News & Recent Updates

Pastor Toensing Accepts Our Call

March 19, 2017 - As many of you know, St. John had earlier sent a formal call to Rev. Maynard Toensing, and have recently learned of his acceptance. In nearing a year-long process, with much help and assistance from our Circuit Visitor, we are blessed to continue the work of our Church in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with each other, with our community and to others as He sees fit with Pastor Toesing as our spiritual leader. Please keep Pastor Toensing and his wife in your prayers as he transitions his life and responsibility to their new home at our congregation.

We have been twice blessed, and should continue to keep in our prayers also, with all the pastors that have helped St. John during this time of vacancy; Pastor Williamson, Haynes, Brinkmeyer, Griser, Jacobsen and Snow.

With many such things to plan and accomplish, we are told to expect Pastor Toensing arriving sometime in late May after Confirmation and the end of the school year.

From the Elders

March 1, 2017 - As many of you may know, we have sent a formal call to Rev. Toensing, and are currently awaiting a reply and planned visit. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he deliberates the call. We also ask that you keep in your prayers all the pastors that have helped St. John out during this time of vacancy; Pastor Williamson, Haynes , Brinkmeyer, Griser, Jacobsen and Snow.

The elders are looking into a group celebration on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with Bethlehem in Crete. Ideas have been bounced around about a large service in a neutral location and a possible dinner afterwards. If anyone is interested in serving on the planning committee with Bethlehem, please contact one of the Elders.

LYF News

March 1, 2017 - A meeting will be held for LYF on Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

March 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Please join us any time during those hours. Please bring something to share for lunch and bring a scissors. No sewing experience necessary. The quilts are primarily donated to Orphan Grain Train and most go to the orphanages in Russia and the Baltic nations. Thank you for your help with this project.

New Men's Bible Study - How We Got the Bible

March 1, 2017 - The Men’s Study group will be moving on to another video series entitled, “How We Got The Bible featuring Dr. Paul L. Maier”. The story of the Bible has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” But did you ever wonder where the Bible came from? Who wrote it? Why did they write it? Who decided which books to include? In this study, Dr. Paul Maier travels to The Bible Museum in Goodyear, Arizona, to take a look at, “how we got the Bible”. Thereby, the men of St. John wish to invite all those interested to attend and take part in this new Men’s Network video study.

New Church Secretary

January 1, 2017 - St. John is happy to welcome Blythe Dewey as our new Secretary here in our congregation. Her office hours will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. to Noon. Blythe's church secretary email address is

March - Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

Thank You! We would like to thank everyone who supported us at the chili feed. We raised approximately $2,000 to support our operating budget. Thanks for making Lambs of Christ a part of your mission outreach.

2017 – 2018 Enrollment: Open Enrollment has begun at Lambs of Christ Preschool. If you know of a child who is of preschool age please contact the preschool so that we can send information about our preschool to them.

Preschool Sneak Peek: Children who are interested in attending Lambs of Christ for the first time are invited to join us for a Sneak Peak. The children are invited to join us from 9:00 – 10:30 to learn about a preschool day. A Sneak Peak into Preschool will be held for the M/W/F class on Wednesday, March 8th for children age 4 by Aug. 1. Children who will be 3 by Aug. 1 are invited to join the T/Th class on Thursday March 9th. Please RSVP to Preschool if you would like to join us for a Sneak Peak Event. You may reach us at 402-826-4375 or email us at

LWML & Ladies Aid

St. John Ladies Aid met on February 22, 2017, with Darleen Dittmer as hostess. The meeting opened by singing the hymn ,"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds".

Carol Brinkmeyer led us in Bible Study on "Esther, Queen of the Pagans". We will continue studying Esther next month.

Roll call was taken with nine members present. The minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was given and accepted. NEW BUSINESS: A thank you card was read from Shirley Vosika, thanking the Ladies Aid for the Christmas gift.

Next month our meeting will be held on March 29th, with Irene Reiss as hostess. The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer and table prayer. -Shirley Reetz, Secretary