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Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night

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We want you to become a member of the Lincoln Lutheran family for the 2011-12 school year. We would like to invite all prospective families to find out more about Lincoln Lutheran during our “Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night” on Thursday, January 20, at 7:00 pm.

Our Mission Statement says “Lincoln Lutheran exists to equip young people to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ by providing an excellent, Christ-centered education.” We do this by:

  • Offering a challenging academic program grounded in Christian teaching and beliefs.
  • Offering smaller class sizes that allow students better opportunities to learn and develop relationships with their teachers.
  • Offering an extensive extracurricular program that allows students opportunities for involvement in activities and to develop leadership abilities.
  • A faculty and staff that is deeply committed to the mission of Lincoln Lutheran.

We will be using a new format for Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night this year. While students are welcome to attend, the night is mainly designed for parents. You will meet in groups composed of other parents with Lincoln Lutheran teachers, and you have the opportunity to learn more about the different curricular and extracurricular programs offered at Lincoln Lutheran.

Please contact Carrie Merry, Recruitment Coordinator at 467-5404 or at to let us know that you will be able to make it.  If you cannot attend Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night on Thursday, January 20 at 7:00 pm, or would like additional information about Lincoln Lutheran, you are welcome to schedule a personal visit, just contact Carrie to make the arrangements.  Please do not hesitate to contact Carrie or Matt Heibel, Principal ( at any time with questions you might have about Lincoln Lutheran.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday, January 20th at 7:00pm at Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night!

Gala & Live Auction

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Join us on Saturday, March 12th for the 16th Annual Lincoln Lutheran Gala and Live Auction. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Lincoln. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 pm for the social hour and silent auction. The dinner will start at 6:30 pm with the live auction beginning at 8:00 pm.

The theme for this year is “One in Spirit and Purpose” based on Philippians 2:1-2 which is the 2009/2010 theme for the school year. Philippians 2:1-2 says “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, and being one in spirit and purpose.” This verse teaches us that when we respond to Christ’s love by trusting in him, his purpose becomes our mission. Our Gala & Auction grows each year and our goal this year is $80,000. We will not reach our goal without your generosity.

How can you also be “One in Spirit and Purpose” and partake in this year’s Gala? First of all, we would love for you to attend! Ticket prices are $75 per person or $150 per couple. A few other options for reservations are the Hosted, Standard, and Premium Tables. The Hosted Table includes standard seating for 10 people at the Gala. The table host is responsible for finding 10 individuals (including themselves) who will purchase their tickets and sit at the same table. The Standard Table ($750) includes seating for ten individuals and a listing of your sponsorship in the Gala program. The Premium Table ($1000) includes preferred seating for eight at the table and a faculty member and guest will be seated with you. Your sponsorship will also include a ½ page advertisement in Gala program, the large screen during the event, and in the May issue of the Lincoln Lutheran Newsletter.

Another way you can help our students at Lincoln Lutheran is to make a donation. Whether that be through a monetary means, a physical item donation, or volunteering your time, we would love to have you help in this way as well.

Please call the School Office at 402-467-5404 and ask for Amy Jurgens or Carrie Merry to make a reservation, donate towards the Gala, or ask any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 12th!

Christmas Servant Event

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Lincoln Lutheran is very excited to have the opportunity each year for their Middle School students to serve the Lincoln Community. This will be the 4th Annual Middle School service event and will take place on Wednesday, December 22. The 6-8th graders will be traveling off-campus to help organizations that serve people in need. Students will work in groups at the following organizations:

  • Holmes Lake Manor (6101 Normal Blvd.)
  • Waverly Care Center (11041 N 137th St., Waverly, NE)
  • People’s City Mission (2101 N Street)
  • Cedars Youth Services Northbridge Community Center (1533 N. 27th Street)
  • Northeast Family Center (6220 Logan Avenue)
  • Capital Humane Society (2320 Park Blvd.)
  • Mad Dads (5610 Seward Ave.)
  • Good Neighbor Community Center (2617 Y Street)

Lincoln Lutheran’s 2010/2011 school theme is “One in Spirit and Purpose” based on Philippians 2:1-2.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,
if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit,
if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete
by being like-minded, having the same love, and being one in spirit and purpose.”

