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 August 2010
GOING TO COLLEGE OR KNOW FROM THE PRESIDENT . . . Tired of Doing Good?
SOMEONE WHO IS? . . . The campus
ministries in the Nebraska Do you ever become tired of doing good? It
District would like to help can seem that those who do evil get ahead, while
college students, those who live by faith in Jesus and do good may
including incoming face trials and even struggle with one another.
freshmen, get connected Paul knew this. When he wrote a letter to the
to Christian fellowship Christians in Galatia, some Jews who claimed to
and fun. To help minister be Christians attacked his message. Paul had told
to students in your non-Jews they could be saved through Christ
congregation, visit without coming to Him through Judaism. These
www.lcmscampusministry.org and click on Jews who claimed to be Christians said Paul was
“StudentConnect,” where you can enter the dead wrong. They told Galatian Christians that
name, address, phone, email address, and they were not saved and that their sins were not
the college they will be attending. An LCMS forgiven until they lived the Jewish way.
pastor or campus ministry worker from one So God inspired Paul to write, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be
of our Nebraska District LCMS campus mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful
ministries will contact the student personally nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the
to share information about their local Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing
Lutheran campus ministry and ways to get good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
involved. For more information about Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to
Nebraska District LCMS ministries, visit our those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:7-10)
website at www.ndlcms.org.
To be sure, commitment to doing good because of our faith in
Christ is still tiring. Evil is present, injustice comes to us, even fellow
CALLED TO GLORY . . . Devie Aronson,
Christians hurt one another with words and actions and we become
commissioned minister, departed this life on
June 19. During her teaching ministry,
Devie served at Trinity, Fremont, for many So why keep doing good? God reminds us, “Be still and know that I
years, as well as teaching in Arenzville, Ill. am God.” (Psalm 46:10) God never gets tired. Isaiah asked, "Have you
not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the
STAFF RETIREMENT . . . Rev. Gene Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary." (Isaiah 40:28)
Gierke, Lutheran Church Extension Fund And it is God who “gives power to the weak, and to those
promotions director, retired from his full- who have no might He increases strength." (Isaiah 40:29)
time duties on July 2. He will continue to Indeed, doing good even for our fellow believers
serve LCEF on a part-time basis through his can be tiring. When we grow weary of doing good,
continued work with the congregational we need to “consider Him who endured such hostility
representative network. Congregations or from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and
investors looking for more information on discouraged in your souls." (Hebrews 12:3)
the ministries or Rev. Russ Sommerfeld
services of LCEF
may contact Jan FAITH AFLAME . . . Stewardship Awareness Seminars will be
Bruick in the offered to all lay leaders and pastors on three dates in three locations
Nebraska District across Nebraska: August 21 at Christ, Norfolk; August 28 at Holy
Office at Savior, Lincoln; and September 18 at Holy Cross, Kearney. An
888-643-2961. informational video clip, online registration form, and more
information is available at www.ndlcms.org or from your church office.
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.
OMAHA MINISTRY HOLDS SERVANT EVENT . . . Walking STATE FAIR WORSHIP . . .
Together Lutheran Ministries, a shared Those planning to visit the State
program of Omaha LCMS congregations, Fair this year in its new location
offered free car window washes one in Grand Island are invited to
Saturday in June at a number of Omaha- join the Nebraska District
area gas stations. This was not a Lutheran Laymen’s League as
fundraiser, and contributions were not they provide worship services at
accepted. This was truly a “servant event,” the Open Air Bristol Stage each Sunday at
with members mirroring the work of Jesus. 9:00 a.m. President Russ Sommerfeld will
“He showed us what service to our fellow man is by washing the preach at the Sunday, August 29, service. Rev.
disciples' feet,” said Rev. Stephen Bartelt, president of the ministry. Jack Gillam, pastor of Trinity, Grand Island,
“In our day, we are showing the same servant attitude by washing our will be the preacher on Sunday, September 5.
Mount Olive, St. Paul, Bethany, Atonement, St. John, and Pacific EDUCATORS’ CONFERENCE . . . Raising
Hills churches in Omaha participated. Information about the Up the Next Generation, based on Psalm
churches, evangelism brochures, and free 78:6-7, is the theme for the 2010 Educators’
Bibles were offered. More than 1,000 Conference to be hosted by Christ Lutheran
windshields were washed, 700 brochures Church and School and Lutheran High
were shared, and 400 Bibles were given Northeast in Norfolk on October 21-22, 2010.
