In 1973, a group of eight families from two local Lutheran churches struck out in faith to plant a new congregation in a corn field in the burgeoning town of Millard, NE. Now, 45 years later, that same congregation, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, is seeking to plant new “Seeds of Hope” in a soybean field about three miles away.
Campaign Enters Next Phase
The Seeds of Hope capital campaign began last May when focus group meetings were held for members to learn about our future plans. Survey results from these meetings encouraged us to move forward with the campaign. Starting in July, pastors and lay leaders began visiting families, and a kickoff event was held Sept. 30. Our goal was to make a personal visit to every member family in the congregation. Our team of visitors has worked hard, and have secured 100 pledges in the amount of $1,434,000 as of the end of February. About a dozen callers have been making these visits. It is not feasible for this number of callers to meet with every family in a reasonable time frame. If you have not been contacted by one of our callers and would like a personal visit, please call the church and let Kathy or Susan know. We’ll set one up.
We are going to make a broad appeal now. During the week of March 11, each family that has not been called upon will receive a letter from the church. This letter will include a brochure that explains each element of the campaign, and a pledge card. On Sunday, April 7, we will have Commitment Sunday, where each family will be asked to bring their completed pledge cards forward during the offering time during the service.
Our goal for this campaign is to raise $3 million. This would allow us to retire the debt on our current building and the land at 168th and Giles, remodel the lower level of our current building to expand our preschool and add daycare, and fulfill our pledge of $150,000 to the Nebraska District LCMS for their remodeling projects.
Thank you to everyone who has pledged to the campaign, and to everyone who has worked on the campaign!
Kevin Lammers and Stuart Bartruff
The official Seeds of Hope Campaign Kickoff was celebrated September 30th, 2018 at Millard South High School. A worship service, campaign program and meal were held to commemorate Divine Shepherd's 45th Anniversary - offering an opportunity to remember our roots while moving forward in hope.
After a thorough review of project needs, solutions and congregational input, including 17 focus group meetings, a favorable feasibility study was delivered to the Board of Directors. On June 19th the group unanimously voted to immediately begin the “Seeds of Hope” Capital Campaign and form a steering committee.
From Pastor Mark
Continuing to extend the impact and influence of the Gospel message to this part of Omaha is an important part of the aggressive vision of the church.
“This initiative is critical to the continued growth and outreach of a church that has a long history of reaching into the community. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for our new Family Campus as we take another leap of faith and plant Seeds of Hope in a new, promising location."
The Seeds of Hope Capital Campaign seeks to fund four unique projects - all of which are pressing needs that align with our mission and directly affect our community and state.
There exists a very real and growing need for quality, Christian child care in the increasingly developed area between Millard and Gretna.
In an effort to engage with this growing community Divine Shepherd plans to develop this 15 acres of farm ground with programs focused on supporting families. First, establishing a Christian child care center. Then, as the property continues to develop, additional features such as outdoor sports fields and even a new satellite worship location for Divine Shepherd could be added.
All construction at the new Family Campus is part of a master plan produced over the last year in partnership with BVH Architecture, a local company with extensive background in religious and educational structures. The greenfield location, already owned by the church, will see extensive infrastructure development before construction begins.
Little Lamb Preschool Re-imagination
In addition to constructing a new facility at the Family Campus, Divine Shepherd’s main campus at 15005 Q St. will be renovated to add a childcare option to the Little Lamb Preschool which has been in operation since 1984. This will enable working parents to have child care options throughout the day, which is a well-documented need in this area according to industry professionals in the congregation.
While taking care of the needs at both campuses, the church Board of Directors has also committed to supporting important renovation plans at both the LCMS Nebraska District Office in Seward, NE and the University Lutheran Chapel on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn More