M I S S I O N F I E L D S N E B R A S K A
NEBRASKA DISTRICT LCMS—February 15, 2008
EMERGENCY by Rev. Rich Boring these campuses were strengthened in their
faith in Jesus Christ. Other students were
traveling down the road to hell, but by the
I have the privilege and opportunity to drive Gallup Poll took a religious survey, and only power of God’s Word being proclaimed and
several thousand miles across Nebraska fifty-three percent of the people living in taught on these campuses, they became
each year. There are times when in the Nebraska claim to be in church during a
believers in Christ Jesus.
rearview mirror there are red lights and weekend worship service! I am reminded
sounds of sirens out of nowhere. It is wherever I am in Nebraska that there are It costs way over what the District budgets
usually an ambulance rushing to an people without to do ministry on these campuses. The
individual or individuals in need, or rushing hope, and they District is very thankful for the
them to the hospital. need Christians to partnerships we have with Holy
build a Cross, Kearney, for the UNK
There are times when I see an ambulance relationship with campus; Pacific Hills, Omaha, for
that is several miles down the road coming them, encourage the UNO and Creighton
toward me. I am always surprised when the them, and invite campuses; and Grace, Wayne, for
vehicle in front of them does not pull off to them into Wayne State campus. These
the side of the road. It’s as if they have no relationships with three congregations donate their
idea there is an ambulance behind them. Jesus Christ. time, talent, and financial
As I travel throughout the state, through resources to see that campus
“I tell you open ministry continues in their
small communities, large cities, and rural your eyes and look
areas, I forget there are emergencies all communities. University Lutheran
at the fields! They Chapel, Lincoln, is owned,
around me. Then suddenly, it’s like seeing are ripe for the
the red lights and hearing the sirens, and operated, and totally funded by
I’m reminded that the United States is the the District at this time.
4:35) As I travel
third largest mission field in the world! through the state, College campuses are one of
God opens my Nebraska’s largest mission fields.
eyes to one of the The next time you hear a siren,
largest mission pray for the people involved in
IN THIS NEWSLETTER: fields in Nebraska. the emergency and please pray
That field is our college campuses. It is for our college campuses. Give God thanks
READ THEIR STORIES: estimated that 75 to 80% of the students for our missionaries and the financial
Page 2– The Greatest Gift do not regularly attend church while on resources that the District receives to do
campus. Most of the students stay mission work on the Kearney, Lincoln,
Page 3– The Story of the Nativity disconnected from the church after Omaha, and Wayne campuses. Pray that
Reaching Rural America for Christ graduation. He would bless the District with financial
resources and workers to develop new
Page 4– Sent Out into the Mission Field Through the congregations that financially campus ministries in Hastings, McCook,
support the Nebraska District, a little over North Platte, Peru, Bellevue, and to expand
Page 5– Fellowship Meetings a Blessing to $310,000 was spent by the District last
Many campus ministry in Omaha. Most of all,
year to do campus ministry at Kearney, pray that God would continue to use our
Page 6– Lies That Hinder Us from Witnessing Lincoln, Omaha, and Wayne. Because of campus ministries as mission outposts to
Nebraska to Participate in Fan into Flame these generous gifts, Lutheran students on
enlarge His Kingdom.
Page 7– Eight Confirmations and a Baptism Revelation 7:9—After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could
Christmas in Thailand count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the
Page 8– Soul Sisters in Christ Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
Let the Children Come!
NEBRASKA DISTRICT LCMS
Page 9- A New Congregation Joins the
Nebraska District PO Box 407* 152 S. Columbia Ave.* Seward, NE 68434*
Please Pray for Us
Phone: 1-888-643-2961* www.ndlcms.org
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FIRST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH-BLOOMFIELD
The Greatest Gift written by Rev. Duane Fahr, pastor
Twelve years ago when First Trinity Jesus came all bundled up in a snowsuit. A When First Trinity’s pastor, Pastor Duane
Lutheran Church celebrated their professional videographer came to go Fahr, was asked, and he was asked many
centennial, they shared with the through the presentation so he could get times, “Why didn’t you charge or take an
community of Bloomfield a live nativity just the right shots. At the end of the offering?” he replied, “Because there is a
presentation at the Knox County practice it was finally decided that because time for the church to give something to
Fairgrounds. This presentation was done of the icy weather, the only thing we could the community without holding out their
two different years, and both years weather do was to postpone the event until the next hand for an offering or taking a fee at the
created a problem. One year there was day. door. The gift of salvation is free to all who
some snow and the other year it was believe, so our church was only sharing the
And the people came. Ten minutes before
extremely cold. However, each time the gift that God gave to us.”
