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Another New Year’s Resolution Contact: Nicole • [email protected] To see a full listing of volunteer opportunities, visit

Serve at Neighborhood Food Distribution

Tuesdays, January 31 and February 7 • 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

July Honduras Trip:

Information meeting March 5 • 12:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Trip Dates: July 22–29, 2017 • Approx. cost: $1,600 Contact Randy Hansen if interested [email protected]

Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)

Monday, January 16 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Chapter 25 Great activity for the whole family! Assemble packages of food to feed hungry families around the world. Sign up at Southwood Central or

Clinic with a Heart

Our volunteers help staff the clinic on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We are in need of RN and non-medical volunteers. All volunteers need to submit an application and complete a 1-hour training. If interested, please contact Nicole at [email protected] to receive an application.

Mourning Hope

We are seeking volunteers to help provide snacks for their Spring Family Grief Support Group on Mondays from January 30–April 3. Snacks may be delivered to Southwood the Sunday before by 1:00 p.m. or during Sunday Youth Group between 6:00–8:00 p.m. Sign-up at

Ongoing Community Missions

• Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—January 16 • Clinic with a Heart—January 17 & 19 • Gathering Place—January 19 • Piecemakers—January 19 • Matt Talbot—January 24 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—January 31 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—February 11

Some people roll their eyes when they hear talk about New Year’s resolutions as these are often fleeting intentions to do better in the New Year. One New Year’s resolution you definitely should keep is updating your Will or Living Trust. Or if you don’t have a Will or Living Trust yet—you should consider creating one. If you don’t create your own plan, the State of Nebraska has one for you. The state’s plan may benefit people who don’t need it, or worse yet, those who would quickly spend your hard-earned resources in frivolous ways. The state’s plan certainly won’t express your desire to support your favorite ministries. To avoid this, take If you don’t some time in the New Year to create or create your own update your Will or Living Trust!

plan, the State

As you contemplate where to share the of Nebraska has blessings you have received from God, one for you. consider including a gift for the ministries provided through Southwood Lutheran Church. We have an endowment fund that will manage your gifts into the future, making sure they have the maximum impact. And gifting to Southwood’s Endowment is easy! In 5 minutes you can modify a beneficiary designation on your retirement account or life insurance policy to include a gift for Southwood. If you don’t yet have a Will or need to update your Will, you can have your attorney add a bequest for Southwood’s Endowment. You can give a specific amount or a percentage of your probate assets through your Will or Living Trust. Estate planning can be complicated so Southwood offers our members an expert consultant in charitable estate planning. Craig Stirtz will meet with you, at no charge, to discuss your wishes for your loved ones and for those ministries you wish to include in your estate plan, including Southwood. You can rest easy knowing your discussion is confidential and there will be no pressure as Mr. Stirtz has nothing to sell and makes no commissions.

Create or Update Your Will Today For more information on how to include your favorite ministries contact Craig Stirtz, Lutheran Planned Giving Services at 888-891-5728, [email protected] or visit the LPGS website at For more information on Southwood’s Endowment visit

January 15, 2017

TRANSFORMED: Digging Deeper Thursdays: 6:00 pm Meal • 6:30 pm Class

It’s not too late to join in! (Classes started January 12) What will you do in the New Year to stay well? Thursday nights at Southwood might just be the answer. Choose your topic of interest: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Vocational and Financial Health.

Join us in January for 4, 6 or 8 weeks (depending upon the class) and dig deeper in your faith! Registration and complete class descriptions available at Meals (freewill offering) and childcare provided.

Free-will offering proceeds benefit:

Mary McDonald Guest Composer Lincoln Boys Choir Southwood Choirs

Sunday, January 29 • 3:30 p.m. When you mentor a child, you transform their life by giving them confidence, promoting positive choices, and inspiring hope. Learn more at: 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]

Faith Stepping Stone Baptism Class

Winter Grief Group

Men’s Thursday Morning Group

January 22 • 11:00 a.m. 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

Mondays beginning January 30 • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Attend this group to gain support and encouragement as you explore ways to manage the grief journey you are navigating. It can be a lonely journey. Come and join with others as you work through it together. Lunch is included. This group will meet for 5 weeks. Contact Pam HopesDinneen for Your at Future 402.423.5511 or [email protected] I. What is Baptism?

III. How can water do such great things?

Serve through your prayers!

