Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is coming! Classes begin Sunday, January 15, at 6:30 PM. Call the church office to learn more!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Night in Bethlehem

Thank you to everyone who helped with St. John's living nativity "A Night in Bethlehem". It was a wonderful, warmer evening with lots of smiles, angels, wise-looking men, and a few very vocal animals. Praise be to God!

Pastoral Letter 12.11.2011

Click here to read Pastor Ed's letter to the congregation for December 11, 2011.

Bulletin Announcements 12.11.2011

Click here to read the December 11, 2011 bulletin announcements.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Program Rehearsal Photos

Check out these great photos, taken by Sarah D., of our Christmas Program "Follow the Star" rehearsals!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Special Music for Christmas Services

We are looking for musicians who would like to provide special music for the Christmas Eve Services (4, 6 and 8PM) and Christmas Day service at 10 AM. Maybe you are a concert pianist or simply enjoy singing Christmas carols. Whatever your talent, consider sharing! Contact the church office if interested.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sunday School Christmas Program

You are invited to join us Sunday, December 11, at 5 PM when the Sunday School youth (3 year olds through 6th grade) present their Christmas Progam "FOLLOW THE STAR".
Coming in the new year --
Dave Ramsey's
Classes begin January 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve Services
4, 6, and 8 PM
Christmas Day Service
10 AM
New Year's Eve Service
6 PM
New Year's Day Services
8:30 and 11 AM
All services will be Holy Communion

Pastoral Letter for 12.04.2011

Click here to read Pastor Edgar's letter to the congregation for December 4, 2011.

Bulletin Announcements 12.04.2011

Click here to view Bulletin Announcements for December 4, 2011.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hanging of the Greens!

St. John's is ready for Advent! Thanks to the MANY helpers who gathered Sunday afternoon, the church looks very festive. About 30 folks helped decorate -- things happened quickly! When all was finished, we sat down together for a wonderful lunch! Thank you all!

Pastor Letter 11.20.2011

Click here to read Pastor Ed's Letter to the Congregation for November 20, 2011.

Bulletin Announcements 11.20.2011

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for November 20, 2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011


The plans are in motion! Don't be left behind as St. John's Lutheran Church presents A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM, a living nativity. Attend the Children's Christmas Program at 5PM, Sunday, December 11, followed by cookies and cider at the Bethlehem Bakery! Be a part of this wonderful, fun and blessed evening as you are taken back to the birth of the Savior in Bethlehem. Come in costume and join in the celebration!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lutheran World Relief In-Gathering

The boxes of health kits, school kits, sewing kits, and quilts keep coming! The week of filling the trailer is half over and many surrounding churches have made the trip to Norfolk to add to the shipment. Thank you to Pat & Warren Monson who make sure there is someone available to help with the loading and to offer a cup of coffee and a treat! Not only is St. John's blessed, we pray also that the items being collected by Lutheran World Relief find their way to the hands of those who need them most.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Special Congregational Meeting

A special Congregational Meeting is set for Sunday, November 13, at 9:45 AM. To address a staffing need, the Church Council is recommending that the congregation approve the appointment of a call committee for the purpose of calling a part-time assistant pastor and that a plan for funding this position be created. A forum to discuss this matter will be held Sunday, November 6, at 9:45 AM in the sanctuary. Please plan on attending these very important meetings.

Sullivan Family Benefit

The Sullivan Family Benefit is this Sunday, November 6, beginning at St. John's with a breakfast at 9:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall. The silent auction baskets will be on display Saturday evening through breakfast. For lunch, the fundraiser moves to the VFW on 4th St. and Braasch Ave. Lunch will be served from 11 AM -- 2:30 PM. All proceeds will go directly to the Sullivan family.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Parish Fellowship Dinner

PARISH FELLOWSHIP DINNER SATURDAY, OCT. 29 FOLLOWING 6 PM SERVICE Join us for dinner after worship – no need to hurry home and cook! Let us help with that! Stay for Tater Tot Casserole, Jello salads, relish tray, dessert bars and coffee. Everyone invited!

Music Day

Our first “Music Day” will be held for all 1st-6th graders in Sunday School on October 30th. Meet in the big Music Room downstairs to be part of the action! Students will share their music at the 11 a.m. worship service that same Sunday. Mark your family calendar!

Christmas Program Musicians

Are you a student musician? We are already looking for students who wish to share their musical talents as part of the Sunday School Christmas program December 11th. If you’d like to be part of this great group, please check the box on the worship registration slip or contact Tracy on Facebook, at or call 371-1985.

