Weeping Water Nebraska

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter! 


Easter Reflections

With OUR EYES we see
The beauty of Easter
As the earth awakens once more.

With OUR EARS we hear
The birds sing sweetly
To tell us spring again is here.

With OUR HANDS we pick
The golden daffodils
And the fragrant hyacinths.

But only with OUR HEARTS
Can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD'S LOVE
Which redeems all men.

And only with OUR SOUL
Can we make our 'pilgrimage to God'
And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.

by Helen Steiner Rice






April 3, 2010

11:00 a.m.


Weeping Water Football Field

For Children thru 4th grade


Sponsored by the Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce

Advertising paid for in part with funds from a Cass County tourism grant






The Weeping Water Alumni Association is requesting your help.  They are in the process of compiling a complete list of addresses and e-mail addresses (if possible) of every graduate of Weeping Water Public School.  So look through your phone, blackberry, planner, address book, Facebook account, or any other place that you may have information about your friends and former classmates and forward that information to Kim (Sisson) (Schreiner) Kastens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This information helps the Alumni Association contact our alumni concerning the yearly Alumni Banquet (always held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) and other important events at the school. 

Please remember, the cost of mailing this information to our alumni has increased tremendously recently and any donations would be greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions, please e-mail Kim Kastens at the address listed above.  Thank you for your help!




Update on Recycling for Weeping Water

            The "Cass County Going Green" program continues to move forward in its recycling efforts.  As part of a recycling and litter reduction grant received, communities participating in the county wide program will be provided with recycling trailers on a scheduled basis.

            The trailer will be located in Weeping Water North Elm Street (at the end of the street between the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Meeske's Housewares store) on the following dates:

            Saturday, March 27      -Friday, April 2

            Saturday, April 17        -Friday, April 23

            Saturday, May 1           -Friday May 7

            Saturday, May 22         -Friday, May 28

            Saturday, June 12         -Friday June 18

            Saturday, July 3            -Friday July 9

            Saturday, Aug 7           -Friday Aug 13

            Saturday, Aug 28         -Friday Sept 3

            Saturday, Sept 18         -Friday, Sept 24

            Saturday, Oct 2            -Friday, Oct 8

            Saturday, Oct 23          -Friday, Oct 29

            Saturday, Nov 13         -Friday, Nov 19

            Saturday, Dec 11         -Friday, Dec 17


            Trailers will close at Noon on Fridays or whenever full.

            To learn more about the Cass County Recycling Program go to http://www.cassne.org/.






Pollock and Carp
Chicken Gizzards & Livers

Friday, April 2, 2010
5:30 p.m.
$7.00 per person

American Legion

Carryout Available




Weeping Water First Congregational United Church of Christ 

An original "Living Last Supper" will be presented Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010, at First Congregational Church in Weeping Water at 7:30 p.m.  The original script, written by Pastor Mary McQueen, uses three readers (one you regularly see at Loft Theater productions,)  and depicts Jesus actually washing the feet of the disciples.  As each disciple enters,  the readers tell the story of their calling to be a disciple and their life after Jesus is crucified.
The script was first written by Pastor Mary when she and her husband were working in The Church Within the Walls ministry in the South Dakota High Security Men's Penitentiary.  They wanted to present the story of Jesus' last night on earth, using the inmates as the disciples.   They were allowed only one hour to enter the prison, put on the presentation, serve communion, and leave.  So Pastor Mary  (who has published several books and articles on teaching the Bible in creative ways,) wrote the script to allow for readers from the outside.  A Jesus and Judas were brought in from the "outside" as well.
Pastor Mary says,  "The first time we presented the Living Last supper, God blessed us in many ways.  We brought "Jesus" (a man named Jim) from the "outside."  The inmates volunteered anonymously.  As Jesus (Jim)waited at the front of the auditorium with his arms outstretched, welcoming the first "disciple," we all realized that the inmate playing the part of Peter was the man who had murdered Jim (Jesus) neighbor girl.  Jim said he had prayed to minister to these men, and for a second his arms faltered as he kept them open in welcome for the man.  About halfway down the center aisle, the man recognized Jim, and his steps faltered briefly, but as he saw Jim welcoming him in love, he walked on down, embraced Jesus, and sat down for Jesus to wash his feet.
"At times like these,"  Pastor Mary writes,  "we all are reminded that we are all merely sinners living in the grace of God's forgiveness.  I don't think any one of us were able to control tears for the rest of the production.   Every time we present this script, God has blessed us in many ways."
"Jesus" for this presentation is another of the Loft actors whom most will recognize.  There is no charge for the production, though persons are asked to bring a can of food to donate to needy families at Easter.  Jesus will begin Holy Week at FCCUCC on Palm Sunday, when he will lead the children into the sanctuary to the words of "The King is Coming!" as he walks down the aisle to pick up his "crown of thorns" for later in the week.  Everyone is welcome.


