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Update from Chile – November 2017

We received this letter from Karen Anderson on November 17, 2017:

Dear Friends in Christ,

Please download the November 2017 EPES Update to get a glimpse of what we have been up to the past few months. It has been a busy time!

In the Update, you will read about our annual human rights activities with the health teams – a visit to the National Stadium which was the largest center for torture during the dictatorship and today is a memorial site. With the health promoters, we also organized a gathering at EPES to discuss emerging human rights issues related to the “new immigration” in Chile. There are also updates about our various EPES projects and a page of photos from our 35th Anniversary Concert in Minneapolis in September. The update ends with photos from the church service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation led by the Bishop of the IELCH, Rev. Oscar Sanhueza with the participation of the president of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet.

Thank you for your ongoing support and accompaniment that reminds us that we are not alone in this journey to work for justice and dignity in health. 

And speaking of not being alone, as I write this, we are anxiously waiting for the arrival of a group of 20 people from Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, MN (my hometown and my home church) and Christ the King, Mankato, MN. They will be visiting EPES from Saturday the 18th until Saturday the 25th. During their time here, they will meet the community health teams, worship at the Good Samaritan congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH), have a guided tour of the Park for Peace (an ex-center for torture and extermination under the dictatorship), travel south to visit our center and staff in Concepcion and they will participate in two community health actions. It is going to be a very busy week—they even get to be here for the presidential elections! We pray that their experience in Chile is one rich in hope, faith, friendship and love. We will also be visited by a delegation from the Western Iowa Synod that is a companion Synod to the church in Chile. Accompanying them will be Paulina Dassé from the Global Mission staff of the ELCA. It is going to be a wonderful time.

As we prepare for Advent, however, it feels like the world is in an overwhelming state of fear and despair. I find comfort and challenge in the Advent reflection of Katharine Jefferts Schori, former Bishop of the Episcopal Church:

To live as Jesus did is to embrace the world’s suffering —in as full a way as possible — and yet to endure, knowing that God is still in our midst, and in the heart of the pain. Patience in this season of waiting is not just about putting up with delay, but having deep compassion for all who wait for justice, healing, and peace. It is about solidarity, and suffering- with (which is the literal meaning of compassion). John the Baptizer is announcing the presence of compassion in the flesh — and reminding his hearers that God’s road builder toward that future is coming. Not only will a fellow sufferer stand with you, but he will help unfold that path to a healed world. The pathway isn’t finished yet, but if you’ll turn around, you will see it and become part of it.

In this season of patience, what suffering claims your heart? What do you wait for, in solidarity with another? Will you join in building that road through the wild and fearsome darkness? 

God of holy patience, help us to offer a compassionate witness against the fear and despair of our time. Amen.*

Blessings and Peace,
Karen

* From a Series of Advent Devotions available at http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Advent_Devotions.pdf

Participate in the Transition

After months of dialogue within our group, the Transition Team has come to a place where we can comfortably and confidently engage in productive, informed conversations with the greater congregation. The most effective way to develop a clear sense of identity, purpose, and mission, as well as build consensus and commitments for the future, is to draw from continued input that represents the whole congregation.

October activity included a well-attended Sunday forum in the Fireside Room, a “Keep, Change, Add” exercise that elicited some wonderfully creative and insightful responses, and a meeting with Bishop Delzer that was incredibly informative and served as a valuable opportunity to grow a healthy understanding and linkage to the Southeastern Minnesota Synod (Missed it? Watch or listen at www.stjohnskasson.org/bishop-town-hall).

In November, we are excited to introduce an interactive game board activity that has been created to deepen and widen congregational conversations. We will be offering several opportunities for Transition Team-led participation (see below). We ask that you make a special effort to be part of one of these opportunities. We can also provide your group (commission, family, friends) the materials to self-facilitate the activity.

We thank you for taking the time to talk with us and with each other and for praying for our congregation. God continues to lead us into a very exciting and promising future!

Interactive Game Board Dates:

11/7 – 6:30 pm – Commission and Circles
11/12 – 9:10 am – Coffee Hour and Sunday Confirmation
11/15 – 4:45 pm – Wednesday Club 56
11/15 – 5:30 pm – Families with Free Pizza provided!

1,867 meals served

A heartfelt thank you to the people of St. John’s for your tireless efforts in hosting a very successful 56th annual lutefisk dinner!

Total Meals Served in 2017: 1,867

Lutefisk Take Out Meals Will be Available

If you wish to call ahead and have a takeout meal delivered curbside to you in the parking lot, please call (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 23. Inform the parking lot attendant if you have called ahead and are picking up a takeout meal; they will direct you to the takeout parking area.

