News & Recent Updates

Member Information Update

March 10, 2019 - St. John is in the process of updating our membership system and contact information. There is found a gold insert in your bulletin which can be used to update or confirm our member information. There is a manila folder in the Narthex where completed sheets can be placed. There are also extra copies provided there that can be used as needed.

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.

Evangelism Committee Update

March 6, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Members of St. John are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Following the committee’s regular, open meeting will be a Bible Study taken from a Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical. (Evangelism Committee...)

Everyone His Witness Workshop - Postponed            

March 6, 2019 - "Everyone His Witness" helps to equip the disciples of Jesus Christ in witnessing to others in everyday lives among the relationships we have with others. The six, one-hour sessions of E1HW will be presented in a one-day, Saturday workshop facilitated by Pastor Toensing here at St. John has been postponed in search of a more convenient date for everyone.

In the meantime, a "general-interest" sign-up sheet remains in the narthex to help field interest of those who would like to participate at a later, chosen date. Future announcements will follow.

Building Committee Update

March 12, 2019 - The Building Committee met on Monday, March 11, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A secondary preliminary plan from ADA was discussed. The committee will be requesting preliminary budgeting figures for this secondary plan in which to compare to the first. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

Men's Bible Study - "Regrets, Reality, Restoration"

March 1, 2019 - The simple truth is life is full of regrets. Imprinted on our psyches, some resist all attempts at erasure. What do we do when the condemning memory of past offense(s) won’t be silenced? Is there a way out beyond our backstory? Regrets, Reality, Restoration shows there is, by sharing the life stories of those who have found resolution and victory over the heartache of their pasts. You are invited to join the men of St. John on March 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall. 

News from the Elders

March 1, 2019 - Dear bothers and sisters in Christ, The Lenten season is upon us. Lenten services will begin next week with Ash Wednesday. We will hold morning services at 10:30 each Wednesday this month, evening services will begin at 7:30. Please join in these special services as we focus on the upcoming suffering, death, and resurrection of our living Lord and Savior. Take a moment also to thank our Pastor as the Lenten season is definitely a season of extra work for him. (More...)


March 1, 2019 - LWML is collecting items for hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train. Items needed are bath towels, wash cloths, bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, and sturdy combs. Bath towels and washcloths should be in good condition and dark colors are recommended. All other items must be new. There is a collection container in the narthex at church. We will collect items during March and April. Thank you for helping to provide these basic needs to people in need.

National LWML has put forth a $5 mite challenge to meet their goal. A gift of $5 will help feed, clothe, and give spiritual support to those in need and hurting. If your would like to help LWML meet their mission support goal, please place your contribution in the Mite Box in the narthex by Sunday, March 17th. Thank you for your support! (More LWML...)

Ladies Aid News

March 1, 2019 - St. John Ladies Aid met on February 27, 2019 with Diane Kahle as hostess. The meeting opened with prayer and singing, "We Praise You O God". Pastor Toensing led us in Bible Study. (More Ladies Aid...)

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

March 1, 2019 - March will be another busy month for us hopefully the weather will soon settle down. Starting on March 6th we will be holding an early 3’s class. We will meet on Wednesdays from 12:15-3:15 p.m. If someone is interested please contact Kathy at the school or 402-826-0611.

Lambs of Christ will be hosting Grandparents day on March 25th and 26th. We are looking forward to having the children share the Preschool with them. We will be explaining the meaning of Lent and preparing for the upcoming Easter season during March and April. We will have a few Birthdays to celebrate this month and hopefully soon can get outside and enjoy some warmer weather. God’s Blessing, Kathy Oelschlager - 402/826-4375

"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 Trian & 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.