News and Notes
March 10, 2019

Stewardship Moment

Matthew 4:7 – “And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written …’ ” Isn’t it interesting that Jesus does not defeat Satan with His power as God, but rather 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. Let us build our lives on the sure rock of this Word!

MOWING VOLUNTEERS

Thank you to all those who have volunteered their time and effort to help maintain the church yard these past years.

As the mowing season is rapidly approaching, we are seeking to expand our volunteer list.  Please contact Aron Wiest  to be added to the list.

Thank You!

Lenten Services and Meals

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th.  Lenten services will be at 4 pm and 6:30 pm with Lenten meals served from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Please come about 10 munutes early for the services if you would like to participate in the Imposition of Ashes.  Midweek classes will continue to beet from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Midweek services during Lent remind us of our sin and encourage repentance in preparation for the joy of Easter.

The following dates are available for groups interested in serving a meal during Lent.  Please call Corie to schedule your group to serve a meal and raise funds for a special project.

March 6 (Ash Wednesday): Youth group
Menu: Pulled pork, Baked beans, Veggie tray, and Dessert

March 13: Lutheran Women in Mission (For Lutherans for Life)
   Menu: Sloppy joes, salads, desserts

March 20: Elders (to benefit Venezuelan families)
Menu: Soups & Desserts

March 27: Open
April 3: Quilting Guild (Menu to be announced)

April 10: Sunday School (to benefit Sunday School projects)
    Menu: Baked potato bar, salads, desserts

Life Moment

“People with disabilities and their families have much to offer the Body of Christ, but often the Church sees them as needy—as a mercy ministry—not as valued contributing members. Look for ways for each of them to serve, including the person with disability.” Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Lutheran Witness Subscription

Please sign up at the Information center to either renew your subscription or begin a new subscription.  Subscriptions will begin with the June 2019 issue.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 17.  The cost is $15.96/ yr.  You may put a check in the offering plate and label it “Lutheran Witness”.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have available Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2019 to direct them.  Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool.  Go to ThriventChoice to learn more or call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

We would be remiss if we did not recognize the group effort that it took for the Good Shepherd flock to safely navigate the recent blizzard that kept our members safely at home and off the roads. Marc Huff got the service cancelations on to our Facebook and Website. Tina Kirk-Schellenbach worked the Website and sent out a mass email to members. Brent Stehlik worked with KFOR to rework the transmission that would have resulted in empty air and instead substituted a previously recorded service. Aron Wiest coordinated with the snow removal vendor and ventured out Sunday morning to ensure that KNNA personnel could get to their equipment for their fundraiser. Pastor Poppe changed the recording on the answering machine. There was a young lady who went out of her way to work with me to approve our application to get on the 10/11 Closing Site Saturday night rather than the usual 24 hours waiting period. And last but not least, all of you who emailed, texted and called other members who might not have heard about the closing. It worked: Sunday morning Aron talked to only one gentleman who ventured out to come to church.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10.
Gary Baker, for the Board of Elders

Trip to Israel

Pastor Moline is thinking about organizing a church sponsored trip to Israel in late Spring 2020.  We would see Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, Caesarea, and Tiberius among other locations.  At least one Good Shepherd pastor would provide sermons and devotions on the trip, oftentimes at the site of Biblical events.  Planning is in its infancy, but if you are interested in receiving information as it becomes available about prices and itinerary, please place your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

KFOR Radio

KFOR has been an integral part of our outreach ministry for many years at Good Shepherd.  However, with the addition of KNNA radio at our church, we are looking into to dropping KFOR and using KNNA solely for broadcasting church services.  If you have an opinion you would like to voice in this matter, please call or email the church office.

 

Now Accepting Registrations

Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  Contact the school at 402-423-7677 for an information packet and registration forms.

 

YOUTH GROUP OUTING

On Friday, March 29th from 7—11 pm the Youth Group will be going to Urban Air!    Total cost is $25 by the youth group will cover $15, so bring $10 and any extra money needed for snacks.  Parents MUST sign release online and prior to the night at https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/locations/nebraska/lincoln.