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 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:                                    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 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
                                                     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 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.
neighbors' windshields.”
   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 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 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 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 Those going online      congregation members to bring a friend to
should contact Rev. Mark Rockenbach at 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 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,
                                                                   Grand Island.
                                                                Katheryn Leonhardt (S’10) as teacher, Trinity, Fremont.

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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:
                                      Aurora, Nebraska
                                        Cost: $1,395                                    “Ambassadors of
                                                                                        Reconciliation are
             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
                                                                                                       helpful event.
For more information contact Rev. Mark Rockenbach at 888-643-2961 or
                                                                                                       Very practical— Registration materials are available on the Nebraska District
                                                                                                       not something that
website at
                                                                                                       will get put on the
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                                                                                                       shelf. It will be
                                                                                                       used personally
                                                                                                       and professionally.
                                                                                                       I’d like to send my
                                                                                                       lay people to this,
                                                                                                       so I hope the
                                                                                                       District hosts this
                                                                                                       event again!”

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