Nebraska Lutheran Reporter Information of Interest for Lutherans in the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod PO Box 407, 152 South Columbia, Seward NE 68434 Phone: 1-888-643-2961 Fax 1-402-643-2990 Website: www.ndlcms.org July 2005 LIVING FOR TOMORROW . . . The FROM THE PRESIDENT . . . Freedom in Christ Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you Lutheran Hour Ministries, and the are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth Nebraska District are partnering together and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 to bring Living for Tomorrow (LfT) to July is “freedom” month. Our national Nebraska this fall. Through television, Independence Day celebration on July 4 gives radio, print, and other media, LfT will Christian citizens the opportunity to thank God help connect people in need of emotional for His gift of government. July 4 will also and/or spiritual support with Lutheran provide the opportunity to be mindful of those congregations in their communities. who risk life and limb to protect the freedoms of Congregations agreeing to participate our land. Many a serviceman and servicewoman in this multi-media outreach program will will be remembered, honored, and held up in prayer on July 4. be given information on those in their Still, Christians have a greater freedom to celebrate and to community who are not connected to a offer to those who remain slaves to sin. Jesus announced this church but who are looking for emotional freedom to a believing group of His own people of Israel. He told or spiritual support. Congregations them, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you indicating a willingness to participate will will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Jesus had just receive more information, as well as a taught that people would know session specifically designed to resource who He was when the Son of them at Prairie Fire ’05. Congregational Man had been lifted up. Jesus was commitment forms are requested as soon lifted up on the cross for as possible to aid in planning. More humanity’s salvation. information on LfT may be found at Jesus said that holding to www.ndlcms.org or www.lhm.org/lft. that teaching would make people His disciples. For Jesus had come not to just give profound truth GOING TO COLLEGE? . . . Are you by which people may live -- Jesus came to be the Truth. He is the looking for Christian fellowship, seeking Way, the Truth, and the Life. Humanity can depend upon His spiritual growth, or looking for fun? Get perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious help getting connected before college resurrection for freedom from slavery to sin starts! College-aged and death. Jesus is the only One who students, please send your can declare true freedom for us. He summer contact info, proclaimed with His very actions, “If the including name, current Son of Man sets you free, you will be free address, phone number, indeed.” John 8:36 e-mail address, and school . . . President Russ Sommerfeld attending to: email@example.com or for more information visit www.ndlcms.org. LUTHERAN HOUR ANNIVERSARY RALLY . . . St. John LLL of Seward is planning a 75th anniversary Lutheran Hour Rally at St. John, Seward, on Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Walter A. Maier II from Concordia, Ft. Wayne, son of the first Lutheran Hour Speaker, will deliver a Christ-centered message with insights on the early days of the Lutheran Hour broadcast. The first Lutheran Hour broadcast was the first Sunday of October, 1930. Visitors from Nebraska congregations and LLL groups are invited to join the celebration. The mission of the Nebraska District is to resource congregations, leaders, and related organizations in their mission of discipling the saved and proclaiming Christ to a lost and changing world. A TRANSFORMATION IS IN PROGRESS! . . . Planning REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION continues for the 2005 Nebraska District Youth Gathering to be NEWSLETTER . . . Lutheran held November 18-20 at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Omaha. In Immigration and Refugee addition to keynote speaker Brad Alles and Services (LIRS) offers a free Gathering band Echelon, youth will have the newsletter to help readers stay opportunity to be involved in off-site servant current on refugee and immigration issues. events, a weekend-long scavenger hunt, small FYI, the bimonthly newsletter of LIRS, is group sectionals, and large group gatherings, available online or by mail. To subscribe to all under the theme of “Transformed,” based this newsletter, visit www.lirs.org/fyi or call on Romans 12:1-2. Registration materials will Everett Johnson at 1-410-230-2786. be mailed to every congregation in late July and registration will open August 1. Watch CALLED TO GLORY . . . Lillian the District website at www.ndlcms.org for more Wegener, wife of teacher emeritus Wilfried information. “Bill” Wegener, was called to glory on Thursday, May 5. Lillian and her husband COLLEGE FRESHMEN WELCOME WEEKEND . . . All devoted their lives to serving the Lord incoming college freshmen are invited to “Freshmen Welcome through the LCMS and retired to Hebron, Weekend” hosted by the Nebraska District campus ministries at Neb. Letters of condolence the University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln July 29-31. This may be sent to Wilfried weekend, under the theme, “Campus Cross-Training,” is open