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


Worship

PREPARE FOR NEXT WEEK’S WORSHIP

You are invited to prepare for next Sunday’s gathered worship by reading and meditating on (and memorizing a verse or two) the Scripture texts we’ll be covering:  Acts 16:9–15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:9–14, 21–27; John 16:23–33.

  

  

Education

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION ON THE RISE WORLDWIDE

More than 245 million Christians around the world are now suffering “high” to “extremely high” persecution, according to Open Doors 2019 World Watch List. This statistic is up 14% from 2018. Open Doors believes this extreme rise in persecution is largely driven by Islamic extremism and Communist authoritarianism. In fact, China moved from 43rd to 27th on the Open Doors list of 50 places where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus, while India made the list’s top ten for the first time in 27 years. Also notable, Open Doors found that one in nine Christians is now highly persecuted, up from one in twelve last year. In order to serve and strengthen persecuted Christians worldwide, Open Doors monitors nations where freedom of religion is oppressed and/or prohibited.   Opendoorsusa.org, 1/16/19; bpnews.net

 

NEW POLL SHOWS SIGNIFICANT PRO-LIFE SHIFT

A February Marist survey of over 1,000 adults revealed that Americans made a sudden and dramatic shift toward a pro-life position in the aftermath of publicized pushes toward late-term abortion in states such as New York and Virginia.  The survey found that 47% of Americans now identify as pro-life. The same number are pro-abortion (survey used the word pro-choice).  A month earlier, the same poll found that only 38% identified as pro-life.  The position of Americans under 45 (regardless of political affiliation) moved from 28% pro0life to 47% pro-life.

 

JOURNALIST CHALLENGES POT PROPAGANDA

In the midst of the movement to legalize marijuana use across America, a huge gap exists between what mental health professionals know and what the general public has been led to believe regarding the harmful effects of pot, according to a veteran journalist and author.

In a January speech at Hillsdale College (hillsdale.edu) in Hillsdale Michigan, Alex Berenson said that despite a 30-year “shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign” by pot advocates, the media, and some politicians, his research indicates that marijuana use is linked to mental illness and violence.  “Almost everything you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong” Berenson said after his research of studies and interviews with psychiatrists and brain scientists.  imprimis.hillsdale.edu 1/19

 

 

 

 Fellowship 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOLER INTERESTED IN CHECKING OUT CAMP OKOBOJI THIS SUMMER?

We are looking for a high school member of Peace (or two or three) to attend the high school week at Camp Okoboji July 21-27, and then report back on your experience.  This would be at little to no cost to you.  If you are interested in doing this for Peace, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.786.2345 by May 30. 

 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

In appreciation of our Lutheran Church Extension Fund investors in the Nebraska District, LCEF is hosting an annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska.  Not an LCEF investor yet? Join us to learn more!  Online registration begins May 1 at lcefcentral.org/picnic. LCEF is a Christ-centered servant partner of the LCMS, ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future. Learn more at lcef.org

PEACE PRAYER MINISTRY HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

It is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Prayer Chain members now see prayers from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Prayer Chain communication. Anita Retzlaff sends out prayers to the Peace Prayer Chain using the new email. The new email will allow the Prayer Chain Team to work and support Anita.  You will be able to send prayer requests, as well as make changes to your current email address with the Prayer Chain.  To be added to the Peace Prayer Chain list, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the email address you want to be added. You are still welcome to share prayer requests with Anita at church the way you always have in person, or you can email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "O heavenly Friend, our rock and our Redeemer, thank you that, in your Son's Name, we can come to You in prayer. Grant that our prayers be according to Your will and to Your glory. Amen."

  

Evangelism

 

MISSIONS: 

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”)

RIDERS ARE MOVING—JULY 4TH LEADER NEEDED!

While we’re happy for Rachelle and her new position at Chadron State College, we’ll certainly miss her, Dana, Henrick and Gunnar!  In her absence, we need a Peace July 4th Family FunFest leader.  Would you please consider serving in that way?  If so, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.786.2345.  

 

VBS SCHEDULED JUNE 17-21.  MAKE IT YOUR LOCAL “MISSION TRIP”!

