Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blood Drive

St. John's will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 19 from 12 Noon until 5:30 PM. For an appointment, contact the office at 402-371-1985. Walk-ins are welcome!

Bulletin Announcements 07.03.2011

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for the Independence Day weekend.

Pastoral Letter 07.03.2011

Click here to read Pastor Ed's letter to the congregation for July 3, 2011.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


THIRD-SIXTH GRADERS: REMEMBER! Mercy Meal Packing at 10:30 a.m., July 5th at 701 Madison Avenue (Mercy Meals Headquarters). Our group packs meals for delivery to children in refugee camps, orphanages and disaster relief centers. After cleanup, we have lunch together. (Rides can pick you up from Pizza Hut on Benjamin Ave.) Call Tracy at 402-371-1985 or e-mail if you are joining our packing crew. Friends welcome! Change the world by feeding God's people!
6:30 - 8:30 PM
3 year olds through 6th graders WELCOME

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry

A campus ministry at Northeast Community College is a reality! The St. John's group has signed a covenant with Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry (NeLCM) to establish the Norfolk location. Pastor Justin Wiese has been selected and has agreed to serve as Campus Pastor. Volunteer Coordinator Roger Sasse and Development Director Diane Kelly have been a great resource. The volunteers from St. John's comprising the Advisory Council are: John Skogstoe - Pres.; Lori Olson - VP; Chad Boyer - Sec./Treas.; Pastor Edgar Schambach - Staff Supervisor; and Jacquelyn Samway - Special Advisor. Ashley Erks has been a tremendous asset in creating all the signs and graphics. Unfortunately, she is moving away. We will miss her but she promises to stay in touch. If you have a Facebook account, you can help! Go to our Facebook page and click "like". Once we get to 25, everyone will be able to access the page whether they have Facebook or not. Watch for more news coming soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


LYON (Lutheran Youth of Nebraska) Assembly Fast Facts: Who: Youth in 9th-12th grades & their adult leaders When: November 18th (evening) to Nov. 20th (noon) Where: Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE How much: $150 early bird (postmarked by 10/7) and $180 regular Registration deadline: Oct. 28th Why: To serve, worship, learn, meet new friends & reconnect with old friends! Registration opens August 1st online at

Bulletin Announcements 06.26.2011

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for June 26, 2011.

Pastoral Letter for June 26, 2011

Click here to view Pastor Edgar's Letter to the Congregation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The helping hands have descended on St. John's! A MAJOR sprucing has begun! Painting, cleaning, scrubbing -- the works -- are in progress in preparation for new carpeting which begins in July. LOTS of helpers are making shorter work of all the jobs. Pew removal begins Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 pm. Bring your 7/16th open end wrench and a large screwdriver and we'll put you to work!

Feed the Roots, Grow the Forest

It is a great pleasure to write and share thanks from everyone involved with the "Feed the Roots, Grow the Forest" campaign for the gift for Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry. Your generosity will help our Nebraska Synod grow new leaders and nurture current leaders for many years to come. We are thrilled with the excitement and enthusiasm that this campaign has been generating. Thanks to leaders such as you, we are making strong progress toward the campaign goals! On behalf of the people of all ages who will benefit from your leadership and for all that you are doing for the ministry we share together, thank you for your discipleship and stewardship. May you be blessed to keep on being the special blessings that you are. Jason Gerdes, Director Nebraska Synod Campaign

Monday, June 20, 2011

If you think gardening sounds like a pleasant pasttime, ask our Garden Club -- I'm sure they'll agree! The hard part is making things easier for years to come. After re-grooming this parking lot island, it was ready for new growth. Thank you all for the hard work -- it looks beautiful! Next project -- plantings around our new sign.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Walking Bible Study

The Walking Bible Study hit the pavement last night, logging several miles and many prayers. They meet to walk each Wednesday evening, leaving from St. John's parking lot at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to join in whenever you can.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Garden Club

The Garden Club at St. John's has been hard at work! When the sun shines, they are planting and watering. When it rains, they plan! Be sure to take the time to appreciate what God is working through their hands!

2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering Coming SOON!

Get thinking about the Gathering! Any teen in 9th-12th grades or having just graduated at Gathering time is eligible to register with St. John's' group. Registration opens October 9th so contact Tracy at 371-1985 or and get on our reg list TODAY! We're looking for adult leaders, too--at least one adult per 10 youth. If you are over 21 and interested in sponsoring our Gathering group, contact Tracy at 371-1985 or for more details TODAY! Want to Volunteer? If you'd like to be part of the Youth Gathering staff, the application process opened May 15th. You can serve in Community Life, Gathering Volunteer Corps, or Servant Companions. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year. Go to for more details!
THIRD-SIXTH GRADERS: Want to help us pack Mercy Meals? Meet Linda and Tracy at 10:30 a.m., July 5th at 701 Madison Avenue (Mercy Meals Headquarters). Our group will help pack meals for Orphan Grain Train to deliver to children in refugee camps, orphanages and disaster relief centers around the world. We package food for about an hour and fifteen minutes. After cleanup, we're off to eat lunch together and talk about our project. (Rides can pick you up from Pizza Hut on Benjamin Avenue.) Call St. John's at 371-1985 or e-mail to reserve your space. Friends are welcome--just let us know who you are bringing along. Join our group and help us change the world by feeding God's people!

