Archive for March, 2020

Thrivent Matching Grant Opportunity

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

A matching grant opportunity is currently available through Thrivent Financial right now for Thrivent Financial members.

If members go online at and log in, they can have an additional 50% of their contribution matched by Thrivent Financial through the InFaith Community Foundation, up to $1 million of contributions that members make.

This process is utilizing the Thrivent Choice platform, but Thrivent members can direct their donation even if they do not have Thrivent Choice dollars to designate.  

  • Log in at
  • Click on ‘What We Offer” along the top bar
  • Click on “Thrivent Member Network’
  • On the map, click on the state of Nebraska
  • Scroll down to ‘Virtual Volunteering’ to ‘Join the $1 Million Online Donation Challenge’
  • Click on ‘Learn More’
  • Click on the ‘’ in the text under ‘Join the $1 Million Online Donation Challenge’
  • Under ‘Search Organizations’, key in ‘Seward, NE and it will bring up the 501c3 organizations registered through Thrivent Choice relevant to those addresses.
  • When you find the organization that you want to make your donation to, select ‘Make A Personal Donation’ & fill in the information for a contribution from a checking account, savings account or credit/debit card.

The contribution will then be made through ‘InFaith Community Foundation”

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April 2020 Newsletter

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The newsletter is only being emailed this month, and NO calendar will be published:

April 2020 Newsletter; February 2020 Financial Statement

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Christian Nurture Resources

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

From Michelle Meyer, Sunday School Superintendent:

Click here for Easter 7 Children’s Bulletin

Click here for video resources, service project ideas, and lots of other great materials!

From DCE Tim Rippstein:

Click here for “At Home Worship Tips” (link to St. John’s YouTube channel)

Resources to encourage you and your family from Group Lifetree Everyday Faith

Click here for a video message about home devotions!

Click here for some useful online resources to continue to nurture your faith and the faith of your loved ones. For households with kids take a look at the devotional resources under For the Home. For guidance when discussing the Coronavirus situation with kids see “Crisis Guides” or “Home Chats”.Ideas for youth and adult devotions or Bible studies take a look at The YouthESource, Daily Devotions, God Connects, and 30 Minutes in the New Testament or 40 Minutes in the Old Testament. And visit the Livestream page for information on how to tune in to worship and Bible studies!

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E-Giving and Mobile App Options

Friday, March 20th, 2020

LCEF offers two options for giving electronically.  You can click on the image above for E-Giving (directs you to GivePlus) or download the GivePlus App on your smart phone.


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Food Accessibility

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Accessibility to food is essential especially during this time when many cannot go out due to COVID-19.

St. John will continue to provide the following:

  •  Christ’s Cupboard remains open its normal days/hours.  (Monday – 3-5 pm, Thursday – 6-8 pm and Saturday 9-11 am.  Beginning Monday March 23, we will temporarily suspend “client-choice”.  Those needing food should knock on the pantry door and volunteers will bring out pre-bagged sacks of groceries.
  •  Lincoln Food Bank Mobile Pantry continues to come to St. John the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Truck will arrive at 4:30 in St. John’s parking lot.  Pre-bagged sacks of food will be distributed to those in need.
  • “Feed My Sheep” meals prepared by St. John’s Board of Human Care are available.  Call the church office 643-2983 or Laurie Sherman 643-0502 if a delivered meal is needed.

If you have donations for Christ’s Cupboard, please place them in the west entrance during the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday.

(5-14-20) Currently the most needed pantry items are:  canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, pasta and rice side dishes and toilet paper.

Many thanks to our volunteers who continue to make these services available.

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Offerings in Time of Need

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Jack Swanson shares thoughts on giving during this time. (more…)

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Latest Update

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

All church activities are suspended until further notice. This includes worship services, Bible studies, and other events held at St. John Lutheran Church. St. John’s worship service will be limited to a YouTube live feed on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. You may access our YouTube channel here.

The church office remains open with revised hours: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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