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Friendship Home: Safe Quarters Walk

Volunteers will go door-to-door collecting monetary donations. Walk as a pair or as a team on Sunday, October 9 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (must be completed by 4:30pm). Each person will be assigned a collection area. Flexible start time. Approximate time commitment is 2 hours. Register on the Southwood Serves sign-up page at http://southwoodlutheran.ivolunteer.com/_2016

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—September 20 and October 18 & 20 • Gathering Place—October 10 & 20 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—September 19 • Matt Talbot—September 27 & 30 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—October 4 • Piecemakers—October 6 & 20 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—October 8

in prayer and scripture.

Chair time helps me remember that I’m not alone, I’m not in charge, that God is there for me and for the other people and situations that have me feeling anxious or worried. I also read the Bible during this time. I often learn something or get a new perspective. My next step is to journal what I’m thinking so I can reflect on what I learn. Before I end chair time I pray. I try to stay open to what God may be wanting for me and from me in the upcoming day. For me small changes are the way I make progress and over time they add up. I have a long way to go but I do think God is at work in my life and chair time helps me remember to be grateful for that blessing.

—Joyce Kubicek

Transformed Festival TODAY • 5:00–7:00 p.m.

`` Live Band: Lost & Found (featuring Bruce Ericksen). Please bring lawn chairs if available.  `` Free Dinner with healthy options. `` Activities for all ages—including a bounce house! Parents can drop their kids off in the kids’ zone to enjoy the live band.  `` Stop by the many booths/activity centers and discover how you can become spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, mentally and vocationally healthy! `` Drawing for a Fitbit. `` Purchase Transformed workbooks.  In case of inclement weather, the Transformed Festival will be moved inside.  See inside Ministry panel for all onsite group options.

Southwood Serves Saturday, October 8

Join people and families from Southwood by serving throughout the community of Lincoln. Registration for serving opportunities is open at southwoodlutheran.org or stop by the café today.

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On the 4th Thursday of each month, Southwood will be helping to staff the Food Market from 2:30–4:30 p.m. Upcoming serve dates are September 22 and October 27. Sign-up at Southwood Central or online at southwoodlutheran.ivolunteer.com

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NEW! Northeast High School Food Market

To say I was and can be spiritually flabby would be an understatement. But when I read the book Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, by Bill Hybels as a part of the small group series at Southwood, I learned about “chair time”. Pastor Hybels suggests taking 15 minutes a day to be with God in prayer and scripture. Since that class I have had chair time as a daily practice with few exceptions. I cannot say that it has made an instant change in my life, but I can say that it has made a significant impact. I feel the presence of God with me throughout my day. When those “hamster thoughts” start running on their wheels in my head, saying, “Isn’t this awful? What should we do? The world Pastor Hybels is a scary place!”, I take a deep breath and suggests taking remember how I felt during chair time. And 15 minutes a day I say, “Thank you for this day, God”. And then I go on, usually with a smile on my face. to be with God

Transformed by Rick Warren—a churchwide campaign to get healthy together! (See yellow insert)

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Southwood has sister church relationships in Honduras and Tanzania. Stop by the café to express interest in learning more about these upcoming trips or e-mail Nicole at [email protected] southwoodlutheran.org. • Honduras: March 11–18 :: Sister Church Trip • Honduras: June 3–9 :: Dental Trip • Honduras: July 22–29 :: Sister Church Trip • Tanzania: June 27–July 13 :: Sister Church Trip • Tanzania: October 12–27 :: Sister Church Trip **Financial assistance applications are available for members of Southwood who are first-time trip participants.

“Exercise daily in God-no spiritual flabbiness, please!” 1 Timothy 4 (The Message)

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Interested in Serving Globally?

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to help collect food for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Bring donations to table by Southwood Central. September 25: Kid-friendly snacks: pretzels, snack crackers, popcorn, granola bars.

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Faithful Harvest Join Southwood and other area churches

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Contact: Nicole • [email protected] To see a full listing of volunteer opportunities, visit southwoodlutheran.org/give-back/mission

402.423.5511 • southwoodlutheran.org [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

Grief Share

September 25 • 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.

Children’s Christmas CD Project All 3rd–5th graders are welcome to participate in rehearsals and recording of the 2015 Southwood Christmas CD. »» Rehearsals: Sundays, October 2 & 9 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #1: Sunday, October 9 at 12:15 p.m. »» Rehearsals: Sundays, October 23 & 30 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #2: Sunday, October 30 at 12:15 p.m. Register online at southwoodlutheran.org Contact: Denise • [email protected]

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, September 25 and October 2, 9, 16 & 23 • 8 Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, September 21 & 28 and October 5, 12, 19 & 26 th

 Life and Lattes: School Schedule Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!  Youth Group tonight • 5:00–7:00 p.m. We will be attending the Transformed Festival as a group. Come 30 minutes early if you wish to help. Meal provided. Bring a friend.

Sunday, October 2 • 11:00 a.m. in the Group Room

Do you have questions about your grief: Is this normal? Are you hurting? Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Do you wonder how you can possibly go on? Maybe you feel this way, but you pretend you’re okay. Be assured these are common responses to grief. Attend this GriefShare session to discuss what typical grief is and how turning to God will help, even when you wonder if God is really here. All are welcome!

Serve through Your Prayers!

The Prayer Chain is a vital part of Southwood’s Care Ministry and a significant way to serve through your prayers. Prayer requests are emailed to Prayer Chain members by 5:00 p.m. each day. Contact Mary at [email protected] or call the office at 402.423.5511, to receive a training packet to complete at home.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` Renewed Hope— today • 11:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—September 21 & October 5 • 6:30 p.m. | October 13 • 10:00 a.m. `` Grief Share—Resumes October 2 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday

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Spiritual Transformation Life is truly all about relationships. What relationship could be more important than your relationship with God?? Use this week to grow deeper in relationship with God and support someone else as well by trying some of the following tips: ff Pray for others as they work toward their Transformation goals. ff Join Southwood’s Prayer Team and get into the practice of praying for other’s needs each day. ff Recruit a Gratitude Partner. Call, email or text them daily with 3 things you are grateful for that are different each day.

NOTE: CareNotes will change out weekly to correspond with the Transformed topic of the week. Check them out!

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

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Set a time & place to meet weekly.

Grab a few people you like being around and ask them to gather with you for six weeks. Pick up a workbook for $15. Hosts also receive a DVD. Let Michelle know who’s in your group—[email protected]

A home, coffee shop or onsite at the church. Watch Rick Warren’s 30-minute video then discuss the four questions in the workbook. Onsite options for your group, OR if you don’t have a group—see yellow insert in your bulletin or visit southwoodlutheran.org/transformed for more information.

Women’s Chorus

»» Rehearse Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. »» Sing for Worship Sunday, October 2 at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 a.m. Denise Makinson, Director of Worship/Music [email protected]

Listen, Learn, Pray

Monday, October 3 • 7:00 p.m. • Fellowship Hall In an effort to grow in our understanding of some of the issues of our day, Southwood is hosting sessions called: Listen, Learn, Pray. These special sessions feature community leaders speaking about issues confronting our culture, city, country and the world. It will be a time to Listen, to Learn, and to Pray as we grow in our understanding of the complexities and injustices many face in this world. The next session of Listen, Learn, Pray will be a time to review the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s statement on the Death Penalty. As Nebraskans prepare to vote on this issue, members have asked about what “the church believes.” Join Dan Klaus, Attorney at Law, as well as President of Southwood’s Church Council on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Visit southwoodlutheran.org for a complete listing of events and registrations.