Research has shown that when teens take part in community service it has positive effects. More importantly, it gives our students a change to express their faith out in the community and make a difference in someone else’s life. Helping others is just one way our students can stand “One in Spirit and Purpose.”

Through a generous grant from Wells Fargo, we are able to expand our service event to reach more people in need. Lincoln Lutheran would like to thank Wells Fargo for their generosity and support of this important day for our middle school students.

The Fall Newsletter Is Ready!

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The long-awaited Newsletter is finally ready!  This year, we have taken a different approach and will produce three each year, roughly every quarter.  In the newsletter you will find information about:

  • What our Warrior students have been up to at school and in the community
  • Sports teams Results
  • Awards our students have earned
  • Updates on school events
  • Our new teachers, and much more!

Lincoln Lutheran would love to hear from you so please contact Carrie Merry at or 402-467-5404 with any of the below information, questions or concerns:

  • Share your news with Lincoln Lutheran
  • Update your mailing address
  • Would like to receive this newsletter in paper or electronic form
  • Would like to donate to Lincoln Lutheran
  • Would like to receive additional Lincoln Lutheran information


A New Look for the Gym

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There has been a flurry of activity in the Lincoln Lutheran gym over the past two weeks. Our Facility Supervisor Doug Wiemer has been working hard to paint walls, replace light bulbs, and perform other cleaning tasks in preparation for the 2010-11 basketball season. This year, there will be an additional key change taking place. By the time Grand Island Central Catholic comes to Lincoln to face the Warriors on December 2, the gym will enjoy two new scoreboards, a digital display board, and some new advertising panels. 

In a year during which Lincoln Lutheran realized a significant tuition increase for its families, some might wonder why such an upgrade is taking place. In reality, new equipment is being added because of the increased cost of education. We have been exploring new ways to partner with businesses in the community to generate additional revenue to serve our students. This work has led us to combine print media, permanent gym signage, and digital advertising into a comprehensive package. 

As work was being accomplished on Monday of this week, a student asked me, “Who is paying for this new stuff?” The answer is – our business partners. While the Lincoln Lutheran Athletic Department will contribute a small gift to this gym upgrade, the strong majority of this new program will be paid for by our business partners in the first year. Moving forward, this program has the potential of generating between $30,000 and $40,000 for the students and programs of Lincoln Lutheran. This income will allow us to better serve our students.

Because our brand new display board sustained some damage in transport, it appears as though we will have a temporary display board on our wall while a new board is constructed and shipped in the weeks to come. Because of this setback, our complete “new look” in the gym won’t be finished until Christmas. 

Huge thanks are necessary for Development Director Amy Jurgens and Development Assistant Carrie Merry for all their hard work making this possible. Many other folks have supported this process as well. We especially thank our Anchor Partners – Amigos, Concordia University, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Tracy’s Auto Collision Center, Heibel Dermatology, and Wellness One. We also thank our current Founding Partners Bob Haberman – State Farm, Watts and Hershberger, and HoriSun Hospice. 

We have additional marketing opportunities available. Please let us know if there are businesses we should talk to about this new program.


Have a great Winter Activity Season!

Scott Ernstmeyer
Executive Director - LLSA

Eighty 5th Graders Visit

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On Wednesday, October 13th Lincoln Lutheran was buzzing with the excitement of 5th graders. Eighty students from Christ Schools, Faith Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran joined the Lincoln Lutheran staff and a few high school students on an afternoon full of fun.