the time to start there was still a line of
people of Bloomfield came to witness the
cars on the highway waiting to get into the Many cards and notes of thanks were sent
story of our Lord’s birth.
fairgrounds. An estimated 400 people to First Trinity from former members and
Therefore, when a large, new event center came to receive the story of The Greatest the community. The following “Letter to the
was built on the fairgrounds, ideas quickly Gift! The most important gift ever given Editor” from a non-member was in the
arose in the congregation that they should was the gift that Jesus came to live and die Bloomfield Monitor:
do another live nativity. In August of 2007, for our sins. Tears came into many eyes
When something so great happens in
First Trinity applied for a community when Mary lifted baby Jesus high in the air
our area, it needs to be announced—
outreach grant from the Lutheran Church towards a twelve foot cross lighted in red,
the beautiful Christmas pageant
Extension Fund-Nebraska Program with the which hung above the stable. The sheep
sponsored by Bloomfield Trinity Church.
idea of presenting another live nativity. cried out, the choir sang and came to
Our small area put on this awesome
Before the congregation got word of worship the child in the manger. Once all
Christmas pageant to portray the birth
receiving the grant, they decided to go who were in attendance had their candles
of the Christ Child. Bloomfield is one of
ahead with the project. The reception of lit, the spotlights went out and the whole
the first to do this. The magic of this
the grant permitted many things to happen community sang “Joy to the World” and
pageant was the scenery, the live
to the glory of God: angel costumes were “Silent Night, Holy Night.”
animals and people. It went together so
made; other costumes were rented from a
well. It took place in the Harm & Tulleys
costume shop; a large sound system was
building—this is a large building and it
rented; ladies started to plan how many
was real cold. The amazing Baby Jesus
cookies they would need to make; the
was the real live baby of the father and
script, along with musical selections, cast,
mother who played this part. Wow!
and work committees, came together
Thanks to Pastor Fahr and all the
quickly; and advertising went throughout
dedicated persons who made this
the community that First Trinity Lutheran
possible. Merry Christmas.
Church was going to give a gift to the
Signed Barb Harrom
community — a live presentation of The
Greatest Gift ever given to the world. So where do we go from here? The church
received a gift of $1,000 to God’s glory in
Things got exciting the last
loving memory of a former
week of November. Five
member whom the Lord
large Christmas trees
called home. God is in
were cut down from T.H.E.
charge, and His people are
Tree Farm south of town.
already planning to share
The front of a chicken
the story of the Savior’s birth
house was removed and
one more time. God-willing,
the house was moved to
there will be great weather
town. An outside speaker
so that it can be given twice
system was set up so that
— once in the afternoon and
again in the evening.
music could be heard by
those coming to the presentation. The evening ended with hot chocolate, For more information please call the
Everywhere in town there was talk about coffee, cookies, and a lot of smiles and church office at 402-373-4797. Thanks be
what was going to happen in the new barn God’s blessings to those who were there. to God for all His gifts given through LCEF,
at the fairgrounds. As they left the building, everyone received His servants at First Trinity, and the people
a Christmas card from First Trinity wishing of the community who shared their love
Saturday morning, December 1, arrived.
them a “Christ-centered Christmas.” with us. To God alone goes all praise,
Some of the animals and the cast came
honor, and glory.