Dr, James McReynolds will preach the resurrection Sunday sermon at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Weeping Water.
Lataunya Riley, alcohol and drug counselor for Valley Hope and spiritual singer will sing.
Easter Sunday Sunrise services will againl be held on the north area of Weeping Water Ballfield Stadium at sunrise.  Michelle Daniels will lead the worship.  Breakfast at the church will follow. 
On Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m., "One Voice" will give the church's first Community Gospel Concert.  See First Christian Church's website www.forministry.com/USNEUMETCVFJVF  for sermons, profile of the church, information on the pastor and the many outreach ministries.


First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series

 One Voice from Kansas City

April 3, Saturday @ 7PM

Free Admission w/ Love offering taken


 Weeping Water First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series starts with an awesome concert on April 3, Saturday at 7PM featuring One Voice.  Since it's humble beginnings as a church duet in 1995, One Voice has always had as it's goal to share the gospel of Christ through song.  Over the years, that goal has been met over and over as hundreds have chosen Christ as Savior through this ministry, and thousands of others have been blessed through the music of One Voice.
     Realizing that their ministry is not just to the congregations, One Voice has as a major goal to uplift and encourage pastors all over the United States and abroad.  As the song says, if "just one more soul were to walk down the aisle," it would be worth every effort made on that behalf.  Our pastors need support, and the guys are determined to do just that.
     The guys see their mission as just that, missions.  Musical missions.  Hearts can truly be inspired, uplifted, and changed through music.  The guys don't take this responsibility lightly, and they choose their music carefully because of that understanding.  The power of music is truly awesome, and God sets great store by it. One Voice from Kansas City area have deep roots in Southern Gospel, and it comes out in their traditional Southern Gospel style. The concert is free admission and will be located at the First Christian Church, 306 W. H St. with a love offering taken for the ministry. For more information contact 402-269-5508 or www.one-voice-music.com




 "Having A Wonderful Time"

at Mahoney State Park 

Spring is in the air!  The roads are clear, the birds are singing and there's a new wild comedy opening at Mahoney State Park.  "Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her," is a wild bedroom comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Millmore.  These playwrights have given us such favorites "Love, Sex and the I.R.S," "Suitehearts," and "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect." 
Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Having a Wonderful Time," is filled with double standards, midnight rendezvous and a hungry bear. Danny and Kathy halt their night of passion when Kathy reveals she is dating another man. Paul and Jennifer are frustrated because she is reluctant to cheat on her husband.  Danny and Paul are best friends and soon both the confusion and hilarity ensue.  If you don't like to laugh, you'd better stay away from this one.  We suggest PG13 for some adult situations.
Performance dates are March 13-14, 19-21, 26-28, April 3, 9-11 and 16-18.  Curtain times on Fridays and Saturdays is 7:30pm; Sundays are 2pm matinees.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children twelve and under.  Dinner theater packages are available.  Reservations can be made by calling the park office at (402) 944-2523 ext. 7122.  A state sticker or day pass is required to enter the park.


Auditions at Lofte Community Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley will be holding auditions for "Heaven Can Wait" on April 5 and 6 at 7pm.  There are seven principal character parts available for men and women ages 20 and up.  Eleven minor parts are available for men and women ages 18 and up.  Everyone, including those with little or no theater experience, are encouraged to participate.
"Heaven Can Wait" revolves around the young boxer-in-training, Joe Pendleton who refuses to admit that he is dead.  After checking the records, his escort Mr. Jordan discovers that Joe is right.  He's not supposed to arrive for 60 more years.  After his manager cremates his body, Joe's spirit is forced to find a home within the wealthy Jonathan Farnsworth who is about to be murdered by his wife.  Several good parts available.   
Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert states that auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  No advance preparation is necessary.  Performance dates are May 28-30, June 4-6 and 10-13.  More details in regards to the show and the cast list can be found on the Lofte's website, www.Lofte.com .




