Life Notes

“Called to be Holy!” – 1 Peter 1:15-16
Come on Peter, really? Quoting God and telling us we should be holy? Why do you tell us that knowing that we are not very holy? But that is the point, isn’t it? Our sin, our lack of holiness turns us away from God. But Peter tells us that we are a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” We no longer are separated from God but now are called by Him.

As priests, we come to God, not with our list of how good we have been, but with Jesus as our offering, our Redeemer. Our darkness is paid for, ransomed by Christ Himself. By His grace we walk in the holy steps of our Lord.

Question of the week: Who first told Peter about Jesus?

Answer: In the Book of John, we are told that Andrew and John, disciples of John the Baptist, were directed to Jesus by the Baptist. They were invited by Jesus to come with Him and they did spending the day. Then, Andrew “first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas’ (which means Peter).” John 1:41-42.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met with Rick Geiler, our architect, this past week on Oct. 28, for the purpose of setting a construction schedule. Present plans are to distribute bid plans in early January to be returned in late February. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

Our LifeCenter Campaign continues with a goal to assure that loan payments will not exceed our budget constraints. Living within our means allows our focus to remain on sharing the good news and meeting the needs of those around us. Each giving unit at Word of Life has been asked for a confidential pledge for the building fund, an estimate on their giving for the general fund and/or sign up for a hands on project on the building itself. We boldly ask for your continued prayers and God’s blessing knowing it is all in God’s hands to His glory.

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.

Christmas Parade in Seward
A parade at this time of the year? Yes, a Christmas Parade in Seward on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Remember the winter parade that escaped Lincoln? It is in Seward now, along with other activities and a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Word of Life participates with a float for the third year and encourages you to bring your kids and grandchildren. The theme this year is “Believe!” How fitting for us who know and believe that the little babe born in Bethlehem is the gift that Christmas is all about.

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 Wed. 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.

Time to Join a LifeGroup?
Larry and Susan Biel are starting a new LifeGroup in Seward that will meet in their home. Call Larry B at 402-310-3098 for information.

The Wednesday night LifeGroup that is led by Tom and Linda Hoegemeyer and meets at their home will begin a new study called, “Living God’s Will!” Consider joining for the eight sessions of this study. The study begins on Nov.13 at 7 p.m. Call Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 for information.

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.

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.

Life Notes

“A Living Stone” – 1 Peter 2:4-5
Peter, the friend, follower, defender, disciple, and apostle of Christ, assures us that we are chosen. We are a chosen people, but by whom and for what purpose? The answer is that we are chosen by a living stone to be a living stone, with other living stones we form a spiritual house.

Sounds like a riddle, doesn’t it? Does it make sense and did it make sense to those followers of Christ who read these words during the first century? Yes, to both questions if we look to the next passages where Peter quotes from Isaiah 28:16. What did Peter quote from Isaiah that answers the riddle?

Question of the week: Why is Isaiah often referred to as the Fifth Gospel?

Answer: The Book of Isaiah, written 700 years before Christ, refers to and prophesizes often about Jesus. Saint Jerome (A.D.. 342-420), wrote that Isaiah “should be called an evangelist rather than a prophet because he describes all the mysteries of Christ and the Church so clearly that you would think he is composing a history of what has already happened rather than prophesying about what is to come.” Saint Ambrose and his star pupil, Saint Augustine (a.d. 354-430), agreed and emphasized additionally Isaiah’s role in “the calling of the Gentiles.”

Update on our LifeCenter
We are counting down and getting close to being able to set a date for starting of construction of the LifeCenter. A quick summary of where we are at is Word of Life has purchased the land and paid early startup costs, which together total about $140,000. We have received wonderful gifts in September and October and have reached our goal for making loan arrangements for the new LifeCenter. We have been blessed and we thank the Lord.

During the next two weeks, each giving unit will be asked for a confidential pledge for the building fund, an estimate on their giving for the general fund and/or sign up for a time and talent project. We boldly ask for your prayers and God’s blessing knowing it is all in God’s hands to His glory.

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.

Baptism Sunday
With great joy Aneyah Faith Smith will be baptized Sunday. Aneyah is an attendee at Sunday School, the daughter of Andrea and Scott Smith, and the grandniece of Shelley and William Wallace. We praise God.

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.

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.