Saturday, December 15, 2012

A message from Bishop Brian Maas

Click here for a message from Bishop Brian Maas in regards to the tragic events in Newtown, CT, this past week.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Eve Worship Services

St. John's will offer three Christmas Eve Worship Services, all candlelight and Holy Communion.  Services are at 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM.  If you have provided a poinsettia for the sanctuary, please feel free to take your poinsettia home with you after the worship service you attend.  Merry Christmas!

Majesty Choir Cantata

Everyone is invited to join us in worship this weekend as we spotlight our Majesty Choir during their Christmas Cantata "I Have Seen the Light" under the direction of Dr. Ron Lofgren and accompanied by Steve Reinke. 

Bulletin Announcements 12.16.2012

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for December 16, 2012. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 9, at St. John's

What a great weekend coming up for St. John's and the Norfolk community! 

At 9:30 am, a Breakfast Fundraiser for the Sullivan family will begin serving egg casserole, bagels, muffins, juice and coffee for a free-will donation.  All proceeds will help Keagan Sullivan, who has been hospitalized since birth with lung complications. 

At 4 PM, the children of St. John's will celebrate the Christmas Season with their Sunday School Christmas Program "His Name is Jesus".  Everyone is invited to stay after the program for cookies and fellowship as the church transforms into the streets of Bethlehem for "A Night in Bethlehem", a living nativity.  The marketplace of Bethlehem will be indoors in our Fellowship Hall and the stable outdoors on our front lawn. 

We look forward to having you all join us this weekend as we gather to celebrate Christ among us!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is today and aims to show that holiday shopping can be about both giving and giving back. People everywhere including retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals, families and more are coming together with one common purpose… to help others and incentivize ways to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of contribution.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Worship

Please join us on Wednesday, November 21, for Thanksgiving Worship.  Service begins at 7 PM. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upcoming Events at St. John's

This season is already vibrating with the fullness of the holidays!  These are a few of the special events coming up at St. John's:
  • Norfolk Men's Chorus stops by @ the 11 AM Worship Service this weekend, Nov. 18
  • PACE (Parent & Child Event) Pie Making Party -- Sun., Nov. 18 @ 9:45 AM
  • Thanksgiving Eve Worship -- Wednesday, Nov. 21 @ 7 PM
  • New Members received during the 11 AM Worship Service on Sunday, Nov. 25
  • Hanging of the Greens -- looking for volunteers to help!  Watch for a date and time.
  • Children's Christmas Program, Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 4 PM
  • A Night in Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 4:30 PM
  • Majesty Choir Christmas Cantata, Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 15-16

Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Congregational Meeting

Be sure to attend the Special Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 11, at 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall of St. John's.  We will gather at that time to vote for proposed changes to the constitution by-laws. Plan to attend this very important meeting.

Church Women United of Norfolk

Celebrate with us --
WORLD COMMUNITY DAY
First United Methodist Church
4th & Phillip Ave., Norfolk
Friday, Nov. 9
1:30 PM
Program Theme:  Abiding in Community

Come & Grow With Us

This class is for those wanting to know more about St. John's and prospective membership.  Join us for the final class on Sunday, November 11, at 7 PM in the library.

Pastor's Letter to the Congregation

Click here to view Pastor Ed's Letter to the Congregation for November 4, 2012.

Bulletin Announcements 11.04.2012

Click here to view this week's Bulletin Announcements.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All Saints Day

Sunday, November 4, is All Saints Day -- a day when the church remembers all those who have been called to their heavenly home in the past year.  We invite you to join us at any of our services November 3 - 4 as we rejoice in all the saints: those who have died and now rest in Christ, those who live now, and those yet to come. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Julie Phillips Benefit

A benefit is being organized for Friday, October 26, to help defray the cost of medical bills for Julie Phillips who suffered an aneurysm in August.  Plans include a free-will offering spaghetti dinner, silent auction, bake sale and a raffle.  The event begins at 6 PM in the Norfolk Veteran's Home recreation room. 

