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Created for Community Contact: Nicole • [email protected] To see a full listing of volunteer opportunities, visit

Garden Harvesting and Abundant Produce

Has your garden produced more than expected? Bring your extra produce to the lower-level Sunday School Entrance to be donated to the Food Bank of Lincoln. Donations can be dropped off on Sundays 12–1pm and Thursdays 7–8pm. Southwood Garden Harvesting Pick fresh produce from the Southwood Garden for the Food Bank of Lincoln. • Sundays at 12pm • Tuesdays at 8am • Thursdays at 7pm Please sign up at or at the Mission Kiosk at Southwood Central.

Mourning Hope

We are seeking volunteers to help provide snacks for the Family Grief Support Group on Mondays from September 11–December 19. Snacks should be delivered to the Southwood kitchen prior to 1pm on Sundays. Sign-up at

Prayers for the Honduras Mission Team

Strengthen and encourage the dental mission trip volunteers traveling to Honduras September 19–23. Stop by Southwood Central to pick up a prayer card.

Global Mission Trips in 2018: Interested in going on a Global Mission Trip?

Stop by Southwood Central Mission Kiosk to express interest:

Honduras • March 10–17 :: Sister Church Trip (LPS Spring Break), leader Brenda Semin • June 2–8 :: Dental Trip, leaders Brenda Kuper/Malissa Pauling • July 21–28 :: Sister Church Trip, leader Nicole Mroczek Tanzania • June 26–July 12 :: Sister Church Trip, leader Scott Koehn Trip dates may flex depending on airline ticket availability/price. Scholarships are available for 1st time trip participants who are members of Southwood.

God created us to be in relationship with each other. He never intended for any of us to live a life alone. That’s why we’re so excited to launch Creed, a six-week churchwide Small Group study! Here’s your chance to grow your faith and become part of a caring, supportive group of Christian friends.

So, what’s stopping you? 1. I’m too busy!

Sharing life with other Christians can help calm your stress levels Left to right: Michelle Smith, Pastor Karl-John and put things in proper Stone, and Jo Sheets perspective. If you put God first, it’s pretty amazing how everything else falls into place. Groups gather once a week for six weeks…not a huge time commitment considering the benefits!

2. I don’t know how to find a Small Group.

Take the initiative to invite a few people you already know to be part of a group and let us know. Or, just come at 6:30pm on Thursdays (for 6 weeks) beginning September 21 and we’ll help you find a table group. We even provide childcare!

3. A group study sounds a little intimidating.

Trust us, groups consist of all levels of faith growth and biblical knowledge. Groups watch a video, then discuss. Sometimes, the conversations veer off into real-life topics and that’s perfectly okay. Just relax and enjoy the company!

Surround yourself with Christian Community and fill out the yellow card in your bulletin today! And, speaking of community, we’ll see you this evening at the Fall Festival from 5–7pm! Where you’ll find free food, free fun, free faith growth and free friendships…what a deal! Have questions about small groups? Contact Michelle Smith at [email protected] or call 402.423.5511.

September 17, 2017

Southwood Fall Festival TODAY • 5–7pm

Party in the Parking Lot! `` live music: Lost & Found `` free food—taco bar `` kids’ activities `` Small Group information (see details inside)

Register at or use the yellow card in your bulletin.

Healing Prayer Service Wednesday, September 20 • 7:30pm

Attend this special service and experience the comfort of music, prayer, reflection and hope. Come to offer prayers for yourself or loved ones unable to attend and feel the healing power of prayer.

Southwood Serves

Saturday, September 30 • 8:30am–12pm Join people and families from Southwood by serving throughout the community of Lincoln.

Registration for serving opportunities is open at or stop by Southwood Central today. 402.423.5511 • [email protected] Mailing: p.o. box 22767 • Lincoln, ne 68542 Physical: 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd. Lincoln, ne 68516

Contact: Faye Koehn • [email protected]

Contact: Pam Dinneen • [email protected]

Faith Stepping Stone Baptism Class

Renewed Hope

TODAY • 11am in the Group Room Feeling overwhelmed after the death of your spouse? Attend Renewed Hope on the third Sunday of each month providing support with others with a similar loss. No registration needed.

Sunday, September 24 • 11am in the Meeting Room

Unwrap God’s gift of Holy Baptism at the Faith Stepping Stone Baptism Class. At Southwood, we ask that all parents who are having children baptized attend one of these classes. Sign up at Southwood Central or

Hopes for Your Future

III. How can water do such great things? Fall Grief Group

I. What is Baptism?

Baptism is not water only, but it is water used together with God’s Word by his command.

2. My child is such an awesome gift from God—a child is much more than “mine” or “ours.” He is God’s creation, God’s child. 3. I want my child to belong to a community of faith, people who love God and love others. 4. I want to affirm the promise of salvation for my child and nurture in his life a way of life and a hope for the future. 5. I want to make a commitment to raising my child as a Christ follower. I want the support of people of faith as I teach my child to live a life of faith. 6. As my child is marked with the cross of Christ forever through baptism. I want him to be empowered to serve the world in the name of Christ.