      The Weeping Water Women's Club will hold their annual Guest Day Tea on

Tuesday,  April 6 at 2:00 p.m.

at the Weeping Water United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. 

There is no charge.

Wear a hat and bring a tea cup.

Refreshments will be served.    

For additional information call Addie Idler at 267-5562.


Are you thinking Spring? Flowers? Fresh Veggies?

Then help support the Louisville Fireman's Auxiliary raise money by attending our plant sale.

We are raising money to help with scholarships and other things we do.

Plants are locally grown in Fremont, from Janet's Jungle.

We are taking pre-orders till April 19th

You can contact for an order sheet or questions:
Candy McClun 234.4995

Teri McClun 234.4161


Plants will be available for pick up May 1st at the Fire Hall from 9am-3pm.


If you don't pre-order you can still stop by and check them out as we will have plants that day for you to purchase.






Your Vote Could Impact the State Budget


March 26, 2010, Lincoln- This month the legislature made further adjustments to the 2009-2011 state budget and continued discussions about the financial challenges Nebraska will face during the next two-year budget cycle.

Last year the Appropriations Committee made extensive use of federal stimulus funds to create the 2009-2011 state budget. Despite the initial conservative approach to crafting the new budget, continuing declines in state revenue required additional changes to be made. During the budget-cutting special session in November, the legislature approved a five percent cut for most state agencies. An additional two percent across-the-board cut was made this month, with the knowledge that by next year, these cuts alone will not be enough to balance the 2011-2013 budget. With predictions of a $675 million and possibly up to a $1 billion deficit, the legislature will have to look at more and deeper spending cuts, and transferring money from the cash reserve fund. In order to address such an unprecedented shortfall, policy makers and citizens alike will have to become more creative in their thinking about how to reduce state spending and generate more revenue.

One example of this type of creative thinking is LR 284CA, offered this session by Hastings Senator Dennis Utter. This proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate the state treasurer's office. Why, you might ask, should this office, which has existed since 1855 before Nebraska became a state, be eliminated now? The answer is: money. Before introducing LR 284CA, Senator Utter's office confirmed that eliminating the state treasurer's office would result in a savings of about $3.4 million. While the office of the treasurer would be eliminated by this proposal, the duties that are now performed by the office would still be provided to the citizens of Nebraska. The duties would simply be transferred to other state agencies that already handle similar responsibilities.

In Nebraska the treasurer receives and disburses most of the money that comes into state government. The treasurer also deals with unclaimed property, administers the college savings program, handles child support collections and disbursements, and manages the state's long-term care savings plan. These duties would be transferred to other state agencies, such as the Departments of Revenue and Administrative Services. The directors of these departments have offered assurances to the legislature that they could assume these new duties without incurring additional costs.

LR 284CA would result in the elimination of at least four or five administrative positions and one elected position. Supporters say that the change would reduce duplication of services and save money. Opponents argue that it would remove a much-needed system of checks and balances over state funds, which is currently administered by a state official who is elected by the citizens of Nebraska. At least three previous attempts have been made to eliminate the state treasurer's office, but LR 284CA is the first proposal to be advanced by a committee for debate by the full legislature.

Several other states have eliminated their state treasurer's office. Nebraska is one of 37 states, in which the treasurer is elected by the voters. In the other states that have a treasurer, the individual who holds the office is elected or appointed by the state legislature, the governor or other designated officials.

LR 284CA has advanced to the third and final round of legislative debate. After its passage LR 284CA will become a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the November general election ballot. It will be approved or rejected by the citizens of Nebraska. If it is approved a four-year window of time will be allowed for the transfer of duties to other state agencies. The candidate who is elected in November to serve a four-year term as the state treasurer will be charged with the responsibility of overseeing the transfer of the duties of the office before his term in office ends.

Your vote on this important issue represents an opportunity for you to have a voice in shaping our state government and future state budgets.

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.

We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin

            State Capitol

            PO Box 94604

            Lincoln, NE 68509

            (402) 471-2613

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The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse

For folks who have never played a fiddle or violin, and are brave enough to try, come to the Schoolhouse Fiddle Workshop for Folks Who Have Never Fiddled.  Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt, will share some hints about beginning fiddling, shopping for a fiddle, reading music, playing by ear, etc.  Fiddles will be available for participants to play, and source lists and advice for further study will be provided.  The Workshop takes place on Saturday, April 3, 2009, 1 PM - 3 PM, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska.  Pre-registration is required, enrollement is limted, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18.  This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010.  Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.  Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at http://www.greenblattandseay.com/.

