January 2017 Gather, Grow, Go! - Lord Of Life Lutheran

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LifeLinesJanuary 2017Gather, Grow, Go!What ministries do we need to do that will bring people into a saving faith relationshipwith Jesus, build them up, and bring glory to Jesus? Please be in prayer over this.Every area has its unique needs. The ways to discover the needs of our communityare to follow the news, pay attention to the local online conversations, and listen topeople. Ask “What would help you?” and then listen.Build relationships. Relationships are the most effective bridge across which theGospel travels. Once you know the needs, share your ministry ideas with someone andhow we can go about starting them.Pastor's CornerWhen someone is leaving, we’ll often say, "Keep in touch!" Today we can do that better than ever.With cell phones, text messaging, emails, and Facebook we can be in contact with people anywhere andanytime. It’s important for us to keep in touch with people who are important to us.Nehemiah is a man in the Old Testament who organized and directed the rebuilding of Jerusalem'swalls and gates in 52 days! He's a fantastic model of keeping in touch with God.When Nehemiah was at home in Susa (southwest Iran) and heard how badly things were going inJerusalem, he immediately got in touch with God. "When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. Forsome days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven." (Nehemiah 1:4) His firstresponse to bad news was to go to God.Nehemiah works for the King of Persia. One day when Nehemiah was sad and told the king about thedestruction in Jerusalem, "The king said to me, 'What is it you want?' Then I prayed to the God ofheaven, and I answered the king." (Nehemiah 2:4) Nehemiah asks for the king's help in rebuildingJerusalem. It was a pressure moment in front of the most powerful man in the empire, so Nehemiahstays in touch with God so he can get the right answer.Later, Nehemiah is in the middle of the construction project and his enemies threaten to shut themdown. Nehemiah prays, "Hear us, O our God. Turn their insults back on their own heads." (Nehemiah4:4) Things got worse "They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up troubleagainst it. But we prayed to our God." (Nehemiah 4:8-9)Nehemiah constantly turned to God in prayer. Make prayer a lifestyle, not a compartment of your day.Notice the Lord's presence throughout your day. As you get ready in the morning, travel to work orschool, work, eat, exercise, or whatever you do throughout your day, stay in touch with God!We tend to put God in a prayer compartment of our life that we go to only a couple of times a day. Wehave a prayer in the morning, at night, or when we eat. Then, we go about our day and ignore God. Butstaying in touch with Jesus throughout your day – even it's only for a moment – will make all thedifference in how you handle things.We live in a world that's wired for constant communication because we understand that it’s importantto stay in touch. What would your day be like if you got in touch with God as often as you sent a text,messaged, checked Facebook, or called someone?Pastor David Linkugel

2I would like to express a sincere thank you to everyone who helped to make ourfirst Lord’s Lambs Cookie Walk a huge success. As a result of the generosity ofseveral bakers, we had a wonderful variety of cookies to sell. I would like to thankeveryone who donated their time at a busy time of year to bake cookies. I would alsolike to thank the congregation for purchasing cookies and contributing to Lord’sLambs start up funds.The support and encouragement demonstrated by this congregation is inspiring and appreciated.Results:Dec 11 781.10Dec 18 146.05Total 927.15A special thanks to Thrivent for providing four Community Action Grants of 250 each for this fundraiser!Denise KempnichLord's Lamb DirectorJesus Means Christmas to MeAt its core, Christmas is quite simply Jesus.Preschool – Grade 6 Christmas ProgramWe are so proud of our children! Yet another beautiful retelling of theChristmas story was presented on December 11th. So many volunteerscontributed to the success of the program! A huge thank you to Joyce Blackand her helpers for coordinating the costumes and Nativity scene. And wewouldn’t have had a Nativity without Jim Bezoni and his Board of Propertiesteam, along with Pastor Caleb and Pastor David, to set up the risers, stable,manger, lighting, etc. etc. etc. Thank you to the volunteers who helped breakdown the set and risers. We didn’t get your names, but you know who youare. And a final thanks to Kris Castle and Kris Bamesberger for filling the gift bags for each child.Of course, we wouldn’t have a program without the children! Here are the talented participants.Those with (D) were our special duet singers.Well done, good and faithful ones!Grade 6: Carter Voorhees (D), Joshua Buck (D)Grade 5: Kaylee Warnsing, Elly Thiem, Kadyn Swanson, Marek Rasmussen, Alyssa Dinapoli (D),Elly Cheatle (D), Morgan CastleGrade 4: Will ThiemGrade 3: Marlo Rasmussen, Hannah Petersen, Millie Ortmeier, Lilly Howe, Nikki Haack, EthanDinapoli, Alayna Cox (D)Grade 2: Jameson Thiem, Alex Ishmiel, Ivy Haack, Will Gutz, Lilly Goedeken (D), Raegan Castle,Jacob Buck (D)Grade 1: Olivia Schauer, Henry Paulsen, Emma Meyer, Grant Metschke, Roxy Gohr, EmmettCheatle (D)Kindergarten: Payton Warnsing, Wesley Taber, Rilynn Mercer, Caroline Gutz, Gavin Gleue,Camden Ford, Breelyn Black, JJ ArmstrongPre K-4: Easton Wehrmann, Reylynn JohnsonPreK-3: Hudson Worner, Marshall Schauer, Dan Paulsen, Stella Meyer, Joel Metschke, ReeseMercer, Amelia Gutz, Rylyn Gleue, Clara Kruse, Cale Ford, Emmaline Black, Zechariah Armstrong

