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Home Ministry Survey Results

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The Home Ministry Team conducted a survey last February.  The Team thanks the 138 who completed and submitted the survey to help us better understand and celebrate what is currently done in homes and generate ways to nurture our faith in this context.
Here are some results that we’d like to share with you:

  • 138 responses received, among them: 40.6% married with children in the home, 29% married with children out of the home, 8% children (grade 9-12), 8% married, 8% single adult with children in/out of the home, and 6.5% single adult.
  • 98.6% responders are St. John Church Members; the rest are former members.
  • 97.8% responders have read all or parts of the Bible and feel they can speak about some passages confidently, compare passages, or lead a Bible Study.
  • 2.2% are new to the faith.

We celebrate and give thanks that

  • Prayer, Acts of Service, and Bible Study were the 3 highest listed as “Very Important.”
  • The top four role modeling activities were Strengthening and Modeling Your Own Faith, Encouragement of Individual Prayer by Children (tied), Having Meals Together, and Attending Church Services.
  • The top three actions taken to strengthen faith were Having Meals Together, Attend Worship Together (tied), and Prayer as a Household.
  • We received written responses to questions about:
    • additional activities that are done in the home to strengthen faith. The most common comments were about Relationships and Communications, Singing and Music, and Christian School.
    • current resources currently used to practice faith in the home were The Bible, Devotional Resources (printed or online), Prayer, and Music and Singing.

Additional resources for the team to generate and provide in support of faith in the home were; more Electronic and Hard Copy resources, Develop an Online Curriculum for Devotions and Bible Studies, and provide a Family Faith Manual with Suggestions for Practicing Faith at Home.

May our Lord grant us wisdom and vision as this information is applied to continue to formulate resources which best serve our homes in forming and living out faith together with family or friends.

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Home VBS

Thursday, June 25th, 2020


Home VBS

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July 2020 Newsletter Package

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter; Financial Letter and Report

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Devotional Study Questions:

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Below are some devotional questions that go with the message for this Sunday.  You are encouraged to read them before, during, or after the message.  They could be for personal reflection, but could also be used for discussion in groups.

QUESTIONS for Matthew 10:34-42

1 – What does Jesus mean here when He talks about peace?  Doesn’t Jesus bring us peace?

2 – What are our expectations for how Jesus will affect our life?

3 – Where in my life is God working to make me a better person?  Is there a particular thing I want God to help me work on in my life?

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Statement from the Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

In response to the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, we share with you this statement from the Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.  We pray that the words of Rev. Warren Lattimore, Jr. of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA and also President of the Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church, will move each member of St. John to consider our mistreatment of other humans and our own prejudices.  In doing so, may we be moved to repentance and hear again God’s message of grace and forgiveness.  Finally, may we read more, learn more, and listen more so that together we would speak more boldly against injustices done to others.  And we pray that the Lord would move us to love our neighbor more for Christ has commanded us to do that as the redeemed Children of God.

How to Talk with Your Kids about Race click here
How to Talk with Your Kids about Racial Difference – click here

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June Newsletter

Friday, May 29th, 2020

June Newsletter

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Nebraska District Reporter

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

May 2020 Reporter

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Christian Nurture Update

Friday, May 15th, 2020

–         Home VBS – click here

–         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 ( 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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Reopening for Worship

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Cover letter to Congregation; Returning to Worship Guidance Document

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May 2020 Newsletter

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

May 2020 Newsletter

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