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  • Concordia Seward and KNNA
    October 18th, 2017 by

    SEWARD, NE (10/05/2017) Concordia University, Nebraska, is collaborating with KNNA The Cross, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, on programming for their radio station.

    The Concordia Radio Project is recording programs in Concordia University’s campus studio and then plans to broadcast them from Lincoln. Professor or student interviews will be some of the show’s programs as well as music groups and bands on campus playing their music.

    A mixer and a few mics were donated this past year and the department is still building on its equipment. “In the future we hope to have the ability to broadcast live straight from Seward,” says Tobin Beck, professor of journalism at Concordia. “The Radio Project will be run like a club adjunct with the broadcasting journalism classes but may branch out from there. We expect to start having material ready by the first week in October.”

    The Cross has a variety of other shows scheduled, including talks with Good Shepherd’s pastors, big band music, soundtrack music, old time radio dramas, “Off on a Tangent” hosted by three Concordia alumni, and live sermons every Sunday morning. The station is completely non-profit and run by volunteers who aim to be a family and Christ-centered station.

    Jim Kirk, coordinator of KNNA said, “Most of us have no prior knowledge of radio broadcasting. We have all learned much and have worked very hard to provide a great Lutheran and community radio station. No one has to be studying broadcasting to join in the fun. Don’t let the lack of skill or experience in radio scare anyone away. It’s a lot of fun and totally worth it.”

    The radio show can be heard on KNNA-FM The Cross at 95.7 FM or online at www.thecross957.org. The schedule is posted on that website. There is also a free KNNA app available for download at Google Play or the App Store.

    Anyone wanting to help with recordings or interested in being on the radio can contact Professor Tobin Beck at tobin.beck@cune.edu.

    About Concordia University, Nebraska

    Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,700 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.

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    News and Notes 10/15/17
    October 16th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8am 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 our time together and please come again.

    MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible Study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe is taking a break from the study of the Formula of Concord for 6 weeks. God has given us many blessings including the freedoms we have in this country, family, friends, material possessions, time, talents and abilities. During this 6 weeks Pastor Poppe will lead a study to explore how we use these blessings for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Christ and our neighbors.

    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY will focus on the Reformation using the Luther movie. This class will meet in the youth room on the upper level at 9:20 am Sundays.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE classes will be meeting between services on Sundays (about 9:20 am) in room 109. This series of classes is designed to communicate what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess as it is taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about Lutheranism or if you just want to review the basics . . . this class is for you. Completion of this series can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Maronde.

    BIBLE STUDIES DURING THE WEEK
    Tues. at 6 am Men’s Bible Study (book of Ruth)
    Wed. at 7:30 pm Psalm 119
    Thurs. at 1 pm LifeLight Bible Study of Hebrews

    LIFE MOMENT: When we call things like abortion or embryonic stem cell research or assisted suicide political issues and avoid talking about them in church, our silence speaks loudly. Our silence allows the destruction of human beings who belong to God. He paid a price for them and won a victory for them. Thus, our silence insults Him. We need to speak for them. We need to speak for Him.

    THANK YOU to Lucy Roberts for playing the preservice music, to the students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School for their reminder of the words of the creed, and to Connie Stauffer and Tom Barefoot for accompanying the students.

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION: The LWIM will be meeting on Monday, October 16th at 7 pm for Bible study, election of officers, and a special speaker, the LWML Zone President. All women are welcome to attend.

    DISASTER RELIEF: There are fliers with information on how to donate to LCMS Disaster Relief efforts at the information center.

    YOUTH MOVIE OUTING will be today, Sunday, Oct. 15th at 2pm. The 30th anniversary of the Princess Bride will be celebrated with a showing at the Grand theatre downtown. This outing will be for grades 8-12. The showing will be in a dream lounge theatre so we have to reserve seats. Marc Huff will need to know for sure who is planning to attend by or before Sunday, Oct. 8th so we can make sure we can get seats. Tickets are $12.50 per person. Those attending will need to bring money for snacks and $6 for their ticket. The youth account will cover the remainder of the cost for the ticket. Feel free to meet us at the Grand by 1:30 pm or let Marc Huff know if you will need a ride from church. Contact Marc Huff at 402.890.9752 or at marchuff@gmail.com. If you have questions you can also talk to Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is entitled, “Wittenburg Today”.

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12th. Pastor Lance Berndt, former associate pastor at Good Shepherd, will be preaching at both services with a potluck to follow the 10:30 am service. Meat will be provided for the meal. More details will follow.

    SURPRISE PARTY: Please join us in celebrating Linda Ahrens 50th birthday! Linda’s family is hosting a SURPRISE party for her on Sunday, October 29th at 1 pm in the fellowship hall. Please arrive no later than 1 pm as Linda will be arriving shortly after. We ask that you RSVP to Lesley Ahrens by October 23rd at rsvplinda50@gmail.com or text 402-430-7030. We hope to see all of you there!

    40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL: Join the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 5631 S. 48th St. (just north of 48th and Old Cheney, west side of the street) daytime until 8 pm now through Nov. 5th.
    Join Lutherans for Life on Mondays from 6 pm—8 pm. In 1 hour shifts to pray for the unborn and their parents. Please remain on the sidewalk. Park at Cornerstone Christian Church, 4849 Old Cheney Rd.. Contact person: Sandy Langemeier, (402) 486-1361.

    ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: Shop at Faith Lutheran Church & School Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, 8701 Adams St. on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am—4 pm. Crafters from Lincoln and surrounding areas will have handmade decorating and gift ideas. Stop at our concession stand for lunch and the bake sale for goodies to take home.

    JUST A REMINDER: The blue food barrel is located in the narthex to collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank. We have also been known to provide items to people who come to our building needing help.

    LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY—NOVOSIBIRSK, SIBERIA: Exactly 20 years ago on October 1, 1997 the Lutheran Theological Seminary conducted its first regular class in Novosibirsk. For 20 years, the seminary has continued to provide confessional Lutheran theological education and pastoral training to the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the region. This is significant! However, the seminary is presently experiencing financial difficulty and is in danger of closing. If the seminary were to close, the Russian government will be hesitant to allow it to reopen. This would be devastating to the state of confessional Lutheranism in the Russian-speaking world.
    You can provide immediate assistance to keep the seminary open with a donation to :
    Siberian Lutheran Mission Society
    c/o Ascension Lutheran Church
    8811 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835
    Your gifts will be much appreciated.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 15:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 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. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service
    7:30 pm Bible Study—Psalm 119
    7:30 pm Choir
    Thurs. PASTORS’/TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE (NO SCHOOL)
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study—Hebrews
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. PASTORS’/TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE (NO SCHOOL)
    8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    Sat. 7:00 am Elders Meeting
    10:30 am Homestead Services
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Wayne Gudgel
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Aiden Jazwick
    10:30 am: Dean Perrin
    Greeters: 8:00 am:
    10:30 am:
    Coffeemakers: Joel & Sarah Kaldahl
    Information Center: Bob McClellan
    Ushers:          8:00 am:            Joe Velasquez, Ralph Humphrey, Nathan Keller, Bob Rathjen, Adam Mankin
    10:30 am:            Scott McKinney, Steve Eckhoff, Matt Durr, David Schmidt
    Communion Set-up:            Corie Christiansen
    Communion Clean-up:            Shirley Manthey, Kathy Everman

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

    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering from knee replacement surgery at home.
    • Marjorie Victor, anticipating hip surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, on hospice care with terminal cancer in bones, brain & liver.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Joyce Thompson, recovering from surgery.
    • Cleo Kessler, hospitalized.
    • Maurice Deubler, recovering from a knee replacement.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing strong chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
    • The people affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest recently.
    • Dr. Christopher Ahlman and his family as he accepted the call from Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX to be their associate pastor/minister of music. Pray for the family as they transition to Houston.
    • Rollie Victor, back at The Ambassador.
    • The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.
    • Kay Kohl, preparing to begin physical therapy.
    • The people who were injured in the shooting in Las Vegas. Please pray for their families and the families of those who were killed.
    • Diane Greckel, sister of Barb Poppe, in hospice care in Texas.

