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

PLAY A WOODWIND INSTRUMENT?  THE GOOD FRIDAY ORCHESTRA NEEDS YOU!

Whether you currently play every day or haven't picked up your woodwind instrument in years, would you please consider serving the Lord in the Good Friday Orchestra?  Joe Albright will be conducting, and rehearsals will be Sundays at 11:45am in the Sanctuary, beginning March.  Please let him know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.214.9168, so that he can get the music to you as soon as possible.  Thank you!

 

CONCORDIA AT THE LIED CENTER

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

 

  

Education

 

WAFFLEMAN HERE APRIL 24TH, FUNDRAISER FOR PBECC,

Peaceful Beginnings invites you to our Waffleman Fundraiser. The purpose of this fundraiser is to purchase a bench in memory of Carrie Miller.  Any remaining proceeds will go toward improvements at PBECC.  It will be held Wednesday, April 24th from 5pm – 7:30pm. It is $7.00 per person for unlimited waffles and sausage. Children 5 and under eat for free.  NOTE:  This is in place of Supper Express, so this one Wednesday dinner will be different (not free-will donation).  We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested, please contact Kayla or Maddie at 402-786-2345 ext. 103. We hope to see you there!

 

CHRISTIAN BAKER’S SUIT AGAINST STATE GOES FORWARD

On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that the state of Colorado cannot discriminate against baker Jack Phillips for refusing to use his creative skills to make cakes celebrating same sex ideals. However, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission moved almost immediately to prosecute Phillips again (June 28), claiming that he had discriminated in June 2017 against a Denver attorney who wanted to create a cake celebrating gender transition—a request Phillips refused. Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, Phillips then filed suit August 14, against various state officials and members of the Colorado Civil Rights commission.  On January 4, 2019, Judge Wiley Y. Daniel of the U.S. District Court for the district of Colorado ruled against state Attorney General Cynthis Coffman’s claim. While Daniel granted the motion to dismiss some of Phillips’s claims against Civil Rights Commission Director Aubrey Elenis and Governor John Hickenlooper, ultimately Phillips’ lawsuit will be allowed to continue.  Christianpost.com, 12/20/18

 

IS ISLAM REALLY A  RELIGION OF PEACE?

Have you ever met a Muslim? Ever had a conversation with a Muslim? How much do you know about their beliefs? Mark Christian is a former Muslim who is now a believer in Christ.  He wants you to be informed about these people who are living in spiritual darkness and how we can bring the light of Jesus Christ to them. Mark will be giving a special presentation in the St. Paul-Utica's sanctuary on Sunday, March 31st from 2:00-4:30 p.m. Youth, family and friends from all faith backgrounds are invited to come listen and learn how you can make a difference and how the Holy Spirit can empower you to share Christ's love with others. For more information, contact the church: 1100 D Street, Utica, NE 68456 phone: (402) 534-2200

 

CAN YOU SEW?  SUNDAY SCHOOL NEEDS YOU!

Calling all seamstresses.  Drama and Sunday school ministries have a need to build up our costume library with more children size costumes.  If you would like to help in this way, contact Diane Merrill at 402.617.1204 or Faith Nimtz at 402.960.7854.

 

GROUP TRIP TO THE ARK AND ST. LOUIS SITES

Join Rev Glen and Vickie Emery on a motor coach tour to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, and Lutheran sites in St Louis, June 1-7, 2019. $900 double occupancy. Contact Rev Emery at 402-358-0932 for a travel brochure and more information. 

