News & Recent Updates

LYF Valentine Dinner

February 1, 2019 - The LYF will host their annual Valentine's Dinner on Sunday, February 24th at 11:30 a.m. after Bible Class and Sunday School. The main dishes are lasagna with garlic bread or a chicken dinner with steamed vegetables and backed potato. A salad and desert is provided with both meals. The cost is $10.00 per person. Please sign up with one of the youth or on the sheet in the narthex. The last day to sign up is Sunday, February 17th. (More LYF News...)

Lutherans For Life (LFL) Door Offering - February 17th

February 1, 2019 - LFL is an organization of the Church working to speak and to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their brief mission is: Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life.

Through encouragement and multiple resources LFL speaks the truth of life—Bringing Good News to Life. LFL applies the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the life issues, making Jesus known as the Son of God and Savior of all who can help and make a difference in people’s lives. The Vision is that every Lutheran, both individually and in community, upholds the God-given value of human life and seeks to influence society to do the same.

You can find many of the things LFL does and the many resources they provide on their website. If you support LFL already in your offerings, wonderful! We are going to take a door offering to support the work of LFL on February 17th. Thank you for your support of this ministry of our Church.

Evangelism Committee Update

February 6, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will meet again on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. Members of St. John are equally invited to join our topical discussions based upon the Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical. Our regular meeting will follow. (Evangelism Committee...)

Building Committee Update

February 1, 2019 - The next scheduled Building Committee meeting will hinge on the receipt of a secondary preliminary plan from ADA. Once received, the committee will meet to review and discuss this alternative plan. The committee is currently under a directive of the Voters Assembly to offer two (2) plans for consideration after equal preparation is accomplished on both options.(See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

Quilters Raffle Quilt to Raise Funds for More Quilts

January 1, 2019 - The LWML Quilters of St. John recently used their time and talents to piece together a project worth sharing! Members and church visitors alike purchased $1.00 entry tickets in the chance they would take a little warmth home with them. Enough money was raised to keep the quilters on the move creating more quilts.

Each quilt assembled by these ladies are packaged together and provided to missions overseas; mostly in Russia where many young ladies are orphaned and have very little in the group homes they reside.

In the end, the winning entry pulled from the hat was Pat Benson, the great-granddaughter of Reverend Tragott Haesler who happened to be the first called pastor to St. John back in 1872 when he was a "circuit rider". Reverend Haesler's name is the first one signed on our origional church constitution in 1874.

Pat is from Marquette, NE. She bought 5 tickets from a friend at St. John to support the project.

Men's Bible Study - "Regrets, Reality, Restoration"

February 1, 2019 - All gentlemen of St. John are again invited on February 12th to the next Men’s Bible Study. This meeting will introduce a brand new topical discussion, Regrets, Reality, Restoration. The simple truth is life is full of regrets. Imprinted on our psyches, some resist all attempts at erasure. What do we do when the condemning memory of past offense(s) won’t be silenced? You are invited to join the men of St John. There are chairs and coffee for everyone beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

News from the Elders

February 1, 2019 - First of all, a large offer of thanks goes out to those who volunteered to run for a church office for the current year. It was very nice to see several positions had multiple people willing to serve in the same position. Thanks also to those who are completing their terms of service. It's also nice to see the number of members attending the voters meetings after church on Sundays and the plan is to continuing that in the future.

There is always an ongoing need for Sunday school teachers. Please consider volunteering your time. One of the most important tasks we are given is as parents and as a church is instruction of our youth. Talk with pastor or one of the board of education members if you'd serve, even temporarily, in that role.

Also please consider supporting the congregational youth at the Valentine's dinner on the 24th of February. They always do an excellent job of serving.

Lastly we would encourage all to be reading their Bible on a regular basis. We take for granted how available the word of God is here in this time and in this country. It's tough to imagine there are still many places in the world where Bibles are scarce and people risk being arrested, and worse, for having, or attempting to have a personal Bible. In the name of Jesus, the Christ, the elders - (Elders...)

LWML & Ladies Aid News

January 1, 2019 - AND THE QUILT WINNER I... Pat Benson from Marquette, NE! Pat purchased 5
tickets for the quilt and was thrilled that she won it. The drawing was held on Sunday, December 16. Six people witnessed the drawing and the winning ticket was drawn out by Morgan Wohl.

An interesting side note: Pat’s great grandfather was Traugott Haessler who was a circuit rider pastor in the 1870s and preached on occasion at the meetings of Christians in this area. In 1872, a permanent call was issued to him by the congregation of St. John, Kramer. His name was the first signed on our congregation’s initial constitution in July, 1874.

Thank you to everyone who helped support this project by buying tickets or actually working on the quilt. After expenses are paid the money will be used to purchase supplies as needed for the quilts we send to Orphan Grain Train.

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

February 1, 2019 - Thanks so much for the amazing support shown for the 15th Annual Chili Fundraise event. We want to thank everyone that was involved in any way. This event can’t be the success it continues to be without all of you. So many different areas were needed such as food donations, food prep, and prize donations, set up and clean up. The support on the day of the event was wonderful, thanks for continued support of our preschool program.

  • February Activities include those for Groundhog’s day, Valentine’s Day, Chapel and a Birthday celebration.
  • We are hoping to start an early 3’s program in March on Wednesday afternoons. Therefore, if you know of someone that may be interested please have them contact me at the school or at 402-826-0611.
  • Parent Teacher Conference will be held on February 6th and 7th.

God’s Blessing, Kathy Oelschlager - 402/826-4375

Sunday Morning Bible Class

January 1, 2019 - Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study: “Love, Joy, and Peace: The Fruit of the Spirit”
Begins January 6, 2019. Only hours before Jesus was arrested, He delivered an important message to His disciples (John 14–16). At the heart of this message He describes the “fruit” His disciples would bear, the works they would do to glorify the heavenly Father. Through the gift of the Spirit, Jesus promised love (John 14:21), joy (15:11), and peace (14:27) to them and to you. This Bible Study, “Love, Joy, and Peace: The Fruit of the Spirit,” will help you produce the fruit God calls you to bear as a believer. Through biblical examples and teaching from both the Old and New Testaments, you will explore God’s goodness and blessings for you in Christ. (More...)

"Main Street Living"

September 30, 2018 - Main Street Living is a television program that has been airing throughout South Dakota for 17 years. Recently they engaged in expanding into surrounding areas. This program will begin airing in Lincoln on KLKN on Sunday morning October 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will open with re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” television series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service and will feature local Pastors from the KLKN broadcast area. A different Pastor from Missouri Synod churches in the area will be featured on the program each week.

The prime goal is to offer a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis.

Used Clothing: Orphan Grain Trian & People's City Mission

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.

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.