Just a reminder that next Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost. Please wear red!
We Need Your Help for the National Youth Gathering
June 27-July 1, 2018
On June 27th, Becka Holmstrom, Grace Klinefelter, Milla Krainak, Ann Holmstrom and I will leave for Houston for this year’s National Youth Gathering. The theme for the 2018 Gathering is “This Changes Everything.” The primary scripture will be Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The Gathering planners share that: “Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news.”
During their time in Houston our youth will attend a mass gathering each evening where 30,000 participants will experience Bible study and worship led by nationally known speakers and musicians as well as our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. They will spend time in an interactive center experiencing hands-on learning as well as lots of fun activities, a day of service learning in Houston and a day of learning and relationship-building with youth and adults from across the Nebraska Synod
In order to make this happen we need your help! Airfare (yes we are flying because taking a bus was actually more expensive), hotel, food and the Gathering registration are around $1,100 per person which means we need to raise around $5,500. The National Youth Gathering only happens once every three years so this will be the only opportunity these three young women have to experience the Gathering. Many youth have found this experience life-changing! Please check out the display in the narthex and consider sponsoring miles to help our youth have this experience!
Lutheran Night at the Ballpark
The annual Lutheran Night at Werner Park for a Stormchasers baseball game is Tuesday, June 5, at 7:05 pm. Discounted Tickets are available through May 31st. Please see the poster on the kiosk for details.
Save the Date!
Augustana’s annual neighborhood picnic and outdoor worship is scheduled for Sunday, June 24th. Plan to attend and invite your friends, family and neighbors!
Become a Volunteer Visitor for Nursing Homes!
Did you know that almost half of all nursing home residents never get an outside visitor? You can help end the pain of loneliness for people living in nursing homes by creating life-changing friendships with these special older people. For more information, go to beavisitor.org or e-mail Lisa Hild at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augustana will provide a Summer kick-off and Graduation celebration on Thurs, May 24. We will need volunteers to help provide food and donations to buy gifts for the six graduates. Please sign up for specific items on the sign up sheet on the kiosk in the narthex. Please direct any question to Cheri Higgins, Rhonda Stuberg, or Deb Knight.
Just a reminder the deadline for the Augustana Herald is next Sunday, May 20th. If you have articles for June/July, please have them turned in to office by then.
Thursday afternoon, July 23rd, we met our refugee family at the airport and accompanied them to their new home. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as they face the many challenges and adjustments to their new lives.
Pictured Back Row L-R: Jean Wreschnig, Mary Beth Johnson, Maw Tin, Mar Ko Paw, Jester (their LFS caseworker), Cheri Higgins and Karen Stiles.
Front Row L-R: Eh Sa Cher (2), Eh Tha Kue (5), Thaw Ree Moo (8), Kay Htoo (11), and Ku Nay Htoo (9).