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Murdock Nebraska News - December 9, 2020

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For the Love of Junk

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Last shopping day before Christmas

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One person's junk is another's treasure. Find memories of Christmas past and unique one of a kind gifts in Murdock at the Love of Junk. It is located just behind the gas station and is open on Saturdays from 9 am - 4:00 pm

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Holiday Extravaganza

Living Nativity Local Tradition

This year it is a drive-through experience, complete with a podcast telling the story of Jesus' birth.

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Learn through the animals how they participate, are mentioned in the Bible, and reflect God's creation. 

The 3B Homestead Living Nativity is the only event of it's kind in Nebraska, people drive in from all over the state to experience this unique event.  

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E-M Knights One-Act is STATE BOUND! 

For the first time in twenty-five years, Elmwood-Murdock high school has qualified for the Nebraska State One-act Play championships. This is the result of many hours of writing, rehearsal, construction, and choreography.

 This year’s play, “Quasi” is an original script based upon Victor Hugo’s, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Written by Gus Pope, Keri Hogue, Marcus Manley, and Molly Feile, the 30-minute show takes audiences on a journey from the bell tower of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral to the depths of the city’s catacombs and back again.

We see the sweet, but deformed Quasimodo put upon by his adoptive father, the evil Archbishop Frollo. In Quasi’s search for acceptance and love, we find that not all things (or people) are as they seem.

 Director Keri Hogue is assisted by Marcus Manley in bringing this production to the stage. The team has had to make several adjustments year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, all rehearsals were conducted while wearing masks. The only time a student could take off his/her mask is when they’re on stage during the competition.

As soon as they step into the wings, they put the mask back on until their next scene. By taking such careful precautions, the E-M team has successfully participated in four contests so far, collecting a string of hardware and acting awards along the way!

 The team won second place at a Norfolk invitational early in the year. They won first place at the York Invitational, second place at the ECNC conference at Palmyra, and last week earned District champion status at McCool Junction. By earning a first-place District placement, Elmwood-Murdock qualified to compete against the five other C-2 schools. Nebraska’s C-2 State Finals will be held in Norfolk on Thursday, December 10. We ask that the community collectively encourage these young artists to “Break Legs at State!”

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 Cast and Crew of “Quasi”

Karly Anderson, Noah Arent, Kaitlynn Ashlock, Wyatt Baker, Angela Brockhoff, Jack Deibert, Darienne Doll, Sophie Frank, Averi Hogue, Rylee Hogue, Ava Hohman, Michael Hynes, Hanna Josoff, Haylee Josoff, Madie Justesen, Nate Lockman, Rylan Meyer, Tucker Oehlerking, Marissa Oehlerking, Mallory Pavlik, Will Platt, Gus Pope, Lily Pope, Maggie Richter, Sela Rikli, Leo Rikli, Mia Rikli, Tessa Robertson, Riley Rose, Brianna Ross, Katelyn Stewart, Nolan Story, Jordan Vogler, Elly West, Riley Wilson, and Harlee Wilson. Others who helped immensely with this production are Mark Hogue, Jr., Tami Pleiss, and Gina Frank.

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The Murdock Lions Club would like to thank the community for supporting us again this year. Our main fundraiser (Lunch stand on the Fourth) did not happen, but we still managed to complete some of our goals.

In our November meeting each year we decide where to spend the monies that were raised in the year. This year we raised our donation to Cass County Food Bank in the amount of #300. We also donated $100 to the Murdock Fire Dept,. Lions Foundation $100, Outlook Nebraska $100, Leader Dogs $100, and Canine Companions $200.

In addition to these donations, we have pledged money to the community park fund as well as committing to three $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who stand out as community volunteers or do community service.

We also have been involved in the process of getting two students' eyeglasses where help was needed.

The Murdock Lions will once again do eye and hearing tests at theE-M school scheduled in December. This involves an all-day activity with equipment from the Nebraska Lions used for the screenings.

