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Regular Worship Hours
8AM – Worship with Communion
9:15AM – Christian Education and Fellowship
10:30AM – Worship with Communion
Advent and Christmas Worship Services
Midweek Advent Services
We gather each Wednesday in Advent for fellowship and worship.
5:30PM to 6:30PM – Meal and conversation in the fellowship hall
6:15PM to 6:45PM – Interactive Family Worship
About 6:10 p.m. people gather early and pick 2-4 of their favorite Advent or Christmas songs to sing together.
The service consists of words and actions that are repeated to reinforce each night’s theme.
At the close of the half-hour worship time families are invited to take home a packet to use as a family. It contains questions to answer while working on a craft that reinforces the theme “God is With Us” as promised through 7:00PM – Worship using the Holden Evening Prayer
This Advent season we explore the following verses:
Dec. 5 – We are the clay, and you are our potter. –Isaiah 64:8
Dec. 12 – He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms. –Isaiah 40:11
Dec. 19 – Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his
ways and that we may walk in his paths. –Isaiah 2:3
Christmas Eve Worship, Monday, December 24
4:30PM – Family Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion
10:30PM – Musical Prelude of many talented musicians being lifted up to God
11:00PM – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
Special Events of the Season
Cookie Tins and Blankets Preparation
9:00AM – Saturday, December 15 – Preparation of “goodie” containers for those who need some extra love this season. Please bring 2 dozen cookies and any extra containers you may have.
Following that, help make fleece blankets for “Project Linus”. Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. Some materials will be available. If you can, please bring two pieces of coordinating fleece for each blanket, each two yards by 60 inches.
Thank you for participating in these projects that help those in need!
Chili Lunch and Caroling with the Choir!
11:30AM – Sunday, December 16 – Anyone with a voice to sing praises to the newborn king is welcome to join in on the chili dinner and caroling. If you are able, bring some chili to put into the roaster and/or something to share that goes with chili. There is always plenty of chili and other tasty items available.
We organize into two groups to carol to congregation members and others who are in need of Christmas cheer. We’ll get organized and head out to go caroling no later than 12:30 p.m., and be back to the church by 2:30-3 p.m.
Youth Ugly Sweater Friendsgiving Gathering
Sunday, December 16, 6 p.m.
All Lord of Love youth and friends are invited to an ugly Christmas Sweater Friends-giving. Please plan to bring a snack to share. We will also do a white elephant exchange. If you’d like to participate, please bring a new/old/re-gifted item with a $10 or less value. If you have questions, please see Lynette Lueders.
Church Nursery Attendant – now accepting applications
Lord of Love is accepting applications for a part-time positions as Nursery Attendant.
We are looking for someone to staff our church’s nursery on Sunday mornings who loves Jesus and little children.
This position is for Sunday mornings from 7:45am-11:45am during the school year.
If you would like to apply with a friend to share the position and tag-team the Sundays, we would like to do a joint interview.
Compensation for this position is $12 per hour.
Position Job Descriptions:
Position Application Form
Drop the application off in person, email to Pastor Becky Sells, or mail to:
Lord of Love Lutheran Church 10405 Fort St., Omaha, NE 68134
Carol Joy Holling High School Retreat: Registration Due!
December 28th & 29th at Carol Joy Holling
Those high-school aged youth who are interested in going, please register online at https://www.cjhcenter.
org/hs-retreat no later than December 20. Please note that LOL will be covering the cost of all high school
youth who are attending.
Middle School Gathering: Registration Due
January 19 & 20, Kearney, NE
The Middle School Gathering is a highly interactive experience for youth in 6th through 8th grades and their adult leaders. Each year, the MSG lasts only about 24 hours, but the memories last a lifetime.
Please turn in registration forms to Lynette no later than December 12.
Monthly Book Club
MONTHLY BOOK CLUB meets the third Tuesday of each month at Lord of Love.
Our plan, read and discuss books with the potential to inspire, give us hope,and live grace-filled lives.
We encourage you to bring your suggestions, short descriptions about books for us to consider, and a friend.
Due to Christmas, we aren’t meeting in December.
