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

JOIN PEACE’S NEW HANDBELL CHOIR!!

Rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:00 pm-6:45 pm in the Sanctuary. No experience needed, and you don't have to read music to learn how to play.  Many hands make....beautiful music!  Questions? Contact Julie Wilshusen (402-853-1938 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

GET PAID TO CARE FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS

We are blessed to be able to provide childcare for children, Birth through Age 3, on Sunday mornings from 10:15am to 11:45am!  We are in need of an additional person (employee) to serve in this way.  If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.617.4100.

 

WOULD YOU TAKE A TURN TO HELP SET UP CHAIRS ON A SATURDAY?

Would you please consider taking a turn (once a month?) on a Saturday to help set up chairs in the MAC for Sunday morning worship?  Your help would be greatly appreciated.  For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.786.2345. Thank you in advance!

  

Education

 

HANNAH’S HIGHLIGHTS—”WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE?”

Valentine’s Day. Some people love it. Others hate it. And some could care less about it. But regardless of how you view Valentine’s Day, it has become regarded as the day that we show those we love how much we love them. Fancy dinners, flowers, chocolates and sappy cards try to show someone special just how much they are loved.

But what really is love? Is love buying things? Is love chocolates or fancy dinners? Is love something that is only celebrated once a year?

John writes in 1 John 4, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

Love is not just a sappy feeling. Love is intentional. It is self-sacrificing. The essence of love can be illustrated by what our God did for us. Our God created a perfect world for us to live in. When we fell into sin, God did not give up on us, even though that would have been the less painful option. Instead, God walked alongside His people, Israel, even when they worshipped other gods. When the time was just right, then God sent His only Son, Jesus to us as a baby. Because of the love that God has for us, He allowed Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for our sins. He cast all our sin onto His perfect Son so that we could have eternal life with Him.

Love is not pretty. The intense love God has for us is seen by looking at the bloody cross that Jesus died on. It is because of this love that God first showed us that we can then show love to one another (1 John 4:19).

But what does it mean to love one another? What does it mean to show love to our children, to our friends, neighbors, coworkers, strangers we meet?

The Apostle Paul writes, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoings but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

This is what it means to love someone. It means that when one of your kids is stepping on your last nerve that you remain patient and kind towards them. It means you remain humble when you receive a promotion at work instead of bragging about it. Or when someone else is promoted, you celebrate with them, instead of being envious. Love means compromise and allowing the other person to get their way, rather than fighting to get your own way. And showing love means continuing to love someone, even when they hurt you and are not very easy to love.

Love like this doesn’t happen by accident. It is intentional and it must be taught. If you have been blessed to be a Christian parent, then you have been given a very specific job: “Fathers (and mothers), do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the disciple and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Part of this instruction means teaching them how to love others and not expect anything in return.

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, take some time to talk to your kids about what love is. Teach and show them that love is not just about the candy that they get, but about how they can serve others. A devotional resource you can use to facilitate these conversations with your kids and youth is Focus on the Family’s “Love One Another”. It contains activities and conversation starters for you to use with kids of all ages to show them what love really means. If you’re looking for more activities you can do as a family that teach kids about how to serve in love, check out the second article titled “Valentine’s Day Cards and Activities”.

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).   https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/love-one-another/   https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/valentines-day-cards-and-activities/   Hannah McLaughlin, DCE Intern

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO HEAR A SEMINARY PROFESSOR IN SEWARD

You are invited to hear Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament biblical studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, offer a special presentation from the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes that will bless your devotional life with the Lord.   “Ecclesiastes and the life of faith: the Importance of the Preacher” Wednesday, February 16th at 7 p.m. in Thom Auditorium.  In addition to his teaching at Concordia Seminary, Dr. Saleska acts as the Dean of Ministerial Formation and the men’s varsity basketball coach. Dr. Saleska’s is especially versed in biblical poetry and the Book of Psalms. He is also a student of how Christians interpret and meditate on Psalms. Dr, Saleska has published a two-part Bible study on Psalms, titled “The Psalms: Texts for our Hearts” a Commentary on Psalms 1-50 which are all available through Concordia Publishing House.

 

"GALA" NOW "BLUE AND GOLD", MARCH 18

Mark your Calendars! The Blue and Gold IN PERSON Gala and Silent Auction will be Friday March 18, 2022 at the Embassy Suites, Lincoln, to raise needed funds for scholarships, etc. Doors will open at 5:30, followed by Dinner at 7:00. Tickets are on sale now until March 7 and can be purchased by going to handbid.app.link/lef2022 If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 402-467-5404 

 

DO YOU HAVE ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION?

