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

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: Numbers 21:4–9Psalm 107:1–9; antiphon: v. 19;  Ephesians 2:1–10John 3:14–21

   

  

Education

 

CHRISTIANS ARE TO SHOW NO PARTIALITY WHATSOEVER

“Christians are to show no partiality whatsoever. My brother in Christ who happens to have more melanin than I have in the paper-thin upper level of our skin—while all the skin below the paper is the same—is not of a different race than I. So-called ‘race’ is not even skin deep! That’s mere upper-skin coloring, not race. Varying levels of mere melanin indicate that we’re all coffee beans—some are blonde roast, some are medium or dark or espresso roast, but we’re all coffee, we’re all colored people.” James M. Kushiner, The Fellowship of St. James

 

SUMMER DISCOVERY AND ATHLETIC CAMPS

Lincoln Lutheran is proud to offer a variety of engaging camps for students entering grades 3-12! Registration opens on Saturday, February 20 at 8am. Visit our website for more information and to register: ww.lincolnlutherancamps.com

OVER 400 LETTERS SENT TO DEFEND FREE SPEECH AND CHRISTIAN LIBERTY!

Last week, Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) alerted you to LB 231, a bill that would force counselors and all healthcare professionals to affirm transgenderism and same-sex attraction in children.  We asked for your help — and you responded!  NFA's action alert helped generate more than 400 letters in opposition to LB 231.  This was an incredible response that demonstrated to the Judiciary Committee how important protecting kids, free speech, religious freedom, and parental rights is in Nebraska.  What Happens Next?  The Judiciary Committee did not take any immediate action on the bill.  At any time this session, the committee could vote on LB 231, and if advanced, it would be scheduled for debate by the full Legislature. However, with such overwhelming opposition, we are very hopeful the bill will remain in committee and not be advanced!  Thank you for praying, submitting letters, and contacting senators. It made a huge difference!  As we continue our work to influence policy at the State Capitol, we are also preparing to engage Congress to help stop the deceptively titled “Equality Act.”  While this legislation passed in the U.S. House last week, and President Biden has called it one of his top legislative priorities, it still must pass through the U.S. Senate. This is where the fate of the “Equality Act” will be determined — and where we can again make our voices heard.  Look what it does:  Makes Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality punishable under federal law; Severely erodes religious freedom, including for churches and Christian schools; Requires taxpayer-funded abortion and could undercut abortion restrictions nationwide; Creates unfair playing fields for women and girls in athletics and violates their privacy and dignity by forcing them to share private spaces with men; In sum, this is one of the most anti-life, anti-faith, and anti-freedom bills to ever come out of Congress.  Thank you for your prayers and support as we work together to protect life, religious freedom, and family values.

 

LIFE CONFERENCE IN MARCH, LIVE-STREAMED

LCMS Life Ministry will host its first-ever virtual life conference March 19–20, under the theme “Making Disciples: Valuing Life.” Registration is open now.  “This conference is for everyone,” explains Life Ministry Director Deaconess Tiffany Manor. “The pandemic constraints have given us an opportunity to share presentations by many experts with students of all ages, missionaries, church workers and congregation members who couldn’t make it to previous in-person events.”  And that includes you!  Conference sessions will help you explore a distinctly Lutheran understanding of the sanctity of human life, specifically as it pertains to: Speaking for life in the public square; Caring for life in your community; and Teaching about human life.  Hearfrom theologians and human care advocates, including LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, Focus on the Family Vice President of External and Government Relations Timothy Goeglein, and Deaconess Manor.  Explore a variety of life topics for participants of all ages, with your family, congregation or on your own. A Spanish track — with sessions offered in the language — will be available as well.  “More than ever we need to be focused on the truth of our triune God’s value of all human life no matter a person’s stage of development or abilities,” Manor notes.  Join in:  Access the conference by livestreaming, watching on-demand videos and engaging with speakers through question-and-answer opportunities. Register individually, or as groups of 10 for a group registration discount. To register for the conference or learn more information, visit lcms-life.org.

 

 

 

 

 Fellowship 

THANK YOU FROM MATT STONE

Thank you so much to the entire congregation for all the thoughts and prayers before, during, and after my back surgery. The surgery was a success and recovery has begun. A special thank you also goes out to my brothers on the men’s ministry team for their encouragement and gift card. Thank you so much guys. Matt Stone

 

FAITHFULNESS BIBLE STUDY

Faithfulness bible study will begin a new study on Saturday March 13th @ 9:00am in the Welcome Center. THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT is about HOPE IN CHRIST based on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. When our spiritual eyes rest on Him we receive His guidance and comfort. Keeping our eyes on JESUS is key. Please join us on the second Saturday of each month. Any questions, contact Marge Rader 402-580-2372

 

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN YOUTH MINISTRY?

