News & Recent Updates

Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey Help

 September 1, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to south Texas with its incredible rainfall amounts. The people of south Texas will need help recovering and rebuilding for a long time. As God has blessed us we have the opportunity to be a blessing to others. We join with our brothers and sisters of the LCMS in providing care to those in need. A special appeal is made to help those in Texas through our Synod’s office of World Relief and Human Care:

Time & Talent Survey

September 1, 2017 - The St. John Evangelism Committee would like to invite each member of our congregation to fill out the available “Time & Talent Survey” found here, or received along with the September newsletter. Members are asked to return them to the Evangelism Committee mailbox in the church narthex. There will also be time available following the Worship Service on September 24th in which to complete and submit them. The hope is to reach as many members as possible during the next couple months, thereby collecting as much information about your desire and ability to assist, and be assisted by, the congregation in the future. Please help make this endeavor a success. –Board of Evangelism ( Time & Talent Survey...)

From the Elders

September 1, 2017 - Summer is winding down & it won't be long and we will be too cold! ... Sounds like a farmer... Never happy...

We didn't win the lottery and don't think anyone from our congregation did either. But as Pastor said in one of his sermons, "The good Lord does provide us with what we need and every gift does come from him." But we all have won the best lottery we could have won or given, that is the gift of heaven. We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer, as it will soon be fall. Soon the words, "Jesus is the reason for the season" will be heard again; they are only 90 days away.

5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ

August 1, 2017 - Beginning at their September meeting, the Evangelism Committee will read and study the book “5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ.” This book encourages believers to realize what we have in Christ and to see that our witnessing is part of our way of life. Witnessing is not following a program, but living out the gracious gifts God gives in our relationships and in helping us build new relationships where we can share the love of Christ. You are invited to join us in reading this small book and learning about witness from what we now and believe in worship. Books are $8. Please let Pastor or Tim McDermott know if you will join us for this study.

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

September 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, September 7, 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 - "A Man Named Martin - The Man"

September 1, 2017 - The Men’s group continues the video series entitled, “A Man Named Martin: Part 1 - The Man”.

“Martin Luther’s Spirit-inspired grasp of justification through faith was the cornerstone of the Reformation. His faith-tested and tried by the fires of religious oppression-remains a standard of Christ-centered endurance for believers today. Learn more about the German reformer in the first of this three-part series from the Lutheran Hour Ministries.”

The group meets at 7:00 p.m. each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Our door is always open to new attendees, with guests equally welcomed. See you on September 12th!

LWML & Ladies Aid

September 1, 2017 - St John Ladies Aid met on Wednesday August 30, 2017. We opened the meeting by singing “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”. (More...)

LWML Coloring Night

REMEMBER what fun that new box of crayons brought? Plan now to join us for an evening of “adult coloring” on Tuesday Sept. 19th at 7:00 PM. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own colored pencils or markers if you prefer. All women are invited for this fun night of fellowship and “coloring.”

As you may also be aware, the LWML has given Christmas gift bags to our shut ins and widows for a number of years. This year we would like to tweak the gifting to become more personal. Instead of making the bags all the same, and often with things recipients may or may not use, we want ideas for something they personally would like to have. We are also reducing the number of bags given to only those who are actually unable to get out. Please help us find meaningful gift ideas and share your thoughts with Sandi Karl or Judi Korte.

Lambs of Christ News

September 1, 2017 - Shine for Jesus We have had a great start to our school year as we shine for Jesus. Currently we have 9 students in our T/Th class and 3 in our M/W/F class. We are hoping to enroll more students as year progresses.

The children started the year learning about the sun and how God created the whole world. A special emphasis will be placed on How God made each one of us and how he continues to bless us. Some skills we will work on this month are shapes, and colors. I am challenging the PS-4 to begin to recognize some color words.

Since our current PS-4 class is smaller we will also be doing lots of extra Science experiments. Meet and Greet Picnic You are invited to join us for the Meet and Greet Picnic. The Picnic will be held on Monday, September 25th at 6:00 PM in the City Park. The Preschool will provide hotdogs, chips and table service. Please bring a salad or desert to share and join in the fun.