through icy roads to a cold barn to practice
the presentation. The baby who would play
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LA TRINIDAD—LEXINGTON AND NORTH PLATTE
Historia de la Navidad Presentada en Lexington
The Story of the Nativity Presented in Lexington
As Christians around the world celebrated typical Hispanic dish
the birth of Jesus on December 25, the to share, just as
children of La Trinidad in Lexington and the those gathered
La Trinidad mission start in North Platte shared their
joined together to share the nativity story Christmas evening in
with family and friends. Six children from worship and
the new Hispanic mission start in North celebration. God
Platte and six children from La Trinidad in gave another gift
Lexington joined together to retell the that night as He sent
Christmas story to 50 family members and a blanket of snow to
friends who gathered at the church in cover the city and
Lexington. give those leaving
the service a white
The ladies of Lexington made the
costumes for Mary, Joseph, the angels, the
shepherds, the wise men, and the others
who told the story of God’s Gift for all
Following the service, the families gathered
for fellowship and dinner in the church
fellowship hall. Every family brought a
HEARTLAND RURAL MINISTRY CONFERENCE
Reaching Rural America for Christ
The inaugural Rural/Small Dr. Ralph Geisler, The participants met in breakout groups to
Town Conference sponsored the new interim discuss ways in which they can be a
by Saint Paul Institute for director for Saint mission outpost to the 50% or more in their
Education (SPIFE) was held Paul Institute for communities who are not connected to
November 8-10 at the Arbor Education, Jesus Christ or a Christian church.
Day Farm - Lied Lodge & commented that,
Conference Center in “the sixty-eight Dr. Geisler reports that those gathered
Nebraska City. LCMS pastors asked SPIFE to plan another Rural/Small
and lay leaders Town Heartland Conference in 2008. More
Forty-four rural/small town came from information on the planning of this
congregations from nine congregations in conference will be shared when it is
LCMS districts gathered to: communities with available.
• Celebrate their 15,000
common heritage The Nebraska Group that Attended population or
less, and where
• Survey their ever-changing culture and many of the members make their living
examine its impact on rural/small from agri-business and extraction
town communities industries of forestry, mining, and fishing.
The LCMS Heartland Districts have 2,509
• Build a network for leadership training congregations, with 1,640 that fit the
and ministry support rural/small town definition.”
• Investigate stewardship attitudes and
Listening to the Presentation
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WORD OF LIFE MISSION START, MALCOLM/LINCOLN
Sent Out Into the Mission Field
“So after they had fasted and prayed, they The Oettings have received mission group of 34 people met in a room above
placed their hands on them and sent them training through Mission Planters Institute the Willman Hardware Store to organize St.
off.” Acts 13:3 at the Center for U.S. Missions at Paul Lutheran Church. The upper room of
Concordia University in Irvine, California. the hardware store had been the site for a
On January 13, 2008, while Lutheran The financial generosity of the Nebraska group of dedicated Lutheran Christians to
churches around the world were observing District – LCMS gather for several
the Baptism of Jesus, St. Paul Lutheran congregations made it months. Some of
Church of Malcolm, Nebraska, joined them possible for the them were members
by conducting a sending service for Vicar District to grant funds of the former Trinity
Larry Oetting and a band of St. Paul to help this new Lutheran Church,
members to go and make disciples in the church plant get located 2 ½ miles
new Fallbrook Village community of established in its northwest of
northwest Lincoln. St. Paul Pastor Craig mission field. Malcolm. God had
Whitson called upon congregational given them the vision
members to place their hands on Vicar Vicar Oetting is for a Lutheran
Larry and Kitty Oetting and those who were receiving his pastoral congregation in
being sent as he fervently prayed to the training through Malcolm.
Holy Spirit for the Lord’s will to be done DELTO, which is a
Vicar Larry and Kitty Oetting
with this new mission start. means for providing Many years earlier, in
off-campus education to seminary students the early 1880’s, Pastor Koenig and
The Holy Spirit gave St. Paul members and who have been admitted to a certificate members of Trinity, rural Malcolm, had
Pastor Whitson the vision for this church program. The DELTO program addresses been used by the Lord to help a group of
plant in 2005. They are providing a the needs and opportunities for pastoral Lutherans in Lincoln plant Trinity Lutheran
vicarage for Larry Oetting through the ministry in specialized situations. It Church in that city. And again, as the
LCMS Distance Education Leading to provides contextual theological education 1920’s began, God used Trinity, rural
Ordination (DELTO) Program of Concordia leading to ordination for men who provide Malcolm members to birth St. Paul
Seminary in St. Louis. Vicar Oetting - better supervised pastoral or missionary service Lutheran Church. Sadly, Trinity, rural
known around the Seward and Lincoln to new mission starts or congregations Malcolm, lost her wonderful country church
area as Coach or Dr. Oetting from his without full-time pastors. DELTO will be building to a fire, which was rebuilt with
football coaching and replaced this fall with love and dedication while the mission zeal
teaching days at the Specific Ministry for the birth of St. Paul, Malcolm,
Concordia University, is Pastor Program that continued.
