News & Recent Updates


Meetings Upcoming

Board of Elder's - Monday, October 4th, 6:30p
Board of Evangelism - TBA
Board of Trustee's - TBA
Board of Education - TBA
Const/Bylaws Cmte - Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30p
Safety Committee - TBA
Ladies Aid  - Wednesday, September 29th, 2:00p
LWML - Tuesday, September 21st, 7:00p
Quilting Group - TBA
Senior Cell Group - TBA

Constitution & Bylaws Committee Update

September 1, 2021 - In helpful connection to an upcoming Bylaws Review Committee's recommendation on proposed changes to the Bylaws of St. John, the committee wishes to point members to a posted update to those discussions/changes as found here on this section of the website. Simply open up the Committee's section for an up-to-date PDF of ongoing conversations.

LYF (Youth Group) to Begin New Year

September 1, 2021 - Youth Group will meet during Bible Class time starting Sunday, September 12. We will meet in the youth room in the basement. All youth in grades 7-12 are part of the youth group. Come and meet new leaders, new youth members, have some fun and start planning for our year! Questions? – contact Shelley Toesning. It's been a long time since we've met. Hope to see everyone there!

Ladies Morning Bible Study

September 1, 2021 - PLAN TO JOIN US Saturday, September 11th, at 10:00 a. m. at church for Ladies’ Morning Bible Study! The plan is to continue with the study guide “Golden Fruit” based on the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23. If you don’t have the study guide, or have lost track of your copy, not to worry—there are extra copies! (Interesting note: the “Fruit” that we’ll begin with in this study is Patience!) Should make for some interesting sharing as we look back at the year we’ve just experienced.

From the Elders

September 1, 2021 - Brothers and Sisters in Christ: School has started, and the Board of Education is planning on kicking the Sunday school year off on Sunday, September 12. That day we are planning the morning service to be held outside by the parsonage and afterwards there will be a potluck picnic with games and a cake walk for everyone to participate. Please plan on attending this unique service and the church picnic afterwards. (More...)

Sunday School Registration Now Open

September 1, 2021 - Sunday School will start September 12, 2021 as part of the Rally Day Fall kick off! Ages 3+ are welcome. Sunday School will start at 10:15 a.m. and conclude at around 11:15 a.m. Snacks, music, lessons and crafts! Please contact Kaylie Brethouwer or any member of the Board of Education with any questions. (Register here...)

Potluck, anyone?

September 1, 2021 - There are those who have an interested in attempting to hold a monthly "popluck" get-together in the Fellowship Hall. For those that are equally interested in joining them, bring something to share for the meal. Even if you aren't the cook-type, bring a bag of chips or cookies. The next gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021. We'll see what sort of pot-'luck' develops.

Volunteers Requested

August 1, 2021 - The members at the Quarterly Voters’ Meeting voted to organize two committees: (1) A St. John 150th Anniversary Committee, of which the congregation will be celebrating its 150 years of God's service in October, 2024 and was formed to prepare for this event. (2) The other is Cemetery Beautification Committee regarding gates and fence. Please contact President Gary Meinke if you are interested in serving on either of these committees.


August 1, 2021 - We would like to thank everyone for your prayers, thoughts and support of our Vacation Bible School program, and the donations received through the kids connected efforts will help fix several wells, will help supply fresh water to a 1000 or more HAITIANS.

To view more about WATER-4-HAITI, go to the Water-4-Haiti web page and click on the Facebook page. Again, thanks to everyone for your support.  

Greeters Requested

August 1, 2021 - There is a request to consider having 'Greeters' begin again at the entrance to our church services on Sunday morning. If you are interested in participating with the startup of this endeavor, please use the signup sheet located in the Narthex. The moving forward with this effort is always dependent upon the healthy continuation of positive trends in association with pandemic.

Ladies Aid Meeting Notes

August 1, 2021 - St. John Ladies Aid met on July 28, 2021, with Barb Meinke as hostess. Diane Kahle led us in singing hymn #770 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, a Bible study on “Neither Height Nor Depth” about Romans 8:38-39, a women’s devotional entitled “So Ask Already”, and then a prayer.  (More...)

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:

  • 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.