Majesty Choir Cantata Practice

MAJESTY CHOIR CANTATA practice begins next week, Thursday, Oct. 27. If you would like to “try out” the choir for a short time, now’s your chance! Cantata practices are each Thursday from 6:30 -7:15 PM. Regular practices will continue after 7:15 -8 PM.

Sullivan Family Benefit

SAVE THE DATE A Fundraiser to benefit the Sullivan Family is being planned for Sunday, November 6. Robert & Katlinn Sullivan, along with little sister McKenna, welcomed baby Keagan to their family prematurely. The proceeds of the benefit will help defray hospital costs. Watch for details!

Orphan Grain Train Class

Orphan Grain Train Class started Sunday, October 23. There are still 3 weeks of classes left. Meet in the sanctuary at 9:45 to learn about the history and functions of this organization.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Christmas Cantata Practice

The Majesty Choir will begin practicing for the Christmas Cantata next Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-7:15 PM. If you would like to see how you "fit" with the choir, now's the time! This short commitment ends with Cantata weekend, December 17-18. Help us celebrate the season by being a part of this musical event!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Faith Leader Fall Retreat

Congratulations to our Faith Leaders who have completed their first retreat. Along with study, there was also time for contemplative prayer at the labyrinth and great meals! Faith Leader classes begin each fall. If you are interested in knowing more, talk to Pastor Edgar or Betty Schambach.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


"Come and Grow With Us", a 6-week new members' class for those interested in learning more about membership at St. John's, begins Sunday evening, October 9, at 7 PM.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Michael Taylor Family Benefit

The Benefit for the Michael Taylor Family is Sunday, Oct. 2, beginning at 12:15 pm with a BBQ lunch. Be sure to browse the silent auction items, too! Bake sale goodies and raffle tickets will also be available to purchase. This proud Marine is a husband and father to three young children. Please be generous as all proceeds will help defray costs incurred during Mike's fight with brain cancer. See you there!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Be sure to attend St. John's GARAGE SALE on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 AM to 8 PM. All proceeds will be donated to Bright Horizons of Norfolk. There will be something for everyone, including lunch!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bulletin Announcements 09.18.2011

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for September 17-18.


Be sure to get in on all that's going on at St. John's this weekend! Saturday evening service is at 6 PM, with the first Reverse Offering! You've heard about it -- now it's time to see how it works! After service, spend a little time browsing the silent auction baskets donated to raise funds for the Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry in Norfolk. Bidding continues through Sunday afternoon when Saints & Sinners perform their final concert at 3PM followed by a homemade apple pie and ice cream social. Winners of the silent auction will be announced at that time. Hope you can join us for all the fun!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


On September 28th, all interested 9th-12th graders, potential sponsors, and parents are invited to attend a 6:30 p.m. meeting in the church library for more information on the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering! Don’t miss this meeting—-registration begins in October!

Monday, August 29, 2011

8th Grade Confirmation Classes begin October 5th

Welcome to a new year of confirmation instruction at St. John’s! 8th grade classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 5th from 4-5 p.m. at the church. Students in this unit will need to bring their Bible, a writing utensil, and a spiral notebook to class each week. If your student needs a Bible, please let us know; we’ll be happy to provide one. Mark your calendars, 8th graders!

7th Grade Confirmation Classes Begin September 28th

10 Commandments class begins for all 7th grade students on September 28th! We meet at the church from 5-6 p.m. Athletes, please make sure you complete the necessary paperwork with your coaches so you are excused from practice on Wednesdays. Students need to bring their Bible, a writing utensil and a spiral notebook to class each week. If you need a Bible let us know! Please mark your family calendar with this date!

"Wanted by God: Pioneers!" RALLY DAY

RALLY DAY IS ON ITS WAY! Join the fun and help us get your new Sunday School year off to a GREAT START! Wear your jeans, your boots, your cowboy hat & kerchief on September 11th, and meet us in the church sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. for a WILD TIME in the OLD WEST! Rope a horse, hunt for outlaws and have your picture taken at the jail! Get in line at the chuckwagon for some chow and sarsaparilla! All families and friends of St. John's are WELCOME!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Norfolk Food Pantry

In support of the Norfolk Food Pantry, St. John's stocks the shelves and provides volunteers to help during September. All non-perishable items are welcome, including peanut butter, jelly, cereals, all pastas, mac & cheese, pancake mix, syrup, canned soups, fruits and vegetables. Paper items such as toilet paper are also needed. Garden produce will also be accepted. Please remember the volunteers and those benefitting from your donations in your prayers!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

