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Life Notes

Joseph, Son of David, Do Not Fear – Matt. 1:20
Joseph has just received crushing, devastating news. Physically, he feels sick, his stomach is knotted. His spirit has sunk low, very low. Every fiber in his body aches, and he cries out loud, first with disbelief, then anger and now soul-wrenching sorrow. The women he loves has been unfaithful and the envisioned hope filled life ahead has slipped away. Sleep does not come easy, and he slowly deciphers a plan. He will divorce Mary but do it quietly. Then as he lies restlessly, he repeats the Shema, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut. 6:5) over and over until he falls asleep.

Later that evening all is changed as an angel appears to him in a dream and tells him not be afraid. “Joseph, do not fear, there is something you must know.” When Joseph awakes, hope has returned and now he knows.

Question of the Week: Matthew quotes an Old Testament prophet to explain to us the validity and significance of the angel’s revelation to Joseph. The quote is, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” What prophet is he quoting?

Answer: The Old Testament prophet quoted is Isaiah and the quote is from Isaiah 7:14.

Christmas and New Year Schedule Updates
There will be no Sunday School on Dec. 22 and Jan 5. On Dec. 22 the Sunday School kids will arrive early to prepare for their service.

On Dec. 22, there will be a special pastor-led Bible Study on the Holy Spirit and Prayer but no LifeGroups, and there is no LifeGroups schedule for Jan. 5.

There is a Christmas Eve service on the 24th at 6 p.m. That is our only special Holiday Service.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting on a regular basis with Rick Geiler, our architect. Our Planning Team will next meet with him on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. During this past week, a test well was drilled on our property.

Current 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.

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.

Prison Ministry Update: Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar
The Nebraska District is sponsoring a Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Immanuel Lutheran at 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln. The leader is Liz Jeanette, area director for Prison Fellowship Ministries. There is no cost, but please register with CandiM@ndlcms.org by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Pastor Larry.

Life Notes

“Do Not Be Afraid” – Luke 1:13
What do you fear the most? Our Advent series looks at fear. Is there any benefit from fear? We know that there is a physiological response to fear. When something signals danger, like a loud sound or something that looks strange and out of place, our bodies react. It is called a “flight or fight” response, and our heart rate is increased and our muscles tighten. So, yes, fear can be helpful and, yes, there are reasons to have fear.

However there are negative consequences of fear. When can fear be harmful and bad for us? Fear that immobilizes us, fear that destroys our ability to live life “abundantly” is harmful. Fear that pushes us into a “cage” of doubt or discouragement and removes hope is so human but wrong. What overcomes fear? How can we live with an absence of harmful debilitating fear? We begin our series today answering that question with a story of a temple, a priest and an angel.

Question of the Week: Only two angels are named in the Scriptures. What is the name of the angel that appeared to Zechariah?

Answer: Gabriel appeared to Zechariah. Michael is the other named angel and they both are referred to in the Old and New Testament.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting with Rick Geiler, our architect, every two weeks and is continuing work on building details. 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.

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.

Life Notes

His House
David wrote, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23. Peter writes, “you, yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house.” 1 Peter 2. Paul says this, “We who believe are carefully joined together with Christ as parts of a beautiful, constantly growing temple for God.” Ephesians 2.

We are part of this house, built together with other living building blocks. What is our purpose and location? The house is a fortress that gives light, protection, strength and life through our God who loves us. It gives meaning, truth and hope in a world of self-absorption, lies and chronic defeat. Location, location is the mantra of success, and our house is located on the cornerstone of Christ. Praise God, we are in and part of that growing house built on the Word of life.

Question of the week: What King of Israel was given the direction and privilege to build the Temple of God in Jerusalem?

Answer: David planned and prepared for the construction of the temple but God told David that he should not build the temple but rather his son, King Solomon should build it. 1 Chronicles 28.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting with Rick Geiler, our architect, every two weeks to continue work on building details. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 25, and the emphasis will be on planning, particularly in the Worship area, as well as what is needed for cables, lightning, and audio/visual equipment. 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 raise the majority of the cost of the LifeCenter. 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. Our focus remains on sharing the good news and meeting the needs of those around us

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.

Life Notes

“Sir, We Wish to See Jesus.”
There was a buzz that day in Jerusalem. People were excited about Christ being there. Jesus had just received the accolades of a city and thousands of visitors as He rode on a young colt into the city of Jerusalem. The people had cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” Yet there was tension in the air. The Pharisees in their hatred, fear and jealousy were plotting to take Jesus “out.”