Joplin Recovery

When you think that you're just one person and 'what can one person do', think of Emily!
After a morning at Mission DayCamp which included decorating pillowcases with pictures and prayers to send to Joplin, Missouri, Emily went home with helping others on her mind. She returned the next day with a collection "house" hoping that her congregation would donate to helping Joplin recover from tornado damage. After presenting her hopes to the congregation, the collection was taken. Emily was able to rally one person's hope into over $500 for Joplin! Look what one person can do!

Walking Bible Study

Be sure to try and "keep up" with St. John's new Walking Bible Study. The group steps out on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM, beginning in the church parking lot. Open your minds and hearts to the wondrous gift of life! Join us Wednesday, June 15, as we get started!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pastoral Letter 06.12.2011

Click here to read Pastor Ed's letter to the congregation for June 12, 2011.

Bulletin Announcements.06.12.2011

Click here to view the June 12 announcements.

Daycamp, Day #4!

It's the last day at St. John's Mission Adventure DayCamp! Today our theme was "God Wants Me to Follow Him." God knows our thoughts & feelings so we can follow God with confidence wherever we live. Following Fish was our craft today, but we got even more excited about our last DMP'S (Daily Mission Projects)--we did THREE. First, we sorted, cleaned and packed soaps & shampoo for "Clean the World." Then we sorted, cleaned and packed storybooks for the "Children's Book Project." Finally, we sorted, cleaned and packed stuffed animals for "Adopt-A-Platoon." That's a LOT of sorting, cleaning and packing! Today's projects will touch California, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the countries of South America. We also made a visit to our Gethsemane Prayer Garden and talked about Praying in Color. Oh, yeah, and we made our own "Scrubby Soaps," too--check out the pictures--our hands have never been so clean! Special thanks to our DayCamp leaders Susan, Midge, Linda & Tracy for a fun week of being God's hands in a hurting world. Mission Adventure DAYCAAAAAAAAAAAMP!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DayCamp Day #3!

"Who is this man? Who is this man? Can any person understand? The mighty things that Christ can do? Can YOU? Can YOU?" Today, DayCampers talked how God works: we don't always understand God, but we know through Christ that God does all things with great LOVE! We made giant "Ojos de Dios" (God's Eye) weavings, sewed cross bookmarks, and learned how to pray "popcorn style." We had not one, but TWO DMP's (Daily Mission Projects) today: we packed boxes of donations for Nursing Homes in Need. We also made 50 kennel blankets for the Humane Society and the Almost Home Animal Shelter. GOOD JOB, Mission Adventure DayCampers--we're changing God's world in new ways every day!

Disaster Response: Missouri River

Due to controlled flooding along the Missouri River, urgent help is needed to assist those who are being evacuated from their homes. Help is needed in moving and storing personal property. Temporary housing is needed for people as well. If you can assist in any way, please be in contact with the following churches: First Lutheran Church, South Sioux City 402.494.5461 ---- Salem Lutheran Church, Dakota City 402.987.3582 ---- First Lutheran Church, Nebraska City 402.873.5424 ---- First Lutheran Church, Blair 402.426.4073

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DayCamp Day Two!

We're back again with more Mission Adventure DayCamp action! Today our theme was "God is Bigger than the Problems We Face." We painted spinning tops, made "Jesus is My Rock" necklaces, and learned another new way to pray every day! One of our DayCampers made a great Tornado Recovery donation box at home last night, so we're stuffing the box with dollar bills to help her special project! For our big DMP (Daily Mission Project), we cut and sewed a giant Mission Quilt. Lutheran World Relief will send our quilt to Africa so a family there can use it. Check out our photos and come back tomorrow--we're changing God's world every day at St. John's Mission Adventure DayCamp!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day One of Mission Adventure DayCamp!

WOOHOO! We're off and running on our Mission Adventure Daycamp! Today we celebrated that God creates and loves us! We talked about how we are all connected, and made our own giant puzzle pieces and COOL time capsules. Our DMP (Daily Mission Project)connects us to Joplin, Missouri, where we are sending our hand-decorated pillowcases and words of encouragement to God's people there!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Hi, DayCampers! Just a few days to go before we begin our MISSION ADVENTURE! See you at St. John’s at 9 a.m., Monday, June 6th! Please have your mom, dad or driver drop you off and pick you up from the NORTH side of the church—use the door marked “COMMUNITY ROOM.” SEE YOU SOON!