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

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

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Oct. 15 Donald Posner, Keelyn Yelkin, Elizabeth Zmiewski
    Oct. 16 Broderic Beed
    Oct. 18 Trevor Bellows, Joyce Eckhoff, Jaelyn Jaz wick, Beverly Obermeier, Patty Stradley, Tammy Winkelmann
    Oct. 20 Janet Harms, Kelsea Hughes, Kelsey   Wright

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Oct. 16 Ryan & Amy Rockel

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Attendance: Sunday: 250
    Wed:   86
    Total: 336


    Newsletter 10/9/17
    October 11th, 2017 by

    IT’S CONTROL TIME by Steve Gruenwald
    In this world and for many people it’s all about control. Not knowing who is in control or who has control can be unsettling. That leads us to wanting to take control of the situation or, at the very least, have the sense that we are in control. In fact, the sense of control can often be as powerful as the actual control. So strong is our belief that being in control eases tension in our lives that we at times lose control to obtain it. How ironic: trying to be in control often creates what we are trying to avoid – anxiety.
    The recent Barna survey about the Bible had an interesting angle about control. In particular was the view of those that Barna identified as the Skeptic segment: Those that view the Bible merely as a book of teachings written by men containing stories and advice. According to the survey, the Skeptic group accounts for one in five American adults (19%). Barna asked a follow -up question to see if Skeptics hold hostile views toward the Bible- and they did. In fact, more than three-quarters of Skeptics (78%) are hostile toward the Bible and believe it “was written to control or manipulate other people.”
    The Skeptics were right about one thing: the Bible is about control, but not in the way they perceive it. For Christians, it’s not about controlling others. Instead, the Bible, God’s Word, reminds us that God brings control to our lives. It’s a control desperately needed for lives that often careen out of control.
    In the face of adversity, for example, when events happen for which we have no control, God reminds us that our lives this side of heaven will be challenging. We are sinners living in a sinful world and as a result we “will have trouble.” But the Bible verse doesn’t stop there: “… take Heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We are reminded during difficult times that we can rely on our Heavenly Father who out of nothing brought order and control through His creation. The seasons, the cycle of the moon and stars- the entire universe that operates in absolute control- is a perfect reminder that God is in control and has been since the beginning of time. God’s Word further offers hope and encouragement that we may be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed… struck down, but not destroyed.” (1 Corinthians 6) and that the God of all grace will “make us strong, firm, and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10) to be able to survive life’s seemingly out-of-control hardships.
    In this world- and the next- it’s all about control, and thanks be to God… He’s got this. Reprinted from “Better Health” published by Concordia Plan Services of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

    EAT LUNCH OUT AND HELP GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL: On Saturday, October 14th from 10 am—2 pm we will be sponsoring the grilling station at the Super Saver on 27th & Superior. Super Saver will supply all the meat, buns, chips, and beverages FREE to us and we sell them. All monies go to Good Shepherd School & Preschool. . . So stop by for lunch on Saturday. If you need more information or would like to volunteer to help staff the station, contact Mrs. Bock at (402) 423-7677 or kbock218@yahoo.com or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or she_ra1213@yahoo.com.

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12th. Pastor Lance Berndt, former associate pastor at Good Shepherd, will be preaching at both services with a potluck to follow the 10:30 am service. Meat will be provided for the meal. Watch for more details for this celebration and save the date.

    GOOD SHEPHERD will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, October 29th at both services. There will be some special music and instrumentalists to add to
    the festivities. Join in the celebration!

    PLEASE USE THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS if you have moved or changed your other contact information, have a special prayer request, or would like to inform us that you or a member of your
    family has been hospitalized or will be confined at home and would like a pastoral visit.

    YOUTH EVENT: Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to meet at the church on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 5:30 pm or meet the group out at the Roca Scary Farm by 6 pm at the gate. We should be back at
    church by 10:30 pm. Bring $15 to get in and some extra money if you want snacks while we are out there. The youth group will cover the rest of the admission cost. If any parents can help drive that would be great. Please notify Marc Huff at (402) 890-9752 or at marchuff@gmail.com if you are planning to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    DID YOU KNOW? One of Luther’s most famous and frequently quoted statements — “Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.” — is generally regarded as legendary (although
    the expression is certainly in keeping with Luther’s character). The true quote — just as bold and powerful — was spoken by Luther at the Diet of Worms: “Unless I am convicted by scripture
    and plain reason — I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other — my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”


    News and Notes 10/1/17
    October 7th, 2017 by

    WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8am 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 our time together and please come again.

    MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible Study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Maronde will be taking a break from the study of the Formula of Concord for 6 weeks. God has given us many blessings including the freedoms we have in this country, family, friends, material possessions, time, talents and abilities. During this 6 weeks Pastor Poppe will lead a study to explore how we use these blessings for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Christ and our neighbors.

    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY will focus on the Reformation using the Luther movie. This class will meet in the youth room on the upper level at 9:20 am Sundays.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE classes will be meeting between services on Sundays (about 9:20 am) in room 109. This series of classes is designed to communicate what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess as it is taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about Lutheranism or if you just want to review the basics . . . this class is for you. Completion of this series can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Maronde.

    BIBLE STUDIES DURING THE WEEK
    Tues. at 6 am Men’s Bible Study (book of Ruth)
    Wed. at 7:30 pm Psalm 119
    Thurs. at 1 pm LifeLight Bible Study of Hebrews

    LIFE MOMENT: The life issues present us with opportunities to point people in the right way, the way of Jesus and the truth of His Word. The life issues present us with opportunites to bring Jesus and His compassion to people who are hurting and struggling. The life issues present us with opportunities to bring people to Jesus and the healing and restoring message of His salvation.