In the middle of this confusion and excitement, there were “some Greeks” on a quest. They wanted to meet Jesus, but how do you meet a popular star? You meet the famous in different ways, but often by an introduction. So they approached Phillip with their request. Phillip went to Andrew and together they told Jesus, “Lord, there are Greeks here that want to see you.”

Jesus did not invite the Greeks to meet Him or did He? Was He ignoring their request or answering it? Why did He talk about a seed having to die before it lives? What did He mean, “…the hour has come.” Has the hour come to see Jesus?

Question of the week: Jesus told a parable, recorded in Luke 13:19, about a man planting a seed in his garden that grew and became a tree. What type of seed did the man plant?

Answer: Jesus said the Kingdom of God “…is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” Luke 13:19.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting with Rick Geiler, our architect, every two weeks to continue work on building details. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 25, and the emphasis will be on planning, particularly in the Worship area, as well as what is needed for cables, lightning, and audio/visual equipment. 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 raise the majority of the cost of the LifeCenter. 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. Our focus remains on sharing the good news and meeting the needs of those around us

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.

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.

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.

Life Notes

“The Mind of Jesus!”
“Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” Those words, stopped Mary and Joseph in their tracks as Mary questioned her twelve year old son why He had remained behind in Jerusalem without telling them. They did not understand what He meant.

As Jesus went about His Father’s business in the years of His ministry, he healed, performed miracles and taught, revealing His identity and mission. Often, people did not understand or want to understand who He was. Yet, Jesus sought them out, commonly using parables to teach in a unique way to bring insight and clarity and reveal “His Father’s business.”

The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The parables of Jesus are a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrate the love God has for us. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. But perhaps the greatest gift received by studying His parables is that we are put in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us? His parables are intriguing, clear, and yet often simultaneously so deep they stop us in our tracks. May the parables of Christ intrigue you, console you, guide you, comfort you and envelope you with His presence.

Question of the Week: Jesus told a parable about a precious pearl in Matthew 13: 45-46. What is the most valuable pearl ever found?

Answer: If a clam pearl counts, it is the “Pearl of Lao Tzu.” It measures 9.45 inches in diameter and weighs 14.1lbs. It is approximately 31,893.5 carats. The pearl itself is valued at nearly 60 million dollars and was extracted from a giant clam.

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 discussing 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 were approved. Site details approved included those that will reduce grading and eliminate a need for fill dirt. The Team also completed the Detailed Design aspects of the building including the 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.

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 me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for more information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Confirmation Class
Our confirmation class for those in 6th, 7th or 8th grade begins on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at Word of Life. We presently have 3 seventh graders enrolled. The students will be accompanied by their parents or grandparents 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.

We will resume our LifeGroups next week after taking a break during August. 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.

Life Notes

“Thanking God.” – Luke 18:10-14
Jesus, in a parable, describes two men praying in the Holy Temple of God. The Pharisee and the tax collector were so different in their occupations and seemingly in their relationship with God. Pharisees were known to be religious and “right with God.” Tax collectors were hated and didn’t belong anywhere and certainly not in the Temple. The disciples and those around Jesus listened carefully as the story unfolded. What would Jesus say?

Question of the week: The setting of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector told by Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem. Does the Temple exist today?

Answer: The Temple at the time of Jesus, was the second Temple, built at the same site as the Temple built by King Solomon. The Romans destroyed the Temple around 70 A.D. and only a wall remains at this time.

No Sunday School or LifeGroups in August
LifeGroups and Sunday School classes will not meet during the month of August.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met Monday, July 29, with our architect, Rick Geiler, to discuss and give input for the design of our church building. Bill Dick, president of Word of Life, had these comments about the meeting.

“The planning meeting was well attended. Rick presented several sketches of the plan C concept and the team approved the direction he is headed. The next meeting will be on Aug. 12 and should include more of the various stake holders.”

The Aug. 12 meeting is at 7 p.m. in one of the classrooms at Concordia Fallbrook.

Summer Message Series – The Mind of Jesus
Our Summer Message Series, uses the parables of Jesus as a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrating the love God has for us. The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. A bonus in studying the parables is that they put us in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. That will be our quest. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us?

Sunday, we look at a parable that Jesus told to address an attitude. Luke writes it this way, “(Jesus)… told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” Luke 18:9.

Bible Study with Ryan Larson – Sharing Your Faith
Ryan Larson spent eight weeks this summer with the Navigators in Jacksonville, Fla., being instructed in Scripture and learning to share his faith. He will share his experiences on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9:15 a.m. at a special Bible Study time. Consider, what would you say to people on the beach about your faith?

