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"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

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Please join the Lincoln Lutheran High School Drama Department, as they present You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for the 2017 HS fall musical.  Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in this Clark Gesner’s musical. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Whether you grew up with these wonderful character's or not, it is sure to be a fun evening! Watch the daily bulletin for information on purchasing tickets in November. 


Grandparent's/Grandfriends Day Celebration

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We love to celebrate Grandparent's/Grandfriends week and on Thursday, September 7th, we got to celebrate with over 230 of our favorite people. This year, our Grandparents/Grandfriends joined us for a morning of coffee, juice and rolls as well as presentations by our Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer, Principal Matt Heibel and Directory of Ministry Advancement, Lloyd Wagnitz. The Grandparents then got to meet up with their students, and joined the entire school for a special chapel led by Dr. Ross Stueber. What a joy to be able to celebrate with each other our shared faith as well as our love for the ministry of Lincoln Lutheran. We would like to thank all the Grandparents and Grandfriends who came out to celebrate. We look forward to celebrating again with you next year! 


Grandparent's/Grandfriends Day Celebration will be Thursday, September 7th starting at 8:30am.

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We love to celebrate Grandparent's/Grandfriends week!  We would like to invite your Grandparent's/Grandfriends to join your student(s) for a morning of food and fellowship at Lincoln Lutheran. Our annual Grandparent's/Grandfriends Day celebration will be on Thursday September 7, 2017 starting at 8:30 am.  We ask all the Grandparent's/Grandfriends to meet in our north gym at 8:30 am for coffee, rolls, juice and a short program before meeting your grandchild at 9:30 am for our Chapel service. We are asking for you to provide the names, addresses and email address of the grandparents/grandfriends you'd wish to invite so that we can send them a formal invitation to join us on Thursday September 7, 2017.  Please click here to provide the names.  All names need to be submitted by no later than Monday, Aug. 21. We look forward to seeing all the Grandparent's/Grandfriends on Thursday September 7, 2017.


Registration for 2017-2018 school year is open!

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Come and join us for the 2017-2018 school year! Lincoln Lutheran is now accepting Registration Forms for the 2017-2018 school year.  You can print off a copy of the registration form by clicking HERE. If you have any questions either about the registration process or about choosing Lincoln Lutheran for your student, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator, Kristin Bennett at kbennett@lincolnlutheran.org or call us at 402-467-5404.


COT Serves during Thanksgiving Break

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The Community Outreach Team spent several hours serving local agencies over the Thanksgiving Break. Several students helped the Center for People in Need prepare for their yearly Thanksgiving food distribution. Some worked to package, load and sort food in the days before the distribution. Others joined in on the day of the event, serving as distributors of different foods. Roughly 3,000 families were blessed by this gigantic community effort. Playing a role in all of it was humbling to say the least.

“I love how easy it can be to make somebody’s day. All it takes is a few hands taping labels to cereal boxes or packing potatoes into bags, and suddenly hundreds of people in need have food for the holiday,” junior Rebecca Ziems said. “God has given me many blessings. I was glad we could share our blessings of time and talent with others.”

This is the third year the COT has partnered with CFPN and this huge undertaking. The joy of seeing physical labor turned into food blessings was very rewarding for all who served.

 

At The Gathering Place, the COT group helped by participating in a yearly deep cleaning of the facilities. While the volunteer numbers were small, it was an example of the ideal COT outing: students of different ages, parents and faculty working together outside the classroom walls and serving our neighbors.

“Volunteering at the Gathering Place is a win-win-win: volunteers find joy in serving, the organization finds workforce to keep the place up and running and the guests find more comfort and hospitality,” said Georgann Roth, volunteer coordinator. “It’s a trifecta of greatness,”

The Gathering place was founded in 1982 by like-minded people who wanted to feed the hungry but create a “home” in which to do so. Today, the unmistakable feel of home (hardwood floors, banister staircase, reading area, fireplace, etc…) is also an unmistakable agent of good, serving over 120 meals daily and welcoming people from all walks of life with home cookin’.

Recently, the Journal Star covered this organization in a feature article, you can read that article by following this link: http://journalstar.com/niche/l-magazine/here-to-help/the-gathering-place/article_b5e3cf8e-7b0e-56fc-b67d-c77899ae8452.html. Helping those who “help others” has become a unique characteristic of the Community Outreach Team events.

Speaking of serving those who serve, our next event is solely gear to do just that. In Access/AP classes, students and teachers will create care packages for those who tutor in LPS. Through a partnership with City Impact, and because of the vision of Mrs. Rickords, City Impact will be able to recognize the tutor volunteers who read to below-level students in an attempt to get them at reading level. If you have any interest in this event, or any other listed below, contact Joel Stoltenow (jstoltenow@lincolnlutheran.org).

Dec. 10: Meals on Wheels (ages 16+)

Jan. 3: People City Mission (soup kitchen)

Jan. 21: People City Mission (warehouse) 


COT Begins Third Yr of Service

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This year marks year three for Lincoln Lutheran’s Community Outreach Team. Formed by teachers and students, and funded by a series of grants, this group impacts community organizations in the Lincoln community.

A typical event begins with a student-led devotion, then continues with a unique service outing, and concludes with a donation to that agency. For each outing, there is at least one student, one parent and one Lincoln Lutheran staff member.

“We spend so much time in our roles as teacher-student-parent,” coordinator Joel Stoltenow said. “Sometimes it’s nice – and important – to spend time together as fellow believers serving in God’s Kingdom.”

Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer appreciates how students have engaged in the COT. “The COT has allowed some students to embrace leadership roles while all who’ve had a chance to serve have discovered an appreciation for the true needs within our community.”

