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In-person worship cancelled effective November 17.
On November 17th the church council cancelled all in-person worship due to concern for our members, the increasing number of covid cases in our area, and the high positivity testing rate.  This change means our last in-person worship was November 15.  We will continue to provide online worship which is available on our Worship Video page, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.  We do not anticipate returning to in-person worship until early 2021 depending on the covid test positivity rate and significant decrease in new covid cases.

Building Access Safety Guidelines during the time of Covid-19
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 everyone entering the church building follow the posted guidelines in concern for them and others using the building.

  • If you or anyone in your household has symptoms or may have been exposed to covid, please avoid entering the church building until your quarantine period ends and you no longer experience symptoms.
  • Restrooms are open and available as needed.  New touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers have been installed.
  • Please join us for worship through streamed worship videos or by visiting the Lord of Love YouTube Channel.
  • Faith formation program activities are virtual.  See the Love Letter E-News for more information.
  • We have installed an add-on to our HVAC systems that service the sanctuary, office areas, and fellowship hall.  This add-on reduces airborne particulates (dust, dander, pollen, mold spores) and kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold and viruses. Though not completely eliminateing any risk, the systems do reduce the amount of virus exposure that may occur.
  • We have more detailed guidelines for activities within the church.  Please refer to these for any continued use of the building and grounds for smaller groups (member and non-member organizations).
    Read the guidelines for worship.
    Read the guidelines for groups.
Service of Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 22 – 7PM
This service will be online only.
 

“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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