News & Recent Updates

Thanksgiving Pies

November 12, 2017 - The LYF group would like to invite members to give all members thought to ordering pies for their Thanksgiving dinners. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex of the church. A suggested price of $10.00 would be appreciated. Pie choices include apple, pumpkin, pecan and cherry. That's some good eatin' folks! Order your pies and help your young LYF group with the same mouthful!

Christmas Program

November 12, 2017 - This year's Children's Christmas program is slated for Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. Program practice will be held during Sunday school every Sunday  until the program. With the help of our kids, their parents and all our congregational members, we hope to make this a special event!

Bake sale, Craft Fair & Soup Dinner

November 1, 2017 - St. John is hosting a bake sale, craft fair, and soup dinner on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00a to 1:00p and also on Sunday November 12th after church. We will also have a cookie bar! Members should be thinking and working on something to donate for this fundraising event. This year, the proceeds will go toward the Concordia Scholarship fund. If you have any questions, please call Donna Hillgren at 402- 826-0939 or Jolene Reetz at 402-826-3287.

Time & Talent Survey

October 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 an earlier newsletter. Members are asked to return them to the Evangelism Committee mailbox in the church narthex. If you missed the opportunity following the Worship Service on September 24th in which to complete and submit them, please pick one up and return it as soon as possible. The hope is to reach as many members as possible during the next couple months and collect as much information about your desire and ability to assist in congregational functions in the future. Please help make this endeavor a success. –Board of Evangelism ( Time & Talent Survey...)

From the Elders

November 1, 2017 - With the month of November starting with the observance of All Saints Day, we take time to reflect on the people that have passed away this year but knowing that we have been blessed to have had them in our lives. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15. Sunday school classes still need volunteers for activities so please consider signing the sheet located in the Narthex as to how you can help. The Thanksgiving day service will be held at 9:00 a.m. If you have not already, this is a good opportunity to invite friends and family to our service to share in the word of our Lord. Have a happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

Gluten-Free Wafers: Wine with Less Alcohol We wish to care for one another in the Church. We are thankful for better medical and health knowledge. We understand that there are some people who benefit from a gluten-free diet and some who are sensitive to alcohol. There are gluten-free wafers that are made for use in the Lord’s Supper and there is wine available that goes through a process that removes most of the alcohol. Pastor and the Elders would like to offer these if there is a need among any of us in the congregation. If you would like gluten-free wafers or wine with far less alcohol content, would you please let Pastor or an Elder know so that we can have this available for you.


November 1, 2017 - LYF News The youth would like to thank St. John for helping the LYF plan and execute a successful, enjoyable “Trunk or Treat” event for the kids and their families on October 27th. The LYF will continue to meet each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Bible Study and/or Activity meetings as needed. November 5th will see the LYF hold their annual election of officers, now that previous meetings brought forth nominations for consideration. The LYF would also like to invite members to give thought to placing orders for a Thanksgiving pie. There will be a sign-up sheet located in the narthex in which to place orders. The youth are considering Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan and Cherry. The cost will be $10 per pie. Plan to pick them up on Sunday, November 19th or after the Thanksgiving Day worship service. We encourage all our members to keep the teens, and all youngsters, in prayer always. (...see LYF page...)

Building Committee Updates

November 1, 2017 - The newly formed Building Committee would like to thank all our members who’ve taken the time to consider and provide vital information within an earlier provided survey in helping form a unified plan when considering expressed current and future needs associated with the church facility. The committee will continue to accept the return of additional survey’s but wish to schedule a November meeting in order to discuss and build upon the priorities that members have shared leading up to this meeting. Please watch your church bulletin or visit the Building Committee page on the church website, for ongoing updates. (...see Building Committee page...)

Evangelism Committee Update & Invitation

November 1, 2017 - The November Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7th. Members of St. John are invited to attend as we continue working through the book, “5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ”, with reading and open discussion. This book encourages believers to realize what we have in Christ and to see that our witnessing is part of our daily walk in life. Witnessing is found when living out the gracious gifts God gives in our connections with others and in helping us build new relationships where we can share the love of Christ. There are several of these books still available when you join us. Books are currently $8.00. (...see Evangelism Committee page...)

Men's Bible Study - "A Man Named Martin - The Man"

November 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 men of St. John meet at 7:00 p.m. each 2nd Tuesday of the month. Our door is always open to new members, with guests equally welcomed. See you on Tuesday, November 14th!

LWML & Ladies Aid Meeting

November 1, 2017 - The Ladies Aid met on October 25, 2017, with LaVonne Nitzel serving as hostess. The meeting opened by singing the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me". Pastor Toensing led us in Bible Study on Psalm139:23a “Search me, O God and know my heart". Roll call was taken with 12 members present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was given and approved. (Read more...)

LWML Update

All women are invited! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us on the afternoon of October 8th for the Lincoln Zone LWML Fall Rally to be held at Lutheran Family Services. Our guest speaker Joel Stoltenow, Development Officer at Lutheran Family Services will share news of some exciting new programs they are offering. The theme Love One Another 1 John 4:7 will fill the afternoon. Registration is Free, but if you want to support LFS, a tax deductible voucher will be available for your $5 donation. We will plan a car pool from St. John, talk with Sandi Karl for more details. 402-440-8887

Lambs of Christ News

November 1, 2017 - The Preschool will be answering the question what makes a Community? During the month of November we will be learning about the people and places that make up our community. A special guest this month will be Deputy Hudiburgh from the Saline County Sheriff’s Department and his K-9 partner. We also want to be helpers in our community by bringing food for the food pantry. Our Jesus Time Bible Lessons are about God protecting the children of Israel as they travel through the desert. We learn that God gives us many people to care for us. The letters we are working on this month are C, K, and W as well as numbers 4, 5, 6.

We would like to thank everyone who came and supported us at the pancake feed. We truly thank you for your generous gifts. Currently we also have fundraisers with Pampered Chef, Scentsy and Thirtyone. If you wish to purchase items from our fundraisers please look for a display with order forms at Bethlehem and St. John’s.

The preschool children will be presenting a Christmas Program on Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 PM all are invited to come for this special event.

Our Scarecrow won 2nd place in the People’s Choice Award at the Pumpkin Festival. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.