April Newsletter

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Pastor’s Perspective

April 2018

“Hope” is difficult to wrap my head around. It can feel like an ethereal and vaporous construction designed for psychological distraction created to get me through a difficult or disruptive period in my life; a theological balm for depression? Or, as is so often the case in secular understanding, the concepts of “hope” and “wish” can become intertwined. I “hope” the Huskers have a great football season. That’s an authentic truth for me, but that’s a “wish,” it’s not hope. God is not my own, personal cosmic genie. Hope is not a wish.

Hope is something altogether different. It arises with Living Word as God speaks forth the whole of creation. Hope cuts through the darkness, the unknown mist that clouds God’s presence and answers with a resounding “Yes!” to the presence of God’s Kingdom. Hope is far from a Polly Anna, power of positive thinking, self-talk personal therapy created to ease reality. Hope says that, in the end, God’s future will be fulfilled. Hope can open our eyes to see that future unfolding now, among us, as each new day dawns. Hope doesn’t say, “Oh, don’t bother with the cross, it’s depressing” but instead embraces the cross as a sure and certain sign of unending love. Hope also points Easter morning. When darkness and evil achieved their greatest victory at Golgotha the power of Holy Spirit, the Creating Breath of God, breathed resurrection and new life as death is destroyed. As the stone rolls away hope is affirmed as eternal!

Day to day there are crosses of varied shapes and forms. Some of these are more painful and crippling than others. Some feel nearly impossible to carry and the suffering unending. In these moments hope whispers, “This is not the final word, draw one more breath.” There are always crosses, but we are promised in hope that there is also resurrection! Always! In the words of the hymn, “Live into hope of captives freed!”

Peace,

Pastor Mike


A Thought to Ponder

Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3



Library Notes

Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H.Balson has created a story of a mother’s love, friendship, and family. The mother, Lena Woodward, a survivor of the Nazi Occupied Poland, immigrated to the United States and lived a new and comfortable life. In the later years of her life, she seemed drawn to the memories of her childhood and her friend, Karolina. An unfulfilled promise that she had made to Karolina a long time ago had to be addressed. Against her son’s, Arthur, wishes, she engages a lawyer, Catherine Lockhart, and a private investigator, Liam Taggart, to uncover the real story about the promise.

Alf J. Mapp, Jr. has researched and written The Faith of Our Fathers, a book about what America’s Founders really believed about their faith. The author is a highly respected historian who gives an overview of the religious beliefs of the eleven men who declared our independence. The religious beliefs they had were as varied as their political beliefs. In addition, the connection between the Revolutionary period and our present day is profound.

Mending Places by Denise Hunter introduces us to Hanna Landon a mountain guide who is helping her grandmother in the family’s mountain lodge that is nearing financial failure. Hunter’s other main character, Micah Gallager,a trained mountain guide, comes to work at the lodge. As Hanna and Micah begin to work together the problems related to their past create a challenge of acceptance, forgiveness, and God’s grace.

PLEDGE DRIVE

Presbyterian Women are so grateful for the support we have received on the March pledge drive from members and friends. Your generous giving is much appreciated. Thank You!

2018 GUATEMALAN SPONSORS

Presbyterian Women would like to thank the sponsors for the month of April Donna and Merle Ehlers.

Spring Fling

The annual Spring adventure for Presbyterian Women is planned for April 12. The group of ladies will travel to Seward, leaving the church at 9:30 a.m. Plans have been made to visit Cross Makers of Seward, Etc’s (rug making shop), and Liberty House for tea. Lunch will be at the Seward Country Club. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the fellowship hall or contact Elaine Waggoner, 402-362-3828. You may also call the Church Office, 402-362-5176.

Presbyterian Women Readers

Homestead Presbyterian Women’s Literature Chairman, Suzie Harder, is asking for the names of all women who participated in the reading program during the past year. If you have read four books during this time, please sign the sheet on the book table or give your name to Lorna Cleland, 402-362-5601 or the church office, 402-362-5176 by April 10.

Spring Gathering

Presbyterian Women of Homestead Presbytery will meet at the Hickman Presbyterian Church in Hickman on April 28. Anyone interested in attending may contact a member of the PW Coordinating Team by April 21.

GUATEMALAN CHILD UPDATE

Presbyterian Women would like to thank the sponsors for the Guatemalan child we are contributing to for 2018. We have the month of November left if anyone would like the opportunity to sponsor this child. Thank you for your support. Cost is $45.00 a month.



GREETERS FOR APRIL 2018

1 (E) GARY ZOUBEK

(K) ANN EDDY (W) PAM ZOUBEK


8 (E) CHARLEEN KIMBERLY

(K) GREGG HEIDEN

(W) ANGIE TIETMEYER


15 (E) ORVILLE DAVISON

(K) SHARON DAVIDSON

(W) NITA WORKMAN


22 (E) GEN JOHNSON

(K) JIM BARR

(W) ANN EDDY


29 (E) DALE OLSON

(K) NANCY WALFORD

(W) LORI HESER


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

1 CINDY NABER

8 DOROTHY FISBECK

15 LYNDA ZIEG

22 CHARLEEN KIMBERLY

29 JUDY MANEELY


CANDLELIGHTERS

1 RORY HUBER

8

15 SKLYAR HUBER

22 EMMA NOLAN

29 RENEE KUCERA


THE CHARGE

1 JUDI NORDLUND

8 CINDY NABER

15 KEN GALE

22 BETH NIEMANN

29 CYNDI ATCHISON


SOUND SYSTEM

1 GALE BARNHILL

8 NANCY QUIRING

15 SHANNON NOLAN

22 MARTIN WORKMAN

29 JOHN HOLMES


USHERS FOR APRIL 2018

1 JACK GARNER

RICK GARNER

KIM GARNER

NITA WORKMAN


8 ORVILLE DAVIDSON

SHARON DAVIDSON

STANLEY JENSEN

CARYN EICKHOFF


15 JIM BARR

KARL SHERMAN

STEVE SHERMAN

MIKE NIEMANN


22 GARY ZOUBEK

PAM ZOUBEK

DICK HODGE

SUE HODGE


29 KEN GALE

SUSAN GALE

CHRIS TIETMEYER

DAWSON TIETMEYER



COMMUNION PREPARERS

APRIL 1

NANCY QUIRING


COMMUNION SERVERS

APRIL 1 AT 10:30

DALE NIEMANN

BETH NIEMANN

CINDI NICKEL

STEVE NICKEL