Christ Lutheran Church Lincoln, NE
  • Christ Lutheran Church

  • 4325 Sumner St
  • Lincoln, NE 68506
  • Ph: 402-483-7774
  • Fax:402-483-7776

Christ Lutheran Correspondence & Thank You's

Jan. 20, 2015

Lincoln Area Lutherans for Life would like to thank our dedicated women for providing for our annual Bake Sale for Life and the generosity of our donors enabling us to speak for those unable to speak for themselves.

Sept. 23, 2014

Note from Judith Kohl, counselor at Place of Grace
It is with sadness that I am forced to close my counseling practice—Place of Grace—and discontinue my ministry as a counselor on campus at Christ Lutheran Church. This summer I was diagnosed with a Vascularitis—auto immune disease, Microscopic Polyangiitis. As with most auto-immune diseases, MPA is chronic—there is no cure and treatment can be aggressive—but remission is an option for about 85% of the people who have it. God willing—that is what I am working toward. God often closes one door and opens another and it is my hope He will do that in my case and will continue to use me and my degree to glorify Him.

Working at Christ Lutheran Church has been an amazing experience and I would like to thank the people and staff at Christ for allowing me that privilege. To those who allowed me to "companion” them over the last eight years as they have worked through their challenges and struggles in this life—it has been a pleasure to serve as your "exquisite witness” during those times and I honor you for having the strength and courage to seek help when you needed it. Good therapy is when the caregiver and the care receiver bless each other—I hope that has been the case for you as it has for me. Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun describes what I feel about my work best. "Pain is that dimension of human life that calls us both to give and to be able to receive the sometimes awkward, often incomplete but always healing care that those who simply sit with those who hurt, forever bring…To go down into pain with another person breaks open the heart of the God who looks among us always for the face most like God’s own.” We should do this for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ! Thank you for your prayers and keep them coming—they are appreciated. If you have questions or need to contact me feel free—(402) 429-2654.


September 11, 2014

Thank you letter and photos from St. John's Lutheran Church and Cordova/Beaver Crossing families. 

August 22, 2014

July 15, 2014

Friends of Christ Lutheran,

Special thank you to everyone who helped get these gift cards into the hands of our families. You all are truly a blessing to them. 

God's richest blessing to you and your family,
St. Paul Lutheran Church

June 26, 2014

Thank you so very much for the delicious lunch you brought out to the house. It most certainly gave Famous Dave's a run for its money! The gift card will buy much needed clothes and household supplies. The ham steaks were such a treat as well!

Please extend our thanks to all individuals responsible. The generosity and support from the staff and congregation at CLC has meant so much to our family during this difficult time in our lives. The compassion of friends, as well as strangers, is just over-whelming! And with every blessing, my heart heals a little more. 

Thank you for reaching out to us in prayer and in so many other ways. This is surely God's work in action and may He richly bless each and everyone of you!

Lonnie & Becky Park, and family

June 20, 2014

Psalm 100:2 "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs!"

I wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for your support of my trip to Belize. I am thankful for my time there and a chance to build relationships with the people of Belize united in the foundation of Christ. It was amazing to see the Holy Spirit at work during our trip. 

To God all the glory!
Julie Banning

June 17, 2014

A big thanks to Austin Carstens for building the brick flower box in front of the South Sanctuary.

Austin built the flower box as his Eagle Scout project and coordinated the purchase of the materials, the volunteers and the planting.

Great job Austin!

June 12, 2014

Thank you so very much for your kindness in giving the gift cards to Walmart and Super Saver! Those of us who suffered from the tornadoes will put them to very good use! Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated!

In Christ's love,
David & Nancy Jurgensen

June 12, 2014

Many thanks for your prayers and the gift cards you sent for our recent tornado victims. Everyone in our small community grouped together to help one another. 

We discovered that God sends blessings from people like you farther away to give support where it is needed. To you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, we send our appreciation. 

Blessings to you,
Carol Larsen, member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Cordova, NE

June 10, 2014

Our thanks and God's blessings to all who extended their loving hearts to help our family in Dan's departure to heaven. Specifically, Pastor Schnake, Elizabeth Grimpo, the brass ensemble, Men's Choir, Bob Ewell, Office Staff, Kent Weishahn, the magnificent lunch ladies and all the phone calls and prayers from fellow members.

From the families of Dan Heibel


Correspondence from our seminarians
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Feb. 25, 2014

I cannot express enough gratitude for your prayers, donations, and support for my seminary experience so far. I just completed my second quarter here at the seminary and I am loving every step so far. I can definitely tell that this is where God wants me, and although I'm unsure of where he may place me someday, I have trust in His promises, because of the work of His Son on the cross. So far I've really enjoyed studying our deep theology and worship and liturgical traditions. I also have come to find an even greater respect for all of the hard work and commitment the pastors at Christ Lutheran have for spreading the love of Christ and the Gospel message. It's deeply encouraging that God has so graciously supplied me such a strong and brilliant institution to be learning at, while also rooting me in such a loving and kind congregation where I can also learn and grow. Once again, I cannot thank you all enough, and if you ever would like to meet me for lunch or if you are in the area don't hesitate to call (402) 730-5011.

