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: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a:antiphon v. 7a: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46.

 

LET'S REMEMBER THIS THANKSGIVING                                                                          This Thanksgiving, let’s remember exactly what God has bought for us with the blood of His Son—not just anything, but everything that matters: Pardon for sin and release from guilt. Peace with God and a home in heaven. We come empty-handed to this banquet of blessings. No marshmallow-topped side dish of good works can earn us a place at this buffet. We have nothing to offer God in exchange, yet ‘[t]he LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3).’” Sarah Habban, Time of Grace for Lutherans for Life

PRAISE TEAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF GOD'S BLESSING!

It's been 25 years since our praise team started serving in worship at Peace!  How God has used them for His glory!  Here is a reprint from the church newsletter when it was first getting started; God bless them with many more years, as they bless us and lead us in praising the Lord!

 

NEW SOUND……

……..SAME MESSAGE

 

What are those drums doing in the church?

And electric guitars with amplifiers? No, we

Are not turning into “St. Rock-N-Roll Lutheran

Church”, but we are putting together a new sound

for worship. On Sunday, November 26, you will

have the opportunity to experience a more

contemporary worship service here at Peace.

Complete with a praise band, song leaders, and a

worship format that flows more freely than what

you and I are normally accustomed to,

we intend to provide a worship experience that

is attractive to non-Lutherans and especially

to the unchurched people in our community.

 

This service on the morning of November 26 is

Intended for the members of Peace to introduce

this style of worship. Our plans are to offer an

additional worship time using this style after

the first of the year. Our 9:00am service will

continue to follow the form which we currently

use. I ask you to come to church on November 26

with an open mind, and a heart that is also

open to the possibilities of this ministry. The

message will be the same: Salvation is found

in no one else but Jesus Christ,

by grace through faith in Him.

 

Pastor Hoover

   

  

Education

 

YOUR CHILD PART OF SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS VIDEO

Sunday School Launches "A Thankful Christmas!"  Parents and families are invited to record their children at home to produce a video presentation for Christmas!  Details have been emailed to Sunday School families and posted on our Google Classroom site,  but anyone is welcome to participate!  Please contact Diane Merrill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-617-1204 for more information.  

 

TWO GROCERY WORKERS FIRED FOR REFUSING TO WEAR LGBT EMBLEM

The Free to be Faithful® newsletter highlights important and relevant details on religious liberty issues that impact the rights of Christians to live faithfully.  In the latest newsletter, read about:  A recent executive order protecting vulnerable newborn and infant children; What Romans 13 teaches Christians about how to respond to authority; New instructions issued by the United States Department of Defense to protect the religious liberty of our chaplains and service members; The U.S. Department of Education’s finalized set of rules to “Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty”; and How the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is representing two former Kroger employees who were fired for refusing to wear an emblem they believed contradicted their faith.  Read newsletter at: https://files.lcms.org/wl/?id=fiy0c6MK61AtLWL3wP2okd2Zm6aPiTVN  

 

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES FROM CONCORDIA FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Concordia University in Seward is holding a series of virtual open houses throughout November and December for high school students and their families to learn more about the university’s academic programs and the college admissions process.  All sessions begin at 7 pm and registration is required; Monday, Nov. 23 - Financial Aid; November 30—Business; Monday, Dec. 7 - Theatre; Monday, Dec. 14 - Music.  A university of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Concordia offers degrees in more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, is recognized as a Top 40 and Best Value university in the Midwest by US News & World Report, and is the leading provider of church workers in the LCMS.  For more information, visit www.cune.edu

 

 

 

 

 Fellowship 

THANK YOU FROM PASTOR

I want to thank you, sisters and brothers in Christ, for your kindness shown to me leading up to my procedure and now during my recovery.  I am humbled by your cards, emails, texts, but especially your prayers that lift me to our loving, Heavenly Father.  You are blessings to me, and I praise God for you!  If you would, please continue to pray for a full recovery of my voice.  While it likely will be weeks before I'm released to preach again, please know that you are in my daily prayers, and I look forward to proclaiming Jesus Christ and the salvation He has won for us.  In His Service, Pastor Neil Wheeler

 

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”)

CHRISTMAS LIKE THE CLARKS

Would you like Peace to participate in a fun, creative, family friendly - and COVID friendly - Christmas activity?  All we need is a leader and helpers!  Many in Waverly are planning to have a Christmas lighting competition called Christmas Like The Clarks.  For us it's not about winning; it's about proclaiming the true reason for the season.  People exploring the lights in town can't help but see our south lawn, so what an opportunity to use it for the Gospel!  Are you willing to serve as the (co)leader or as a helper, so that we can light up our grassy knoll with a display focused on CHRIST in Christmas?  If so, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text him at 402.617.4100.

