News & Recent Updates


Events Upcoming

Orphan Grain Train Fish Feed

 June 1, 2023 - This annual aevent is hosted by St. John Lutheran Church from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM on Sunday, June 25th at Kramer Hall. Fish-Brats-Potatoes-Onions-Salads-Desserts-Drinks Free will offering for Orphan Grain Train General Operating expenses. Accepted also will be good clean clothing, shoes, toys, quilts, nonbreakable housewares, school supplies & health items. Fundraising is also supplement by Thrivent Financial.

LWML Diaper Drive

June 1, 2023 - The LWML will be collecting diapers and wipes to be donated to the Crete Sixpence Program. This program is designed to give parents and soon to be parents the opportunity to bond and develop strong relationships with their infants, and support early child learning, and serves as a resource for support. One way they help parents is to supply diapers and wipes to those in need. We will be collecting donations until the end of June.

Missionary Paul Visit - Save the Date!

June 1, 2023 - Rev. Gerald and Heidi Paul, our sponsored Missionaries from the Cayman Islands, will be here at St. John on Monday, June 12th. We will have a pot luck supper and Rev. Paul will talk about his mission work in the Cayman Islands. We also need someone to host Rev. Paul, Heidi and their son for an overnight stay on June 12th. Please plan on joining us to welcome them and learn of their work.


June 1, 2023 - Our June Family Fellowship Event will be on Friday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m. The evening will include a hot dog cookout, Jesus time, games, a quick service project that everyone can help with, s’mores and more! Please sign up or let Pastor know by Sunday, June 18 if you’ll be attending so we can have a count for food.

VBS 2023 - Registration Open!

March 21, 2023 - Vacation Bible school will take place July 23rd through the 27th in the evenings at church. Our theme this year is “Weird Animals"! To learn more or register, just click here.

Midweek Hygiene Kit Creation a Success!

May 1, 2023 - We have completed the Orphan Grain Train Hygiene Kits Project. We would like to thank our St. John family for their generous donations as well as a Thrivent Action Team gift card. In total, we put together 71 Kits!

The LYF and the volunteers that hosted the Easter Breakfast have also donated the free will offering so it is hoped to finish off with a grand total of 90 Hygiene Kits and still have enough to pay for the shipping. We had a busy time organizing and assembling but the end product made it all worth while and knowing that our efforts will help others in need is the best ever! Thanks to all of you! Kian—Cheyenne—Paisley—Amy—Easton—Kyler

"Ladies Aid" 100th Anniversary Request

January 27, 2023 - The Ladies Aid of St. John Lutheran Church has been “Blessed to Serve” by God from January 31, 1923 – January 31, 2023. To help celebrate their 100th anniversary the Ladies Aid requests that the members of St. John join them on April 23, 2023, as we formally observe this occasion. Details of the event will follow at a later date.

This group will also be looking for pictures, quilts, your own stories, and memories, or any other memorabilia you might have to share, that can be used in a display in celebration of the forthcoming 100th anniversary of St. John Ladies Aid. If you have something to share, please visit with Diane Kahle or Ellie Koch.

150th Congregational Anniversary Fund

October 1, 2022 - ST. JOHN’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY FUND has been established. Moving forward, if you would like to give toward this fund, please mark your offering envelopes accordingly.

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.