This year, the Nebraska Synod is asking its congregations to use a curriculum resource which was developed and adopted by the Nebraska Synod Assembly in 2015, expressly for 2017. It is entitled WE ARE CHURCH, and it is an excellent emphasis.

Through observing it, we will be united in prayer with Lutheran congregations from the panhandle to the Missouri River. The materials are based on an important sentence found in the Nicene Creed which we often confess on festival Sundays. “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.” That affirmation is broken down into five themes for the five weeks of Lent: I. We Are Church, II. We Are One in Christ, III. We Are Holy, IV. We Are Catholic, V. We Are Apostolic.

Each week, one of our pastors will preach on the scripture lessons which accompany these themes. Wednesday Services will be Evening Prayer from our green worship book (reprinted in bulletin form, of course, for the convenience of worshipers).

Lenten Schedule:

March 1 – Ash Wednesday
March 8 – We Are Church
March 15 – We Are One in Christ
March 22 – We Are Holy
March 29 – We Are Catholic
April 5 – We Are Apostolic April 13 (Maundy Thursday)

Lunch – 11:15 – 12 PM
Dinner – 6 -7 PM
Worship – 12:15 PM and 7 PM
Cost – Free-will Offering


Free Indeed Lenten Devotionals Available in Fellowship Hall Pocket Sized: $2 Large Print: $5 Please make checks payable to Kountze Memorial

Published by Augsburg Fortress, this beautiful, full color devotional takes you through Lent with daily readings from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, reflection, and prayer. Free Indeed invites you to reflect on Martin Luther’s guide to the basics of Christian faith during the Lenten season, and within the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

About the Authors: Javier (Jay) Alanís is executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, a program of Wartburg Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Jennifer Baker-Trinity, Associate in Ministry in the ELCA, writes and leads assembly song in the Susquehanna Valley of Central Pennsylvania. Anne Edison-Albright is a pastor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Philip Ruge-Jones is a theology professor, a frequent contributor to Augsburg Adult Bible Studies, and a biblical storyteller. Rozella Haydée White is the Houston City Director for Mission Year. She is trying to live a meaningful life and wants to help others do the same.

For more information visit: http://www.augsburgfortress.org/