News & Recent Updates

VBS 2019 - July 21-25, 2019

May 1, 2019 - VBS 2019 is scheduled for July 21-25 from 5:00—7:30 p.m. Registration for kids and volunteers are now available...tell your friends! Those with any early questions are to please contact Kaylie Brethouwer.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their child in one of two ways; (1) Download the PDF enrollment application, print and return to the church or email back to Kaylie or (2) Using the online enrollment process. Visit the VBS page for further details.

Photo’s Wanted – Picture Perfection Unnecessary            

May 22, 2019 - As the Evangelism Committee works in conjunction with the Church office to develop, publish and distribute an updated Membership Photo Directory this Fall, there is practicality in the use of the very same photo’s recently placed on the narthex family photo board to be used within the printed directory itself; albeit, in thumbnail form. If we’ve failed to take your, or your family’s, photo as of yet, please reach out to one of the Evangelism Committee members (Tim McDermott, Bonnie Bleich, Deb Walker or Carol Brinkmeyer) and they will happily capture your image on a Sunday morning to be used for both these purposes.            

Members are equally invited to send their digital photo’s (or replacement photo’s – if you’d like to use another) for use in the 2019 Photo Directory via email to Tim at The Evangelism Committee has set July 31st as their target date to obtain as many member photo’s as hoped.            

For those unaware of the pragmatic approach to the development of an in-house directory at this time, the committee would like to point attention further down the road in celebration of St. John’s 150th Anniversary. This would be an ideal place in time to plan a professional publication, using a company such as “Lifetouch” to schedule professional sittings for family photos, while incorporating valued historical data and images into this special Anniversary Edition in 2024.


May 1, 2019 -  There are a few books in the Bible that are short; five of which are only one chapter long. And there are some single chapters throughout the Bible that seem to stand out. There are also some people in the Bible that were instrumental in a single story. The Sunday Bible Class will be taking time for a quick look at some “One Hit Wonders”.

Over the next couple of months, we will take a look at some singe chapters or single books with one chapter or even just a few short stories. In May our study will explore Obadiah, Deborah (Judges 4), Philemon, and “The Fourth Man in the Fire” (Daniel 3). All are invited!

Women's Bible Study

May 19, 2019 - This new Women's Bible Study is now underway! This new study group will be meeting in the fellowship hall at church again on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Study booklets, along with coffee & water, will be provided. The current study centers around the topic, "The Fruit of the Spirit". The ladies of St. John look forward to seeing all those interested in attending to join them in friendship and fellowship. (Women's Bible Study Group...)

Quilt Day

April 23, 2019 - The next quilt day will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come when you can and leave as needed. Bring a pair of scissors and something to share for lunch. No sewing experience necessary. Come join us for Fun, food and fellowship!

We are always in need of help with supplies for the quilts too. Each quilt is filled with something to increase the warmth. If you have old blankets, mattress pads, drapery, etc., we can use them for filling. They should be clean but it is okay for them to be stained, worn or even with holes in them; since they will be completely covered up anyway. Whatever you can find to donate will be appreciated. Please place your items in the quilt box in the narthex.

Member Information Update

March 10, 2019 - St. John is in the process of updating our membership system and contact information. There is found a gold insert in your bulletin which can be used to update or confirm our member information. There is a manila folder in the Narthex where completed sheets can be placed. There are also extra copies provided there that can be used as needed.

St. John Prayer Chain

March 1, 2019 - There is an effort to organize a new church prayer chain. If you choose to participate, you have the option of receiving prayer requests via email or phone. Pastor will be setting up an email to be used specifically for prayer requests, and LWML will organize those who wish to receive phone calls. If you would like to be part of the prayer chain, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. We hope to start the chain in April. If you have questions regarding the prayer chain, please see Pastor.

Evangelism Committee Update

May 19, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Members of St. John are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Following the committee’s regular, open meeting will be a Bible Study taken from a Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical. (Evangelism Committee...)

Building Committee Update

March 12, 2019 - The Building Committee met on Monday, March 11, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A secondary preliminary plan from ADA was discussed. The committee will be requesting preliminary budgeting figures for this secondary plan in which to compare to the first. (See the Building Committee page for updated information...)

Men's Bible Study - "Regrets, Reality, Restoration"

April 23, 2019 - The simple truth is life is full of regrets. Imprinted on our psyches, some resist all attempts at erasure. What do we do when the condemning memory of past offense(s) won’t be silenced? Is there a way our beyond our backstory? “Regrets, Reality, Restoration” shows there is, by sharing the life stories of those who have found resolution and victory over the heartache of their pasts. You are invited to join the men of St. John on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm in the Church Fellowship Hall. (Men's Bible Study Group...)

News from the Elders

May 1, 2019 - Another Easter has been celebrated. Thanks to Pastor for a very good Lenten Service series. The sound effects added so much to the meaning of the service. Also, thank you to the choir, pianist, organist, and all the special groups that added to the Lenten and Easter Services.

The Sunrise Breakfast was great—good food and fellowship. Thanks to our youth group and all the volunteers that helped put it together—what helps the church is a lot of people doing and adding things to assist and add value to the church and services.

But the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior is something we should celebrate each and every day—not just once a year at Easter. (continued...)


April 1, 2019 - LWML is collecting items for hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train. Items needed are bath towels, wash cloths, bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, and sturdy combs. Bath towels and washcloths should be in good condition and dark colors are recommended. All other items must be new. There is a collection container in the narthex at church. We will collect items during March and April. Thank you for helping to provide these basic needs to people in need. (More LWML...)

Ladies Aid News

April 1, 2019 - St. John Ladies Aid met on March 27, 2019. After the morning Lenten Service we held a covered dish luncheon for the congregation. After the luncheon, we held our regular monthly meeting. (More Ladies Aid...)

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

May 1, 2019 - We had a special visit from (Tiny) the lamb. He was the cutest and most tame lamb ever. Thank you to the Maas’s for taking the time and effort to share this with our students. We were also able to take both morning classes to the library. We had a nice story time and were able to play at the city park.

We have some fun things planned for the month of May including a tour of Foodmart and a bike day. We also will be preparing for our Graduation night .Please feel free to join us on Monday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. for a hotdog meal (if you plan to join us please let me know so we have enough hotdogs prepared). Followed this is our graduation ceremony at 7:00 p.m.

Registration for 2019-20 is open for the next school year. We will have a MWF class and a T/Th class. We are hoping to add a lot of new friends next year. Please feel free to call and visit with Kathy Oelschlager about the program at Bethlehem if you have any questions. She can be reached at the school 402-826-4375 or 402-826-0611.

"Main Street Living"

March 1, 2019 - UPDATE: There is an address change for donations to Main Street Living. This is a television program that has been airing on KLKN on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The new address is: Main Street Living – Lincoln, 3825 Wildbriar Ln, Lincoln NE 68516.

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.

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

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

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.