 

STUDY EXAMINES EFFECTS OF MEDIA ON CHILDREN

By the time a child is 17 years old, he or she will have been exposed to an average of 60,000 hours of media. In December 2018, the National Institutes of Health began a study to  examine the impact of screen time using smartphones, tablets, and video games on 11,000 children ages 9 and 10. The study will follow them for 10 years to determine the long-term effect of media exposure. The first round of MRIs conducted on subjects in this study found significant changes in the brains of kids who had more than seven hours of screen time daily. For example, researchers found a premature thinning of the outer cortex of the brain in these children, which may indicate earlier brain maturation. This early in the study, the impact of such changes is uncertain. Movieguide.org, 12/11/18

 

EASTER MESSAGE BY THE SUNDAY SCHOOL  

You know what a blessing it is for the Sunday School children to present the true story of Christmas each year.  So, we're happy to report that they are preparing to present the true story of Easter during the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, April 28!  This will be a VICTORY celebration for all!  Parents - please do all you can to have your children at church each Sunday as close to 9:15am as possible.  Thank you for all you do to "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4)!  Questions: Diane Merrill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.617.1204.

 

WRESTLING CAMP, STRENGTH/CONDITIONING CAMP, DISCOVERY CAMP!

Summer is just around the corner and you are probably planning for and filling up your summer schedules. Lincoln Lutheran is proud to be offering 14 Discovery Camps (Grades 3-6th), 17 Athletic day camps (Grades 3-12), Wrestling (Grades K-12), as well as our Middle School and High School Strength and Conditioning programs this summer! We invite everyone to check out our offerings right now at lincolnlutherancamps.com. For more info:  http://www.lincolnlutheran.org/student-life/news/content/2018/feb/26/2018-summer-camps.  Peace is a mission partner of Lincoln Lutheran Schools Association.

 

 

 

 Fellowship 

 

 

EAT SOME POPCORN, SUPPORT THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH

Peace's Crossroads High School Youth Ministry is doing a popcorn fundraiser in between services and after second service on the 24th. The popcorn will be in bags and after you eat the popcorn, you can put change, cash or a check in the bag and return it back to the youth by April 7th. They are POPPING with excitement to go to the National Youth Gathering, and you can help them by participating in this way.  For more information, contact Paige Dahlbeck.

 

GUY TIME AT GRANITE CITY

WHO: Guys who like the following... WHAT: Fellowship, Hoops, Food, Beer... WHERE: Granite City (Gateway Mall); WHY: This seems obvious... WHEN March 21st (12-5pm) First day Tourney...  In an attempt to create opportunity for Christian men to have fellowship from different Lincoln Churches, I wanted to organize this event. There is no agenda, no requirements, just show up and expect to have fun! Bring a friend! Prizes and bracket contests will be available. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

VETERANS OF PEACE

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.

 

 

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”)

Rachelle Rider has graciously agreed to lead our congregation in hosting the Waverly community here for the Peace July 4th Family FunFest.  (Thank you, Rachelle!).  With the preparation and the details, this year she's asking for an assistant (can you blame her? :)). Would you please prayerfully consider serving the Lord, His people, and Rachelle in this capacity?  If so, please let her know at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.990.0648.  Thank you!

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

CAN YOU DEFEND THE FAITH TO YOUR UNBELIEVING FRIENDS?

The 2019 Issues, Etc. "Making the Case" Conference is coming to Chicago!  Since there will only be one "Making the Case" Conference in 2019, we need a bigger venue.  "Making the Case" will be Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Concordia University Chicago. The speaking lineup includes: Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Wesley Smith of The Discovery Institute, LCMS President Matt Harrison, Aaron Wolf of Chronicles magazine, Rev. Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire and LCMS Worship Director Will Weedon. Early bird registration is $115 per person and includes three meals.  Child care is free.  Conference attendance is limited to 500.  For more information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I hope to see you in Chicago on June 7 and 8!  Todd Wilken, Issues, Etc.

 

US (“Judea") 

ALASKA MISSION FOR CHRIST

Alaska Mission for Christ facilitates a bold witness to Jesus Christ in every community in Alaska. God’s light continues to shine in Alaska throughout the winter months when travel is difficult and temperatures dip well below freezing. During a pastoral vacancy in Tanacross, some volunteers have driven six hours one-way to ensure that services continue in that tiny, remote village. We are thankful that God has provided volunteers from the Nebraska District who will fill the vacancy from January to March.  You may ask: "Who wants to go to Interior Alaska and brave -50 temperatures to share the Good News of Jesus?"  Rev. Carl and Darlene Lilienkamp is who the Lord has sent. For more information: alaskamissionforchrist.org  

