Witness and Mission

NEBRASKA SYNOD DISASTER REPONSE UPDATE: FLOOD RELIEF

This week marks three months since the bomb cyclone hit the Midwestern United States with its accompanying blizzards and floods. Earlier this week, a person in Fremont shared with frustration, “Some people think disaster work is done.”

Disaster work in fact is not done, but it has changed from immediate disaster response to long-term disaster recovery, and recovery work will be going on for four to five more years. How can you be involved in these efforts?

Long-term disaster recovery groups are currently at various stages of being formed, and their work will in most cases include case management, construction management, and volunteer coordination. These teams are largely made up of volunteers who work together to serve their neighbors impacted by the disaster, and teams are currently in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Buffalo, Burt, Cass, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston, and Washington.

2019 NEBRASKA SYNOD ASSEMBLY

On May 30 through June 1, Pastor Edgar, Pastor Bill, Betty Schambach, Julie Dunham, and Kay Stofer represented St. Pauls Lutheran at the annual synod assembly in Kearney. Highlights among the actions taken at the assembly was the official reception of Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church (Holdrege) as an ELCA congregation. Spirit of Grace had been working as a “mission start,” being developed as a worshipping community following the decision of Bethel Lutheran of Holdrege in 2011. Other actions were taken that will be shared about at a later time. We were all inspired by the music of “GLOCALS,” a ministry of musicians from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds that plays music from a variety of different traditions and countries around the world. Bishop Brian’s report and sermon gave us much to think about, including the profound and provocative truth that “Grace isn’t grace until it ticks you off.” More will be shared when the synod posts its summary of assembly actions.

Thank you to all our volunteers who serve so faithfully. If you are not currently volunteering, please take a moment and see if God is calling you. Please contact Sandi Brown for volunteer opportunities at the church office at 308-382-2973, or email at sbrown@stpaulsgi.org.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

SARAH'S CIRCLE

Sarah’s Circle will be putting school kits together this year for Lutheran World Relief. Any of the following items would be appreciated. You may leave items in kitchen marked school kits. 70 sheet notebooks, 30 centimeter ruler, pencil sharpener, blunt end scissors, #2 pencils (unsharpened), black/blue ballpoint pens, 24 count box of color, 2 ½ inch eraser. Other kits that can be put together are health, baby and fleece blankets. If interested in these check bulletin board in kitchen for instructions. Any questions, please call Joyce Grimminger at 308-986-2309.

St. Pauls Community Christmas Dinner.

Each year on Christmas Day St. Pauls is proud to host our annual Community Christmas Dinner. We give of our time, talents and resources to prepare meals for over 1,000 folks each year. If you are interested in helping with this amazing community outreach event, please contact the church office.

Good Read:

Wonderful article about the work that we are a part of as church. This is our legacy - that we stay and continue the hard work after the cameras have gone away, after most agencies have moved on and shifted their focus. We're always the last ones out, and among the first ones in.