News & Recent Updates

Joint Reformation Service - No Sunday Service at St. John on October 29th

October 1, 2017 - A Joint Reformation Service for both St. John and Bethlehem will be held on Sunday, October 29th. Please make note of the Sunday Reformation service on the 29th as there will be no worship service here at St. John, or Sunday School or Bible Study here at St John that Sunday. We will be participating with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete. Worship will be at 10:00 am, with Holy Communion. There will be a luncheon following.

St. John Choir Opportunity

October 1, 2017 - Choir Opportunity – Reformation Service – October 29 Do you like to sing? Please join the St. John/Bethlehem choir for the special service on October 29 at Bethlehem at 10 a.m. Rehearsal will be on Monday, October 9, at 7 p.m. at St. John in the lower level. Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem in the balcony and Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. once again at Bethlehem in the balcony. This is a great opportunity to praise our Lord in song. Please join us!

Also, please watch the Sunday bulletins for information on the our Sunday choir rehearsals beginning in November.

Bake sale, Craft Fair & Soup Dinner

October 1, 2017 - Our church is having a bake sale, craft fair, and soup dinner on Nov. 11 from 10:00 to 1:00 and Sunday Nov. 12 after church. We will also have our cookie bar! Please be thinking and working on something you can donate for this money raising event. This year the proceeds will go to the Concordia Scholarship fund. If you have any questions call Donna Hillgren at 402- 826-0939 or Jolene Reetz at 402-826-3287.

Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey Help

September 1, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to south Texas with its incredible rainfall amounts. The people of south Texas will need help recovering and rebuilding for a long time. As God has blessed us we have the opportunity to be a blessing to others. We join with our brothers and sisters of the LCMS in providing care to those in need. A special appeal is made to help those in Texas through our Synod’s office of World Relief and Human Care:

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

October 1, 2017 - Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Another Fall season is among us and Sunday school has started for our youth. We still need volunteers to help. So if you like crafts, science, playing games or baking, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or let Pastor Toensing or a Board of Education member know. "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied service." (1 Peter 4:10). So please consider passing on your knowledge and talents to our children of the congregation.

Please join us on Sunday, October 29, for a Reformation service being held at Bethlehem in Crete at 10:00 a.m. Remember that there will be no Sunday service that day here at St. John.

Please show your support to the L.Y.F. and their new leaders, Adam & Lashalle Hughes, by attending this year’s upcoming events. Also encourage our young adults to be involved in L.Y.F. and to attend youth Sunday school being taught by Tim McDermott. We also want to thank the Board of Education for their hard work and support of the youth group, VBS, Sunday school and Midweek.


October 1, 2017 - With the arrival of late summer comes the inauguration of a new school year. We also begin to see the reformation process beginning for our LYF group here at St. John. It is with immediate observation, by our newest LYF leadership volunteers, to have found energy and helpful exuberance fully represented in this group of LYF members. The experience and helpful attitude shared by several seasoned LYF members are an encouragement to the adult sponsors, and a wonderful example for the younger LYF members moving forward.

All members of St. John should heartily enjoy and appreciate the active participation our youth find in their congregational engagement. For some, there may be seen but brief moments of visual acknowledgment. However, behind the scenes there are plans being made, preparations accomplished, work performed, follow-up conversations held, and throughout – sprinklings of group hesitation on a variation of expected success.

The LYF sponsors ask all members to be mindful of our youth and their activities. Provide them feedback. Get to know them. If you don’t know their name, ask them. Keep them in your prayers and with God’s help, encourage them to succeed with your ongoing support in all ways pleasing to Him. In short, be there for them. And, if they belong to you, bring them to church on Sunday so they can be there for the rest of us.

Below is a list of forthcoming LYF activities currently in the works for October. The LYF would like to remind everyone to drive safely home from church always, but especially on Sunday, October 8th as the LYF will begin combing the roadside near St. John with their bi-annual, roadside-cleanup event. In your wave of encouragement, pray for God’s constant protection when driving by.

Upcoming LYF Activities:

  • LYF Roadside Cleanup Event: Sunday, October 8th at 10:30 a.m.
  • LYF Planning/Setup Meeting: Sunday, October 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
  • LYF “Trunk or Treat” Decorate/Setup: Thursday, October 26th at 5:45 p.m.
  • LYF Sponsored “Trunk or Treat”: Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m.
  • LYF Party & Lock-in: After the “Trunk or Treat” Event on Friday, October 27th at 8:30 p.m.

LYF Sponsored “All Hallows—Trunk or Treat” Family Event

October 1, 2017 - The LYF will be hosting and annual “Trunk or Treat” event for families and kids of all ages. The event is currently planned for Friday evening, October 27th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Of course, weather permitting, the congregation is invited to take part by lending a helping hand in decorating their vehicle trunks or pickup beds for the kids. They will traverse their way through a candy collecting extravaganza playing games and collecting treats along the way!

The LYF ask that members of St. John also assist by donating treats in factory sealed packaging. Through the month of October, please look for a plastic tote marked, “Trunk or Treats” somewhere in the church building in which to place your helpful donation of goodies. Adult members are also asked to consider volunteering their time during the event to help with games and guide kids along. Please contact Adam or Lashalle Hughes at 402.304.0580 -

Evangelism Committee Update & Invitation

October 1, 2017 - Evangelism Committee meeting is October 3 at 7:00 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend where the continuation of the book, “5 Things You Can Do to Witness Christ” will be studied. This book encourages believers to realize what we have in Christ and to see that our witnessing is part of our way of life. Witnessing is not following a program, but living out the gracious gifts God gives in our relationships and in helping us build new relationships where we can share the love of Christ. Members of St. John are invited to join the Evangelism Committee in reading this small book and learning about witness from what we know and believe in worship. Books are currently available for $8.00.

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

October 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, October 5, 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.

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

October 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 attendees, with guests equally welcomed. See you on Tuesday, October 10th!”

LWML & Ladies Aid Meeting

October 1, 2017 - St John Ladies Aid met on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. We opened the meeting by singing the Doxology, "Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow". (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

October 1, 2017 - The children in our preschool are between the ages of 3 to 5. If you think back 3 to 5 years has your life changed much? If you would ask that same question to the children and their families I’m sure you would get an answer of yes. The babies that were born just a few years ago are now young children exploring their environment. They were born babies who communicated through crying and now they can speak, draw and some can even write their name. The babies you held in your arms are now running, climbing and jumping. Children who were baptized just a few short years ago can now share the news that Jesus loves them and that they love Jesus.

This month we have the Bible story of Abraham and Sarah and how God blessed their family with the baby Isaac. As a part of our school day we will learn we too were once babies given to our parents as a special gift from God. God has given us families to care for us. Being a part of a family is not always easy and sometimes we need to forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us.

The children will be introduced to the letters of B, N, F, and Q. We will also learn about fires safety and have a visit from the Crete Fire Department.

The preschool will again hold a pancake brunch as a fundraiser for the program on Sunday, October 15 at Bethlehem. We will serve pancakes after Service until 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The preschool will sing as a part of the Service and put on a short program at 11:15. This will also be the kickoff to some fundraisers from Pampered Chef, Scentsy, and Thirty One. Thanks for all of your support.

We will host a carnival game along with the Evangelism team at the Crete Pumpkin Festival on October 8. Our game will be a cookie walk. We are looking for donations of home-made cookies and people to work the booth. - Rhonda Beethe, Teacher 402-826-4375