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

In January 2019, Eddie, one of the Dominican men who frequently works on the plumbing or other household needs for our mission sites, fell off of the orphanage roof and broke both of his legs. He needed surgery, and like many people in this country, did not have "seguro de salud" (health insurance). This gave the members of our Lutheran mission congregations an opportunity to show God's love to Eddie. They prayed for him, visited him, provided food for his family, and continue to help him with medical bills as their own limited means permit. Even in such difficult situations, people are brought to faith or experience an increase in their faith, as people minister to one another in the name of Christ.

 

 Service

 

PREVENT CANCER AND GET SCREENED

“Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!” 1 Samuel 25:6  Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people ages 50 and older. There often are no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why screening is important.  People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You also may be at higher risk if you smoke, are African American, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.  Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer: Get screened starting at age 50, or earlier, depending on your medical provider’s advice; Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke; Be active and eat healthy; Everyone can lower their risk of getting many types of cancer by making healthy choices like–Avoid tobacco. For help quitting, visit the Nebraska Quitline atww.QuitNow.ne.gov or 1-800-QUIT-NOW; Protect your skin; Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. If a person chooses to drink alcohol, it’s recommended that women limit their servings to one per day, and men to two per day; Keep a healthy weight; Get tested for hepatitis C.  (Source:https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/other.htm).  Melinda Bentjen, Health Ministry Leader

 

HELP SAVE BABIES' LIVES WITH ULTRASOUND

First, lawmakers in New York cheered over legislation allowing abortion at any point during pregnancy. Then, the governor of Virginia actually endorsed infanticide. Meanwhile, Congress refused to protect infants who survive botched abortions. I read the story of a mother who was 22 weeks pregnant when she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, for an abortion. The abortionist injected a chemical in an attempt to stop her baby's heart, but missed. The baby survived. When the mother asked what happens if a baby lives through an abortion, this was the reply, "If the baby was to come out still alive and active, most likely we would break the baby's neck."  Unimaginable! I couldn't believe what I was reading. How God's heart must grieve over this callous disregard for the gift of life. Where does it end?  I'm writing because I truly believe God can use you and me to push back against this culture of death. Last month, Focus on the Family launched a 12-week SEE LIFE CLEARLY campaign designed to show the world life in the womb.  When a mother considering abortion can see her baby growing inside of her, she is more likely to choose life. Over 54 percent of abortion-minded women who receive counseling and an ultrasound choose life for their babies!  Our Option Ultrasound program — which equips pregnancy medical clinics across the country with ultrasound machines, resources, and nurses' sonography training — saves lives. Since the beginning of the Option Ultrasound program in 2004, the number of babies saved is estimated to be more than 425,000!  It takes just $60 to save a preborn baby's life through the Option Ultrasound program. Your gift today will equip even more pregnancy medical clinics, targeting high-risk, major cities like New York and others where late-term abortion is legal with new, high-tech 3D/4D equipment that gives a mom considering abortion a clearer picture of her baby.  Your gift today will save more lives by revealing that life growing inside the womb is "fearfully and wonderfully made ... " (Psalm 139:14 ESV). Remember the mother from Minnesota? She asked for an ultrasound to see if her baby was still alive after her initial procedure. Her baby WAS alive ... and she chose life!  And thanks to a $1.7 million Matching Gift from from generous friends, your gift will be DOUBLED TODAY to SAVE TWICE AS MANY LIVES!  Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

 

VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONISTS NEEDED 
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?”

        

Stewardship

 

WHOLE-CHURCH SPRING GROUNDS WORK DAY

Grounds Leader, Nick Heitman, has scheduled our Spring Grounds Work Day for Saturday, April 20th from 9am to noon.  Please plan to attend, wear your work gloves and shoes, and if would, please bring rakes and shovels from home.  If you have any questions, contact Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

HALF WAY THERE!  FINISH THE SANCTUARY WITH PEWS / 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 February 10, 2019 we have $12,612.66. 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.