    ROCA SCARY FARM: Jr. & Sr. High youth (grades 5-12) are invited to meet at church on Saturday Oct. 14th at 5:30 pm or meet the group out at Roca by 6 pm at the gate. We should be back at church by 10:30 pm. Bring $15 to get in and some extra money if you want snacks while out there. Youth Group will cover the rest of the admission. If any parents can help drive that would be great. Please let Marc Huff at 402.890.9752 or marchuff@gmail.com know if you are planning to attend. If you have questions you can also talk to Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    YOUTH MOVIE OUTING will be on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 2pm. The 30th anniversary of the Princess Bride will be celebrated with a showing at the Grand theatre downtown. This outing will be for grades 8-12. The showing will be in a dream lounge theatre so we have to reserve seats. Marc Huff will need to know for sure who is planning to attend by or before Sunday, Oct. 8th so we can make sure we can get seats. Tickets are $12.50 per person. Those attending will need to bring money for snacks and $6 for their ticket. The youth account will cover the remainder of the cost for the ticket. Feel free to meet us at the Grand by 1:30 pm or let Marc Huff know if you will need a ride from church. Contact Marc Huff at 402.890.9752 or at marchuff@gmail.com. If you have questions you can also talk to Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    LIFE CHAIN: October 1 from 2:30—3:30 pm. For the 30th year, Lincoln will join more than 1,500 cities in the U. S. and Canada for Life Chain. Life Chain Lincoln will extend from 27th to 84th and “O” St.
    Life Chain is not political or confrontational. Life Chain IS silent prayer vigil by Christians to communicate their opposition to abortion. Participants prayerfully display uniform signs that state the truth about abortion. Everyone who believes in the protection of unborn children and their mothers is invited to participate. Good Shepherd members will stand between 53rd and 54th Streets on the south side of “O” St. Signs will be provided. For more information please contact Sandy Langemeier at 402.486.1361.

    THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is entitled, “Small Catechism: Table of Duties.” Where and in what ways has God called you to serve?

    OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE: The Parish Education committee is offering the opportunity to serve as the Sunday School Superintendent. To find out more about this volunteer position, please contact Mark Simnitt at (402) 486-3782.

    DISNEY would like to thank everyone for all the love, prayers, and support with his fundraising efforts for the CCFA. He would like to invite all of you to the Take Steps CCFA Walk on Saturday, October 7th at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the walk will start around 9:30 am. There is free admission for the walk.

    ALL WOMEN OF THE CONGREGATION are invited to the LWML Zone Rally on October 8th. The rally will take place at Lutheran Family Services at 23rd and O St. from 1—4:30 pm. Speaker will be Joel Stoltenow who will give a tour of the facility and tell about their services. There is no registration fee. However, a card voucher will be available for a suggested donation of $5 to the LFS Pharmacy. RSVP by October 1 to Ruth Wright (402) 580-1362 or spring0741@gmail.com.

    JUST A REMINDER: The blue food barrel is located in the narthex to collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank. We have also been known to provide items to people who come to our building needing help.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU all for your praying with us during Betty’s illness. Praise be to God, through His love, mercy, grace and peace the prayers were answered on Sept. 3rd when He took her home to be with Him. And thanks for prayers, condolences and messages of support for us, her family. Special thanks to Susan McKinney and all who offered help and food for the great meal and to Scott for carrying on her legacy of egg salad! And of course thanks to the Pastors and Vicar for your awesome messages of love and peace to her and us.
    Shirley, sister Doris, brother Lauren, sons Lon and Larry

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 1:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am Chapel
    6:45 pm Stephen Ministry
    7:00 pm Briarhurst Condo Assn.
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible Study—Psalm 119
    7:30 pm Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study—Hebrews
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    1:00 pm LWML Zone Rally
    2:30 pm Gramercy Service

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Dale Meyer
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Caraline Higgins
    10:30 am: Vivian Cheek
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Corie Christiansen
    10:30 am: Arlene Nelson
    Coffeemakers: Bryan & Sandy Prenosil
    Information Center: Sandy Langemeier
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    10:30 am: Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    Communion Set-up: 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, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering from knee replacement surgery at Tabitha.
    • Marjorie Victor, anticipating hip surgery on Wednesday.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, recently hospitalized.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Joyce Thompson, having medical tests.
    • Sue Wesche, having medical issues.
    • Maurice Deubler, recovering from a knee replacement.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing strong chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
    • The people affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest recently.
    • Dr. Christopher Ahlman and his family as he accepted the call from Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX to be their associate pastor/minister of music. Pray for the family as they transition to Houston.
    • Rollie Victor, back at The Ambassador.
    • The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.

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

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

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Oct. 1 Jo Kirk
    Oct. 2  Lavern Obermeier
    Oct. 3 Christine McKinney
    Oct. 4 Tom Fuoco, Josiah Garris, Adrianne Jansky
    Oct. 5  Noah Baumann, Emily Klutz, Julia Phillips
    Oct. 6   Steven DeVore, John Olson, Burton Pflueger, Eli Theewen
    Oct. 7 Cathy Meints

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Oct. 1 Jeff & Margaret Ficken
    Oct. 5 Matt & Laura Buresh
    Oct. 6 Ryan & Jessica Theewen

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Attendance: Sunday: 293
    Wed:   90
    Total: 383

     


    Newsletter 9/27/17
    September 28th, 2017 by

    LEARNING THE FAITH BY HEART by Geoff Boyle
    “I love my children and want the best for them: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [and] self-control’ (Galatians 5: 22). The fruit of the Holy Spirit comes through God’s Word. Life in the Spirit begins at the font where water and the Word unite us to Christ and is nourished each time we hear His Holy Word and receive His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Martin Luther tells us that the Spirit ‘leads us first into His holy congregation and places us in the bosom of the Church. Through the Church He preaches to us and brings us to Christ’ (LC II, 42). That’s what I want for my baptized children.
    The Small Catechism is a prayerbook, a handbook of the Christian life for you and your children.
    Instead of giving a perfect, fail-proof, one-size-fits-all method for home catechesis here, I’ll simply offer a starting point by sharing what we have done at home with our own small children. Adapt and change it as your family requires. Kids vary. And different ages call for different approaches.
    We first selected a time and a place (nothing happens without a time and place), making it part of the bedtime ritual: bathe, brush teeth and sit together on the floor with our hymnals.
    We started with a simple liturgy and added the Church’s hand motions, teaching them to make the sign of the cross: ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ (For a 2-year old, making the sign of the cross isn’t always up, down, right and left. It can be all over the place.)
    I’d then introduce the Ten Commandments with something I adapted from Pastor Peter Bender along the way: “The Ten Commandments preach repentance. They show us our sin and our need for a Savior, and how we should live before God and our neighbor.’ (Rhythm and rhyme are vital to memorization.)
    Then I’d ask: ‘What are the Ten Commandments?’ We’d recite them as a family — just the commandments. Once the children had learned them by heart, we’d ask, ‘What does this mean?’
    Next: ‘The Creed preaches who God is for us and for our salvation, as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Let us confess . . . ‘
    Then: ‘The Lord’s Prayer preaches the Christian life, how we are to call upon God in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. Let us pray . . . ‘
    Then we sand a hymn — using the same hymn for a while to learn it by heart. (You might have a CD of Lutheran hymns ready.)
    Finally, we’d conclude with the catechism’s Evening Prayer and a simple benediction: ‘Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.’
    There’s no magic formula. No super spirituality. Just a father and mother doing the same thing every day in love for their children. And this is the most important point: do it daily, using the
    same words. Use repetition. Rhythm and rhyme. Habits form us.
    As our kids have grown, so has our use of the catechism. On our way to school we now get through all six chief parts and even sing in the car! Our 5-year old has learned all the chief parts by heart, and our 4-year old knows the primary texts. Our 9-year old corrects me when I’m wrong. I love my children, so I give them the Word. What a gift the Small Catechism is to me and my family. May it be so for you and yours.
    ~ The Lutheran Witness, September 2017, pgs. 10-11 ~

    FALL YARD CLEAN-UP is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at 9 am. Bring clippers, gloves, brooms, and other yard tools. We can use lots of hands so we can get done quickly. Coffee, juice, and rolls will be available. NOTE: THERE IS NO NEBRASKA GAME ON THIS SATURDAY.

