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Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith and Love Devotions

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Stewardship Transformed Devotion, Week 1

Stewardship Transformed Devotion, Week 2

Stewardship Transformed Devotion, Week 3

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Recurring Events/Monthly Reminders

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

When the Need Arises for Pastoral Care
Please call the church office at any time you or your loved one is in need of pastoral care.  Deaconess Jeri and Pastors Rempfer and Bruick work to make sure that there is spiritual care available throughout the week.  It is also important for you to call the church office when you or a loved one has been admitted to the hospital.  Due to the privacy law (HIPPA), hospitals do not notify the church.  If it is after office hours, you may use these phones numbers in times of emergencies: Pastor B. – 402-641-7961; Pastor R – 319-361-9132; Deaconess J – 402-641-0627.

“Helps” During Your Time in Worship (sponsored by the Parish Health Ministry)
Please ask the ushers for locations and instructions for all of these “helps”  For your comfort and convenience, St. John Church has many “helps” for those who might need them.  Wheelchair spaces are available—these spaces are also useful for those using walkers. Easy to use hearing devices are available.  Large print bulletins are offered, and seat cushions are obtainable for your comfort.  First aid kits are located at the Information Center in the narthex and also downstairs in the fellowship hall.  An AED for electronic resuscitation is located in the school hallway right outside of the narthex. 

Collection Box for Orphan Grain Train Items  (Sponsored by the LWML)
1st and 2nd weekends of month, west entrance
Please place used clothes, linens, shoes, socks, etc. to be donated to the Orphan Grain Train and taken to the Grand Island distribution center. Thank you for your gifts for missions.  

LWML Mite Box
1st weekend of month, narthex
Drop your spare change into the big purple box and support the many ministry grants made available by the national LWML organization. Go to www.lwml.org/mission-grants to learn more about the various ministries they support.

Ways to Shop On-line and Earn Money for Our Ministry
Information sheets on this program are available in the school & church offices.
Go to these websites:
●GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com;
●Amazonsmile.com (use your current Amazon account login information at this site)

Church Art Work Booklet
A full-color booklet describing the art work at St. John is available in the church office.  Because of cost, there is a limit of one free booklet per family (additional booklets cost $2).

“Like” St. John Church, School and CDC on Facebook
Facebook users: “Like” St. John Church, St. John School and St. John Child Development Center. Updates, announcements and discussions are some of the items that are available.

Rides Available for Shut-ins
Call Sue Wickersham weekdays from 12-1pm or 5-7pm two days in advance of needed service (402-643-6287)
St. John has a list of drivers willing to take shut-ins to medical appointments, church or special events.  There is no specific charge, but donations are acceptable.  In the event that Sue is not available, you may call the church office (402-643-2983). 

Frozen Meal Assistance Ministry
If you need a quick meal for you or your family when facing an illness or difficult situation, the St. John Human Care Board has frozen meals ready and available for you to heat and use.  The Frozen Meal Assistance Ministry is called “Feed My Sheep” and is intended for times when meals are needed quickly such as when dealing with an illness, recovering from surgery or a birth, or facing a difficult situation. The Human Care Board hopes that these meals will serve as a way to express caring to both members of St. John and to the Seward community at large. If you know of someone who would benefit from a prepared meal, please contact Human Care Board members Jennifer Bockelman at 402-646-5536 or Laurie Sherman at 402-643-0502.

DVDs (videos) of St. John Weekend Worship Available
Call the church office (402-643-2983) and the DVD Ministry volunteers will be notified of your request.

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Easter Lily Donations

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

2021 Easter Lily Donations

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St. John Child Development Center Newsletter

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

May 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter

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Worship Schedule

Monday, March 15th, 2021

updated 5/20/2021

* indicates services that are also streamed to our YouTube channel

Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.
Sundays at 8:30* and 11:00 a.m.

For all services:
No reservations needed.
Masks optional.
Open seating.

