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Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting
February 21 11:30AM immediately following worship.

Worship
Worship services at 8AM and 10:30AM
Holy Communion is celebrated at each service. All are welcome!
Christian Education each Sunday from 9:15 to 10:15AM

Lenten Worship
Ash Wednesday, February 10, 7PM
Traditional, quiet service of reflection and repentance, with the imposition of ashes.
Mid-week Lent worship at 7PM each Wednesday from February 17 thru March 16. Services will be centered in the year-long ELCA and Nebraska Synod focus on the immigrant and refugee.
Holy week services at 7PM:  Maundy Thursday, March 24;  Good Friday, March 25.

Lenten Soup Suppers
Each Wednesday during Lent from February 17 thru March 16 at 5:30PM in the fellowship hall.  Thanks to our many faithful cooks for providing this mid-week meal and time for fellowship.

Aged to Perfection Luncheon
The next Aged to Perfection luncheon is Thursday, Feb 18.

Young Adults’ Game Night
Attention all 20- and 30-somethings! You are invited to a young adults’ game night on Saturday, Feb. 27 beginning at 7 p.m. at Matt Garder’s house (12963 Lark St., Omaha). Bring your favorite snack and game(s) to share. Coffee and water are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite beverage.

Mission Possible Update
Our focus this Lenten season is Hunger.
Lenten and Easter special offerings will be designated as follows:
– 2/3 to the 2016 ELCA World Hunger Lenten Program
– 1/3 to the Food Bank of the Heartland
In 2015, these offerings were just over $3,300!
Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness in giving towards these important efforts to help feed the hungry.

Awe and Wonder: Spiritual Guided Retreat
This one-day retreat will help you slow down and focus on the wonder of being a child of God. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Harrison, Grand Island, NE.
This retreat offers two different tracks to explore how to tap into your awareness of the Spirit moving in you. Learn more and register at www.nebraskasynod.org/events/spiritualguided-retreat-feb-20-2016/

Evensong: Sunday, April 10, 3-5:30PM
at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 132nd & Blondo

Celebration of Ministry with College Students in the Omaha Metro Area
A reception with Silent Auction and Holden Evening Prayer with special music by students and a combined community choir.
Members of all Omaha area ELCA congregations and friends of Omaha College Ministry are invited to participate.
This event will introduce Omaha College Ministry to Omaha congregations and raise funds to support this important ministry.
All donations will be matched by a generous grant from the Immanuel Vision Foundation.
For more information, contact Pastor Mike Ostrom at 402.350.5414 or M.Ostrom@NeLCM.com.

Senior High Mission Service Event, June13-18
Save the Date!  Senior high youth are invited to spend a week together in service in Omaha from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 18, 2016.  They will worship with other Lutherans across the community, serve in our community, and spend time together building relationships, friendships, and their faith. We invite members of the congregation and community to share ideas for service, worship, and evening programming or to volunteer to work beside us, lead a devotion or worship, cook an evening meal or host an evening programming.  Contact Heather Christensen for more information.

2016 Tour of Luther’s Germany, July 17-30, 2016
Join Pastor Brad and Heidi Meyer from Rejoice! Lutheran Church on a two week trip through Germany, escorted by Diane Wulf and Karen Mullen.
Interested?  Check out additional details on 2016 Tour of Luther’s Germany

Wednesday Night Activities
Join us for the following Wednesday night activities:
Confirmation:  6 to 7PM – begins September 9
    Growing in God’s grace to be able to live out our faith and affirm our baptism.
Luther Kids: 6 to 7PM – for Kindergarten thru 6th Grade – begins September 16
    Teachings, activities, crafts, and music in a multi-age environment that fosters learning and relationship-building.
High School Bible Study: 7 to 8:15PM – begins September 16
    A time of study and devotion covering various topics and diving into the Bible.

Men’s Bible Study every Saturday, 7AM
Lord of Love’s men’s group and Bible study meets each Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. A 7 a.m. breakfast is followed by Christian study and fellowship until 8 a.m. Plenty of food and seating is always available. All men are invited to come join us for food fellowship.

Prayer allows us to have conversation with God and to feel God’s presence surround us.
Prayer gives us moments in our day to share with God our praise, our frustrations, and our concerns. Frequent prayer helps us to keep connected with God as the focus of our lives. The prayer chain at Lord of Love is a service to all of our members. Please contact Mary Lou (402-493-2946) with your prayer requests or to become a member of the prayer chain.

The Love Letter is available online!
Our monthly congregation newsletter, the Love Letter, is posted online at the beginning of each month and allows you to stay informed on the ministries, programs, and activities of our congregation.  See the News and Events section of our site for each monthly issue.

Saved Through Faith
Martin Luther struggled with the church’s teaching that he earned his forgiveness of sin and justification before God through his works as a monk. Instead, he found a greater and deeper understanding that God’s grace is what justifies us. In celebration of and in response to the gift of grace, we are then called to live lives of love and perform acts of service.

Thrivent Simply Giving Program.  If you need a convenient way to make recurring contributions we encourage you to check out our electronic giving option through Thrivent. To set up a recurring giving schedule, please complete a paper authorization form and return it to the church office. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support of the ministries of Lord of Love!
A paper form may be downloaded through this link: Thrivent Simply Giving Form

The ELCA Mission Investment Fund provides loans and supporting services to congregations and ELCA-supporting ministries while providing investment opportunities to ELCA members,  congregations, and ministries.  For more information, visit the Mission Investment Fund’s web site at ELCA.org and click on Mission Investment Fund at the bottom of the page or call 877.886.3522 and request a packet of with information about MIF investments.

 Outreach to our immediate community and beyond– Your financial gifts through special offerings help supplement our normal mission involvement.  Loose offering from the first Sunday of the month goes to the Deacon’s Fund and Together, Inc. to help local needs.
Donation of time and monetary gifts can help with a number of programs of the Nebraska Synod’s Mission Field Nebraska ministry.