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Evangelism Committee Update

November 6, 2018 - The December Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th. Members of St. John are also invited to be a part of a new topic of discussion based upon a Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical  entitled, “Baptize & Teach: Curriculum #1” from this an earlier Publication. More information will be shared at the meeting. Please join us if you can.

The Evangelism Committee is also in the midst of the “Every One His Witness” workshop. This multi-week, lessoned group environment began on Wednesday, September 26th and is designed to equip disciples of Jesus Christ in sharing the Gospel within their everyday lives. Lesson context modules are built on the core module of applying the LASSIE approach (Listen, Ask, Seek, Share, Invite and Encourage) to specific witnessing contexts. The previous Voters meeting allowed members to designate themselves as being interested in participating in this workshop. (Evangelism Committee...)


LYF Thanksgiving Pies for Sale - Order YOURS Today!

November 3, 2018 - The LYF will again be taking pie orders continued until November 11th. The order sheet can be found in the narthex. In addition, there is a sheet listing items that you can donate to the baking cause to assist the youth with this service endeavor. The Teen's thank you for your support! (Other LYF News...)


Sunday School Update

November 3, 2018 - YOUTH NEWS The Children’s Christmas Program will be Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex. Practice for the program will be during Sunday School beginning November 4th.


Quilts Continually in Need

October 28, 2018 - There is no end to the quilts needed in Russia! So, please join the quilters for a quilt day on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 9:30a to 2:00p. Come when you can and leave when you need. Bring a simple item to share at the noon potluck and bring a pair of scissors. No sewing experience necessary.


Children's Christmas Program

October 28, 2018 - This year's Children's Christmas program is slated for Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. Program practice will be held during Sunday school every Sunday, beginning November 4th, until the program date. With the help of our kids, their parents and all our congregational members, we hope to make this a special event!


Register online to attend the 2019 National LCMS Life Conference.
LCMS Life Conference: “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul”
Jan. 17–19, 2019; Alexandria, Va.

October 20, 2018 - You are invited to join the LCMS Life Conference to learn to live in Christ’s love amidst a culture of death. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4–5).

The death and resurrection of Jesus reveals that God loves His creation and grants life as a gift. As His people, we learn to have the same perspective. Even in a culture that does not share this view, we live and witness to the love of God through our advocacy of life, as we are “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul.”

The 2019 LCMS Life Conference is scheduled for Jan. 17–19, 2019, at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va. The conference is open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members and guests.Featured speakers and sessions will encourage participants in their desire to advocate for life in their congregations and communities, and provide resources and information about how to serve those facing life issues.

The conference will also provide opportunities for devotion and worship, including a Divine Service Friday morning before the march. “The enemies of life give the illusion of having overwhelming power and resources. We all ask, ‘Is there anything I can do that will really make a difference?’ ” said the Rev. Robert Zagore, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission. “The answer is, come. Come ‘learn to live Christ’s love amidst a culture of death.’ Come learn, come march, come pray. Come and see. The Lord is working through His people.”

LCMS Life Ministry will also participate in the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 18. Even if you cannot attend the Life Conference, you are invited to join the LCMS at the march. (Register now...)


News from the Elders

November 3, 2018 - As the year is moving to the last two months, we have a lot for which to be thankful. Yes, we all pay more taxes than we like to but we have a free society where we have the RIGHT TO VOTE—not all nations have that RIGHT and opportunity. So, study the candidates and pick the ones that have the right ideas on major issues such as supporting our school system and the other concerns we deal with. Stay involved with the church—-Bible Studies—Cell Groups—Sunday School—LYF—Men’s Bible Study—Ladies Aid—LWML and Advent Services, which will be starting before you know it. These are just a few of the many ways to study and learn more about God’s Word. God bless, - St. John Elders


LWML & Ladies Aid News

November 3, 2018 - Check here on the LWML & Ladies Aid page for any projects, updates or associated events in which you can remain involved. The ladies are always looking for help and mutual encouragement as they continue to serve our congregation and community.

The LWML are sponsoring several projects. Please notice the red box in the narthex with the words "Crete Cares" on it. The LWML will be collecting food and other items for the whole year. We therefore ask that you bring your contributions at any time during the year.


Reverse Advent Calendar Project

ProjectReverseAdventCalendarSliderNovember 3, 2018 - This Advent, LWML is sponsoring a congregation wide "Reverse Advent Calendar Project". What's a Reverse Advent Calendar you ask? The idea behind a Reverse Advent Calendar is simple. First, pick out a sturdy basket, box or bag. Each day, beginning December 1st, as you finish your Advent devotions, add one non-perishable food item to the box. You can add one per family, or one for each member of your family. Then, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, bring your box of items to church. LWML will deliver them to a nearby food pantry to help restock their shelves after the busy Christmas holiday.

In this special season, as we await the greatest gift we have received, and as we buy gifts for our loved ones, the "Reverse Advent Calendar Project" helps us to remember how truly blessed we are and encourages us to share those blessings with others as we wait to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. What a great way to serve this Advent!


Lambs of Christ Preschool News

November 3, 2018 - Greetings from Lambs of Christ in Crete!

