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Feeling Blessed During Coronavirus Crisis

My feeling since last week has changed. I am no longer worried or dismayed. Why? Because of our community and the amazing resilience of the American people. While many people across the country are hiding and cowering in fear, this is NOT what we do. 

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In the past week, people have volunteered to shop for those who need to stay at home due to age or are immune suppressed. Many restaurant businesses are adapting and changing their business model to deliver or offer curbside service. In response, customers are going out of their way to support their efforts. In fact, last Friday The Quonset was sold out of the Fish Special when I called. 

Our local teachers have started doing Zoom live classes and the kids are so excited to see their teacher and classmates.

What is the long term result of this nationwide conference? As Pastor Kuhlman (from Trinity Lutheran) said last week in his video sermon, it is similar to the blind man who could not see. He washed and then could see again. In many ways, we have become blind to the blessings around us, blind to the gifts of family, teachers, community, and our freedom to attend church services. 

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After this, when the travel restrictions are lifted we will that more grateful every time we eat at a local restaurant, attend communion

Coronavirus 2020

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Elmwood -Murdock Area

Cancellations, Postponements, Modifications

Bess Streeter Aldrich House - no open hours, annual Spring Banquet, or educational workshops

Community Center - sack lunches provided, March Monday Night Out Canceled, other activities canceled

3B Homestead - Journey to the Cross, postponed

Murdock Fire Department - Pancake Feed canceled

Hilary Johnson Dance Studio - closed, see live classes 

EMMA March Meeting - canceled

Elmwood Library - Closed, WATCH LIVE book readings on Facebook

Bit's N' Pieces - closed


The Quonset Bar & Grill - CARRY OUT ONLY

Round the Bend Steakhouse RTB - Area Delivery & Curbside Available

Trinity Lutheran Church (Murdock) - Full services canceled until April 30th. See communion options

St. Paul United Methodist Church - in-person services CANCELLED, ONLINE SERVICES live on Facebook

School Events 

Cheer Clinic - canceled, stayed tuned for more info on tryouts

NSAA events canceled including speech, FBLA, FCCLA, etc 

Area Locations

B's Dinner (Louisville) - closed

Coop de Ville & Feathers (Louisville) - closed 

Patina Joe (Eagle) OPEN for Curbside service

Bailey's Local - (Eagle) ORDERING ONLINE

 There is hope, and our community comes together to support one another. 

American Exchange Bank

American Exchange Bank will limit lobby & office access at our Elmwood and Eagle locations to “by appointment” only as a precautionary measure beginning today. We ask that you use our drive-through lanes, ATM machines, and Online Banking systems for standard banking business during this time. We will also accept appointments by phone for business requiring lobby access or in-office visits.

This temporary restriction is made out of an abundance of caution in response to a Directed Health Measure issued by Governor Pete Ricketts last week affecting Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties. We simply wish to do anything we can to help prevent the potential spread of the virus over the coming weeks. These changes will remain in place until April 30th, coinciding with the Governor’s guidance.

Please be assured we remain ready to serve ALL of your banking needs; just in a slightly different way for now. If you or someone you know requires special accommodations to conduct banking business during this time, please let us know and we will help any way we can.

We greatly appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time. Please feel free to call the bank at (402)994-4000 if you have any questions.


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Take It Or Leave It Pantry

You may have forgotten about the Elmwood Take-it-or-Leave food pantry, but it is even more important than ever. Many in our community are going to have children at home who have depended on school lunches and the BackPack program for weekend supplemental nutrition. 

The free pantry is here to serve our community. It is for neighbors helping neighbors. 

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Those who wish to contribute may do so at their discretion when convenient. Take what you need or leave what you can. If the box if full please bring your items back later. So what should you contribute? During this coronavirus situation, there will be an increased need for healthy snack items for kids. Obviously items like toilet paper, sanitizer may be needed by many. 

Please avoid harsh strong-smelling chemicals that may transfer to food items. 

Here are some ideas that may be useful:

  • Pasta
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned soup
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Dry pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Dry soup mixes
  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna etc)
  • Boxed prepared meal kits

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The 24-hour pantry is located on the west side of the Village office on west C Street, behind Bits N Pieces and at the entrance of the Elmwood Meat Plant.  