following the call of the was established by the
Holy Spirit into a 2007 LCMS convention. And now, on January 13, 2008, when St.
mission-planting Paul Lutheran Church is only 14 years from
pastoral ministry. Vicar On that Sunday, being in mission for 100 years, the Lord
Oetting and his wife President Sommerfeld has chosen to use this congregation of 349
Kitty are gathering the preached on Matthew members in a town of 447 people to send
mission start group at 28:16-20 and reminded forth those who will plant Word of Life
their apartment in St. Paul members that Lutheran Mission to make disciples in His
northwest Lincoln. on January 8, 1922, in mission field of northwest Lincoln. Thanks
Malcolm, Nebraska, a be to God!
Some weeks ago, Pastor Ricky Jacob at Jesus Our Savior
Lutheran Outreach in Winnebago spoke with one of their preschool
“Dad, we graduate’s father. This father told Pastor Jacob how a teacher at the
public school said that she can tell which students have attended the
didn’t pray Lutheran preschool because these students are much more attentive.
He went on to say that his son reminds him when they don't
pray. The son will say, "Dad, we didn't pray yet today," so they pray at
yet today!” bedtime. What a wonderful little missionary!
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1C—MISSION START IN COLUMBUS
Fellowship Meetings a Blessing to Many
1C, the new mission start of Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, began public fellowship meetings on Sunday, January 13. Below are
accounts of these first gatherings by members of the mission start.
By Jerry Steger, Mission Planter By a Launch Team member
What an amazing day we had yesterday I invited a co-worker to 1C who just went
(January 13) at our first public fellowship. It through a divorce. His three children are in
was a Spirit-filled (goose bump) time. The the middle of the divorce. He came to 1C
Lord brought friends of the 1C—we were with his children and was astonished. His
expecting them. The Lord brought guests 11 year old daughter began crying at one
to the 1C—those we personally invited. point and his other daughter put in a
And…the Lord brought us visitors—those prayer request for her mother to find
who came at the Lord’s leading, who we happiness. She could not believe her
were ready for, but met for the first time. request was prayed for openly. The
Oh, my, what a joy to reach out and youngest, a boy around five, was dancing
welcome those 165 that He brought. and clapping. All three children were
begging to come back next week. He told
It was a humbling morning. The Word of all three that they would be back, even if
God was proclaimed; our prayers were he had to come and pick them up at their
heard; the greeters worked; the band mother's house. The children were so
worked (rocked); the graphics worked; the excited that they were convincing the
sound worked; the prayers worked; the mother to come. Powerful stuff. It's
teaching worked; the room worked; the amazing that even though the focus all
coffee, tea, and hot chocolate worked; the along has been the 20-30 something
Hershey candy bars worked; the heating group, 11-year-olds are brought to tears. As
worked; the weather worked; and it was all
for the father, "I found a second home."
done to the glory of God. Thank you Lord!
1C is touching a broad spectrum of people,
I’ve got to tell you, one of our rural young and old alike. To date, the Lord has
churches stopped right in the middle of blessed the stewardship of the launch
their service at 10:30 and prayed for the team and those supporting this mission
1C. How cool is that? Thank you again for start in that all funds used to plant this
all of your encouragement and prayers. church have been donated without the
The second public fellowship welcomed mission plant incurring any debt. Praise be
175 people, many of them new faces and to God for His great goodness!
some of them returning faces from the 1C is now holding public fellowship
week before. God is blessing this mission meetings each week at 10:30 a.m. in the
start and using it as an outreach tool to the Westgate Center at 3405 21st Street, in
disconnected and unchurced people in the Columbus. Please keep this new mission
community. start in your prayers.
Reverend Richard Boring works with the ministries of the Nebraska District. He is available to visit with you about
existing or developing ministry opportunities across the District. He is also available to help coordinate a servant
event between your congregation’s group and a ministry in Nebraska. Reverend Boring is available via phone or
email to answer any questions you may have. He may be reached at the Nebraska District Office at 888-643-2961
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.
