News & Recent Updates


Meetings Upcoming

Church Council Meeting - Monday, January 24, 6:30p
Quarterly Voter's Meeting - Sunday, January 30, 10:30a
Board of Elder's - Tuesday, January 11, 6:30p
Board of Evangelism - Monday, January 10, 1:30p
Board of Trustee's - January - TBD
Board of Education - January - TBD
Const/Bylaws Committee - January - TBD
Safety Committee - December - TBD
Ladies Aid  - Wednesday, January 26, 2:00p
LWML - Tuesday, January 18, 7:00p
Ladies Bible Study - February - TBD
Quilting Group - Tuesday, January 11, 9:30a

LYF Valentine's Dinner

January 16, 2022 - The LYF Valentine's Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2022 following Sunday School and Bible Class. The Dinner this year will include a salad, entree, dessert, and a drink. Entree choices are either chicken or lasagna. The cost per dinner is $12.50. The last day to sing up will be Sunday, February 6th. Please consider joining us for a delicious dinner, or offering support toward this event! (More LYF...)

Thank You

January 1, 2022 - Thanks to everyone who donates to the Orphan Grain Train and People City Mission Toss Box—-the clothing and bedding items are always in need. The OGT appreciates gently used items (if new, please remember to take price tags off) and PCM is happy to receive anything! We are blessed to give!

St. John Church Informational Update

December 1, 2021 - There are plans to update our membership system & contact information. In 2019, a St John Membership Directory was completed. In light of changing times, we plan to put together a new directory (minus the pictures) in January 2022. Emergency notifications, such as cancellation of services, requires updated church membership information to be effective. Many families have cancelled their land lines in favor of cell phones, have a new email address, or have moved to a new address. Members are asked to forward to Chris at and updates associated with your family since the last directory. Please complete the form found on the table in the Narthex and put in the manila envelope. Thank you for your assistance.

A New Cookbook in the Works

January 1, 2022 - The time is getting close for submitting recipes for the new cookbook to be published in celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. John.

To get the process started, you may choose any of the following options for submitting your recipes:

  1. Forms are provided here and on the table in the narthex for you to submit your recipes; a box will be there for your completed recipe form or forms.
  2. Or, you may email your recipes to Deb Walker at Again, a good example of the recipe form here.

Watch for the February newsletter for more on this project!

Constitution & Bylaws Committee Update

December 1, 2021 - In helpful connection to an upcoming Bylaws Review Committee's recommendation on proposed changes to the Bylaws of St. John, the committee wishes to point members to a posted update to those discussions/changes as found here on this section of the website. Simply open up the Committee's section for an up-to-date PDF of ongoing conversations.

Ladies Morning Bible Study

October 1, 2021 - PLAN TO JOIN US at church for Ladies’ Morning Bible Study! Please see the church calendar for dates and times. The plan is to continue with the study guide “Golden Fruit” based on the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23. If you don’t have the study guide, or have lost track of your copy, not to worry—there are extra copies! (Interesting note: the “Fruit” that we’ll begin with in this study is Patience!) Should make for some interesting sharing as we look back at the year we’ve just experienced.

Scholarship Fund

A scholarship is available for any St. John member/student who will be attending a Synodical college and plans to enter fulltime church work find that new funds are available. A Scholarship application with relative information is available from the church office. Those wanting additional information are directed to Pastor Toensing.

Mission Field in Our own Back Yard

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.