Archive for July, 2020

Lincoln Orphan Grain Train Update

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAINis rolling into Lincoln this September at their new location 4817 N 56TH ST Suite #10, Lincoln.  They are looking for support in many ways including volunteers, leaders, and donations.  During the month of August, they will begin training volunteers and setting up this facility with a grand opening in September.

If you would like to get involved please contact Grant Schmidt at gschmidt@ogt.org or Bruce Sutherland at bruce@ogt.org or call OGT toll free 877-371-7393 

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August 2020 Newsletter Package

Monday, July 27th, 2020

 

August 2020 Newsletter; June 2020 Financials

 

 

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Nebraska Reporter – July 2020

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

July 2020 electronic Reporter

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How to talk to Your Children/Youth about Issue of Racism and Current Unrest

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

God Sees All Colors Leader Guide; God Sees All Colors; Racism and Justice Aids

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Blessing Concordia Students and Staff

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

As Concordia aims to provide a safe and caring environment for their 1,200+ students, their partners in ministry and their community, they anticipate facemasks will be part of their everyday lives on campus. They are asking their alumni, parents, friends, congregations and others to help them ensure they have enough masks for everyone on campus, as well as visiting guests. Their goal is to have 2,000 masks donated, which will go a long way to create a caring environment for our campus community.  At this time, they have received over 500 masks. If you’d like to sew facemasks to donate to campus, you can use a pattern that works for you or you can follow the Center for Disease Control mask guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html Donated masks can be dropped off at the church office by July 27 and we will deliver them to Concordia’s Student Life Office.

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Home Ministry Survey Results

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The Home Ministry Team conducted a survey last February.  The Team thanks the 138 who completed and submitted the survey to help us better understand and celebrate what is currently done in homes and generate ways to nurture our faith in this context.
Here are some results that we’d like to share with you:

  • 138 responses received, among them: 40.6% married with children in the home, 29% married with children out of the home, 8% children (grade 9-12), 8% married, 8% single adult with children in/out of the home, and 6.5% single adult.
  • 98.6% responders are St. John Church Members; the rest are former members.
  • 97.8% responders have read all or parts of the Bible and feel they can speak about some passages confidently, compare passages, or lead a Bible Study.
  • 2.2% are new to the faith.

We celebrate and give thanks that

  • Prayer, Acts of Service, and Bible Study were the 3 highest listed as “Very Important.”
  • The top four role modeling activities were Strengthening and Modeling Your Own Faith, Encouragement of Individual Prayer by Children (tied), Having Meals Together, and Attending Church Services.
  • The top three actions taken to strengthen faith were Having Meals Together, Attend Worship Together (tied), and Prayer as a Household.
  • We received written responses to questions about:
    • additional activities that are done in the home to strengthen faith. The most common comments were about Relationships and Communications, Singing and Music, and Christian School.
    • current resources currently used to practice faith in the home were The Bible, Devotional Resources (printed or online), Prayer, and Music and Singing.

Additional resources for the team to generate and provide in support of faith in the home were; more Electronic and Hard Copy resources, Develop an Online Curriculum for Devotions and Bible Studies, and provide a Family Faith Manual with Suggestions for Practicing Faith at Home.

May our Lord grant us wisdom and vision as this information is applied to continue to formulate resources which best serve our homes in forming and living out faith together with family or friends.

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