Confirmation reception
       6:00 pm Easter Vigil service/junior confirmation /Communion
    Sun. EASTER SUNDAY
       6:00 am Sunrise service/Communion
       7:00 am Easter breakfast
       8:30 am Easter Divine Service/Communion
       9:30 am Easter Brunch
       10:30 am Easter Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Curt Christiansen
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Shelby Pierson
       10:30 am: Liz Luebbe
    Greeters: 8 am: Arnold & Gloria Henning
       10:30 am: Kevin & Ruth Cheek
    Coffeemakers: Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    Information Center: Don & Peg Olson
    Ushers: 8 am: Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Clyde & Helen Naber
       10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-Up: Corie Christiansen, Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up: Linda Reigle, 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.
    * 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.
    * Bob Van Valkenburg, doing well following the insertion of a mini-pacemaker. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
    * Cassie Borneman, hospitalized in Omaha.
    * Karolyn Husa, with health issues.

    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 Genevieve Holtzen, sister-in-law of Elaine Egner, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Lavon Rasmussen, mother of Linda Weber, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for Jay & Lindsey, friends of the Tureks, whose son was stillborn recently.
    * 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.

    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 9 Jeana Wood
    April 10 Shirley Manthey
    April 11 A. J. Hoyle, Shanon Roblyer, Brady Rockel, Benjamin Simnitt
    April 12 Wesley Damme, Austen Nichols, Coby Erickson
    April 13 Brock Cuddy, Deb Schlatter, Carly Shriner, Con Urbach
    April 14 Erica Alexander, Mayah Stolcpart
    April 15 Calvin Roblyer, Laney Thorin

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    April 9 Zeb & Kate Smith
    April 12 Don & Beth Fitzgerald
    April 15 Lane & Edith Isaacson

    THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
    Hosanna in the highest!” Mark 11: 9b – 10


    News and Notes 4/2/17
    April 2nd, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered in the fellowship hall during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be leading a study of the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. This study is part of our year-long emphasis on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017). Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination.
    The law can change a behavior but it cannot change the heart.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is currently leading a group through the study of the basics of the Christian faith as they are taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class is for you. Today’s topic is “Sin and Grace.” Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

    REMEMBER TO VOTE on Tuesday if you reside in Lincoln. Primaries are being held on April 4th.

    LIFE MOMENT: “Clearly, the Bible, especially in its original languages, treats the preborn child the same as a child already born. The Bible knows nothing about ‘potential human beings.’ To the authors of Scripture, there are only human beings with potential.” Col. John Eidsmoe, Lutherans for Life Board of Directors

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR A LOVE OF MERCY: “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6: 36)

    LENTEN MEAL – BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 22: On Wed., April 5th the Boy Scouts of Troop 22 will be providing the Lenten meal. The menu for the evening will be taco salad/nachos and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help with planned activities throughout the year. Thank you for your support.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Hebrews 9: 12 “He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” The only price that could redeem us was the very Blood of the Christ – this is the only sacrifice of true worth. His sacrificial giving sets a pattern for our life – for how can we who are redeemed by the self-giving of God not also give of ourselves to His Kingdom?

    EASTER BREAKFAST FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of breakfast casseroles, muffins/ rolls or juice would be appreciated. The Youth Groups will serve breakfast Easter morning after the sunrise service and between the 2nd and 3rd services. Sign-up sheets and casserole recipes are located on a table in the narthex. Your help with this special event is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    ATTENTION YOUTH!: Following the sunrise service on Easter, the Youth Group will serve Easter breakfast (casseroles, rolls, fruit, and juice) from 7 am – 8: 30 am. After the second service, the youth will serve coffee/juice and rolls and possibly casseroles from 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Youth sign-up sheets are on the door leading to the upstairs youth room. We need help with Saturday, April 15th set up at 10 am and the two Sun., April 16th serving times listed above and clean-up afterwards. We need youth parents to help with both of the food service shifts as well as the clean-up. Any youth attending the Higher Things Youth Conference will get credit towards Higher Things based on how many shifts you help with . . . so the more shifts you work the more credit you will get. Youth/parents contact Marc Huff (402) 890-9752 or Andrew Wood (402) 369-2691 if you have any questions.

    COMING IN APRIL – KNNA will be selling tee-shirts, pullovers, and dress shirts for both men and women. They will be on display and can be purchased in the narthex after church or in the fellowship hall library during Bible study. It’s a great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross.

