News & Recent Updates

Annual Craft & Bake Sale

September 16, 2018 - Plans are currently under development to hold the Annual Craft/Bake Sale & Soup Dinner. The targeted date is Saturday, December 1st. Please be thinking how you can help be a part of this fundraising event. (Options for the fundraising purpose are being discussed also.)

Helpers will also be needed to set up, help with pricing and many other tasks. Please let us know how you can help. Please contact Donna Hillgren at 402.826.0939 or Jolene Reetz at 402.826.9226 with additional questions.

Everyone His Witness Class to Begin

September 7, 2018 - To those who've earlier expressed interest in the “Everyone His Witness” series, to be presented at St. John in a few weeks, Board of Evangelism would like to announce the following six (6) dates in which the material will be shared and discussed with this latest opportunity:Image result for Everyone His Witness

  1. Wednesday, September 26th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, October 10th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, 17th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  4. Wednesday, 24th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  5. Wednesday, November 7th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  6. Wednesday, 14th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

While the start time does appear to be later than normal, the day of the week was found best fitting the majority of those expressing interest. Starting at 8:00 p.m. also allows Midweek School sessions to complete. All attempts will be made to hold to this time period.

If you had not jotted down your name as someone wishing to consider taking part in this, please contact the Evangelism Committee, as there may be an opening; or a second class might be formed at a later date.

Used Bible Collection

September 1, 2018 - The Ladies Aid will be collecting "used" Bibles to be donated for "reuse" by those who need them. Donated Bibles can be placed in a receptacle located in the church entry through September 23rd.

Lutheran Women in Mission

September 1, 2018 - We are so happy to announce LWML Sunday will be September 23rd this year. All of the quilts made for the Hannah House will be on display in church that day. Karen Tiedeman and her group will hand carry them to St. Petersburg to make sure they get to their final destination. We are so grateful to our St. John family for your support of this project and want to share the finished product with you.

Some of you donated quilt batting, used blankets, mattress pads, flannel, tablecloths or drapes which we used to fill the quilts and make them warm enough for Russia’s cold winters. Some donated material to make into quilt squares. Some donated sheets, lightweight blankets or beach towels which were used for the quilt backs. Some donated heavy-duty crochet thread for tying the quilts. Someone even donated a sewing machine! Some took home quilt parts and sewed them together at home. Some cut material into squares. Some sorted donations and organized them.

In the end, many took time out of their busy lives to come and spend a couple days a month putting quilts together, a few lugging their sewing machines with them. To all of you the quilters say thank you for joining in this endeavor. It couldn’t have been done without your help.

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

August 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...)

Are you Camera Shy?

August 12, 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

September 1, 2018 - The Building Committee met on Thursday, August 30th to discuss a Preliminary Plan provided by our architect for a proposed Addition and renovation of our church facility. The Committee discussed initial pros & cons to the preliminary design, but concluded the meeting with the intent of reaching back out to the Architect for additional clarification on the build direction of the Addition prior to making adjustments or changes. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

News from the Elders of St. John 

September 1, 2018 - It’s a new beginning with school already started and many church activities happening. What is your attitude toward participation and sharing of your talents at St. John? There are many ways you can give of yourself. Perhaps God has given you the gift to teach, or maybe you just love to be around children.

Being able to relate to children allows you to witness your faith. Between Sunday School, Midweek and even assisting with the children’s Christmas program, there are plenty of ways to rejoice in the day the Lord has made. Talk to one of the school board members. Otherwise, there’s a host of Bible Studies, including men’s, cell groups, and at various organizational meetings. Contact any one of the elders if you want to be involved and need some guidance. God bless, - St. John Elders

Evangelism Committee Update

September 7, 2018 - The October Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Members of St. John continue to be invited to us in a new branch of study using the Concordia Mission Society "Good News" periodical. The chosen topic will be entitled, "Baptize & Teach". We hope to find this time together to be both educational and spiritually fulfilling. We can each find a way to be a “witness” 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. (Evangelism Committee...)


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"

September 1, 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, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

LWML & Ladies Aid News

September 1, 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

September 1, 2018 - Classes began on August 20th and 21st. At the present time we have 16 students enrolled. We would love to add more so keep spreading the word. We again were blessed to have R2K Photography take our students school pictures for us, thanks Rod and Terri.

We will be looking for Prayer Partners for the new school year. At this time we have 16 children. We will have the information about each child on our bulletin board in the hallway by the church office. Stop and sign up to be part of a child’s life. We will be holding a picnic at the City Park on Thursday Sept 6th at 6:00 pm. We welcome anyone from the congregation to join us. This would be a great opportunity to show the parents how much our preschool program is supported. We do ask that if you are planning to attend to call or text 402-826-0611 so that we have enough hotdogs. Also each family is asked to bring a salad or a dessert. Amy Svarc has agreed to help us out on MWF as our teacher assistant. We are still in need of an assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 – 11:30 a.m.

September will be filled with a lot of new and exciting things happening here at Lambs. Once again thank you for all that you do for the program and continue to keep all the children in your prayers.

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...)