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Week of Sunday, December 20:
Worship & Announcements
MISSION STATEMENT: Celebrating and sharing God’s love in a welcoming community of faith, while serving others.
What's New
Love and Joy Come to You!
We weren’t able to go caroling this year, but instead, we’ve created a special video of Christmas songs and greetings. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We hope you enjoy it, sing along, and share with your friends and family. Merry Christmas, from Chris and Renae!
From the Council President
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The staff and council of Lord of Love have done tremendous work in support of the life of our congregation throughout 2020. Although our normal activities have been disrupted, they continued to serve and minister to our members and a community in need. All of our staff members and council committees have worked closely to address the pandemic and the ongoing activities necessary for the smooth operation of our congregation. Together we have dealt with a host of situations that required significant research, discussion, decision, and communication. Much of this is carried out behind the scenes, but hopefully you can see the results through our worship and announcements. These faithful women and men have given freely of their time and talents in support of our ministry together.
On behalf of the church council, I encourage you to send notes of greeting and thanks of any kind (mail, email, text, phone call) during this season of preparation and celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Brian Lund, Congregation President

Refer to your Lord of Love Directory for contact information for these people:
Staff: Pastor Becky, Mary Lou Gustafson, Heather Christensen, Jon and Carol Novak, Amy Kragnes, Chris Rich, and Noah Concannon
Council members: Shawn Lorenzen, Rex Quadhamer, Rosie Avalos, Joan Witt, Charise Adams, Matt Willard, Paul Christenson, Brandon Zalesky, Paul Murphy, Renae Rich, Rett Messerschmidt, Brian Lund
Virtual Fellowship: Dec. 23 and 24
We’re offering two fellowship opportunities for folks to meet via Zoom on Wednesday, December 23, and Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve from 5-6 p.m. It's easy to participate, just click on the links highlighted below. All are welcome. Hope to see many of you there!
Lunds will host the December 23 Zoom gathering:
Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 963 5087 8789   Passcode: 562343   
Phone:  +1 651 372 8299 US (Minnesota)
Dave Lueders will host the Christmas Eve Zoom gathering:
or CALL 301-715- 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 920 1921 8772
Sunday School
Virtual Sunday School is held each Sunday at 10:30am. If you are interested in participating in virtual Sunday School, please contact Miss Heather at and she will share the link with you.
In-Person Worship Cancelled

Our last in-person worship was November 15. We will continue to provide online worship, which is available via livestream and recording on our Worship Video page, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. We do not anticipate returning to in-person worship until early 2021, depending on significant reductions in the virus test positivity rate and number of new COVID cases.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20, 2020
Sunday worship livestream (9 a.m.) link:

Access past worship videos from one of these locations:
Serving Today:
Liturgist – Brandon Zalesky
Organist/Pianist – Carol Novak 
Technical Director – Chris Rich
Weekly Readings:
Mon. – 1 Samuel 1:1-18
Tues. – 1 Samuel 1:19-28
Wed. – Mark 11:1-11

Thurs. – Judges 13:2-24
Fri. – Hebrews 8:1-13
Sat. – 1 Samuel 2:1-10
Giving Status
Last Week’s Ongoing Offering: $18,765.00
This amount is a combination of Electronic Simply Giving, GivePlus+ and Sunday donations (Weekly offering of $6,927 needed to meet budgeted expenses)
You can give either through the GivePlus+ Mobile app on your smartphone or by visiting our website at
When using the GivePlus+ app, be sure to select Lord of Love Lutheran Omaha.
Find out more of the ways you can continue to give while we are not able to gather together in worship by visiting the giving page of our website.
Fellowship and Community
Love Notes
On behalf of my Dad, Ed Guthrie, thank you so much for the gift bag of treats, snacks and cards. My Dad enjoyed opening the cards and will definitely enjoy the treats. The gift bag was very thoughtful and much appreciated. We’re so thankful for our Lord of Love family.
– Merry Christmas, Ed Guthrie & Peg Murphy 
“I want to thank everyone who sent me a Birthday card, it was wonderful and amazing!! I so appreciated your notes, memories from way back when, and your kind thoughts. I heard from many people, both here and from many other places! I feel very Blessed, and really want to sincerely thank you!
Much love, Barb Haskins