    LUTHERAN OLDER LADIES will be hosted this month by Arlene Hadenfeldt and will be held at Clark Jeary, 8401 S. 33rd St. on Monday, April 3rd at 1:30 pm.

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

    MISSIONARY SUPPORT: For the Lenten/Easter season the Lutheran Women in Mission has designated Good Shepherd members: The Rev. Dr. Christopher & Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman and their children as our mission project. Dr. Ahlman serves as an evangelistic missionary throughout Eurasia while Elizabeth serves as the communication specialist for Eurasia. They have three children: Thomas, Matthias, and Helene with a fourth child due in June. Before receiving his current call, Dr. Ahlman served at Good Shepherd as our organist and choir director.
    Donations have been earmarked to be sent to the Ahlmans for financial assistance with the many expenses for travel, transportation, new baby needs, housing, medicine and healthcare, teaching supplies, visas, etc. Check out the table in the narthex for more information about this project. Envelopes are available at the table for donations. You may place checks or cash in these envelopes (Be sure to put your name on the envelope if you donate cash so that we may include this contribution on your year-end statement.) and place them in the offering plate at any service. Make out the checks to “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” and write “Ahlman Support” on the memo line.

    MOVIE REVIEW: Many people have been asking about a movie that has been very popular at the box office recently, “The Shack.” Pastors Poppe and Maronde would like to caution people that this movie is not a Christian movie and you may want to prepare yourself before you go or debrief if you have already attended. There are two faithful movie reviews available at the information center, one by the LCMS blog site and one by Rev. Mark Surburg. Thank you!

    FOOD BARRELS: Non-perishable items may be brought to Good Shepherd and placed in the blue barrel for distribution to those in need through the Food Pantry. Thanks to all who contributed to filling the first of the two barrels already. Let’s try to fill this second barrel by the pick-up date of the second Tuesday in April.

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

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week twenty 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 “Emperor Charles V.”

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

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

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 2:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
        1:30 pm Lutheran Older Ladies at Clark Jeary
        4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. LINCOLN PRIMARY ELECTIONS
        6:00 am Men’s Bible study
        8:15 am Chapel
        6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
    Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service/Communion
        5:00 pm Lenten Meal – Boy Scout Troop 22
        5:30 pm Midweek Classes
        6:30 pm Lenten Service/Communion
        7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
        12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
        2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
        2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
        8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 8:30 am LWML Spring Workshop at Faith Lutheran
        10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
    Sun. PALM SUNDAY
        8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
        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: Wayne Gudgel
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Grace Macklin
        10:30 am: Simon Johnson
    Greeters: 8 am: Joy Barefoot
        10:30 am: David & Lois Kirchhoff
    Coffeemakers: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers: 8 am: Vickie Hughes, Rich & Lorelee Novak, Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
        10:30 am: Aaron & Rachel Wagner, Ben Simnitt, Jacob Simnitt, Aaron Williamson
    Communion Set-Up: Sondra Rathjen
    Communion Clean-up: Gayleen Potter

    Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes or for the prayer chain, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
    * 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.
    *Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm. 102.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers. 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.
    * Bob Van Valkenburg, recovering from heart 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 Genevieve Holtzen, sister-in-law of Elaine Egner, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Lavon Rasmussen, mother of Linda Weber, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for Jay & Lindsey, friends of the Tureks, whose son was stillborn 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 2 Renee Jackson, Darla Posner, Jacob Schlatter
    April 3 Paige Renter, Ivy Theewen
    April 4 Dan Bergmeyer, Amy Fitzsimmons, Mariah Niemeyer
    April 5 Brent Travis
    April 6 Arnette Garris, Meggan Garris, Melissa Peters, Shelley Poore, Helen Snook
    April 7 Elizabeth Phillips, Jonathan Olson
    April 8 Sara Harms, Landon Marshall, Maureen Marshall, Charity Mercer, Cheryl Pflueger

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    April 2 Eric & Lacy Wallace
    April 3 Cletis & Beth Dobesh
    Rev. Mark & Katherine Williamson
    April 4 Curt & Corie Christiansen
    Steve & Joyce Eckhoff
    Brad & Casey Rezny
    April 7 Kurt & Patty Stradley

