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Murdock News July 19, 2017

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Vacation Bible School

Last week Trinity Lutheran Church held their Vacation Bible School. The theme was Rooted in Christ and they learned about being rooted in Christ and watering their faith with the love of Jesus and church. TrinityLuthern VBS 2017

On Sunday they sang "This Little Seed of Mine" at the beginning of service (sorry no video, I was playing the piano) a rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" and displayed their art, potted plants Here is Ellie Stroy with her decorated pot.

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The Trinity Lutheran Youth Fellowship groups also met with parents to plan the activities for the upcoming year. They have quite a vibrant group and have a lot of fun during the year. Some of their past activities include:

  • Laser Tag 
  • Escape Room
  • Salt Dogs Ball Game 
  • Game Night 
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Ice Skating
  • National Trip to Higher Things

Want to get involved? Talk to Pastor Kuhlman or any member of the church for more information. 

Join us at Trinity Lutheran Church l every Sunday at 9:15 for breakfast (yes, we have a variety of breakfast items from casseroles, fruit, cheese, coffee, and donuts EVERY Sunday) then attend our Adult Bible Study presented by Pastor Kuhlman while the kids go off to their classes. 

All are welcome!

Give the gift of life

Red Cross Blood Drive

Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA will be hosting at the high school in Murdock. 

Monday, August 7th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Of course walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment for a specific time.   Right now there are 56 slots open! 

If you have an account on the Red Cross you can schedule your appointment on the website or you can call the FCCLA adviser Lisa Hynes at 867-2167 or the school at 867-2341.

Not only do blood donations help to save lives, but they also help us earn scholarship opportunities for EM seniors. 

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Sunday Schedule 

9:15 Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Divine Service  

Listen to the weekly sermon anytime at Pastor Brent Kuhlman's Blog

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Murdock United Methodist Church

Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday

Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30

(dismissed from worship following the "Children's Chat")

Murdock Business Space for Rent

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 Over 1900 square ft available. This space can work for just about any business type. 3 separate entrances, ADA Compliant, a patio area, bar/counter, kitchen area, men's and women's bathrooms, and a modern fire/sprinkler system to meet today's codes. Affordable rent, based on the term of lease and business type. Please share and let's find another business for Murdock!

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 Area & Community News

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Fresh Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, and even herbs (basil, mint)

Saturdays from 8:00 am - 11:00 am

ECLIPSE 2017!!!

On Monday, August 21st at approximately 11:25 AM we will find ourselves on the edge of a rare celestial event, a total eclipse of the sun.

This is unique because it will travel through the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina, dissecting Nebraska from Alliance in the Northwest corner to Falls City in the Southeast tip of the state.


Elmwood is located approximately 4 miles north of the “path of totality”. We will be able to see an eclipse where the moon will almost cover the sun completely.Elmwood Public Library is working with The Elmwood-Murdock School’s science teacher, Laura Stock, to give you the very best information and view-ability possible in our area.

We are planning two events which you and your family can have some hands-on activities to help make these events extra special.

Attend our “Solar Eclipse-2017 Family Night” informational activity at Elmwood Public Library 

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 pm. 


Monday, August 14th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School

Delve into the “facts & fiction” regarding the eclipse.

(There will be crafts and activities for children at both events)

Monday, August 21st 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Join us at the Library on Monday August 21st for the “Viewing Party”!

We are still working out the details so please keep checking in for further information!

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Cass County News and Events 

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Lofte Community Theatre

Quest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community TheatreQuest for ‘SPAMALOT’ at Lofte Community Theatre

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Pictured (From Left) Chris Berger, Aaron Spracklin, Benjamin Pettiford, Matthew Parker, Lowgaen Schmidt, Wade Mumford and Matthew Hansen are King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the Lofte Community Theatre’s upcoming production, “SPAMALOT."

Manley, NE [July 10, 2017] -  King Arthur and his knights are on a quest to find the Holy Grail and their search begins at the Lofte Community Theatre!  
The Broadway smash, ‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’ opens on the Lofte stage Friday, July 21.


 The stage musical is lovingly ripped from the 1975 cult classic film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”   Winner of three Tony Awards, ‘SPAMALOT’ retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.  But, in true Monty Python style, their adventure takes a silly spin.  The production features beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, plague-ridden peasants and rude Frenchmen.