NEBRASKA DISTRICT LCMS * PO Box 407 * 152 S Columbia Ave. * Seward, NE 68434 * Phone: 1-888-643-2961 * Fax: 1-402-643-2990
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EQUIPPED FOR OUTREACH
Lies That Hinder Us From Witnessing from Lutheran Hour Ministries
If you have a desire to share your faith but don't, you might be buying into a lie. The enemy uses lies to keep us from sharing the Gospel with
others. It is important that we seek out God's truth - from His word - to be set free from lies and to share the Gospel without restraint.
Here are three commonly believed lies and, more importantly, the truth that comes from God:
Lie #1: I am not worthy to share the Lie #2: I should be ashamed to share the Lie #3: I'm not knowledgeable enough to
Gospel message. Gospel with my friend or family member share. I won't have all the answers.
The truth: You have been chosen to because they know my past failures - they The truth: You don't need a degree to be a
proclaim the wonderful acts of God: "You know I'm not perfect. witness of Christ. He has done amazing
are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a things in your life. All you need to do is go
holy nation, a people belonging to God, The truth: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, and tell your story of what He has done for
that you may declare the praises of him he is a new creation; the old has gone, the you. He is so good! And, just by having a
who called you out of darkness into his new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17) couple verses highlighted and ready, you
wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9) If God chose Through Christ's forgiveness, you are a will have the whole story ready to tell!
you, you are certainly good enough to new person. You once lived in darkness The Gospel: "We were therefore buried
share the Gospel! but Christ brought you into His glorious with him through baptism into death in
Remember: "I can do everything through light. This is the greatest testimony of all! If order that, just as Christ was raised from
him who gives me strength." (Philippians you can be a new person, they certainly the dead through the glory of the Father,
4:13) can too! we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4).
Remember: It's not about you or your When they say, "Wow, I want what you
shortcomings: It is about God's goodness. have. How do I get that?," you can reply:
Take the spotlight away from you and point "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is
it to Christ. Because of Christ, we no longer Lord,' and believe in your heart that God
need to live in shame and neither do they! raised him from the dead, you will be
"God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but saved. For it is with your heart that you
a spirit of power, of love and of self- believe and are justified, and it is with your
discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7) mouth that you confess and are
saved." (Romans 10:9 -10)
Do not believe these lies that you are
unworthy or unable to share the Gospel
FAN INTO FLAME message of Jesus Christ. God has given us
the power and has given us His Spirit that
is with us always, making all things
possible: "With man this is impossible, but
Nebraska to Participate in 2008 with God all things are possible." (Matthew
As you may already know, the Ablaze! neighborhoods, workplaces, or mission outreach projects you
movement is the bold initiative sparked by families about the love of Jesus LCMS World designate. This campaign will also
LCMS World Mission within The Lutheran doesn’t cost anything, but Mission provide money to the Nebraska
Church—Missouri Synod to share the Good Fan into Flame is designed National District for designated
News of Jesus with 100 million people by to provide resources for District mission projects, as well as
the year 2017, the 500th anniversary of outreach in places Missions LCMS World Mission for
the Reformation. The mission fields in your 15% national and
where we can’t go.
community, the nation, and internationally international projects.
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Fan into Flame is a fund raising campaign funds to be used 15% into Flame will be sent to
throughout the Synod in support of the wherever there are church offices and shared
Ablaze! movement. This campaign is to mission opportunities. A in future District
provide funding, above regular gifts to the percentage of the new publications. Please pray for
Synod, for mission opportunities in all of money the Holy Spirit moves God to use us in this
the mission fields where they occur. your congregation to raise will important outreach movement
be returned to you for local to build His kingdom.
Telling people we interact with in our Distribution of Funds
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PEACE, GRAND ISLAND
Eight Confirmations and a Baptism
Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island Youth Gathering in Orlando and discovered
celebrated a unique Rite of that three of the six youth attending the
Confirmation on December 16, when event from Peace would not be
eight high school youth representing participating in Holy Communion during the
grades 9-12 affirmed their faith before Tuesday night worship service, because
the congregation. they had not finished Confirmation
instruction or were not members of the
Before the Rite of Confirmation was
celebrated, one of the youth was also
blessed in Holy Baptism. The group Once returning to Grand Island, research
consisted of six youth who were not turned up a number of youth who had
able to complete the traditional “fallen through the cracks,” and plans
Confirmation ministry by the end of began to formulate to create a high school
their eighth grade year, and two youth Confirmation process. The eight youth
who have been involved in the church’s underwent instruction with DCE Eliason
Confirmands (from left to right): Cody youth ministry but are not connected to covering the six chief parts of Luther’s
Hahn, Jay Hahn, Kelsi Swartzbaugh, the congregation through their family. Small Catechism.
