Before since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:28-29



You are invited to read this week the passages we will be considering next Sunday:

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128, 36:5-9; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11



Concordia University, Nebraska is celebrating its 125th year of educational ministry. As part of these celebrations, on Saturday, March 23rd, Concordia and Jones Bank are presenting Celebration at the Lied, at Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts. This one time only concert, held in a fantastic setting, will feature Concordia University, Nebraska’s acclaimed music ensembles performing a variety of sacred and secular selections intended to entertain and inspire. It will be a great experience for any and all who enjoy Concordia’s music programs, in particular, as well as for those who simply enjoy quality choral and instrumental music.  Join us for this historic event. Tickets, which range from $45 to $15, are on sale now online.  For more information: 402.643.7487






How do you feel about debt?  Do you tell your money where to go OR are you chasing it? 
Please join us for a life changing experience! This nine session class is for everyone who spends money. This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Brad Ohlmann  will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before.
Link to class: The preview session is today at 9:15 am at Peace in the Loft Classroom.  Session 1 to begin 1/20/18 @ 9:15 am. Questions?  call, text or email Brad -- 402-610-1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Cost of class is $109.00 ***Sponsorships are available to cover the cost of class as needed.  



The Faithfulness Bible Study is beginning a new study "BLESS THESE LIPS", and invites you to join! This study examines things we say that get in the way of our relationships with God and with others using Scripture passages that address common behaviors and attitudes. Come join us every second Saturday of the month at Peace in the Welcome Center, at 9:00am. Any questions contact Marge Rader at (402-786-2386).


Beloved in the Lord Jesus, you are invited to join me (on my 23rd tour), a native of Israel, born in Nazareth, on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime We will depart from Chicago on September 19 and return on October 1...walk where Jesus walked...where every page of the Bible is seen in its original context the Sea of Galilee...climb the Mount of Olives and view the Old City of Jerusalem...visit Tabgha, scene of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes...the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and where Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles...walk the Via Dolorosa (Road of Suffering) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher...stroll in the Garden of Gethsemane...visit Bethlehem...the Church of the Nativity and much more.  What to expect: During this 13-day tour, you will experience the sounds, smells and sights of two civilizations, the old and the new. You will stand at the crossroads of history and feel the vibrant influence of how this land shapes all other lands.  We will do more than just visit sights. We will go off the beaten path and have personal and daily devotions. The Bible will be our map and guide. Experience the Holy Land–a place like no other. Please join me on this blessed adventure.  The price is $4,050.00, includes: air fare from Minneapolis to Tel Aviv and back to Minneapolis, hotel accommodations (for double occupancy) tips, entry fees and all meals.  For further information contact: Pastor Nabil Nour, 605-201-6998, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Calling all NYG participants and their parents...we need to have a brief meeting to discuss fundraisers and funds still needed for the national youth gathering. If anyone still has paperwork or money to turn in, this is your chance as well. Please meet after late service on 1/13/19 or 1/20/19. You can catch either Paige Haertel or Tina Sondgeroth between both services on those days in the MAC for any questions. 



Veterans of Peace, join our continuing mission to “be the church” to our fellow military. Operation Barnabas needs your involvement. We plan to begin a multi-parish chapter in 2019. In our congregation, we plan to once again provide a big thank-you to our police and fire first responders. Small time requirement for huge impacts. To enlist, please see Brec Wilshusen. Text or call 402-802-0094.



Stacey, our daughters, and I wish to thank you—our brothers and sisters in Christ at Peace—for all the kindness and generosity you showed to us once again this Christmas.  We praise God for you! Question: we received a beautiful glass cross etched with an image of Jesus in it, but the gifter's name(s) was not included in the package. If you are the benefactor, please let us know, so that we can thank you properly.  God bless us in 2019!  Pastor



I would like to express my thanks to the congregation for the Christmas gift of fruit and goodies.  It is appreciated and makes the holidays extra special.  Thank You.  Anita Retzlaff 






Mike Herring, Team Leader

“… you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  Acts 1:8

LOCAL (“Jerusalem”)


There are people in every community who are hurting without the hope of Jesus Christ and many people today are disconnected from God and His Church. But Jesus gives His followers everything we need to be His witnesses to those in our community who most need to hear the loving message of Jesus Christ – the gifts of peace, hope, and love – and we have been sent to share these gifts with the world.  Pastors and lay leaders are invited to a one-day workshop for a chance to step back from the everyday tasks and examine the needs of your community, the gifts of your congregation, and how God might use you to bring His peace, hope and love to a hurting community.  Make plans now to be equipped and encouraged to embrace the community in which you serve and to engage the people around you with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Friday, January 18 at here at Peace.  Find more information and online registration at  These workshops are being offered free of charge through a partnership of the Center for U.S. Mission, the Nebraska District LCMS, the Kearney Circuit, and Peace, Waverly. A free-will donation will be taken each day to help cover the cost of lunch, which will be provided. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.