to Wegener, 101 E. Sioux Road, all members of the incoming class of 2005 of ANY COLLEGE Unit 1158, Pharr, TX, 78577. OR UNIVERSITY! The registration cost of $10 includes a T- shirt. Sign up at www.lutheranchapel.org or see your church office PRE-RETIREMENT WORKSHOP FOR for a paper registration form. PASTORS . . . Worker Benefit Plans and the Nebraska District are offering a Pre- DISTRICT STAFF CHANGES . . . Kathy Melton joined the Retirement Workshop for pastors and their District Office staff at the end of May as assistant to Don Weber wives. Those interested in learning more in the area of Education and Youth Ministry. Connie Borchers about retirement preparations are has shifted duties from LCEF promotions encouraged to register soon, as space is coordinator to District events coordinator. The limited to 12 couples per workshop. The District Office staff looks forward to continuing to registration deadline is July 8. Workshops serve the congregations, schools, missions, are August 12-13 at The Leadership Center ministries, and members of the Nebraska District in Aurora, and August 19-20 at Calvin Crest in the most effective way possible. Retreat Center in Fremont. COMING EVENTS Wayne Circuit Convocation, Immanuel, Laurel..........................................................................July 24 International Lutheran Laymen’s League Convention, Topeka, Kan..........................................July 28-31 Prairie Fire ’05, Concordia University, Seward ...........................................................................August 6 Teachers’ Retreat, Concordia University, Seward ........................................................................August 9 Pre-Retirement Workshop for Pastors, The Leadership Center, Aurora ......................................August 12-13 Pre-Retirement Workshop for Pastors, Calvin Crest Retreat Center, Fremont .............................August 19-20 Church Secretary/Office Administrators’ Workshop, Concordia University, Seward .................September 13 New Worker Orientation, Concordia University, Seward............................................................September 26-27 Orphan Grain Train Convention, Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk..........................................Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 Circuit Counselors’ Retreat, St. Benedict Center, Schuyler..........................................................October 3-4 Congregational Treasurer/Business Managers’ Workshop, Concordia University, Seward ........October 15 Nebraska Theological Conference, Howard Johnson, Grand Island ............................................November 4-5 Lutherans For Life Convention, St. Louis, Mo. ..........................................................................November 11-13 District Youth Gathering, Midtown Holiday Inn, Omaha ..........................................................November 18-20 Nebraska District Convention, Concordia University, Seward ....................................................June 1-3, 2006 News items and ministry stories for the Reporter are always welcome. The deadline for submission for the August 2005 Reporter is Friday, July 1. Please submit items to Reporter@ndlcms.org or PO Box 407, Seward, NE 68434. ANNIVERSARIES St. Paul, Bertrand, 100th, July 31. President Russ Sommerfeld will preach at the 9:20 a.m. service, followed by lunch. Zion, Shelton, 120th, August 14. President Russ Sommerfeld, guest speaker. St. John, Chester, Ladies Aid, 95th, and Youth Group, 90th, August 14. A special worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marvin Kuhlmann as guest speaker. Please RSVP to the church office, 1-402-324-8075, for the noon lunch, followed by a brief program. All former members, pastors, and teachers are invited to attend. Immanuel, Polk, 125th, September 11. St. Paul, Bancroft, 100th, September 11. This celebration will take place in conjunction with their mission festival when President Russ Sommerfeld will be the guest speaker. Immanuel School, Hooper, 125th, September 18. A special service of worship will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a celebration event and meal. Trinity, Elgin, 100th, September 25. Guest preacher for the 10:30 a.m. service will be Rev. Charles Schmidt, son of the congregation. Trinity, Bloomfield, 110th, October 9. Rev. David Zirpel, former vicar, will preach at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, followed by dinner. Zion, Hubbell, 100th, October 16. Rev. John Freitag will be the guest speaker at a special 10:00 a.m. worship service, followed by a special noon meal and informal anniversary service. Holy Cross, Kearney, 40th, October 16. Rev. Dennis Heiden will preach at the 10:00 a.m. festival service at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. EQUIPPING TO SHARE LEADERS A PRAIRIE FIRE IS SWEEPING INTO NEBRASKA . . . TRAINED . . . Four lay leaders from the Each year, Americans celebrate their freedoms on the Fourth of Nebraska District were trained by Lutheran July. As Christians, we celebrate the freedoms Christ gave us Hour Ministry staff to lead Equipping to Share through His death and resurrection. We are free from the bonds workshops here in the District. Those trained of sin and free to serve Him with our whole lives. What a were Verle Hennings, Mt. Calvary, wonderful gift He offers to ALL people. Join other Nebraska Holdrege; Mike Johnson, Christ, Lincoln; District