Life Notes

“A Chosen Race” – 1 Peter 2:9
Your name is called and then you hear the words, “You are chosen.” Could it possibly be that the people being called, the chosen, include you? Chosen as part of a group, a race of people. You are special, called out! Called to what, to do what, to receive what, to be what?

Peter writes, yes, it is true, you are chosen to proclaim and praise Him who called you into His light. Your call, as a child of God, is to be His emissary, His priest, carrying His light that radiates into the darkness and brings clarity and life abundantly. Carry that light boldly in His grace.

Question of the week: What did the Old Testament priests of Israel do? What was their role?

Answer: Old Testament priests made the sacrifices, performed the rituals and acted as mediator between man and God. They were responsible for offering the divinely appointed sacrifices to God, for executing the different procedures and ceremonies relating to the worship of God, and for being a representative between God and man.

Welcome to Our Guests
Word of Life welcomes you on the part of Pastor Larry Oetting and all the partners in the Gospel here at Word of Life as you view our website and Facebook page or attend our service. Please know that we desire to offer to all an oasis of hope, trust, safety and love through His power and in His name. As God leads you, we hope to get to know you and serve you through His power and love.

LifeGroup Information
LifeGroup is the name for our small groups at Word of Life. In LifeGroups, we share, we study and we support. The leader facilitates the discussion, centering on the life that Jesus gives us. LifeGroup members are partners in the Word, by God’s grace and direction, living life together, no matter what.

One LifeGroup meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. twice a month. A Men’s LifeGroup meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at Word of Life. Three Sunday Morning LifeGroups meet at 9:15 a.m. at Word of Life. Call Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 for information.

Prayer Team Ministry
We thank Marsha Dick for coordinating our Prayer Team Ministry at Word of Life since it began. Shirley Guy, (sguy52@yahoo.com) is the new coordinator for the ministry. Contact Shirley to become a member of the ministry team or to submit a prayer request. All prayer request are kept confidential to the team members.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met Sept. 23 with our architect, Rick Geiler. Previously, Rick reported that he had a very encouraging meeting in early August with city officials discussing building details of our LifeCenter. In that meeting, the fire chief gave the important opinion that we will not have to install a sprinkler system in the building.

We are counting down and getting close to being able to set a date for building. A quick summary of where we are at is Word of Life has purchased the land and also paid early start-up costs, which together total about $140,000. With pledges from members, it is projected that we will have approximately $150,000 in the building fund by Jan. 1, 2014.

The cost estimate for our new LifeCenter given at our Sept. 23 meeting was $675,000. That cost is an estimate and does depend on when contracts are signed and building begins. It does appear that considerable savings are possible if certain work is completed by members.

This past week has been a blessed week for contributions and pledges. The Campaign Team will have an announcement Sunday about building plans possibilities.

We pray and trust that God will lead us as we go, serving Him. Our LifeCenter for Christ and Community Campaign Co-Leaders are R.O. Ouellette and Jason and Lynette Windhorst, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Scrip and Recycling For Cash
Consider using SCRIP cards for groceries and many other purchases. Obtain your SCRIP cards from Lynette Windhorst. Mike Hagerbaumer will have his pickup at the “Church” parking lot collecting aluminum cans before and after the first church service of each month. The proceeds will go to the New Church Building Fund.

Life Notes

The Question of Life – “This Thing Called Love”
The Pharisees hoped to stump Jesus with a question that could not be answered. They wanted to show their intellectual and theological superiority. The Sadducees had tried and failed and now it was their turn. “Jesus,” they asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” It was a not a serious question but rather a trap.

Jesus answered, “The greatest commandment is love,” and then added who you love and how you love. Not only did he avoid the Pharisee’s intended trap and trap them instead, He revealed to us the inner mystery of this thing called love. In His answer we are told how to you live with this thing called love.

Question of the Week: Jesus was asked this question meant to trap Him, “What is the greatest commandment?” He replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:35-37. Then Jesus gave a second commandment which He said was like it. What is the second great commandment?

Answer: Check out your answer in Matthew 22:38-39.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met twice in August with our architect, Rick Geiler. Rick reported that he had a very encouraging meeting in early August with city officials in which they discussed building details of the LifeCenter. In that meeting, the fire chief gave the important opinion that we will not have to install a sprinkler system in the building.

More design details were proposed by Geiler to the Planning Team and approved. Site details approved include those that will reduce grading and eliminate a need for fill dirt. The Team also completed the Detailed Design aspects of the building, including decisions such as location and number of cabinet, shelves, etc. The design is now submitted to contractors for bids on the various aspects of the building. Receiving those bids will allow us to determine costs and when construction will start.

Our next Planning Team Meeting is Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., we will have a Countdown Dinner Event.

We pray and trust that God will lead us as we go, serving Him. Our LifeCenter for Christ and Community Campaign Co-Leaders are R.O. Ouellette and Jason and Lynette Windhorst. Contact Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

LifeGroup Information
LifeGroup is the name for our small groups at Word of Life. In LifeGroups, we share, we study and we support. The leader facilitates the discussion, centering on the life that Jesus gives us. LifeGroup members are partners in the Word, by God’s grace and direction, living life together, no matter what.

One LifeGroup meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. twice a month. A Men’s LifeGroup meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at Word of Life. Three Sunday Morning LifeGroups meet at 9:15 a.m. at Word of Life. Call Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 for information.

Countdown Event for our LifeCenter
Come hangout out with us.

  • When?
    • September 29th at 6 pm
  • Where?
    • At Word of Life. Food and Drinks will be provided for you
  • What can you bring?
    • If you would like you can bring a potluck dessert
  • What will be doing?
    • We would like to welcome and get to know our new members and provide all an opportunity to hear what we have been doing and to learn about opportunities to get involved in the construction of our new church home.

Rick Geiler, our architect, will explain and show the most recent church plans and design. We will talk about what it takes to get the Auction going, an update on our Scrip program, proceeds and information on our Recycle Drives (cans, old cell phones, printer cartridges).

Bonus: We will have Word of Life t-shirts at this event for anyone who has not yet received one. We will have order forms at the event for anyone who would like to order another t-shirt or a sweatshirt.

See you there,
The Countdown Team

Life Notes

The Question of Life: Wonder — “Can this be the Christ?”
Words to ponder, words to wonder about. What is life? Where did life come from? Where are we headed in this life? What are the rules of life? Who am I in this life?

What did Jesus say? “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10.

It is easy to see that Jesus is saying that stealing, killing and destroying is not life that is desired. He came to bring the opposite of destroying, stealing and killing life. He came to give us life, an abundant life. But what makes something good and something else evil? What is life really about?

Question of the Week: What was the name of the well where Jesus spoke to the woman from Samaria? If that question is too easy, what was the name of the village nearby, where the woman lived?

Answer: Jacob’s Well was the name of the well where Jesus spoke to the woman from Samaria. Sychar was the name of the village nearby, where the woman lived.

Confirmation Class
Our confirmation class for those in 6th, 7th or 8th grade began on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at Word of Life. We presently have 4 enrolled. The students are accompanied by their parents and will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. For more information call Pastor Oetting at 402-643-3651

LifeGroup Information
LifeGroup is the name for our small groups at Word of Life. In LifeGroups, we share, we study and we support. The leader facilitates the discussion, centering on the life that Jesus gives us. LifeGroup members are partners in the Word, by God’s grace and direction, living life together, no matter what.

One LifeGroup meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. twice a month. A Men’s LifeGroup meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at Word of Life. Three Sunday Morning LifeGroups meet at 9:15 a.m. at Word of Life. Call Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 for information.