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Board of Directors Update, August 2017

Dear pastors and congregation chairpersons, There have been times during my 11-plus years on the board of the Nebraska District LCMS when I have returned home from a board meeting and realized that, for whatever reason, there weren’t a whole lot of decisions that needed to be made during our …

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District President’s Update, August

Dear Leaders of our District, As the summer draws quickly to a close and a new school year is upon us, I would like to share a few thoughts from our last Board of Directors meeting in June, both of which come out of my report to the Board. First …

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June District Board Update: Chairman

Dear pastors and congregation chairpersons, There was a bittersweet moment at the June 2 meeting of the Nebraska District board of directors. It was because two of our board members – Kathy Brashear and Darla Rosendahl – had asked to step down from their board seats, and their resignations were …

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District President’s Update: May 2017

Dear Leaders of the Nebraska District, We are well over a year away from our 2018 District Convention, but planning is well underway. I have been discussing the theme with the presidium, staff, and Board of Directors. We are going to focus on confession and absolution as we deal with …

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District Treasurer’s Update: April 2017

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and support of the Nebraska District over the course of this last fiscal year ending January 31, 2017. We experienced a very strong January for congregational remittances and closed the fiscal year with unrestricted congregational remittances nearly $14,000 ahead of budget …

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District President’s Update: February 2017

At our last Board of Directors meeting, we noted several wonderful ministries happening in our district and ratified several others. We rejoice in the birth of a new congregation in Omaha. GraceHill is our newest sister congregation. Divine Shepherd was the sponsoring congregation. The congregation was welcomed and Pastor Justin …

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District Treasurer’s Update

We are rapidly approaching the completion of another fiscal year for our Nebraska District (January 31st). As I look back over this last year, I thank God for your prayers and generous support of our joint ministry. God’s ministry through the district, and your district staff, is certainly blessed through …

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Teaching the Faith: VBS

When I was first asked to take on the role of VBS Coordinator as a junior in college I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. With the help from my Pastor and many volunteers in the church, we have been able to make a successful VBS week each …

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How an LCEF Demographic Study Could Help Your Church

Even before the May 1 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people …

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December Update from the Board Chairman

Dear Pastors and congregation chairpersons, The December meeting of the Nebraska District board of directors serves as the time for the board to officially adopt a new fiscal-year budget. Although I occasionally joke about the “excitement” of such a task, it is one of the board’s most important responsibilities. By …

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Stewardship: Taking Stock

This article is courtesy of LCMS Stewardship Ministry   Celebrating New Years is a celebration of the past and the future. We take stock of the past with thanksgiving and sometimes even relief (that it’s over), and we look to the future in the hope and anticipation and perhaps even …

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November Update from the District Treasurer

Pastors, Leaders, and Members of our Nebraska District LCMS Congregations, It is again my opportunity to prepare the current edition of our monthly communication letter sharing information about your Nebraska District. I pray that our communication efforts are providing you with needed information and I encourage you to contact us …

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Engaging the Wandering

Congregations often spend a great deal of time and attention looking at how they can increase attendance and get new members. This is certainly a good thing to address. Reaching out to those in and around our communities who have not heard the Gospel is a vital part of who …

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Nebraska District Wives of Pastors Retreat Scholarships

October 3, 2016 Dear Members of the Nebraska District, This letter comes to you from me, speaking as a pastor but more especially as a husband who has been blessed by the faithful love, support, and personal ministry of my wife, Valorie. For several years, I have been in conversation …

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month

This article is from Rev. David A. Muench, Director of Ministerial Care at Concordia Plan Services. To view the original, click here. October has always seemed to me to have something of a “quieter” character. It’s not the month of Thanksgiving, or Christmas, although thoughts of preparation for them surely …

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Generosity in Your Own Words

How did you learn about being generous? Was it your parents who taught you or did you learn it by experience? Did you know that generosity is a gift from the Holy Spirit? The Apostle Paul references it in his epistle to the Romans, chapter 12. He dictates these words …

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September Update from the Board Chairman

Dear pastors and congregational leadership, In continuing our monthly correspondence with you, the Nebraska District board of directors met recently in Seward, and there are three topics I want to touch on with you today: First, we spent some time discussing the Synod convention in Milwaukee and the resolutions that …

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Service of Celebration and Rededication at St. John’s, Pilger

On June 16, 2014, two tornadoes ripped through the community of Pilger and the surrounding area, causing a tremendous amount of damage. One person was killed, several dozen were injured, many homes and buildings were destroyed—including St. John’s Lutheran Church. Once the rubble had been cleared, Orphan Grain Train provided …

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Update from the Nebraska District President

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 15, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last September, the Board of Directors set upon the course of establishing a new strategic plan. As part of your monthly District Board of Directors update, I wanted to share with you a little of our …

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Update from the Nebraska District Treasurer

Pastors and Chairmen of our Nebraska District LCMS Congregations: Last month, many of you received by email a letter from our Nebraska District Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Kent Warneke, introducing a new monthly communication plan where Kent, President Snow, and I alternate sending you letters sharing information about your …

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Update from the Nebraska District Board of Directors Chairman

Pastors of the Nebraska District LCMS: Consider yourself an important part of an experiment. This letter, via email, represents the first of what will be monthly communication to you in hopes of sharing information about the work of the Nebraska District on a regular basis. I have the privilege of …

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The Faithful Steward: Four Tips to Keep Your Family Financially Safe and Healthy

This post is courtesy of Lutheran Federal Credit Union, which opened to all eligible members January 2016. Like Adam and Eve struggled with the concept of stewardship, we struggle still today to balance caring for God’s world, including our church, families and daily lives. Are you paying close attention to …

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Seeds of Hope: A Community Garden Project

In April, Wheat Ridge Ministries awarded four Emerging Leader Grants of $5,000 for projects focused on leading a new health or human care focused program connected to the Lutheran community. Emery Kunze of Christ, Lincoln, (pictured right with Curt Jones, Coordinator of Generosity and Missions at Christ, Lincoln) was one …

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Hispanic Ministry in Nebraska: An Emerging Mission Field

Many people prize living in Nebraska because of the availability of jobs, the low cost of living, low crime, and good schools. These are also reasons that make Nebraska an increasingly popular place for Hispanic immigrants. What are the numbers? Data from a UNO Center for Public Affairs census provided …

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