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Worship
All worship services and building activities remain suspended due to the coronavirus. 
Please join us for worship through recorded worship videos.

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.

  • The council remains committed to providing online worship services, even as in-person worship becomes an option. We recognize that not all members will be prepared to return to in-person worship and other activities.
  • Plans are progressing for an outdoor worship service at 9am on Sunday, August 23. Look for more details f as this date approaches.
  • Inside worship is planned to resume on Sunday, September 13. Currently planning for 2 worship services (8am and 10:30am) each Sunday. The hope is to live-stream the 8am service using recently purchased video streaming equipment.
  • Faith formation program activities remain under study and development. More information should be available around mid-August
  • 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.

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 submitted to 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.

Table Grace Food Truck Social
Rescheduled due to weather concerns
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Come join us for a sizzling summer social in the church parking lot!
We can catch up on life together as we  physically distance from each other at this event.
Table Grace Ministries Food Truck will be available for you to order supper, support their ministry and eat it in the comfort of your own lawn chairs.
There will be music by members of Lord of Love to listen to also!
Invite your friends! The more, the merrier!

For the Mobile Grace Food Truck pay what you can for your meal. Any extra goes to help pay for the meals others can’t afford when they dine at the Table Grace Cafe. In case the weather is not favorable, please stop by and pick up supper to support this ministry.

Mobile Grace Food Truck menu options and suggested prices:  
$8 – Classic Burger- lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle
$10 – Crab Roll
$8 – Chicken w/ gooseberry jam and goat cheese
$10 – Lamb Burger w/ Black Truffle goat cheese & dill aioli
$8 – Veggie Burger (black bean-quinoa patty)
$4/$6 – Quinoa Salad with Harvard beets
$3/$5 – Hand-Cut Potato Wedges with Parm & Herbs
$3 each/2 for $5 – Scratch-made cinnamon rolls
$3 – vanilla Ice cream; $1 add gooseberry sauce, $3 add pie

Tai Chi is back!
An outdoor Tai Chi for Balance class was held on June 24th.  Additional classes for the summer are currently being planned. for prior Tai Chi classes participants.
Interested? We’ll let you know when we resume for new participants.
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.

“Loads of Love”
The next Loads of Love distribution day is Saturday, October 3.
Check back for more details closer to the event.
Our last event was Saturday, June 27

We served members of our community at this 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 handed out 100 pre-packaged bags during this event.
Look for an update on our next event being planned for Fall 2020.
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.

Monthly Book Club – 
MONTHLY BOOK CLUB continues to meet. 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.

Men’s Softball
Lord of Love’s men’s softball team consists of church members and some nonmembers. They play in a city softball league on Monday nights at Kelley Fields, 125th and Fort. Fields 3 and 4 are in the north end of the complex. This summer we cannot recommend that anyone come to watch.
If you are interested in playing on the team, contact Don Rowen at 402-965-8977 or drowen@unomaha.edu.
Team Schedule
June 29 – 9:30PM – Kelley 3
July 6 -8:30PM – Kelley 3
July 13 – 9:30PM – Kelley 3
July 20 – 9:30PM – Kelley 4
July 27 – 8:30PM – Kelley 4
Aug 3 – 9:30PM – Kelley 3
Aug 10 – 9:30PM – Kelley 3

Aged to Perfection, 2nd Wednesday of each month, noon
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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