Pam Carlson, Julie's mother, is seeking help in two areas:  folks to help with the bake sale and additional Thrivent members to participate to qualify for matching funds.  If you can help in any of these ways, please contact Pam at Daycos, Inc., 800-366-1440, ext. 116. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

REMINDER

St. John's will have a Congregational Forum on Sunday, October 7, between services (9:45am). 
The forum is for questions pertaining to the recommendations of proposed changes to the Benefaction Board bylaws. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Prayers

Please be sure to add these folks and ministries to your prayers:
  • Bishop Brian Maas as he begins his work as Bishop of the Nebraska Synod
  • Training of Stephen Ministers which begins Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Family & friends of Mildred Johnson.  Funeral service is planned for Friday, Sept. 28
  • Family & friends of Velda Henrickson.  Funeral service is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • Faith Leader Retreat:  this weekend, Sept. 28-30

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Folks & Forks

What a wonderful Sunday afternoon here at St. John's! The 2nd Annual Folks & Forks was a huge success with great entertainment from UNL's Bathtub Dogs. After the concert, everyone moved to the Fellowship Hall for pie and ice cream via a walk through the many baskets for silent auction. At this time, food, baskets and concert have raised over $5,700 with donations still being received.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Do It All in Jesus' Name!

Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ's care for others--listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. A training class is starting soon. For more information, contact Pastor Schambach or Betty, 402-371-1985, or Karen Widhalm, 402-694-9031.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Norfolk Food Pantry

September is St. John's opportunity to serve the Norfolk community at the Food Pantry.  There are approximately 275 families in our surrounding area who look to our local pantry for something to eat.  St. John's gives support by donating non-perishable food and/or monetary gifts to purchase perishable items.  We also give of our time to help sack groceries and work on the computer for 2 hours weekday mornings. 

Boxes will be available in the church to drop off your donations of food items.  Monetary gifts (in an envelope designated "Food Pantry") may be placed in offering or left at the church office.  To give of your time, mark the Registration Slip in the back of your worship bulletin. 

Anyway you choose to support this local mission for September is very much appreciated by many people in the Norfolk community! 

Pastoral Letter 08.19.2012

Click here to view Pastor Edgar's letter to the congregation for August 19, 2012. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stephen Ministry

This weekend, Aug. 18-19, Stephen Ministry Leaders Linda Walter, Joette Hardin and Karen Widhalm will be commissioned at all three worship services.  If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please stop by the church office and pick up an application and training schedule. 

New Office Manager

On Monday, August 20, we will be welcoming St. John's new Office Manager, Gail Volquardsen.  Please be sure to stop by the office when you're in the building and introduce yourself to Gail.  She has the task of learning a new job and all of us, too! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Updated Fall Confirmation Schedule

Fall 2012 Confirmation
Class Schedule

3rd Grade Bible Class
          3:45-4:45 p.m.   Library
          August 15th, 22nd, 29th, September 5th
          Bible presentation at 8:30 AM worship September 9th

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Help With Campus Ministry Sunday Suppers

Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry in Norfolk is looking for your help with Sunday Suppers this upcoming fall semester! Here are the dates for which we would love to have congregations, small groups, families, and/or individuals sign up to provide Sunday Suppers for Northeast Community College & UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division students.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

VBS Underway!

Vacation Bible School began Sunday night, and continues through Thursday evening. See what you missed out on Sunday night! There's still room around the lighthouse, so be sure to come and join us Monday night at 6:30 p.m.!Check out the VBS Photo Album on facebook!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bulletin Announcements 07.15.2012

Click here to view the announcements for July 15, 2012.

25 Years Celebration

Join with St. John's Lutheran Church as we celebrate Tracy Nerem's 25th Anniversary of Youth Ministry and Christian Education.  A reception is planned for Sunday, July 29 at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall at St. John's.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Garage Sale

Garage Sale items will be collected at St. John's on Wednesday & Thursday, July 18-19, from 3-7 PM.  The sale begins at 9 AM on Friday, July 20!  All proceeds will support Bright Horizons of Norfolk. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

ELCA Youth Gathering Video Streaming

Do you want to get a taste of the ELCA Youth Gathering from the comfort of your Internet streaming device? You can! The ELCA Youth Gathering evening program will be streamed each night, July 18-21, from 7-8:30 p.m. Central Time, as well as worship on Sunday, July 22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Central time.

