Women of Spirit
The Augustana Women of Spirit continue to meet tomorrow, Feb 12, at 7 p.m., in the Lehr Library, to conclude their discussion of the book, Hallelujah Anyway, by Anne Lamott. The discussion will cover chapters 7-9.
Wear your Mardi Gras beads and join us this Tues., Feb. 13, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, for our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. We’ll be serving sausage and pancakes. There will be a free-will offering to help defray costs. So we may plan accordingly, please RSVP by using your Worship Information Sheet, found in your bulletin. In the Note/Message box on the lower right-hand corner of the back side, indicate the number of people planning to attend.
Please plan to attend the Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm. The service will be in the sanctuary and imposition of ashes will be offered.
Adult Forum Planning Meeting
The next planning meeting for adult forum will take place on Monday, February 19th at 5:30 pm, in the Lehr Library. Anyone interested in helping to plan future forums is invited to attend.
Augustana Family: Please join us in celebrating Avonlea's Baptism on Sunday, February 18, at worship and at lunch in the Fellowship Hall, immediately following worship. All are welcome.
Trevor & Harin and Darlene & Dave Greer
During Lent we will be reading the book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller, as a congregation. Each chapter is filled with different ways to pause throughout the week. If one doesn’t fit for you, you can pick one that’s more your style. We will then meet in small groups to discuss the chapter for that week. We have 5 different small groups in different locations and times. Please see the sheet in the narthex for these small groups and sign up for the one you will go to. This will run Feb 19-March 22. Sign up by TODAY.
"Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" Outerwear Collection
Our door ministry helps those in need by providing cold weather gear for those lacking outerwear to keep them warm during the winter. Our supply of warm hats, gloves and socks is almost gone, but the cold weather certainly isn’t! The Outreach Committee is helping with this need and asking for donations of new or slightly used gloves, hats and warm socks. Please bring them to church and drop them in the "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" box in the Narthex. The greatest need is men's large-sized gloves, but any size or item listed will be accepted. Go through your closets, visit the second hand stores (that would be helping two causes), or take advantage of the store sales. No coats are needed at this time!
Thank you, The Outreach Committee
How to Help Working Families Gain Financial Independence
Join OTOC Leaders on Tuesday, Feb 15 from 6:45 to 8 p.m., at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St.) for a presentation by Julie Kalkowski, a national expert on the financial challenges facing working class families. Julie leads an effort at Creighton University to teach working class women how to gain financial stability and independence. We will also be discussing ongoing efforts to put reasonable limits on predatory pay day lending in Nebraska. Julie has recently been appointed to the Consumer Finance Protection Board Advisory Committee, the federal agency that is responsible for developing financial regulations to protect consumers.
Finding Solutions to Substandard Rental Properties in Omaha
Join OTOC leaders on Thursday, February 22 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St.) for a presentation and discussion about how Omaha deals with substandard rental properties. How do we assure that all tenants have access to rental properties that meet basic housing standards for safety and habitability? How do we organize tenants to seek inspection of their substandard apartments when they fear losing their place to live? Gary Fischer, General Counsel to Family Housing Advisory Services and their program, the Fair Housing Center, will be our presenter.
Being Lutheran Together: Lent 2018
For over 160 years, Lutherans have been actively serving in Omaha. So much has changed not only in our community and world but also in the church in that time. What role do congregations – planted more than a century ago – have in God’s mission in this place today?
Seven congregations in Omaha’s urban core have been asking that question together. To help seek God’s answer, we will share this season of Lent guided by the theme, Being Lutheran Together. The topics are based on material that will be used throughout the Nebraska Synod.
Each Wednesday during Lent the topic for the evening will be presented by a lay-leader and pastor from one of the congregations. Our goal is to know more about the unique story and ministry of each congregation. And, as we know more about one another be strengthened in our mission together.
The Congregations involved in this sharing represent almost 900 years of ministry! (Augustana traces its ministry to Immanuel Church, founded in 1868; Bethel, 1916; First, 1872; Grace, 1889; Kountze Memorial, 1858; St. Luke, 1905; St. Matthew, 1929.)
We will gather for Bread and Broth supper beginning at 5:15 p.m. each week followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. As in the past, Holden Evening Prayer will be the basis of our worship experience.
Schedule of Lenten Activities
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).