SUNDAY SCHOOL HELPERS NEEDED! Would you like an opportunity to change God’s world one child at a time? Catch the excitement and join our Sunday School staff! All our Team Leaders are in place for Sunday School, but we need your helping hands to fill out our teams for the Sept.-Dec. season--- 3 year olds/PreK needs at least 2 helpers; Kindergarten needs at least 3 helpers; Creativity Corner (1st-6th grade crafts & food) needs 1-2 helpers; Theology Theater (Bible movies & brain teasers) needs 2 helpers; and Community Life (Church and community projects done during the Sunday School hour) needs 2 helpers! We’d also like to have a Music & Prayer Site. If you’d like to lead this brand new team, or can help a team leader out, let us know! Contact Tracy at 402-371-1985, at or or find Tracy on Facebook. Hurry and claim your class—Rally Day is September 11th!

Pastoral Letter 08.21.2011

Click here to read Pastor Edgar's letter to St. John's.

Bulletin Announcements 08.21.2011

Click here to read Bulletin Announcements for August 21, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lawnchairs & The Lord

Join us for worship ON THE LAWN
Saturday, August 27
6 PM
Bring your lawnchair -- we'll bring the popcorn!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

6th Grade Confirmation Prayer Class!

Welcome to a new year of confirmation classes at St. John’s! 6th grade Prayer Class will be held from 4-5 p.m. beginning September 14th. Additional class dates are September 21st and 28th. “Share Your Prayer” Sunday will be held Oct. 2nd. All students should plan to attend BOTH services that day if possible. Please add these dates to your calendar if you have a 6th grader in your family!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Saints & Sinners, Norfolk's Gospel Quartet, will be performing their farewell concert benefitting the Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry of Norfolk.
Join us in support of this new campus minstry under the guidance of Pastor Justin Wiese.

5th Grade Holy Communion Classes Begin!

Holy Communion classes for any student 5th grade or older begin Wednesday, August 17th from 5-6 p.m. at the church. Additional class dates are August 24th, 31st, and September 7th, 14th, and 21st. Materials for each student's First Communion chalice are provided at no cost. First Communion Sunday is September 25th, at the worship service of your family's choice. Hope to see your student in class on the 17th!

4th grade Baptism Class Begins August 17th!

Welcome to a new confirmation year at St. John's! The 4th grade Baptism class begins Wednesday, August 17th. Class meets from 4-5 p.m. Additional class dates are August 24th, 31st, and September 7th. Banner-making materials are provided for your 4th grader at no cost. Banner Presentation Sunday is September 11th at the 11 a.m. worship service. Please mark your family calendar!

3rd Grade Confirmation Starts August 17th!

Our 3rd grade Bible Discovery class begins Wednesday, August 17th. We meet from 4-5 p.m. at the church. Additional class dates are Aug. 24th, Aug.31st, and Sept.7th. Bibles and highlighter are provided for each student at no cost. Bible presentation is at 11 a.m. worship on September 11th, which is also Rally Day! Mark your calendar!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


WOOHOO! WHAT A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE JESUS' LOVE FOR US and OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER! Our VBS students & staff gathered with family & friends for a great FAMILY NIGHT! We shared our VBS week in songs and stories at the program, then got into our LOOOOOOOONG line for some great burgers, chips, desserts and watermelon! We played the inflatable games, launched lots of water balloons, created fun sidewalk art and got REALLY wet in the waterfall sprinkler! It was a fabulous night--THANKS to everyone who helped make it possible--you are rockin', breathing examples of God's love in action!

Bulletin Announcements 08.07.2011

Click here to view Bulletin Announcements for August 7, 2011.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Yes, it's DAY FOUR of our VBS BIG JUNGLE ADVENTURE! Tonight we had a blast praising God for the gift of Jesus, who died on the cross to save us from our sins! We finished our HALL WALL PHOTO COLLAGE, stacked up even MORE cans of food for hungry people in Norfolk, and practiced for our program tomorrow night! We beaded jewelry, made candles, and took Hez the Hippo for a ride on our colored parachutes. Now we're ready for the FAMILY NIGHT BARBECUE tomorrow at 5:30! Songs and stories, free food, inflatables, a balloon launcher and MORE! Come and share the energy of God's Spirit in action at St. John's--celebrate our BIG JUNGLE ADVENTURE with us!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


WERE YOU AT VBS TONIGHT? We celebrated JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! We're learning to share Him with other people! Our Food Pantry "Two-Can" Collection is growing every night, and we're crafting and laughing, playing and learning about God's love for us! The Snack Shack Crew had some AWESOME cookies for us tonight, too. Gotta FUEL UP and SOUND OFF if we're going to share the light of Jesus with God's World! Can't wait to see what's coming up tomorrow night---hope to see you there!