2022 Annual Report

Worship & Music

Short-term Choirs

Opportunities to sing in the Mixed Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus with only a few rehearsals provide easy entry-level ways for people to engage in choir.

Children's Choirs

Children in 3rd -5th grade also had the opportunity to sing in a short-term choir this summer and fall. These will continue to be offered in 2023.

Yankee Hill Bells

Southwood began a bell ministry in partnership with Yankee Hill Village (33rd & Yankee Hill) this past summer.

Short-term Handbell Ensembles

Throughout this past year handbells have been used in worship in a variety of ways including accompanying hymns and choir anthems.



95 New Members Received

A 70% increase from 2021. Discover Southwood classes offered in April and October.

Life Events:

  • 48 Baptisms
  • 16 Weddings (Includes off-site ceremonies)

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Adult Ministries


650 participants enjoyed the Women’s Spring Retreat, the Fall Festival and the Pride Picnic.


220 Small Group participants enjoyed the benefits of faith growth through group studies.

200 Fellowship Group participants enjoyed the benefits of social gatherings as part of our Widows/Widowers, Singles, Coffee Chats, MOPS and Seniors groups.

Sunday Morning Volunteers

681 volunteers welcomed attendees on Sunday mornings.

A Lunch & Learn event was held to show appreciation and provide updated training.


Children's  Ministries

Sunday School & Vacation Bible School

405 children registered for Sunday School

325 children registered for Vacation Bible School

Children's Ministries Volunteers

268 people made a difference in children's lives:

  • 60 Advent Festival Volunteers
  • 95 Sunday School Volunteers
  • 113 Vacation Bible School Volunteers

Multigenerational Playground Project Offering Outreach

  • 45 Volunteers built the playgrounds
  • $2,500 to fund the project
  • 4 Playgrounds built and delivered to deserving families

Gifted to our Third Graders

68 new student Bibles

Advent Festival

200+ children and family members attended


Youth Ministries

Middle School DELVE

220 students and 40 volunteers participated.

High School Youth Group

70 students participated in gatherings and/or retreats and mission trips.

32 students served in Sunday School.

10 students led DELVE groups for our middle school students.

Youth in Service

Between Sunday School, mission trips, and community service, our Youth have served a total of 3,000 volunteer hours for the sake of others.

30 students involved in Sunday Morning volunteer opportunities.

Young Adults

Took our first-ever Young Adult Global trip to our sister church in Honduras in March 2022 with 10 attendees.

2022 Missions

Serving alongside our community and global mission partners continues to be essential to the life of Southwood.

Volunteers gave more than 2,700 hours of their time and talents to serve in our community.

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Community Missions

Southwood's impact in our community:

  • Giving Trees provided $7,870 in gift cards in July and more than 800 gifts in December.
  • New Mobile Food Distribution at Southwood serves more than 300 families every other Tuesday.
  • Celebrations!
    • Southwood provided meal for a neighborhood picnic to celebrate The Gathering Place's 40th Anniversary.
    • Southwood provided matching funds for donations in celebration of Tabitha Meals on Wheels' 55th Anniversary. 

Global Missions

Southwood's impact in our world: 

  • Young Adult Team learned about our partners and the community of La Ceibita during their visit in March 
  • Connected to Bless Church & Ministry in La Ceibita
    • 4 homes built in villages of La Victoria and Casitas
    • Church is trying new things to engage more people in the community
  • Haley Janssen - Proniño Children's Home
    • One group of Proniño boys are moved into a new home
    • Haley shared a beautiful message with Southwood during Mission Sunday worship
  • Uswaa, Tanzania
    • Medical Clinic fully operational and staffed
      • Averaged 50 patients per day 
    • Construction has begun on new school building
      • Currently have 350 students enrolled in cramped spaces
  • Education Scholarship Program
    • 44 Students attending college or university programs
    • 21 Students attending secondary schools
    • 6 Students participated in Training for Life courses
    • 16 Students graduated college diploma or degree programs

Care Ministry

  • Prayer requests shared daily with our Prayer Team.
  • Healing Prayer services were offered quarterly.
  • Grief support offered through cards, brochures and books to over 65 families this year.
  • Care Team worship services offered monthly at 4 assisted living facilities in Lincoln.

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12 Funerals

Held at Southwood

Care Gifts Created

161 prayer shawls
66 baby blankets


Care Ministry hosted 3 congregational events in the Fall:

  • QPR (Suicide Prevention) Training
  • Internet Safety
  • Mental Health Awareness

Good Samaritan Fund

70 requests received

Supported 11 families

during Thanksgiving and Christmas (consistent with the last 3 years)

Giving to Southwood

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2022 Budget

95% of budgeted income received totaling $3.06 million

Lent & Easter Offerings

Over $28,000 received

100% dedicated to our global mission partners

Thanksgiving Offerings

$3,000 dedicated to our hunger mission partners

Christmas Offerings

$26,000 received and dedicated to our community mission partners

Good Samaritan Fund

$12,000 donated by Southwood members to this fund

Used to help people in financial need in our community

Senior Call Process

Southwood Lutheran is currently calling a new Senior Pastor. This is a special time in the life of our congregation. It is a time filled with hope and expectation, of questioning and consideration. It can also be a time of anxiety. As a congregation, we have the opportunity to work together to identify a leader for our church.

Call Process Phases