Special Information for Lutefisk Workers

If you are working in a public area on Thursday, please wear white shirts and black pants; vest/aprons and name tags will be available in the church library for your use. Do not bring purses or valuables in to the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $6 in the take-out room and then eat in Sunday School Rooms 8 and 9 before or after their shift. Please be considerate of where you park and leave those parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.

Lutefisk 2017: Where Can You Help?

Tuesday, October 24:

  • 7:30 am – cut and peel rutabagas in church kitchen (bring your own knife if you have a favorite)

Wednesday, October 25:

  • 7 am – cook rutabagas in church kitchen
  • 8 am – meatball prep in church kitchen
  • 9 am to 8 pm – bring in the food donations requested in the congregational letters mailed to your home and additional items for the bake sale table
  • 12 noon – potluck for workers (bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 26:

  • 6:30 am – bag lutefisk (wear old clothes)
  • 8 am to 10 pm – workers are still needed in many areas; contact Renee Solberg if you can help – solberg4@kmtel.com

 

Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items (i.e. nuts, flavorings, etc.). Please consider donating to our bake sale. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

2017 Lutefisk Dinner

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Serving: 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Adults $16, Children (under 10) $6
No advanced ticket sales.
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

2017 Lutefisk Committee

  • Renee Solberg, Dinner Chairperson
  • Marge Albright and Shelley Gustafson, Lefse Co-Chairs
  • Jeannine Allen, Lefse Committee
  • Janet Solberg, Lefse and Dinner Committees
  • Gloria Gilbertson, Communications and Advertising

2017 Lutefisk Dinner Poster

Click on the image to download the PDF of the poster to print and post on your fridge, in your office, or anywhere else you’d like to promote this year’s dinner!

2017 Lutefisk News

1,867 meals served

A heartfelt thank you to the people of St. John's for your tireless efforts in hosting a very successful 56th annual lutefisk dinner!

Total Meals Served in 2017: 1,867


Lutefisk Take Out Meals Will be Available

If you wish to call ahead and have a takeout meal delivered curbside to you in the parking lot, please call (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 23. Inform the parking lot attendant if you have called ahead and are picking up a takeout meal; they will direct you to the takeout parking area.


Special Information for Lutefisk Workers

If you are working in a public area on Thursday, please wear white shirts and black pants; vest/aprons and name tags will be available in the church library for your use. Do not bring purses or valuables in to the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $6 in the take-out room and then eat in Sunday School Rooms 8 and 9 before or after their shift. Please be considerate of where you park and leave those parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.


Lutefisk 2017: Where Can You Help?

Tuesday, October 24:

  • 7:30 am - cut and peel rutabagas in church kitchen (bring your own knife if you have a favorite)

Wednesday, October 25:

  • 7 am - cook rutabagas in church kitchen
  • 8 am - meatball prep in church kitchen
  • 9 am to 8 pm - bring in the food donations requested in the congregational letters mailed to your home and additional items for the bake sale table
  • 12 noon - potluck for workers (bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 26:

  • 6:30 am - bag lutefisk (wear old clothes)
  • 8 am to 10 pm - workers are still needed in many areas; contact Renee Solberg if you can help - solberg4@kmtel.com

 


Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items (i.e. nuts, flavorings, etc.). Please consider donating to our bake sale. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation's projects.


Last lefse bake

The last lefse bake will be held on Wednesday, October 18. There will be a celebratory brunch served mid-morning. If you can join us, please sign up for the brunch with either Marge Albright (albright@kmtel.com) or Shelley Gustafson (slgusta@hotmail.com) by Monday, October 16.

A very special thank you to Becky Knoepke and the many volunteers who cooked and riced potatoes for nine Tuesday evenings in the church kitchen. Tuesday night volunteers are also welcome to attend our brunch on October 18. This year’s lefse bakes went very well and we have some great lefse ready to be served and sold at our lutefisk dinner!

Lutefisk Dinner Setup

Lutefisk Dinner room set up begins Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11 am. Please let Renee Solberg (solberg4@kmtel.com) know if you can help with covering floors and setting up rooms.

Lutefisk donation letters

Lutefisk donation letters have been mailed to each St. John’s household. If you didn’t receive a letter with your family’s donation request, or if you are not a member but would like to contribute, please contact the office. YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our dinner!

These Glass Bowls Needed

If you like to attend garage/estate sales or perhaps have these in your home, please be on the lookout for two small sized glass bowls that are no longer available to purchase new (see picture below for specific style and measurement). If you would consider donating these, we could use more of these in our church kitchen!

Ice Cream Pails Needed

If you have any empty ice cream pails with lids that you could donate, please bring to the church office before October 20, 2017 to be used the week of the lutefisk dinner.

Norwegian Cookie Bake

Make plans now to attend the Norwegian Cookie Bake in the church kitchen on Monday, October 16, 2017, beginning at 2 pm. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to bake these special treats, this is your opportunity. All supplies will be provided!