In Peace,
Joe Beran


Thank you so much for your continued support of my family and me throughout our Seminary journey. You continue to remind us that God has called us to this task and He will provide for us! This most recent financial blessing couldn't have come at a better time. As many of you know, I totaled our car at the end of January on my way back to Lincoln to preach in Room211. So, as we are in the process of searching for a new car, one that will fit 2 children with Stacy due any day now, it was a huge blessing to receive that support. Thank you again!

And also, thank you for all of you who continue to pray for our family. We know that God hears those prayers and thank you for that. Call Day (the day we find our where I will be placed as a pastor in my first congregation) is April 29, only 69 days, 7 hours, and 49 minutes away from the time of this email. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we wait to see God's will for our family. We pray that God will align our will with His. And we pray for Christ Lutheran as you continue to be a blessing to so many!

Thank you and God Bless!!
Anthony, Stacy, Landon, and Baby Gerber


Santi Keinbaum & family - also check out Santi's blog for the latest updates!

Feb. 25, 2014

We thank God for the Christ Lutheran Church member this past week who responded to God's call to donate a car for a family requiring warm, safe transportation!


Feb. 3, 2014

A grand thank you to the volunteers who helped with the 7th annual CLC Chili Cook-Off. Thank you teams that set up, served and cleaned up. Thanks to the eight teams that provides competition chili and also volunteers who provided house chili and chicken noodle soup. Thank you to the musicians. And last but not least, thank you to the people who attended, ate, enjoyed fellowship and donated funds to help feed Haitian children and send our youth mission team to Nicaragua.

Jan. 30, 2014

Thanks to everyone who supported the recent bake sale. Your generosity continues to share the life message through education and to support the Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Lincoln Area Lutherans for Life

Nov. 12, 2013

On behalf of Trinity/HOPE we would like to thank the many CLC members who donated over $4,000 to the school feeding program at Chinchiron Haiti last month. These funds will be placed into a Thrivent match event taking place in the Nashville, TN area this month and will pay for over half of the cost to feed this school for the entire year. Merci!!!
Jay Brinkmeyer, Trinity/HOPE Board of Directors

Oct. 21, 2013

We would like to thank Christ Lutheran for our 50th anniversary wooden cross and to everyone for all the wonderful cards and greetings!
Janelle & Robert Huneke

Sept. 30, 2013

A thank-you from Pastor Ray and Nancy
Words cannot express our sincere appreciation for the many kind words, hugs, and cards of condolence on the recent death of Nancy’s mom, Julia Chomos. We are so blessed to have you for our church family and friends in Christ. Knowing that she is in heaven rejoicing with the saints, in both sound mind and body, is a comfort beyond measure. Praise be to God!

Sept. 12, 2013

Note from seminarian Santi Keinbaum

Dear friends,
I've created a blog to share ( with the members of Christ Lutheran and other Christians our walk of faith while in Fort Wayne. Thank you!
Blessings, Santi

Sept. 12, 2013

To our members who contribute salads and other food items for funeral lunches—thank you so much, your kindness is most appreciated by the families we serve.

Aug. 21, 2013

The comfort of our family, dear friends and you, as the extended body of Christ has been God's amazing way of wrapping His arms around us in our time of grief at the death of our son/grandson, Josiah Samuel. Thank you for your expressions of love and sympathy.
Jonathan, Rachel, Michael & Jill Jank

Aug. 12, 2013

We would like to thank everyone for all the cards, call, visits and prayers over the past 5 1/2 months that Elliott was in the hospital. We especially want to thank Pastor Schnake and Bob Ewell for their visits and prayers. We are at our Lincoln home at this time. Elliott still has a lot of therapy to do before he can eat food. We would appreciate your prayers during Elliott's rehabilitation. God's blessing to all of you!
Elliott & Eunice Jagels

July 31, 2013

Thank You from Chara Sype
I’m extending my thanks to all at my Christ family. What a tremendous blessing it is to truly feel that about the people with whom we work. It means more than I can say to know the hearts of the people here at church are encouraging and supporting me. I am filled with joy at the thought of it. I’ll be sending newsletters in the near future. Note: she will be serving as missionary to New Guinea in West Africa, starting this fall. Check out her blog:

July 24, 2013

We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for the wonderful send off this past Sunday. We were truly blessed by all your kind words, cards, and gifts. Thank you for the prayers and well wishes as we begin this new chapter in our ministry. We know that God hears all our prayers and answers them to His glory. We look forward to how God will partner us together in ministry in the future. You are and will remain in our prayers. We are truly blessed by you.

In Christ's Hands,
Pastor Jacob, Theresa, and Hannah Heine

July 15, 2013

My family and I wish to thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and cards at the recent death of my sister, Jo Ann Heller. They are most appreciated.
Bob Ewell

July 12, 2013

Thanks for your prayers and generosity! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you at CLC who have welcomed us to our new "home" at Christ Lutheran and to the position - Director of Biblical Generosity. Your welcoming spirit started even before our arrival with prayers for our family and safety of travel to the mid-west from Portland Oregon. Our initial taste of your generosity was evident when we were met by a Bible Study crew of young, strong and able people to unload our truck and put together furniture. We look forward to continue meeting many of you in the months and years ahead as we work together for Christ's purpose.
Tom and Karin Grunow

July 2, 2013

My whole family and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the members of Christ Lutheran Church who have made us feel so welcome in our first few weeks here in Lincoln. We feel as though we are already part of the family here. We have been so incredibly blessed by you as a congregation already and look forward to serving the people of God here in this place for many years to come.
Pastor Carl Grulke