away. Pictured are members washing a Dr. Mary Hilgendorf, professor at Concordia
windshield and Rev. Keith Dusheke giving University Mequon, will be the keynote
a picture Bible to a child. speaker. In addition, the conference promises
a line-up of workshop presenters sharing their
ROSTERED CHURCH WORKER LOANS . . . Lutheran Church resources, tools, and knowledge in Raising Up
Extension Fund recognizes the vital ministry LCMS rostered church the Next Generation. Registration materials
workers conduct on a daily basis, such as preaching, teaching, making will be emailed to school administrators and
hospital calls, conducting weddings, offering counsel, comforting the mailed to rostered commissioned workers in
sick, and providing guidance to those in need. Part of LCEF’s mission September. Contact Carol Oetting at the
is to help these workers focus on their ministry as efficiently and District Office at email@example.com or
effectively as possible. One way LCEF is assisting church workers to 888-643-2961 with questions.
truly make a difference in furthering the Lord’s work is by helping to
manage their personal finances. FALL PASTORS’ CONFERENCE . . . will
LCEF is proud to offer the following be held October 25-26 at the Midtown Holiday
loan programs to LCMS rostered Inn in Grand Island. Dr. Charles Gieschen
church workers: from Concordia Theological Seminary in
Helping Workers with Residential Loans Ft. Wayne, Ind., will present Christ’s Seven
Debt Consolidation Loans First-Century Letters for the 21st Century Church
Church Worker Loans Home Equity Loans during this two-day conference. Registration
To learn more, go to www.lcef.org or materials will be emailed or mailed to all
contact LCEF in the Nebraska pastors in the District and will be made
District office at 888-643-2961. available on the District website in September.
Contact Kim Hofer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OFFERS MANY 643-2961 with questions.
SERVICES . . . The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through
Concordia Plan Services (CPS) offers a variety of services to assist FIRST, PLATTSMOUTH, RECEIVES
church workers in living healthy lives. Church workers enrolled in HEALTH MINISTRY GRANT . . . First
CPS can talk to specialists about various aspects of many of life’s Lutheran, Plattsmouth, intends to use the
common concerns. Services offered through EAP cover various topics Wheat Ridge Ministries grant to establish a
including: face-to-face and telephonic counseling, child care, senior health ministry committee to transform,
care, legal services, financial resources, work life, pet care, health renew, and promote health, wellness, and
information and services, and more. CIGNA Behavioral Health, who healing in their area. The congregation plans
manages the EAP, can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to reach the community through the “Friend
and every contact is confidential. Those eligible for these services can of the Community” program which challenges
call 866-726-5267 or visit www.cignabehavioral.com. Those going online congregation members to bring a friend to
should contact Rev. Mark Rockenbach at email@example.com or each health offering they attend.
888-643-2961 for a password. This is one of the important services First Lutheran was one of 11
offered by Concordia Plan Services to its members because congregations selected
congregations are willing to cover workers and their families through nationwide to be awarded
CPS. a grant.
News items and ministry stories for the Reporter are always welcome. The deadline for submission for the September 2010
Reporter is Monday, August 2. Please submit items to Reporter@ndlcms.org or PO Box 407, Seward, NE 68434.
Stewardship Awareness Workshop, Christ, Norfolk .............................................................August 21
Stewardship Awareness Workshop with Training, Holy Savior, Lincoln ..............................August 28
Confirmation Academy, Concordia University, Seward ........................................................September 13
Orphan Grain Train Convention, Lutheran High Northeast.................................................September 17-18
Stewardship Awareness Workshop, Holy Cross, Kearney.....................................................September 18
Nebraska District New Worker Orientation, Concordia, Seward .........................................September 20-21
LWML South District Convention, Ramada Inn, Kearney ..................................................September 24-25
Educators’ Conference, Christ Lutheran School and Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk .......October 21-22
Pastors’ Conference, Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island ...................................................October 25-26
Reconciler Training, The Leadership Center, Aurora............................................................November 7-13
St. Matthew, Meadow Grove, 100th, August 1. The worship service will be at 10:45 a.m., followed by a catered
meal. A celebration service will be at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mark D. Peters, former pastor, as preacher.
St. John, Oxford, 125th, August 15. There will be a 10:30 a.m. service followed by lunch and a 2:00 p.m.
Trinity, Madison, 125th, August 15. A celebration worship service will be held at 10:00 a.m. led by
Revs. Gerald Gottberg and Dennis Schmidt, sons of the congregation, followed by lunch.
St. John, Tecumseh, 125th, August 29, with a 10:00 a.m. worship service followed by a fellowship meal, the
Sudanese Choir at 1:00 p.m., and a 2:00 p.m. anniversary service with Rev. Ken Klaus preaching.
St. Peter, Hampton, 100th, September 5, with a 10:00 a.m. worship service.
Mt. Calvary, Fullerton, 75th, September 19, with a 2:00 p.m. special anniversary service.
