News & Recent Updates

Building Committee Update

December 15, 2018 - The Building Committee has organized a special meeting with the Architect(s) in the form of a round-table or breakout session with church Boards and Committees/Group representatives who function within the facility on a regular basis. It is hoped this informational meeting will provided additional data to the architect in helping to meet the current and foreseen needs of our Worship, Educational and Fellowship facility. This meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

Evangelism Committee Update

December 5, 2018 - The Evangelism Committee will meet again on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Members of St. John are equally invited to join our topical discussions based upon the Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical. Our regular meeting will follow.

The Evangelism Committee would also like to thank those who attended the “Every One His Witness” workshop. This multi-week, lessoned group environment began in September and was designed to equip disciples of Jesus Christ in sharing the Gospel within their everyday lives. Participants learned to apply the LASSIE approach (Listen, Ask, Seek, Share, Invite and Encourage) to specific witnessing examples. The Evangelism Committee will continue to look for additional opportunities to embark upon another 6-week session in early 2019. (Evangelism Committee...)

"Equip to Engage"

January 18: Waverly

December 1, 2018 - Can you imagine a day when our congregation is fully a part of the larger community around it? Do you pray for a time when our members build meaningful, Christ-centered relationships with each other and those outside the church community? Are you ready to lead your church into the community to which we live and are being sent?

There are people in every community who are hurting without the hope of Jesus Christ and many people today are disconnected from God and His Church. But Jesus gives His followers everything we need to be His witnesses to those in our community who most need to hear the loving message of Jesus Christ – the gifts of peace, hope, and love – and we have been sent to share these gifts with the world.

The St. John Evangelism Committee would invite you to this workshop as a chance to step back from everyday tasks and examine the needs of your community, the gifts of our congregation, and how God might use us to bring His peace, hope and love to a hurting community.

Contact Tim McDermott if you wish to attend this Workshop on Friday, January 18th to Peace Lutheran in Waverly, NE. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please let Tim know of your interest by the end of December, as the group registration deadline is January 5, 2019.

This workshop is being offered free of charge through a partnership of the Center for U.S. Mission, the Nebraska District LCMS, the Kearney Circuit, and Peace, Waverly. A free-will donation will be taken each day to help cover the cost of lunch, which will be provided. (You can also register on your own if you opt for the Saturday event in Kearney.)

Men's Bible Study - "Reel to Real"

December 1, 2018 - In continuation of a Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Bible study entitled “Reel to Real”, the Men’s group look at the similarities between our adventures with the fishing reel and our real life with families and friends. This series has proven to be a fun and relaxing discussion starter. The fishermen in this video series share their thoughts, but the feedback and comments in our group are what is key for this study. Most importantly, you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the company and conversation. Join the fishing party on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

News from the Elders

December 1, 2018 - Dear Fellow Redeemed: It's that time again. The winter solstice holiday formally known as Christmas is upon us. Weeks ago, Google and Amazon started placing ads all around the edges of my computer screen. Based on their all-knowing logarithms, they have pointed out a number of things that they believe I either need and/or want. Now it’s normal for friends and relatives to ask what I want or what I need for Christmas. And, being an individual of advanced years, I usually say that I already have everything I need and most everything I want. But am I really thinking about what I truly need and what I should truly want?

Sure, there could be a new red flannel shirt or that new power tool in the back of my mind, but those things just don’t seem so important anymore. Perhaps taking time to remember that this is Christmas and only Christmas brings more clarity to the question. 2,024 years ago, God sent mankind the ultimate gift in the human form of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

HE IS everything we NEED and everything we should WANT! As fellow believers, let us rejoice that we have already received this Special Christmas Gift! And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” Luke 1:46-47. We wish you all a Joyous and Blessed Christmas! God bless, - St. John Elders

LWML & Ladies Aid News

December 1, 2018 - Check here on the LWML & Ladies Aid page for any projects, updates or associated events in which you can remain involved. The ladies are always looking for help and mutual encouragement as they continue to serve our congregation and community.

The LWML are sponsoring several projects. Please notice the red box in the narthex with the words "Crete Cares" on it. The LWML will be collecting food and other items for the whole year. We therefore ask that you bring your contributions at any time during the year.

The LWML is also sponsoring Christmas Caroling on December 2, following worship services and Sunday School. EVERYONE is invited to join—-including children, youth and families.

Register online to attend the 2019 National LCMS Life Conference.
LCMS Life Conference: “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul”
Jan. 17–19, 2019; Alexandria, Va.

October 20, 2018 - You are invited to join the LCMS Life Conference to learn to live in Christ’s love amidst a culture of death. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4–5).