There will also be streaming from the Convention Center during the day, but no particular schedule is set for these video feeds.

The video stream will take place on http://www.elca.org/gathering

Congratulations to Betty Schambach

Celebrate with Betty Schambach as she makes her oblation as a Missionary Benedictine Oblate this Sunday, July 8, at a special Vespers Service at Immaculata Monastery.  Oblates are an extended part of the monastic community which includes daily prayer, the practice of virtues such as hospitality and serving others. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

ROCKY POINT LIGHTHOUSE VBS: WHERE KIDS SHINE GOD'S LIGHT!

St. John’s,  July 29th-Aug. 1st   6:30-8:30 p.m.
4 yr. olds-6th graders
Bring a friend!   $5 per student

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July Sabbatical Month

Following the custom we began last year, we are designating July as Sabbatical Month. As much as possible we will shift our congregational energy away from being busy with programs and meetings to experienceing God's gift of rest and renewal through congregational worship, personal prayer and reflection, and the celebration of our life together as the Body of Christ. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

St. John's Garage Sale

Start your spring cleaning early! St. John's will host it's 2nd Annual Garage Sale on July 20. Donations of everything and almost anything (no adult clothing, please) will be received, marked and sold to benefit Bright Horizons. Help make this effort a success -- bring us your unwanted and your unneeded!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carol Joy Holling Camp

Carol Joy Holling Camp Late-Bird Discounts Week 5, July 1-3: Camp Carol Joy Holling still has quite a few openings in the mini-week...perfect for first-time campers, which runs July 1-3, 2012 at TrailHead & Tipi. TrailHead - 1251 - 1st - 3rd & 4th-6th - $155 (with discount) Tipi Village - 1253 - 4th-6th - $155 (with discount) Registration deadline is Thursday, 6/28 at midnight. The discount off of mini-week sessions is $50. Full payment is due at the time of registration and discount is only good on new registrations. Use coupon code "Late Bird." Questions, contact Mary Bower, toll free at 1-888-656-6254 or e-mail mbower@nlom.org 27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, Nebraska 68003

Communion Kits

Communion kits will be distributed during the worship services on June 30 and July 1 due to the Independence Day holiday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ministry Reel: Stephen Ministry

 Karen Widhalm & Linda Walter share a bit about their Stephen Ministry training in Orlando, Florida.

Ministry Reel: Minot



Susan Skogstoe tells us highlights of her mission trip to Minot, North Dakota, in June 2012.

Monday, June 11, 2012

DayCamp Finale

DayCamp's over, but what a week!  We spent our last day together learning

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bark-B-Q at St. John's: Video Recap

Bark-B-Q Raffle Winners

Take a look at the winners list and see if you won a raffle prize at Sunday afternoon's Bark-B-Q! Thank you to everyone who contributed & enjoyed the afternoon at St. John's. After expenses, around $3000 was raised for the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mission DayCamp--Day 2!

Here's all the news from our second day at Mission DayCamp!

Celebrations of Ordination

We are truly blessed to be celebrating with several Pastors from our church family who are being recognized for their years of ministry. Among those who we rejoice with are:
  • Pastor Justin Wiese, 5 years
  • Pastor Scot McCluskey, 25 years
  • Pastor Bill Koeber, 45 years
  • Pastor Rollin Olesen, 50 years

If you would like to send a card to Pastor Scot, mail can be send to Galilean Lutheran Church, 4454 - 255th St. Hwy 18 West, Clear Lake, IA 50428.

New Bishop Elected


The Rev. Brian Maas was selected Saturday by the 2012 Nebraska Synod Assembly as its new Bishop. Maas was selected on the fourth ballot, receiving 432 of the 702 votes cast. Maas was elected to a six-year term, succeeding Bishop David deFreese who was first elected in 2000. Maas currently serves as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to that, Maas served in calls in Tekamah, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri. Following his election, Maas humbly told the assembly he was overcome by three overwhelming feelings - the first, gratitude for the support of the assembly; the second, an abiding concern for their judgment; and third, a profound confidence "God will take care of us anyway." "Everything I have, I will give to the best of my ability. The rest God will provide," Maas said. Maas will officially begin his term as Bishop on Sept. 1 and will be formally installed on Sept. 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Click here to see video of the announcement.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pastor Justin Updates From Confirmation Camp

Pastor Justin & some St. John's confirmation students & friends are down at confirmation camp at Carol Joy Holling Camp this week.  Be sure to check out pictures both on St. John's facebook page and on The Springs Photo Album on Camp's webpage.

