Archive for May, 2020

Nebraska District Reporter

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

May 2020 Reporter

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Crisis Pregnancy Collection now through Father’s Day

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

From Mother’s Day through Father’s Day we are collecting articles for the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Lincoln.  Most needed are: ●newborn diapers & sizes 5 & 6; ●baby shampoo and baby wash; ●newborn and toddler (boy & girl) clothing; ●something small for moms like make-up, lotion, body wash & shower puffs, candle, etc. to put in a new mom’s basket – items for dads as well – gift cards are always appreciated; ●baby rattles; ●small stuffed animals or board books; and ●baby wipes and clear quart-size bags to put the baby wipes in. Items may be placed in the playpen in the west entrance Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm. 

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Christian Nurture Update

Friday, May 15th, 2020

–         Alternate VBS Poll

St. John is exploring alternatives to traditional VBS. Due to COVID-19 VBS will not be offered in its’ traditional format. For those who wish to consider alternate formats, please take the very brief poll at https://forms.gle/9jZjePLUpUuUPknz7 to help us consider possible alternatives for this summer.

–         Teaching Kids to Pray

A new article on Teaching Your Kids to Pray is available here!

Helping our children, at any age, to pray is a joy, privilege, and promise we parents make to the Lord. St. John continues to seek ways to support parents in this spiritual opportunity. Please take a moment to read this brief article with ideas on just how we can help our kids learn how to pray.

–         Parents Discussion via Zoom

Desire an opportunity to discuss with other parents issues related to parenting? Especially during these unusual days of eLearning, staying at home, social distancing, there is a need for parents to share with each other and support one another.

Just such an opportunity is being provided by St. John Lutheran. Each Wed. over the lunch hour (12:00-1:00 PM) and each Thursday evening 7:00-8:00 PM a Zoom meeting will be available for parents who register by emailing DCE Tim Rippstein (Tim.Rippstein@stjohnseward.org) to let him know which time you prefer. Discussion prompting questions will be offered, but open forum and open discussion are encouraged. 



Desire an opportunity to discuss with other parents issues related to parenting? Especially during these unusual days of eLearning, staying at home, social distancing, there is a need for parents to share with each other and support one another.

Just such an opportunity is being provided by St. John Lutheran. Each Wed. over the lunch hour (12:00-1:00 PM) and each Thursday evening 7:00-8:00 PM a Zoom meeting will be available for parents who register by emailing DCE Tim Rippstein (Tim.Rippstein@stjohnseward.org) to let him know which time you prefer. Discussion prompting questions will be offered, but open forum and open discussion are encouraged. 

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Update on Reopening Worship

Friday, May 8th, 2020

On Thursday, April 30, Governor Ricketts announced that places of worship could reopen for in-person worship beginning May 4.  This announcement has been received with great joy as we all long to be back together in the sanctuary though we continue to be “the Church” no matter if we are in the sanctuary or in our homes and apartments.

With this announcement comes the need for prudent discernment on how we reopen for the welfare of the whole congregation.  St. John congregation includes those who can come back into the sanctuary at this time and those who, due to being at-risk physically due to underlying health conditions and/or age, are asked not to return to in-person worship at this time.  Therefore, we need to be mindful of how worship is conducted so that both groups may be served well with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We currently have a Reopening Worship Task Force, comprised of the worship team, congregational officers, custodial and maintenance staff, and members of the Boards of Elders, Trustees, and Worship, working through the details of the Directed Health Measure and the necessary logistics that need to be considered for the reopening to take place.  They began their work on April 30. 

The Task Force will keep the congregation informed as to when the first in-person service(s) will be held.  Also, due to the guidelines in the Directed Health Measure, the task force will also provide a Returning to Worship Guide that will include important information such as: when worship services will be held, how services will be conducted, the number of worshipers that can attend a service due to social-distancing guidelines, how one will register to attend a service due to the limited seating capability, entering and exiting procedures, etc. 

With all of the logistics that need to be considered, the care that we desire to provide to our whole congregation, and due to the fact that the COVID-19 cases in Seward County continue to rise, in-person worship services will not resume at St. John for another few weeks.  The date is yet to be determined. 

In the meantime, we are blessed to gather as the Lord’s Church online each week on Sundays at 8:30am and Wednesdays at 6:30pm.  Please join us on the St. John Seward YouTube channel at those times or watch the services at times that fit into your schedule.  We would also ask that you keep the Reopening Worship Task Force in your prayers as they seek the Lord’s wisdom to reopen worship services for you and for the rest of the Body of Christ who call St. John their church home. 

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Christ’s Cupboard News

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of St. John members Christ’s Cupboard has received many cash donations. We are thankful that such donations allow us to purchase food when we are low on certain items. However, right now, so much has come in that we would ask you to hold off on cash donations to the pantry (directing them instead to the St. John general fund). We will let you know when our fund is getting low and additional help is needed. In the meantime, we will still accept in-kind donations left in the grocery carts at the west entrance. Your support has been and continues to be a great blessing to many in our community!     Christ’s Cupboard Committee

St. John family, Christ’s Cupboard is a place for everyone. If you need food, even if it’s just for a couple of weeks, or if you  know of someone who could use a little help, we encourage all of you to come. We are fully stocked, ready to help, and are practicing safe social distancing measures.  Pantry hours are Mondays 3-5 pm, Thursdays 6-8 pm and Saturdays 9-11 am.

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CUNE Admissions Is Going Live!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The CUNE Admissions staff sympathizes with the high school class of 2020. They understand that their senior year is ending in a way that is most unexpected to all of us, especially to them. With that being said, the CUNE Admissions staff wants to be of aid to high school seniors and other students in any way they can, and want to answer any questions that they may have.  To help them be of aid to you with your students with their questions and comments, they have created the Concordia University Admissions page on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Concordia-University-Nebraska-Admissions The Admissions staff will be going Live every Thursday at 4:00 pm CST. The CUNE Admissions staff has missed interacting with their prospective and future students on a daily basis and is looking forward to connecting with them on Facebook Live. 

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