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Pure Freedom Retreat – Sep. 11/12

Friday, August 27th, 2021

This fun, overnight retreat for 9th-12th grade girls
offers dedicated time to focus on and be reminded
of our true identities in Christ. Various women from
our church and students from Concordia will lead
the group through fun and meaningful sessions at
several Seward locations. This will be a time of
learning, discovery, and bonding among friends;
there will also be lots of time to hang out, eat good
food, and experience a bonfire! Sign up for our
Remind Text to register. Text 81010 the code
@purefr2. You will be sent a link to complete an
online registration form within the day. Please note
that you are not officially registered for the retreat
until the online form is completed. All future
retreat communication will be shared through this
Remind. Please bring your payment and plan to
sign a Parent Consent Form at the retreat on Sat.,
Sep. 11. We can’t wait to see you then! Online
registration is due by Sep. 1.

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2021 Summer Horizons

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

2021 Summer Horizons Catalog

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Weekly eNews

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

September 18-19, 2021

September 11-12, 2021

September 4-5, 2021

August 28-29, 2021

August 21-22, 2021

August 14-15, 2021

August 7-8, 2021

July 31-August 1, 2021

July 24-25, 2021

July 10-11, 2021

July 3-4, 2021

June 26-27, 2021

June 19-20, 2021

June 12-13, 2021

June 5-6, 2021

May 22-23, 2021

May 15-16, 2021

May 8-9, 2021

May 1-2, 2021

April 24-25, 2021

April 17-18, 2021

April 10-11, 2021

April 4, 2021

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Monthly Newsletter Packages

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

September 2021

September Newsletter
Financial Report

August 2021

August Newsletter
Financial Report

July 2021

July Newsletter
Financial Report

May/June 2021

May-June Newsletter
“Simple Gifts” (Stewardship)
March 2021 Financial

April 2021

April 2021 Newsletter
“Simple Gifts” (Stewardship)
February Financial
Newsletter by Email in July

March 2021

March Newsletter
Finance Board Fiscal Year Update/Comparison/Forecast
Stewardship Devotion
Are You Getting the Weekly Emails?

February 2021

February Newsletter
Financials for February 2021 Newsletter

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Reopening Update (5-20-21)

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Mask Update (5-20-21)

Fellow worshippers at St. John,

The Coordinating Council has decided to end the mask requirement for services as of last weekend, May 15/16.

In April, the council decided that we would end our mask requirement when either the Four Corners Health District Risk Gauge became green, or when we completed vaccination Phase 1 in Seward County. As of now, we can reasonably say that Phase I is completed.

In the opinion of the council, the probability of dangerous health consequences is now low enough that it is time to allow individuals worshippers and their families to make decisions about appropriate distancing and mask wearing. The change in CDC masking guidelines also supports this timing since the percentage of worshippers at St. John who are vaccinated is likely quite high. We encourage all who worship with us to show grace and tolerance for the decisions that are made by those who join us in our church.

We are currently in a time of heightened disagreement and polarization, much of it caused by the pandemic. As followers of Christ, we share all of the most important beliefs in life, and we know that as we experience these “light and momentary troubles,” our differences shrink to insignificance in the light of eternity.

We pray for an end to the pandemic all across the world, and we pray for grace and peace in our communities.

In Christ,

The St. John Coordinating Council

Previous Update:

On Monday, April 5, the Centers for Disease Control issued a Science Brief providing updated guidelines regarding indoor surface transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which states that “there is little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings, whether indoor or outdoor, to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fomites.” Therefore, starting this weekend, the Coordinating Council has decided to end the process of extensive disinfecting of the sanctuary after services.  The regular cleaning protocols will be maintained.  We also will return the hymnals and Bibles to the pews. We will continue to provide all congregational responses and hymn verses in our worship folders, so worshippers can choose to use or not to use the hymnals as they prefer. We remain committed to easing the mask requirement when either the Four Corners Health Department risk gauge is green, or vaccination Phase 1 has been completed in Seward County. Please note that while Phase 2 has begun, it will still be several weeks before Phase 1 is completed. At that time we will have reached a point where all Seward County residents age 65 or older will have had an opportunity to be vaccinated, providing a high degree of protection for individuals in the highest age risk category. We will continue to monitor vaccination progress in our area and let you know when it is time for our mask guidelines to change.

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March 2021 Newsletter Package

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

March Newsletter
Finance Board Fiscal Year Update/Comparison/Forecast
Stewardship Devotion
Are You Getting the Weekly Emails?

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February 2021 Newletter Package

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

February Newsletter; Financials for February 2021 Newsletter

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Trustees Need Volunteers

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Volunteer sign up

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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 June 8, we will resume “client-choice.”  Please read the signs as you approach Christ’s Cupboard.
  •  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.

(7-29-20) Currently the most needed pantry items are: canned pears, canned tuna, flour, sugar and pancake syrup.

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

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