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Spring Cleaning at the Lighthouse

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Have you noticed the several light bulb sculptures around town? They are in recognition of the Lighthouse’s outstanding work, helping Lincoln’s youth with graduation and vital life skills training. For 26 years the Lighthouse has been a beacon of hope for high school students. For three hours on Saturday, the Lincoln Lutheran Community Outreach Team shared in that mission with some "spring cleaning" for the after-school organization.

Senior Paige Steinbauer began the day with a meditation on how Moses learned from God how to accept help from those who wanted to help him. As such, Lighthouse, which needs help every month to keep its property tidy, received help from the COT members.

In small groups, the community outreach team vacuumed floors and sofa seats, folded clothes and scrubbed floors, organized camping gear and sports equipment; ultimately, the goal was to serve the Lighthouse staff, which daily serves the youth of Lincoln. It was a beautiful day to open doors and give a thorough cleaning of the high-traffic facility.

“Going to Lighthouse really showed me that there are people that come from all different walks of life that are working toward goals just like me,” said junior Abigail Lofgren. “Seeing all of this made me realize that sometimes I take my education resources for granted. It felt good to help other teens, just like me.”

“I enjoyed serving at the Lighthouse because I know that there are so many different students that benefit from this facility,” said teacher Lindsey Morris, who served with her husband David and daughter Nora. “When something is nice and well cared for, you make sure that you also take care of it. Every kid deserves a place like this to do things that will help them in school and their future.”

In addition to the service of cleaning and organizing, the COT donated $100 to the scholarship program, which helps Lincoln graduates pursue post-secondary goals at college. This event marks the 11th event this year, with nine more outings planned in the 2015-2016 school year. For more information on how you might connect with an outreach event, please contact Joel Stoltenow at jstoltenow@licnolnlutheran.org. 
 


Reflections on our 1:1 Initiative

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Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High School implemented a school-wide 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Device initiative in the 2014-2015 school year. Now, more than halfway through its second year, Principal Matt Heibel has been impressed with how well the transition has gone and with the willingness of classroom teachers to integrate a variety of instructional technology into lessons. “We did everything we could to be prepared. What has helped make the change so successful is the leadership of our teachers and the willingness of our students to embrace the change.”

Lincoln Lutheran senior Kate Staab has grown to appreciate technology innovation in her classes. “The ability to quickly annotate a document and have all of our resources in one place has helped us as students. We can record documents from our teachers and the software we use creates an easy process for turning in assignments and retrieving them later if needed. Our teachers (and students) can easily project examples on the screen during the learning process. All of these changes have helped us learn more efficiently.”

Improvements

Instructional technology resources have changed drastically during Staab’s seven years at Lincoln Lutheran. During that time the school has:

1. Installed LCD projectors in every classroom .

2. Adopted a learning management system to give students anytime/anywhere access to course material.

3. Installed more than a mile of new ethernet cable, making wireless access available school-wide.

4. Installed fiber optic cable to increase Internet speeds ten-fold.

5. Adopted software so students can receive, complete and turn in homework online as well as view grades and receive teacher feedback online.

6. Provided each teacher with an iPad, allowing them to teach multimedia lessons from anywhere in the room.

7. Installed an Apple TV in every instructional space which teachers and students can use for class presentations.

8. Adopted a 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Device initiative so every student has a device to facilitate and enhance learning.

Lloyd Sommerer, the school’s technology coordinator, appreciates the array of resources available in Nebraska to help schools and teachers as they implement and increase the use of instructional technology. “Technology coordinators throughout Nebraska are always willing to help each other. Learning from other early adopters has allowed Lincoln Lutheran to stay ahead of other Lincoln schools when it comes to instructional technology. We were also able to avoid some common mistakes as we rolled out our 1:1 initiative because of the experience of other early adopters.”

During an AdvancED accreditation visit last spring, the visitation team, comprised of experienced educators from several states, was impressed by the use of instructional technology in the classroom. The team noted that Lincoln Lutheran scored higher in the area of digital learning than any school they had visited. Based on the accreditation process, Lincoln Lutheran has adopted a school improvement goal that focuses on next-level use of instructional technology, called the SAMR Model. Teachers are focusing on moving from “Substituting” technology for traditional methods of instruction, to “Augmenting,” “Modifying,” and “Redefining” instruction using educational technology.

