Nebraska District Stories

Nebraska District Stories

 


Official Notice: 2022 Convention Call for Nominations

As announced on February 16, 2021, the LCMS National Convention has been delayed for one year to 2023. In response to Synod’s delay, our Nebraska District Board of Directors approved a delay of the District Convention from 2021 to June 24-25, 2022. All current nominations submitted for 2021 will stand. …

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Three-year Bible reading guide updated

In 2017, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) joined with the Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) to compile a three-year plan of daily Bible readings and a yearlong series of weekly readings on Martin Luther’s approach to the Scriptures. First released in 2018, Reading the Word of God: A Daily …

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Lutheran Schools Bring Faithful Instruction

In the most recent edition of Synod’s Life Together Digest, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, reflects on the work of the 1,885 LCMS schools across the country and their 21,222 teachers to bring faithful instruction to over 200,000 students over the course of …

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COVID-19 Doesn’t Stop Outreach: Campus Ministry During an Unusual Year

You might have heard the story about a man whose boat sank while he was sailing on the ocean. Fearing he would die, he prayed that God would rescue him. While he was praying, he refused an offer of help from three passing boats because he was waiting for God’s …

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Action Alert: Equality Act and Health Education Standards

We encourage Nebraska District congregations and schools to share the information below through a bulletin insert you can find by clicking on this link. Update, 7/2/21: As of July, the Nebraska Department of Education has not altered or retracted the proposed standards described in the second half of this article. Local …

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Synod Provides Facts and Counsel on COVID-19 Vaccines

Synod offers counsel on concerns about vaccines and abortion

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Apply Now for Church Worker Scholarships and Debt Retirement

Plan now for this spring’s scholarship, tuition assistance, and debt relief application deadlines.

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God is Good, and He Has Worked Good Through Us

The pandemic has been a challenge, but God’s work continues in and through His people

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Rostered Church Worker Debt Relief

Student Loan repayment grants will once again be available for church workers in the Spring. If you are a rostered Nebraska District church worker with at least one year of service and have an outstanding student debt from undergraduate or seminary studies, download the following forms for more information: Debt Relief Application …

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Stewardship Resource Available: Disciples Living as Grace-Filled Stewards Kit

Make stewardship a priority in your congregation Jesus has called each of us to be His disciples. As His disciples, we follow Him and learn from Him as we read and study His Word. His love for us compels us to encourage others to follow Him and become His disciples. Acknowledging that all …

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Messiah Lutheran School in Lincoln Wraps Up Renovations

Lutheran schools have been a prominent feature of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod since its formation. Before public schools were available and before Sunday schools were popular, each LCMS congregation was expected to operate a school if it was to become a member of the Synod. The congregations of the Nebraska …

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Sharing Your Hope With A Christian Preamble

If we live long enough, we will find ourselves resenting change, at least in some ways. We must adjust as loved ones are called home to Jesus, no longer by our side in this earthly life. Institutions that were dependable are long since gone. Social graces and signs of respect …

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2021 Convention Call For Nominations

The Nominations Committee for the 2021 Nebraska District Convention is seeking nominations of candidates for the following offices, boards, and committees: Secretary of the District, Constitution Committee, Nominations Committee, Board of Regents (Seward), and Synod Committee for Convention Nominations. The Committee invites nominations from the circuit visitors, ordained ministers, commissioned …

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Connect College Students With Campus Ministry

We want to help college students, especially incoming freshmen, get connected to Christian fellowship and fun at college.

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LCEF Ministry Moment Video Series

Insights and tips to help move your ministry forward Lutheran Church Extension Fund has begun series of “Ministry Moment” videos for pastors and congregation leaders that offer insights and tips to help move your ministry forward on topics such as communication, budget, media, and leadership. All of these videos can …

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Estate Planning With Purpose

In most communities, firework displays have been cancelled due to COVID.  That might leave you scratching your head, wondering what you are going to do this year to celebrate the 4th of July.  It could be that you have always staked out the same spot each year.  Maybe friends and …

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Synod Media Kit Available for Congregations

The Synod has compiled a Welcome Back media kit for congregations to use as they open their doors for in-person, regular worship once again. The resources are designed to allow congregations to add an invitation and local details about their worship services. They can also be used to advertise the …

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Combine New Synod Media Kit with Targeted Mailing List for Easter Outreach

Combine the Synod’s new Easter Media Kit with a targeted mailing list that our office can generate for you to help with Easter outreach in your community. Nebraska District communications has also made a set of Scripture-based images for daily posting on Facebook or Instagram during Lent and Easter.

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Exciting News from Nebraska Lutheran Schools

Lutheran schools and educators in Nebraska are recognized with a School of Distinction award, LCEF Kaleidoscope awards, and a Distinguished Lutheran Administrator award…

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Three Omaha Congregations Merge to Form River of Life

After many years of faithful ministry as separate congregations, St. Paul’s, Omaha; Bethany, Omaha; and Atonement, Omaha have merged to form one new congregation named River of Life.

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Generous LWML Grant Awarded to Ministry at University Lutheran Chapel

Ministry partnerships at University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln were selected to receive a generous $50,000 mission grant from Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) at their 2019 national convention. Thanks be to God for these women who so faithfully support mission work through their giving and prayers!

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Pray for the Congregation of Zion, Shelton

Please continue to pray for the congregation of Zion, Shelton, a beautiful rural church that burned down on December 11, 2019.

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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 summer. Here are a few of the many things that have helped our small congregation reach out to a whole community…

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How an LCEF Demographic Study Could Help Your Church

Demographic studies have been around for ages. Ancient Greece, Rome, India and China all participated in some shape or form of one. Of course, the modern demographic study looks nothing like those ancient attempts. So what does a demographic study look like today?

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Stewardship: Taking Stock

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 worry of what it holds…

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October is a wonderful time for God’s people to share their appreciation for Pastors. It’s an excellent opportunity to express the respect, appreciation and admiration you have for your pastor(s) and for the work they do. This is not to say that other roles and activities of ministry are not important and worthy of appreciation, but in October, we take the time to specifically honor Pastors and thank God for them…

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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?

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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.

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

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 bills, fees and borrowing habits to keep our families financially safe and healthy? Here are four tips for successful financial stewardship…

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Seeds of Hope: A Community Garden Project

Through the Seeds of Hope project, a group of volunteers planted a community garden at Holmes Elementary School, just a few blocks away from the grounds of Christ, Lincoln. Mt. Calvary, Holdrege seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus, caring for their needs, but also sharing with them the hope that’s found in Christ…

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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…

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