    WORD AND SACRAMENT:
    The Sacraments are signs of God’s will toward us and not merely signs of people among one another. Those who define Sacraments in the New Testament as signs of grace are correct. There are two things in a Sacrament: a sign and the Word. In the New Testament, the Word is the promise of grace added. The promise of the New Testament is the promise of the forgiveness of sins, “This is My body, which is given for you. This [cup] is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” [See Matthew 26: 26-28; Mark 14: 22-24; Luke 22: 19-20; I Corinthians 11: 24-25.] So the Word offers the forgiveness of sins. A ceremony is a sort of picture, or seal, as Paul (Romans 4: 11) calls it, the Word making known the promise. Therefore, just as the promise is useless unless it is received through faith, so a ceremony is useless unless faith, which is truly confident that the forgiveness of sins is here offered, is added. This faith encourages penitent minds. Just as the Word has been given to excite this faith, so the Sacrament has been set up so that what meets the eyes might move the heart to believe. The Holy Spirit works through these: Word and Sacrament.”
    ~Apology of the Augsburg Confession XXIV (XII) 69-70~


    News and Notes 3/26/17
    March 26th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

    VOTERS MEETING: There will be a short meeting following the 8 am service today (promptly at 9:10 am) to consider placing a call to for an administrator/teacher for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. Linda Ahrens, our current administrator/teacher, will be moving to Missouri at the end of this school year. The school board has done the research and is recommending Mr. Keith Vieregge to the voters to extend a call.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE: Pastor Maronde is currently leading a group through the study of the basics of the Christian faith as taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about what Lutherans believe, teach and confess or if you simply want to review the basics, this class if for you. Topics covered will include: Who is God?; Who is Jesus?; Sin and Grace; Salvation; Baptism; The Lord’s Supper; Confession and Absolution; etc. Completion of these classes can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. Check with Pastor Maronde if you have any questions.

    CONFIRMAND AND THEIR PARENTS are asked to meet on Wednesday, after the 6:30 pm service in room 109 to discuss details and preparation for the rite of confirmation on April 15th.

    LIFE MOMENT: “We are carved in the palm of His Hand, and the unborn child has been carved in the Hand of God from conception.”
    ~Mother Teresa~

    PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY – FOR A LOVE OF JUSTICE: “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Psalm 11: 7; Micah 6: 8)
    “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4: 23

    LENTEN MEAL – GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL & PRESCHOOL: On Wednesday, March 29th the school/preschool will be providing the Lenten meal . The menu includes salads, ham, baked potatoes, green beans, and desserts. The free-will offering will be used to help meet the expenses connected with the school/preschool. Thank you for your support.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: John 6: 5 : Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” Of course Jesus knows the answer to that question – He knows how He means to care for His people. The Lord provided, and He still provides. This knowledge frees us for generosity without fear.

    EASTER BREAKFAST FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of breakfast casseroles, muffins/rolls or juice would be appreciated. The Youth Groups will serve breakfast Easter morning after the sunrise service and between the 2nd and 3rd services. Sign-up sheets and casserole recipes are located on a table in the narthex. Your help with this special event is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    YOUTH EASTER BREAKFAST: Following the sunrise service on Easter, the Youth Group will serve Easter breakfast (casseroles, rolls, fruit, and juice) from 7 am – 8:30 am. After the second service, the youth will serve coffee/juice and rolls and possibly casseroles from 9:30 am -10:30 am. Youth sign-up sheets are on the door leading to the upstairs youth room. We need help with April 15, Saturday morning set-up at 10 am and the two April 16, Easter Sunday serving times listed above and clean-up afterwards. We need youth parents to help with both of the food service shifts as well as clean-up. Any youth attending the Higher Things Youth Conference will get credit towards Higher Things based on how many shifts you help with . . . so the more shifts you work the more credit you will get. Youth/parents contact Marc Huff (402) 890-9752 or Andrew Wood (402) 369-2691 if you have any questions.

    COMING IN APRIL – KNNA will be selling tee-shirts, pullovers, and dress shirts for both men and women. They will be on display and can be purchased in the narthex after church or in the fellowship hall library during Bible study. A great way to advertise KNNA or a conversation starter with a stranger. Lift High the Cross.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    REFORMATION INSERTS: Today we will continue with week nineteen 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 “Catechism’s Third Chief Part: The Lord’s Prayer.”