More Than Money Matters
More Than Money Matters is a free, award–winning money management workshop series. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to make sharing, saving and spending decisions based on your goals and values. The workshop series is free and includes 6 sessions. The series begins on Aug. 22 at St. Paul in Malcolm from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and is a Thrivent Insurance presentation led by Patty Stradley, who can be contacted at 402-525-8981 or patricia.stradley@thrivent.com.

Life Notes

“The Parable of the Persistent Widow.” Luke 18:1–8
In this parable, we learn the value of positive, persistent prayer and the need for prayer in our lives. The title of the message is “P.U.S.H.,” an acronym for “Pray Until Something Happens!” Jesus had a great deal to say about prayer. His disciples watched Him, and they said, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” The one thing about His life that was so fascinating that they wanted to imitate Him was His prayer life.

Question of the week: What was the place, the social status of widows, in the Scriptures?

Answer: Widows in the Bible were often objects of pity, recipients of favors. Living in a patriarchal society without a male to protect them and to be their point of reference, widows were victims of injustice. They were outsiders, no provisions were made by society for them; they were helpless and defenseless. Widows were overlooked in the Israelites’ system of inheritance. Yet, both in the Old and New Testament, people of God are told to protect and care for widows.

Important Dates

  • August 1-7
    • Pastor’s Vacation
  • August
    • No Sunday School or LifeGroups

Summer Message Series – The Mind of Jesus
Our Summer Message Series uses the parables of Jesus as a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrating the love God has for us. The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. A bonus in studying the parables is that they put us in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. That will be our quest. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us?

Today we look at a parable that Jesus told about a persistent widow and the power and value of positive, persistent prayer

Guest Pastor for August 4
Pastor Steve Sirek was our guest pastor last Sunday and returns this Sunday. (Pastor Oetting and Kitty are on vacation to attend the wedding of grandson Joel Oetting to Jessica.)

Pastor Sirek grew up on a farm 10 miles west of Pierce, NE. He is a graduate of Pierce High School, Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) and Concordia Theological Seminary.

Steve writes this:

“I was blessed with many ministry experiences: Lutheran High School Teacher and Coach, College Professor and Coach, Missionary Manager for Orphan Grain Train in Latvia, Lutheran High School Campus Pastor, Parish Pastor and Major Gift Officer for Concordia University, NE. I am presently an Insurance Associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Lincoln, NE.

I have been blessed with three children: Christiana (Jarrod), Stephanie (Erik) and Micah. My wife, Kathy, and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this summer.”

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met Monday, July 29, with our architect, Rick Geiler, to discuss and give input for the design of our church building. President of Word of Life had these comments about the meeting:

“Planning meeting was well attended. Rick presented several sketches of the plan C concept and the team approved the direction he is headed. The next meeting will be on Aug. 12 and should include more of the various stake holders.”

The Aug. 12 meeting is at 7 p.m. in one of the classrooms at Concordia Fallbrook.

Life Notes

Wise and Foolish Servants-Luke 12:42-48
We have all heard that Jesus is coming Back. That should be the best news we will ever hear, but for many Christians, it is just a story. A story that is more like fantasy than reality. A story they hear, but do not really believe. And because they do not believe it, they have missed the power they could otherwise have in Christ.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • July 20-25
    • Synodical Convention in St. Louis
  • August 1-7
    • Pastor’s Vacation
  • August
    • No Sunday School or LifeGroups

Guest Pastor-Steve Sirek
Pastor Sirek grew up on a farm 10 miles west of Pierce, NE. He is a graduate of Pierce High School, Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) and Concordia Theological Seminary.

Steve writes this: “I was blessed with many ministry experiences: Lutheran High School Teacher and Coach, College Professor and Coach, Missionary Manager for Orphan Grain Train in Latvia, Lutheran High School Campus Pastor, Parish Pastor and Major Gift Officer for Concordia University, NE. I am presently an Insurance Associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Lincoln, NE.

I have been blessed with three children: Christiana (Jarrod), Stephanie (Erik) and Micah. My wife, Kathy, and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this summer.”

Summer Message Series-The Mind of Jesus
Our Summer Message Series, uses the parables of Jesus as a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrating the love God has for us. The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. A bonus in studying the parables is that they put us in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. That will be our quest. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us?

Today our parable is about being faithful to the calling we have from our Savior and being ready for His coming.