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

November 27, 2016

Giving Trees

Serve at Neighborhood Food Distribution

Tuesdays, November 29 and December 6 • 4:00–6:00 p.m. Help hand out food to over 400 people in our community. All volunteers need to be at least 10 years old. Sign up at Southwood Central or at

Spirit of Giving Christmas Store

December 15 • 4:45–7:30 p.m. Southwood is teaming up with Mourning Hope this holiday season to provide some holiday joy to children who have lost a parent/caregiver. Children will have the opportunity to shop in our Christmas store for a gift for their primary parent/caregiver. Volunteers are needed to help with store set-up, meal, personal shopping, crafting, and gift wrapping. Volunteers must be 19 years or older. Sign up at Southwood Central or at

Clinic with a Heart

Southwood partners with Clinic with a Heart to offer a free medical clinic in the community of Lincoln. We are looking for medical volunteers (registered nurses and medical providers) to help with the clinic on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Nicole Mroczek at [email protected] to learn more!

Global Mission

Interested in traveling to Honduras or Tanzania? • Honduras—Dental Trip: Information meeting December 5 • 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Trip Dates: June 3–9, 2017 • Approx. cost: $1,525 • Contact Brenda Kuper if interested at [email protected] • Tanzania: Trip Dates: June 27–July 14, 2017 • Approx. cost: $3,500 Contact Scott Koehn if interested [email protected]

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—December 15 & 20 • Gathering Place—December 12 & 15 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—December 17 • Matt Talbot—December 27 & 30 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—November 29, December 6 • Piecemakers—January 5 & 19 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—December 17

Sacred Space for Sacred Moments Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress from work, illness, finances, or relationships? Are you facing a difficult decision? If so, Southwood has a new Sacred Space for prayer and meditation. On June 12, I experienced the power of having an intimate dialogue with God. I was fortunate to attend a Spiritual Retreat sponsored by Southwood at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. It was a wonderful opportunity to focus on my relationship with God. The entire experience was deeply meaningful. The most powerful experience for me was to spend time on my knees in prayer in a sacred space. The room that was set aside for prayer and meditation was a very peaceful space that allowed me to focus on God and all the things that were weighing on my heart. I had the sense that God had been waiting for me to talk openly with Him. I told Him about everything that I worried about, regretted doing and the blessings that I was so thankful for. I felt surrounded by love, acceptance and forgiveness. I knew in my heart that God loved and accepted me just as I was. He already knew what I was worried about and hoping for but He wanted me to come to Him with my problems, my hopes and especially my thankfulness. I could not hold back my tears. Even now I can remember how powerfully I felt His peace surrounding me. At Southwood, we are blessed to have a new sacred space to pray. Our new prayer room is a place where you can come with your deepest concerns and spend time on your knees strengthening your relationship with God. As Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28 (niv), “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” May you too have a Sacred Moment with God.

—Kristie Boehm Holmberg

Prayer Room The Library has been transformed into a Prayer Room, providing a sacred space devoted to prayer, meditation and reflection. Stop in and prepare your hearts for this Season of Christmas.

Prayer Room Hours: Sundays 7–12:30 Mondays 8–5 Tuesdays 8–5 Wednesdays 8–8 Thursdays 8–5 Fridays 8–5 Saturdays closed

Help make someone else’s Christmas brighter this year! Christmas Trees are in the main entryway and by Education Station. Giving Tree tags feature gift opportunities for Southwood families, Tanzania Scholarship Students and six other local Lincoln nonprofits. Return unwrapped gifts (with tag) to the church by December 4.

Advent Festival

Sunday, December 4, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Come and begin your preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Southwood’s annual Advent Craft Festival. Bring your family, invite your friends, stop in for a short time or spend the afternoon creating small treasures that remind us of Christmas and Jesus’ birth.

Christmas Eve Services

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Saturday, December 24 3:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service 5:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service 7:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service with Holy Communion 9:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service with Holy Communion Invite family and friends to worship with you this Christmas Eve as we celebrate Christ’s birth. Sing traditional Christmas carols with the congregation and hear instrumental and special music.

Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 25 • 10:00 a.m. Worship on Christmas Day is a Festival Communion Service. The liturgy is sung to the tunes of several Christmas carols. 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]

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

Water 4 Life: Sunday School Fall Mission Project

GriefShare: Hope for the Holidays

Young Adult/YoPro Volleyball Team Forming

Sunday School offerings this fall have been going towards building two wells for the ELCA Walk for Water Project. Currently we have raised $3,579 of the $5,000 goal. If we meet our goal, Pastor Michael and Luther get drenched! Will Pastor Michael and Luther stay dry? We certainly hope not! There’s only four weeks left to reach class goals! If you would like to donate, include Water 4 Life in the memo line of your check or stop by Education Station for more information.

Healing Prayer Service

Did you know? • 1.8 billion people (1 out of every 4 people) drink contaminated water. • Clean water is one of the most powerful ways to create change in the world. With the installation of a water well, as many as 500 families gain access to clean, safe water.

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6 –8 grade th

Sunday, December 4 • 11:00 a.m. GriefShare is held the first Sunday of each month offering comfort and support after the death of a loved one. Grief can feel overwhelming, especially during the holiday season. Many people speak of joy and you may be overwhelmed with a variety of other feelings, unsure of how to navigate through this season. Gain support and strategies by attending this discussion. All are welcome!


• 6th & 7th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sundays, December 4, 11, 18 • 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14

 Life and Lattes: Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!  Youth Group No Youth Group tonight—time with family. Resumes December 4 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the youth room.

Wednesday, December 21 • 7:30 p.m. This service is for anyone desiring special prayers for healing, whether physically, emotionally, relationally, grieving, or those praying for someone going through difficult times. The special music, communion and a time for anointing will make this service a meaningful time of prayer and reflection.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` GriefShare—December 4 • 11:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Dec. 7 • 6:30 p.m. | Dec. 8 • 10:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry and Blessing—December 21 • 6:30 p.m. `` Renewed Hope—December 18 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday

Family Stress Busters for the Holidays

Christmas is supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ However, for many it is a time when the busyness ends up making it a stressful time of the year as well. Help your family through these times by trying the following tips: ff Perform acts of kindness—doing for others is a strong antidote for depression and anxiety. As a family, choose a way to do something for others—adopt a family in need, ring bells together, find a way to focus on the needs of others. ff Cultivate a sense of humor—Laughter can reduce stress and boost our immune system. Keep things fun and everyone healthy by laughing. ff Set realistic expectations—As a family, choose what is most important and cut out some things. Then, enjoy your time together. Source: CareNotes—Coping with Holiday Stress by Therese J. Borchard

Hey, college students/twenty-somethings! Come join Southwood’s first co-ed recreation volleyball team! The six Sunday afternoon games (plus a one-day tournament) in this church league will start January 8 all played at Lincoln Lutheran MS/HS. Friends welcome! Have questions? Contact Pastor Beth Ann [email protected] Sign up online at • Events

Southwood Seniors Wednesday, December 14 • 12:00 p.m.

• Program: Annual Christmas sing-a-long! • Bible Study: Pastor Karl-John Stone • Lunch: Beef brisket! Bring Christmas goodies to share. Sign up at or at Southwood Central.

Christmas Volunteers Help make Southwood a welcoming place for all who attend. We are looking for volunteer ushers, greeters, hosts and communion assistants. Please contact Michelle in the office at [email protected] or call 402.423.5511.

Spirit-Life Retreat 24-hour Retreat • January 15–16 Pastor Greg will be leading a 24-hour Spiritual Retreat. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a place and time to get away from the rigors and busyness of life and spend personal time with God. The retreat will be held at the St. Benedicts Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. It begins on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m., and concludes on Monday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a single room and 3 meals. This retreat has a limit of 14 participants. Register at or call 402.423.5511. Registration deadline is January 3.

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