The death and resurrection of Jesus reveals that God loves His creation and grants life as a gift. As His people, we learn to have the same perspective. Even in a culture that does not share this view, we live and witness to the love of God through our advocacy of life, as we are “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul.”

The 2019 LCMS Life Conference is scheduled for Jan. 17–19, 2019, at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va. The conference is open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members and guests.Featured speakers and sessions will encourage participants in their desire to advocate for life in their congregations and communities, and provide resources and information about how to serve those facing life issues.

The conference will also provide opportunities for devotion and worship, including a Divine Service Friday morning before the march. “The enemies of life give the illusion of having overwhelming power and resources. We all ask, ‘Is there anything I can do that will really make a difference?’ ” said the Rev. Robert Zagore, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission. “The answer is, come. Come ‘learn to live Christ’s love amidst a culture of death.’ Come learn, come march, come pray. Come and see. The Lord is working through His people.”

LCMS Life Ministry will also participate in the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 18. Even if you cannot attend the Life Conference, you are invited to join the LCMS at the march. (Register now...)

Reverse Advent Calendar Project

ProjectReverseAdventCalendarSliderNovember 3, 2018 - This Advent, LWML is sponsoring a congregation wide "Reverse Advent Calendar Project". What's a Reverse Advent Calendar you ask? The idea behind a Reverse Advent Calendar is simple. First, pick out a sturdy basket, box or bag. Each day, beginning December 1st, as you finish your Advent devotions, add one non-perishable food item to the box. You can add one per family, or one for each member of your family. Then, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, bring your box of items to church. LWML will deliver them to a nearby food pantry to help restock their shelves after the busy Christmas holiday.

In this special season, as we await the greatest gift we have received, and as we buy gifts for our loved ones, the "Reverse Advent Calendar Project" helps us to remember how truly blessed we are and encourages us to share those blessings with others as we wait to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. What a great way to serve this Advent!

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

December 1, 2018 - We had a great November praising God and thanking him for our many blessing. Highlights included collecting food for the food bank, making turkeys, and making individual pumpkin pies.

Preschool Christmas Program - We will be holding our program on Sunday December 9th at 6:00 pm at the church. The children are very excited about it, and I hope that many of you can join us as the children sing about the birth of our savior.

Annual Fundraiser - We are selling Village Inn Pie Cards they are $15 each or 2 for $28. They are great for your own holiday table or as a gift. We are also selling Pampered Chef products. You can contact any student or reach out to me at 402-826-0611 and I will be glad to help you with either of
these. We will be closing the fundraiser on December 9th. Thank you for your on going support.

December Activities - We will be spending time learning about the birth of Jesus. We will be learning how different families celebrate the holiday and each others family traditions. The class will decorate our room and make a surprise for their parents. God’s Blessing, Kathy Oelschlager - 402/826-4375

Choir Rehearsal's to Begin

September 30, 2018 - Do you like to sing? Here is your opportunity! On November 4, 2018 choir rehearsals will begin at 8:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday morning until Easter. Please join us for this special opportunity to serve the Lord.

"Main Street Living"

September 30, 2018 - Main Street Living is a television program that has been airing throughout South Dakota for 17 years. Recently they engaged in expanding into surrounding areas. This program will begin airing in Lincoln on KLKN on Sunday morning October 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will open with re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” television series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service and will feature local Pastors from the KLKN broadcast area. A different Pastor from Missouri Synod churches in the area will be featured on the program each week.

The prime goal is to offer a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis.

St. John Participates in the Doane University "Downtown Tour"

August 18, 2018 - The Evangelism Committee made representation of St. John today at the Doane University "Downtown Tour" event held each year for incoming freshman. Our church was able to set up a table in the City Park as students walked by visiting with various other groups also having a table or booth.

The event is designed to acclimate newly arriving students to Crete as they begin their college life away from home. Inviting these youngsters to our church is all about community, and is about as neighborly as one can be when meeting for the first time! (Evangelism Committee...)

November 3, 2018 - Greetings from Lambs of Christ in Crete!

Used Clothing: Orphan Grain Trian & People's City Mission

June 28, 2018 - We can once again send GENTLY used clothing to Orphan Grain Train. When leaving clothes in the drop box outside of the church by the back door, please mark them for either OGT or PCM (People's City Mission).

Supported by the Trustees, and with help by way of a church member donation, there is now an outdoor drop-box dedicated for items in contribution to People’s City Mission and/or Orphan Grain Train. This new drop-box is found outside the back door of the church. Members are advised to begin using this box to hold donated items rather than inside the back door at the stairwell. Donations will be picked up and delivered periodically as before.

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.