 

GOT A SPACE YOU'RE NOT USING?  LET IT BE USED FOR THE GOSPEL!

As you know, COVID-19 has caused Peace to use technology to live-stream worship services.  While it's not a substitute for in-person worship (i.e., we cannot receive The Lord's Supper via the internet), it affords us the ability to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only locally, but across the world!  In thinking and praying about this opportunity, the following is being considered: we hope to create a "studio" to broadcast God's Word, in a focused/targeted way, to those who are live-streaming.  Since we would like to offer this live-stream service on a Sunday morning, we are seeking an off-site space that could be outfitted for our needs (even a 30' x 30' room would probably suffice for now).  We would likely paint the walls black and install sound/lighting/media equipment, as well as allowing a small space for a few, on-site worshipers.  If you have a space on your property (or know of someone who does) and would allow it to be used for this Kingdom purpose, please contact pastor@peacewaverly or 402.617.4100.

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

SERVE THE LORD THROUGH PEOPLE’S CITY MISSION’S "STARRY NIGHTS"                                                        People's City Mission's Starry Nights is quickly approaching and this year we have a new set up!  We are hosting the event at Gateway Mall in front of Scooters coffee house. We are in need of security help to protect our equipment and designer Christmas trees. Starry Nights is the only fundraiser we do a year and all proceeds go to helping feed, shelter, and resource the homeless and impoverished in the Lincoln community. We would love to invite you to help make a difference in the community by volunteering your time at our fundraiser.   Date: November 27-November 29; Age: Must be 18 years old or older to volunteer; COVID-19: Due to COVID-19 we require everyone to wear a mask and upon arrival, we will be checking temperatures; Attire: All security will be given a light vest to wear during their shift. We welcome everyone to wear festive attire!; Dates and times, you can sign up for: Wednesday, November 25 SET UP: 10:00am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Friday, November 27 : 9:45am-1:00pm, 12:45pm-4:00pm, 3:45pm-7:00pm, 6:45pm-10:00pm; Saturday, November 28: 8:00am-11:00am, 10:45am-2:00pm, 1:45pm-5:00pm, 4:45pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm-10:00pm; Sunday, November 29: 8:00am-11:00am, 10:45am-2:00pm, 1:45pm-5:00pm, 4:45pm-8:00pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm Tear down.  Questions/More Info:  402-475-1303 ext. 114.

WOULD YOU PROVIDE A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR A CHILD IN NEED?                 Light the Night is a drive-through Christmas light spectacular event, hosted at Christian Heritage’s 40-acre Walton campus. This first-ever event will spread a hope-filled message to approximately 200 children and families from hard places. With your help as a sponsor, our goal is for this event to include a live nativity scene, carolers, Santa & Mrs. Claus, cookies and cocoa, and thousands of lights covering trees, homes and our campus barn. Director, Brian Berrier, mentioned this to Pastor:  "The two main areas your church could help would be to have a group help with lights and to take on buying some of the gifts for the children. We will provide all the details for the gifts, specific names, age and gift recommendations."  If you're interested, please contact Brian at 402.875.3766 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Brian writes:  Thanks to supporters like you, this event will be hosted at no cost to the children and families we serve.  For more info on Christian Heritage:  chne.org.

 

US (“Judea") 

A LOT OF POTATOES, BUT NOT JUST POTATOES!

For years, Orphan Grain Train (OGT) has been a way God answers prayers for small and big needs for many people.  Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care (YLM) focuses on helping meet needs through simple acts of kindness, sharing God’s love through deed and word.  “Last month, we received over 42,000 pounds of potatoes,” Miguel Muñoz, Facilitator of Distributions and Donations, shared over a ZOOM staff meeting, “We distributed 40,000 pounds between several organizations dedicated to feeding our communities of El Paso and Juarez.  The rest, we gave out Saturday morning during our Drive-Thru Food Pantry.”  Not only is food brought by OGT, thanks to donors throughout the midwest, but YLM has received many other donations for specific needs.  At the beginning of the year, as YLM was preparing to receive its first Servant Event team of the year with 15 participants coming to build two houses in Anapra, it became painfully obvious many of the mattresses in the Dormitory needed replacing, but without funds, the YLM staff turned to prayer.  A few weeks prior to the group arriving, over 15 new mattresses were delivered by OGT, and not just new mattresses, but Tempur-Pedic mattresses the exact size of those needing replacing!  With deep gratitude, YLM continuously prays for OGT and the many who are involved in bringing what’s needed to people in need, not only to YLM but all over the world.  This is a good way to be the body of Jesus to our communities, both for YLM and OGT.