Christians for Prairie Fire ’05 on Joe Counselor, Peace, Hastings; and Arlan August 6 at Concordia, Seward, to grow in Schellhorn, Our Redeemer, Staplehurst. how to share this Good News with those who These trained leaders are now available are still slaves to sin. to come to your congregation or circuit to Attend sessions on witnessing to family lead the day-long Equipping to Share and friends, how to be a welcoming church in workshops, which are designed to equip your community, or how to share the mission God’s children for sharing their faith with of your congregation and/or school with your those around them. Cost per workshop to the community. Registration materials have been hosting congregation(s) is $350. sent to every church office. Contact your church office or the Congregations, circuits, or groups of area District Office at 1-888-643-2961 for more information. Online congregations interested in hosting a registration is available at www.ndlcms.org. Registrations are due workshop are encouraged to contact Friday, July 15. Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League Outreach Chairman Bruce Bostelman at CHRISTIAN EDUCATOR WORKSHOP . . . Redeemer, 1-402-545-3871. Lincoln, is hosting a Christian Educator Workshop on Saturday, July 9, for anyone interested or involved in Christian education, LWML RETREATS . . . The Nebraska including Sunday school, midweek, preschool, or day school South LWML retreat will be held September teachers. Dr. Jeffrey Burkart of 24-25 at The Leadership Center in Aurora. Concordia University, St. Paul, will be The Nebraska North LWML retreat will be the workshop presenter. The registration held September 17 at Camp Luther in fee, including lunch and snacks, is $30.00 Schuyler. More information on these retreats per person and is due by July 2. Contact is available from local chapter presidents or Pam Amey at the church office, 1-402- in the summer LWML newsletters. 477-1710 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to register. BOARD SUMMARY BOARD SUMMARY . . . The Nebraska District Board of Directors at its meeting June 3 took the following actions: • Approved the constitutions and bylaws of Trinity, Madison, and St. Paul, Minden. • Ratified LCEF loans awarded to Immanuel, Eagle, and Mt. Calvary, Omaha. • Recommended Marv Thompson, Lincoln, and Kermit Brashear, Omaha, as nominees for the vacant position on Synod’s Board of Directors. • Approved support for the introduction of Lutheran Service Book throughout District congregations with an introduction at the opening worship and throughout the 2006 District Convention. • Received an update on the nomination and call process for the Assistant to the President for Church Worker Care position and learned interviews will soon begin. • Granted peaceful release from their calls by the District to Gregory DeMuth, DCE at the University Lutheran Chapel, Lincoln, to pursue seminary studies, and to Rev. Jorge Santamaria, who was called by Cristo Cordero de Dios, Grand Island, to serve as its pastor. • Established a Nebraska District “Mission Partnership Process” to assist, resource, and support new mission starts. • Approved the submission of a Charitable Gifting Initiative grant application to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. • Approved the formation of a task force to examine the creation of a District stewardship committee or board in accordance with the LCMS 2004 Handbook. CALLS IN THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONED MINISTERS ORDAINED MINISTERS CALLS ACCEPTED: CALLS ACCEPTED: Kimberly Boyle (S’80), teacher, Immanuel, Columbus, to teacher, Rev. Mike Neidow (StL’84), associate, Trinity, Alma, Mo. Messiah, Lincoln, to senior, Emmanuel, Amber Fountain (S’03), teacher, Zion, Kearney, to teacher, York. Immanuel, Wentzville, Mo. Judith Ripke (S’77), teacher, St. John, Seward, to assistant CALLS DECLINED: professor of education, Concordia University, Seward. Rev. Wes Baumeister (StL’98), Concordia Andrea Roettger (S’02), DCE, Lakeside, Venice, Fla., to DCE, University, Seward, to executive director, Zion (West), Omaha. Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High Matthew Simpson (S’03), teacher, Heartland Lutheran High School, Green Bay, Wis. School, Grand Island, to teacher, Saxony Lutheran High Rev. Steven Heinsen (StL’96), associate, School, Jackson, Mo. Christ, Norfolk, to Trinity, Arapahoe. Thaddeus Warren (S’91), director of DCE program, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., to assistant professor of education, STATUS CHANGE: Concordia University, Seward. Rev. Bret Schroeder (StL’91), Trinity, Hebron, and Zion, Shickley, resigned from CALLS DECLINED: clergy roster effective April 24. Sarah Heislen (S’94), dean of students, Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School, Las Vegas, Nev., to teacher, Lutheran High Northeast, ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS: Norfolk. Rev. Ronald Benson (FtW’01) as associate pastor, First, Papillion, May 22. OTHER TRANSACTIONS: Rev. Mike Neidow (StL’84) as senior pastor, Clifford Bach (S’70), reinstated to teacher roster effective April 27. Emmanuel, York, June 5. Berlyn Clear (S’88), non-candidate, Kansas District, to non- candidate, Nebraska District. Kristina Nelson (Aus’95), transferred to Southern District effective February 7. Harold Oldehoeft (S’64), principal, St. John, Battle Creek, to emeritus status.
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