Mission DayCamp Day #1!

 We're off to a GREAT start at Mission Adventure DayCamp!

Dine Out For Campus Ministry TODAY @ Applebee's

Be sure to eat out at Applebee's TODAY anytime, lunch or dinner, carside-to-go or dine-in. Use the NeLCM Certificate from church or print this one out, hand it to your server, and 15% of your total receipt will be donated to Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry in Norfolk! $10.99 for all you can eat wings or ribs (dine-in only)!

Send Camp Mail to Confirmation Campers This Week

Send our confirmation campers & Pastor Justin some camp mail this week! It must be received by 9 a.m. for delivery that day.  The email MUST be addressed to camper@nlom.org and in the “subject” field be sure to put the camper's first and last name AND The Springs (our camp site).

Put any of the following in the subject line to drop us a message:

Autumn Hardin The Springs
Shayla Kramer The Springs
Mariah Yagow The Springs
Pastor Justin Wiese The Springs

No fancy art or lengthy forwardings, please. Due to the number of campers each week and the availability of computer equipment, campers are not be able to reply to e-mail while at camp. We look forward to hearing from you! ~~Pastor Justin

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bulletin Announcements 06.03.2012

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for June 3, 2012. There will be no Pastoral Letter this week while Pastor Ed is away at Synod Assembly. Our prayers are with the Assembly, Pastors Ed and Justin, Betty, and our congregational delegates: Dave & Linda Walter and Danny & Lori Olson.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bulletin Announcements 05.27.2012

Click here to view the week's announcements for May 27,. 2012.

ELCA Youth Gathering BAKE SALE!

Sunday, June 3rd at St. John's
During Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall
All proceeds go to the ELCA Youth Gathering
 in New Orleans this summer-
Buy some home-baked goodies and support our youth!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Hours

Make sure to mark your calendar -- this weekend, May 27, the 11 am worship service arrives earlier for the summer -- 10:15 am until Labor Day Weekend.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Graduate Recognition

On Sunday, May 20, our 2012 graduates were recognized during worship and at a celebration during coffee. Congratulations to you all!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Worship Time Summer Hours

On Memorial Day weekend, the Sunday Celebration worship service at 11 AM will move to 10:15 AM for the summer months. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DO YOU HAVE EXTRA BIBLES AT HOME?



If you have Bibles you’re not using because they are worn out (hooray!) or you just have too many for your shelves (hooray!) our DAYCAMP students know just what to do!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sound System @ St. John's Instructional Videos

Have you ever considered helping out during worship at St. John's by running the sound board, but wondered what it would all involve? Justice Boersma & Pastor Justin Wiese have put together three short instructional videos to show you the basics of how it works.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MIGHTY MISSION DAYCAMP!

June 4th-7th
9-11:30 a.m.
Here at St. John’s!

GRADUATION CELEBRATION!

Graduating Seniors of the Class of 2012 are invited to participate in Graduate Recognition Sunday, May 20th, at the 8:30 worship service. Please meet in Fellowship Hall by 8:20 a.m. (wear your gown!) and be prepared to sit with your class during the service.

Following worship, a brief reception will be held in Fellowship Hall to honor you. Bring your family and share what you’re planning to do after graduation!

Deadline to submit your photo for the graduate PowerPoint slide show is noon, Thursday, May 15th. Please bring your photo to the church office for scanning or e-mail it to midgehe@cableone.net if you would like it to be included in the show.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Youth Gathering Fundraising 7% Away From Goal

Four youth and two adult sponsors from St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk will be attending the 2012  ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 18-22, 2012.

Needing to acquire nearly $6000 for the cost of the entire trip, St. John's Director of Christian Education Tracy Nerem shares that only $450 is left to raise for the remainder of the cost to the six participants.