Did you hear? The 27th Annual Blue and Gold, a Lincoln Lutheran gala is back in person this year!!  We are excited to celebrate Lutheran Education at this event filled with fun, fellowship, food and the entire Warrior Community!  We need some help to make this night spectacular and raise funds for the Lutheran Education Foundation!   What we need Auction Items:  Household supplies, Ladies Night Out, Man Cave, For the Family, Electronics, Gift Cards, Wine, Bourbon.  ***All donations are tax deductible***  Drop off at the school office Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM now until March 1, 2022.  Reserve your tickets or table at:  https://handbid.app.link/LEF2022

 

 

FORMER HOMOSEXUALS AND FORMER "TRANSGENDER" INDIVIDUALS

Dear Friend, Nebraska Family Alliance invites you to attend the Love Well Conference in Columbus, Nebraska, on February 18-20.  If you've ever wondered how to minister to a loved one confused about their sexual identity or how to be a voice in the public square for grace and truth, then this conference is for you!  "Love Well Conference" :  Friday, February 18th: 6:30-9:PM to Sunday, February 20th.  Word of Life Church, 3701 23rd St, Columbus, NE   68601  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for the conference. Registration is free but required. Lunch is provided on Saturday.  The workshops and teachings will equip you on how to engage others with Biblical truth on the LBGTQ issue:  Why Gender Matters To God?  Same-Sex Attraction And The Brain; Overcoming With Joy; Spiritual Warfare; What Does The Bible Say In 2022 About Gender Confusion And Homosexuality; After I Say Yes To Him; Run to the Roar: When A Culture Is In Decline.  A discounted room rate of $96 a night is available at the Hampton Inn (3536 23rd St, Columbus, NE 68601). Call (402) 835-2099 ext. 0 to reserve a room with the special Word of Life Church rate.  Nebraska Family Alliance is excited to partner with Fervent Heart Ministries and Word of Life Church in co-hosting the Love Well Conference.  Fervent Heart Ministries works to help those struggling with same-sex attractions and gender confusion to encounter the transforming power of Jesus Christ, help the church stand on the Word of God in regards to homosexuality and gender confusion, and help families who have children struggling with their identity be restored by the healing power of Jesus Christ.  Angie Klein, the founder of Fervent Heart Ministries, is a grace-filled inspirational speaker who knows firsthand how the transforming power of Christ can change lives.  For Grace & Truth, Karen Bowling, Executive Director, Nebraska Family Alliance

 

ESSAY CONTEST FOR STUDENTS, GRADES 6-12

Nebraska Lutherans for Life would like to invite students in grades 6-12 who are members of a Lutheran congregation or attend a Lutheran school in Nebraska to participate in this year’s Lutherans for Life Essay Contest, based on the 2022 Conference theme: Blessed For Life with the Bible verse: “... the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.” Psalm 41:2.  One winner will be selected for grades 6-8 and one for grades 9-12. Winning entries (one from Grades 6-8 and one from Grades 9-12) will be awarded $100 each. The winning essays will be entered in the national contest. Grand Prize for the national winning entry at each level will be $250 plus free conference registration to the 2022 Conference and one night at a conference hotel.  Essays should, of course, be the students’ individual, original work, but pastors, teachers, and parents are encouraged to discuss the criteria on which the essays will be judged. The same rubrics will be used at both the state and national levels. Please request a copy of the rules and rubrics from Bob Saeger, Nebraska LFL president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries must be submitted electronically by April 1, 2022. State winners will be notified by May 1.  

YOU ARE INVITED TO THIS NEW GROUP:  SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE!

From Dick and Sue Rockenbach:  “Our journey into young adult ministry (and the not-so-young) began in August of 1999. We had just returned from a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico with a bunch of young folks from the UNL Chapel and various other churches.  On our kitchen counter top was a note that said “Dear Dick and Sue, I just want you to know how much that week in Mexico meant to me, because I had planned to kill myself the night before we left."  That was the start of The Search for Significance for us, and we have continued to see God change lives through this study for 22 years and shape their lives for Discipling Ministry.  “God’s love, expressed through His people and woven into our lives by His Spirit and His Word, can over a period of time, bring healing into our deepest of wounds and instill within us an appropriate sense of self worth.” (The Search for Significance. page 6).  We started January 11th at 7pm, but it’s not too late!  Meeting in Loft classroom.  For more info:  Dick & Sue Rockenbach, 402-450-4443, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  "Mentoring Discipleship is best formed around a triad of: Relationship, Substance in learning, and Purpose".

 

 

 Fellowship 

ASH WEDNESDAY SOUP AND CINNAMON ROLL CONTEST

On Wednesday, March 2 from 5:30-6:30, the Middle School Youth are hosting the soup and cinnamon roll contest to raise funds to help cover retreat costs! Mark your calendars to come join us for dinner before Ash Wednesday service! If you would like to enter a soup or cinnamon rolls, please scan this QR code to sign up or contact Hannah McLaughlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WE LOVE OUR PEACE YOUTH!

