Luke 11:21-22 – “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.” Jesus has disarmed Satan in a most unusual way: He has disarmed him by allowing Satan to cast all his weapons into Jesus. Satan has nothing left to attack us with; he spent it all on Jesus. And now Jesus is our Stronger Man. He guards and keeps us and ours, and we have nothing to fear.
LUTHERANS FOR LIFE ESSAY CONTEST
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this year’s Nebraska Lutherans for Life Essay Contest with the theme: “From Invisible to Indispensable . . .” and the conference Bible verse “On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” (I Corinthians 12: 22). One winner will be selected for grades 6-8 and one for grades 9-12. Winning entrants will be awarded $100 each and the essays will be entered in the national contest. The Grand prize for the national winning entry at each level will be $250 plus free conference registration to a 2020 Regional Conference and one night at a conference hotel. For more information, request a copy of the rules, etc. from Bob Saeger, Nebraska LFL president, at email@example.com. Entries must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2020.
Lenten meals will be provided for the six Wednesdays in Lent from 4:30 –6:15 pm. Following is the information we have for the coming Lenten meals:
March 4 (LWIM) Chicken casserole, salad & dessert/offering to support Vicar Golden and Seminarian Albert Bader
March 11 (Church Council) Tacos/ Taco Salad/ Venezuela Food
March 18 (Sunday School/Youth) Potato Bar/ Proceeds to up- date the youth room
March 25 (Quilters/Altar Guild)Lasagna/offering : 1/3 each to the Altar Guild, Quilters, and Orphan Grain Train
April 1 (Elders) Free-will offering for Mark Kranz & family
There will be a free-will offering at each of the meals. The recipient may be chosen by the sponsoring group.
Safety Committee Update
Beginning last Sunday, the south entrance/main church doors will be locked during the two morning church services. A committee of “doorkeepers” has been formed and someone will be in the Narthex to open the doors to those arriving during that time. With the security and safety of our congregation and school children in mind, we have been keeping the school and church doors locked on a regular basis. There is a doorbell you can use which is located between the two sets of front doors. If you have any questions, please check with Rich Lichtenfeld. Thank you.
Spring Outdoor Clean-up
Come on Saturday, April 4th at 9 am to help spruce things up before Holy Week begins. Bring your rakes, shovels, pruning shears, leaf blowers, brooms, wheelbarrows, and gloves to assist with your efforts. Your help is appreciated.
Lent III (Oculi) – Children of light (Ephesians 5:8) need not hold back a word (Jeremiah 26:2), even when it becomes politically dangerous or elicits cultural hostility (Jeremiah 26:8). Indeed, we find great blessing (Luke 11:28) in lovingly shining the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the haunts of darkness and death. Light of the World, let us walk and speak Your image as beloved children. Amen.
ISSUES, ETC CONFERENCE
The 2020 Issues, Etc. “Making the Case” conference will be in Chicago on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Speakers at this event include Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, author of “Has American Christianity Failed?”, Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire, and Rev. William Weedon of “The Word of the Lord Endures Forever.” For more information and to register online or print a registration form, go to issuesetc.org/conference-2020.
LISTEN TO KNNA-LP on your Alexa
KNNA-LP, the Cross 957 can now be heard on your Alexa. You can enable it by saying:
“Alexa, enable the cross ninety five seven”
After enabling the first time, Thereafter you can play KNNA-LP, the Cross by saying:
“Alexa, open the cross ninety five seven” or “Alexa, play the cross ninety five seven.”
When connected to KNNA-LP you will first hear a welcome statement that will ask you to say Listen Live, to which you would say “Listen Live” and then Alexa will connect to KNNA-LP.
You can also find out what is playing now on KNNA-LP, the cross by saying:
“Alexa, ask the cross ninety five seven what song is playing.”
SUNDAYS ON KNNA
Sundays begin with Morning Prayer at 6 am. Our services are broadcast live at 8 am & 10:30 am. If you would like a more in-depth discussion of the readings for the day, listen to Proclaiming the One at noon on Sundays. At 6 pm you can explore the orders of service with At Home in Your Hymnal. KNNA is heard at 95.7 FM on your radio or on the internet at www.thecross957.org. You can also find a full schedule at the KNNA website.
We are seeking volunteers to help with mowing at the church from spring through fall of 2020. Those willing to lend their labor are asked to contact Aron Wiest at (402) 432-0074 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the schedule.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS
Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have available Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2020 to direct them. Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to either “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” or “Good Shepherd Lutheral School & Preschool”. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
Opportunities for Bible Study
Lifelight Every Thursday @ 1pm
Currently studying the book of James.
Men’s Bible Study Tuesday @ 6am
Pastor Moline is leading a study of the book of Acts.
Midweek Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Vicar Golden is leading a study of the book of Jonah.
The Divine Service: Its History and Theology will be a new Sunday morning Bible Study led by Pastors Poppe and Moline beginning on Sunday, March 15th at 9:20 am in the fellowship hall.
40 Days for Life Spring Campaign
February 26 — April 5. You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization to pray for an end to abortion! Prayer vigil location in Lincoln: Planned Parenthood, 5631 S. 48th St. (sidewalk). Lincoln Area Lutherans for Life assignment is Monday evenings from 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm. Parking is available at Cornerstone Christian Church, 4849 Old Cheney Road. Contact person: Sandy Langemeier (402) 486-1361. You are also encouraged to pray at home for an end to abortion.
Letter from Pastor Maita
Dear brothers and sisters of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
I want to thank you on behalf of our mission church Pan de Vida Lutheran Church and all who are involved in the after-school project, especially the Jean family, for your support. Your offering has granted Emmanuel Jean one year of tuition in our after-school project.
Emmanuel is 10 years old. He is in fourth grade at a public school. When Emmanuel started the after-school program he had many difficulties. Writing and reading were very hard work for him due to a lack of support at home. Emmanuel’s parents are immigrants from Haiti and they barely speak Spanish.
Emmanuel’s abilities in writing, reading, math, and science have increased. At the same time, he is growing spiritually. In fact, Emmanuel and his brother, Chriss, come to church every Sunday. They are taking catechesis class, and will be baptized on Easter.
So, thank you again for helping Emmanuel Jean to improve his academic skills and be received as God’s child through baptism. Please keep Emmanuel, his brother Chriss, and all his family in your prayers so that they may grow in faith toward God and love toward one another.
Rev. Sergio Maita, STM
BIBLE STUDY AT CONCORDIA U
Pastor Moline has begun a Bible study on the Concordia University campus on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. Please share this info with any students you know at Concordia. For questions and information, please contact Pastor Moline.
Large Print Litergy
Large-Print Liturgy is available from the ushers/elder to be used during the services. Please feel free to ask for them.