News & Recent Updates

COVID-19 - Notice of Cancellation

March 16, 2020 - This notice is to inform you of decisions that have been made regarding worship, education, and fellowship activities. Communications have been held with the Elders, President and Vice-President of our congregation, and the Board of Education to make these decisions. The CDC, the President of these United States, and the Governor of Nebraska, have recommended that there be no more than 10 people gathering together in any one place. Therefore, St. John will be cancelling all activities for the next two weeks. This is being done to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and to care for the many in our congregation that are in the high risk category for having severe reactions should they be infected by such a virus.

The church council will be meeting at some time to discuss our situation and plan for the weeks and months ahead should there be more developments. We will provide for worship as best as possible for you as a family through this website for the short term. Other ideas for worship, study and instruction are being formulated for the short-term as well as the long-term.

Hygiene Kits

March 1, 2020 - Both the Sunday School children and LWML are 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.

VBS 2020 - Mark Your Calendars

March 1, 2020 - "Rainforest Explorers", the topic for the upcoming 2020 VBS program, is now scheduled for July 26-30th. VBS Sunday will then be celebrated on August 2, 2020. We're looking for volunteers, specifically a craft leader. If you are interested, please contact Kaylie Brethouwer or any member of the Board of Education. We look forward to learning how "Jesus leads the way"! (VBS...)

Scholarship Fund

March 1, 2020 - 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.

From the Elders

March 1, 2020 - We all want to thank the L.Y.F. for another successful Valentine’s Day dinner. Our congregation is blessed that our young adults take an active role in serving the church and our Lord.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with Sunday school. This is a good opportunity to work with and get to know our youth while teaching a Bible lesson and making crafts. If you are interested in helping, please speak with Pastor or a school board member. Also, please attend Adult Bible Study after worship.

We have a lot of volunteers leading it this year that do a great job. With spring right around the corner, it is a busy time of year with all the outside activities. Please keep the Lenten midweek services on your schedule so that we may look to the resurrection of Christ and the joy of Easter morning. God Bless, The Elders (Elders...)

Ladies Aid & LWML Update

March 1, 2020 - St. John Ladies Aid met on February 26, 2020, with Carol Brinkmeyer as hostess. Pastor Toensing led us in prayer and we finished the Bible Study on Hesekiah. After Bible Study, Pastor had a prayer and we sang "In the Cross of Christ I Glory".  (Read More...)

"Main Street Living"

March 1, 2020 - Spring is the season where we can observe God’s creation more dynamically than any other time of the year. Trees that appear to be dead, start budding with new life. Farmers will till the soil and plant the years crops and watch as they start growing. The robins that flew south to avoid the winter, now return.

Spring is also a time when we can experience a renewal of our faith. PRAISE THE LORD!

Local listings for our broadcasts are on Channel KLKN Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

  • March 1-Rev. Dirk Reek-Concordia University, Seward
  • March 8-Rev. Stuart Freese-NE District, Plymouth
  • March 15-Rev. Chris Hazzard-St. Paul Lutheran, Minden
  • March 22-Rev. John Cotton-Christ LC, Nebraska City
  • March 29-Rev. Chris Hazzard-St. Paul Lutheran, Minden 

Mission Central News

March 1, 2020 - Plan now to take a group from your congregation out to visit Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa to hear from these missionaries.

  • March 21, 1:00—Rev. John and Anita Clausing, Tanzania
  • May 23, 1:00—Deaconess Carol Halter, Hong Kong
  • June 13, 1:00—Rev. Eric Stinnett and Family, Ethiopia
  • July 25, 1:00—Matt and Dee Dee Wasmund & Family, Korea
  • August 29, 1:00—Rev. Dr. Mark Rabe and family, Ethiopia

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.