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

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• 6th & 7th Grade: Sundays 8:30, 9:45 and 11am in the Fellowship Hall. today: Student and parent orientation attend during your registered hour.


It is not water that does these things, but God’s Word with the water and our trust in this Word. Water by itself is only water, but with the word of God it is a life-giving water which by grace gives the new birth through the Holy Spirit.

Promises How can I fulfill these Baptismal Promises? 1. Pray for your child in their presence. 2. Take them to church with you so they will begin to know they are God’s child and part of God’s family. 3. Sing them Christian songs. 4. Tell them how much Jesus loves them. 5. Fold their hands in yours as you pray a simple prayer. 6. Look at simple Bible storybooks, pointing out pictures of Jesus. 7. Point out things that God made. 8. Every night when they go to bed, make the sign of the cross on their forehead and say a blessing. Keep doing this. Ideas for a blessing are:

Starting October 9 Join us for our next 6-week grief group based on St. Paul writes in Titus 3:5–7 Understanding Your Grief written by Alan Wolfelt. He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed Take another step forward in your grief journey and away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life What benefits does God through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out give in Baptism? gain hope and healing. Two areChrist being the Spirit groups upon us through Jesus our Savior.offered: In Baptism God forgives sin, delivers from death Because of his grace he declared us righteous and and the devil, andDaytime gives everlasting salvation to all 11:30am–1pm gave us confidence that we(lunch will inherit eternal life.” • group included) who believe what he has promised. (NLT) • promise? Evening group 6:30–8pm What is God’s IV. What does Baptism mean In Mark 16:16 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Anyone ` “God loves you and so do I” Toandregister, contact PamforDinneen daily living? at [email protected] who believes is baptized will be saved. But ` “May God bless you and keep you safe” anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” It means that our sinful self, with all its evil deeds (NLT) desires, should be drowned through daily ` “Child of God, you have been sealed by the What is this Word? In Matthew 28:19 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (NLT)

Why Baptism?

Here are some reasons that parents may choose to baptize their children: 1. I love my child and want to surround her with the love and promises of her parents, her family, and the church.


repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever.

Ongoing Care Ministries

St. Paul writes in Romans 6:3–4 “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined

Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever” 9. Pray for your child daily. 10. Live so they see Jesus in you. 11. Remember, you are not alone. You have sponsors, pastors, parents, friends, your congregation, church resources, Holy Communion, the Bible, forgiveness and, above all, the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.

Christ Jesus joined him in his Held in the Group Roomwith next toin baptism, the weNursery death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the `` Prayer Shawl Blessing—September 20now• we6:30pm dead by the glorious power of the Father, also may live new lives.” (NLT) `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Oct. 4 & 18 • 6:30pm | Oct. 12 • 10am    OVER   

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• 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall Wednesdays 6:15–7:45pm Kick-off for our fall study Creed. Dinner provided.

Life and Lattes

Tuesday, September 19 • 2:30–5pm Meet at The Mill in College View for coffee and time to work on homework and hang out. Note: future Life and Lattes will be meeting at Southwood.

Youth Group

today • 5–7pm in the Youth Room. Churchwide Kick-off for Creed. Dinner provided. Bring a friend.

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

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Caring 3 Tips for Everyday Coping with Stress in the Workplace Job stress can be all-consuming—but it doesn’t have to be. You are not powerless to the effects of stress at work. Effective coping can benefit your professional and personal life. Consider these tips: ff Identify your stress triggers—Record and see what you can change about the situation. ff Sharpen your time management—Make a priority list and protect your time! ff Keep it in perspective—Take a break, have a healthy release, take care of yourself.

Small Groups Study begins TODAY


Come to the Fall Festival TODAY, 5–7pm (see details on front page)

2. Group Up! Grab a few people you like being around and ask them to gather with you for six weeks. Books $15, available at Southwood Central. Hosts receive a DVD and Leader Guide. Let Michelle know who’s in your group—[email protected]

3. Set a time & place to meet weekly. A home, coffee shop or

onsite at the church. Onsite options for your group, OR if you don’t have a group: `` Thursdays at 12pm with a pastor—bring a sack lunch `` Thursdays at 6:30pm • childcare and snack/dessert `` Men’s Groups • Thursdays 6am `` Women’s Group • Thursdays 6:30am Register at for these groups.

Join Southwood

How do you become a member of Southwood? What is the difference between attending Sunday worship and actually being a member? Join us for these two workshops required for membership.

1. Discover Southwood • Sunday, Oct. 1 • 8:30am

Led by Senior Pastor Greg Olson. You will hear our values and beliefs as a church and meet other people who are visiting Southwood.

2. Connect at Southwood • Sunday, Oct. 29 • 8:30am (or by appointment, for individual guidance)

Register at

Source: Portico Benefits email, 5/25/13

Visit for a complete listing of events and registrations.