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Contact: Nicole • [email protected] To see a full listing of volunteer opportunities, visit southwoodlutheran.org/missions

Mission Sunday!

August 28, 2016

United for Mission

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!

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 southwoodlutheran.ivolunteer.com

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 southwoodlutheran.ivolunteer.com

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—September 27 & 30 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—August 30 • Piecemakers—September 1 & 15 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—September 10

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

Mission moments shared by dedicated local and global volunteers.

Sewing in Honduras In July I was part of a mission team that went to Honduras. I was in charge of the sewing projects and was pretty nervous, not knowing the language or how much the women knew about sewing. All they had was two trundle machines and the only light we had was from the open air windows. My worries were soon resolved when I found out how excited the women were to pick out colorful fabrics we brought with us. Our first project was to make drawstring backpacks. I had an interpreter to help me with instructions and we used a lot of hand gestures to show what we were doing. I helped one woman for a while before I was told that she was deaf, so it didn’t matter if I could speak the language or not, and it ended with a smile and a big hug. We made more than 20 backpacks that day. Each woman was allowed to keep one and the rest were donated to the church. The second day we made tie blankets. We also provided other sewing supplies and additional fabric that they could use later. The women were all proud of what they had accomplished and grateful for the experience. Throughout the rest of the trip, we learned much about the Honduran culture and the problems they face. Despite the primitive living conditions they deal with, we never heard anyone complaining, and they were always polite and hospitable. It was a humbling experience to realize how you can get by with so little, and how insignificant some of our own problems can be.

—Ellen Niebuhr

Special guests!

Pastors Mmanga & Manolo from Tanzania and Honduras. Register online: southwoodlutheran.org/ufm

TRANSFORMED WHAT:

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

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Contact: Faye Koehn • [email protected]

Children & Youth Education Start Dates

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

Sunday School • 3-years old through 5th grade • Classes begin September 11. 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 • 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: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

 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!  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!

Contact: Pam Dinneen • [email protected]

Contact: Jo Sheets • [email protected]

Check out CareNotes!

Fall Choir Rehearsals begin August 31

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.

»» 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) Denise Makinson, Director of Worship/Music [email protected]

Ongoing Care Ministries

Listen, Learn and Pray

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` 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. | September 21 • 6:30 p.m. `` Renewed Hope— September 18 • 11:00 a.m.

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for Caring Everyday ADJUSTING TO CHANGE Part 4 of 4

Adjusting to a New Baby Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, babies bring joy, yes, but stress too! Adding a new person to the family is a big change, especially when they are totally dependent on you for everything! Even the simplest thing, like taking a shower can be a huge challenge. Consider these tips: ff Share duties so everyone in the family, even children, can feel a part of these exciting times and contribute in various ways. ff Set aside special time for each child of the family. Even ten minutes of uninterrupted time with just them can make a huge difference to their sense of security. ff Take care of yourself so you have something left to give to each other. New babies can be exhausting, so take others up on their offer to help, so you have time and energy to enjoy being a family. Source: CareNotes: Dealing with the Stresses of a New Baby by Marnie McAllister

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.

Spirit-Life Retreat 24-hour Retreat • September 25–26 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. Benedicts Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. It begins on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m., and concludes on Monday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Cost is $70 per person, which includes a single room and 3 meals. This retreat has a limit of 14 participants. If interested, please contact Michelle Smith at msmith@ southwoodlutheran.org or call 402.423.5511.

Visit southwoodlutheran.org for a complete listing of events and registrations.