News & Recent Updates


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VBS Prayer Pals

May 1, 2024 - In this year of celebrating our church anniversary and our generations, VBS would like to partner generations by having Prayer Pals for our VBS children. As a Prayer Pal, you would receive a name of a VBS student, pray for them daily, join them on the Thursday evening's VBS session (July 25) for our ice cream social. Also, join them for the brunch following church on Sunday (July 28) and have some friendly conversation with them. To be a Prayer Pal, sign up on the display in the narthex or contact Shelley Toensing. Thank you in advance to those willing to support our youngest generation. (More VBS...)

Vacation Bible School - Save the Date!

May 1, 2024 - Save the Date! Vacation Bible School will be July 21-25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. We’re excited to announce our theme: “Celebrate the Savior”! (See VBS 2024 to register...)

150th Anniversary Update

May 1, 2024 - We ask for your memories! Past memories, present memories---any that you can think of and want to share. There is so much history in this congregation that can be enjoyed by all. A red box is located in the Narthex. We would like to include this for our 150th Anniversary celebration.

We further need people willing to take and share pictures of all the events we have planned to celebrate St John’s 150th Anniversary. Please contact Glen Louch if you can help with this request. Current updates can be found here.

Main Street Living Update

May 1, 2024 - “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.

  • May 5, 10:30 a.m...Rev. John Rasmussen, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney, NE, presents a message titled ”Christ Has Overcome!“. This sermon is based on John 16:33.
  • May 12, 10:30 a.m...Rev. Nicholas Whitney, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst, NE, presents a message titled ”Sanctified in Truth“. This sermon is based on John 17:11b- 19.
  • May 19, 10:30 a.m...Rev. Steve Schulz, from Mission Central in Mapleton, IA presents a message titled ”The Spirit of Truth“. The sermon is based on Acts 2:1-21   

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.