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We’ve Returned to in-person worship
We are limiting attendance to 50 persons per service to ensure our ability to remain physically distant within the worship space.  We refrain from singing and require mask wearing, physical distancing, hand sanitizing, and other appropriate measures.
Please pre-register for Sunday worship by 9PM on Saturday evening.
Need help? Register by calling the church office by 10AM on Friday.
NOTICE – Worship services are live streamed and recorded. Persons attending worship may appear on the worship live stream and recording.

Mid-Week Wednesday Worship – 7pm
(in-person and live streamed)

If you plan to attend in-person, we ask that you please pre-register online  or call the office to make your reservation.  There is a maximum capacity of 50 persons per service.
Our Lenten theme, “The Gifts of Discipleship,” is an offering that comes to us from the Nebraska Synod. Each week, we will explore a line from the public affirmation of faith that a baptized Child of God makes in claiming the faith in which they were baptized as their own (we often call this confirmation).  Confirmands are asked to affirm these intentions of discipleship:
Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
 – to live among God’s faithful people,
 – to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
 – to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
 – to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
 – and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
RESPONSE: I do, and I ask God to help and guide me. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)
Each Wednesday, we hear a different voice from around the Nebraska Synod expanding on each of these five gifts of discipleship. These messages will be pre-recorded video sermons that we will put into our Evening Prayer (Compline) Service.

Lent in a Bag
This year we offer “Lent in a Bag” to our members. Each bag contains printed devotions from Luther Seminary, a Lenten journey game plan offering up a different give/pray/fast option to participate in each day, a Bible book mark with a passage to look up each day, and a paper chain option focused on a word of the day to contemplate along with a couple of questions to ponder (to be posted on our Lord of Love Facebook page for people to interact with). Since we won’t be able to have our normal soup suppers this year, so you will also find someone’s favorite soup recipe to try for each week, along with a little story about this recipe and/or a shared memory from church.
Thank You, Men’s Ministry Team for contacting members and coordinating pickup or delivery of these materials.

Special Offerings Update
Each season we provide opportunities to give in support of mission.  Our Lenten and Easter special offerings are to be split between Lutheran Disaster Response and the Foodbank for the Heartland. Through these offerings, we make a difference in the lives of many affected by disaster and food insecurities throughout the world and in our community. 
Due to your generosity, a total of $2,128 was sent to these same organizations for our Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas special offerings. Thank you for sharing your blessings that we may be blessings to others.

“Loads of Love” Laundry and Paper Goods Ministry
Saturday, March 6, starting at 8:30 a.m. while supplies last!
Several times per year, Lord of Love offers “Loads of Love” to provide laundry and hygiene items to those in need. Right now, this is drive-thru only so you must come in a car for everyone’s safety. One bag or basket of items per family.

500 food items matched with $500 from Thrivent for the Holy Cross Food Pantry
We could not pass up the chance to “feed my sheep” through the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Food Pantry by collecting 500 non-perishable food items from November 1-November 30.  We gathered a grand total of 517 items. Because we did this we earned $500 in support of the Holy Cross Pantry from Thrivent Financial.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this project to help those in need successful!

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 recorded 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.

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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