We would like to thank the surrounding communities for participating in our Peach & Pear sales this year. Weeping Water, Louisville, and Elmwood made several purchases which resulted in the most sales ever. We sold 158 boxes of peaches and 31 boxes of pears. We were very busy that day distributing the fruit that comes directly from the Colorado orchard. 

Our club will be putting up the town's Christmas trees again this year. This adds to the decorations the Murdock Fire Department also installs.

Our club is small but mighty. Please consider joining us. We meet on the third Monday of each month with a meal and a short meeting. Once again, a very big thank you to all of you who supported us this year.

Glimpse into Murdock History

Continuing with our new series to the weekly news.

During the 1950s Pastor Heim would document his home visits with parishioners by taking a photo. These are no ordinary photos, but COLOR photographs. In the 1950s this was almost unheard of then. It was cutting edge "technology". Thank you to Ramona Oehlerking for the video/images.

Sewing was not something done at Christmastime but all year. I wonder if Mrs. Heim made Christmas aprons, stockings, and other handsewn gifts for the Holidays?

Mrs R A Heim

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Advent Services  Divine Services (with social distancing)

Wednesday Evening Prayer 7:00 pm

December 9th

December 16th

December 23rd

Sunday Divine Services (with social distancing)

 8:00 am Divine Service 

9:15 am - Sunday School for children and adults

10:30 am Divine Service

Contact Pastor Kuhlman via text, email or phone call (402-867-4048 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a seating assignment. 

Pastors sermons can be watched on The Trinity Lutheran Church Murdock Vimeo Channel

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

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Regrettably, although in the best interest of all of our patrons and performers, due to the covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel all shows for the foreseeable future.

It's our hope that 2021 brings good health to everyone and we can reopen to get back to some good ol' country music with our friends.

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Note: A poster for this year’s call for submissions is attached. For more information, contact Michael Howie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.984.9408.

(Hastings, Nebraska) – The deadline for middle and high school students to enter the Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards is December 15, 2020. Students age 13 and above residing in all 93 counties within the state of Nebraska are eligible.

Students are invited to submit original work in any of the Awards’ writing categories, including personal essay, journalism, flash fiction, and poetry. For details on the program and how to submit writing, go to

“We are excited to be sponsoring the Scholastic Writing Awards again this year, as it is a wonderful way to recognize and encourage creative student voices,” said Dr. Benjamin Waller, an associate professor in and chair of the Hastings College Department of Languages and Literatures. “Reading entries last year was such a joy, and we are looking forward to evaluating the works submitted from across the state this year, and announcing the award recipients.”

Hastings College and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers encourage students to submit their work, and the two will provide support to educators, students, and parents during the submission process. Hastings College faculty and students will judge entries and notify top recipients in January 2021, and then organize a regional awards ceremony in the spring.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, established in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, the founder of Scholastic Inc., identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience.

All works are blindly adjudicated based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice, first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by a panel of industry experts.

Students at the regional level will be awarded an Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key distinction. Gold Key work will then advance to national adjudication to receive Gold Medals or Silver Medals. Top national award recipients may also receive scholarships, and educators of national award recipients may also receive cash awards.

Annually, the Alliance partners with individuals, foundations, and corporations to offer scholarship opportunities for students in certain categories or addressing particular themes. National Medalists’ works are then published in national publications and on the Alliance’s website, Select writing is published in The Best Teen Writing annual anthology.

The Alliance strives to teach young students to develop a strong creative capacity along with celebrating the role of art and literature in society. 

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The Lofte Community Theatre is canceling their Christmas production of Making Spirits Bright.

But there is some good news! We will be offering the production online, free of charge as our Christmas present to the community.  In the week before Christmas we will have detailed information on how to access and view this delightful production from the comfort of your home.

The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and cast are important to us.  Since we can't all gather together at the barn we hope you will enjoy the online presentation

If you have any questions please contact us at 402-234-2553.

Kevin Colbert, Artistic Director

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