November 2020  Issue 67   Vol. 1
I started it just the week after I had received it as a Christmas present from one of our daughters.  It was a challenge I couldn’t resist since I am a jigsaw puzzle aficionado. The box showed a 48”X12” grandfather clock, with a  live battery powered clock works set into the appropriate spot on the finished product.
The clock had a plethora of beautiful moldings, each of which was complicated in itself. To make it more interesting the colors of the clock were just slightly varied shades of dark brown, black, and maroon. And, because of the shape of the clock, there were 10 outside corner pieces and six inside corner pieces that fit into roughly 9 feet of “edge” pieces. 

Well, I spent quite a few cold winter nights with very little progress. Finally, as spring came, I had to quit and admit defeat—for now. That was two years ago, but I am going to try again this winter.  Who knows, I may find the right place for each little piece of the puzzle.

As I was contemplating the second assault on that box of complicated pieces, I began thinking about puzzles in general. Did you know that the first puzzles were made by map makers?  It started in 1760 as they glued their maps to pieces of wood and cut them into smaller sections so that generals or explorers could transport them more readily.  That very practical idea morphed into today’s variety of puzzles that meet a greater variety of abilities and interests.

As you know each piece in a jigsaw box is unique, having been cut to fit into a specific place in the finished product. The distinctiveness of each piece is what I want to focus on in this Nugget.

Children of God, all believers, are individually unique. We are chosen and selected by God for a specific purpose. As God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 

Like puzzle pieces we were made by God to fit into that special and specific place in God’s kingdom. But, that’s about where that analogy ends, as awesome and wonderful as is that concept. 

Unlike jigsaw puzzle pieces, that fit in a precise location filling their own portion of the whole scenario, believers aren’t meant to just sit and fit, enjoying their perfect spot in the environment.

God’s message to Jeremiah said he was chosen for a specific purpose, that of an office, a prophet. Paul tells us that same thing in the relatively more contemporary setting of the New Testament. Inspired by God, Paul says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God had prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

God’s expectation of us is that we use the gifts He has given us to build His Kingdom on earth. The ever familiar “Great Commission” tells us in Matt 28:19-20 “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

I may or may not find that specific spot for each piece of my grandfather clock puzzle, but I am sure that God will bless me so that I serve His specific purpose for me in the time He has planned for me on this earth. My prayer is that each of you can identify with this thought.

One closing thought: According to the Alzheimers Association, solving jigsaw puzzles helps stave off Alzheimers disease : )
Stan Fehlhafer
We're gathering food donations to prepare Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need within our congregation and our community. You can donate the following: 
  • A turkey, potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables, gravy, pumpkin pies, dinner rolls, etc.
Donate up to and including the morning of Sunday, November 22nd. We'll prepare the baskets that morning, and make deliveries after the 9:30 service. All deliverers will be required to wear masks during the deliveries.

If you'd like to deliver baskets, please contact 
Kevin & Sarah Kohlhof 402.540.8514.

All services are up and running!  Social distancing and masks are encouraged.  


HELPING HANDS is here to help you, be it light household chores, simple repairs, or late season lawn work. Call  402-489-3024 and let us know how we can serve.

STAY IN SHAPE FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME! Join us via zoom for a chair-based 45-minute class.  Led by Kris Costello, Messiah's Mindful Movement class is conducted each Friday at 11 am.  Enjoy exercise and relaxation while focusing on God’s Word.  Call or text Kris at 402.416.3600.

 November 14 is a special “project” day.  On that day, a number of churches will be sending members to help prepare the area for the winter chills and YOU are invited to join in this special effort! Little by little the residents, through the help of thousands of volunteers, are seeing that they will soon be able to return to their beloved homes.  Thanks to the love and efforts of many, this ministry effort continues to move forward.  To sign up for November 14th and other service dates, please contact Roxie Stork 402.450.604 or Barry Radebaugh 402.440.9109.
  • Issues, Etc. is a weekly syndicated radio talk show and podcast. The program features expert guests and expansive topics while extolling Christ. Hosted by Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Jeff Schwarz. 
  • Senior Downsizing Guide:  This website offers a helpful guide to help you downsize and find the place that best fits your changing needs.   
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Nebraska:  OLLI is a membership-based lifelong learning program for adults 50+ years. OLLI offers non-credit courses, events, travel opportunities and lectures. Hear from outstanding speakers and instructors. No tests. No grades. OLLI is all about the joy of learning.
  • Your Daily Spiritual Lift Video:  Short video messages of encouragement that will give you a biblical lift for your day! 
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." 2 Corinthians 9:11

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." Psalm 28:7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." Psalm 28:7

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." 1 Timothy 4:4-5
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