St. John/Zion Ladies Aid, Chester, 100th, Oct. 3. A special celebration worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m.
with Rev. Tim Beckendorf from Lutheran Bible Translators as speaker.
CALLS IN THE DISTRICT
ORDAINED MINISTERS COMMISSIONED MINISTERS
CALLS ACCEPTED CALLS ACCEPTED
Rev. John Stubenrouch (StL’98), Immanuel, Mary Lou Heine (S’78), candidate, Wyoming District, to preschool
Hepler, Kan., to St. Paul, Ogallala. teacher, Zion St. John, Wisner.
CALLS DECLINED Rebecca Jabs (S’04), teacher, Baltimore Lutheran High, Towson, Md.,
Rev. Ryan Peterson (StL’07), associate, to teacher, Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk.
St. John, Ellisville, Mo., to associate, King of Richard Jostes (S’73), director of development, Orphan Grain Train,
Kings, Omaha. Norfolk, to gift officer, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
STATUS CHANGE Haley Kindrex (S’05), teacher, Lambs of Christ Preschool, Crete, to
Rev. Richard Gudgel (StLCq’90), Mount teacher, Peace, Waverly.
Calvary, Omaha, to emeritus status effective Charles Oliver (MQ’90), teacher/athletic director, Wisconsin Valley
June 30. Lutheran High School, Mosinee, Wis., to vice principal/teacher,
Rev. Rodney Meske (Spg’74), Immanuel, Heartland Lutheran High School, Grand Island.
Hooper, to emeritus status effective July 25. Devin Smith (S’92), teacher/athletic director, Rockford Lutheran,
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS Rockford, Ill., to teacher/athletic director, Concordia University,
Rev. Victor Rasmussen (StL’10) as pastor, Nebraska.
First, Lexington, June 13 (ordination also). OTHER TRANSACTIONS
Rev. William Serr (StL’10) as pastor, Grace Florella Bourland (S’95), non-candidate, Minnesota South District, to
(Burton), Springview, and Immanuel non-candidate, Nebraska District.
(Jamison), Newport, June 27 (ordination Jerrald Pfabe (RF’60), teacher, Concordia University, Nebraska, to
also). emeritus status.
PLACEMENTS Jolynn Gardner-Scholz (SCQ’06), teacher, Trinity, Grand Island, to
Derrick Brown (FtW’10) to St. John, Curtis. candidate status.
Harrison Goodman (FtW’10) to Immanuel, PLACEMENT
Spencer, and Christ, Lynch. Derek Bult (S’05) as teacher, St. John, Seward.
Beth Dittmer (FW’10) as deaconess, Trinity, Fremont.
Seth Heidtbrink (S’10) as teacher, Heartland Lutheran High School,
Katheryn Leonhardt (S’10) as teacher, Trinity, Fremont.
LOVING ONE ANOTHER AS WE HAVE BEEN LOVED
Agnus Day appears with the permission
We have all felt this way one time or another. That’s why God offers us a model of reconciliation through
Jesus in His Word. Sometimes we just need help applying His model to our lives. The Nebraska District is
pleased to offer a week-long training for anyone interested in learning more.
Those who attended
Reconciliation Training the previous training
November 7-13, 2010 said the following:
Cost: $1,395 “Ambassadors of
But those in the Nebraska District pay only $895 per person! GOOD! They make
The $895 rate is provided through limited grant money and the material come
covers all training, materials, meals, and lodging. to life.”
Once the grant money is gone, registrants will pay the full amount.
Get your registrations in early! “This is the best
All registrations must be received by October 15. LCMS training
The training will prepare you to teach others about reconciliation. You will also be we’ve
able to coach, mediate, and arbitrate conflicts among your friends, co-workers, experienced”
family members, or those in your church. You may also be asked to help with
reconciliation teaching, coaching, and mediation within the Nebraska District. “Thank you so
much for bringing
This training provides tools that will help resolve personal, work, family, and church Ambassadors of
conflict. It will also provide a biblical format for reaching those who are Reconciliation to
unchurched. Reconciliation training will lead those in the church and those outside Nebraska. I am
of the church to Christ—our true reconciler. thankful that our
This is one example of how participants applied what they learned at the training: congregation sent
Those in the Grand Island Circuit who attended the two of us here this
training in 2008 provided a circuit-wide youth retreat week.”
that taught biblical principles of reconciliation. The
title of the retreat was SMORE—(Seeking to be “This was a
Models Of Reconciliation to Everyone). tremendously
For more information contact Rev. Mark Rockenbach at 888-643-2961 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration materials are available on the Nebraska District
not something that
website at www.ndlcms.org/congregational/workercare/Reconciler.html.
will get put on the
Agnus Day appears with the
shelf. It will be
I’d like to send my
lay people to this,
so I hope the
District hosts this