News & Recent Updates

Meetings Upcoming

Const/Bylaws Cmte Wednesday, July 7th, 6:30p
Senior Cell Group TBD
Elder's Meeting Tuesday, July 13th, 6:30p
Evangelism Board Monday, June 21st, 1:30p
Trustee's Meeting TBD
Ladies Aid  Wednesday, June 30th, 2:00p
LWML Tuesday, June 15th, 7:00p
Quilting Group TBD

From the Elders

June 1, 2021 - God’s Love for Ordinary People, in an Ordinary Time from the Elders During the last few weeks in May we saw opportunity to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, the Day of Pentecost – a Greek term meaning “fifty”, referring to the Old Testament feast held 50 days after Passover – today noted as fifty days after Easter, and Trinity Sunday. The long season of Sunday’s now upon us are categorized by one of two names connected to an LCMS congregation’s chosen liturgical lectionary. Perhaps different from their local sister congregation. (Read More...)


Register for VBS 2021!

June 1, 2021 - Registration is now open for VBS 2021 at St. John! Mark your calendars for July 18-22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. as we begin an exciting start to the planning of an in-person 2021 Vacation Bible School

This year we will explore "God's Wonder Lab" and learn how Jesus does the impossible. We're looking for group leaders and dinner volunteers. We’re still looking for volunteers to provide dinners, lead groups, and participate in the puppet show. So, if you find yourself interested in helping our children with this event, please call, text or email Kaylie Brethouwer, 402.826.9432.


Ladies Aid Meeting Notes

June 1, 2021 - St. John Ladies Aid met on May 26, 2021, with Donna Brunelle as hostess. We sang hymn #861 “Christ Be My Leader” and then Pastor Toensing led us in prayer and a Bible study on “Courageous Heroes of the Faith: Noah”. (Read More...)


Church Mission Outreach Update

November 1, 2020 - As of September 29, 2020, we at St. John Lutheran have adopted the Rev. Dr. Gerald and Heidi Paul in their career mission work in the Cayman Islands. As a pastor and church planter, Gerald works with local church leaders at Safe Harbour Lutheran Church to reach out to the people of the Cayman Islands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gerald also seeks to serve the Cuban refugee population of Grand Cayman, and he supports Concordia the Reformer Seminary in the Dominican Republic as an adjunct professor. In her role, Heidi supports the mission efforts and is exploring the possibility of starting a preschool for local children.

Gerald’s birthday is April 19 and Heidi’s is November 28. Their Wedding Anniversary is July 4. The Official Adoption Agreement for the Direct Support of our Missionaries in the Cayman Islands is located on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Please pray for Gerald and Heidi as they serve the Lord in the Cayman Islands and throughout the Caribbean. Let us give thanks that they are ministering to God’s children in this part of the world. ( Mission Central Letter...)


Scholarship Fund

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.


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.