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Lincoln Orphan Grain Train Update

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAINis rolling into Lincoln this September at their new location 4817 N 56TH ST Suite #10, Lincoln.  They are looking for support in many ways including volunteers, leaders, and donations.  During the month of August, they will begin training volunteers and setting up this facility with a grand opening in September.

If you would like to get involved please contact Grant Schmidt at or Bruce Sutherland at or call OGT toll free 877-371-7393 

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August 2020 Newsletter Package

Monday, July 27th, 2020


August 2020 Newsletter; June 2020 Financials



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How to talk to Your Children/Youth about Issue of Racism and Current Unrest

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

God Sees All Colors Leader Guide; God Sees All Colors; Racism and Justice Aids

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Blessing Concordia Students and Staff

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

As Concordia aims to provide a safe and caring environment for their 1,200+ students, their partners in ministry and their community, they anticipate facemasks will be part of their everyday lives on campus. They are asking their alumni, parents, friends, congregations and others to help them ensure they have enough masks for everyone on campus, as well as visiting guests. Their goal is to have 2,000 masks donated, which will go a long way to create a caring environment for our campus community.  At this time, they have received over 500 masks. If you’d like to sew facemasks to donate to campus, you can use a pattern that works for you or you can follow the Center for Disease Control mask guidelines: Donated masks can be dropped off at the church office by July 27 and we will deliver them to Concordia’s Student Life Office.

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July 2020 Newsletter Package

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter; Financial Letter and Report

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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

Seeking reliable resources to talk with your children and youth about the issue of racism and the current unrest? Wanting to gain a deeper understanding of racial issues from a biblical perspective? Some reliable resources, Bible discussion guides, podcasts, etc. have been curated for you. You can find these resources here.

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Christian Nurture Update (9-1-20)

Friday, May 15th, 2020
  • 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.

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Reopening for Worship

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Cover letter to Congregation; Returning to Worship Guidance Document, 8-10-20

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Christian Nurture Resources

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

From Michelle Meyer, Sunday School Superintendent:

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 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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