Basics of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

Luther Memorial is a congregation of the Nebraska Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Our particular interest as a community is creating a genuinely hospitable environment and helping people deepen in their spiritual maturity. Soul-full development is a high priority.

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The Rev. Carmala Aderman has been the Senior Pastor since the end of 2007.  She has a special interest in helping people grow deeper in the faith and discover how they can live that faith more effectively in the world. Pastor Aderman has an additional Master’s in Spirituality and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN.  With her encouragement, Luther Memorial has trained two more spiritual directors from the Nebraska Synod’s Institute for Spiritual Direction Formation, Seeking the Spirit Within, and has a vibrant spiritual direction and retreat ministry.

You can contact Rev. Carmala Aderman directly at
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Claire Howe, Parish Administrator, keeps the business of the church running on a daily basis. When you call in the morning, chances are Claire will be the one greeting you. She keeps us organized, communicates the various needs to the rest of the staff, and oversees the calendar and use of the church building by different groups. When Claire is not at the church, she delights in spending time with her family.

You can contact Claire Directly at
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Kori Kay Archbold, Praise Band Director, leads the Joyful Noise Praise Band. A musician with talents as a vocalist, a trumpet player, keyboard skills, and just about any other instrument, Kori plays and teaches music with ease. With her leadership, the band determines the music for the 11:00 worship service, practices regularly, and continues to grow as musicians and worship leaders. Kori, a local public school music educator, also writes  the food blog, I Rok the Kitchen (

You can contact Kori directly at
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Josh Howe serves as the congregation’s Custodian. He keeps the property ready for members and guests. He works full time as a chef and loves spending time with his family.

Karen Swift, Parish Ministry Associate, is certified by the Nebraska Synod to help with the preaching and pastoral ministry at Luther Memorial. In her capacity as the Director of Congregational Ministries, she also oversees the social outreach ministry of the congregation, assists in Confirmation, and has a key leadership and training role with the many worship assistants.

You can contact Karen directly at
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Cody Talarico, Director of Music, oversees the Music Department at Luther Memorial. He is a vocalist, organist, and pianist in addition to his strong administrative skills. Cody directs the choir, the hand bells, and teaches 3rd through 8th graders how to play the chimes. When he is not fulfilling his Luther Memorial responsibilities, Cody is a public school music teacher and enjoys spending time with his family.

You can contact Cody directly at
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Sally Dunn, the Music Assistant, accompanies the choir, plays for the classic worship service on Sunday mornings, and cantors the liturgy for that service. She, too, is a public school music educator during the week.

You can contact Sally directly at
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