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Schoolhouse Performance Series on April 11, at 2:30, in Avoca, Nebraska, presents a family show suitable for all ages. Greenblatt & Seay's musical presentation, "Songs of the Sea and Other Watery Tales", features  a variety of water inspired songs while accompanying themselves on penny whistles, recorders, harmonica, banjo, guitar, folk harp, musical saw, and rain stick. There are songs about oceans, rivers, a canal, a bath tub, and even a dripping faucet.

Greenblatt & Seay, Master Artists with the Nebraska Arts Council, have over 30 years of experience  performing on many different musical instruments for audiences of all ages.

The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with Debby.  Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.


Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series on Sunday, May 9, at 2:30 PM, features Deborah Greenblatt & Friends in "The Feminist Manifesto".  Through the songs and writings of heroic women (and some liberated men) through the centuries, issues of civil rights and stereotypes will be explored.

Championship fiddler, Greenblatt, will be joined by her husband, David Seay, and a small ensemble of Schoolhouse Music Students.  The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.



Community Lenten and Holy Week Services
The 1rst Christian Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches of Louisville are holding their second anual Community Lenten and Holy Week Services. As we enter the time of Lent, we are mindful of the economic hardships many are going through as well as the new threat of terrorism striking within the United States. People are searching for meaning in life as well as hope and comfort and you are invited to join us as we follow Jesus to the cross. Jesus lived in difficult times while He was on earth. he understands our struggles, but brings us hope in the Gospel message. Each Service begins at 7PM
Here are the dates and places:
Holy Week:
April 1: United Methodist Church: Seder Meal with Communion
April 2: Good Friday (Meet outside Fire Station for the Cross Walk.) If unable to walk, wait @ Christian Church)

First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

304 Main St. PO Box 473 Louisville, NE. 68037  

Phone: 402 - 234 - 2130   Pastor Cathy Stander: 402 - 677 - 9606    



Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion

When:Saturday, April 10 2010

Where:Harmony School

6265 'Q' Road

Nebraska City, NE 68410

On April 10th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its 1st Annual Otoe County Rural Schools Reunion at Harmony School at 6265 'Q' Road, which is located 8 miles south of Nebraska City on Highway 75, and ½ mile west on ‘Q' road. Harmony School is a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1879, and was closed in 1997.  This reunion will include a coffee social and tour of the 130-year old rural schoolhouse. In addition, it will also give visitors a chance to assist our society in identifying numerous unidentified rural schoolhouse photographs from several different school districts throughout the county. The society has come into possession of these prized photographs through their Otoe County Courthouse Clean-up Project, in which these photographs were donated to the society by the Otoe County Clerk's office, and through other generous donations as well.  So please come join us at Harmony School and help us pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that these rural schoolhouses made in the education of our state's youth for the past 100 years now!


"The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's quarterly Genealogy Internet Workshop at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City on April 8th at 7:00 pm.  This workshop will cover how to utilize numerous websites on the Internet to assist you in your genealogical research.  The library has access to Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, both of which have online records of the U.S. Federal Census', and to thousands of other valuable databases as well.  So please come join us at the Morton-James Public Library, and bring along a copy of your family tree so you can fill in some of those missing gaps.
Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm, and our meeting location alternates every other month between the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, and the United Methodist Church in Syracuse. To learn more about the society, please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library for more information."






Wed., Mar. 31:

  • Steak & Pork Chop Dinner @ WW Congregational Church 5-8 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 1

  • Boys & Girls Sr. High Track @ Platteview @ 2:30 p.m.
  • "Living Last Supper" at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Weeping Water @ 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 2:

  • Fish Fry at the Weeping Water Legion Club @ 5:30 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 3:

  • Easter Egg Hunt in Weeping Water @ 11:00 p.m. at the ballfield
  • Concert @ First Christian Church in WW @ 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Apr. 4:

  • Easter Sunday

Mon., Apr. 5:

  • Auditions @ Lofte Theatre @ 7:00 p.m.

Tues., Apr. 6:

  • "Guest Tea Day" @ the United Methodist Church @ 2:00 p.m. 
  • Auditions @ Lofte Theatre @ 7:00 p.m.



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you would like to feature in the weekly

newsletter. I would love to include any

events, news, and/or pictures for the

community to enjoy. Thank you.



Dawn Randall

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