Outreach and Mission

Nebraska Flood Relief

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2019 Nebraska Flood

UMC Nebraska Flood Relief Fund

by Pastor Robert and Jo Ellen

For anyone wishing to donate to help with the flooding in Nebraska, I encourage you to donate to The United Methodist Disaster Response Fund of the Great Plains Conference. Make checks payable to The Great Plains United Methodist Conference and be sure to put #975/420101 on your donations in the memo line. Donations can be dropped off at Seward United Methodist Church or mailed to our Conference Offices:

Great Plains UM Conference
P.O. Box 4187
Topeka, Kansas 66604

More details on the people and areas affected are summarized at https://www.greatplainsumc.org/newsdetail/long-road-ahead-predicted-for-nebraska-flood-recovery-12775975. It includes a button you may use to donate online. EVERY PENNY of this donation goes to this disaster in Nebraska. We raise all our administrative costs in other ways and by using the #975/420101 number you are giving only to a specific disaster, The 2019 Nebraska Flood Fund.

Thank you!
Pastor Robert

**As with many disaster, the opportunity to prey upon those that wish to help shows up in various forms. The Great Plains Office of the United Methodist Church has received an alert that someone is attempting to solicit funds spoofing the phone number of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Please avoid being a victim of this or other similar scams by 1) initiate the giving yourself, and 2) using a reputable charity.

Early Response Team Training

For those interested in being a Early Response Team Volunteer, a training session is being held Saturday in the Blue River District of the United Methodist Church. Basic information is listed below. For more detailed information, contact: joshua.johnson@greatplainsumc.org

Waverly First United Methodist Church
14410 Folkestone Street
Waverly, NE 68462-1539

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Reverend Joshua Johnson


**Everyone attending must bring a laptop or smartphone to the training.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Palooza

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Palooza

Join Us for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Palooza!

by Pastor Robert, Wess and Jo Ellen

The Lenten Season is almost here so join us on March 5th from 5:00 – 7:00pm, Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), for a Pancake Palooza Supper and time of fellowship. No ticket needed, just a free-will donation. Tell your friends and neighbors, all are welcome! Share this event on Facebook.

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent. Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go to church to confession their sins on this day. The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and penance.

The pancakes themselves are part of this ancient custom with deeply religious roots. Shrove Tuesday was the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Giving up foods but not wasting them. In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going bad.