The afternoon started off with a short program led by Matt Heibel, Principal. A devotion was led by Amy Jurgens, Development Director, reminding the children that Jesus Christ is the only one who can lighten our daily burden. Whether these burdens are school-related or family-related, He is the only one we can turn to and have our pack lightened. The program continued with a demonstration by the Cheerleaders and Blue Angels. Mrs. Mariel Olp also briefly spoke about the drama opportunities that the 5th graders will have as they enter into Middle School. Isaiah Bockelman and Samantha Heibel, both seniors, spoke about their experiences at Lincoln Lutheran and all of the activities and other opportunities that they have participated in.

After the program, the 5th graders were separated into groups and participated in numerous activities around the school. The activities were as follows:

  • Puzzleville – Found the names of the books of the Bible in a short story
  • Healthy Home Snack – Learned the significance of a Christian home
  • Pinwheel Art – Learned how to make paper pinwheels
  • Computer Scavenger Hunt – Searched on the Lincoln Lutheran website to find answers to questions
  • Science Frog Hopping contest – Learned the art of origami and tried their hand at racing their paper frogs

The day ended with the distribution of goodie bags and a bus ride back to their schools. Lincoln Lutheran would like to thank the 5th graders, their teachers and parents for allowing them to visit our school and get a feel for what it is like to be a WARRIOR!

Please feel free to contact Matt Heibel, Principal, at or Carrie Merry, Recruitment Coordinator, at or call them at the office at (402) 467-5404 if you have any questions about Lincoln Lutheran or if you would like to have a personal tour of the facility.

Never Alone

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If ever a message can be loud and clear, Judy Foster – a survivor of Nazi Holocaust – delivered just that. Foster, a German-born Lithuania daughter of a pastor, spent the afternoon with Lincoln Lutheran’s freshman English class retelling her story. Students created dialogue with her comparing her story with their studies Holocaust literature.

“It was a powerful talk,” Andrew Wendland said. “Of course the novels and the movie were good too, but you can’t really ask a book a question and get it answered. When you hear it in person from a survivor you have proof.”

Foster blended a story of facts with her personal story of faith. She repeated the phrase, “I was never alone.” The message, based on Psalms 46:10, came from her mother to calm her in the midst of some horrific events. It stayed with her even after her mother’s death and reminds her even today that her Savior walks with her.

“She is an inspiring person,” Hailey Backhus said. “She is an example of how it is possible to push through even the toughest moments in life. She inspires me to push through those tough times in my life.”

“It was interesting to hear her tell how there weren’t just Jews put into the camps,” Emma Schmeling said. “Basically anyone didn’t support the Nazi cause was treated poorly.”

Class discussions that followed were powerful, insightful and even emotional at times. Mr. Stoltenow adds with pride of his literary scholars, “they are handling this unit very well. Despite this ugly chapter in our world’s story, it is inspiring to see these young men and women care about the concept of fair treatment.”

Students weren’t the only ones impacted however. When asked if Judy wanted a copy of the pictures, she quickly stated, “I need an 8x10!” In these pictures, it is clear that as believers we are never alone.

Coming Home a Success!

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“What a beautiful night for a football game!” This statement was heard more than once on September 24th, 2010 as the Warriors took on Fillmore Central for our Homecoming game. Friday night was also the Lincoln Lutheran Coming Home Celebration for alumni, friends, families, and other supporters of Lincoln Lutheran.

During halftime, Matt Korte was honored as our Distinguished Alumni and Kim Loontjer was honored as our first ever Distinguished Young Alumni. Matt Korte is a 1985 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran Junior High before finishing high school at Lincoln High. Korte went on to Concordia College in Seward, NE where he received NAIA All-District Football and Academic All-America honors while earning his bachelors degree in Secondary Education. Later he attended Kansas State University receiving a degree in Educational Administration. He taught math and coached football and baseball at Junction City High School, KS from 1991 to 1997 before serving as assistant principal of Reedsburg Area High School, WI from 1997 to 2001. In 2001 he accepted a Divine Call to become the first principal of the new Concordia Jr.-Sr. High School in Omaha. During his tenure as principal, the Lutheran school has grown from an initial enrollment of 45 students to 276 students in 2010-11.