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

Children’s VBS Music CD Recording Why Baptism? are some reasons that parents may choose to All 3rd–5th graders are welcome to participate. Here baptize their children: 1. I love my child and want to surround her with »» Rehearsals: Sundays, February 5 & 12 at 11:00 a.m. the love and promises of her parents, her family, and the church. Recording #1: Sunday, February 12 at 12:15 p.m. 2. My child is such an awesome gift from God—a child is much more than “mine” or He is11:00 God’s creation, God’s child. »» Rehearsals: Sundays, February 26 & March“ours. 5 ”at a.m. 3. I want my child to belong to a community of faith, people who love God and love others. Recording #2: Sunday, March 5 at 12:15 p.m. 4. I want to affirm the promise of salvation for my child and nurture inCentral. his life a way of life Register at or at Southwood and a hope for the future. I want to make a commitment to raising my Contact: Denise Makinson, Director of Music 5.Ministry child as a Christ follower. I want the support of people of faith as I teach my child to live a [email protected] or 402.423.5511 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.


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:

The Prayer Team is a vital part of Southwood’s Care Ministry, offering prayers of support to many week. You can complete the training at St. Pauleach writes in Titus 3:5–7 He saved us, not because of the righteous things home and become part of this meaningful we had done, but because of his mercy. Heway washed to serve. Prayer requests away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life What benefits does God are emailed to Prayer Team by 5:00 pm daily. Contact Mary by through members the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out give in Baptism? the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. In Baptism God forgives sin, delivers from death Because of his grace he declared us righteous and emailing [email protected] to receive a training and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” who believe what he has promised. packet and join the team!(NLT) 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)


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.

What is God’s promise? In Mark 16:16 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” (NLT)

IV. What does Baptism mean for daily living?

Ongoing Care Ministries

It means that our sinful self, with all its evil deeds and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever.

` “God loves you and so do I” ` “May God bless you and keep you safe” ` “Child of God, you have been sealed by the

Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery Christ forever” 9. Pray for your child daily. `` Renewed Hope—today • 11:00 a.m. 10. Live so they see Jesus in you. St. Paul writes in Romans 6:3–4 11. Remember, you are not alone. You have “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined `` Prayer Shawl Ministry— 18joined&himFebruary 1 • 6:30 p.m.friends, your sponsors, pastors, parents, with ChristJanuary Jesus in baptism, we in his congregation, church resources, Holy death? For we died and were buried with Christ by February 9 • 10:00 a.m. Communion, the Bible, forgiveness and, above baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the all, the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also 5 may•live11:00 new lives.” (NLT) `` GriefShare—February a.m.

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Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6th–8th grade • 6th & 7th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. today and Sundays, January 22, February 5, 12, 19 • 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, January 18 & 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22

 Life and Lattes: Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!  Youth Group today • 6:00–8:30 p.m. We are going off-site to serve at the Food Bank of Lincoln and learn how they nourish our communities in order to alleviate hunger. We will leave church by 6:15 pm and be back by 8:30 pm. No dinner provided.

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for Caring Everyday Listening

Whether you are a parent or a teacher, teaching children to listen, truly listen, is a challenge. Young people are much more geared to respond to technology than to people. However, it’s our responsibility to help them learn active listening strategies which help them with relationships and learning. Here are things to do: ff Teach paraphrasing: Restating in their own words what was said to them conveys they were truly listening and understood correctly. ff Model good listening behavior: Enhance your own listening skills. Help them see you value the skill and what they have to say with no interruptions or distractions. ff Talk less: Some kids tune out after a while. State your point simply, one time. Source:

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Thursdays at 6:00 a.m. began January 12 (8 weeks) It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. This course equips people to develop a personal, firsthand relationship with Jesus by incorporating stillness, silence and Scripture as daily life rhythms. Sign up at Southwood Central or

Volunteer/Serving Opportunities

Explore our interactive serving opportunities finder. Visit and click on SERVE to get connected. Currently in need of: • Nursery volunteers Thursday evenings • Ushers and Café Hosts at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Contact Michelle Smith at [email protected] for more details.

SMALL GROUP STUDY Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg

In this 5-week study, John Ortberg reveals how Jesus made an inescapable influence on our world and you will learn how you can make one too! Study guide cost: $10 Onsite options: • Wednesdays beginning March 8 7:15–8:15 pm (after the Lenten service) • Thursdays beginning March 9 12:00–1:00 pm • bring your own lunch • Sundays beginning March 12 8:30–9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall Register at | Events In-home groups contact Michelle at 402.423.5511 or [email protected] to find a group!

Visit for a complete listing of events and registrations.