3Pray for our MissionariesLord of Life provides prayer and financial support for Rev. Andrew andKelsey Schlund who serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in Mexico. In his role,Andrew works with other missionaries in the theological education ofexisting pastors and possible future pastors. He also preaches andteaches whenever needed. Through the relationships that are formed,Andrew and Kelsey seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with thepeople of Mexico. Andrew and Kelsey have a beautiful daughter,Charlotte.Please pray for the Schlunds as they serve in Mexico. Pray for all the missionaries and their familiesin the Latin America region, for the members of El Buen Pastor and San Pedro in their work tospread the Gospel, and for the Schlund family as they continue to adjust to life in Mexico City. Birthdays: Andrew – Oct. 21, Kelsey – Aug. 16, Charlotte – March 28 Anniversary: June 17

4Mite Box SundayLord of Life’s Women’s Ministry designates the first Sunday of every monthas Mite Box Sunday. We invite everyone to give your mites (offerings) tosupport the work of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML). Mitesare collected in mite boxes to support the mission projects approved by theLWML membership in convention every two years. Lutheran women havestepped out in faith, setting goals and trusting God to move the hearts of His people to givegenerously to LWML to proclaim the Gospel. The national Mite Box Goal for 2015-2017 is 2million dollars – that’s a lot of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters! Look for the LWML Mite Box inthe entry and add your mites.Friday Faith Food Fellowship / Bible StudyThe Friday Faith Food Fellowship Bible Study meets every Friday atValentino’s, 5022 S. 108th St. We gather at 1:00 pm for lunch and have aBible study led by Pastor David from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome tojoin the Bible Study. We are studying 1, 2 and 3 John.Installation and Leadership Planning MeetingAll church officers and board members who were elected at the congregation meeting in November will beinstalled on Sunday, January 8 at either the 8:00, 10:30, or 5:00 worship service. We will meet on Saturday,January 7, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, to get organized, equipped, and make plans for 2017. This meeting is for allchurch officers and Board members from all the Boards.Officers and Board MembersAs you serve as a congregational leader, commit yourself to:1) Be faithful in worship.2) Be involved in a Bible study3) Be a good steward of your time, talents, and treasure4) Serve faithfully

