January is Sanctity of Life Month and we observe Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 22nd.
This year we again partner with Essential Pregnancy Services of Omaha to make a difference in the lives of at-risk mothers and their unborn and newly born children. EPS is our Mission of the Month for January. We are collecting diapers for children newborn to age 2, as well as baby bottles, diaper cream, onesies 18-24 mo. long sleeve; pullups sizes 2T -5T, silicone teethers, sippy cups, thermometers and toys for babies and toddlers. Cash donations are also much appreciated. Life is a gift from the Lord. Psalm 139:13-18 reminds us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made."
The EPS Banquet is scheduled for February 23, 2023 at the CHI Center in Omaha. For those who would like to attend, please get the date on your calendar, and look in the Messenger for more information in the coming weeks.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine