Latest Event Updates
Seward County CROP Walk scheduled for October 16th
Jo Ellen Axthelm
The Seward Ministerial Association is sponsoring the Annual Seward County CROP Walk on Sunday, October 16, 2016. This year the coordinators are Juanita Ebert and Jo Ellen Axthelm. We will begin at the Plum Creek Walking Trail Garden area On Karol Kay Boulevard across from Seward Middle School. Participants gather pledges/donations prior to walking for either one or three miles. One quarter of the funds raised are used locally and participants can choose the Blue Valley Food Pantry, FoodNet or other Seward area organizations. Anyone can donate online for the Seward County CROP Hunger Walk at http://www.crophungerwalk.org/sewardne/
An organizational meeting for those wanting to register a group will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 7:00-8:00pm at the Seward United Methodist Church Parlor. The Seward United Methodist Faith Community Nurses are helping organize groups for the United Methodist Church.
About CROP Hunger Walks
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Additional information about CROP Hunger walks is available at http://www.crophungerwalk.org/Static/About-Us
Seward United Methodist Church is hosting a “Living Proof Ministries” Simulcast Event
Jo Ellen Axthelm
Beth Moore is an American evangelist, author, and Bible teacher. Ms. Moore is the founder of Living Proof Ministries, and host of a radio program by the same name. She will be leading a worship event LIVE in Chicago which will be simulcast to locations throughout the world including Seward United Methodist Church. All are invited to participate in this one day event September 17th from 9:30am – 4:30pm. The registration fee of $15.00, due by September 14th, includes all event fees and materials plus lunch and snacks.
Description of the Simulcast Event from lifeway.com
Join women from around the world for this inspiring one-day event with Beth Moore!
You’re invited to be part of this global, one-day simulcast that will encourage you to dive deeper into the Word of God. Beth follows the leading of the Holy Spirit to prepare a specific message for each of her events, and the simulcast is no exception. Don’t miss out on this special event!
- Date: Saturday, September 17th
- Time: 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
- Place: Seward United Methodist Church
- Cost: $15 by September 14th (event materials, event fee, lunch and snacks)
Register at the church office (1400 North 5th, Seward NE 68434), by phone 402 643-4156 or contact Jo Ellen for more information.
**Partial funding has been provided thanks to a generous grant from the Seward United Methodist Church Foundation.
Save the Date for the Annual UMW Four Seasons Bazaar!
by Connie Doehring
THE Seward United Methodist Women’s annual bazaar will be held November 12th and 13th. The coffee shop will open at 8:30, so you can fortify yourself with coffee and goodies. The giftshop, Kountry Kitchen and silent auction will start at 9:00AM and close at 2:00PM. In case you can’t come on Saturday, we will be open again on Sunday morning, November 13th from 9:00 – 12:00AM. The Kountry Kitchen will offer handmade baked goods, mixes, jellies, etc. The silent auction will feature a beautiful hand-quilted quilt made by our very own Seward United Methodist quilters. The giftshop will again offer handmade items great for gift giving or just for you.
More details as available on the UMW Bazaar Page.
Register now for 2016 Seward United Methodist VBS
by Jill Eberspacher & Melissa Luebbe
The Seward United Methodist 2016 Vacation Bible School “Cave Quest” is going to be in the evenings again this year on July 18th – 21st. Join us for a buffet style dinner served between 5:00 – 5:30pm, VBS will follow at 5:40 – 8:00pm. All children Pre-K (potty trained please) through entering 4th Grade are welcome! You can register online or pick up registration forms at the church office during business hours. There will also be registration forms available at the Welcome Center before and after church services on Sunday. There is no fee to attend the Seward United Methodist VBS. We do ask each child to consider donating a canned food item that will be donated to the Seward Food Pantry.
We look forwarding sharing time with your kids, showing them how to watch for God in everyday life through something called God Sightings™. For more details go to VBS 2016.
Gratitude for Seward United Methodist “GASA” Program
by Dana Galusha
It is Graduation Day in Seward and we have our first High School graduate, Ben. The one thing that will not leave my mind is gratitude. Gratitude for all of those people God wrote into the “Story of Ben”, God’s Appointed Special Advocates. Many parents might be thinking the same thing.
Our part in Ben’s story started with an air ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital on New Years Eve, 1997. His first “special advocates” were ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses. Before he was even born, family arrived at the hospital. Then, the usual advocates appeared; friends, acquaintances, peers, teachers, mentors, coaches, pastors and youth leaders.
Ash Wednesday, 2012, Ben’s very large Confirmation Class was conducting the evening service. I remember thinking “who is going to want to be the Godparents for this large, energetic group?”. I didn’t know it at the time, but in that same service Mary Barker was whispering to Doug, “We have just got to be Godparents to this group of kids!”. The rest of the story is simply blessings.
Thank you Doug, Mary and Karen for being Godparents, God’s Appointed Special Advocates to the class of 2016.
Save the Dates for Summer Sunday Fun
by Kelly Wergin
The Nurture Committee is planning something special once a month this Summer. We will meet at 9:30 and have Super Special Sunday School with fun Summertime themes. Make plans to set sail with us on our Special Sunday Theme Events.
June 12 – “Sailing into Nature this Summer”
July 10 – “Cave Quest”
August 14 – “Rally Sunday School Kickoff 2016”
We will have big plans for all ages and we hope you will make time this Summer to attend these special Sundays. Oh, and be sure to invite a friend!
Blessing Service for the Caring Ministry
by Jo Ellen Axthelm
On April 10th, we will have a Blessing Service during Sunday morning worship to commemorate a new group of ministries at Seward United Methodist Church, the Caring Ministries. The planning for these new ministries was started in the Fall of 2015 by some retired professionals who want to continue using their gifts to support the church family and friends. They have been actively working towards organizing a coordinated Caring Ministry and are ready to start providing faith-based caring services for not only our church family but the community as well. As this new Caring Ministry steps out in faith they ask for blessings and support from our church family.
You can read about the mission of the Caring Ministry here.
Confirmation Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
by Pastor Dale Lambert and Lynette Broderick
Three new Seward United Methodist Church members, Meghan Meyer, Trevor Reeves and Taylor Fitzke, were confirmed Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. Pastor Dale Lambert indicated that it was one of his best classes and admitted he will especially miss teaching Confirmation each year. Even with only three students he was impressed by the engaging discussion and was very encouraged by the spiritual growth he saw this past year. Special thanks to the mentors for this year's class, Laura Goracke, Angie Kenney and Doug Barker.