Kim Loontjer is a 1999 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran. She attended Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL and received bachelor degrees in History and Political Science graduating in 2003. Later, she attended the University of Nebraska College Of Law earning a Juris Doctorate degree. She finished her studies at the University of Denver’s Graduate School in 2007 earning her Masters degree in International Studies. After graduation, Kim moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a deputy director for a lawyers’ membership organization until the end of 2008. In January 2009, she served as the director of operations and finance for the Washington Legal Foundation, a pro-free enterprise law firm and public advocacy organization. In January 2010, Kim moved to Chicago where she currently works for Wheat Ridge Ministries as an Associate Director of Program Ministries.

After the third quarter, Steve and June Taege were recognized for their many years of running the SCRIP program. Steve initially got the idea of SCRIP from some Catholic schools who were using SCRIP to raise money for their schools. Technology has changed over the years from a paper process to being able to order SCRIP online with the new “Shop with SCRIP” program. Over the 14 years that Steve led the SCRIP program, he has volunteered many personal and family hours to this very important program. Lincoln Lutheran was just one organization who benefited from his efforts and between $300,000 – $350,000 was raised to benefit our school.

The Friday evening festivities ended at The Legends, where over 70 people gathered for a social time after the game. Alumni, donors, school families, and many others had the opportunity to make new connections in addition to catching up with old acquaintances.

$15,000 for Safe Driver Pledge

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Lincoln Lutheran is again partnering with American Family Insurance to encourage safe driving habits and to compete for a chance to win $15,000 for our school.  All students, parents, and supporters of Lincoln Lutheran age 14 and older are encouraged to go to  Please take the pledge, promising to observe safe driving habits, and cast your vote for Lincoln Lutheran.  You will also be eligible for individual prizes, including iPads, Flip video cameras, and iTunes gift cards.  No purchase of any kind is necessary to take the Safe Driver Pledge.  Pass the word on to your friends and family as well!  Votes must be cast by Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Last year, we participated in this contest and placed 4th out of over 200 schools.  For our participation, we received a check for $900, part of which went to purchase new microwaves for the lunch program and concession stand.  Imagine how $15,000 might be used to further benefit our students! 

If you have any questions regarding the Teen Safe Driver Pledge, please contact Katie Bockelman at 467-5404 or kbockelman, or speak with any of the 2010-2011 Student Council members.

Faculty cleans-up at inservice

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"Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

After a morning of devotions, discussions on what constitutes critical thinking and how to develop it in the classroom and department meetings, the faculty of Lincoln Lutheran spent part of the afternoon working together to help make the school more visually inviting.

"I'm reminded all the time how accepting and inviting our students and faculty are. Sometimes we miss the chance to be visually inviting as well." said Mr. Sommerer after the work was done. Mr. Heibel listed about a half dozen high priority jobs that would have an immediate impact on how the school looks and that could be accomplished in an afternoon.

The faculty divided themselves up into teams to attack the various projects. Trash was picked up, trees and bushes were trimmed, accumulated sediments were hauled from the parking lot, debris was collected and removed from the front of the school. As one group finished they would join in the work yet to do. Many hands really did make for light work.

Mr. Stoltenow spearheaded the tree trimming and said when finished, "It was nice to work together as a team. As teachers, the results of our work is sometimes months or years in the future. Sometimes it's nice to do something and see an immediate improvement."

As a theology teacher here at Lincoln Lutheran, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Stoltenow also saw an immediate relationship between this act of service by the faculty and Lincoln Lutheran's theme verse for this year. "We were certainly, 'One in spirit and purpose' this afternoon. It was a neat reminder that Lincoln Lutheran is a place where being united leads to great things."