News & Recent Updates

2019 Membership Directories

November 1, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee has completed the 2019 Membership Directory. They are located in the Narthex. Please take one copy per family. A heartfelt thank you to the members of the Evangelism Committee for their special efforts to make this project a success!

Join the St. John Choir

November 1, 2019 - It is time to consider joining the choir here at St. John. We will begin on Sunday, November 3 at 8:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We welcome all voices to praise their Lord.

Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

November 1, 2019 - Thank You I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the gift card and special recognition as a member of the staff of Bethlehem. It is truly a privilege to teach the wonderful children of Lambs of Christ.

  • Community Helpers: The classes were blessed to have both the Crete Fire and Rescue Department as well as a member of the Police Department visits us this month. The children were quite attentive and really enjoyed all that each department had to show and tell us about how they keep our community safe.
  • Prayer Partners: At this time we still have 2 children that do not have a partner. The information about each child is on our bulletin board in the hallway by the church office. Becoming a partner is a blessing to both you and the child, stop by and sign up to be part of a child’s life.
  • Pumpkins / Halloween: We learned a lot about pumpkin this month, from the life cycle to carving of jack o lanterns we did some experiments with them and grafted our hypothesis. Each class enjoyed a Halloween party in their costumes.
  • Pancake Feed: Our annual pancake feed will be held November 17th in the fellowship hall following the church service. The children will sing during church and also at 11:30 during the feed. We would love to have you come and enjoy the morning with us.

God’s Blessings, Kathy Oelschlager or 402/826-4375.

Men's Bible Study - "Intersection of Church & State"

November 1, 2019 - The men of St. John will continue in a video series entitled, "Intersection of Church & State" on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

In the U.S. the relationship between church and state is an energetic one. Voices and viewpoints line up across the spectrum. Some would argue from history there should be a "wall of separation" between the two. Others maintain co-existence is not only necessary and inevitable, but can lead to positive results. (...more Men's Bible Study Group...)

News from the Elders

November 1, 2019 - Meaning of Thanksgiving - Praise to God in the Bible, the meaning of thanksgiving reflected adoration, sacrifice, praise, or an offering. Thanksgiving was a grateful language to God as an act of worship.

Rarely, if ever, was thanksgiving extended to any person or thing, except God. The true meaning of Thanksgiving focuses upon relationship. Thanksgiving is a relationship between God and man.

Upon their arrival at New Plymouth, the Pilgrims composed The Mayflower Compact, which honored God. Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging God as faithful, earnestly giving Him thanks, in advance, for His abundant blessings.

"In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6). Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart that reinforces an intimate relationship with God. The Elders of St. John hope you all celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by doing just that, "giving thanks".

Blessings to all of you in Christ. The Elders (Elders...)

Ladies Aid News

November 1, 2019 - St. John Ladies Aid met on October 30, 2019, with LaVonne Nitzel as hostess. The meeting opened by singing "What A Friend We Have in Jesus". Pastor Toensing led us in a Bible Study on the friendship of David and Jonathan. (More...)

Evangelism Committee

November 1, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will meet again for its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 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...)


Giving Takes Many Forms

November 1, 2019 - IRA DISTRIBUTION DIRECTLY TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION - A Qualified Charitable Distribution can be made directly from your IRA if you are 70 ½ or older. The distribution must be made directly to the charitable organization from the trustee of the IRA for it to be nontaxable to the taxpayer. The taxpayer must receive an acknowledgment from the charitable organization. He/she will also receive a 1099-R reporting the distribution, however it is not included in taxable income (but is reported on the tax return). If this is done the distribution does not qualify for a charitable deduction. The distribution does count toward the taxpayer’s Required Minimum Distribution.

FARMERS GRAIN CONTRIBUTIONS - Farmers can make donations of grain to the church at either AGP or Farmer's Cooperative. When making such donations, verify the correct St John Lutheran church is receiving the donation. Farmer's Cooperative account number for our church is 111690. At AGP, make sure the church address is 11400 West Panama Rd Crete NE. There are several St John churches at AGP. Please notify the Treasurer, Finance Secretary or President of grain transferred to the Church account so timely sales can be made.

"Main Street Living"

November 1, 2019 - Today we broadcast on eight TV stations, in six LCMS districts, in the five state area. With the expansion of the program, and the additional Federal government requirements, it costs about $1100.00 per station per week. We do not ask either the Synod or the District to finance this program...the main source of support is from viewers and their families who want this program to continue. The local address for donations is: Main Street Living – Lincoln, 3825 Wildbriar Ln, Lincoln NE 68516.

Schedule for November programs in Lincoln area on KLKN television station at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings:

  • Nov 3-Rev. Marcel Kohlmeyer-St. Johns Lutheran -Tecumseh, NE
  • Nov 10-Rev. Wes Hafner-St. John Lutheran- Oxford, NE
  • Nov 17-Rev. Paul Duffy-St. Paul Lutheran- Kenesaw, NE
  • Nov 24-Rev. Richard Snow-President Nebraska District-Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Used Clothing: Orphan Grain Train & 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.