Jennifer Jorgensen, Noland Forsythe (also
baptized), Alyssa Johnson, Brooke The genesis of the class occurred when Pastor Michael Reiners officiated with the
the new Director of Youth Ministry, DCE assistance of DCE Eliason and Lay Minister
VanderHamm, and Billy Keeling
Carl Eliason, attended the National Jason Probasco.
LCMS WORLD MISSION
Christmas in Thailand by Rev. Robert and Diana Hedtke
December was a busy month! Once again we were reminded of what happened so many years ago by
the Christmas pageant acted out by the children of Bang Na!
Please Pray With Us
Christmas was also enjoyed at the two • As we give thanks for all
churches with special services and the children sharing the
celebrations. Gospel with us.
• For all those coming to
volunteer in January, Deb
Schademann and those
special visitors from
Glidden, Iowa, the Wilsons.
• For safe travel for those
Familiar Christmas hymns were played by
coming and while we
two very talented young ladies.
travel around Thailand
Concordia Phong Phet visiting our outreach areas.
• Thanksgiving for the
progress of the Gospel.
• Thanksgiving for those
It was a wonderful time! The
children love to share their thinking about coming to
gifts with others through Thailand as volunteers!
acting, music, and dancing. Into Light Lutheran Church
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BUILD RELATIONSHIPS—SHARE CHRIST
Soul Sisters in Christ By Pauline Niederklein
God did a very special thing last June When Sarah stood up, I could see she was
during my time attending the Lutheran very pregnant. At once I asked if she was
Women’s Missionary League Convention in feeling okay and if it was hard for her to
Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I was walking climb stairs, because at the convention
along in the convention center and there, center there were many stairs to climb to
sitting all by herself, was a very young- be able to seat 5,000 people.
looking Sudanese woman.
It was very interesting to watch the
At once, the Holy Spirit said, “Pauline, you people’s reactions when I would put my
want to do mission work. Go to her and arms around Sarah to give her a hug – and
make her feel welcome and we did a lot of that!
comfortable.” (My being a nurse and
having a love for people made it no She is truly a beautiful child of God. She
would talk about walking for days to church
problem at all.)
to worship, about her family, her personal
I walked over to her and introduced myself life, and so many things. I was so honored
by name. I asked her name, and she and privileged to have God place Sarah in
replied, “Sarah.” my path for those few days that we shared
I said, “Sarah, are you alone?”
Then, the most wonderful thing happened.
“Yes,” she replied. In December, Sarah asked if I would come
“I would like for you to be with me,” I told to her baby’s Baptism in Lincoln. There
her. She had this wonderful smile and her wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I would
deep, dark brown eyes just shone with attend that precious event. I also took my
love. I knew that instant we would be soul husband Leroy, daughter Renae, and her
sisters. daughter Nicole. God truly has blessed me.
CAMP LUTHER, SCHUYLER
Let the Children Come — 100 of Them! By Hank Rausch
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Summer Camp can be a great tool for disciples when they tried to tell the children need: families who experience loss of jobs
outreach. Camp Luther of Nebraska, Inc., and parents to leave Jesus alone, this or benefits, families in crisis, families who
the only LCMS camp in the Nebraska program is aimed at helping bring 100 new just need something special in their lives,
District, is excited about a new program to campers to camp this summer. While or unchurched families who need to hear
help give 100 children the summer camp children who attend Camp Luther’s the Good News of Jesus. The new campers
experience of their lives! summer programs have lots of fun boating, can be from unchurched families if the
hiking, doing arts and crafts, application comes through the church.
