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Worship
In-person worship resumed on Sunday, September 13. Currently we have ONE worship service at 9AM each Sunday.  We will limit worship to 50 people per service. Each person attending is asked to pre-register for each service to allow us to better track attendees. People who do not register online may still be able to attend, but risk being turned away if no seats are available.

  • We continue to be concerned for the safety and health of our staff, members, and guests due to recent increases in infection rates.  We ask that all people entering the church building follow the posted guidelines in concern for them and others using the building.
  • Restrooms are open and available as needed.  New touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers have been installed.
  • We recognize that not all members will be prepared to return to in-person worship and other activities. We remain committed to providing online, streamed worship services.   In-person worship services will be live-streamed using recently purchased video streaming equipment.
  • Please join us for worship through streamed worship videos or by visiting the Lord of Love YouTube Channel.
  • Faith formation program activities are virtual since September 20th.  See the Love Letter E-News for more information.
  • The resources committee identified an add-on to our HVAC system that reduces airborne particulates (dust, dander, pollen, mold spores) and kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold and viruses. The council approved installation of this newer technology in the sanctuary and office areas. This system does not completely eliminate any risk, but it does reduce the amount of virus exposure that may occur.
  • Our previous approved guidelines will continue to be in place for in-person activities within the church building. Read the guidelines for worship. 
  • Council approved the continued use of the building and church grounds for smaller groups of people (members and non-member organizations). Read the guidelines for groups.
REVERSE Trunk or Treat – Sunday, Oct. 18th – 4pm
Families with children/grandchildren are encouraged to decorate their trunks and dress up in their Halloween costumes. If you are bringing children or grandchildren to receive treats at your trunk (decorating is optional), please sign up if you are at Lord of Love for worship on Oct 11th or contact Miss Heather at heather@lord-of-love.org. There will be a prize for the best decorated trunk.
NOTE: Due to COVID this is not a community event like last year but smaller for the congregational children & grandchildren.
Adults from the congregation are encouraged to come between 4pm-5pm to vote on best trunk, and leave treats for each participating child. If you plan on bringing treats, participate, or contribute in any way, please email Heather Christensen or call or email the church office before Thursday morning to let us know. That will allow us to know how many to plan for and let you know how many kids need goodies.
 
Women of ELCA – Thankoffering and Blessing of Quilts, Oct 18
The quilters have been busy this summer putting together at least 30 quilts which will be displayed on the altar railing on Sunday, October 18. A Thankoffering will also be collected to support ongoing ministries of the churchwide (nationally) women’s organization which include justice and advocacy work, i.e. human trafficking , training/development for elected leaders throughout the women’s organization, constant work in support of congregational and Synodical women’s organizations, triennial convention, and so much more. There will be a basket labeled Thankoffering next to regular offering plate at back of church for your contributions. Unable to attend on October 18th? Check donations written to ” Women of ELCA” can be mailed to Gwen Edwards at her home address listed in church directory.

Women’s Virtual Autumn Renewal
Saturday, October 24th – 9:30 am-Noon

This Zoom event will include Bible Study, Spiritual Direction, Message from Bishop Brian Maas and WELCA President Lisa Plorin, and the NSWO Reports, and FUN!! A Zoom link will be mailed closer to the date. Or request the Zoom link by emailing nswopresident@gmail.com.

“Loads of Love” Saturday, Oct 3 – 9AM
Our third 2020 Loads of Love event was  October 3, 2020. 125 bags were filled with laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and toothbrushes, a soap sac, shampoo/conditioner and deodorant. Diapers and feminine hygiene products were also available to be distributed while supplies lasted.
We distributed 122 bags within 90 minutes for use by 573 individuals. These bags were given to families from 18 different Omaha zip codes.
The top three zip codes: 68104 (45%), 68134 (18%), 68152 (10.5%)
An overwhelming amount heard about the event from friends or family (62%), while others noted Facebook (21%) or Holy Cross pantry (9%).
Thanks to all who are being generous in our service to others in our community by contributing to this ministry.

Tai Chi
Are you interested? Please contact the office. We’ll let you know when we the next classes can begin.  Weekly classes have been on hold during the pandemic.
Why try Tai Chi?
1. Learn to relax naturally.
2. Improve balance, flexibility and strength.
3. Increase focus and feeling of well-being.
4. Connect with friends, meet new people.

Monthly Book Club – 
MONTHLY BOOK CLUB continues to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1pm. Please contact Jane Gehringer for more information and help getting the book of the month.

Men’s Bible Study 
These gatherings are being held virtually each Saturday morning.
Contact Dave Lueders to get the virtual meeting invite.
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.

Aged to Perfection (currently on hold)
It’s not a luncheon just for retirees, anyone who can make it is welcome.
For now, these luncheons are on hold, until we think it would be safe for us to meet again.

Habitat for Humanity
Currently we are between build activities.
The Evangelical Labor Force (ELF) Coalition will be back in 2021 to rehab one or more homes!  Feel free to sign up for any work day.  Use your skills, time, and talents to help others get into an affordable home.
Advance Registration is required of all workers.
See the Habitat page for the registration link and more information

Endowment Fund Grants
The Lord of Love Endowment Fund provides an ongoing source of funding for Mission related projects.
Funds are distributed annually at the end of the calendar year 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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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 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.

Giving Plus+ and Simply Giving 
These are two easy and simple ways to set-up and manage your one-time or  recurring financial contributions to Lord of Love.
Check out electronic giving the Giving Plus+ smartphone app.
It is easy to set up your account, make one-time gifts, or set-up a recurring giving schedule.
For Simply Giving, 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!

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.

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