5January ActivitiesNo Youth Group on January 1st and 29th.High School Youth will meet on January 8th and15th at our normal time.Middle School Youth will meet on January 22ndfrom 6:30-8:00pm.High School Summer Servant Event MeetingWe are having a meeting on January 11th at 6pm at church to talk about plans for a SummerServant Event. Parents and Youth should both attend. We’ll be picking a place to serve, so comeand hear about the opportunities we have. This meeting will happen during CDT/Confirmation andwill be done by the time class ends.New High School Youth Bible Study: Generation ChangeThis past fall, Lord of Life offered a Financial Peace University Class during which over 19,000 indebt was paid off by 5 families and over 6,000 was saved. Many of the individuals in the class saidthey wished they would have gone through a class like this when they were younger. Starting inJanuary, our high school youth will spend their Bible Study time going through Dave Ramsey’s“Generation Change” and learning not only about how God wants us to manage our money, but alsoother Biblical truths about God’s love for us.DiscipleshipAre you willing to make a commitment to grow in your faith during the year?Here is what we expect from church members and also what you, as amember, can expect from Lord of Life.As a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of Lord of Life, I will: Support and further the mission of Lord of Life to share the Gospelof Jesus ChristPray for my church and fellow members regularlyBe present in worship on a regular basisSupport my church with my spiritual and financial giftsFind an area of ministry through which I can serve Christ and othersAs your church family, we will: Provide opportunities for you to live out your faith in service to othersProvide faith-building opportunities for you to grow as a ChristianProvide opportunities for you to develop deep and lasting friendships with othersProvide opportunities for lifelong learning as you deepen your understanding of the Bible and theChristian faithBe good stewards of your financial contributions to your church

6I Have Good News For YouAre you interested in learning more about what the teachings of the Lutheran Church, especially theLutheran Church – Missouri Synod? Are you interested in joining Lord of Life? Starting in January, afterconstruction is completed and we have additional classroom space available, the “I Have Good News ForYou” class will be offered at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. The class will use a ten-week Bible study designed forthose who do not know Christ, for those who do know Christ but want to know Him better, and for those whoare looking for a church home.Pastor Caleb and Pastor David will alternate teaching this Bible study, in addition to the regular Pastor’sBible study on Sunday mornings. You can participate in the class and may simply listen or ask questions.There are no obligations to join Lord of Life when the course is finished, but anyone who completes the classwill be ready for church membership. Please feel free to bring your friends with you. The classes are open toeveryone. We will have a definite starting date and location for the class as soon as construction is finishedand we can start using the addition. The class will not start any earlier than January 29.Weekend to RememberWouldn't it be great if "happily ever after" really were the end of the story?Great marriages require intentionality and investment—just like a garden that must be watered in order togrow. FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember getaway offers biblically-based insights from top speakers and marriage experts;relaxing alone time to rediscover the reasons you fell in love, free from distractions; andhelpful tools, projects, and resources for an immediate impact on your marriage.The Omaha Weekend to Remember is March 10 to 12, 2017 at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street.Register online at www.WeekendToRemember.com using the group name: LordofLifeElkhorn and you cansave! Weekend to Remember brochures are available in the church entry.

7Life Sunday– Here We StandWe will observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday,January 15, 2017“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that youmay be able to withstand in the evil day, and havingdone all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13) Here We Stand to declare and defend theprecious value of every human being. Here We Stand to celebrate the many blessingsof abundant and everlasting life. Here We Stand for every human life, at eachstage, in any state—no matter what she’s done, nomatter what he can’t do. Here We Stand from the invisible miracle ofconception to the moment of natural death—because ofGod’s purpose, not our own plans. Here We Stand behind Jesus Christ’s passion,not our own pride. Here We Stand bearing His Holy Spirit’spresence, not our own capacities. Here We Stand against sin and selfishness,death and the devil, not against one another. Here We Stand speaking truth and sharinglove—in joy and not out of anger, in hope and not outof fear. Here We Stand for forgiveness and notcomparison, for salvation and not competition; torelieve and release, not to accuse; to listen, assist,accompany, embrace, and befriend—not to attack. Here We Stand with millions of His childrenaround the world and multitudes across the centuries.Here We Stand with you and for you, wherever you are, wherever you’ve been, wherever you’re going.Here We Stand for anyone vulnerable or victim to violence against life—as Gospel-motivated voicesFor Life.Join your fellow Missouri Synod Lutherans at the NebraskaWalk For Life on Saturday, January 14th. Senator Ben Sasse,a member of the LCMS, will join the Pre-Walk Gatheringthis year! The walk is about 6 or 7 blocks from