News & Recent Updates

Church Council & Voters Meeting

July 1, 2019 - Members are reminded of the forthcoming Council and Voters meeting to be held ​respectively on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

2019 Fish Boil

July 8, 2019 - The 2019 Annual Fish Boil, with proceeds helping to fund the work of Orphan Grain Train, took place again at Kramer Hall in Kramer on Sunday, July 7, 2019. This great event was enjoyed by all. (Learn more...)

Men's Bible Study - "Lost Books?"

July 1, 2019 - Ever wondered if some texts were intentionally excluded from the Bible and why? In Lost Books? The Men’s Net Work looks at why some ancient writings failed to make the cut for inclusion, why other texts most definitely met the standard, and why others, including those “gospels” found in the last century, came up short. All men of the congregation are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you there! (Men's Bible Study Group...)

Building Committee Update

June 25, 2019 - The Building Committee met to review previously obtained plans and prepare to update the membership on initial, potential costs for each design as provided by the architects. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

News from the Elders

July 1, 2019 - Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Summer vacation is half over which means Vacation Bible School is close and will be held this year on July 21th to the 25th. Please make sure to enroll your children, grandchildren or friends of your family. Also if you would like to volunteer to help with this event, let Kaylie Brethouwer or one of the other Board of Education members know.

Thank you to everyone who will, and have, provided food or helped with the Orphan Grain Train fish boil. It is wonderful that our church can help raise money for this organization. The next voters meeting will be held on Sunday, July 28, right after church. Please plan on attending. (Elders...)

Ladies Aid News

July 1, 2019 - St. John Ladies Aid met on June 26, 2019, with Carol Brinkmeyer serving as hostess. The meeting opened by singing "God Bless Our Native Land". In Pastor Toensings absence, Diane Kahle led us in Bible Study on Judging others. (More Ladies Aid & LWML...)

VBS 2019 - July 21-25, 2019

May 1, 2019 - VBS 2019 is scheduled for July 21-25 from 5:00—7:30 p.m. Registration for kids and volunteers are now available...tell your friends! Those with any early questions are to please contact Kaylie Brethouwer.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their child in one of two ways; (1) Download the PDF enrollment application, print and return to the church or email back to Kaylie or (2) Using the online enrollment process. Visit the VBS page for further details.

Evangelism Committee

July 3, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will meet again for its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 6, 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...)

Photo’s Wanted – Picture Perfection Unnecessary            

May 22, 2019 - As the Evangelism Committee works in conjunction with the Church office to develop, publish and distribute an updated Membership Photo Directory this Fall, there is practicality in the use of the very same photo’s recently placed on the narthex family photo board to be used within the printed directory itself; albeit, in thumbnail form. If we’ve failed to take your, or your family’s, photo as of yet, please reach out to one of the Evangelism Committee members (Tim McDermott, Bonnie Bleich, Deb Walker or Carol Brinkmeyer) and they will happily capture your image on a Sunday morning to be used for both these purposes.            

Members are equally invited to send their digital photo’s (or replacement photo’s – if you’d like to use another) for use in the 2019 Photo Directory via email to Tim at The Evangelism Committee has set July 31st as their target date to obtain as many member photo’s as hoped.            

For those unaware of the pragmatic approach to the development of an in-house directory at this time, the committee would like to point attention further down the road in celebration of St. John’s 150th Anniversary. This would be an ideal place in time to plan a professional publication, using a company such as “Lifetouch” to schedule professional sittings for family photos, while incorporating valued historical data and images into this special Anniversary Edition in 2024.

Women's Bible Study

July 1, 2019 - All women of the congregation are invited and encouraged to join us on Saturday morning, July 6th at 10:00 in the church basement for fellowship and Bible study. Coffee and bottled water and study books are provided. We are working through the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22- 23) focusing now on Love. Enough copies of the study book were ordered for everyone who signed up for Bible study. If you are still interested, please feel free to pick up a copy from the shelf next to the TV in the fellowship hall. The study book is entitled Golden Fruit. You won’t be disappointed. (Women's Bible Study Group...)

Bible Class - One-Hit Wonders

May 1, 2019 -  There are a few books in the Bible that are short; five of which are only one chapter long. And there are some single chapters throughout the Bible that seem to stand out. There are also some people in the Bible that were instrumental in a single story. The Sunday Bible Class will be taking time for a quick look at some “One Hit Wonders”.

Over the next couple of months, we will take a look at some singe chapters or single books with one chapter or even just a few short stories. In May our study will explore Obadiah, Deborah (Judges 4), Philemon, and “The Fourth Man in the Fire” (Daniel 3). All are invited!

Quilt Day

April 23, 2019 - The next quilt day will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come when you can and leave as needed. Bring a pair of scissors and something to share for lunch. No sewing experience necessary. Come join us for Fun, food and fellowship!

We are always in need of help with supplies for the quilts too. Each quilt is filled with something to increase the warmth. If you have old blankets, mattress pads, drapery, etc., we can use them for filling. They should be clean but it is okay for them to be stained, worn or even with holes in them; since they will be completely covered up anyway. Whatever you can find to donate will be appreciated. Please place your items in the quilt box in the narthex.

St. John Prayer Chain

March 1, 2019 - There is an effort to organize a new church prayer chain. If you choose to participate, you have the option of receiving prayer requests via email or phone. Pastor will be setting up an email to be used specifically for prayer requests, and LWML will organize those who wish to receive phone calls. If you would like to be part of the prayer chain, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. We hope to start the chain in April. If you have questions regarding the prayer chain, please see Pastor.

"Main Street Living"

March 1, 2019 - UPDATE: There is an address change for donations to Main Street Living. This is a television program that has been airing on KLKN on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The new address is: Main Street Living – Lincoln, 3825 Wildbriar Ln, Lincoln NE 68516.

Main Street Living is a television program that has been airing throughout South Dakota for 17 years. Recently they engaged in expanding into surrounding areas. This program will begin airing in Lincoln on KLKN on Sunday morning October 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will open with re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” television series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service and will feature local Pastors from the KLKN broadcast area. A different Pastor from Missouri Synod churches in the area will be featured on the program each week.

The prime goal is to offer a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis.

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.