    LIFE CHAIN is a silent witness to the sanctity of human life. This event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:30 pm along “O” St. The members of Good Shepherd will stand between 53rd and 54th streets on the south side of “O” St. Signs will be provided. For more info please contact Sandy Langemeier at(402) 486-1361.

    DISNEY TUREK, a member of Good Shepherd, has been struggling with Crohn’s disease and is currently doing well. He has been involved as the “Take Steps” Crohn’s & Colitis Honored Hero
    this year. On Thursday, Sept. 28th from 4-9 pm there will be a fundraiser at the Boston Market on 48th and R St. to raise funds for research and assistance for those affected by these two conditions. Please come and bring your friends and neighbors. You will need to mention the fundraiser to receive credit for the association. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement for Disney.

    SUNDAY SCHOOL is an important support for your family in teaching children the truths of God’s Word. Sunday School classes for all ages meet on Sundays at 9:15 am. And while your children are learning you are invited to come to adult Bible study in the fellowship hall and discuss what it means to be a good steward of God’s blessings. Refreshments follow the 8 am service with Sunday
    school and Bible study to follow.

    Please, Sir, may I have some more?
    Just as little Oliver Twist longed to fill his belly, so too do the students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School long to fill their minds.
    Good Shepherd has expanded to 7th grade this year! Our school has expanded, but our beautiful school library needs a little help to meet the need.
    Would you be able to help us in this endeavor?
    A special wish list has been created to support the needs of our 6th and 7th grade students.
    An Amazon.com wish list has been created at the link below. To help:
    1. Click the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1UTS32I5WM1O5/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2
    2. Select a book from the list to add to cart. (used books in good condition are just fine, too!)
    3. Add to any regular Amazon order.
    4. If you have any questions contact Bethany at: oops_stoops237@hotmail.com
    Thank You!! Thank You!! Thank You!!
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    News and Notes 9/24/17
    September 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. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice, and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8am 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 our time together and please come again.

    MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible Study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Poppe will be taking a break from the study of the Formula of Concord for 6 weeks. God has given us many blessings including the freedoms we have in this country, family, friends, material possessions, time, talents and abilities. During this 6 weeks Pastor Poppe will lead a study to explore how we use these blessings for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Christ and our neighbors.

    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY will focus on the Reformation using the Luther movie. This class will meet in the youth room on the upper level at 9:20 am Sundays.

    SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE classes will be meeting between services on Sundays (about 9:20 am) in room 109. This series of classes is designed to communicate what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess as it is taken from God’s Word. If you would like to find out more about Lutheranism or if you just want to review the basics . . . this class is for you. Completion of this series can lead to communicant membership at Good Shepherd. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Maronde.

    BIBLE STUDIES DURING THE WEEK
    Tues. at 6 am Men’s Bible Study (book of Ruth)
    Wed. at 7:30 pm Psalm 119
    Thurs. at 1 pm LifeLight Bible Study of Hebrews

    LIFE MOMENT: “Lord, guard and guide the men who fly. And those who on the ocean ply; Be with our troops upon the land, And all who for their country stand: Be with these guardians day and night, And may their trust be in Thy might.” Author Unknown

    ROCA SCARY FARM: Jr. & Sr. High youth (grades 5-12) are invited to meet at church on Saturday Oct. 14th at 5:30 pm or meet the group out at Roca by 6 pm at the gate. We should be back at church by 10:30 pm. Bring $15 to get in and some extra money if you want snacks while out there. Youth Group will cover the rest of the admission. If any parents can help drive that would be great. Please let Marc Huff at 402.890.9752 or marchuff@gmail.com know if you are planning to attend. If you have questions you can also talk to Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    YOUTH MOVIE OUTING will be on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 2pm. The 30th anniversary of the Princess Bride will be celebrated with a showing at the Grand theatre downtown. This outing will be for grades 8-12. The showing will be in a dream lounge theatre so we have to reserve seats. Marc Huff will need to know for sure who is planning to attend by or before Sunday, Oct. 8th so we can make sure we can get seats. Tickets are $12.50 per person. Those attending will need to bring money for snacks and $6 for their ticket. The youth account will cover the remainder of the cost for the ticket. Feel free to meet us at the Grand by 1:30 pm or let Marc Huff know if you will need a ride from church. Contact Marc Huff at 402.890.9752 or at marchuff@gmail.com. If you have questions you can also talk to Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.

    LIFE CHAIN: October 1 from 2:30—3:30 pm. For the 30th year, Lincoln will join more than 1,500 cities in the U. S. and Canada for Life Chain. Life Chain Lincoln will extend from 27th to 84th and “O” St.
    Life Chain is not political or confrontational. Life Chain IS silent prayer vigil by Christians to communicate their opposition to abortion. Participants prayerfully display uniform signs that state the truth about abortion. Everyone who believes in the protection of unborn children and their mothers is invited to participate. Good Shepherd members will stand between 53rd and 54th Streets on the south side of “O” St. Signs will be provided. For more information please contact Sandy Langemeier at 402.486.1361.

    THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is entitled, “Lutherans Today.” How many Lutheran church bodies do you think exist in the world today. Check it out on the insert.

    DISASTER RELIEF: Check out the insert today for information on how to support relief efforts through LCMS Disaster Relief in the areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thrivent members can also go to the disaster response page at Thrivent.com and choose to donate to the LCMS Disaster Relief. All donations through Thrivent will be matched up to a total of $3 million on individual personal donations.

    FULL YARD CLEAN-UP is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at 9 am. Bring clippers, gloves, brooms, and other yard tools. We can use lots of hands so we get done quickly. Coffee, juice, and rolls will be available. THERE IS NO NEBRASKA GAME ON THIS SATURDAY.

    DISNEY TUREK is this year’s “Take Steps” Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. His team is having another eat out fundraiser at Boston Market on 48th and R St. on Thursday, September 28th from 4-9 pm. Everyone is welcome. You will need to mention this fundraiser for the credit to the Crohn’s and Colitis Association. Thank you again for all your support and prayers for Disney.

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION will not meet the month of September.

