News & Recent Updates

LWML Sponsoring "Sixpence" Collection Event

May 6, 2018 - The LWML will be collecting specific items to help support the efforts of "Sixpence" in Crete. Sixpence works with the Crete Public Schools to provide young parents, and soon to be parents, the opportunity to bond and develop strong relationships with their child, learning to be their child's first teacher. The items requested include:

  • Educational Toys & Small Baby Rattles
  • Burp Towels & Bibs
  • Onesies - Different Sizes
  • Crib Sheets
  • Nursing Cover-ups
  • Nursing Pillows
  • High Chair
  • Stroller
  • Diapers, pullups & training underwear
  • Baby Powder, baby wash, baby lotion, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes
  • Baby bath tub

Church Spring Cleanup Day - POSTPONED

May 1, 2018 - All members are invited to join together on Saturday, May 19th for our Spring Cleanup Day. Based upon those in attendance, there will concentrations made in both the inside and outside of the church facility. Please consider contributing to this effort; the more - the merrier. The Spring Cleanup Day scheduled for Saturday, May 19th will be postponed. An alternate date is being selected by the Board of Trustees.

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 1, 2018 - St. John's Board of Education will be showing their appreciation to all volunteers that helped with Sunday school, Midweek and VBS over the last school year by serving ice cream sundaes to the congregation following worship service on Sunday, May 13th. The children will be sharing a special craft with this year's volunteers.

Building Committee Update

May 1, 2018 - The Building Committee will continue to meet at regular intervals throughout the next few months. Meeting times will vary in relation to the progress and process needed to discuss and continue developing useful information for our congregation in moving forward with a building expansion project. See the Building Committee page for updated information.

From the Elders

May 1, 2018 - This past month we welcomed five new adult members into our congregation by means of confirmation. Please pray for, and encourage these young people to stay active in our congregation and their Christian lives in general. We also thank the midweek teachers and pastor for the good instruction they've received.

Be sure to try and attend our voter's meeting about the potential building project on Monday evening, April 30th. We value input from all our members about our congregation's future.

We will also be needing volunteers this summer for VBS. If you or your older child would consider helping please contact a member of the Board of Education to offer your services in helping with the next generation of Christian leaders. - In Christ's love, Saint John Elders

Evangelism Committee Update & Invitation

April 15, 2018 - The April Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Members of St. John continue to be invited to attend as we continue working through the book, “5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ”, with reading and open discussion. This book encourages each of us to realize what we have in Christ and to see that our witnessing is part of our daily walk in life – as we each have ‘evangelism’ to do. We find “witnessing” when living out the gracious gifts God gives in our connections with others and in helping build new relationships where we can share the love of Christ. There are a few more of these $8.00 books still available when you join us. (...see Evangelism Committee page)

Plunge into VBS 2018!

March 25, 2018 - At Splash Canyon VBS, your children learn God keeps His promises on life's wild ride! They'll look into the Bible, God's Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts where our faithful God keeps His promises to be with us and gives us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior.

If you have questions pertaining to the program this year, please contact Marla by email, or by phone at 402-826-4375. (Learn More...)


May 1, 2018 - The next Quilting Day will be Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Join us any time during those hours. Please bring something to share for lunch and bring a scissors. No sewing experience necessary! The quilts are donated to Orphan Grain Train and most go to the orphanages in Russia and the Baltic nations. Since we just completed 25 quilts to send to Russia with Karen Tiedeman, we can start a new batch for the next trip! Thank you for your help with this ongoing project.

Men's Bible Study - "A Man Named Martin - The Movement"

May1, 2018 - God was at work in the Reformation. Fierce debates over Scripture, church doctrine, and late medieval church practice led to theological positions articulating salvation as God's grace in action, with man being left to add nothing to his own salvation. In A Man Named Martin - Part 3: "The Movement", our Men’s Bible Study group here at St. John will see how the Reformation transformed European society and, eventually, left a profound impression around the globe. The Bible Study, fellowship and great discussion are also free! Come join us on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. here at St. John. We welcome all!

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

May 1, 2018 - The students at Lambs of Christ are on the move. Our Jesus Time lessons, this month are all about telling the world about Jesus. The disciples traveled the world sharing the love of Jesus with all they met. We can travel the world in many different ways today.

The last day of Preschool for the 2017 – 2018 school year will be Monday, May 21st.

Preschool Graduation and Achievement Day: We will be celebrating with our 4 students who are heading off to Kindergarten next fall on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 PM. The celebration will also include the T/Th class and the Young 3’s class as we celebrate with them all of the progress they have made this year. You are invited to join us for a short program in the Church Sanctuary at Bethlehem presented by the preschool children. Before the Program the Preschool Board will be hosting a light supper in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 – 6:45. Please call the preschool at 402- 826-4375 to let us know you are coming for supper.

Enrollment 2018 – 2019 School Year: We are currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year. The number of students enrolled is up from last year but we still have space available. Please contact the preschool office at 402-826-4375 for more information about enrollment. The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Monday, August 20th.

Mission Field in Our own Back Yard

December 10, 2017 - There remains a variety of ways in which members of the St. John congregation can join with other local community members to assist those who are struggling with basic necessities and provide God's comforting Word along with those creature comforts that are often lived without. Here are but a few ongoing efforts you may wish to be involved:

  • Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is celebrating their 125th Anniversary this year. This means the annual Christmas appeal is even more special. Flyers and envelopes are located in our church entryway. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
  • Calendars for Prisoners - The LWML is collecting 2018 calendars for prisoners in Lincoln. Your donated calendars should not include metal, spiral binders. A box is available in the church narthex for these donations.
  • Food Collections continue with your donations to a local food pantry who will distribute this to a needy, hungry people in our area. The collection box is located in the church narthex.
  • Orphan Grain Train or People's City Mission contributions can be made at any time; either with contributions of clothing left within the back door of the church, or monetary gifts so indicated; separated from other giving.
  • Mite Boxes - Lutheran Women in Mission remind members to use those Mite Boxes you received back in October on LWML Sunday. If you would like a box of your own, please contact any member of the LWML to obtain one. This is a very easy way to lend a helping hand throughout the year.

Time & Talent Survey

October 1, 2017 - The St. John Evangelism Committee would like to invite each member of our congregation to fill out the available “Time & Talent Survey” found here, or received along with an earlier newsletter. Members are asked to return them to the Evangelism Committee mailbox in the church narthex. If you missed the opportunity following the Worship Service on September 24th in which to complete and submit them, please pick one up and return it as soon as possible. The hope is to reach as many members as possible during the next couple months and collect as much information about your desire and ability to assist in congregational functions in the future. Please help make this endeavor a success. –Board of Evangelism ( Time & Talent Survey...)