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With the closing of Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools this week because of COVID-19, we are closing the church and the Sonshine Daycare Center. The closing is effective March 16-22nd. There will be no church meetings, Lenten Study or live worship this week. We will continue to reach out as much as possible this week
Contact Pastor Michelle if you have any questions, concerns, needs or just want to talk. 

Update and weekly videos can be found on our Facebook page

Next Nutrition Event

 This has been postponed for now.

400 West G Street

Elmwood, NE  68349

Church services and SonShine Day Care is closed due to COVID-19

The daycare phone is 402-994-2384.

Pastor Michelle Chesnut

Cell Phone 402-314-7988  Church Phone: 402-994-6735

E-mail: stpaulelmwood@gmail.com

 Website:  elmwoodmurdockumc.com 


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Reminder, if you’re leery to go out, but need something to read, try either the Libby or Overdrive app. Use your card # and the PIN number (streeter) to see available titles online.

It's easy to get a library card and borrowing electronic books can be done on your tablet or Kindle. It's an easier process. Anyone can be a library member. Even if you live in another town or state. Did you grow up here and want access to thousands of free books. 

It's just $10.00. Really. When you are visiting stop by and find out how to become a member. 

Access digital media! Audiobooks, eBooks, magazines! There's a new library app called, "Libby" to help you with all of your things. Works much easier than OverDrive! Try it out on your phone, computer or other device today!

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Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media. 


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When your group or club meets for an event, take some photos and send them to me with a summary of what was happening and I'll post them here in the Elmwood Newsletter. 

Readers want to see involvement in and around our village.  It not only helps to promote our town, but it could create interest in joining your group.

Be sure to check the calendar to the right for upcoming events, also.

Send your updates, announcements, and photos of the events, at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

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The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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Due to the health alerts and the changes in our day-to-day living right now and the restrictions the city of Omaha has placed on how many people can gather at one time we have changed the April 1 JOB FAIR to be a drive-thru job fair instead of a face-to-face hiring event.

We will be having a DRIVE-THRU job fair from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 7007 Grover Street in Omaha.
Simply drive-thru the designated area in the parking lot at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 70th & Grover and you will receive a bag full of job opportunities.

The employers will provide their flyers, applications, brochures, etc. and all the information will be in the bags. You can then go home and go through all of the material and apply with the instructions each employer has provided.

Employers are still hiring and they need you now even more than ever.

Remember you can still find great jobs:
www.jobfairsNebraska.com JOBS board. Click on the JOBS tab and see all the employers who have jobs posted on the site. Click on the company you are interested in and you will be directed right to their open job postings. Now, you can even click on their logo and be directed right to that company's website. Fast, easy and great jobs!
EBLAST. We send out monthly emails to every registered job seeker about upcoming job fairs in the community. And from time to time employers will provide us information to send out by email to all of the registered job seekers about their open positions. Go to www.jobfairsNebraska.com and click on job seeker information and submit your email so you can be added to our database now.

questions? email jobsguide@jobfairsNebraska.com www.jobfairsNebraska.com


State of Nebraska

Office of State Treasurer John Murante

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2020

NEST529 “Why I Want to Go to College” Writing Sweepstakes Now Open

(Lincoln) For the 18th year, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and the Omaha Storm Chasers will be sponsoring the “Why I Want to Go to College” writing sweepstakes, with entries due Friday, March 27, 2020.

Prizes will be awarded to 12 winners who will receive contributions to the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings accounts – including $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Three winners will be chosen from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional districts, and three winners will be chosen from outside Nebraska.

Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the Sunday, May 3rd Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion at 2:05 p.m. where they will be recognized during the game.

“This event is such a highlight of just how inspiring the NEST529 program can be. It is a wonderful way to challenge students to focus on their goals, improve their writing skills, and learn the importance of saving for their education. I’m looking forward to meeting the winners and their families at Werner Park,” said State Treasurer John Murante.

Families can save for college for their children and grandchildren through NEST529, the state-sponsored 529 college savings program that allows for tax-free investments and tax-free qualified withdrawals. Nebraska account owners can qualify for up to $10,000 a year in state income tax deductions.

Students are asked to reflect on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries are limited to 750 words and should be sent to Andrea Bedore, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.

Information about the writing sweepstakes is available on the Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/.

About NEST 529
NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 275,000 accounts, including over 89,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Investment Option


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