News & Recent Updates

Prairie Fire: Building Bridges

July 1, 2017 - The Evangelism Committee encourages members to consider attending "Prairie Fire: Building Bridges", a workshop to be held at Concordia, Seward on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. More information can be found in the May/June Nebraska District Reporter. The workshop will focus on building "genuine, caring relationships" with people in our community.

Fish Boil

July 1, 2017 - You are invited to a fundraising event with fun & fellowship at Kramer Hall on Sunday, July 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please join us at our annual fish boil. Not only will you enjoy a tasty meal, but you will have an opportunity to share in the ministry of giving and caring for many of God's children who are in great need through this outreach mission arm of Orphan Grain Train.

Portals of Prayer

July 1, 2017 - Portals of Prayer catalogs are now available for the months of July through September. Please feel free to pick one up on your way in or out of the Church on Sunday mornings.

Note from the Elders

July 1, 2017 - Brothers and sisters in Christ, Greetings and God’s blessings to all of you from the Elders. We hope you are enjoying your summer as we look forward to a busy July. While summer includes many activities, please remember to make weekly worship a part of your regular summer schedule.

The annual fish boil will be held Sunday July 9th after the church service at the Kramer Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy a delicious meal & fellowship while supporting the Orphan Grain Train.

VBS is scheduled for July 23rd – 27th this year with the picnic following church service on July 30th. Please consider volunteering your time and skills. In addition to your own children, please be thinking of others to invite. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun while learning about Jesus.

Finally, a warm welcome to our new Pastor and his family. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin a new journey with us. As there are many new names and faces for them to learn, remember to wear your name tags! Thanks be to God for guiding us through our vacancy, and praise God for blessing us with our new Pastor and his family! Yours in Christ...

Vacation Bible School

July 1, 2017 - Our church is hosting an exciting Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School on July 23rd to 27th, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. A meal will be provided by volunteers from 5:00 to 5:30. It will be a great time for kids to grow in faith as they explore God’s Word. The children will sing on Sunday, July 30th. We pray that Mighty Fortress gives us opportunities to introduce children and their families to Christ and our church.

We hope to help our own children grow in their faith in Jesus and to reach out to children in our neighborhood. This makes VBS a key outreach ministry in our congregation and local community. Please feel free to donate, volunteer, and bring your children to join with us for the fun! (More about VBS 2017...)

VBS Volunteering Meeting

A volunteering meeting will be held on Monday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for everyone helping with VBS. We will be discussing our plans and you will receive a packet relative to your job. If volunteers can't make the meeting, please call Marla at 402.821.2149 or email her.

Board of Evangelism - "Seven Things to Help Connect with Visitors" by Cara Meredith,

July 1, 2017 - It isn’t always easy when a new visitor recently moved into our area and had to switch churches – or is looking for a church for the first time in many years. Whether you attended St. John since birth, or just celebrated your one-year anniversary in this church, you can be assured there have been people among you visiting our worship service for the first time. And, no matter how long or how involved you find yourself with the body of Christ it’s easy not to see the visitors among you. It can also be easy for those same visitors to somehow be turned away from the church. (More...)

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

June 25, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, July 6, 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.

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

July 1, 2017 - The Men’s Study group has enjoyed a 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”. The men of St. John wish to invite all those interested in attended to take part in the continuation of this Men’s Network video study on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. here at the church.

June - Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

July 1, 2017 - Preschool Garage Sale We would like to thank everyone who donated and shopped at the Preschool Garage Sale. We raised $1,134.55 to help support the preschool mission. This is a record amount for the garage sale fundraiser. Clothing that did not sale was donated to the Orphan Grain Train Mission.

The Preschool is on summer break. If you need to speak to someone at the preschool please call Bethlehem Lutheran Church 402- 826-4359 or e-mail us at

The Lambs of Christ Preschool will begin on Monday, August 21st for the M/W/F class and Tuesday, August 22nd for the T/Th class. An Open House for students in the M/W/F class will be held on Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30 p.m. The T/Th class will have an Open House on Thursday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m.

You may reach the school at 402-826-4375, or contact them via email.

LWML Prayer Service

July 1, 2017 - The ladies of the LWML will be hosting our annual prayer service on Tuesday July 18th at 7:00 PM, to be followed with refreshments. The Prayer Service will be held in the sanctuary and is open to the whole family, including men and children. Please join us as we praise the Lord and Celebrate 75 years of the LWML in a relaxed worship setting; “Commending Christ from One Generation to Another.” Hope to see many of you there!

LWML & Ladies Aid

July 1, 2017 - The St. John Ladies Aid met on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. We opened the meeting by singing "How Great Thou Art". Pastor Toensing led us in the Bible Study on Judges, chapter 13; the birth of Sampson.

Roll call was taken with ten members present and two guests, Jolene Reetz and Shelly Toensing. The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved and the treasurers' report was given and approved. (More...)