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 SUNDAY’S WORHIP

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: Joel 2:28-32, Psalm 143, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:23-31.

 

HAD GOD FORGOTTEN HER?

“It was many long years before Elizabeth had the joy of seeing, in her own body, that God had not forgotten her. ‘He looked on me,’ she said. The proof was the baby growing inside her, though she was an old woman by that time. But you and I don’t need to wait so long. God has looked on us, too. The proof is the baby growing inside of Mary—God’s own dear Son Jesus, Who came to be your Savior. In Jesus, you can see that God has remembered you. He has looked on you with love—He has even made you His own child. You are not forgotten. You are beloved.” Dr. Kari Vo, Lutheran Hour Ministries

 

LIKE YOUR PORTALS OF PRAYER MAILED TO YOU?

The summer quarter Portals of Prayer have arrived.  If you signed up to get them this year, we will be putting this quarter's edition in your narthex mailbox.  However, if you'd like us to mail your summer quarter booklet to you, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  God bless your personal/family devotion time with Him!

 

WANT TO VIEW OTHER WORSHIP SERVICES FROM HOME? 

Peace’s worship services are not only live-streamed, but are recorded for you to view at your convenience.  However, if you would like view additional services, consider this:  Main Street Living at https://www.mainstreetliving.com/lincoln/  OR Worship Anew at worshipanew.org/

   

  

Education

 

THANK YOU FROM WILSHUSENS FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE

"We are so blessed by the education Elise is receiving, and also the support for that education that Peace provides."  Peace is committed to supporting those parents who choose Lutheran Christian day school education for their children.  If you are interested in that opportunity, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

THANK YOU FROM THE KNORRS

"We want to thank Peace for the tuition assistance for Erich.  We are so grateful and thankful!  He loves it at Faith and we are so happy for him to get to go there!"  Peace is committed to supporting those parents who choose Lutheran Christian day school education for their children.  If you are interested in that opportunity, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS BY A SEMINARY PROFESSOR

Explore contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry and worship.  Formerly known as the Summer Workshop Series, the 2020 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series covers topics ranging from Pre-Constantinian theology to post-denominational challenges and from the psalms to 1 Peter. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the workshops are being offered as online events in 2020.  Who workshops are for: Pastors, church workers and laypeople.  When: June through August 2020.  Fee: $100 for each three-day workshop unless otherwise noted, which includes Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for pastors.  Registration deadline: Three weeks before the beginning of each workshop.  June 15–17, 2020, Dr. Reed Lessing, Amos: Restore the Roar; June 15–17, 2020, Dr. Timothy Saleska, Influenced by a Cloud of Witnesses: Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Strength; June 22–24, 2020, Dr. Abjar Bahkou, Muslims and the Gospel, from Challenges to Opportunities: Getting to Know Our Muslim Friends; June 29–July 1, Dr. Joel Okamoto, Being Lutheran in a Post-Denominational Situation; July 20–22, 2020, Dr. Dale A. Meyer, Studies in 1 Peter: The Importance of Your Congregation to People in Today’s Culture; July 27–29, 2020, Dr. Dale A. Meyer, Studies in 1 Peter: The Importance of Your Congregation to People in Today’s Culture; Aug. 3–5, 2020, Dr. Kent Burreson, Dr. Beth Hoeltke, From Baptism to Burial: Death, Life and the New Creation; Aug. 3–5, 2020, Dr. Erik Herrmann, Reforming Christian Devotion; Aug. 6–8, 2020, Dr. Richard Marrs, Making Christian Counseling More Christ Centered; Aug. 10–12, 2020, Dr. Thomas Egger, The Book of Exodus as Story and Gospel; Aug. 10–12, 2020, Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Confessing Christ and Living His Mission: Pre-Constantinian Theology and Practice for Our Post-Constantinian World; Aug. 10–12, 2020, Dr. Reed Lessing, Zechariah: Thy Kingdom Come; Aug. 17–19, 2020 Dr. Abjar Bahkou Muslims and the Gospel, from Challenges to Opportunities: Getting to Know Our Muslim Friends.  For more info:  csl.edu

 

SUMMER LAY BIBLE INSTITUTE ONLINE: AUGUST 8

Join Rev. David Lewis, assistant professor of Exegetical Theology, as he explores what the Gospel of Mark teaches about Christian discipleship – and what this means for our lives today.  Many would argue that the Gospel of Mark presents the harshest portrayal of Jesus’ disciples as characters in the story of Jesus’ ministry. Though called to participate in Jesus’ mission of proclaiming and establishing God’s reign, the disciples repeatedly fail to understand the nature of Jesus’ ministry and ultimately betray, desert or deny Him as he enters His passion. Nevertheless, this Gospel teaches a high view of the Christian calling to discipleship. The disciples of Jesus are called to participate in His mission, are identified as His true family and are given insight to the mysteries of God’s reign. Yet they are also called to suffer for the sake of Jesus and His Gospel and to serve one another – a calling that can be fulfilled because of Jesus’ suffering and service on our behalf.  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Registration: $20 fee.  Registration deadline: July 18, 2020.  For more info:  CSL.EDU

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN, 9:15AM

Parents—you are invited to help your child participate in Sunday school each week at 9:15am. The first 15 minutes is an Opening by Superintendent, Diane Merrill. Then, material can be found at the Peace Google Classroom.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Diane.

