News & Recent Updates


Meetings Upcoming

Board of Elder's - Monday, December 6, 6:30p
Board of Evangelism - December - TBA
Board of Trustee's - November - TBA
Board of Education - November - TBA
Const/Bylaws Cmte - January - TBA
Safety Committee - December - TBA
Ladies Aid  - December - TBA
LWML - December - TBA
Ladies Bible Study - December - TBA
Quilting Group - December - TBA

Advent Worship Services

December 1, 2021 - Our Advent Worship Services will be held each Wednesday through Advent with a Matins Service at 10:30 a.m. and a Vespers Service at 7:30 p.m. We pray each of us may find time to attend at either opportunity to look forward to the celebration of Christ on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning too!

  • December 1: "Advent Silence - Zechariah's Story" (Luke 1)
  • December 8: "Advent Expectation - Elizabeth's Story" (Luke 1)
  • December 15: "Advent Faith - Mary's Story" (Luke 1)
  • December 22: "Advent Action - Joseph's Story" (Matthew 1)
  • Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Service - 9:00 a.m.

St. John Church Informational Update

December 1, 2021 - There are plans to update our membership system & contact information. In 2019, a St John Membership Directory was completed. In light of changing times, we plan to put together a new directory (minus the pictures) in January 2022. Emergency notifications, such as cancellation of services, requires updated church membership information to be effective. Many families have cancelled their land lines in favor of cell phones, have a new email address, or have moved to a new address. Members are asked to forward to Chris at and updates associated with your family since the last directory. Please complete the form found on the table in the Narthex and put in the manila envelope. Thank you for your assistance.

Ladies Aid Meeting Notes

December 1, 2021 - St. John Ladies Aid met on November 17, 2021, with Diane Kahle as hostess. We sang hymn #577 “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast” and then Pastor Toensing led us in a Bible study on “The Sower” from Mark 4 and a prayer. (Meeting Minutes & More...)

A New Cookbook in the Works

December 1, 2021 - St. John Ladies Aid will celebrate 100 years of service to our congregation in January of 2023. In commemoration of that anniversary, the Ladies Aid is planning to publish a new cookbook. We will need YOUR help, of course!

All members of St. John, past and present, (kids too) are encouraged to share recipes for this new cookbook. There are so many new ideas and ways of cooking now so it will be fun to see all of your new recipes as well as any and all “old” ones. There will be several ways to submit your recipes, and there will be more information to come on how to do that as the months go by, so watch for notes in the Sunday bulletins and in the monthly newsletters.

Children's Christmas Program

October 24, 2021 - Christmas is right around the corner! The Board of Education has been meeting and are very excited to start planning the annual Christmas program. This year's program, entitled "The Amazing Story of Christmas", will take place during the Sunday morning Worship Service on December 19th at 9:00 a.m.

Constitution & Bylaws Committee Update

November 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.

Ladies Morning Bible Study

October 1, 2021 - PLAN TO JOIN US at church for Ladies’ Morning Bible Study! Please see the church calendar for dates and times. 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.

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.