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Interested in Serving Globally?

Southwood has sister church relationships in Honduras and Tanzania. Stop by the café to express interest in learning more about these upcoming trips or e-mail Nicole at nmroczek@ • Honduras: March 11–18 :: Sister Church Trip • Honduras: June 3–9 :: Dental Trip • Honduras: July 22–29 :: Sister Church Trip • Tanzania: June 27–July 13 :: Sister Church Trip • Tanzania: October 12–27 :: Sister Church Trip **Financial assistance applications are available for members of Southwood who are first-time trip participants.

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—October 18 & 20 • Gathering Place—October 10 & 20 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—October 15 • Matt Talbot—October 25 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—October 4 • Piecemakers—October 6 & 20 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—October 8

“The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.” I read the poem over and over, and it somehow stuck with me over the years. I could not have known then, as a tomboy who loved riding horses and driving tractors that one day my heart would find a home in my own garden. At the time, it seemed more like a place of unending work than a conduit to God’s heart. But it happened. Today, in my backyard garden, I find peace and calm in a world too often filled with chaos. I thrill to watch the miracle of perennials coming back to life early each spring. I love the feel of the dirt as I plant annuals that burst into vibrant color in the summer. I hear God’s voice in the whisper of the wind and the song of the cardinals. I witness the beauty of God’s nature; and I get to be a part of it. I see God’s masterpieces everywhere I look; I pray in my garden. And there, the ugliness of the world falls away. In my garden, I breathe deeply, smile often, and find peace and calm. My garden is for me what Rick Warren refers to as “healthy food” for my brain. It is a place where I find renewal for my mind and my spirit. In my garden there are no debates, no social media, no negativity and ugliness. It’s just me and God and His creation. My prayer is that each of us find our garden, whatever that might be—a place where we are near God’s heart. A place where our minds and hearts are renewed by our awareness of God’s goodness and unending love. May you find your garden, and there, the renewal of your mind in Him.

—Michelle Smith



The next session of Listen, Learn, Pray will be a time to review the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s statement on the Death Penalty. As Nebraskans prepare to vote on this issue, members have asked what the church believes. Join Dan Klaus, Attorney at Law, as well as President of Southwood’s Church Council on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Southwood Serves Saturday, October 8

Join people and families from Southwood by serving throughout the community of Lincoln. Limited number of volunteer options available—register TODAY in the café.  T-shirts pick up TODAY in the Café


Families are welcome to participate in the Trunk-r-Treat! Pizza Fundraiser will be in the school cafeteria for new playground equipment. $2.50 for two pieces of pizza!

When I was a young girl, I found myself reading the back cover of one of my mom’s gardening magazines. There, imbedded in a photo of a verdant garden scene, was a portion of the poem, “God’s Garden”, by Dorothy Frances Gurney:




Monday, October 3 • 7:00 p.m. • Fellowship Hall



“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (niv)


Thursday, October 27 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Saratoga School Volunteers are needed to make this a special event for the children of Saratoga. Bring your decorated car trunk and candy. Sign up at Southwood Central!

Listen, Learn, Pray



Mental Transformation


Saturday, October 8 • 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

October 2, 2016


Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra



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

Friendship Home: Safe Quarters Walk

Volunteers will go door-to-door collecting monetary donations. Walk as a pair or as a team on Sunday, October 9 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (must be completed by 4:30 p.m.). Each person will be assigned a collection area. Flexible start time. Approximate time commitment is 2 hours. Register on the Southwood Serves sign-up page at 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]

Music Opportunities

QPR Training • Question–Persuade–Refer What You Do Could Save a Life! Sun., Nov. 6 • 12–2:30 p.m. or Tue., Nov. 15 • 6–8:30 p.m.

Join Southwood

 Children’s Christmas CD Project All 3rd–5th graders are welcome to participate in rehearsals and recording of the 2016 Southwood Christmas CD. »» Rehearsals: Sundays, October 2 & 9 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #1: Sunday, October 9 at 12:15 p.m. »» Rehearsals: Sundays, October 23 & 30 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #2: Sunday, October 30 at 12:15 p.m.  Children’s Music Workshop For ages 4–6, led by Deb White. »» Friday, October 17 • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Register at or at Southwood Central. Contact: Denise Makinson, Director of Music Ministry [email protected] or 402.423.5511

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6th–8th grade • 6 & 7 Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. today and Sundays, October 2, 9, 16 & 23 th


• 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, September 28 and October 5, 12, 19 & 26  Life and Lattes: School Schedule Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!

 Youth Group tonight • 6:00–8:00 p.m. We will begin our study on Transformed and focus on Physical Health. We encourage all to wear Neon Clothes or Work-out gear. A healthy Taco bar will be provided for the Meal. Bring a friend!

QPR Institute developed a three step process for helping a person who has exhibited the warning signs of suicide. If you recognize warning signs in a person, it is important to be ready to help. QPR, like CPR, is an easy to remember acronym that can help you save a life. You never know when you might need these skills! Register at • Events

Understanding Your Grief

Mondays, November 7–December 12 • 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Contact Pam • [email protected] for details.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` GriefShare—today • 11:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Oct. 5 & 19 • 6:30 p.m. | Oct. 13 • 10:00 a.m. `` Renewed Hope— October 16 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday


Mental Transformation The only way to truly change your life is to change the way you think. What is the difference between “conforming” and “transforming”? Conforming is something we do to ourselves. Transforming is something God does in us, by renewing our minds. God doesn’t just want us to change our behaviors, he wants us to change the way we think. Here are 3 tips to get started: ff Read a daily devotion and talk it through with a friend. Discuss how you each may have interpreted it differently. What message is God sending? ff Choose a new hobby that you can do with a friend or family member or find a class to take together. fJoin f a book club or read a book with someone and discuss it.

NOTE: CareNotes will change out weekly to correspond with the Transformed topic of the week. Check them out!

How do you become a member of Southwood? What is the difference between attending Sunday worship and actually being a member? Join us for these two workshops required for membership.

1. Discover Southwood Sunday, November 6 • 8:30 a.m. Led by Senior Pastor Greg Olson, you will hear our values and beliefs as a church and meet other people who are visiting Southwood.

2. Connect at Southwood Sunday, December 4 • 8:30 a.m.

(or by appointment, for individual guidance) Register at or at Southwood Central.

Southwood Seniors October 12 • 12:00–2:00 p.m. • Program: Music is one of the most beautiful ways we worship God. It soothes the soul and touches us like nothing else. Understanding Southwood’s music ministry enriches our worship experience even more. Denise Makinson. • Lunch: Sub sandwiches and fruit, bring dessert to share • Bible Study with Pastor Karl-John Register at

Volunteer/Serving Opportunities Explore our NEW interactive serving opportunities finder. Visit and click on SERVE to get connected.  Currently in need of Ushers and Café Hosts at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Contact Michelle Smith at [email protected] for more details.

Visit for a complete listing of events and registrations.