Investing in the continued professional development of teachers will be key to identifying ways to further strengthen the students’ learning experience. Over the past several years, teachers have attended state, national and international technology conferences. The annual Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) conference has been an invaluable source of ideas for technology integration in classroom instruction.

Prepared for future

Senior Kate Staab is looking forward to college with confidence because she knows her experience at Lincoln Lutheran has exposed her to some of the best educational innovation found in schools today.

“My teachers have been willing to try new things and challenge us as students. When I talk to peers at other schools they are amazed by the fact that we turn everything in and receive everything back electronically. I am so thankful for all those who’ve supported Lincoln Lutheran so we could make the most out of our educational experience.”


Men of Faith Tournament

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WHAT:  20th annual Men of Faith Basketball Tournament.  Two divisions..."Open Division" (all ages) and "Classic Division (31 & over).  Each division will be limited to the first eight teams that register.

WHEN:  April 9-10.

WHERE:  Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School. Click "view" for more information!

WHO: Men who enjoy Christian fellowship with other men while playing some semi-competitive basketball.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $30/player

TEAMS:  Ideally teams are made up of at least a nucleus of Lincoln Lutheran alumni and/or men who worship/fellowship together.  However, there are no team restrictions EXCEPT that all players participating on teams in the "Classic Division" must be a minimum of 31 years of age.   This is not a tournament for the ultra-competitive...it's a tournament designed to highlight fellowship among Christian men who enjoy playing basketball.  

Each team must have a roster of no less than 7 players (preferably 8 or more).

GAMES:  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.

PRIZES:  There are no team "prizes."  BUT, a complimentary lunch is provided on Saturday and each player also receives tournament "swag."

PROCEEDS:  Proceeds from the tournament benefit Lincoln Lutheran's Community Outreach Team (COT) and are literally given back to the community through monetary gifts to the charitable entities the COT serves during the year.

RULES:  Nebraska High School Rules Applied.  15-minute stop-clock halves.

TOURNAMENT SUPERVISOR AND CONTACT INFORMATION:  If interested in entering a team in the tournament, or if interested in learning more about the tournament, please contact tournament coordinator Lyle Ziems.  402-417-8241; lziems@lincolnlutheran.org

REGISTRATION:  Communicate interest, division, and a tentative roster via email to Lyle (lziems@lincolnlutheran.org).  Registration fee will be collected during the tournament. 

Remember, the tournament is limited to EIGHT teams in each division (first-come-first-served).

 


$615,000 Science Renovation Creates New Opportunities for Students

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When Lincoln Lutheran students start school next fall, they will be welcomed with three new classrooms dedicated specifically to science education.  A $615,000 renovation project will re-purpose two different areas within the building.  Two current high school science classrooms will be transformed into one larger life sciences classroom, a prep room and a guidance center. The other part of the project will re-purpose currently unused space into a chemistry and physics lab, a science lecture classroom and a prep room.

Lincoln Lutheran Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer says the new space and resources are long overdue. “We have outstanding teachers who have been creative and innovative with undersized classrooms and limited resources. Because so many of our graduates transition into post-secondary fields of study connected to the sciences, we felt it was important to expose students to resources and opportunities that would fully prepare them for their future.” Ernstmeyer and other school leaders took tours of area public and non-public schools to determine best practices and ensure the new space will meet or exceed the quality of resources within the community.

In the late 1990’s Lincoln Lutheran transitioned from offering a 7th-9th grade junior high program to a full junior and senior high school.  Due to budget limitations at the time, a planned science wing expansion was cut from the building project. Ernstmeyer says science classrooms have been on the school’s wish list ever since. “Schools have many needs and we’ve been blessed to work on a variety of projects over the past fifteen years that have had a positive impact on the educational experience our students receive. We are thankful to have been blessed with some wonderful financial gifts allowing us to make this important upgrade to our facility. It will open up new opportunities for learning by our students.”

The renovation was able to start moving forward when the school secured a $300,000 matching gift. Director of Ministry Advancement Lloyd Wagnitz has been researching and writing proposals to secure grants ever since.  These efforts have generated additional grants and donations totaling $252,000 with awards ranging between $2,000 and $100,000.  Wagnitz is thankful that the process has largely stayed clear of the school’s traditional donor base. “We know how gracious our donors are and how much they sacrifice to help us pursue our ministry.  It has been a real blessing to connect with area foundations who are excited to be a part of our project.”