We have 10 youth who have committed to going to the National Youth Gathering (NYG) in Houston this summer! NYG is an LCMS event that takes place once every three years and over 25,000 youth from across the nation come together to grow in their faith! If you’d like to provide financial support for our youth going to the National Youth Gathering, “We Love Our Youth'' envelopes are located on the back usher cart and at the end of the pews. Place in the offering plate when complete. Thank you so much for your support!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LET'S HIT THE SLOPES IN MARCH!  YES, YOU!

On Waverly's Spring Break (March 10-15), the high school youth are going skiing at Snowy Range, WY, and you're invited to go too! Exact details are still being hammered out, but mark your calendar for this 4-day (2 travel days, 2 skiing days) spring break adventure! Contact Hannah McLaughlin, DCE Intern, for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

SKIP THE SPRING CLEANING AND COME TO A CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR INSTEAD

On March 5 from 9 AM-3:30 PM, the youth going to the National Youth Gathering are hosting a Spring Craft and Vendor Fair in the MAC! We are in need of door prizes, so if you're a crafty individual, help out our youth! Donations due by February 20! Admission is free so mark your calendars for March 5 to come support our youth! 

 

LET'S GO TO THE TOBYMAC CONCERT!

Christian singer/songwriter TobyMac is coming to Omaha!  TobyMac has written and performed songs such as "Help is on the Way", "Me Without You" and "This is Not a Test". On March 17, we have the opportunity to go see TobyMac perform at the Baxter Arena. Tickets are on sale now through the Baxter Arena and www.ticketmaster.com. If you have any questions, please see DCE Intern Hannah McLaughlin (402-979-9170 or 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”)

THE M25 (Matthew 25) BINS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DONATIONS

There are a few black bins around the church that receive donations of food (M25—Feed the Hungry) and clothing (M25—Clothe the Naked).  Please considering serving the Lord by blessing the poor in these ways. 

 

 

REGIONAL (“Judea")

LUTHERAN TEACHERS IN GREAT DEMAND

A great concern has come upon both the Lutheran Schools of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Concordia University. The need for teachers in our Lutheran Schools far exceeds the number of teachers being prepared.  While Concordia is prayerfully seeking students to prepare to be teachers, and Lutheran teachers are encouraging young people to enter teaching ministry, additional partners are needed to provide for the ministry of Lutheran Schools. Parents, grandparents, family members, congregational members, are vital partners in praying to the Lord for young people and recognizing in them the teacher-calling can give them. Please consider members of your own family and your church family for teaching ministry and contact Concordia Admissions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please give thanks to God for those who are teaching in our Lutheran Schools.

                                                                                US (“Samaria”)

THREE WEEKS IN ALASKA, SERVING THE LORD!

Alaska is calling! Would you like to trade the summer humidity of Nebraska for cooler temps in Fairbanks, AK? Alaska Mission for Christ is seeking one or two individuals who would like to serve as "host/hostess" to the Lower 48 teams arriving at all hours of the day/night into Fairbanks. Volunteer service dates are June 11-July 2. Contact Jan Bruick to learn more: janbruick@amclcms or 402-641-9691.

 

US (“Judea") 

GO ENCOURAGE A MISSIONARY!

Plan now to visit Mission Central two miles east of Mapleton, Iowa to hear from these missionaries:  December 1, 2021, 1:00, Rev. Kip and Ivy Hoech, Asia; January 8, 2022, 1:00, Rev. James Sharp and family, Uruguay; January 18, 2022, 1:00, Missionary nurse Tirzah Krey, Latin America and Caribbean Region; February 26, 2022, 1:00, Jamielynn Tinkey Flores and Vicar Rafael Flores, Latin America and Caribbean Region; June 18, 2022, 1:00, Rev. Steve Oliver and family, Taiwan; July 9, 2022, 1:00, Barbara Rebentisch, Taiwan

 

WORLD  (ends of the earth)

MISSIONARIES IN BOTSWANA

Our school year coincides with the calendar year, so January saw the start of a new grade for each of the kids. Gideon and Isaac started Standard (grade) 1, Judah Standard 4, Audrey Standard 6, and MaryJane started Form 1 (8th grade). We are so thankful for our school. The kids are happy and learning a lot.  Kelsey had the opportunity to work with the Maun Choral Choir on setting goals and preparing for the new year. This was a chance to forge new friendships and contacts as well as help Kelsey complete a project for her graduate class that had been delayed due to COVID. We are thanking God for his provision!  Carl and the Shekgalagari translation team are deep in the nitty-gritty part of translation. They are spending hours on Zoom together with the Canada-based consultant to complete the final stage of translation- consultant checking. From there, it's off to type setting and printing. We are praying that the checking goes swiftly!  Keep us in your prayers:  For our travel - we are on the go a lot in February; For our visit from our colleague Michael Megahan.  For Kelsey's graduate class-that the community involvement would go well.  We thank God for the house and school he has provided for our family.  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. Click below to support our ministry or contact us to talk about how your gift can make a difference in Botswana!

 

 Service

 

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

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.

 

     

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.

 

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.