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Why be Transformed? Contact: Nicole • [email protected] To see a full listing of volunteer opportunities, visit

Mission Sunday!

September 11th

Join us to celebrate our mission partnerships in Lincoln and around the world. Special guests Pastor Manolo from Honduras and Pastor Mmanga from Tanzania will assist in leading a spiritual and global music filled worship. Mission booths will be available to learn how you can serve with Southwood’s Mission Partners and the upcoming Southwood Serves. Everyone is encouraged to wear your missions apparel to worship (Clinic with a Heart shirts, Teammates buttons, Honduras and Tanzania apparel) or a past Southwood Serves t-shirt!


Backpack Distribution

Volunteer to distribute backpacks to students at Saratoga Elementary School on Friday afternoons from 1:00–2:30 p.m. Volunteers are placed on a flexible schedule. Contact Nicole if interested.

Serve at Neighborhood Food Distribution

Tuesdays, August 30 and September 6 • 4:00–6:00 p.m. Help hand out food to over 400 people in our community. All volunteers need to be at least 10 years old. Sign up at Southwood Central or at

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—September 15 & 20 • Gathering Place—September 12 & 15 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—September 19 • Matt Talbot—August 23 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—August 30 • Piecemakers—September 1 & 15 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—September 10

United for Mission Special guest! Pastors Mmanga & Manolo from Tanzania and Honduras.

Perhaps the answer is to just take the next step in your faith walk. To change your character in some small way. To get closer to God and discover another way God is working in you and through you. How will you live differently to be a Do-er and not just a Hear-er of His word?

Mourning Hope Mondays September 12–November 21

Volunteer to provide snacks for group meetings of 10 adults and 10 children. Items can be delivered to the Southwood kitchen by noon on Sunday, or to Mourning Hope between 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Monday. Snack ideas—think tailgating snacks: wraps/pinwheels, fruit or veggie trays, cold dips with chips/bread, cracker or popcorn mix. Sign-up at Southwood Central or online at

August 21, 2016

hrough our faith walk, God’s greatest desire is to have a personal relationship with each one of us. And I thinks it’s fair to say there are times when we feel closer to God than others. As I learned more about Transformed by Rick Warren, I learned that to “conform” means to “fit the mold” and to “transform” means to “change the character or personality of something.” So as you ponder the challenge of becoming Transformed through this small group study, ask yourself Why? Just because everyone else is? Or are you on the other end of Why? I’ve done most of the studies offered, I’m feeling kind of tired of the small group thing. Or, small groups really aren’t my thing so why should I “group up” and do this study?

Cindi McNair Transformed Co-Chair


or the past two years, my wife and I have been in a small group with six other couples that meet in a home on Sunday nights. During this time, I’ve grown spiritually by getting perspective from others in the group. The most recent example was a study on heaven—through those discussions, my views were challenged and expanded. This group has become a trusted community where we support each other during bad times and celebrate good times. When someone has a tough situation in life, we pray as a group for them. One time in particular, we circled up, held hands and prayed for the people involved. This group brings me comfort knowing that we’re with each other through those times.

Jason Pauling Transformed Co-Chair

Friday, September 9, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. Lincoln Station, Haymarket Mission Dinner & Program—$40/person

Register online:


Transformed by Rick Warren—a churchwide campaign to get healthy together! (See yellow insert)

WHEN: Group Up! Now (gather a few friends) Gather weekly, beginning September 18, for six weeks. WHO:

You and the rest of the Southwood family! All sermons and fall programs (adults, children & youth) will align with Transformed.

402.423.5511 • [email protected] Mailing: p.o. box 22767 • Lincoln, ne 68542 Physical: 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd. Lincoln, ne 68516


Contact: Faye Koehn • [email protected]

Children & Youth Education Start Dates

Registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit for more details.

Sunday School • 3-years old through 5 grade • Classes begin September 11. th

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6th-8th Grade • 6th & 7th Grade: Classes begin Sunday, September 18. • 8th Grade: Class begins Wednesday, September 14

DELVE Orientation for Parents & Students • 6th & 7th Grade: Choose one of the following: »» today at 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. or »» Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. • 8th Grade: Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Serving Opportunities: Sunday School

• Large Group Leaders help tell Bible stories through puppets, drama and music. • Sunday School Teachers work with a small group of students to apply Bible stories to their daily lives. Is God calling you to serve? Please contact Faye or Deb at 402.423.5511 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Contact: Pam Dinneen • [email protected]

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

Renewed Hope

Music Opportunities

TODAY • 11:00 a.m. Renewed Hope is an ongoing group offered specifically for those who have experienced the death of a spouse. This group meets the third Sunday of each month, providing a supportive environment with others who have had a similar loss.

Check out CareNotes!

Life can certainly have its challenging moments. We have CareNotes displays available at Southwood. Stop by a display and find helpful and inspirational booklets on a variety of topics. If you are looking for a specific topic, please ask in the office.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` Renewed Hope— today • 11:00 a.m. `` Grief Share—will not meet in September. Resumes October 2 `` Prayer Shawl Blessing—September 7 • 6:30 p.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—September 8 • 10:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday


Sending Kids off to College Whether your child is going off to college for the first time or they are a fifth year Senior, there are ways you can support them through this time of transition.

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

ff Expect the unexpected and embrace it. They think and do things differently than you. We all learn through many different experiences. Resist the temptation to try to fix things for them.

 Life and Lattes: School Schedule Tuesdays beginning August 30 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!

ff Always be there to listen, support and encourage. Give advice only when they ask for it and ask them what they would like you to include in your prayers while praying for them.

 Youth Group—Back to School Bash Sunday, September 11 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. We will be sharing a meal, introducing the year, meeting new people, and serving together! Please bring clothes and shoes that you are willing to get wet in!

ff Encourage them to get involved by cultivating new friendships, seeking support from other adults and evolving as the human beings God created them to be. Source: Ten Ways to Support Your College Freshman from Psychology Today.

Denise Makinson, Director of Worship/Music [email protected] • Summer Women's Chorus »» Rehearse Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. »» Sing for Worship Sun., August 28 at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 a.m. • Fall Choir Rehearsals begin August 31 »» Southwood Ringers at 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary) »» Senior Choir at 7:30 p.m. (Choir room) »» Men’s Chorus at 8:30 p.m. (Choir room)

YoPros Bats & Beers

Sunday, August 28 • 4:00 p.m. Southwood Young Professionals (YoPros—ages 24–30) are heading to Blue Blood Brewery and Robber’s Cave for a tour, brewing class, and beer tasting. Cost is just $10! Sign up under “Event Registrations” at

Listen, Learn and Pray

Tuesday, September 6 • 6:30 p.m. • Fellowship Hall In an effort to grow in our understanding of some of the issues of our day, Southwood will host periodic sessions called: Listen, Learn, Pray. These special sessions feature community leaders speaking about issues confronting our culture, city, country and the world. It will be a time to LISTEN, to LEARN, and to PRAY as we grow in our understanding of the complexities and injustices many face in this world.

• Topic: Diversity, inclusion and race in our community. • Leader: T.J. McDowell, Associate Vice President at Nebraska Wesleyan University. T.J. has facilitated diversity and inclusion presentations to a variety of audiences since 1989. His presentations incorporate stories from his own life to engage and challenge participants’ prejudice and stereotypes about people who are different.

Visit for a complete listing of events and registrations.