Construction on the project will begin this spring with a scheduled completion date of mid-July.  The guidance center will include an office for the Guidance Director and provide space for a small student lounge. New classrooms will be outfitted with all new equipment and furnishings.

Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High School provides faith-based education for students in grades 6-12.  For more information about the science renovation or other programs and offerings contact Principal Matt Heibel at mheibel@lincolnlutheran.org


Singing Valentines on Sale Now

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Singing Valentines are a tradition that has been around our school for over 15 years.  Not only are they a main fundraiser for the choir but it is the choir member's favorite time of year. The high school choir spends all day on Friday the 12th going around Lincoln and Seward surprising and serenading the recipients. Taking the day to travel and sing has been one of senior Nick Schmeling's favorite memories from all four years of choir. He stated "It's such an amazing experience seeing all the different reactions people have and knowing that you've made someone's day." There are always new and interesting places that are traveled to including, banks, office buildings, schools, churches, malls, factories, rehab facilities, retirement homes and swim schools.

Numerous fond memories have been made on the journey of delivering singing valentines. Senior Hallie Hohbein said that her favorite memory happened sophomore year. "We were all excited because we were singing in the mall food court so right after we would get to eat lunch and the idea of singing in the mall just sounded fun. Shortly after we started the mall security came up and made us stop because it was actually illegal, something about disrupting the peace. We didn't get kicked out but we all laughed and it was defiantly memorable." Lizzie Moore who is now a sophomore agreed that Singing Valentines were the highlight of her first year of choir. She retold her story of her fondest memory of the day. "We were singing in a bank and this guy came up to us and asked us if we took orders that day. He told us about how he completely forgot it was valentines day and didn't have anything for his wife. Since we were doing so good on time we got to go to his house and surprise his wife. We were so surprised when he gave us 100 dollars just to go sing but when we saw the mansion he lived in it made more sense. I loved being able to not only surprise his wife but save the guy from having nothing to give."

This year the student's will be selling Valentines for $30. It is a great experience for all involved, whether you are receiving, giving or a student delivering. Valentines can be purchased through the Lincoln Lutheran office or a choir student (form attached). You can purchase them for anyone, whether it's romantic, for your mother or even a joke to embarrass your friend. We would love for you to support our choir in such a fun and memorable way and on Friday February 12th, our choir would love to spread some Valentines day spirit to whomever you want it delivered too.

Article by Madison Schmeeckle, Class of 2016


Community Outreach Team Visits Arbors

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“That was the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time!” said Cindy. Cindy is a resident at Arbors Memory Care Community and she was referring to the two hours she spent caroling, painting and craft-making with the Community Outreach Team. I agree with Cindy! This month’s outreach event was special beyond words.

“We were supposed to bless them, which we probable did, but I think I got more out of it than anyone,” said teacher Julie Stahr. “It literally brought tears to my eyes when the girls sang Silent Night in German for the lady that requested a carol in German.” 

It was a team effort all around. Music director Michael Werner arranged sheet music for caroling. Jen Bockerman’s art students created crafts and painting projects. The team used a $250 outreach grant from Thrivent to provide materials and food for everyone. And, as always, God’s Spirit was the one who filled our hearts with His love.

Saturday morning’s event marks the first visit to the Arbors for the COT, and the ninth service event this year.  “We appreciated how involved the students and adults were, interacting and connecting with our residents” said Activities Director Michelle Veratti. She confirmed that the $100 donation would be dedicated to improving the resident experience with special consideration for those in the memory care community.

Many of those who served had a special place in their hearts for memory care patients. “I didn’t visit my grandmother as much as I’d like to have when she was alive and was living in a place like this,” said teacher Joel Stoltenow. “But, when I think of these residents like my own grandmother, it helps me see them differently – and special – because they are someone’s grandparent.”

“I felt a little awkward at first,” said senior Hallie Hohbein. “But, as they began to sing along with our songs it became much more relaxed. I really loved listening to their stories. I felt like by simply listening, I was bringing them joy.”

Senior Kate Staab continued that sentiment. “It was a great opportunity to do something different as students and teachers. I could have continued singing with them for hours!” 

The Community Outreach Team exists to share the love of Jesus by serving in our local community. As an extension of the school – and LCMS Church – the group strives to incorporate the following in each event: 1.) a parent, a student and a staff member represented, 2.) a devotional prayer time preceding the event, and 3.) a small donation from the COT Fund. 

