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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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May 2020 Newsletter

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

May 2020 Newsletter

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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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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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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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March 2020 Newsletter Package

Friday, February 21st, 2020

March Newsletter; March Calendar; January 2020 Financial Report

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February 2020 Newsletter Package

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
January 23, 2020
9:00 pm

February 2020 Newsletter; February 2020 Calendar; December 2019 Financial Report

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