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This Week’s Worship

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Worship with us – see regular schedule of worship and communion below (communion schedule varies occasionally for festival weekends and other special events)

  • Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. or
  • Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. is livestreamed
    Communion at the 8:30am service is on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
    Communion is on the Saturday services prior to the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
    Communion at the 11am service is on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays.

Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love – Oct. 9/10; 16/17; 23/24


Oct. 9/10; Rev. Chuck Blanco, Stewards Transformed by Grace
Genesis 22:1-14; 2 Corinthians 8:1-12; John 1:1-5, 14-18

Below are some thought-provokers provided by Pastor Blanco to accompany this weekend’s message:

  • How many waves are coming ashore throughout the world at any given time?
  • When you think about God’s grace for you in Christ Jesus, do you think it’s like a gallon jug of milk, such that when you’ve used it up, it’s empty?  Too bad, so sad?
  • How is God’s grace in Christ Jesus like a carbonated drink?

Oct. 16/17; Rev. David Rempfer, Stewards Transformed by Faith
1 Kings 17:8-16; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 7:1-10

  • In what facets of your life does the invitation to “live by faith not by sight”  challenge you and/or comfort you the most?
  • Why is “In whom is your faith?” a better question than “How strong is your faith?”
  • Martin Luther wrote, “Thus it is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate heat and light from fire.”  What did he mean?  What does that mean for our lives of faith?

Oct. 23/24; Rev. Scott Bruick, Stewards Transformed by Love
1 Chronicles 29:1-2, 5b-6, 9-18; 1 John 3:16-18; 4:7-21; John 12:1-8


Reformation Celebration – Oct. 30/31 – Communion at All Services

Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36


Commemoration of the Faithful Departed – Nov. 6/7

Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12


Questions for This Weekend (When applicable)
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.

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Worship Options

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Worship Anew Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. produces a weekly, 30-minute Lutheran broadcast worship service called Worship Anew. Each service includes music, scripture readings, prayers, and a pastor delivering a message that is designed to feel one-on-one to the viewer. Each program is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Find it on Spectrum channel 10, Sundays at 7:30am and Thursdays at 4:30pm

Would you, or someone you know, benefit from an Sunday morning worship service on television?  KLKN (Channel 8) broadcasts “Main Street Living” on Sunday mornings at 10am.  At 10am there is a past episode from the This Is The Life television show produced by The Lutheran Hour.  At 10:30am there is a brief worship service featuring LCMS pastors from around the Midwest.  This is a useful alternative for those without computers or computer skills. 

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Sunday Bible Study Options

Friday, February 19th, 2021

10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Heritage Room: Various Topics and Leaders
In person only: month of October: Book of Jonah, leader – Chuck Blanco; November 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Book of Hebrews, leader – Ken Block

10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Fellowship Hall: Bible study on the readings for the day
In person or online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzTd9kTcGOlDLDCTdsJ9QJg  You can use the chat feature to interact with the leader with your questions and comments! You might even get a virtual “shout out!”

10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Music Room or Online: Various topics, leader, John Jurchen
This is a traditional Bible Study. The class prayerfully takes turns reading aloud God’s Word section by section, chapter by chapter, book by book, allowing scripture to interpret scripture and keeping in mind the geographical and political contexts of the peoples to whom the Word of God was initially revealed. 
Dr. Jurchen will continue this engaging study in-person and over the interwebs. He will be using Blackboard Collaborate, but never fear, it’s easy to use! Follow this link to join the study at 10 a.m. on Sunday: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/96eb77a32e1b4b02bc59bbcded0bbca1

Sundays, 10am, School Library: Visual Faith
leader: Susan Biel

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Stephen Ministry

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Stephen Ministers contact their care receivers weekly to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for the person. Caring relationships last for as long as the person’s need persists. Please pray for our new Stephen Ministers—ask God to bless their ministry and work through them to bring hope and healing to those whom they serve. Pray also for the ongoing ministry of our current Stephen Ministers. Our congregation is one of more than 13,000 worldwide, representing 160 Christian denominations, that use the Stephen Series system of lay caring ministry developed by Stephen Ministries in St. Louis.

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Reopening Update (9-21-20)

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Reopening Update Letter and Infograph

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