 

 

 

 Fellowship 

 

WOMEN OF PEACE

Are you looking to join a women’s group at Peace?  We would love to have you come and visit “Peace Women” for lunch and fellowship - whether you are a new member, or an old member, young or old.   Because of the virus we have been unable to meet.  As soon as we get the ok, we will start meeting again on the first Tuesday each month at 11:30.  For more information contact Eileen Hall  402540-6912

 

WAVERLY'S WIDOWS SUPPORT GROUP (ON HOLD FOR NOW)

We are a group of ladies who have all experienced the loss of our husbands, developing 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

  

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”)

WOULD YOU HAVE DONE WHAT THIS GUY DID?

From a Peace member:  "Yesterday the a/c guys came to work on the unit.  My wife told the young man that, with my health issues, he couldn’t come in.  So, he walked her through what needed done to the thermostat. When he came to the door to let us know he was done, he saw me in the recliner and asked if he could pray for me.  When I said, 'yes', he asked my first name and then prayed a nice prayer for me, then said goodbye.  I thought that was very nice of this young man, under 30 years old, to do."  Let's ask God to give us opportunities to pray with/for others, like this man did, and then do it.  Out loud.  Right then.  Right there.

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

BE AN ONLINE CHAPEL CONVERSATION PARTNER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

The Lutheran Chapel is looking for individuals interested in building a friendship with an international student online. They have many students from countries like China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, etc. who would really enjoy making an American friend. Volunteers would meet a student online for about 45 minutes, once a week, at a time that works for both them and the student. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture, share about our culture, and most importantly to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in the context of an ongoing
friendship. If you are interested in this, please e-mail Mark at: 
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US (“Judea") 

YSLETA LUTHERAN MISSION IN EL PASO / JUAREZ

 It's been forty-three days since normal in the majority of the world has been disrupted...and we're so joyful for God's provision during this time!  He has revealed Himself mightily to so many these last few weeks, and we're so blessed to have more opportunities to share His love and kindness with others through simple acts of kindness.   We thank you for being a blessing alongside us, as we reach out to our El Paso/Juarez communities and continue to help the vulnerable during these critical times.  In Christ's Love for All, Rev Dr. Karl Heimer, Pastor & CEO  (ylm.org)

 

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

UPDATE FROM THE GRULKES IN BOTSWANA

Greetings from lockdown! The Botswana government has been very proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We have been confined to our homes for almost a month, and the lockdown is scheduled to continue until May 8, then lockdown will be lifted in stages. We are thankful for Botswana's swift action, as the healthcare system could quickly become overloaded. We currently have only 23 cases in Botswana. Our hope is to return to the US in August and stay until just after Christmas. We are looking forward to seeing you!  We enjoyed Easter with just our family this month. One unexpected benefit of being locked down is the time we've had to worship together. We've been able to help the kids learn to use a hymnal, follow the liturgy, and sing songs and hymns that they like. The kids have been so creative while  they're stuck at home.  They've been reading, playing minecraft, watching movies, making up games, running around outside, and video chatting with friends and family. We are so thankful that everyone is handling this major life change well.  We are happy to report that some translation work is still being done while the country is in lockdown. We were able to secure internet for the translators before they returned to their villages. Unfortunately, lots of people seem to be trying to work from home, so some networks are overwhelmed. Pray with us that internet would become more reliable for our translators.  Keep us in your prayers: For all those here and around the world affected by COVID-19. For Botswana as we begin slowly lifting lockdown regulations. For the translators' internet to work well from home so we can continue making progress on our New Testament translation projects. For the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our family. For those in Botswana and around the world who are struggling to feed their families right now. That God would continue to provide for our ministry through partners like you.  Our ministry happens because of your gifts. 100% of the dollars you donate go towards our work here and we give thanks for your prayers and financial support. 

 

 Service

 

THANK YOU, TERESA GREVE!  SUPPER EXPRESS LEADER NEEDED

We praise God for Teresa's tireless work for the Lord, and us, these past several years!  What a blessing (thank you, Teresa!).  She will continue as Hospitality CO-Leader, but for now, needs to step away from leading the 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.  

CONSIDER VISITING MEMBERS AT THEIR WINDOW

Perhaps especially during this time of isolation, our members who live alone sure could use a visit.  But how can you do that safely - both for yourself and for them?  Call ahead and let them know that you'd like to sit outside their window, and talk with them over the phone.  It's not quite the same as being face-to-face, but it's better than nothing.  Here are some members you could bless through this:  Millie Golightly, Mary Loontjer, Ted and Barb Wolfram, and Dick Mendoza.  Thank you in advance for following Jesus' words recorded in Matthew 25!  

 

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 Office Manager   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

  

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 

  

BOX TOPS HELP 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!

 

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.