Help us Share the News We still have space available in our Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday in our PS-4 class and in our Tuesday / Thursday PS-3 class. If you know of someone who is looking for a preschool please let us know.

Preschool Calendar:
  • Monday, Sept. 4th, No School Labor Day
  • Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, No School Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, September 25th Meet and Greet Picnic 6:00 PM at Crete City Park
  • Sunday, October 15th Preschool Pancake Brunch at Bethlehem 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Parish Notes

Chalice in use for Holy Communion

The Chalice will be in use for Holy Communion beginning September 17th. The Chalice is also called the common cup. As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, Pastor will distribute the wafer, then the assisting Elder will offer the individual cups, and then Pastor will have the chalice. May God bless us as we continue to receive this Sacrament in faith for the forgiveness of our sins. Praise God for giving us this holy meal in which He gives us Himself for our greatest need.


St. John congregation you are invited to the annual Teacher Appreciation and Sunday School Kickoff picnic following the first day of Sunday school and LYF beginning at 11:30am. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The main dish will be provided. Your support of the Youth programs at St. John are greatly appreciated! Thank you , Cathy Hollman, Tammy Homolka and Marla Musil

Adult Bible Class

The Sunday morning Adult Bible class will offer a number of studies this year. We will be doing four to six week sessions. For September and October we will take a new look at some Old Testament figures and stories—we will follow the lessons that the Sunday School children will be following. See if you can figure out the Biblical figures and stories by these titles: No Fireworks? Den of Lions. Building Wisdom. Engulfed and Enraged. God Provides. Burning Water? Hot but Not! We will add a new feature to Bible Class: Q & A time. You will have opportunity to ask a question of Pastor. Questions can be submitted anonymously and Pastor will do his best to answer questions. The members of the Bible Class would also like to make an opportunity for everyone to attend. They have suggested nursery care for those with young children. If you have a child not yet of Sunday School age and you would like to attend Bible Class, would you please let Pastor know. Also, if you would be willing to provide child care during Bible Class, please let Pastor know.

Midweek and Confirmation begins September 13th

Pastor Toensing is looking forward to getting to know his 7th and 8th grade students and sharing the love of Christ with them in Confirmation class. Tim McDermott is excited to continue with our 5th and 6th graders. We have so much to enjoy in God’s awesome creation and in the revelation of His Son Jesus. Please pray for our youth and their instruction in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Initial meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on September 13th for all Midweek students grades 4-8.

Martin Luther Movie Showing at the Isis Theater in Crete October 22nd, 3pm

The movie: “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” will be showing at the Isis Theater in Crete on October 22nd, at 3:00 pm. Tickets will be available through the church office. Tickets are $11 each. The theater will only show the movie if 100 tickets are sold. Please notify Pastor or the church office by October 8th. Pastor Toensing will be accepting your payment.

Joint Reformation Service at Bethlehem Lutheran, October 29th

Please make note of the Reformation service, September 29th. There will be no worship at St. John that Sunday. There will be no Sunday School that Sunday. We will be participating with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete. Worship will be at 10:00 am, with Holy Communion. There will be a luncheon following. We pray that this joint venture between St. John and Bethlehem will give witness to the unity we share as Lutherans in our community. We pray that it may be a blessing for us to see the working relationship we share with our brothers and sisters in the faith at Bethlehem. There will be more information in the October newsletter and please check the Sunday bulletins for updates. We would like to have three greeters (or pairs of greeters) for the Reformation service at Bethlehem. If you are willing to assist with this, please let Pastor Toensing know. Thank you.

Thank you to Blythe

We thank Blythe Dewey for her service to our congregation as church office secretary for the last nine months. We were blessed to have her take over during the vacancy and she made a smooth transition for Pastor Toensing in his first months. We pray God’s blessings on Blythe and her family as she steps away from her position with us to give attention to her growing family. Thank you, Blythe. With deepest love in Christ and thanksgiving for your work, the congregation of St. John.