 

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN NOW IN LINCOLN!

Orphan Grain Train is now in Lincoln at 4817 N. 56th Street Suite #10, Lincoln. Would you be willing to serve as a volunteer, or as a leader or through donating items or funds?  They have begun to train volunteers and to set up the facility.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Grant Schmidt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bruce Sutherland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call OGT toll free 877-371-7393.

 

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - DUE BY 11/22 (OR ORDER ONE TO BE SENT)

During the global pandemic, the need to share the Good News of God’s Love to disadvantaged children worldwide is more important than ever! Samaritan’s Purse delivers Operation Christmas Child s hoeboxes along with evangelistic materials to children in more than 100 countries. If you would like to share God’s love by packing a shoebox, please pick up a packing brochure and a shoebox on the display table in the Welcome Center. Please return the shoeboxes by November 22nd to the display table located in the Welcome Center. New this year- you can now pack a shoebox virtually at samaritanspurse.org! You can choose to pack a shoebox for a boy or girl and specify age group. With a few clicks you can select toys and other fun items to include and the shoebox will be packed by volunteers at Samaritan’s Purse. Cost is $25. Questions? Please contact Terri Sander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402/730-5345.

 

PRAY FOR THE GRULKE'S, MISSIONARIES TO BOTSWANA

Many people aren't able to read God's Word in their own language and so they aren't able to understand what God's Word is saying to them. They are forced to use a foreign language instead, so the words of Scripture never really make it to their hearts.  We want all people to know that God speaks their language. We want everyone to know that they can speak to God in whatever language they want, whether it is their first or fourth language. We are so thankful for the calling that God has given to us to serve alongside the people in Botswana, helping them to translate the Bible into their language so that they can understand God's Word more fully.  Please continue to pray for the Bakgalagari and Wayeyi people as the translation projects continue to move forward and we get closer to making God's Word come alive in these languages.  Keep us in your prayers: For the wonderful gift of Scripture in our own language and the difference it makes in our lives and the lives of people all around the world. For all those here and around the world affected by COVID-19.  For the leaders of Botswana as they wrestle with when and how to open their country to visitors.  For our coworkers in Botswana who are continuing translation work in our absence.  For peace as we remain uncertain of our return date to Botswana.  That God would continue to provide for our ministry through partners like you.  For more info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Service

 

DONATE FOOD AND CLOTHES SOON - $500 MATCHING!!

It's almost here!  Mark your calendars and spread the word!  The District 145 Foundation's November Community Closet Drive-Thru Drop-Off AND The 500 for $500 challenge for our local food pantries in Eagle and Waverly!  Saturday, November 21, 8:30 - 10:30 AM, Hosted by Makovicka Physical Therapy at 13851 Guildford Street in Waverly.  Drive-thru and drop-off your donations to support families in our community!  Here are more details:  Community Closet's top-needs are: New/Gently used Coats (especially adult XL & XXL heavy coats), New Socks & Underwear, New/Gently used Gloves, Caps & Clothes, Laundry Soap & Hygiene Items (deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes & toothpaste).  In addition, we will be collecting non-perishable items to help our community meet Thrivent's November "Give Back and Give Thanks" challenge!  If we collect at least 500 items for our local food pantries in November, Thrivent will donate $500 cash to share between our Eagle and Waverly Food Pantries (Big thanks to Rita Nelson for arranging this matching opportunity!).  For more info:  Teresa Greve at 402.770.6481.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS

The Peace Widows Group no longer needs your plastic grocery bags. They have all the bags they can use and no longer need donations. Thank you for all those that helped out!

 

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 SPRING SEMESTER?)

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.  

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR NOAH AND HAYDEN

We continue to pray God's peace and comfort for the family of Lacey Knickerbocker.  To bless her twin sons, Noah and Hayden, a scholarship fund has been created for them at Peace.  If you would like to bless them and their future, please note "Knickerbocker Scholarship Fund" in the memo line of your check, or email your wish to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you contribute online. Thank you.

 

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Would you like to help out in the office during the week?  We sure could use your help, anytime during “office hours” of 9am to Noon, 1pm to 4pm.  Want to pick a day of the week, or maybe just a morning or afternoon shift?  Please contact our Office Manager, Megan Bream, 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. 

         

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 

  

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.

 

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. 

 

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