Our next meeting will be January 22 at 1 p.m. to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Please contact Pastor Becky or Jane Gehringer if you need help getting the book.
Endowment Fund Grants
The Lord of Love Endowment Fund provides an ongoing source of funding for Mission related projects.
Funds are distributed annually to local, regional, and global mission projects based on a Grant Request application process.
After a review of the requests received this year, the following grants for a total of $5,100 were awarded:
$500 – Faith Partners Substance Abuse – This is a new program designed to help congregations deal with substance abuse.
$500 – Followers of Christ Prison Ministries – Followers of Christ is a worshiping community established within the walls of the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.
Machame Lutheran Hospital
• $1,000 – Scholarship Fund – This fund provides scholarships for nursing students in Tanzania.
• $300 – Poor Persons Orthopedic fund – This fund provides funds for individuals that cannot pay for their surgery.
• $250 – DeWalt rechargeable drill – A much-needed tool for the hospital.
$500 – Lutheran Campus Ministry – This grant provides ministry to college-aged students in the Omaha area.
$500 – Lutheran Service Corps – This grant provides support for five full time volunteers for a year of service in the Omaha area.
$400 – ESL Students – This grant provides snacks for ESL students in their after-school classes.
$1,150 – Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries – This grant to NLOM provides support for camp counselors at Camp Carol Joy Holling.
See the Endowment Fund page for more details.
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Each Wednesday we gather inter-generationally to share our faith together in Fellowship, Inspiration, Story and Hope (FISH).
Every Wednesday from 5:30-6:15PM there is a meal (free will offering) to share followed by an interactive program to feed our spiritual selves from 6:15–7PM.
Everyone is encouraged to come and FISH!
Please also consider helping with the FISH ministry by preparing and serving the Wednesday evening meal.
Sign-up in the Narthex or contact the church office or Joan Witt for answers to your questions and to volunteer.
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 9 (also known as Kick-off Sunday)
We celebrated who we are as the ELCA – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
During our education hour beginning at 9:15AM we completed several service projects.
A Thrivent action card was used to help supply materials and some free t-shirts for those helping to be the hands of Christ to others.
This year’s Service Projects included:
• Repackaging some food for Project Hope to hand out
• Make Fleece Blankets for Project Linus
• Make/send cards to our homebound, college students, and others we feel compelled to reach out to in love
Habitat for Humanity
As an ELF Coalition partner, Lord of Love is renovating a house at 2204 Evans St. this year.
Our two host days were Saturday, August 11 and May 5.
Thank you to those who were able to work on those days.
Volunteers are still needed as the project continues to completion.
To sign up for a shift or two go to: tinyurl.com/elfcoalition2018. The reservation code is elf2018.
Habitat Omaha does not allow youth under age 16 to be on the job site.
Read more about Lord of Love and Habitat for Humanity.
This past Epiphany season we explored how we individually are called to shine with the light of Christ.
See the Stewardship Event page for more information.
Men’s Bible Study every Saturday, 7AM
Lord of Love’s men’s group and Bible study meets each Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at 7 a.m. Breakfast is followed by Christian study and fellowship until 8 a.m. Plenty of food and seating is always available. We invite all men 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 published at the beginning of each month. This newsletter enables 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 and response to the gift of grace, God invites us to live lives of love and perform acts of service.
Simply Giving Program.
Need a convenient way to make recurring contributions? Check out electronic giving through Simply Giving.
It is easy to set up a recurring giving schedule. Just complete the 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 is available through this link: Thrivent Simply Giving Form
The ELCA Mission Investment Fund provides investment opportunities to ELCA members, congregations, and ministries. The fund, in turn, provides loans and supporting services to congregations and ELCA-supporting ministries that help further the work of the church. For more information, visit the Mission Investment Fund’s web site at ELCA.org. Click on Mission Investment Fund link 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.
The Deacon’s Fund helps with additional, short-term local needs.
Please submit your offering using a Deacon Fund offering envelope that you can find in the Narthex.
Donation of time and monetary gifts also help with a number of programs of the Nebraska Synod’s Mission Field Nebraska ministry.