News & Recent Updates


Events Upcoming


Ladies Night Out

September 1, 2023 - The Ladies Aid is sponsoring LADIES NIGHT OUT on Tuesday, September 26 at the Crete VFW Club at 6:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Narthex. Cost will be $14, paid in advance.

Rally Day

September 1, 2023 - "Rally Day" is the day we kick off fall Sunday School. It is coming up on September 10th. Outdoor Worship Service (weather permitting) at 9:00a—please bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on for the outdoor service. Sunday School, LYF and adult fellowship time will follow at 10:15a. Potluck Picnic at 11:00a. There will be brats and hot dogs provided. The rest of our meal will be a potluck. We thank you in advance for bringing food to share.

Fun, games and fellowship 11:30a. There will be a cake walk...please bring the goodies for that! The Board of Education and the Elders would be happy to receive volunteers to assist them as well. God grant us good weather that day so that we might have a wonderful outdoor day of worship and fellowship.


August 24, 2023 - We are planning on starting in September to pick a company that we will contract to take the pictures. We are looking for volunteers. If you want to start at the beginning and help with the whole project, or if you are willing to help with any part, please let President Glen Louch know of your interest.

150th Anniversary Suggestion Box

August 10, 2023 - As we now work forward to our celebration year of our 150th Anniversary, we ask for suggestions. In the narthex is a suggestion box. We are asking for suggestions in connection to the following:

  1. Please submit names for a guest speaker;
  2. Our theme is "The Lord's Faithfulness continues through all generations". We encourage your ideas on how to celebrate each of the generations;
  3. Ideas for displays, food, etc. are also welcome. The suggestion box will be in the narthex through Sunday, Sept 3.

Help get the word — and the "Word" — out

July 1, 2023 -  The 2023 LCMS convention gives the entire Synod an opportunity to preach Christ crucified to all people. In advance of the convention itself, and lasting through 2026, the LCMS National Offering will help fund the translation of carefully selected Lutheran evangelism and teaching resources into other languages. This effort is about Jesus Christ — for all people.

We would be blessed by your participation. More importantly, there are people who want to know Christ and Him crucified who would be immeasurably blessed by your help.

Your voice and endorsement is so incredibly important, just as you are to the overall mission of our Synod. Together, we preach Christ crucified for all people! Learn more about the National Offering and quickly access resources by visiting

Main Street Living Update

September 1, 2023 - “Main Street Living” is a liturgical worship service broadcasting a different local pastor each Sunday morning. It airs along with the classic Lutheran Hour program, “This is the Life”. Both can be viewed on KLKN Channel 8 (Lincoln) & WOWT Channel 6.2 (Omaha). Visit to view current and past episodes.

  • September 3, 2023 10:30am - “Main Street Living” - Rev. Timothy Gall, Bethlehem Lutheran—Pleasant Dale, NE
  • September 10, 2023 10:30am - “Main Street Living” - Rev. Gideon Pullmann, pastor at Zion Lutheran & Immanuel Lutheran Churches in Tobias and Daykin, NE
  • September 17, 2023 10:30am - “Main Street Living” - Rev. Tyler Hauptmeier, St. Paul Lutheran—Doniphan, NE
  • September 24, 2023 10:30am - “Main Street Living” - Rev. John Schmidt, Good Shepherd Lutheran—Lincoln, NE

Bible Donations

If having an extra copy of a Bible in your possession that you wish to find a new home in which to share God's Word with others, lease bring your old (and not being used due to its replacement) Bibles and Christian books to be sent overseas for mission work. A tote is located in the entry way for this purpose. For more information, visit

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:

  • 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.