VBS is scheduled for June 17-21, and we'll be using the curriculum: "ROAR - Life is Wild, God is Good!".  Can't go to Belize this year or on another mission trip?  Why not see VBS as your "mission trip"?!  We reach over 135 children each day with the Good News of Jesus Christ... that's mission work!  In the past, many Peace members have even taken half days of vacation to serve. If that's not a possibility, there will be plenty of ways to serve - donating items, working on projects ahead of time, decorating the day before, helping with the Celebration on Friday evening the 21st, etc.  Thank you in advance for anything you can do for the Lord and His children!  For more info: Faith Nimtz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.960.7854.  God bless our VBS ministry!

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

FLOOD RELIEF IN NEBRASKA

On March 22, Synod’s disaster relief coordinator, Rev. Michael Meyer, joined District disaster relief coordinator Rev. Kevin McReynolds for a short trip through some of the state’s most affected areas. They distributed over $6,000 in $100-gift cards to pastors for immediate distribution to their members in North Bend, Scribner, and Beemer, and $2500-worth of specifically-requested tools and equipment were left to aid in the cleanup in North Bend through St. Peter Lutheran Church.  How can you get or give help?  Do you need a Lutheran Early Response Team [LERT] to help with cleanup?  Bottled water? Help cleaning out basements? Let us know by using the forms found on our district website at http://www.ndlcms.org/disaster-response/. If your community was unharmed but wants to help, share what you’re willing to do. Does your community need help? See what assistance people are offering. We've designed these forms so anyone can quickly see at a glance what is needed or what is being offered in response or can submit their needs or offers of help.  Your active role is the face of our response, so we are asking you to help us track when work has been completed or your members have been assisted. Please report that to Kimberly Myers in the District Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-643-2961, extension 1009) so that our spreadsheets may be kept current. Donations can be made for flood relief on our website at http://www.ndlcms.org/disaster-response/ as well. The generosity of the people in and beyond the Nebraska District has been amazing, and we are grateful for your partnership. 

 

US (“Judea") 

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO HISPANIC MINISTRY?

The Lutheran Hispanic Missionary Institute (LHMI) is hosting a conference to facilitate sharing and to  establish a network of partners in Hispanic ministry, partners who can link hands to serve these needs and each other. This conference is called PALMCON - the "Partners in Latino Ministries Conference." This is the third, one-of-a-kind conference, that seeks to bring together a spectrum of Hispanic ministry workers, from the veterans to the neophytes, from those who are "fully engaged" to those who are "just thinking about it," for the purposes of sharing, learning, and praying together. The conference is an interactive event where speakers, panelists, and attendees have an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and yes, worship together.  October 16-18, 2019, again in El Paso, Texas.  For more info:  http://www.palmcon.org/palmcon-2019/register-for-2019/

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

PEACE SENDING MISSION TEAM TO BELIZE THIS SUMMER

If you are interested in hearing more about their plans, be sure to check with Belize Missions Team Leader, Jake Schuelke.  They are raising funds through Lenten Suppers and other projects.  We pray God’s blessing on their preparation and their trip!

 

 Service

 

WOULD YOU HELP PEACE BE READY FOR DISASTERS?  

Disaster, destruction and death are inevitable in our fallen world: each year brings floods, fires and fierce storms.  How should Christians react when disasters strike?  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2–3).  This year’s National Disaster Response Conference, held Oct. 2–4 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will explore how to be “Joy:fully Lutheran in Midst of Disaster.”  We will hear from pastors, deaconesses, disaster responders and response coordinators who have worked to bring mercy and embrace joy in the midst of trouble.  Registration information will be available soon on the LCMS Calendar page.  We hope to see you in October!  In Christ, Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson, Director, LCMS Disaster Response, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.lcms.org/disaster

         

Stewardship

 

REMAINING SCRIP CARDS FOR SALE

Since we are no longer actively selling Scrip cards, we would like to sell all the cards we have on hand.  The cards that we have are: 8 cards - HyVee @$25; 1 card - HyVee $10; 10 cards@ - Russ' @$10; 1 card - Russ' $20; 3 cards - Raising Canes @$10.  If you would like to purchase any of these cards please contact Mavis Nielson, Tonya Danson or Rochell Frazier."

 

75% OF THE WAY THERE!  FINISH THE SANCTUARY / SANCTUARY PEW FUND

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.  Our goal is $23,000, and as of May 2, God has blessed us with $17,995. For more info:  Kyle Brasch at 402.432.8467.

    

PBECC

 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:  peacewaverly.org/pbecc or 402.786.2345 

 

BOX TOPS HELPS OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY!

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!

 

STAFF POSITIONS AVAILABLE

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, ext. 103, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

 

ELDERS

 

ELDERS PRAYING WITH YOU

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.