    ALL WOMEN OF THE CONGREGATION are invited to the LWML Zone Rally on October 8th. The rally will take place at Lutheran Family Services at 23rd and O St. from 1—4:30 pm. Speaker will be Joel Stoltenow who will give a tour of the facility and tell about their services. There is no registration fee.  However, a card voucher will be available for a suggested donation of $5 to the LFS Pharmacy. RSVP by October 1 to Ruth Wright (402) 580-1362 or spring0741@gmail.com.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues.              6:00 am            Men’s Bible Study
    8:15 am            Chapel
    Wed.               5:30 pm            Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm            Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm            Bible Study—Psalm 119
    7:30 pm           Choir
    Thurs.            8:15 am            Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study—Hebrews
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    4—9 pm Boston Market Fundraiser for Crohn’s & Colitis
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am Chapel
    Sat. 9:00 am Fall 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
    2: 30 pm Life Chain

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Matt Phillips
    Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8:00 am: Walter Schnell
    10:30 am: Emily Klutz
    Greeters: 8:00 am: Darla Posner
    10:30 am: Gary & Vickie Rockel
    Coffeemakers: Dick & Alice Heinke
    Information Center: Vicki Hughes
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Luverne Myers, Dale Borneman, Matt Fritz, Renos Kunz
    10:30 am: Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    Communion Set-up:            Ginger Borneman
    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, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering from a fall.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemo.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering from knee replacement surgery at Tabitha.
    • Marjorie Victor, anticipating hip surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, recently hospitalized.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the cause and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Joyce Thompson, having medical tests.
    • Sue Wesche, having medical issues.
    • Jayn Brosh, daughter of Elaine Egner, having spinal cord surgery to remove a cyst.
    • Maurice Deubler, recovering from a knee replacement.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing strong chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
    • The people affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest recently.
    • Dr. Christopher Ahlman and his family as they seek God’s guidance in considering a call from Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX.
    • Rollie Victor, hospitalized.

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

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

    • for the reception through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Gabriel Bernard Bliss, son of Jonathan & Sarah Bliss.

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Sept. 24 Hazel Mees, Andrea Piening, Don Wiese
    Sept. 25 Lindsay Groff
    Sept. 26 Gunner Baumann, Natasha Kessler, Barb Poppe, Gerayne Yelkin
    Sept. 27 Gary Ahrens, Amy Kirkland, Jan Knaus, Austin Neesen
    Sept. 28 Brett Cover, Madysen Luebke
    Sept. 29 Andrew Ainsworth, Bennett Bellows, Brooks Piening
    Sept. 30 Hayley Marshall, Cortney Nelson, Amy Sandman

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Sept. 24 Richard & Suzanne Znamenacek
    Sept. 28 Jared & Lindsay Groff
    Gene & Janet Harms
    Sept. 29 Al & Kim Bock
    Brett & Julie Wright

    WEEKLY STATS:
    Attendance: Sunday: 287
    Wed:   75
    Total: 362


    September 14th, 2017 by

    THE CREEDS FOCUS ON GOD, NOT ME
    by Christopher Neuendorf
    “ We the Church are often tempted to accommodate ourselves to the culture around us. Thankfully, however, there are many aids that can help us stand firm against this temptation: our fixed daily prayers, the Scriptures and the unaltered Lutheran Confessions, to name a few. Among these aids, the creeds stand forth as immovable pillars, rallying points for those who are being conformed not to the world around them but to the image of Christ.
    Our creeds stand directly opposed to our surrounding culture. The culture is self-obsessed; our creeds focus on God. The culture views identity as self-determined; our creeds recognize iden-tity as given by God. The culture promotes “progress”; our creeds proclaim permanence.
    There’s nothing our culture loves more than the self. We love to talk about ourselves, to wal-low in our perceived victimhood and to determine the value of everything based on how it makes us feel. If we’re learning about some academic subject deemed worthwhile by past generations, the inevitable question is, ‘What does this have to do with me?’
    Over against this self-obsession, the creeds uphold Him who is worthy of reflection in and of Himself. If the creeds are ‘about’ anything, they are about our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and about our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man. They are ‘about’ us only insofar as we fit into God’s good purposes, i.e., as those who are made by God, re-deemed by God and sanctified by God. When we speak and sing the creeds, we glorify not ourselves but God. The Athanasian Creed in particular takes great delight in proclaiming over and over again who God is in Himself. He is worthy of our adoration and praise not because of His relevance to us, but because He is who He is.
    Hand in hand with our culture’s narcissistic self-obsession goes its novel view of identity as something self-determined. I was raised on television programs that told me over and over again that I could be whatever I wanted to be. If you can dream it, you can be it! The result is a generation of people who believe that they can be the opposite sex, that they can claim a different ancestry, that they can possess different abilities or even disabilities — in short, that they can determine their own identities. According to this way of thinking we are not our biol-ogy, our upbringing or our training. We are our own autonomous choices, our own desires and our own appetites.
    How different is the vision found in our creeds! There I do not make myself who I am. Rather it is God who is ‘maker of heaven and earth,’ which includes me. I do not determine my own goodness or badness. Rather it is Jesus Christ ‘who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,’ identifying me as a ‘sinner’ in need of salvation, and then winning for me the new identity of ‘righteous’ through His gift of ‘one Baptism for the remission of sins.’ Nor do I determine my own value. Rather it is Jesus, under whose judgment I stand, who ‘will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,’ who’ purchased and won me, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.’
    A natural outgrowth of our culture’s self-obsession and self-identification is its unwavering be-lief in ‘progress’ — not technological progress but the inevitable march of history into ever-increasing enlightenment. Thus our changing views on marriage, for example, are thought of not as degeneration but as progress, as the ‘right side of history.’ The human race just keeps getting better and better.
    The creeds, on the other hand, proclaim permanence. Justice does not develop over time, but it is the eternal immutable will of God. His truth does not gradually unfold as we overcome outdated ideas, but He ‘spoke by the prophets.’ We do not progress past former generations, leaving them behind in their darkness and ignorance, but we are ‘the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints.’ The truths that no amount of cultural degeneration can change. They have always been true, and they will remain true long after our culture, with all its imag-ined progress, has vanished from the face of the earth. The creeds may be on the wrong side of our culture’s history, but they are on the right side of eternity.
    As we seek to engage a culture that is ever more violently opposed to the God confessed in our creeds, may those creeds continue to ground us in Who really matters most, who we really are and what will really last forever.”
    ~ The Lutheran Witness, September 2017, pgs. 22-23

    THE FUNERAL SERVICE for Betty Kieselhorst will be on Monday, Sept. 18th at 10:30 am.

    GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, September 22nd from 5-8 pm. There will be food, games, a bounce house, face-painting, the String Beans band, and a fun time for kids of all ages. Please mark your calendar and join in the fun. There are sign-up sheets on a table in the narthex for volunteers to staff booths, help with games, serve food, bring food, and set up for this event and help with clean up after the event. Your help will be greatly ap-preciated. Bring your whole family, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and neighbors.

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S YOUNG ADULTS will meet on Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm at the home of Jim & Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. Children are welcome.

    FALL YARD CLEAN-UP is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at 9 am. Bring clippers, gloves, brooms, and other yard tools. We can use lots of hands so we can get done quickly. Coffee, juice, and rolls will be available. NOTE: THERE IS NO NEBRASKA GAME ON THIS SATURDAY.


