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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 weekend 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 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:
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● (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

  • 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.

Readings for July 24/25: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 136:1-9; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 6:45-56
Readings for July 31/August 1: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 145:10-21; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:22-35
Readings for August 7/8: 1 Kings 19:1-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:17–5:2; John 6:35-51

Questions for This Weekend
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 July 31/Aug. 1 – Ephesians 4:1-16

  1. Considering God’s calling in your life to believe in Jesus as your Savior, what comes to mind for you when you think about this change in your life?
  2. St. Paul calls for Christ Followers to “walk” in a new way, living lives filled with humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another.  Which of these ways is easier for you to “walk in”?  Which of these ways is harder?  Why?  What are your personal challenges?
  3. How can walking in these ways as Christ Followers assist in building the unity in the Body of Christ?  What keeps you from walking then in such a way?
  4. Take time to go back to Ephesians 3:14-21.  When we struggle to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling” to be Christ Followers, God reminds us that our efforts won’t change our walk.  From Ephesians 3:14-21, who is it that changes our walk?  How?

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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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Bible Study Options

Friday, February 19th, 2021

10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Heritage Room: Various Topics and Leaders
In person only: Schedule for July 11, 18 & 25: Book of James, leader, Rachel Jank

10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Fellowship Hall: Bible study on the readings for the day
In person or online at  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: John Jurchen’s Bible study
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:

Wednesdays, 10am, Heritage Room: Lectionary for the Coming Sunday
This women’s Bible study group previews the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday. For more information contact Juanita Ebert, 402-643-4418.

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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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June Blanco funeral

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

October 1, 2014
Pastor Scott Bruick, Presiding Minister
Concordia University A Cappella Choir, Kurt von Kampen, conductor
John Jurchen, trumpet
Paul Soulek, organ and piano

The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
Have You Not Known
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Chief of Sinners, though I Be
Earth and All Stars
For All the Saints
Choral – Ain’t No Grave
Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng

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