 ’SPAMALOT’ originally ran on Broadway for three years and was seen by more than two million people.  

Popular songs from the show include, “The Song That Goes Like This,” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”  
Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production features Chris Berger of Louisville as King Arthur and Catherine Bobst of Lincoln as Lady of the Lake.  In 2016, they played leads Harold Hill and Marian Paroo in the Lofte’s production, “The Music Man.”  Sir Lancelot is played by Wade Mumford of Lincoln.  Aaron Spracklin of Elmwood shines as Sir Galahad.  Brave Sir Robin is brought to life by Matthew Parker of Papillion and Lowgaen Schmidt of Louisville is the humble Sir Bedevere. 
“These are some of the best voices in the area,” said Colbert.  “We’ve got a great cast and that should translate into a great show this summer.  Python is sort of check-your-brain-at-the-door humor, so folks can come and just laugh.”  Colbert does mention that there is some mild adult humor and suggests a PG-13 rating.   

Show dates for ‘SPAMALOT’ are July 21-23, 27-30 and August 4 and 5.  

Tickets are $19.  

Sunday, August 6 is already sold out so those interested in tickets should make their reservations soon.  

The Lofte is also offering a Medieval themed pre-show luncheon, complete with games and entertainment available for purchase on Sunday, July 23 and 30.  Advance reservations are required for the meal.  The Lofte box office can be reached at 402.234.2553, or tickets can be purchased online at  

Auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community

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Theater auditions for ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Lofte Community Theatre
Manley, NE [July 6, 2017] - The Lofte Community Theatre near Manley will be holding open auditions for its upcoming thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 at 7 pm.  

Artistic Director Kevin Colbert is looking for one woman, three men and one young girl to fill out the cast.

“Wait Until Dark,” is a classic thriller of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman imperiled by a trio of men in her apartment.  As night falls, Susan discovers that her blindness just may be the key to escape.  The play first debuted on Broadway in 1966 and was released as a major film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967. 
Production dates for the play are Sept 8-10 and 14-17.  Rehearsals will begin in mid-August.  Those wishing to audition should bring a list of possible schedule conflicts and be prepared to read from the script.  No experience is necessary, but actors should be prepared to work hard and have fun.  
The Lofte is located just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 50 in Cass County, near the town of Manley.

   Cass County Fair News

You are Invited to the Cass County 4-H Fair Kickoff

You are Invited to the Cass County 4-H Fair Kickoff

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm 

Cass County Fairgrounds in the Open Air Auditorium

8400 144th Street, Weeping Water, NE

Everyone is invited to join us for an awesome kickoff event at the Cass County Fair.  Come out to the fairgrounds to support and congratulate the exhibitors.  For the Cake Auction, 4H’ers make delicious baked items.  Each item has a minimum bid of $5.00.  

From the monies earned, ½ goes to the 4-H member or club selling the item.  The other ½ goes to the 4-H Council to fund programs, including:  camp and workshop scholarships, community service projects, Citizenship Washington Focus sponsorship, static exhibit prizes, contest prizes, and more yearly expenses.

 The 4-H Fashion Show and Awards program will follow the auction. Beautiful outfits, trophies & medallions will adorn the stage.A sneak peek of exhibits and REFRESHMENTS will be held for everyone in the 4-H Building following the program.  Silent Auction bids for Quilts made by 4-Hers will begin after the Awards Program.It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits. 

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It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about fair entries and exhibits. 

Quilt Raffle: Last year's special block contest was for quilt blocks using the colors of the Olympics since it was an Olympic year. The blocks were then made into a quilt to be raffled off at this year's county fair. Besides the blocks from the contest, there are 7 blocks which were signed by 2016 Olympic athletes who had Nebraska ties.

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Tickets will be for sale at the Fair Expo Building between August 8 and August 12, drawing to occur at 8:00pm the evening of August 12 in the Expo Building.One does not need to be there. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

If someone wants to buy tickets ahead of the fair, call Ramona Oehlerking at 402-429-8585. May have to leave a message.

Be aware that this year's contest (and next year's raffle quilt) is for 12 1/2" blocks of true blue and white. 2018 fair requirements will be 12 1/2" block of autumn colors.

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