Congregations and Lutheran and all the other typical Time after time, we at Camp Luther hear
schools of the District will camp activities, they also stories of children “infecting” the home
have the opportunity to experience an awesome with what they learn at summer camp.
recommend children who summer staff of dedicated
would probably never be young Christians, many Many of the members of our summer
able to afford coming to preparing for church work. ministry team for 2008 are former summer
camp but would benefit campers who point to the influence their
from the experience. These In addition, daily Bible study, summer camp cabin leader had on their
children would be indoor and outdoor worship life, which is why they have chosen to go
considered for significant experiences, Time Alone into church work themselves.
funding to be provided to them to attend With God, and much more make a huge
the summer camp program of their choice. impact on many of their lives. Watch your mail for a special mailing about
this exciting new program. If you can’t wait,
Under the banner of “Let the Children Congregations and Lutheran schools can call the camp office at 402-352-5655 to
Come,” based on Jesus’ words to His use this program to reach out to families in learn more.
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SWEDE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH (ASHBY), HYANNIS
A New Congregation Joins the Nebraska District
Swede Valley Lutheran Church of Ashby, in Vicar Andrew Safarik under the supervision Such a review took place, and the Swede
the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska, was of Pastor David Dobbertien. Vicar Safarik Valley mission became a member
received into membership in The Lutheran formerly served as a Director of Christian congregation of Synod at the Nebraska
Church—Missouri Synod on Sunday, Education in African American ministry in District Board meeting on September 14,
January 20. Omaha. As the Lord worked a call for Vicar 2007. Upon approval, the congregation is
Safarik to become a pastor, He chose to welcomed into the Synod, signs the
What a joyous day of celebration! give Andy and his family an amazing Constitution of Synod, and commits itself
Congregational President Bill Baker, transition of ministry environment from to accepting without reservation:
Secretary Josephine Davis, Pastor David Omaha to the ranches of the Sandhills.
Dobbertien, and Vicar Andrew Safarik 1. The Scriptures of the Old and the New
signed the constitution of the Synod on Testament as the written Word of God and
behalf of Swede Valley. The little church the only rule and norm of faith and of
nestled in the hills south of Highway 2 practice;
between Hyannis and Bingham was filled
with members and visitors of all ages as 2. All the Symbolical Books of the
snow flurries drifted down on the cold Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and
snow-covered meadows. unadulterated statement and exposition of
the Word of God, to wit: the three
The Swede Valley Lutheran congregation Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostles’ Creed,
was a mission for many years that the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed),
benefited from financial support for the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the
Sandhills Ministry from the congregations Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the
of the Nebraska District – LCMS. Pastor Smalcald Articles, the Large Catechism of
Lloyd Lenz labored first as a lay minister Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther, and
and then as a pastor to provide strong the Formula of Concord.
Lutheran ministry in the Hyannis, Swede Vicar Andrew Safarik, Pastor David Dobbertien,
Valley, and Bingham area. He and his wife To this point in the 2006-2009 triennium,
Cong. Secretary Josephine Davis, Cong.
Gladys were in attendance on January 20 two congregations in the Nebraska District
President Bill Baker, President Russ Sommerfeld
to give thanks to the Lord for Swede have been received into membership in the
Valley’s reception into the Synod. Congregations who are received into The Synod – the Sudanese Evangelical
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod submit Lutheran Church in Mission of Omaha, and
The Swede Valley congregation, Bingham their constitution and bylaws to the District Swede Valley Lutheran Church of Ashby.
Lutheran Church, and Faith Lutheran Constitution Committee and Board of God be praised for our new partners in the
Mission of Hyannis are all served by DELTO Directors for Scriptural and polity review. Gospel mission of our Synod!
PLEASE PRAY FOR US
New Mission Starts
1C, Columbus, and Word of Life, Lincoln, as they share the message of the saving Gospel. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use
them to reach out into their communities to connect with the unchurched and disconnected.
La Trinidad, Lexington and North Platte: Pray for Pastor Hormachea as he shepherds the flock at Lexington and works to
minister through the new mission start in North Platte.
Cristo Cordero de Dios: Please ask the Lord to guide this congregation during its pastoral vacancy and the calling
Rev. John Deang: Prayers of thanksgiving for the safe return of Pastor Deang from Sudan at the end of January.
Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha, and Wayne: Please pray that the Lord will use these ministries to reach the 75—80% of students
who do not regularly attend church.
Missionaries in the Congregations
Members of the Nebraska District: Please ask the Lord of the Harvest to equip and embolden His people of the Nebraska
District to build relationships and invite their neighbors, co-workers, and family members into a relationship with Jesus.