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

Serve at Neighborhood Food Distribution

Tuesday, December 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

Spirit of Giving Christmas Store

December 15 • 4:45–7:30 p.m. Southwood is teaming up with Mourning Hope to provide some joy to children who have lost a parent/caregiver. Children will have the opportunity to shop for a gift for their primary parent/caregiver. Volunteers are needed to help with store set-up and personal shopping. Volunteers must be 19 years or older. Sign up at Southwood Central or at

Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra

Saturday, December 17 • 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Help distribute food at the Palmyra Activity Center to people in the surrounding rural communities. Sign up at Southwood Central or online at

Honduras—Dental Trip:

Information meeting December 5 • 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Trip Dates: June 3–9, 2017 • Approx. cost: $1,525 Contact Brenda Kuper if interested at [email protected]

Clinic with a Heart

Southwood partners with Clinic with a Heart to offer a free medical clinic in the community of Lincoln. We are looking for medical volunteers (registered nurses and medical providers) to help with the clinic on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Nicole Mroczek at [email protected] to learn more!

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—December 15 & 20 • Gathering Place—December 12 & 15 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—December 17 • Matt Talbot—December 27 & 30 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—December 6 • Piecemakers—January 5 & 19 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—December 17

TRANSFORMED The stories continue ... Southwood small group studies are something I hold very near and dear in my heart because I met my husband Cullen during the first small group I joined in as a member of Southwood. Sharing the small group study experiences together allows us to hold each other accountable and fuels deep conversations about our faith when we are alone. We have been a part of the same small group for a few years now, and while it sometimes takes our group a few weeks to “warm up” to each other after a lapse in time since the last small group study, this wasn’t the case with the Transformed study. We hit the ground running and as a result strengthened our friendships throughout the six weeks. The friendships I have gained give me the confidence to speak about my faith outside of the church environment because I want others to experience the support a Christian community provides. The women in our group have even started a group on Facebook in order to stay in touch throughout the week. Having this support system during the week has been very valuable for me because it reminds me to practice what I learn on Sunday—it also provides great laughs! I feel blessed to be part of a group that accepts me just the way I am, authentically cares for one another, and has a great time together. After completing the Transformed study, I understand how important it is to be healthy in all areas of our lives in order to be the best version of ourselves and have the energy to carryout God’s vision.

—Erica Robbins

TRANSFORMED: Digging Deeper Thursdays at 6:00 pm beginning January 12, 2017 Courses designed to take you deeper into the wellness topic of your choice. Registration at Meals (freewill offering) and childcare provided.

December 4, 2016

Giving Trees Gifts due TODAY

Help make someone else’s Christmas brighter this year! Return unwrapped gifts (with tag) to Southwood Central.

Advent Festival

Sunday, December 4 (TODAY) • 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Come and begin your preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Southwood’s annual Advent Craft Festival. Bring your family, invite your friends, stop in for a short time or spend the afternoon creating small treasures that remind us of Christmas and Jesus’ birth.

Christmas Eve Services

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Saturday, December 24 3:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service 5:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service 7:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service with Holy Communion 9:00 p.m. Festival Christmas Service with Holy Communion Invite family and friends to worship with you this Christmas Eve as we celebrate Christ’s birth. Sing traditional Christmas carols with the congregation and hear instrumental and special music.


Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 25 • 10:00 a.m. Worship on Christmas Day is a Festival Communion Service. The liturgy is sung to the tunes of several Christmas carols. 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]

Contact: Pam Dinneen • [email protected]

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

Water 4 Life: Sunday School Fall Mission Project

GriefShare: Hope for the Holidays

Young Adult/YoPro Volleyball Team Forming

Sunday School offerings this fall have been going towards building two wells for the ELCA Walk for Water Project. Currently we have raised $3,991 of the $5,000 goal. If we meet our goal, Pastor Michael and Luther get drenched! Will Pastor Michael and Luther stay dry? We certainly hope not!

TODAY • 11:00 a.m. GriefShare is held the first Sunday of each month offering comfort and support after the death of a loved one. Grief can feel overwhelming, especially during the holiday season. Many people speak of joy and you may be overwhelmed with a variety of other feelings, unsure of how to navigate through this season. Gain support and strategies by attending this discussion. All are welcome!

Healing Prayer Service

There’s only three weeks left to reach class goals! If you would like to donate, include Water 4 Life in the memo line of your check or stop by Education Station for more information.

Family Christmas Devotions

Sunday School students will receive a Family Christmas Devotional in their Sunday School class on December 11 or 18. The devotional will begin on December 25 and end on January 5.

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6 –8 grade th


• 6th & 7th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. today and Sundays, December 11, 18 • 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, December 7, 14

 Life and Lattes: Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!  Youth Group today • 6:00–8:00 p.m. Come out for a night of prayer, renewal, and something a little different, as we focus on the Advent season. Bring a friend. Dinner is provided.

Wednesday, December 21 • 7:30 p.m. This service is for anyone desiring special prayers for healing, whether physically, emotionally, relationally, grieving, or those praying for someone going through difficult times. The special music, communion and a time for anointing will make this service a meaningful time of prayer and reflection.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` GriefShare—today • 11:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Dec. 7 • 6:30 p.m. | Dec. 8 • 10:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry and Blessing—December 21 • 6:30 p.m. `` Renewed Hope—December 18 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday

Support those Grieving Over the Holidays

Often, friends and family members impacted by a significant loss are unsure how to navigate through the holidays. You may feel uncertain as to how to support those experiencing a loss as well. Remember there is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays—we are all different and have different ways of coping. ff Offer practical help—shovel the snow, put up outside lights, help put up decorations. ff Talk about the person who died, use their names in holiday conversations. Model to others you have not forgotten them and hold them close in your heart. ff Listen—actively listen, without trying to ‘make them feel better.’ Listen and allow them to share stories, memories, emotions and tears, over and over again. Source: Mourning Hope Grief Center, 4919 Baldwin Ave, Lincoln, NE 68504

Hey, college students/twenty-somethings! Come join Southwood’s first co-ed recreation volleyball team! The six Sunday afternoon games (plus a one-day tournament) in this church league will start January 8 all played at Lincoln Lutheran MS/HS. Friends welcome! Have questions? Contact Pastor Beth Ann [email protected] Sign up online at • Events

Southwood Seniors Wednesday, December 14 • 12:00 p.m.

• Program: Annual Christmas sing-a-long! • Bible Study: Pastor Karl-John Stone • Lunch: Beef brisket! Bring Christmas goodies to share. Sign up at or at Southwood Central.

Christmas Volunteers Help make Southwood a welcoming place for all who attend. We are looking for volunteer ushers, greeters, hosts and communion assistants. Please contact Michelle in the office at msmith@ or call 402.423.5511.

Spirit-Life Retreat 24-hour Retreat • January 15–16 Pastor Greg will be leading a 24-hour Spiritual Retreat. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a place and time to get away from the rigors and busyness of life and spend personal time with God. The retreat will be held at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. It begins on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m., and concludes on Monday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a single room and 3 meals. This retreat has a limit of 14 participants. Register at or call 402.423.5511. Registration deadline is January 3.

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