News & Recent Updates

Pastor Toensing Installation Service

June 1, 2017 - Please join the St. John congregation with our celebration and installation of Pastor Maynard Toensing. He will begin leading our local congregation in spiritual growth upon this date of June 11th at 2:00 p.m. We hope to see many members, guests and visitors alike to welcome Pastor Toensing into our Christian family at St. John.

From the Elders

June 1, 2017 - Brothers and sisters in Christ, greetings and God’s blessings to you! We have a very busy June planned so please watch your calendar. As a thank you to those who helped to lead our church during the vacancy we will be having an appreciation lunch on June 4th. Thanks and blessings to Pastors Williamson, Brinkmeyer, and Haynes for all their dedicated work.

We are very excited to prepare for the Installation of Pastor Toensing on Sunday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. We thank God for answering our prayers and at last the day is nearly here. A luncheon will follow the installation and we hope to have a full church.

There are a few events coming in July to keep in mind: The annual Orphan Grain Train fish boil will be on July 9th and Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 23rd thru the 27th. More information will be coming. Thanks be to God for guiding us through our vacancy, and praise God for blessing us with our new Pastor and his family!

Ladies of St. John - Tea Party Invitation

May 17, 2017 - The ladies of St. John are invited to an Afternoon Tea in honor of, and to welcome, Shelley Toensing on Sunday, June 25th at 4:00 p.m.

The gathering will take place at St. John Lutheran Church in the lower-level Fellowship Hall (Please enter east/front door of the church).

RSVP by June 18th to Carol Brinkmeyer, 402-826-9013. There will also be a sign-up sheet available at church.

Vacation Bible School

May 1, 2017 - Mark your calendars for VBS 2017 which will be held July 23-27 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. This year will be lots of fun with many exciting activities! Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors! (More about VBS 2017...)

Board of Evangelism - "A Solid Foundation"

June 1, 2017 - A Solid Foundation Cemented in truth, our Christian faith does not depend on the flimsy foundation of human opinion or approval.

Instead, members of God's household have a foundation of the prophets and apostles with Christ as the cornerstone. This says that the first believers in Jesus got in on the ground floor. Even more, it tells us on what our faith is built: Christ Jesus.

And it tells who provides evidence that Jesus is who He said. The prophets foretold what the Messiah would be and do. The apostles testify that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy. Not one prophecy, not most, but all. This true knowledge about Jesus, this faith in the Savior who died to set us free, is the foundation for members of God's household.

We can trust Christ, the solid rock. Wise people build their house here (Matthew 7:24). Holy Spirit, thank You for the Bible, which shows Jesus my Savior. Keep me in this true faith forever. Amen.

Quilt Group Invites You to Join

June 1, 2017 - PLEASE JOIN US for quilting day on Thursday, June 1, 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 - "How We Got the Bible"

May 21, 2017 - The Men’s Study group is enjoying a video series entitled, “How We Got The Bible featuring Dr. Paul L. Maier”. The story of the Bible has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” But did you ever wonder where the Bible came from? Who wrote it? Why did they write it? Who decided which books to include? In this study, Dr. Paul Maier travels to The Bible Museum in Goodyear, Arizona, to take a look at, “how we got the Bible”. The men of St. John wish to invite all those interested to attend and take part in the continuation of this Men’s Network video study on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. here at the church.

June - Lambs of Christ Preschool Update

2017 – 2018 Enrollment - Open Enrollment has begun at Lambs of Christ Preschool. If you know of a child who is of preschool age please contact the preschool so that we can send information about our preschool to them.

Preschool Garage Sale - The annual preschool garage sale will be held June 2 & 3. If you have items to donate you may bring them to Bethlehem between 9:00 – 2:30. If you need set up another drop off time, contact Rhonda at 402- 826-4375. You may shop the garage sale Friday, June 2nd 8:00 am – 6:00 PM or Saturday, June 10th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon

VBS - You are invited to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School Program June 12th - 16th. Children Preschool to 6th grade will be apart of "Mighty Fortress, in Jesus the Victory's Won!" We will begin each day at 9:00 AM with dismissal at 11:45 AM. Sign up today at or return the registration form attached to this e-mail.

You may reach the school at 402-826-4375 or email us.

LWML & Ladies Aid

June 1, 2017 - The St. John's Ladies Aid met on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The meeting opened by singing the hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save". Carol Brinkmeyer led us in the Bible Study on Esther.   (Continued here...)