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Worship
All in-person, indoor worship services remain suspended at this time.
Please join us for worship through recorded worship videos or by visiting the Lord of Love YouTube Channel.

In-person worship is planned to resume on Sunday, September 13. Currently planning for ONE worship service at 9AM each Sunday.  We ask those attending to pre-register for each service to allow us to better track attendees.  We will limit worship to 50 people per service. When more people begin to attend, we may return to having two worship services.  People who do not register online may still be able to attend, but risk being turned away if no seats are available.

The church council decided to move forward on planning for in-person worship. 

  • 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.
  • One change regarding building usage; 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, even as in-person worship becomes an option. 
  • In-person worship services will be live-streamed beginning September 13th using recently purchased video streaming equipment.
  • Faith formation program activities will be virtual beginning September 20th.  More information will be provided in early September.
  • 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. 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.

“Loads of Love” Saturday, Oct 3 – 9AM
Our next Loads of Love drive-in event is Saturday, October 3 from 9AM – while supplies last.
Enter from 105th St. at the southwest entrance to the parking lot. Please, remain in your vehicle. For safety, we cannot serve walk-ups.
Our last event was Saturday, June 27

We handed out 100 pre-packaged bags during that drive-thru event. Each car received a bag containing shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, a bar of soap in a soap sack, a roll of paper towels, four rolls of toilet paper, and a bottle of laundry detergent.
We continue to collect these items in support of this outreach ministry:
– 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.

Congregation Survey
The church council has developed a set of guidelines for when we can begin returning to in-person worship at Lord of Love.  Congregation feedback and further input is needed for us to move forward with our decision making process.
Seventy six (76) responses were received for the survey. We are sharing the survey results we are using in our continuing deliberations and decision making. Thank you for the comments and concerns that were added to help us discern further action. See the congregation survey page for summaries of the responses.

Tai Chi
Are you interested? Please contact the office. We’ll let you know when we will hold our next outdoor class, as 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 – Help Needed!
Currently we are between build activities.
The Evangelical Labor Force (ELF) Coalition will be back in 2020 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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