Our goal for this school year is to complete 20 events and accumulate over 1,000 hours of service by 300 different people. We are well on our way. If you have a passion to serve at a community organization, or have ideas for the COT, please contact Joel Stoltenow (jstoltenow@lincolnlutheran.org). 


 


Advent Chapel in Hymns, Carols & Chant

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December 2015 marked the 10th year the faculty, staff and students of LL have joined together to prepare for Christmas through a service of hymns, carols and scripture.  Mr. Sommerer initiated the format in 2005 and has led this special chapel each of nine years since then.  He likes Christmas Carols and decided to structure a chapel service around Advent and Christmas songs.  Originally intended to be an every-other-year service, the “Christmas Carol Chapel” has become an annual event due to student request.

Mr. Sommerer introduced each song with a few words about who wrote it, the circumstances in which it was written, or the meaning of some of the lyrics.  A faculty member read Bible verses from the Christmas story that go along with each song.  The service was enhanced by musicians from both the student body and the faculty.  Approximately eight hymns/carols are sung each year.

Two years ago, we introduced elements of the chapel in other languages.  That year a verse from each song was sung in the native language of one of our students, a student who spoke that language read verses in their native tongue, and the verses were then read in English.  Students read and sang in Vietnamese and Norwegian, as you might expect, but also in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Tok Pisin and Ukrainian.  The students who spoke each language helped print the song verse in their language and helped develop an ad hoc phonetic spelling to assist the other students in pronunciation.  Our students did a great job of jumping in and singing in other languages!

In 2014 and 2015 we sang a verse of Silent Night in Vietnamese.  We have more Vietnamese speakers than any language other than English, so this was a nice way to include them.  We are thankful to Mr. Sommerer for making the effort to organize this chapel each year.  Not only does it provide a special opportunity for our students to enjoy carols and hymns, but it reinforces the fact that the message of a Savior who loves us enough to give his life for us is for people of all nationalities.

 


2015 Student Device Survey Results

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Tomorrow we will send out our annual device Buyer’s Guide, but before we do that, we would like to share with you the results of our survey of how satisfied students are with the devices they currently have. These results come from surveying all of our students at all grade levels with a 99% participation rate.

Executive Summary:

Android tablets were the devices that students have the most trouble with and are the devices that students switch away from most frequently. All of the other types of devices continue to work well for students. With different types of devices excelling in different categories.

Devices used

Approximately 75% of our students have an iPad or an iPad Mini. This is not surprising as this is the device we indicated our teachers were most familiar with. It is also the type of device that we lease to students. Last year 65% of our students had iPads. About 3% of our students use Android tablets. This is down from 7% last year.  About 3% use Windows tablets which is comparable to last year’s numbers. 16% of our students use laptops (8% Apple, 8% Windows). This is a decrease from 23% a year ago, mostly due to seniors with laptops graduating. 2% of our students use Chromebooks which is the same percentage as last year. Note the relatively small number of Chromebooks and Windows tablets when you read the data below. It is a pretty small sample size.

Would/Did you switch devices?

Approximately 12% of students have switched devices since the start of the 1:1 initiative last year. Students with an Android tablet were the most likely to switch to a different device (71% of them switched). Most students who switched to another device chose the Apple iPad as their new device followed by a Windows laptop.

We also asked students if they would chose the same device again if they were starting the school year over. About 90% of them would keep the same type of device. Students with an Android Tablet (60%) or Windows laptop (40%) were the most likely to switch with the Apple iPad and laptop the most likely device to switch to. Chromebooks were high on the list of people who would switch last year, but are not this year. Either the right people have Chromebooks now or it takes a little bit of time to get used to them.

Note that Android tablets and Chromebooks tend to be lower priced devices and Apple iPads and Laptops tend to be higher priced devices, so this may just be students wanting a more expensive device.

Also worth noting is that we did not include students in the above statistics if they switched or indicated they would switch to a newer version of the same device, for instance, from an iPad 2 to an iPad Air.

Battery usage

Most (93%) of our students report that their devices have batteries that almost always last for an entire school day. Windows tablet and Chromebook users report that their battery life lasts the longest (averaging 8 hours) and Windows laptop users report that their batteries last the shortest amount of time (averaging 6 hours).  Laptop users in general report a higher chance of running out of battery power than tablet users. Keep in mind that these are survey results and that actual usage will vary by student and by day.  