To order a recording of this year's "Making the Case" Conferences:  You can listen to almost 20 hours of teaching and preaching, never heard before on Issues, Etc., by Anthony Esolen, Hank Hanegraaff, Chris Rosebrough, Scott Klusendorf, Ryan Anderson, Will Weedon, Beverly Yahnke, Hans Fiene, Angus Menuge, John Warwick Montgomery, Mark Kalthoff and Todd Wilken.  We'll send you an audio DVD or thumb drive for a year-end, tax-deductible donation of $300 to Issues, Etc.  Click here to purchase.  You can also order by check.  Make your $300 check payable to "Issues, Etc." and send it to the address below.  Issues, Etc., P.O. Box 83, Collinsville, IL 62234.  Please include "DVD" or "Thumb Drive" in the memo line of your check.  If you have any questions, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at (618) 223-8385.  Jeff Schwarz, General Manager, Issues, Etc./Lutheran Public Radio.  



REGIONAL (“Judea")


The Nebraska Walk For Life will begin at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol in Lincoln, 14th & K, on the north side. The walk is seven blocks through downtown to the University of Nebraska Student Union at 14th & R Streets, to the 2nd floor Ballroom & Centennial Room. Catherine Adair will be the Keynote Speaker about noon.  Catherine was only 19 when she was pressured into having an abortion. Several years later, she began working at the largest Planned Parenthood abortion facility in New England. After witnessing thousands of abortions and seeing the aftermath of a second-trimester abortion, she could no longer participate in the horror of what she was doing. Catherine is now a married mother of five, and she is dedicated to telling the truth about abortion. She credits God with giving her the strength to share her story.  Dress warmly and bring the children. Parking is available east, south and west of the Capitol, and in downtown metered stalls and parking garages. The event concludes at 1 p.m.  NOTE: Lincoln Area Lutherans For Life invites pro-life friends to a pre-Walk event at 9 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church at 12th & H Streets for coffee, donuts, fellowship and a worship service led by Pastor Daniel Wing before going to the Capitol.


US (“Judea") 


The Lutheran Young Adult Corps provides opportunities for young adults (18-26) to grow in a community of faith and service through long-term, full-time service in urban ministry settings. Participants are trained to live and serve in communities across the United States.

Young adults can serve for 10 weeks in the summer or 10 months as a gap year. During service, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides a supportive, life-changing program for young people to gain valuable experience while deepening their faith and sharing Jesus through acts of mercy.  For more info:

WORLD  (ends of the earth)


Check out this informative radio interview of Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann, who retuned to the Dominican Republic on January 3 and continues to serves there as an LCMS missionary, along with her husband, the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann. Cheryl talks about the challenges and rewards of their mission work in the DR and Latin America with World Lutheran News Digest host, Kip Allen.  For more info:  Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann, LCMS Missionary in the Dominican Republic & Latin America, 1 809 763 4020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Isn’t it nice when a real, “live” person answers the phone?  It’s a rare thing these days, isn’t it?  That’s what we’d like to do here at Peace during office hours (9am to Noon, 1pm to 4pm).  Our phone system is easy to use, so no need to be intimidated.  Want to pick a day of the week, or maybe just a morning or afternoon shift?  Please contact our Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.786.2345, or Pastor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.617.4100.  This could be you: “Good afternoon, Peace Lutheran Church, May I help you?”





Would you like to see the sanctuary filled to the back wall with pews?  If so, consider donating to the Sanctuary Pew Fund.  In order to purchase the remaining eight pews and to re-upholster the current ones, it will cost $2,838 per pew.  For more info:  Kyle Brasch at 402.432.8467



The Scrip Committee has decided to take a break.  We will sell Scrip cards through the end of the year so that we can take Christmas orders this year.  We do have some cards on hand that people can purchase:  HyVee - 19 cards at $25 each; 1 card @ $10; Raising Canes - 3 cards at $10 each; Russ's - 10 cards at $10 each; 1 card at $20.  If you would like to purchase any of these cards please contact one of the committee members (Tonya Danson, Rochell Frazier or Mavis Nielson).  Because of schedules this year we decided to step away for a while at least.  If anyone is interested in running this committee please let us know. Thanks. Rochell Frazier, Tonya Danson, Mavis Nielson



 Kayla Baker, Director

Our Mission

To bring families to Jesus by providing a high-quality, Christ-centered preschool and child care experience for the families of our community.  We will partner with families to give their children the early Christian education and loving care they need.

For more information: or 402.786.2345 



PBECC collects box tops!  We have been able to buy scooters, toddler bikes, and much more.  If you would like to donate them to PBECC, you can drop them off at Peaceful Beginnings from 6:30am to 6pm Monday through Friday or under the office door.  Thanks for supporting PBECC!


Is God calling you to pour into the lives of children and their parents?  If so, we are looking for:  Lead Teachers, Subs, and Teacher Assistants.  Please call with questions at 402-786-2345 press 2 then 2 again, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.





The Elders of Peace will be reaching out to, and praying specifically for, six families each week.  Prayer is a key ingredient to the healthy life of every Christian, and we want that for the people of Peace.  Whether through email, text, phone call, or personal visits, we will be contacting you, asking for your prayer requests - thanks/praise, sorrows, concerns, or whatever is on your heart.  If you’d like to visit in person, we will gladly coordinate a visit.  If you would, please review your contact information in the most recent directory to ensure that it is up to date.  Send any updates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail for Megan  at 402.786.2345.