Last year 179 individual volunteers served 789 hours in 17 different outings (see list below). This year, we are at it again. Each year, the goal is 1,000 hours and 20 outings. However, we have had limited interest or involvement from families. If this group seems like something you might want to join, please contact Joel Stoltenow (jstoltenow@lincolnlutheran.org) at 402-770-3927.

Our next outing will take place on October 1st with Jacob’s Well at First Presbyterian Church (18th / F Streets). Other upcoming events include: City Impact, Habitat for Humanity, People City’s Mission and Veteran’s Affairs.

Opportunities to Serve:

Habitat for Humanity, People’s City Mission, Streets Alive!, Friendship Home, City Impact, Veteran’s Affair, The Arbors, Jacob’s Well, Lighthouse, Salvation Army, Lancaster Manor, Barnabas Project, F Street Community Center, Partnership of Healthy Lincoln, NonProfit Hub, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safe Quarters, 8th Grade Community Witness Project


2016 Homecoming King and Queen & Court

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Congratulations to the six seniors elected to the 2016 Homecoming Court.  Final voting took place in AP on Wednesday. The King and Queen were announced on Friday at the pep rally. Congratulations to Allen Lacroix and Rachel Garbe on being named 2016 Homecoming King and Queen!  The 2016 court members are Amber LeGrande, Isaac Zager, Hope Bassett, Joel Stennett, Rachel Garbe, and Allen Lacroix.


HS VB Coach Sue Ziegler recorded her 300th career win with a three-set sweep over Auburn

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Lincoln Lutheran coach Sue Ziegler recorded her 300th career win with a three-set sweep over Auburn 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 on Tuesday.

The Warriors recorded 13 ace serves as a team in Ziegler's milestone, led by Hope Leimbach (five) and Lexie Kriezel (four). Leimbach added 31 set assists, as the Warriors totaled 30 digs as a team.

Ellie L'Heureux and Josie Puelz had three blocks apiece, and Amber LeGrande led the offense with 12 kills.

Ziegler, a former Journal Star girls coach of the year, has spent 26 years at the school, coaching a total of 19 years. She led the Warriors to the 2004 Class C-1 state title and spent 15 years as the head coach before taking seven-year hiatus and returning in 2013.


Bryan Health Awards $90,000 to Future Health Care Providers

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Lincoln, NE (September 8, 2016) – Bryan Health today awarded $90,000 to Lincoln and Crete schools to assist students pursuing careers in health care. The event served as the capstone of Bryan’s 90 Acts of Kindness this summer, in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

Schools receiving gifts today include:

·         College View Academy, $5,000

·         Crete Public Schools, $10,000

·         Lincoln Christian, $10,000

·         Lincoln Lutheran, $10,000

·         Lincoln Public Schools, $40,000

·         Parkview Christian, $5,000

·         Pius X, $10,000

“Our 90th Act of Kindness is focused on the future, for students who want to join us in caring for the region,” said Bob Ravenscroft, vice president for Advancement at Bryan Health.

Bryan’s Acts of Kindness served to salute unsung heroes, surprise community champions and serve other local organizations as a thank you for the difference they make. To see photos and a video recapping this campaign, please visit www.bryanhealth.org/90-acts-of-kindness.

 


6's last kicks: The last Soenksen son takes the field for the Warriors

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There were 15 years of soccer tradition on the sideline to witness Lincoln Lutheran’s game against Columbus Lakeview on Friday. You may know them as the Soenksens. Five brothers stood next to their mother to offer support and encouragement for their youngest brother, Uriah, as he played in his final home game. After a left-footed shot by Uriah was corralled by the Lakeview goalkeeper, family members either grimaced or brought their hands to their cheeks. At one point, a suggestion to “look up the middle, it’s open” was met with a thumbs-up from the senior midfielder. While his jersey may not have listed his name on the back, all you needed to see was his number to know he was a Soenksen. “It’s been a tradition, the No. 6,” Lincoln Lutheran coach Nathan Bassett said. “The first one wore it, then the second one wore it, and I didn’t give them a choice after the second wore 6.” The soccer tradition started when Jesse was a talented freshman on the Warrior team and has carried on with five more brothers over the last decade-and-a-half. Sisters Wendy and Esther, now a sophomore soccer player at Concordia, were the only two of the nine siblings that couldn’t make it to the game. “We’ve always been super close and we play soccer with each other all the time,” said Kevin Soenksen, the fourth-oldest of the six brothers. “It’s great. Especially with him (Uriah) being the last one here and I know it means a lot to him to have all of us watching him.” When Uriah dribbled into the side of the box and his shot was blocked, the family saw a potential game-winning goal disappear. But the ball deflected off different legs before landing at the feet of fullback Cayden Bregt, who slotted it in with less than three minutes remaining to lift the Warriors to a 1-0 win. It came after more critiques and notes were directed toward the youngest brother. “I do feel bad for him, because we do have very high standards for him,” Kevin said. “So we hold him up there really high and sometimes we come down on him a little hard.” After the game, the brothers lined up on the goal line, wearing their old jerseys that Bassett provided. All No. 6. “I wanted to do something special,” Bassett said. “So I thought I’d take a picture so they have it and then I can have it.” In those pictures are 15 years of Lincoln Lutheran soccer, with the family at the center of it all. “I think that’s a really special thing,” Kevin said. “Just about everyone except for Uriah has had one of our brothers playing with them. It’s cool to be such a part of this program for so long.” If you think Uriah’s upcoming graduation means the end of the Soenksens in soccer, think again. Youngest sister Grace is a freshman at Lincoln Lutheran and the older siblings still play whenever they can. The love of the game is cemented at the core of this family. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” Bassett said. “But I’ll see them again. All I have to do is go out to a soccer field.”