"Fundraising efforts have gone well over the past several months," tells Tracy.  "We hope that continued financial support from our prayer partners and members of St. John's will help us achieve our goal."

Faith Leader Retreat This Weekend

Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton, SD
This coming weekend, 15 Faith Leaders and 4 teachers will gather at the Benedictine Peace Center in Yankton for their spring retreat. The spring retreat marks the conclusion of a special journey that began last September. For our Faith Leaders, the spring retreat is a great celebration, but it is also bitter-sweet, because it marks the end of a very special time in their life.

One of my purest joys in ministry as pastor is leading Faith Leader. This year's class marks my fourth class at St. John's and my seventh year of leading Faith Leader since introducing this program to the Nebraska Synod.

Faith Leader is a unique faith formation program for adults. It invites people to discover their souls and experience God's presence in new ways. One of the nice things about Faith Leader is that it does not matter how much you know or do no know about God or the Bible. Everyone has the opportunity to take that journey inward and dig more deeply into such fundamental, lifelong questions.  Questions like...God, who am I in you? God, who are you in me? God, what is it that you seek in my life?

What makes Faith Leader such a joy for me is that I witness people change and grow in remarkable ways through the Faith Leader journey. Often the spiritual transformation I witness is profound, but this is no surprise, since this is the way of God in our life. Faith Leaders experience the presence of God in their everyday life in ways they had not experienced before. Their everyday life and their spiritual life merge more fully into one. A deep spiritual hunger for something more when it comes to God and the Church is satisfied.

Please remember in prayer our Faith Leaders this weekend. Soon they will share with you their stories. I invite you to speak to our Faith Leaders from this year and the past to learn more about how this journey can be your journey.

~~Pastor Edgar Schambach

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Confirmation Camp Registrations Due April 27


Hi Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth graders & their families! Did you get the letter from Pastor Justin (me) & Tracy in the mail about going to camp June 3-8? One registration has been turned in. Fourteen open spots remain. Who will be next to sign up?
To review Confirmation Camp Details:
Who: Your student with Pastor Justin and other St. John’s 6th, 7th, & 8th graders
What: Confirmation Camp
Where: Carol Joy Holling Camp near Ashland, NE
When: Sunday, June 3, to Friday, June 8
Cost: $100 deposit by April 27, total cost $360, scholarship funds available
Why: Time apart with God, Pastor Justin, friends, & new found friends as a bonus confirmation experience explores Christian themes in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”


Monday, April 16, 2012

Garden Club

St. John's Garden Club will be gardening at the church each Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM (weather permitting). Please join us at your schedule permits.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Choir Cantata

Be sure to join us this weekend at all worship services when the St. John's Majesty Choir presents the spring cantata "The Love of Jesus". Worship is on Saturdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 8:30 & 11 AM.

Invitation to Pastor Justin's Installation

An Easter message from the ELCA Presiding Bishop


"Because Christ is risen, we can embrace life's complexities and uncertainties with a living, daring confidence in God's grace," says Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A message for Easter 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Garden Club

Spring is "Up and Growing" early this year and that means the Garden Club is gearing up for action. The initial meeting for project planning, maintenance and scheduling will be held April 15 between services in the library. God has blessed us with an early taste of spring and new growth. It's time to look forward to making plans for projects and upkeep to the many gifts given for our church grounds last year. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday Worship, March 31 -- 6 PM
April 1 -- 8:30 & 11 AM
Maundy Thursday, April 5 -- Worship at 12 Noon & 7:30 PM Foot washing at evening service
Good Friday, April 6 -- Worship at 12 Noon & 7:30 PM Tenebrae Service
Vigil of Easter, April 7 -- Worship at 7:30 PM
Easter Worship, April 8 -- 8:30 & 11 AM

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lenten Worship

You are invited to join us for dinner this evening at 5:30 PM as the "Painting Pals" serve a meatloaf and mashed potato meal. Stay for service at 7 PM as John Skogstoe presents the monologue from Caiaphas, Jewish high priest and organizer of Christ's death, as we continue the journey through "Voices of the Cross".

