News & Recent Updates

From the Elders,

February 1, 2017 - It has been a very interesting start to the New Year. With all the snow and ice storms so far this year. We wanted to thank everyone who pushed snow, spread ice-melt and cleaned things up to insure that everyone that traveled to church on Sunday morning and on Wednesday evening arrived with care in preventing slips and falls on their way in.

The call process is still moving forward after the first call being turned down. We pray that our second attempt will be more fruitful. God will provide a Shepard for our flock here at Saint John in his own time.

Thanks to Pastor Williamson and Pastor Haynes for keeping us going during this time of vacancy. We also wish to thank all of the members that allowed their name to stand on the ballot for church officers and we look forward to working with them in the coming year. Installation of officers will be on February 5th. Do not worry spring will be coming soon and we will be busy mowing our lawns and planting our fields. But until then - stay warm; and pray often!

LYF - Valentine Dinner

February 1, 2017 - The LYF will host their Valentine's Dinner on Sunday, February 19th after Sunday school. The main dishes are lasagna with bread and a chicken dinner with steamed vegetables and a baked potato. A salad and desert is provided with both meals. The cost is $10 per person and a kid meal is free. The sign up sheet is on the table in the narthex.

New Church Secretary

January 1, 2017 - St. John is happy to welcome Blythe Dewey as our new Secretary here in our congregation. Her office hours will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. to Noon. Blythe's church secretary email address is

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

February 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, February 2, 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.

New Men's Bible Study

December 1, 2016 - A new Men's Bible Study has started and is currently scheduled to be held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Church basement beginning at 7:00 p.m. There may be a rescheduling during the month of January, so please keep an eye out for any change of date. Contact Tim McDermott, Les Korte, or Roger Koch for information as it continues to flow.

Clothing For Orphan Grain Train

November 1, 2016 - We can once again send used clothing to Orphan Grain Train. When leaving clothes at the back door, please mark them for either OGT or PCM (People's City Mission).

February - Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

Jesus Loves Me - Many of us learned the hymn “Jesus Loves Me” as young children. During the month of February we think of love and sharing love with others. As Christians we know that we can love others because Jesus first loved us. Jesus loved us so much that he took our sins to cross and rose on Easter to proclaim the victory over sin.

New Young Three’s Class - We have 3 children in our Young Three’s class that started in January. We meet Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 -3:30. This class is available to those who turned three after July 31st, 2016. Please, contact the preschool for more information if you have a child interested in joining the class.

2017 – 2018 Enrollment - Lambs of Christ will begin taking enrollment for Members of Bethlehem, St. John, current families, and alumni families on Sunday, February 12 at the Pancake Feed. Open enrollment will begin on Monday, February 20th. A Sneak Peak into Preschool will be held for the M/W/F class on Wednesday, March 8th and for the T/Th class on Thursday March 9th. Please RSVP to Preschool if you would like to join us for a Sneak Peak Event.

Chili Feed and Raffle - The annual Chili Feed and Raffle will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 10:00 – 12:30 at Bethlehem. Please join us for lunch followed by the drawings. The menu includes Chili, Chicken Noodle, Hotdogs, Cinnamon Rolls etc. The preschool board is currently collecting items for the raffle. If you have an item you would like to donate for the raffle please contact Cindy Hoyer, Michelle Wittstruck or Rhonda Beethe. - Rhonda Beethe, Teacher, 826-4375,

LWML & Ladies Aid

February 1, 2017 - St. John's Ladies Aid met on January 25, 2017. Since we had no meeting in December, we held our regular meeting and Christmas Party with a pot luck luncheon. After lunch Carol Brinkmeyer led us in a Bible Study on Hannah. Roll call was taken with eleven members present. Minutes from the November meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was given, and a summary from 2016 was handed out by Janice Reetz.

OLD BUSINESS: President Darleen Dittmer reported on the funeral luncheon for Dale Kouba. She thanked everyone for helping and for food donations. A thank you note was read from the family of Dale Kouba.

NEW BUSINESS: A sign up sheet was passed around for providing meeting refreshments in 2017. An anniversary was celebrated by Marvin and LaVonne Nitzel. Hostess for February will be Darleen Dittmer. After the meeting, we were entertained by Christmas jokes, Christmas music and Christmas games provided by Irene Reiss and Marilyn Nast.

The meeting closed by reading "A Shepherd's Tale" provided by Carol Brinkmeyer. - Shirley Reetz, Secretary