News & Recent Updates

LWML Mission Field Presentation

June 10, 2018 - On Sunday, June 17th, Gary Thies, Mission Development Counselor for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will be giving a presentation to the congregation at the 9:00 a.m. Service and also at the Bible Class afterwards. Gary will be excited to share what is happening in the mission field of our church around the world. Invite a friend or family member to join you, whereby you too can be a missionary!

Church Work Day Update

June 9, 2018 - Members were asked and responded to the Church work day held at St. John for much of today. A great many things were accomplished throughout the morning and into the afternoon. The Trustees wish to thank all who helped and made this a successful workday! Your labor is appreciated.

Building Committee Update

June 20, 2018 - The committee is currently working through some introductory meetings with potential architects for a proposed church Addition. The committee will gain a better understanding of the phases involved, costs to design and hopefully learn enough to share general construction cost estimates based solely upon general information. It is likely that in order to begin a realistic, workable plan/concept upon the direction of our membership, the Voters will need to discuss and provide initial funding to begin the preliminary design phase. Members can check the church website for updates or organized committee meetings as we progress. It is the hope of the committee to have enough information gathered by the next Voters meeting allowing for a continued, forward movement. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

From the Elders

June 1, 2018 - Brothers and sisters in Christ, "Congratulations" and "Thankful"—two important words for June. Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates—from kindergarten, 8th grade, high school, college, and post-grads. May God bless you and help keep you strong in your faith as you continue your journey in life. Thankful—as we celebrate Father’s Day, we are thankful for our Heavenly Father and all He has given us and continues to give us for our salvation. We thank Him also for our earthly fathers and pray He gives them strength to guide their families with love and faith.

Please remember these upcoming events: The Annual Fish Boil, a Potluck honoring Pastor Brinkmeyer and our 2018 Summer Vacation Bible School.

Evangelism Committee Update

June 5, 2018 - The July Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 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)

Plunge into VBS 2018!

June 1, 2018 - Register now for Splash Canyon Vacation Bible School! Fill out the registration form located on the table in the narthex, or by clicking here for a printable copy.

Life is full of thrills and spills! We don’t know what’s around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon VBS, God’s children of all ages learn the good news that God is with us and keeps His promises to us on life’s wild ride!

As a potential staff member volunteer for Splash Canyon VBS, you'll have fun and share the Splash Canyon message with the kids! If you can help full or part time, we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Fill out the registration form located on the table in the church narthex. For further information, call or email Cathy Hollman at 540-0435.

Plunge in for VBS fun at Splash Canyon! (More...)


June 1, 2018 - PLEASE JOIN US for a quilt day on Thursday, June 7, any time from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. 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.

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

June 13, 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

June 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 1, 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

June 1, 2018 - 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. I will be checking the messages on a regular basis. The first day of school for the 2018 – 2019 school year will be Monday, August 20th.

Lambs of Christ will be holding its annual Garage Sale at Bethlehem Fellowship Hall on Friday, June 22 8:00AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, June 23, 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon. If you would like to donate items for the sale drop them off at Bethlehem starting Wednesday, June 20th between 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Tell your friends and come support Lambs of Christ.

Future, Current and Past students are invited to join us at the Lambs of Christ Playground from 9:30 – 11:00 AM. Children will have the opportunity to meet up with friends and play on the playground. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the classroom. Popsicles will be served to help us cool off after a great time of play. Watch the preschool Facebook page for date to take place in July.

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...)