Pumpkin Festival - The festival was a success. The Lamb’s entry in the Scarecrow completion won first prize. Thank you to all who helped in any way with the booth at the festival. It is a group effort that makes these things a success.

Pancake Feed - Our annual pancake feed was well attended in spite of the snowy day. Thanks again for the ongoing support that you give us! Prayer Partners I am glad to announce that all of the children now have a partner. Thank you for being a Christian role model for our preschool children.

Prayer Partner - Lambs is still in need of Prayer Partners for the new school year. The information about each child can be learned by visiting Bethlehem or Lambs of Christ. Stop and sign up to be part of a child’s life.

November Activities - We will be spending time observing the continued fall season and all the ways that we all blessed and thankful for all God’s blessing as the Holiday approaches. Also the children will be collecting food for the food pantry during the month.

Pre-School Christmas Program - Save this date for the program: December 9th at 6:00 p.m.

God’s Blessing, Kathy Oelschlager - 402/826-4375


"Equip to Engage"

January 18: Waverly

January 19: Kearney

October 19, 2018 - Can you imagine a day when our congregation is fully a part of the community around it? Do you pray for a time when our members build meaningful, Christ-centered relationships with each other and those outside the church community? Are you ready to lead our church into the community to which you are being sent?

There are people in every community who are hurting without the hope of Jesus Christ and many people today are disconnected from God and His Church. But Jesus gives His followers everything we need to be His witnesses to those in our community who most need to hear the loving message of Jesus Christ – the gifts of peace, hope, and love – and we have been sent to share these gifts with the world.

This workshop is a chance to step back from the everyday tasks and examine the needs of your community, the gifts of your congregation, and how God might use you to bring His peace, hope and love to a hurting community.

A group of our lay leaders and our pastor are invited to be equipped and encouraged to embrace the community in which you serve and to engage the people around you with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Find more information here. Click here to register for the workshop.

These workshops are being offered free of charge through a partnership of the Center for U.S. Mission, the Nebraska District LCMS, the Kearney Circuit, and Peace, Waverly. A free-will donation will be taken each day to help cover the cost of lunch, which will be provided.


Building Committee Update

October 24, 2018 - The Building Committee gathered for its post-Voters Assembly meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)


Choir Rehearsal's to Begin

September 30, 2018 - Do you like to sing? Here is your opportunity! On November 4, 2018 choir rehearsals will begin at 8:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday morning until Easter. Please join us for this special opportunity to serve the Lord.


"Main Street Living"

September 30, 2018 - Main Street Living is a television program that has been airing throughout South Dakota for 17 years. Recently they engaged in expanding into surrounding areas. This program will begin airing in Lincoln on KLKN on Sunday morning October 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The program will open with re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” television series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service and will feature local Pastors from the KLKN broadcast area. A different Pastor from Missouri Synod churches in the area will be featured on the program each week.

The prime goal is to offer a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis.


Men's Bible Study - "Reel to Real"

September 25, 2018 - In a new Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Bible study entitled “Reel to Real”, the Men’s group at St. John will look at the similarities between our adventures with the fishing reel and our real life with families and friends. This series was created to be a fun and relaxing discussion starter. The fishermen in this video series share their thoughts, but the feedback and comments in our group are what’s key for this study. Most importantly, you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the company and conversation. Wade into the water on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


Annual Craft & Bake Sale

September 16, 2018 - Please notice the signup sheet in the narthex for the upcoming craft fair. The date for this event is Saturday, December 1st. Please be thinking how you can help be a part of this fundraising event.

Helpers will also be needed to set up, help with pricing and many other tasks. Members can sign up for what they would like to bring to the Soup Supper held on Sunday, December 2nd, after church. Please contact Donna Hillgren at 402.826.0939 or Jolene Reetz at 402.826.9226 with additional questions.


Everyone His Witness Class to Begin

September 7, 2018 - To those who've earlier expressed interest in the “Everyone His Witness” series, to be presented at St. John in a few weeks, Board of Evangelism would like to announce the following six (6) dates in which the material will be shared and discussed with this latest opportunity:Image result for Everyone His Witness

  1. Wednesday, September 26th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, October 10th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, 17th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  4. Wednesday, 24th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  5. Wednesday, November 7th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  6. Wednesday, 14th – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

While the start time does appear to be later than normal, the day of the week was found best fitting the majority of those expressing interest. Starting at 8:00 p.m. also allows Midweek School sessions to complete. All attempts will be made to hold to this time period.

If you had not jotted down your name as someone wishing to consider taking part in this, please contact the Evangelism Committee, as there may be an opening; or a second class might be formed at a later date.


St. John Participates in the Doane University "Downtown Tour"

August 18, 2018 - The Evangelism Committee made representation of St. John today at the Doane University "Downtown Tour" event held each year for incoming freshman. Our church was able to set up a table in the City Park as students walked by visiting with various other groups also having a table or booth.

The event is designed to acclimate newly arriving students to Crete as they begin their college life away from home. Inviting these youngsters to our church is all about community, and is about as neighborly as one can be when meeting for the first time! (Evangelism Committee...)


November 3, 2018 - Greetings from Lambs of Christ in Crete!

Used Clothing: Orphan Grain Trian & People's City Mission

June 28, 2018 - 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

December 10, 2017 - 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.