Weekly News

January 16/17, 2021
The Ministry of St. John Lutheran; stjohnseward.org


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Worship and Communion Opportunities

Returning to Worship Update – 9-21-20

Communion Service on Tuesdays at 11am – call the church office beginning on Wednesday of each week to register for the coming Tuesday (call between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) or you can register on line – click here.

Questions for John 1:43-51

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.

Readings for January 16/17: Psalm 139:1-10; 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Readings for January 23/24 (Observance of Life Sunday): 1 Samuel 16:4-13; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Readings for January 30/31 (Observance of National Lutheran Schools Week): Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 20:20-28

  • How and where is God working in our world?
  • How and where is God working in your life?
  • What can we conclude about God’s work in our lives from the story of Philip and Nathanael?

Voting Assembly – Jan. 24, 9:45am

St. John semi-annual voting assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24, at 9:45am between worship services.  Membership will have the option of attending this meeting in the sanctuary or online.  If attending in-person, the same masking and social distancing protocol will be followed in the sanctuary as with all worship services.  If attending online, a link to the online meeting room as well as the agenda has been provided in an email.  One of the items on the agenda will be a congregational vote on the Convention Referendum coming from synod.  Information on this matter has been provided in the President’s letter (available online at www.lcms.org/delay-vote-letter) and in a response to frequently asked questions (www.lcms.org/delay-vote-faqs).

National Lutheran Schools Week is Jan. 24-31 – Click Here to Learn More

DARE2B Meets Wed., Jan. 20, 6:30pm

New Christian Nurture Website Is Up! (2021 is going to be a great year)

Click here to see what the Board for Christian Nurture and Home Ministry Team have been working on. There are tabs for everyone, even a seasonal tab.

Home Sunday School for Winter/Spring Is Ready

This home-based curriculum is “new and improved”, easier to use, and parent-friendly. You can find it on the new Faith Formation Resource web page under “Ministry @ Home”, or click here. There are two curriculums; one for families with younger kids titled “Hey O!” and one for preteens through adults using “The Bible Project” resources. Simple instructions are included with both. These will also be sent out and available on the west entrance table. To ensure you get your curriculum just register at https://forms.gle/y1kSU9GVFwVgvhFD6

Another Worship Option

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. 

Bible Study Reminder

Sunday morning Pastors’ Lectionary Discussion class is in person in the fellowship hall AND livestreaming at 10:00 AM. No Bible Study on Jan. 24 due to Voting Assembly.

Use of Masks when on Campus

When you come to the church office, enter through the west entrance, sign in in the lobby, and then put on a face covering as you enter into the building.  This is to be done by all who come into the church office and any other public areas of the facility for the safety of staff and students. 

New On-line Bible Class – Thursdays at Noon

Themes in Hebrews kicked off using Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon (Central Time); however, you can still join in the study. This group has grown from coast to coast and a few from Seward. Lee Schluckebier will lead this 5-week study on key themes in the Letter to the Hebrews. Register on-line at https://forms.gle/3srYtGFYzVn9swMN6

Child Development Center in Need of Workers

We are in need of subs for classrooms and 20 or 30 hour per week workers.  If you have interest or leads for us, please call the Child Development Center at 402-643-3122. 

Click Here for Trivia Night 2021 DetailsUpdated 1-6-21

The Ministry Offices of St. John Lutheran Church will be open from 8am-1:30pm, Monday through Friday – please make an appointment if you need to speak to a staff member. Phones will be staffed during this time

You may make an appointment to meet with a ministry staff member as needed.

Contacting a staff member by email is the best way to connect at this time. Please use their direct email address or you may send it to one of these:

For church: sjcstaff@stjohnseward.org

For school: school@stjohnseward.org

For CDC: lisa.aring@stjohnseward.org

West Entrance Is Open
The west entrance will be open from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday in order for individuals to drop off donations for Christ’s Cupboard and to pick up items.