News & Recent Updates

Pastor Toensing

April 13, 2017 - Pastor Toensing has contacted St. John prior to his arrival wishing to invite members of our congregation to provide him with any and all prayer requests that we as a congregation, and as individual members, wish to share with him. He is very much interested in remaining in prayer along with you and your families even now. He may be contacted via email at when extending those requests.

From the Elders

April 1, 2017 - Praise the Lord! Our prayers for a new shepherd for our congregation have been answered. We are very excited to welcome Pastor Toensing and his wife to our congregation. Please keep them in your prayers as they leave their current congregation, St. John Lutheran at Beecher, Illinois. We also must keep that congregation in our prayers as they now face a vacancy and call procedure for a new pastor.

The elders would like to extend a 'thank-you' to the call committee consisting of the Hoyers, Kortes, and Walkers for their diligent work; a special thanks also to Gary Meinke for all his work in this process.

We also with to recognize the blessings that our church has been enjoying with Pastor Williamson and Pastor Haynes, our vacancy pastors - as well as Pastor Brinkmeyer as they have kept the church running smoothly doing an exceptional job.

We will keep the congregation informed as we learn more exact dates of the Toensing's arrival and installation.

Church Clean-up Day

April 9, 2017 - Church cleanup day will be on Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. We will be meeting at the parsonage as the check-in point and to assign the day's tasks.

Quarterly Council & Voters Meeting

April 9, 2017 - The upcoming quarterly meetings of the Church will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. for the Council and 8:00 p.m. for the general Voter's meeting.

LYF News

April 1, 2017 - LYF is asking for donations for the egg hunt. Candy and small trinkets ONLY please. NO EGGS. Egg hunt will be held on April 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Easter Lilies

April 9, 2017 - Congregational members are welcome to share their Easter Lilies with us on Easter Sunday. Please bring them to the church by noon on Saturday before Easter so they can be arranged for the Easter services. If you have questions, please contact JoAnn Renner, LaVonne Nitzel or Diane Kahle.

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

April 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, April 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"

April 1, 2017 - The Men’s Study group will be moving on to another 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 to attend and take part in this new Men’s Network video study on Thursday, April 11, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

"Love Our Troops" Fundraiser

April 1, 2017 - We are nearing the end of our "Love Our Troops" campaign and  have not collected very many items for them. The collection will be taken to the VFW in Crete and packaged for shipment to military personnel overseas. Please find something on the list to contribute and place it in the marked box in the narthex. A list of the items desired include: Beef Jerky, individual drink-mix packets, snack packages, socks lip balm, small travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, pocket books, crosswords, pencils.

April - Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

An Easter Celebration - The first two weeks of April we will be celebrate the new life we have in Christ. As we celebrate our new life, we look to find new life in the world around us. This will give us the opportunity to learn about eggs and all of the animals that hatch form eggs. We also will be able to watch the plants growing in our living Easter baskets as we talk about living and nonliving things.

Going Anywhere? Transportation is how we get from one place to another. During the second half of the month of April we learn about the many forms of transportation. In Jesus Time we will learn how Jesus’ Disciples shared the good news of Jesus with everyone they met. The ways we get from one place to another may have changed but Jesus’ Good News of Salvation is for all people is still the same.

Grandparent’s Day - The Preschool Children invited their Grandparents to preschool on March 23rd & 24th. I will be sharing more information about our special days in the next newsletter.

2017 – 2018 Enrollment - Open Enrollment has begun at Lambs of Christ Preschool. If you know of a child who is of preschool age please contact the preschool so that we can send information about our preschool to them.

Preschool Graduation - The Preschool Graduation Date has been changed to Monday, May 15th at 7:00 PM. We will still have school on the 15th and 16th as previously scheduled. 

You may reach the school at 402-826-4375 or email us.

LWML & Ladies Aid

April 1, 2017 - St. John Ladies Aid met on February 22, 2017, with Darleen Dittmer as hostess. The meeting opened by singing the hymn ,"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds". (More here...)