    News and Notes 9/10/17
    September 12th, 2017 by

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

    MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY:  Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Join this study at 9:20 am in the fellowship hall.

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

    THANK YOU to Maureen Marshall who created and organized summer Sunday School here at Good Shepherd. Thanks to all who helped with teaching Summer Sunday School so that our regular teachers could have a summer break. We appreciate the participation of Joy Barefoot, Beth Huff, Matt Philips, Marilyn Meyer, Aaron Wagner, and Jerika Perrin.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Family Fun Night on Friday, September 22 from 5-8 pm. There will be food, games, booths, face painting, and activities for the whole family. There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex for volunteers to sign up to staff booths, serve food, bring food, set up and clean up, etc. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome.

    MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a Bible study on Wednesday evenings following the midweek service (about 7:30 pm). This class will meet in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

    LIFE MOMENT: People may scorn and reject as worthless the life of the old man or woman in a nursing home, the life of the unborn child, the life of the terminally ill, or the life of the physically or mentally handicapped. But the Cross decisively demonstrates God’s compelling love for each and all of them . . . That love came in the most unexpected way to people who could never have earned or deserved it — people exactly like us.

    CHOIR REHEARSALS will begin again on Wed., Sept. 13th following the midweek service (about 7:20 pm) in the balcony. We will be learning songs for Sunday worship services and especially for special events including Good Shepherd’s 40th anniversary, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. New singers will be welcomed.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 10: 25 “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” That’s just not a good question! Doing and inheriting just don’t go together: what can you do to inherit Bill Gates’ fortune? Nothing. Inheriting is about birth right; doing is about merit. We receive eternal life by birth right in our Baptism into Christ. All of our doing in the Kingdom of God flows from this, from who we are by our new birth. It can never be the other way around.

    RECYCLING: Beginning in April 2018 Lincoln will ban the disposal of cardboard from the landfills. A recycling bin has been place in the kitchen for all cardboard, glass, plastic, paper, and cans. Also, located at the outside lower level by the trash bins, is a recycling bin for the kitchen container to be emptied into for recycling pickup. Questions about the recycling may be directed to Aaron Boucher.

    THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is focused on the results of the Reformation and why it needs to happen on a continuous basis. “The Reformation Today” is the title of the insert today.

    LUTHERANS FOR LIFE will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 7 pm in the church library of Christ Lutheran Church. The presentation will be a DVD entitled, “The Euthanasia Deception.” For more info contact Lyn Maaske at rnmsk@aol.com or (402) 421-7363.

    THANK YOU to all who attended the August LWIM (Lutheran Women in Mission) event. Guest speaker, Elfi Lee, co-author of the book Watching Over Me, has donated a copy of her book to the Good Shepherd library if you did not get a chance to attend,  please check out the book. A copy was also presented to several of our school students for the school library. A big thank you also to all who donated games, books, hats and gloves to the Food Fort probject. The Food Fort bus is equipped for cooler weather and activities for the children they serve.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR! SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, October 21, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE will host a 2017 Lutherans for Life Regional Conference with the theme HOPE FOR LIFE. Speakers will be Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life; Laura Davis, Director of Y4 Life, LFL’s outreach to youth; Brian Young, speaker on Creation and Biblical authority; and Greg Baker speaking on “Christian Witness in the Public Square”. David  Zach and his band, Remedy Drive, will present a preconference concert at St. John’s in Seward on Friday evening and will speak on “Human Trafficking.”
    Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for students and includes the noon meal. To register for the conference and for more information go to www.lutheransforlife.org/conference. Nebraska Lutherans for Life is offering scholarships to cover the registration fee. To apply for a registration scholarship, contact Nebraska LFL treasurer, Kirk Goertzen at 402-725-3593 or kirk.goertzen@nm.com. Questions? Call Sandy Langemeier at 402-486-1361.

    DISNEY TUREK is this year’s “Take Steps” Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. His team is having another eat out fundraiser at Runza, on 33rd and HWY 2 on Monday, Sept. 11th from 5-8 pm. Everyone is welcome. Runza will donate 15 % of each sale from anyone who comes to the restaurant. You can even go through the drive-thru! Thank you again for all your support and prayers for Disney.

    GOSPEL MAILERS: In the first 6 months of this year, Gospel Mailers packaged and delivered to Orphan Grain Train’s Norfolk warehouse the following: 321 Bibles, 501 New Testaments, 147 Luther’s Small Catechisms, 96 English dictionaries for students and 64 lbs. of Sunday School materials, all for shipment to our sister synod’s Lutheran churches and school in Liberia. In addition 11 Spanish Bibles and 6 Spanish New Testaments were given to Orphan Grain Train. Collection box for these materials is in the narthex coatroom. For more information, please contact Loraine Harnett at loraineharnett@gmail.com or (402) 217-7414.

    ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN will hold its 25th anniversary convention on Sept. 15-16 at Divots Conference Center in Norfolk, NE. For more information or to register go to www.ogt.org  or call 877-271-7393.

    THRIVENT MEMBERS AND PERSONAL GUESTS are invited to attend this FREE Thrivent Member Network-Nebraska Region Event. Join us for a delicious lunch buffet, special entertainment including photos with Husker legend Eric Crouch, participate in a Thrivent Action Team, and meet fellow Thrivent members and representatives. Come cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers! Admission is free and will include: a lunch buffet ($30 value), T-shirt giveaways (while supplies last), pictures with Eric Crouch, appearances by the Husker Spirit Squad and Alumni Band, big screens to watch the game if you don’t have a game ticket (NOTE: Tailgate admission does not include game ticket), cash bar and more. For more information or to register, contact Thrivent at (402) 496-0909 by Fri., Sept. 29th.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    5—8 pm Runza Fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
    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
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    Thurs.            2 & 7 pm            Sewing/Quilting Group
    Fri.                  8:00 am            Volunteers for Christ
    8:15 am            Chapel
    Sat.                 7:00 am            Elders
    10:30 am            Homestead Service
    Sun.                8:00 am            Divine Service/Communion
    9:20 am            Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Matins

    PLEASE, SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?: Just as little Oliver Twist longed to fill his belly, so too do the students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School long to fill their minds. Good Shepherd has expanded to 7th grade this year! Our school has expanded, but our beautiful school library needs a little help to meet the need. WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP US IN THIS ENDEAVOR? A special wish list has been created to support the needs of our 6th and 7th grade students. A special wish list has been created to support the needs of our 6th & 7th grade students.