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Call Extended

After a Sunday Potluck and Special Congregational Meeting, St. John's has voted to extend a call to Pastor Justin Wiese to serve as Assistant Pastor. The "official" yes is expected after the Bishop reviews the paperwork and issues the call papers. If all goes accordingly, Pastor Justin will become an official part of the St. John's staff on April 1!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Special Congregational Meeting

A Special Congregation Meeting has been scheduled for March 4, 2012, at which time St. John's congregation will vote to extend a call to Pastor Justin Wiese. Pastor Justin will be our guest pastor for the weekend, sharing his message with us at all services. The congregational meeting will be preceded by a Potluck Dinner at 12:15 PM. Everyone is invited to bring something to share. Please plan on attending!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ash Wednesday

Lenten services will begin with Ash Wednesday, February 22, with services at 12 Noon and 7 PM. We will be following the lenten series "The Trials of Jesus: Voices of the Prosecution." The first voice heard? Satan -- as Jesus faces the tempter in the wilderness. Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 PM. Be sure to join us!

Palm Branches

It's time to return your Palm Sunday branches to St. John's. We will collect all returned branches in a basket in the west hallway until Sunday, February 19. At that time, the branches will be prepared for Ash Wednesday services on February 22. Worship Services will be at 12 Noon and 7 PM.

Campus Ministry

Join together with other NECC & UNMC students on Sunday evening for FREE FOOD! Each Sunday we gather in the Bethany Room of St. John's for an evening meal and fellowship. All students welcome! This Sunday, Feb. 12 -- Vegetable Beef Soup!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bishop David deFreese

Join us in worship at all services this weekend when our special guest, Bishop David deFreese, will be sharing his message with us.

New Council and Benefaction Board Members

St. John's Annual Meeting was held last weekend, January 29, 2012, at which time new Church Council and Benefaction Board members were elected. New members to the Council are: Brett Simonsen, Kayla Mertz, and Linda Downs. David Merritt will return for a second term and serve as Council President. Carol Waggoner was elected to serve on the Benefaction Board.

Discernment Retreat

Are you on a personal spiritual journey? Because of an increasing desire among leaders for spiritual formation and retreats, the Nebraska Synod offers Spiritual Direction Formation through Seeking the Spirit Within. Consider exploring your call to such ministry and learn how you might enter the program of certification and what is required.

  • When: Wed., April 11 (5 PM) and Thurs., April 12 (3 PM).
  • Where: Swanson Center, Carol Joy Holling, Ashland, NE.
  • Who is this for: Adults 35 and up who feel a call to serve the church.
  • Cost: $85 double occupancy. Registration deadline is March 28.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry - Norfolk

Keep up with the students at NECC and UNMC! Join us!

  • Sunday Supper at St. John's is at 5:30 PM. Food and fellowship - share a meal with other students. This week: chili and cinnamon rolls!
  • Monday meetings on campus at 8 PM. Weekly club meeting with student -led worship and Bible study. Closer to God -- closer to each other! This Monday we dig into unit 3 of "Seeing Through the Scriptures."
  • Faith Talk, Thursdays on campus from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Come and go as your schedule allows. Faith and values in the context of current events.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Financial Peace University

A time change was approved at the first meeting of the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. Classes will now meet at 6 PM on Sunday evenings at St. John's Lutheran Church. It's still not too late to join us!

Bulletin Announcements

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for January 22, 2012.

Pastoral Letter 01.22.2012

Click here to read Pastor Edgar's Letter to the Congregation for January 22, 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 29, at 1 PM. Join us for a potluck lunch immediately following the 11 AM service. Everyone is asked to bring an entree along with a salad or vegetable to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. This coming weekend on Sunday, January 22, the congregation will gather for the Financial Forum between services at 9:45 AM.

Pastor Letter 01.15.2012

Click here to read Pastor Ed's Letter to the Congregation for January 15, 2012.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Financial Peace University

Classes for the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University begin this Sunday, January 15 at 6:30 PM. If you would like to join us for the first session, it's FREE! You can still sign up for the class after the first class concludes. See you there!

Bulletin Announcements 01.08.2012

Click here to view the Bulletin Announcements for January 8, 2012.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Special Congregational Meeting

There will be a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 15, at 9:45 AM to discuss and amend our updated constitution. All members are encouraged to attend this very important meeting.