News & Recent Updates

Building Committee Update

October 15, 2018 - The Building Committee will gather for its next meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement. (See the Building Committee page for updated information and preliminary plan details...)

St. John LYF News

September 30, 2018 - The LYF will be going to Roca Berry Farm on October 13, 2018, heading that way at 8:15 am. Also, (and this is important!), the LYF is looking for chaperons to go along with us. Please help us out!

And, as always, we will sponsor "Trunk or Treat" again this year. It will be held on Friday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. with the LYF Party & Lock-in to follow. We are looking for volunteers to help with the lock-in as well.

In order to ensure success of the "Trunk or Treat" event, we as a congregation need to help and actively involved in the event! Come with your decorated car-trunk or pickup bed, bring some candy for the kiddos and there you'll have it, a ready-made Trunk or Treat! Please arrive and fully set up by 6:30 p.m. on that 26th. Spread the word! The more, the merrier. There will be games and snacks in the basement afterwards also. Fun times ahead for October!

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.

News from the Elders of St. John 

September 30, 2018 - As we move into the fall time of the year, things will be changing---school has started up again.

But in connection to St. John, Midweek , Sunday School and LYF have begun the 2018-2019 Christian education classes. The Board of Education is always looking for teachers---why not try it or maybe tag team with someone and teach a couple weeks?

The after church Bible Study is well attended but there is room for more. We are always studying some interesting books of the Bible. It is also a good time for fellowship with other members. To top it all off, we also have GREAT snacks! We always need to look at our personal growth in the Lord. Are we reading the Bible and doing devotions on a daily schedule? Our growth needs to be more than just one hour a week at church. God bless, - St. John Elders

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.

Evangelism Committee Update

October 3, 2018 - The October Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th. 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 has also begun the introduction 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...)

Annual Craft & Bake Sale

September 16, 2018 - Plans are currently under development to hold the Annual Craft/Bake Sale & Soup Dinner. The targeted date is Saturday, December 1st. Please be thinking how you can help be a part of this fundraising event. (Options for the fundraising purpose are being discussed also.)

Helpers will also be needed to set up, help with pricing and many other tasks. Please let us know how you can help. 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...)

Are you Camera Shy?

August 12, 2018 - Would you rather be on the backside of the camera taking the picture, instead of getting your picture took? Well, the Evangelism Committee has a job for you!

The Evangelism Committee is looking for those who can group couples, families or any solo member of St. John into photo files as they enter or exit the church on Sunday mornings, collect names of those in the shot and share the digital files with the Evangelism Committee. The Committee in turn, will prepare the photos for printing and subsequently mount them on a “Church Family” bulletin board in the narthex. We need the help of all those willing to grab some shots each Sunday until we’ve compiled a unique collection of joyous smiles as they start their week in the comfort of God’s Word.

For those interested, please contact Bonnie Bleich, 826-5455.

LWML & Ladies Aid News

September 30, 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.

Lambs of Christ Preschool News

September 30, 2018 -  Lambs of Christ will hold Parent /Teacher Conferences on October 3rd and 4th. Kathy Oelschlager is looking forward to sharing with the parents how much the children have grown socially and spiritually in such a short time.

Pumpkin Festival - The festival is quickly approaching. The students will be part of decorating a scarecrow for the contest downtown. Lambs also will be sponsoring a carnival game during the festival. Stop by and see us on Sunday, October 7.

Pancake Feed - Lambs will be holding our annual pancake fundraiser on Sunday, October 14. We will be serving from 10:00 -12:30. Come join us for some great food, fellowship and entertainment. The children will also be singing in church that morning.

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.

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

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.