News & Recent Updates

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...)

Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child

July 30, 2018 - 100 shoeboxes have been claimed and will be filled with gifts and the love of Jesus! Thank you to everyone who took a box! Please remember to review the list of ideas and unacceptable items, to pray for the child who will receive your gift, and to enclose $9 to help cover shipping.

To make your box extra special, add a picture and a note! Please return boxes to the collection bin in the narthex by September 30. (If you are unable to fill a box you received, please return the empty box to the collection bin at church so that it can still be used.) If you did not get a box, you may still contribute items. Just put items in a plastic bag and place it in the collection bin. LWML will find boxes for them.

We would also welcome financial donations to help with fulfilling the shipping donation or for more items for boxes. There is a box for monetary donations on the table in the narthex. It is our prayer that through these boxes, 100 children will hear the Good News of Jesus and further spread His love and hope to their families and communities!

If you have questions, please contact Carol Brinkmeyer or Shelley Toensing. Thank you for your overwhelming support of this project! To learn more, visit the Samaritan's Purse website. (Operation Christmas Child fact sheet...)

40 Years of Ministry Celebration - Pastor Brinkmeyer

July 22, 2018 - There was held a joyous celebration after this morning's Worship Service in commemoration of Pastor Art Brinkmeyer's 40 years of Pastorial Service, and a total of 55 years of service to our Lord in Christian education. A good many congregational members, guests and visitors present for a pot-luck dinner and the sharing of comments of past memory and thanksgiving.

The main dish was provided by the Elders as side dishes and deserts were generously brought to share by members. All were welcomed with a good time had by all. (Additional Photo's...)

Are you Camera Shy?

June 28, 2018 - Would you rather be on the backside of the camera taking the picture, instead of getting your picture took? Well, the Evangelism Committee has a job for you!

The Evangelism Committee is looking for those who can group couples, families or any solo member of St. John into photo files as they enter or exit the church on Sunday mornings, collect names of those in the shot and share the digital files with the Evangelism Committee. The Committee in turn, will prepare the photos for printing and subsequently mount them on a “Church Family” bulletin board in the narthex. We need the help of all those willing to grab some shots each Sunday until we’ve compiled a unique collection of joyous smiles as they start their week in the comfort of God’s Word.

For those interested, please contact Bonnie Bleich, 826-5455.

Building Committee Update

July 26, 2018 - The committee met on Thursday evening, July 26th in preparation of the upcoming Voters Meeting to be held on August 5th. The meeting was attended by committee members, Tim McDermott, Adam Hughes, Terry Dittmer, Dolyn Meinke & James Walker. General discussion was held upon the proposal presented by Architectural Design Associates (ADA). Once a final bit of Information is obtained on this proposal, it will be presented to both the Church Council on Monday, July 30th and the membership during the August 5th Voters meeting. The Committee will ask for approval of funds for preliminary design construction.  (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

News from the Elders of St. John 

August 1, 2018 - Building faith in our community starts young. We saw that this past week as our youth had the opportunity to attend Vacation Bible School. Sixteen children had the pleasure of learning about Jesus Christ and how God is with us and keeps his promises to us on life’s wild ride. We like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who helped with the program this year, whether it be as a teacher, helper, or donator of snacks.

VBS reminds us that our normal school year is just around the corner as Midweek and our fall Sunday School will be starting soon. If you are available and wish to be involved in this important ministry, please contact a school board member.

We rejoiced with the Brinkmeyer family as they celebrated Pastor Art Brinkmeyer’s 55 years of service as a Lutheran teacher and pastor. As said in the dinner this past Sunday, he and Carol continue hoping to serve. We are fortunate to have them in our midst.

Many people are taking vacations during these summer months. Be sure to include a visit to a local Lutheran church and witness how Christ is active in other areas too. (Elders...)

Evangelism Committee Update

August 9, 2018 - The September Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Members of St. John continue to be invited to our continuation through the book, “5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ”. This study encourages each of us to realize what we have in Christ and to see that our witnessing is part of our daily walk in life – as we each have ‘evangelism’ opportunities given to us. We can find “witnessing” when living out the gracious gifts God gives in our connections with others and in helping build new relationships where we can share the love of Christ. Please join us if you can. (...see Evangelism Committee page)


August 1, 2018 - PLEASE JOIN US for a quilt day on Thursday, 8/2, 8/16 and again on 9/6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No sewing experience necessary. Bring a scissors and something to share for lunch. Enjoy the fun, fellowship and friendship while making quilts to send to the orphanages in Russia.

Supplies are Needed: The “Piece Makers” have been very busy working on quilts to send with Karen Tiedeman in October for the new Hannah House. Special thanks to everyone who has donated supplied, joined us for quilting day and worked on sewing at home. We couldn’t do it without the help of you all. But now comes the fun part! Be sure to join us for worship on September 9th when all the quilts will be displayed before they are sent to Russia. Once these quilts are done we will go back to making cot size quilts again for the orphanages. The quilt project is in need of help with supplies for the quilts. Each quilt is filled with something to increase the warmth. If you have old blankets, mattress pads, drapery, etc, we can use them for filling. They should be clean but it is ok for them to be stained, worn or even with holes in them, since they will be completely covered up. Whatever you can donate will be appreciated! Place items in the quilt box in the narthex. Your donations are always welcome and needed.

Men's Bible Study - "A Man Named Martin - The Movement"

June 28, 2018 - God was at work in the Reformation. Fierce debates over Scripture, church doctrine, and late medieval church practice led to theological positions articulating salvation as God's grace in action, with man being left to add nothing to his own salvation. In ‘A Man Named Martin - Part 3: "The Movement"’, our Men’s Bible Study group at St. John will see how the Reformation transformed European society and, eventually, left a profound impression around the globe. The Bible Study, fellowship and great discussion are offered to all on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

LWML & Ladies Aid News

July 30, 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.

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.

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

Lambs of Christ Preschool is currently on Summer Break. If you need to reach someone at the preschool office please call 402-826-4375 and leave a message. Messages will be checked on a regular basis. The first day of school for the 2018 – 2019 school year will be Monday, August 20th.

  • Preschool Garage Sale: We would like to thank everyone who made donations and or came shopping to the Garage Sale. We were able to raise over $1,500 for the preschool.
  • Popsicles on the Playground: We had a great time at “Popsicles on the Playground” in June. There will be hosted another “Popsicles on the Playground” event on Tuesday, July 31st at 6:30 PM. In the case of inclement weather we will meet in the classroom. Registration materials will be available at this event.
  • Enrollment for the 20018 – 2019 School year: We are currently accepting enrollment for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Contact Rhonda Beethe at the preschool by calling 402-826-4375 or by e-mail.

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.

Time & Talent Survey

October 1, 2017 - The St. John Evangelism Committee would like to invite each member of our congregation to fill out the available “Time & Talent Survey” found here, or received along with an earlier newsletter. Members are asked to return them to the Evangelism Committee mailbox in the church narthex. If you missed the opportunity following the Worship Service on September 24th in which to complete and submit them, please pick one up and return it as soon as possible. The hope is to reach as many members as possible during the next couple months and collect as much information about your desire and ability to assist in congregational functions in the future. Please help make this endeavor a success. –Board of Evangelism ( Time & Talent Survey...)