The Homesteader:  October 12,  2017
Interchurch Ministries Nebraska was designed for Christian communions in Nebraska, in order that churches might come together for worship, teaching, service and common witness to the faith. IMN is both ecumenical and evangelical in its vision. As it calls the churches to work together in in service to the world, so  it also calls the churches to their common mission of proclaiming the good news of God in Jesus Christ.

IMN began its ministries in 1971 as the realization of the churches' longing to live out the vision of Christ's prayer
"that they may all be one" (John 17:22). 

IMN is actively engaged in the "Life and Work" dimensions of ecumenism. Witness to our unity in Christ is given through a variety of programs. IMN programs involve more groups than the denominational members. As each new programs, Nebraska denominational groups are invited to join the design committee -as full participants or in observer status. Programs continue as long as there is expressed need and financial resources are available. Some programs require additional part or full-time staff.

PCUSA International Peacemaker Doug Baker Meets with Lincoln Brown Bag Group

Reformation Milestones 
By Rev. Sarah Gengler  Pastor of First Presbyterian Schuyler

On October 29th Schuyler First will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses. "The theses, which criticized the sale of indulgences by church officials, are considered the opening salvo in the Protestant Reformation--a movement that emphasized individual relationships with God and salvation through faith alone. 

Luther is also being celebrated for a second piece of writing: his translation of the Bible in to German. After Pope Leo X excommunicated Luther in 1521, the reformer took refuge inside Wartburg Castle. There he completed his translation of the New Testament, based on Erasmus's 1516 Bible text. First printed in September 1522, the "September Testament" does not include Luther's name on the title page, an elision meant to limit church reprisals. 

The Old Testament translation proved more difficult, owing in part to Luther's struggles with Hebrew and his insistence that the text be accessible to all Germans "The translator must not be led by the Hebrew words," Luther wrote. "He should make sure that he really understands the sense and ask himself: 'What would the German say in such-and-such and instance?'" His editorial philosophy required inventive interpolations. For example, he replaced the word "chameleon," which would have been unknown to sixteenth century Germans, with "weasel."

It took Luther and a team of fellow scholars twelve years to translate the Old Testament, which was printed in 1534 together with Luther's New Testament. Despite criticism for the way he valued certain books of the bible over others and for editing passages to fit his own theology, Luther's Bible was an immediate and lasting success; one Wittenburg publisher alone printed 100,000 copies between 1534 and 1574. Many Germans regarded it as a work of literary genius, the way English readers would revere the King James Bible in the century to come. 

Words to Think About 
"I'm mindful that we aren't born 'woke,' but something wakes us up. For some people it was a tweet, or a Facebook post, or an Instagram post that was the first time that they understood the world differently. I do think about protesters like they're telling the truth in public, and we know that protest is not the answer, but it creates space for the answer."-Activist DeRay McKesson
Explore Good Reads 
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Reaching Out in Times of Diaster
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness
Director, Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry

We find ourselves once again mourning the lives lost and affected by senseless violence in Las Vegas. Lives have been forever changed by one person who chooses to take life rather than embrace it. 

"God is our refuge and strength," the Psalmist reminds us, "a very present help in trouble." 

Many people living in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida, Texas, Cuba, the US Virgin Islands, other Caribbean islands, and surrounding regions have turned to these words in the face of mass shootings, hurricanes and earthquakes. Please pray for all those who have been affected by these natural and human-caused disasters. 

God is a present help, but Jesus calls us to reach out to people in need as well. Our Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) National Response Team has already deployed to some areas, and are working with churches and presbyteries to determine the optimal time to deploy for others. You can learn more about PDAs recent disaster response efforts  here .
Keep Thinking...
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Blessing Opportunity     ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Give to Disaster Relief-Public Violence This designated account supplements funds already distributed from the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering to enable a significant response from the aftermath of public violence; such as shootings, bombings and other acts of violence.

Click here  for more information and online donation form. 
Donations can be given to your congregation or the presbytery office.