Age does not matter! We all have special God-given gifts. There are many areas where you could serve in youth ministry i.e. adult volunteer, mentoring, group leader, service, etc. Due to COVID, there will be options for you to attend off-site/virtually if needed. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact Morgan Pralle, DCE Intern, to set up a time to meet!  “You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)  EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PHONE: 507.358.2733

 

WAVERLY WIDOWS SUPPORT GROUP

We are a group of ladies who have all experienced the loss of our husbands.  We seek to develop a bond of friendship, to be there for one another, to lift up, encourage, support, and fellowship with one another—all this with the help, and in the name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.   We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 to 3:30, in the Welcome Center at Peace Lutheran, in Waverly, NE. Contact person: Dixie Janssen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

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”)

SERVE THE LORD THROUGH PEOPLE'S CITY MISSION

Give the gift of a warm smile as you hand over a warm meal to someone who is experiencing homelessness or impoverishment. Check out the opportunities below to find out how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in the community.   Below are dates and times you can sign up for meal serving in February.  *For meal serving: Ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult.  *For meal serving: Must be 16 years old or older to volunteer without adult.  Lunch – 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Dinner – 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Sign up for a meal shift by emailing Beneen Allen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 402-475-1303 ext. 114.  Help Center Opportunities: (located on 6800 P St)  The Help Center is where our donations from food, housing items, clothing, etc, get organized, and then given out to those who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. There is a variety of different tasks that get done here from organizing donations, helping on the dock, checking guests in and out, and more!  To sign up and find out what times are available at the Help Center, email or call Lauren, volunteer coordinator at the Help Center at 402-475-6888 ext. 405 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. *If you are concerned about social distancing, the Help Center is a great place to volunteer as there is lots of space to social distance.  *If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have any symptoms, please refrain from volunteering until you are well again.  As always, volunteers matter. We couldn't do it without you!  Beneen Allen, Volunteer Services Director, 402-475-1303 ext. 114

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

HELP MEN WITH A SECOND CHANCE AND TRANSITION TO A BETTER LIFE

The Curtis Center transitional living program needs volunteers to facilitate classes for the program participants.  We are looking for people who can dedicate one hour a week for ten weeks to facilitate learning for adult males transitioning from homelessness and incarceration. Classes run on a quarter system, so the next start date is the week of March 15. Volunteers can facilitate classes on subject areas they know, or the Curtis Center can provide curriculum.  Classes are focused on five areas:  Vocational/educational, Sobriety/recovery, Permanent housing, Christian spirituality/bible, Personal growth/development.  Your help can promote personal transformation as you invest in the lives of men who are making the most out of a second chance.  For more information, or if you have any questions please reach out to Art Wilson, Curtis Center Director at 402-475-1303 ext 132 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

US (“Judea") 

IS GOD LEADING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH AS A DEACONNESS OR PASTOR?

Check out our upcoming online events designed to help reveal God’s plan for your future:  Feb. 13-15: Taste of the Sem, For high school-aged men.  The event provides a sense of Seminary life for those who think God might be directing them toward the pastoral ministry. The deadline to register is Feb. 5.  Feb. 20: Green & Gold Day: For prospective residential pastoral and diaconal students.  This one-day event for those considering the Seminary's residential pastoral or deaconess programs provides a quick opportunity to see all the Seminary offers.  The deadline to register is Feb. 5.  March 12: Contemplate:  For men and women college-age and older.  This event provides an opportunity to learn more about life at the Seminary and the preparation for church work. The deadline to register is March 5.  For more info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-822-9545

 

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

FEBRUARY UPDATE FROM GRULKES IN BOTSWANA

For a short month, February sure packed a punch! We made a lot of great progress that we are very excited about. We also had a couple of setbacks- illness (which turned out not to be malaria or COVID- thank God) and extended rains- which caused us to change plans a few times. We are thanking God for a great month.  Carl spent several days in Kang with the Shekgalagari translation team. He helped them get set up on their new computers, team checked the books of 1st and 2nd Peter and Hebrews, and got the team set up to do team checking remotely. This is a huge development which will allow the final portions of checking to go much faster.  Kelsey spent a week recording the book of Mark with the Wayeyi translation team. She is in the process of editing the audio. We are very excited to be able to offer the audio version of Mark along with the booklet. Pray for the upcoming launch of both!

