News & Recent Updates

Church Family Picnic

September 1, 2019 - The Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 29th. There will be Sunday School, LYF and Adult Bible Classes while things are set up for the Picnic at 11:00 a.m. It will be a "pot-luck" (main dishes, sides, salads and desserts). The Elders will supply drinks. The LYF will have games for the children after we eat. Please plan on joining us for this fall fellowship time!

Midweek Classes to Begin

September 1, 2019 - The initial meeting for the beginning of Midweek classes this Fall will begin on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. for parents of students in the 4th through 8th Grade. Parents and students should plan on attending.

LYF Roadside Cleanup

September 1, 2019 - The LYF group will undergo the Fall Roadside Cleanup chore on Sunday, September 15th following the morning worship services. They will be looking for some adult volunteers to help and someone that could pick up the safety vests and signs from Lincoln. Please contact Adam Hughes if you're available to help. (More LYF...)

Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

September 1, 2019 - I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the wonderful support I have received since my hip replacement surgery in July. I am doing well and hopefully will be rid of the cane soon. I want to give a special thanks to the preschool board and my assistants for helping me prepare the classroom since I am still recovering. The donations of classroom supplies has been wonderful, we truly appreciate them. We are excited for another year to be able to work alongside the Pastor to instill the love of Jesus in our young children. We are truly blessed by the way the congregation has supported the preschool all of these years. I want to see our program continue to grow and with your love and support I believe it will.

CLASSES: Classes began on August 22nd and 23rd. At the present time we have 10 students enrolled. We would love to add more so keep spreading the word. We can enroll students at any time. In January we will be offering the early 3’s program again for those that were not old enough in August.

PRAYER PARTNERS: I will be looking for Prayer Partners for the new school year. At this time we have 10 children. I will have the information about each child on our bulletin board in the hallway by the church office. Stop and sign up to be part of a child’s life.

MEET & GREET: We will be holding a picnic at the City Park on Tuesday Sept 10h at 6:00 pm. I welcome anyone from the congregation to join us. This would be a great opportunity to show the parents how much our preschool program is supported. I do ask that if you are planning to attend give me a call or text 402-826-0611 so that we have enough hotdogs. Also each family is asked to bring a salad or a dessert.

I know that September will be filled with a lot of new and exciting things happening here at Lambs. Once again thank you for all that you do for the program and continue to keep all the children in your prayers. God’s Blessings, Kathy Oelschlager

Men's Bible Study - "Lost Books?"

September 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, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you there! (Men's Bible Study Group...)

News from the Elders

September 1, 2019 - Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, As the summer days begin to dwindle, we will start our fall activities. With Sunday School starting, we are in need of volunteers. Anyone who can give a few Sundays to help with our youth would be greatly appreciated.

September 29th will be our church picnic. This year the picnic will be a potluck, so please bring your FAVORITE main dish, side, salad, or dessert. The Elders will provide the drinks.

Finally, as high schools and universities begin their fall team sports, may we here at St John do the same for God’s team, working together to spread His Word or volunteering to help with church activities such as Sunday School, LYF or Bible Class. You’ll never know how good you can be until you try! As it is written in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Elders...)

Ladies Aid News

September 1, 2019 - St. John Ladies Aid met on August 28, 2019, with Barb Meinke as hostess. The meeting opened by singing "My Faith Looks Up To Thee". In Pastor Toensing's absence, Carol Brinkmeyer led us in Bible Study on "Why Do We Keep Fooling Around"? (More Ladies Aid & LWML...)

Evangelism Committee

September 5, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will meet again for its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 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...)

Women's Bible Study

September 1, 2019 - All women of the congregation are invited and encouraged to join us on Saturday morning, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. 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. (More... Women's Bible Study Group...)

Quilt Day

September 1, 2019 - The next quilt day will be Thursday, September 5, 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.

"Main Street Living"

Main Street Living is unique in several ways. Their motto is: Locally Produced, Regionally Recognized, with a Message for the World.

Locally Produced...At this time there are six different programs, produced in six host cities (of which Lincoln, Nebraska is one). Each program features Pastors from the coverage area.

Regionally Recognized...All six Host Cities use the Main Street Living name and logo. It is a goal for all areas to have the same distinctively Lutheran look of the program.

With a Message for the World...The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is reputed as a Bible based, Word and Sacrament ministry throughout the world. The integrity of the Word is paramount in producing this television ministry.

Funding: Main Street Living receives all funding from individuals wishing to spread the word to their neighbors and friends. The address for the Lincoln office is: Main Street Living – Lincoln, 3825 Wildbriar Ln, Lincoln, NE 68516.

The August schedule for Lincoln KLKN television station Sundays at 10:30 am:

  • Aug 4 Rev. Adam Archer of St John Lutheran Church in Ord, NE
  • Aug 11 Rev. Matthew Tassey of St Paul Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE
  • Aug 18 Rev. Scott Porath of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eagle, NE
  • Aug 25 Rev. Jeff Kudes of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, NE

Please share this ministry with those who are home bound or unable to attend any church services.

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.