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8AM – Worship with Holy Communion
10:15AM – Faith Formation and Fellowship Hour
10:30AM – Worship with Holy Communion
NOTE – Sunday, Dec 29 there will be ONE worship service at 9AM
Midweek Advent Services, Wednesdays Dec 4, 11, 18
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. We are urged to be quiet, to wait, to listen, and to take in the wonder of the season. We live in hope for Christ’s return even as we celebrate his long ago coming on Christmas.
This year we quite our minds and hearts and explore the themes of “Do Less”, “Wonder”, and “Hope” through the Word, story, prayer, and poetry.
7PM – Advent Worship using Holden’s Evening Prayer
Christmas Eve Worship, Tuesday, Dec 24
4:30PM – Family Worship with Holy Communion
10:30PM – Musical Prelude
11PM – Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
Sunday School Christmas Program, Dec 15
Practice for the annual Sunday School Christmas program is on Saturday, Dec 14 from 9-11AM. The actual Christmas program will be during 10:30AM worship on Sunday, Dec 15.
Chili Potluck and Caroling, Sunday, Dec 15
All are welcome to join the choir for a chili lunch on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11:30AM. Bring some chili by early that Sunday morning to add to the pot—or bring something to go with chili.
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.
Fellowship, Inspiration, Story and Hope (FISH)
Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in FISH. We gather inter-generationally to share and grow our faith together. This year we are switching things up a bit to offer FISH two times per month.
First Sunday of each Month – 9:15AM to 10:10AM beginning October 6th. We move coffee and donuts to the fellowship hall to allow everyone to join in the conversation.
Nursery services will be available during the education hour for younger children, if needed.
Third Wednesday of each Month – beginning September 18
Meal from 5:15PM to 6:15PM. FISH from 6:15PM to 7PM.
Everyone is invited to come and explore the current topic with our confirmation students.
Regular classes meet every Wednesday from 6PM to 7PM, beginning September 4 with Pastor Becky and Lynette Lueders.
Confirmation topics will also be covered during the Sunday Faith Formation time between 9:15AM and 10:10AM with Brian and Deb Lund.
Confirmation students participate in the FISH sessions each month as well.
This year the confirmation students are studying the Ten Commandments, Lords Prayer, Apostles’ Creed, Baptism, and Communion.
“Loads of Love”
Loads of Love allows Lord of Love to help others by providing items not typically stocked in the area food pantries. We collect laundry supplies, paper products, and other essential items to people in need within our local community.
Our Loads of Love distribution day was Saturday, November 2.
We served over 100 families! Our goal was for each family to receive:
• Laundry basket, detergent
• Paper towels or toilet paper
• Diapers (limited sizes) or hygiene products (such as soap, deodorant, feminine products)
We continue to collect these items for our next distributed date:
– personal hygiene (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc.),
– paper products (diapers, paper towels, toilet paper)
– laundry supplies (laundry baskets, laundry soap) – Please select unscented items when possible.
Thanks to all who are being generous in our service to others in our community by contributing to this ministry.
Youth Dates to Remember
Sunday, Dec. 15: Ugly Sweater Party
Dinner, games, and white elephant gift exchange. Sponsored by Men’s Ministry Group. Come and join in on the fun!
Dec. 27-28: High School Retreat at Carol Joy Holling
Habitat for Humanity Help Needed!
We have two houses next to each other at 3605 and 3609 North 19th Street that we are working on this year. One is a rehab and the other is a complete build.
The Evangelical Labor Force (ELF) Coalition needs even more volunteers this year to finish both 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
Monthly Book Club – 4th Tuesday 1PM
MONTHLY BOOK CLUB meets at 1PM on the fourth 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.
Tuesday, November 26 we will discuss Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian. Critics have said, “the best thing about Taylor’s book is that she models the faith & courage…even the creativity & playfulness it takes to learn to walk in the dark without fear or dismay.”
Please contact Jane Gehringer for more information and help getting the book of the month.
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.
Tai Chi is coming!
Tai Chi for Balance classes are coming soon to Lord of Love.
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.
Watch for details and class schedule soon.
Aged to Perfection, 2nd Wednesday of each month, noon
It’s not a luncheon just for retirees. Anyone who can make it is welcome to attend. Please sign up in the Narthex each month so we know how many to cook for.
Last luncheon dates for 2019: December 11 at noon
At December’s luncheon, there will be a gift exchange for those who want to participate. Limit your wrapped gift to $5 and join in the fun. Please be sure to sign-up in the Narthex to aid in planning the meal.
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.
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.
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.