Problems with school work.

Students with Android tablets reported the most problems working on school related tasks. Students with Windows laptops and Chromebooks reported the fewest problems. In this section of the survey we asked students how often they had problems with the following school related activities:

  • Getting assignments from eBackpack (best: Windows Laptops & iPads, worst: Android tablets)
  • Annotating assignments with ebackpack (best: iPads, worst: Android tablets)
  • Turning in assignments with eBackpack (best: Chromebooks, worst: Android tablets)
  • MAP testing (best: Chromebooks, worst: Windows tablets)
  • Using Google Drive/Google Docs (best: Chromebook worst: Windows tablets)
  • Using Moodle (best: Chromebook, Windows laptop, worst: none)
  • Using email  (best:none, worst: none)
  • Using Kahoot, Quizlets & Socrative  (best: Chromebooks & laptops, worst: none)
  • Using word-processing software  (best: laptops & iPads, worst: chromebook)
  • Using presentation software (best: laptops & Chromebooks, worst: Android tablets)
  • Using spreadsheet software  (best: laptops & Chromebooks, worst: none)

Chromebooks performed surprisingly bad on word-processing. This may be due to problems printing or turning in assignments rather than creating them (an area where we expect Chromebooks to beat tablets).

Of all of the questions we asked, this is the one that will most strongly affect the types of devices that we recommend. In general we will be suggesting that parents avoid older Windows and all Android tablets and devices with small screens in the future.

Satisfaction with devices for school work

We next asked students how satisfied they were with using their device when working on the same types of activities as above. Below are the averages of those 11 scores (5 is the highest).

Device 2015 Results 2014 Results
Chromebooks 4.7 4.0
Apple laptops 4.5 4.5
Windows laptops 4.2 4.2
Windows tablets 4.3 3.9
Android tablets 3.8 3.6
iPads 4.5 4.3

Satisfaction with devices for personal use

Because some parents buy devices as birthday or Christmas presents, we also asked how satisfied students were with their devices for personal uses. We asked them about listening to music, reading books, playing games, using social media, browsing the internet and reading news. In this area the Windows laptops and Android tablets were noticeably worse than the other devices. When you are picking a device for both personal and school use, make sure you get one with enough memory to use for both. 16GB is enough for school; you will want more to also use it as a personal device (or plan on using cloud services for that extra storage).

Last year the Chromebooks were one the bottom of this category. This year they are at the top. Once again, either it takes a while to get used to a Chromebook or Chromebooks are great devices, but only for certain people.

Device quality

Overall, students with Apple laptops and Apple iPads were most satisfied with the quality of their device. Students with Android tablets, Chromebooks, Windows laptops and Windows tablets were least satisfied with the quality of their devices. Specifically, we asked students about these items: Durability, Battery Life, Screen Size, Screen Quality, Camera Quality, Speaker Quality and Ease of Use.

Under Durability, Apple laptops came in first with Chromebooks and iPads a close second. Android devices were last by a wide margin.

For Battery Life, Chromebooks came in first with iPads a distant second. Windows laptops came in last. You can buy Windows laptops with just as good battery life as Apple laptops, but they cost more than cheaper Windows laptops (our buyer’s guide will have Windows laptops with a battery life over 7 hours).

Students with iPad Minis and smaller Android devices were the least happy with the Screen Size of their devices. Everyone else was satisfied with their screen size. Apart from Android tablet users, everyone was satisfied with their Screen Quality.

Students with Apple devices thought more highly of the Camera Quality of their devices than any other group. This result was mimicked by Speaker Quality with the exception that Android tablets also performed above average in this category.

As far as Ease of Use goes, students with Apple laptops, iPads & Chromebooks thought their devices were much easier to use than others. Users of Android tablets were at the bottom.

It should be noted that there are many different types of Android Tablets, and that the higher end devices scored higher than the low-end devices. Also, Android tablets with a more recent edition of the Android operating system tended to score higher. The same thing applies in general to all devices. Students gave higher marks to the iPad Air than to the iPad 2.

Having said that, the most obvious trend this year is that Android devices in general are performing worse than all others by a significant amount.

