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A year has passed since the Faith Ambassadors Lutheran Parish formed.

Now, the parish is planning an event designed to give back to the area communities and recognize volunteers.

The public is invited to the “First Annual Community Homecoming Event,” starting at 6 p.m. April 28 at Mohr Auditorium, 650 County Road 13 Boulevard in Scribner.

“We wanted to do something special for our first anniversary and decided to ‘give back’ to the communities and let them know that the hard work of the many volunteers does not go unnoticed, that they, too, should be honored and celebrated,” said Donna Meyer, hospitality chair.

DeMoine Adams, a former Nebraska Cornhusker Blackshirt — now a TeamMates Mentoring Program director — will serve as a guest speaker as will Sue Kennedy, a TeamMates Mentoring northern regional coordinator.

The event will include live music featuring “The Front Porch Pickers,” and a wine and beer tasting (participants must be age 21 or over and there is a fee), a photo booth and the presentation of the “Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards.”

“We have received a lot of nominations for outstanding volunteers and look forward to honoring five of them with hopes of their friends, neighbors and family present,” Meyer said.

A freewill donation will be accepted for a light dinner that will be served.

The event will include a silent auction. All funds raised at the silent auction will go back to the surrounding community for future projects — one dream at a time.

Area residents are invited and an estimated 300 are expected to attend.

Families are invited to bring children to the event hosted by the Faith Ambassadors Lutheran Parish Hospitality Task Force.

The Faith Ambassadors Lutheran Parish officially formed during a celebration service a year ago in Hooper Auditorium and is the first Evangelical Lutheran Church in America parish of its kind in Nebraska.

Faith Ambassadors consists of five area churches.

The five area churches combined to form one parish after area residents realized that by working together a single parish with several worship centers (churches) could do more than one center by itself.

Basically, these five centers have become a larger church, but each one retains its own individuality. They each have their own Sunday worship services and Sunday schools, youth and women’s groups and property, but they can collaborate on projects and other ministries.

Members may go to any of these worship centers.

The worship centers are: St. John’s Lutheran Church Cuming County Line, St. John Ridgeley Lutheran Church and United Evangelical Lutheran Church, all of Scribner; St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Uehling and Redeemer Lutheran Church of Hooper,

While the parish isn’t a merger, it is a collaborative effort for sharing the Gospel. The churches collaborate on projects and ministries such as Psalm 150, a musical group comprised of students who attend the different churches.

During the celebration service a year ago, two pastors, the Rev. Joel Schroeder, the Rev. Nicki McIntyre, and one parish minister associate student Vicar Bob Ball were installed as Faith Ambassador Lutheran Parish clergy. Council members were installed as well.

The website at www.faithambassadors.org has more information about special and joint services, programs, Bible study, adult and youth education, service activities and fellowship opportunities.

Auction items for the homecoming event are still being accepted. To donate for the auction, call 402-704-6444 or 402-654-3835.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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