CommUNITY in COVID-19

Tanzania Scholarship Students

Posted by Malissa Pauling on

Tanzania has opened schools and most students have returned to resume their studies.  Please keep Southwood’s 102 scholarship students in your prayers as they return to classes.  All of the students attend boarding schools and will also face new challenges outside the...

Turning Heartache into Joy

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The past few months have been very challenging. Being a senior in high school, I missed out on all the “lasts” I had been looking forward to for so many years -- banquets, performances, recognitions, prom, summer camps, and the list drags on. Every day is a constant challenge...

God Showing up at Matt Talbot

Posted by Jenna Olson Popp on

Last month, I was one of four volunteers that served the evening meal at Matt Talbot. Since the beginning of the serving changes that came with COVID, Leigh Porter and I have been relying on Matt Talbot staff to tell us what numbers they’re seeing so we can buy the right amount of...

Gathering Together in New Ways

Posted by Denise Makinson on

Suddenly in the middle of March, it became apparent that it was no longer safe to meet together in groups.  The choirs had been busy preparing for the upcoming Holy Week and Easter services and we had to make a decision to completely stop having rehearsals.  We didn’t get...

God’s Presence–the Certainty We Can Count On

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Through this time of COVID-19, we can have certainty that God is present during this healthcare crisis.  I see His presence every day in my daily work.  Currently, I work in Bryan Health’s COVID-19 Drive Thru & Mobile Testing Unit.  Many people who present to our...

How a Pandemic Was a Catalyst for Serving

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Moving to Lincoln for graduate school three years ago to study statistics, I church hopped for a semester before stumbling upon Southwood Lutheran on Google Maps. I became a regular at morning worship services after visiting one Sunday. A few months later, I began my slow progression...

2020 High School Senior Reflection 

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By Bridger Smith Southwood Lutheran has played a very important role in my life. I have been a member as long as I can remember, and I plan on staying a member after I graduate, whenever that may officially happen.  There is a lot of uncertainty in the world now, and it is...

Peace Be with You

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Dear friend,  I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who is risen from the dead. That is our hope as he risen with victory we are living with him. It is the complicated experience now with this pandemic COVID-19. Having this social distance, lock down issues, schools being...

Not Separated From the Love of God

Posted by Drew Jagadich on

By Drew Jagadich, Youth Ministry Director At the center of youth ministry and the church are relationships—our relationship with God and our relationship with others. With physical distancing, we have adapted to new ways of maintaining relationships. I can't tell you the amount of Zoom...

Choosing to Stand in Hope

Posted by Evann Gardels on

The last time I had six weeks away from the working world was in the 7th grade. Even my maternity leaves clocked in at just 5 weeks each. So when COVID-19 required me to close the doors to my salon, my livelihood, for 6 weeks, INSANE entered my mind! I thought about crying, even forced a few...