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

Trunk-r-Treat at Saratoga School

Healing Prayer Service Wednesday, October 19 • 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, October 27 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. 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! 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 online at southwoodlutheran.

Interested in Serving Globally?

Southwood has sister church relationships in Honduras and Tanzania. Email Nicole at [email protected]. • 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 20 • Chapter 25 (formerly Kids Against Hunger)—November 21 • Matt Talbot—October 25 • Neighborhood Food Distribution—November 1 • Piecemakers—October 20 • Southwood Food Distribution in Palmyra—November 12

October 16, 2016

This service is for those who desire special prayers for healing physically, emotionally, or relationally, and those who are grieving or those who are praying for others. This service will offer a time of music, prayer, reflection and hope. Time will be provided to invite those who desire, to come up for anointing. If your loved one is unable to attend, you are welcome to offer prayers for them.

Relational Health Transformation Last year my former employer falsely accused me of a financialrelated crime. I was handcuffed and my fingerprints were taken. After 12 hours in jail, I thought the worst was over. I called my wife to tell her that I was ready to be picked up. She started crying. My arrest and alleged crime was all over the news and our daughters saw my mug shot on TV. I am on the introverted side. I do not do social media. Even positive attention can cause me to feel uncomfortable. I struggled mightily after my arrest. I felt alone, vulnerable, exposed. I grappled with many questions: Would people assume I was guilty? Would friends pull away? Had I shamed my family and my name? Would kids tease my daughters? Would the parents of our daughters’ friends no longer allow their children to go to our house? I didn’t want to go out in public. I didn’t even want to go to church. It was very difficult to go up for communion. After a four day trial, I was found not guilty. I am still healing from this experience. I would not be where I am today if not for my faith, family, and friends. I’ve learned I am nothing without relationships. I have learned that I have people in my life who will be there for me in my time of need. I am incredibly blessed. I thank my wife for everything. She nurtured me when I was down, and she challenged me when I felt sorry for myself. I thank my Southwood family for the prayers that sustained us. And, I am so grateful to this group of guys who provided unconditional support: Erik Robart, Adam McCarville, Todd Spellman, Brandt Vlieger, John Ball, Matt Rice, and Pastor Michael. Lastly, I thank God for the most important relationship of all.

—Jason Christiansen

Jazz Sunday • October 23 Invite a friend and join us for Jazz Worship at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. services featuring John Helgen and the Jazz Band from Roseville, Minnesota.

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

QPR Training

Volunteer/Serving Opportunities

 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 23 & 30 at 11:00 a.m. Recording #2: Sunday, October 30 at 12:15 p.m.

Question–Persuade–Refer What You Do Could Save a Life!

Explore our NEW interactive serving opportunities finder. Visit and click on SERVE to get connected.

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

 Currently in need of Ushers and Café Hosts at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.

Understanding Your Grief

Book Reading & Discussion: The Screwtape Letters

 Children’s Music Workshop For ages 4–6, led by Deb White. »» Monday, 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

ff Sun., Nov. 6 • 12–2:30 p.m. ff Tue., Nov. 15 • 6–8:30 p.m.

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

Contact Pam • [email protected] for details.

Ongoing Care Ministries

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, October 23 and November 13 & 20 • 8 Grade: in the Fellowship Hall at 6:15–7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, October 19 & 26 and November 2, 9, 16, 30 th

 Life and Lattes: Will not meet October 18 Tuesdays • 3:00–5:00 p.m. at Southwood. Come enjoy a coffee beverage, games, and fun!  Youth Group No youth group tonight, enjoy fall break with your friends and family. We will be back next week!

Held in the Group Room next to the Nursery `` Renewed Hope—today • 11:00 a.m. `` Prayer Shawl Ministry—Oct. 19 • 6:30 p.m. `` GriefShare—November 6 • 11:00 a.m.

Caring 3 Tips for Everyday


Relational Health Transformation God wants us to be in relationship with Him and with others. He has surrounded us with people in our lives so we can enjoy this community of faith. Use this week to grow deeper in relationship with God and support someone else with these tips: ff Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while to let them know you care. Choose someone new each week and renew old friendships. ff Go to lunch with a co-worker. ff Set one night a week to have family game night. Rotate who plans the activities and spend time enjoying each other. Be sure there is laughter!

Contact Michelle Smith at [email protected] for more details.

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. Contact David Frye, the group’s leader, at 402.450.2072 or [email protected], with questions and to sign up.

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] Visit for a complete listing of events and registrations.