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

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

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

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

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 26:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
        4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
        8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 12:15 pm Lenten service
        5:00 pm Lenten Meal – Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool
        5:30 pm Midweek Classes
        6:30 pm Lenten Service
        7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
        12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
        2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
        2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
        8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 9:00 am Spring Clean-up
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
        9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
        10:30 am Matins
        1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Mark Nispel
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Cambry Ficken
        10:30 am: Emily Klutz
    Greeters: 8 am:
        10:30 am:
    Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Sandy Langemeier
    Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    Ushers: 8 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
        10:30 am: Roger & Gayleen Potter, Dale & Marilyn Meyer
    Communion Set-Up: Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up: Maureen Marshall

    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.
    *Brett, co-worker of Dee Indgjer, who is battling cancer for the second time. Please pray also for his wife, Julie.
    * Mary Ann Proescholdt, in hospice care at Savannah Pines, rm. 102.
    * Sonya Brous, friend of Dee Indgjer, added to the heart transplant waiting list. Pray that a suitable heart will become available soon.
    * Lorelee Novak, for a return of strength through healing and physical therapy.
    * Duane Kratke, brother-in-law of Gary & Debra Baker and Bob & Gerayne Yelkin, started chemo again this week. Prayers of thanksgiving that recent bone scans showed no cancer. Please pray for relief from severe pain resulting from a bulging disk in his lower back.
    * Betty Bluhm, continued prayers. 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.
    * Susie Swanson, friend of Mark & Lori Reinke, thanksgiving for successful treatment and stem cell transplant. Pray for continued healing and strength.
    * Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    * Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    * Carl & Callie, for peace and patience in their wait to adopt a child.
    * Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    * Kay Kohl, recovering at home.
    * for Bridgette and Sophie, stepsister and niece of Rachel Wagner, in an accident.
    * Diane Gavalier, cousin of Gary Heckman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    * Beth Strasheim, friend of Gary & Myrna Heckman, diagnosed with breast cancer.
    * Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple medical issues.
    * Mark Simnitt, healing for a broken collarbone.
    * Betty Kieselhorst, undergoing chemotherapy.
    * Robert Zook, recovering at home.
    * the son-in-law of Rollie & Marj Victor, dealing with health issues.
    * Paris Renter, recovering from ACL surgery.
    * Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    * Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery.
    * Kimberly Berndt, recovering from knee surgery.
    * Rollie Victor, at the Ambassador recovering from a fall.

    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 Leonard Stehlik, father of Brent Stehlik, who was taken to his eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Chip, grandson-in-law of Mary Ann Proescholdt, who was taken to his eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Genevieve Holtzen, sister-in-law of Elaine Egner, who was taken to her eternal home recently.
    * for the family of Lavon Rasmussen, mother of Linda Weber, who was taken to her 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:
    March 26 Joyce Aupperle, Dan Bock
    March 27 Eric Dlouhy, Connor Weber
    March 28 Kaitlyn Schmeling
    March 29 Jack Novacek
    March 30 Wade Smith
    March 31 Clyde Naber, Kayla Simnitt
    April 1 Larry Eisenmann, Arlyss Ketelsen, Clint Kirkland

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    March 27 Clint & Amy Kirkland
    March 29 Lyle & Anne Nelson
    March 31 Doug & Kathy Everman

    THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
    Attendance Gifts for Our Savior
    Wed., March 15 126
    Sun., March 19 258

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


    News and Notes 3/19/17
    March 19th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1

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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

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

     

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


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

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

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


    News and Notes 3/12/17
    March 12th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

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


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

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    March 5, 2017

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Ahlman family in Germany as they serve in the mission field. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    THANKSGIVING: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106: 1

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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

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

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


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

    GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS & NOTES
    February 26, 2017

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. We invite you to stay for coffee, juice and goodies provided by the youth of Good Shepherd in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School in the classrooms (Check at the information center for locations.) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. The offerings gathered during Bible study are sent to support the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Funds collected are used to pay pastors and teachers in Haiti, supply food for needy families, and supply building materials to build and rebuild churches, schools and clinics. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 26:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
        4:30 pm Homeschool Orchestra
        6:30 pm Boy Scout Court of Honor
        7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
        8:15 am Chapel
    Wed. 12:15 pm Ash Wednesday service/Communion
        5:00 pm Lenten Meal
        5:30 pm Midweek classes
    Wed. 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service/Communion
        7:30 pm Bible study/Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
        12:00 pm Homeschool Speech & Debate Group
        1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
        2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
        2 pm & 7 pm Quilting & Sewing Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
        8:15 am Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Divine Service/Communion
        9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
        10:30 am Matins
        1:30 pm Savannah Pines Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS:
    March 1 Bob & Gerayne Yelkin

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