Giving Thanks, By Gary Ramsay
Thank you Laura for your baked goodies, Dave, for Saturday morning Men’s Zoom and Sunday Coffee hour Zoom, Chris and all involved in putting together the church service Zooms, for those who put together and delivered the Christmas bag of goodies along with greetings and well wishes written in your Christmas cards, for the sermons given during the church service Zooms, for the Church Council keeping things normal and everyone informed, for the many at Lord of Love who have supported and participated in providing the music and the readings for the zoom services, and Mary Lou for all that you do.
The list of thank yous could go on and on: Quilters, the Garden, Loads of Love, opening the doors for outside groups to meet; AA and Al Anon, a place to cast a vote etc. Thank you to God’s family at Lord of Love.
A Prayer of Thanks
Good and Gracious God: You have given to Lord of Love a host of giving and caring servants who have helped me and many through this past year. Your Church from within went outside its doors and provided your Spirit to help overcome the loneliness and challenges that the pandemic brought. Time, talent, money and actions by your servants brought comfort and joy to many. The message from your Holy Scripture was proclaimed through thought word and deed. Thanks be to God. AMEN.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
A birthday and anniversary list is included below. Did we miss someone? Please email
God Sightings
Email Pastor Becky or to share your God Sightings with others.
This Week at Lord of Love
9:00 am Worship Online
10:30-11:00 am Sunday School Online
10:00 am Fellowship Hour Online
10:30-11:30 am Confirmation Online
8:00 pm AA & Al Anon
Midweek Advent service and fellowship online (see above)
Christmas Eve service and fellowship online (see above)
Church office closed
9:30 am Al Anon Mtg.
7:30 pm AA
Church office closed
9:00 am Worship Online
10:00 am Fellowship Hour Online
In Our Prayers
Brian Walther; Earl Papenhausen, father of Lisa Meyer; Mary Meyer, mother of Ruthie Christensen; Allison Vandeventer, Nick Hronek; Charlotte Ritonya; Stephanie Johnston (daughter of Joyce Madsen); Brandi Brewer (daughter-in-law of Pat & Jesse Brewer); Roland & Carol Bronstad (friends of Judy Egr); Mike Morgan (son of Jim & Jeri Morgan); Ed Guthrie; Jason Combes; Sarge Schuchard; Axton Myers (3 yr old w/cancer – friend of the Lueders); Brian Palmer (grandson of Nancy Shinrock); Sheila Larson; Phil Nickisch (friend of Dave Lueders); Chuck Flansburg (friend of Judy Egr); Donald Egr (uncle of David Egr); Betty Thompson (mother of Beth Olson); Janet Jensen (mother of Dawn Burton); Cindy Moos (friend of Tom and Beth Olson); Vern Nemitz (uncle of Paula Foster); Lucy Klos (sister-in-law of Mike & Christie Klos); Ron & Brenda Thom; Kathy Campina (cousin of Rose Roberts); Stephanie Ulrich (relative of Paula Foster); Roslynn Thom (sister of Ron Thom); Ken Lineweaver (step-dad of Gwen Edwards); Babette Garder (mother of Kenn Garder); Eileen Nagle (mother-in-law of Tara Novak); Olivia Griffin (daughter of Scott and Dana Griffin); Steve Wiitala, (friend of Karen Mullen); Connie Bennett (cousin of Karen Armitage); Don Lueders, Lisa Lueders (brother of Dave Lueders & sister-in-law of Dave Lueders); Caregivers and those who suffer with addictions and depression, those seeking employment, those dealing with infertility or seeking to adopt

Those Who Are Deployed
Jeremy Dolder, family member of the Lueders
Abel Avalos, son of Miguel & Rosie Avalos
Tanner Torosian, grandson of Lorraine Mohrlock
  • Prayers for behind the scenes and front line health care workers.
  • Those living with food insecurity and financial hardship.
  • All of those working from home and homeschooling their children.
  • Children who are missing their teachers, friends and school routine.
Adding Names to the Bulletin Prayer List
Please contact Mary Lou in the church office (402 493 2946) or We need your help to keep our prayer list current. To update or delete names from the prayer list, please notify the Church office.
December Birthdays
01 Sarge Schuchard
02 Eric Quadhamer
05 Shirley Schuchard
09 Barbara Ross
10 Dennis Hindemith
11 Rett Messserschmidt
15 Avah & Evan VanArsdale
16 Gwen Edwards
19 Caitlyn Ulferts
23 Judy Egr
31 Woody Fiske
January Birthdays
02         Peg Pennell
08         Mike Klos
08         Julia Ritonya
09         Nathaniel Gust
10         Kim Schuchard
11         Josh Combes
11         Pat Wineinger
13         Blaine Meyer
17         Alex Harris
18         Allison Fingalson
20         Doug Roberts
21         Bill Morris
21         Davis Reinhardt
22         Tara McConnell
22         McKenzie Miller
22         Jessica Ritonya
23         Steve Liston
23         Alaina Rowen
25         Daniel Concannon
25         Heather Hansen
25         Anne Yarger
31         Sarissa Thompson
December Anniversaries
13 Don & Shari Becher
January Anniversaries
1 Paul & Jackie Barnett
Office Phone: 402.493.2946
Fax: 402.493.3087

The Rev. Rebecca Sells

Office Administrator, Prayer Chain, and Financial Secretary
Mary Lou Gustafson

Director of Faith Formation
Heather Christensen
2020 Church Council
Vision and Coordination:
Brian Lund, President;
Paul Murphy, Vice-President;
Renae Rich, Secretary;
Rett Messerschmidt, Treasurer
Nurture: Rosie Avalos
and Joan Witt
Outreach: Charise Adams
and Matt Willard
Resources: Brandon Zalesky
and Paul Christenson
Worship: Rex Quadhamer
and Shawn Lorenzen