Ownership Information

We collected some new information this year including length of ownership for devices. As you might expect, 6th graders have owned their devices for the shortest amount of time at just under 6 months. 7th graders were averaging 18 months (right on track). 8th graders 20 months (just what you would expect). 9th graders were at 13 months, so a fair number of families purchased new devices for high school. 10 graders were at 17 months, 11th graders at 20 months and 12th graders at 18 months, indicating that some seniors were getting new devices for college. Of our students, about 20% reported that their devices were previously owned.

Conclusions

There were students who were happy with each kind of device and students who were unhappy with each kind of device. All we can present here are general trends. We hope these are helpful for you when you decide that it is time to purchase a new device. Having said that, you should probably have a good reason for choosing an Android device over one of the other options.

Later this week we will publish the list of devices that meet our requirements. If you are interested in receiving an email when we find a good price for one of these devices, please subscribe to our “Device Deals” email list here: http://bit.ly/LL-device-deals.

If you would like to look at the data that went into this survey, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/1MNcsci

Lloyd Sommerer
Technology Coordinator
Lincoln Lutheran


NAC School Bus Arts Grant

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The Nebraska Arts Council provided a NAC School Bus Arts Grant to Lincoln Lutheran, allowing us the opportunity to take our entire 7th and 8th grade classes to Celebrate Creativity at the Joslyn Museum of Art, hosted by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 30th! Celebrate Creativity is is an arts-infused experience designed to spark creativity with cross-curricular activities and discoveries. 

Students crafted their own schedules of artistic investigation, choosing from a wide range of hands-on exploratory workshops led by industry professionals. Students also attended a museum tour of their choosing and engaged in an interactive concert with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra! Our students displayed a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm about the opportunities to explore the areas of theater, media arts, music, and dance with working artists from across Nebraska!

Supporting NAC helps bring art programs into communities, making them available to our students. We would like to thank NAC in sustaining artistic opportunities for Nebraska’s students, which equip them with Twenty-first Century Learning Skills in creativity, innovation, and critical thinking! 


New Mission Partner: The Rock Lutheran Church

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Lincoln Lutheran Welcomes The Rock Lutheran

Three new students started school at Lincoln Lutheran in August with a couple of things in common:  they share the same last name and they are all members of The Rock Lutheran located in Seward, NE.  Ben, Ella and Gretchen Moll are the second set of triplets to attend Lincoln Lutheran and the younger siblings of Warrior alumni Emmi (2014) and Zach (2011).  Parents Tim and Sara Moll are founding members of The Rock Lutheran Church located in Seward, NE and were instrumental in connecting the young congregation with Lincoln Lutheran.

The Rock joined the Lincoln Lutheran School Association as its newest Mission Partner in August.  Mission Partners represent area congregations who support Lincoln Lutheran’s mission of Christian education and seek to foster an environment where families would consider Lincoln Lutheran for their children.  Other Mission Partner congregations include Peace Lutheran, Waverly and Immanuel Lutheran, Lincoln.

In just ten years, The Rock has been blessed to move from an idea to a quickly growing ministry.  “It all started in August 2005, when a group of families started talking and praying about the idea of a new church in Seward.  Meetings led to Bible studies which led to larger groups and eventually to Sunday worship,” shared Tim Moll.

The Rock began regular Sunday worship in October 2008, and became an official member church of the LCMS in March 2009. Pastor Mike Meyer was serving as an Associate Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Fremont and accepted the call to serve as The Rock’s first pastor in February of 2010.

According to Tim, founding members had great support from area leaders. “We didn’t really have a mother church, but Pastor Scheich and others at Christ Lutheran were a great resource to us.  Our worship style is modeled similar to Room 211 worship at Christ.  Dress is casual, the music ‘rocks’ and messages are based on 2-4 week series.”

The Rock has been renting space for worship, but will be moving into a permanent facility very soon.  A three-story building in the old Seward Middle School complex was generously donated by the developer. The congregation is finishing up renovations to use the space for worship and other activities.  “It’s an incredible gift as we will end up with approximately 30,000 square feet on three floors,” said Tim. 

The name The Rock comes from Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”  The mission is to reach out to those who have become disconnected or were never connected to the church – focusing on those people who, for whatever reason, may not be comfortable in a more traditional church setting.  Everyone needs a “firm place to stand”.  The church worships around 150 weekly, and is blessed to have approximately 300 people who are either members or friends of The Rock.   

To learn more about this exciting ministry, visit www.therockseward.org.