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Trunk-r-Treat at Saratoga School



Thursday, October 27 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Bring your decorated car trunk and candy. Sign up at Southwood Central! 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!

Mourning Hope Provide snacks for group meetings.

• Mondays, September 12–November 21 Items can be delivered to Southwood by noon on Sunday, or to Mourning Hope between 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Monday. • Tuesdays, October 18–December 20 Items can be delivered to Southwood by 5:00 p.m. on Mondays or 1:00–5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Mourning Hope. Sign-up at Southwood Central or at

Serve at Neighborhood Food Distribution

Tuesday, November 1 • 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

Global Mission Informational Meeting

Interested in traveling to Honduras or Tanzania? Come to an informational meeting to learn about upcoming trips. • Honduras: November 6 • Noon • Youth Room Trip: March 11–18 (LPS Spring Break), Approx. cost: $1,500 • Tanzania: November 13 • Noon • Youth Room Trip: June 27–July 14 • Approx. cost: $3,500 **Financial aid available for Southwood members on their first trip.

Ongoing Community Missions

Details and sign-up forms are available at Southwood Central. • Clinic with a Heart—November 15 & 17 • Gathering Place—November 14 & 17 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—November 21 • Matt Talbot—October 25 and November 22 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—November 1 • Piecemakers—November 3 & 17 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—November 12

TRANSFORMED Vocational Health Do Your Best As a writer, I work in a very public environment. Not only do I make some of my innermost thoughts available for public consumption, my professional successes and failures are also on display. Anyone can see what my books are ranked on Amazon, how many times my blog posts are shared on social media, or how many followers I have on Twitter or Instagram. This is hard for me, not only because my sales rank and social media popularity are accessible, but also because every other writer’s numbers are available to me as well. I tend to compare myself to others and deem myself a failure when I feel my numbers don’t measure up. Maybe you wrestle with envy and comparison as well. Perhaps you wonder why your peers seem to get the promotions, the accolades, the raises. Perhaps you, too, deem yourself a failure when you compare yourself to others. “Do your best in the job you received from the Master,” Paul advised the Colossians. “Do your very best.” (Colossians 4:17) I have this verse framed on the wall next to my desk, where I can read it multiple times a day. These words remind me that God has given me specific work to do, work he expects I will do to the very best of my ability, regardless of what those around me are doing. Paul’s words are a much-needed reminder that each of us has our own fields to plant and harvest. Our calling is to use the skills with which God has uniquely gifted us and to produce good fruit in the job he has given us to do.

—Michelle DeRusha

October 23, 2016

QPR Training

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

The QPR Institute has developed a three step process for helping a person who displays warning signs of suicide. Recognizing warning signs and being ready to respond is crucial. QPR, like CPR, saves lives. Attend this QPR session to learn the process. You never know when you might need these skills! Register at • Events

Join Southwood

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.

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

Understanding Your Grief

Women’s Early Morning Group

 Children’s Christmas CD Project All 3rd–5th graders are welcome to participate in rehearsals and recording of the 2016 Southwood Christmas CD. »» Rehearsals: today and Sunday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #2: Sunday, October 30 at 12:15 p.m. Register at or at Southwood Central. Contact: Denise Makinson, Director of Music Ministry [email protected] or 402.423.5511

Faith Stepping Stone: Baptism Class November 13 • 11:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room

Unwrap God’s gift of Holy Baptism at the Faith Stepping Stone Baptism Class. At Southwood, we ask that all parents who are having children baptized attend one of these classes. Sign up at Southwood Central.

Contact: Drew Jagadich • [email protected]

DELVE (Confirmation) • 6th–8th grade • 6th & 7th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. today and Sundays, November 13 & 20 • 8th Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, October 26 and November 2, 9, 16, 30  Life and Lattes: 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 continue our study on Transformed. Meal provided. Bring a friend!

Mondays, November 7–December 12 • 6:30–8:00 p.m. This series provides an opportunity for a small group of people to share their experiences, learn healthy ways to cope, and feel the support of others who are also grieving. Discussion will be based on the book, “Understanding Your Grief—Ten Essential Touchstones for finding Hope and Healing Your Heart.” Group runs from 6:30–8:00 p.m. for six weeks. Contact Pam Dinneen • pdinneen@ for details.

Ongoing Care Ministries

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Nov. 2 & 16 • 6:30 p.m. | Nov. 10 • 10:30 a.m. `` GriefShare—November 6 • 11:00 a.m. `` Renewed Hope—November 20 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday


Vocational Health How can you apply your faith at work? Do you model your Christian values when you are at your work place? Is there someone who could use some encouragement at work? Challenge yourself to find ways to apply your faith at work. Try some of these tips: ff Work together as a team, building relationships and collaborating on projects. ff Ask for positive feedback on a project and offer it to others. ff Support each other in keeping appropriate boundaries between your work and home life.

S.A.L.T. Sisters (Sisters All Learning Together) Thursdays, November 3–December 8 • 6:30 a.m. in the Group Room Feed your soul before you begin your busy day and explore the book of Romans in this six-week study. Paul’s letter to the Romans is very different than any of his other letters. Paul addresses many of the important questions that arise when one considers the relationship between God and creation, as well as topics such as salvation and grace. All ladies welcome. Cost $9.00, no registration required.

Book Reading & Discussion: The Screwtape Letters

Tuesdays, November 8–February 28, 7–8 p.m., Group Room

• C.S. Lewis, the beloved author of The Chronicles of Narnia, entwined his storytelling and his Christian faith in the classic The Screwtape Letters. This collection presents the correspondence of Screwtape, a senior tempter, and Wormwood, his apprentice demon, as they plot how to twist the life of a gullible Christian to his damnation. Lewis explores doubt, temptation, faith, and Christ’s triumph through these approachable, insightful, and wryly humorous letters. A group will gather, read this book aloud, and discuss it. • Details: Contact David Frye, the group’s leader, at 402.450.2072 or [email protected], with questions and to sign up.

YoPros (Young Professionals) First Friday Artwalk

Friday, November 4 We’ll hit the streets downtown this night, crawling from gallery to gallery, for Lincoln’s monthly First Friday Artwalk. If you’ve never been, here’s your big chance! Watch for details (meeting time and location) as we get closer! Let Pastor Beth Ann know if you’ll be there [email protected]

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