    1. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1UTS3215WM105/ref=nav wishlist lists 2
    2. Select a book from the list to add to your cart. (used books in good condition are just fine, too!)
    3. Add to any regular Amazon order.
    4. If you have any questions contact Bethany at: oops stoops237@hotmail.com

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder: Kurt Stradley Organist: Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes: 8 am: Aiden Jazwick
    10:30 am: Disney Turek
    Greeters: 8 am: Seth & Makenzie Scollard
    10:30 am: Maureen Marshall
    Coffeemakers: Loraine Harnett, Nancy Stepp
    Information Center: Don & Peggy Olson
    Ushers:          8 am:   Tim Higgins, Maynard Michel, Aaron & Rachel Wagner
    10:30 am:  Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    Communion Set-up:            Linda Reigle
    Communion Clean-up:            Suzie Znamenacek

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

    • Kay Kohl, recovering at Tabitha from a fall.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa.
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, anticipating total knee replacement surgery on Monday.
    • Marj Victor, anticipating hip surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, battling cancer and receiving chemo.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the cause and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • for Jayn Brosh, daughter of Elaine Egner, having spinal cord surgery to remove a cyst.
    • For Maurice Deubler, recovering from surgery.

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

    • For the family of Betty Kieselhorst, who was taken to her heavenly home last Sunday. (Her memorial service will be Mon., Sept. 18th at 10:30 am.)
    • For the family of Emma, mother of Dennis Von Busch, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

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

    FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Sept. 10         Madison Knapp, Emily Schmeling
    Sept. 12         Chris Ayotte
    Sept. 13         Lucy Roberts
    Sept. 14         Dylan Baumann
    Sept. 15         Lesley Ahrens
    Sept. 16         Gary Heckman, Rehema Kavugha

    ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
    Sept. 16         Doug & Victoria Hughes
    Mark & Lori Reinke

    THE SHEPHERD’S FLOCK THIS WEEK:
    Attendance
    Sun., Sept. 3                        296
    Wed., Aug. 30                     133
    Total                                     429


    News and Notes 9/17/17
    September 10th, 2017 by

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

    MISSION OFFERING: Funds gathered during Bible study on Sundays for the months of September and October will be designated to be sent to Saint Philip Lutheran Mission Society to benefit the seminary in Pretoria, South Africa.

    BIBLE STUDY TODAY:  Because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we have been studying the Formula of Concord, one of the key confessional documents in the Book of Concord. Topics include original sin, free will, justification, good works, the Lord’s Supper, and predestination. Today we focus on the two natures of Christ.

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

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Family Fun Night on Friday, September 22 from 5-8 pm. There will be food, games, booths, a bounce house, the String Beans band, face painting, and activities for the whole family. There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex for volunteers to sign up to staff booths, serve food, bring food, set up and clean up, etc. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome.

    MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY: Vicar Short will be leading a Bible study on Wednesday evenings following the midweek service (about 7:30 pm). This class will meet in the fellowship hall and will study Psalm 119.

    LIFE MOMENT: What do we share with the infertile couple desperately desiring a child? They are created, redeemed, and called and they can trust in the ways and will of their God.

    CHOIR REHEARSALS began again on Wed., Sept. 13th following the midweek service (about 7:20 pm) in the balcony. We will be learning songs for Sunday worship services and especially for special events including Good Shepherd’s 40th anniversary, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. New singers will be welcomed.

    STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: Luke 17: 18-19 Jesus said, “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Faith and thanksgiving go together. How could they not go together? Our Lord gave Himself for us and we trust Him and His every Word. Once we have this faith, we want to say thank you — it’s only natural. And thus our stewardship is only a natural part of the Christian faith — we thank the Lord with our gifts which enable the Church to reach more with the Good News of Christ.

    LIFE CHAIN: October 1 from 2:30—3: 30 pm. For the 30th year, Lincoln will join more than 1,500 cities in the U.S. and Canada for Life Chain. Life Chain Lincoln will extend from 27th to 84th and “O” St.
    Life Chain is not political or confrontational. Life Chain IS silent prayer vigil by Christians to communicate their opposition to abortion. Participants prayerfully display uniform signs that state the truth about abortion. Everyone who believes in the protection of unborn children and their mothers is invited to participate. Good Shepherd members will stand between 53rd and 54th Streets on the south side of “O” St. Signs will be provided. For more information please contact Sandy Langemeier at (402) 486-1361.

    THE REFORMATION INSERT for today is focused on one of the hymns written by Martin Luther, “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord.”

    DISASTER RELIEF: Check out the insert today for information on how to support relief efforts through LCMS Disaster Relief in the areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thrivent members can also go to the disaster response page at Thrivent.com and choose to donate to the LCMS Disaster Relief. All donations through Thrivent will be matched up to a total of $3 million on individual personal donations.

    ALL VETERANS AND VETERAN SPOUSES are invited to an informational seminar about the Omaha National Cemetery near Springfield, NE. This seminar will be held at Roper & Sons Reception Room, 4300 O Street on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited so reserve your place by calling 402-476-1225

    FULL YARD CLEAN-UP is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30th at 9 am. Bring clippers, gloves, brooms, and other yard tools. We can use lots of hands so we get done quickly. Coffee, juice, and rolls are available. THERE IS NO NEBRASKA GAME ON THIS SATURDAY.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR! SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, October 21, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE will host a 2017 Lutherans for Life Regional Conference with the theme HOPE FOR LIFE. Speakers will be Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life; Laura Davis, Director of Y4 Life, LFL’s outreach to youth; Brian Young, speaker on Creation and Biblical authority; and Greg Baker speaking on “Christian Witness in the Public Square”. David  Zach and his band, Remedy Drive, will present a preconference concert at St. John’s in Seward on Friday evening and will speak on “Human Trafficking.”
    Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for students and includes the noon meal. To register for the conference and for more information go to www.lutheransforlife.org/conference. Nebraska Lutherans for Life is offering scholarships to cover the registration fee. To apply for a registration scholarship, contact Nebraska LFL treasurer, Kirk Goertzen at 402-725-3593 or kirk.goertzen@nm.com. Questions? Call Sandy Langemeier at 402-486-1361.

    DISNEY TUREK is this year’s “Take Steps” Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. His team is having another eat out fundraiser at Boston Market on 48th & R St. on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 4-9 pm. Everyone is welcome. You will need to mention this fundraiser for the credit to the Crohn’s and Colitis Association. Thank you again for all your support and prayers for Disney.

    GOSPEL MAILERS: In the first 6 months of this year, Gospel Mailers packaged and delivered to Orphan Grain Train’s Norfolk warehouse the following: 321 Bibles, 501 New Testaments, 147 Luther’s Small Catechisms, 96 English dictionaries for students and 64 lbs. of Sunday School materials, all for shipment to our sister synod’s Lutheran churches and school in Liberia. In addition 11 Spanish Bibles and 6 Spanish New Testaments were given to Orphan Grain Train. Collection box for these materials is in the narthex coatroom. For more information, please contact Loraine Harnett at loraineharnett@gmail.com or (402) 217-7414.

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S YOUNG ADULTS will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21st at 7 pm at the home of Jim & Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. Children are welcome.

    LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION (LWIM) will not meet the month of Sept.

    CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17:
    Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
    10:30 am Betty Kieselhorst Memorial Service
    4:00 pm Homeschool Orchestra
    7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
    Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible study
    8:15 am Chapel
    7:00 pm Church Council
    Wed. 5:30 pm Midweek Classes
    6:30 pm Midweek Service/Communion
    7:30 pm Bible Study/ Choir
    Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel
    1:00 pm LifeLight Bible study
    2:00 pm Homeschool Choirs
    2 & 7 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
    7:00 pm Young Adults Group
    Fri. 8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
    NO SCHOOL— PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
    5—8 pm Family Fun Night
    Sun. 8:00 am Matins
    9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
    1:00 pm Bridal Shower

    ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
    Elder:              Ken Knaus
    Organist:        Connie Stauffer
    Acolytes:        8 am:              Nolan Novacek
    10:30 am:            Madison Crocker
    Greeters:        8 am:              Paul Keeney & Kristan Fujan
    10:30 am:            Carolyn Schwarz
    Coffeemakers:          Tim & Jenny Higgins
    Information Center: Rich & Lorelee Novak
    Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Allen & Anna Wilkens, David & Pam Schmeling
    10:30 am: Joe & Sharon Burke, Dennis & Reva Von Busch, Willis Legband
    Communion Set-up: Nancy Wagner
    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, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.

    • Kay Kohl, recovering from a fall.
    • Natalee Fonyonga, niece of Jan Stehlik, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She will be undergoing chemotherapy.
    • Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
    • Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
    • Kristen Liguori, sister of Karolyn Husa
    • Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
    • Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
    • Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
    • Cindy Worster, friend of Cathy Meints, for pain relief.
    • Mildred Humphrey, recovering from a knee replacement at Tabitha.
    • Marj Victor, anticipating hip surgery.
    • Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
    • Larry Eisenmann, recently hospitalized.
    • Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
    • Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
    • Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
    • Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
    • Shelly Ball, daughter of a friend of Cathy Meints, that doctors would find the cause and treatment for her medical issues.
    • Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
    • Joyce Thompson, having medical tests.
    • Sue Wesche, medical issues.
    • Jayn Brosh, daughter of Elaine Egner, having spinal cord surgery to remove a cyst.
    • Maurice Deubler, husband of Scott McKinney’s mother, recovering from a knee replacement.
    • Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing strong chemo.
    • Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
    • The people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest recently.
    • Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman and his family as they seek God’s guidance for their future.

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

    • The family of Betty Kieselhorst, who was taken to her heavenly home last Sunday. (Her memorial service will be Mon., Sept. 18th at 10:30 am.)
    • The family of Emma, mother of Dennis Von Busch, who was taken to her heavenly home recently.

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

    • In celebration of the 55th wedding anniversary of Willis & Delene Legband.
    • For the gift of a son, Gabriel Bernard, to Jonathan & Sarah Bliss on September 12th.

     FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
    Bethany Kranz

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

    FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
    Ron Van Valkenburg Beth Eisenmann

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

    BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
    Sept. 17 Gary Rockel, Nik Sandman
    Sept. 18 Krista Cox, Joan Michel
    Sept. 19 Kimberly Berndt, Violet Kirk
    Sept. 20 Rhett Egger, Gretchen Helmstadter, Robin Phillips, Mallory Suggitt
    Sept. 21 Ron Kimes, Robyn Perez
    Sept. 22 Sharon Burke, Brian Campbell, Blake Lester
    Sept. 23 Matt Phillips


    Newsletter 9/4/17
    September 8th, 2017 by

    BEING FAITHFUL
    “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9: 10
    God bids us to be faithful in the tasks He calls us to do. He calls us to be members of a family (husbands and wives; fathers and mothers; sons and daughters). He calls us to be members of society (those who govern and those who are governed). And He calls us to be members of His family, the Church (those who preach and teach and those who hear and learn). Each of these callings from God places a duty on us.
    As members of a family, husbands are given the duty to die for their wives as Christ gave His life for His bride, the Church; while wives are given the duty to respect their husbands and submit themselves to them as the Church does to Christ. Fathers and mothers are to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, teaching them the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Scriptures concerning Baptism, Confession, the Office of the Keys, and the Lord’s Supper. Children are to honor their parents throughout their lives, and even when their parents are no longer alive, serving and obeying them, loving and cherishing them, and speaking well of them.
    As members of society, God calls those who govern to bear the sword, that is, to punish those who do evil — those who live contrary to God’s will — and to reward those who do good—those whose lives are lived in conformity with God’s will. Those who are governed are to obey their leaders as to the Lord Himself, for their leaders bear the sword of God’s temporal justice for a purpose.
    As members of God’s own family, the Church, He calls those who preach and teach to do so in faithfulness to His holy Word. To preach and teach the Law of God to convict the hearts of hearers of their sin and to encourage, admonish, and exhort them to do good works in accordance with God’s will. They are to preach and teach the Gospel, the full forgiveness of their sins accomplished by Christ and received through faith, not by works. They are to administer the means of grace in accordance with the Gospel and the Word of God. They do all this for the young and old alike, for those who are near and far off. Those who hear and learn are to submit themselves to their preachers and teachers. They are to support them by their prayers and their gifts.
    Each of these callings from God places a duty on us. They make a claim on our presence, our prayers, and on our time, talents, and treasures. So, “Whatever your hand finds to do, so it with all your might.” (Eccl. 9: 10). Pray for your family, for your government, and your church. Give of yourself by means of your time, your talents, and your treasures to your family, your  government, and your Church. That is what it means to be faithful in the tasks that God has given us. That is what it means to do it with all your might.
    ~LCMS Stewardship Ministry~

    USHERS MEETING will be on Sunday, Sept. 10th at 9:30 am. All current ushers and those who might be interested in ushering (especially needed at the 10:30 am service) are invited to come.

    CHOIR REHEARSALS will begin again on Wednesday, Sept. 13th following the midweek service (about 7:20 pm) in the balcony. We will be learning songs for Sunday worship services and especially for special events including Good Shepherd’s 40th anniversary, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. New singers will be welcomed.

    THE FUNERAL SERVICE for Betty Kieselhorst will be on Monday, Sept. 18th at 10:30 am.

    GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, September 22nd from 5-8 pm. There will be food, games, and a fun time for kids of all ages. Please mark your calendar and join in the fun. There are sign-up sheets on a table in the narthex for volunteers to staff booths, help with games, serve food, bring food, and set up for this event and help with clean up after the event. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Bring your whole family, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and neighbors.

    TAKE STEPS: CROHN’S DISEASE AND COLITIS FUNDRAISER will be on Monday, September 11th at the Runza on 33rd and Hwy. 2 from 5-8 pm. Good Shepherd member Disney Turek is this year’s “Take Steps” Crohn’s and Colitis Honored Hero. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family to enjoy a meal and Runza will donate 15% of each sale from anyone who comes to the restaurant. You can even go through the drive-thru! Thank you again for all your support and prayers for Disney.

    LUTHERANS FOR LIFE will meet on Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm in the church library of Christ Lutheran Church. The presentation will be a DVD entitled, “The Euthanasia Deception.”

    GOOD SHEPHERD’S YOUNG ADULTS will meet on Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm at the home of Jim & Violet Kirk, 1640 Marlene Dr. Children are welcome.

    READ JOHN 14: 1-7. There are many religions in the world. Most teach that people must earn their way to heaven by doing good works. What is special about Christianity is the truth that eternal life is a gift, a gift that only Jesus can give a person. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14: 6. We receive messages all the time claiming to be the truth. God’s Word is truth.