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					                                        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: missions@ndlcms.org 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 redeemerlutheran@alltel.net,
                                                  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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