 

 Service

 

WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING?

Applications to serve at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering a Gathering Ambassador, Gathering Ambassador Team Lead, and YAV Squad leader are now open. The volunteer opportunity formerly known as Community Life Builder or CLB is now the BLUE CREW! Encourage young adults and adults to sign up to serve at the Gathering! Registration for these positions close on March 15, 2021.  Team Flex offers volunteers a flexible service opportunity at the Gathering. This new opportunity will allow more volunteers to serve youth and adults! The application for Team Flex will remain open until April 2022.  For young adults looking to serve as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), the application will open in July 2021.  For more info:  https://lcmsgathering.com/volunteer/?utm_source=Nebraska+District+Weekly+Update&utm_campaign=9453e33c68-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_03_04_30_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4bc28e0e15-9453e33c68-10716309  

 

GET PAID AS PEACE'S WEDDING COORDINATOR

Have you ever helped with a wedding? If so, you know there's a lot to it.  Marlene Walker has been Peace's wedding coordinator for several years, but has decided to step away for now.  Would you like to serve the Lord by serving wedding families at Peace?  You will be compensated for your time, and Ginny Oliver has agreed to be your Assistant Coordinator!  For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SUPPER EXPRESS (CO-)LEADER NEEDED FOR FALL ’21

While Teresa Greve plans to continue as Hospitality CO-Leader, for now she is stepping away from leading Supper Express.  Could the Lord be calling you to lead in this important, "Wednesday Night Live" role?  If so, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.617.4100.  

         

Stewardship

PODIUM AVAILABLE

If you have need of a podium, one is available. Marge Rader has given her permission, as it was a creation of, and donation from, Charles.  If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.786.2345. 

 

 

 

COULD YOUR ESTATE PLAN BE A BLESSING LIKE THIS?

Peace's Endowment Fund is designed for the long-term; the goal is to use only the interest earned on the principal each year to first bless the ministries and members of Peace, as well as the LCMS, and the rest of God's Kingdom.  Is God calling you to direct a portion of your estate plan to bless Peace into perpetuity (until the Lord Jesus returns)?  If so, consider creating a fund within the Endowment Fund to bless a ministry such as the following:  Sending Peace's youth to the national youth gathering or other LCMS events; Paying for organ lessons for members in order to develop future organists; Sending Peace's youth to an LCMS summer camp; Providing tuition for Peace's children to attend an LCMS school (preschool through 12th grade); Providing scholarships for individuals to take personal financial management classes, or couples to take marriage/parenting courses; Supporting the cost of salary/benefits of future Peace staff (DCE, Director of Music/Worship Arts, Deaconess, DCO, etc.).  If any of these are intriguing to you, don't hesitate to contact Endowment Fund Committee Chair, Lori Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Note: there is a minimum donation amount to create a restricted fund).  The Lord bless you to be a blessing, in Jesus' Name!

 

PEACE IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE YOUR THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS

Remember to Designate Your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31.  Thrivent investors should act now to designate their Thrivent Choice Dollars before the March 31 deadline.  Peace is eligible for your Choice Dollars, and we put them to work in bringing Word and Sacrament to you and the Waverly community.  Thank you in advance!

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S LOVE LAST WEEK

 

     

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 

  

SEEKING ASSISTANT (TO) DIRECTOR

Peaceful Beginnings is seeking an Assistant Director or Assistant to the Director.  This could either be a 30-hour/week, part-time position, or a full-time one with benefits if the candidate has a Lutheran Teacher's Diploma and is rostered with the LCMS.  The candidate should have a love for the Lord and His children, be Christ-like in character and behavior, a team player, flexible, organized, a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation, and have a passion for early childhood education/child care as a means to reach families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Preferred, but not required: a degree in education.  For more information, contact Director Kayla Baker at 402.786.2345 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

STAFF POSITIONS AVAILABLE—ESPECIALLY “OPENERS” AND “CLOSERS”

Is God calling you to pour into the lives of children and their parents?  If so, hours needed would be between the hours of 6:30am. to 12:00p.m. and 2:30-6p.m.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2345 ext 103 and ask for Kayla or Maddie.

 

ELDERS

ELDERS PRAYING WITH / FOR 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