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Lefse Baking Begins — GAME ON!

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LEFSE BAKE SETUPS begin Tuesday, August 22, 1 pm to 3 pm, and continue every Tuesday through October 17. For questions about lefse bakes and lefse bake setups, contact: Marge Albright at (507) 421-5184 or by email at albright@kmtel.com or Shelley Gustafson at (507) 269-2597 or by email at slgusta@hotmail.com

POTATO PREPARATION begins Tuesday, August 22, 6 pm to 9 pm and continues every Tuesday through October 17 in the church kitchen. Potatoes will be provided. Bring your own peeler if you have a favorite one! To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke (check your directory or contact the office at (507) 364-7110 or office@stjohnskasson.org if you need her contact information).

LEFSE BAKES begin on Wednesday morning, August 23 and continue through October 18. Flippers and rollers are needed each Wednesday morning at 8 am for nine lefse bakes. Mixers–please report no earlier than 7:30 am. Make plans now to attend one or all of the bakes. No previous experience needed. Coffee will be served mid-morning.

LEFSE LAUNDRY. Another way you can help is with the lefse laundry. Lefse laundry consists of sheets from the cooling tables and the dish towels and rolling pin and rolling board covers used weekly. This is a great way to help behind the scenes and can be done in your home. Laundry is ready for pickup on Wednesdays at noon and needs to be returned to the church in time for setup the following Tuesday.

From young to old, there are so many opportunities to help with our lutefisk dinner preparation. Even if only for an hour or two, you are needed! In the next weeks and months, specific preparations will be highlighted in our announcements. Please consider the ways in which you can help.

Women of St. John’s share the warmth of God’s love

The following message was written by Pastor Corrine Haulotte from the Lutheran Campus Center in Winona. The ladies of our congregation have shared God’s love in our community and throughout the world in a number of powerful ways. One of those is creating and sharing prayer shawls and quilts. Read about how powerful those gifts can be:

In the bleak midwinter of 2010, I received a colorful prayer shawl.

The shawl was sent to Wartburg Theological Seminary following a press conference held on campus regarding the death of [my friend] Ben in the Haiti Earthquake. A woman I have never met (even to this day) sent the shawl with a prayer square and a note to our Academic Dean, asking him to pass the items onto me. Craig explained that she heard me speak about Ben on the news and was moved to send the items.

I don’t remember what I said to Craig, but I remember the feeling that washed over me as I held the soft shawl and square in my hands. It was the same feeling I have each time I pull the shawl around my shoulders, cloaking myself in tangible prayer and colorful love.

Yesterday I held the shawl open for four women at the LCC. Kay, Marlene, another Marlene, and Charlotte from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson met Kelly and me at the LCC with quilts and shawls they had gathered for our students. I shared my story with them, and we all nodded, knowing deeply the simple and profound gift of such prayerful creations.

I also shared a long-held dream of mine: to have quilts and prayer shawls on hand to give to students. Of course, they already knew this. But Kay didn’t know about such a vision when she emailed us in June, inquiring whether or not we could use some quilts at the LCC. (Well, hello there, Holy Spirit.)

There’s more to the story…

The same day I met with these four angels from Kasson, a colleague and friend told me about a prayer shawl and square he had from a woman he had never met. Hmm, I thought, that sounds familiar. “Do you know if she sent a shawl to Wartburg Seminary in 2010?” Later that night, he called: “I received a message today you might find interesting… ‘Yes, I did send two shawls to Wartburg after the earthquake in 2010.’” My jaw dropped. What are the chances that on the same day I told this story and received beautiful quilts and shawls for our students, I would also receive a connection with this other woman?

Dear LCC friends, we just never know, do we? We never know what an impact we might have on one another. I want to invite you into this impact at the LCC. Please pray for our ministry together; consider offering a financial gift to further our ministry; perhaps offer a quilt or shawl to campus ministry, or a friend (or stranger!) in need. If you’d like to be part of this dream unfolding, please let me know!

Imagine the students who will wrap prayer about their shoulders and receive healing balm for their hearts through these quilts and shawls. Just imagine…

With gratitude,
Pastor Corrine Haulotte

A little bit about the recent Haiti trip

By Amanda Sabelko

From June 22 – 29, 2017, Julia Evans, Dennis Foster, Markayla Kujath, Amanda & Justin Sabelko, Annabel & Jennifer Smith, Tanya Young, and Dan Ziebell traveled to visit our friends and ministry partners in Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti. While we did get in a little sight-seeing the main focus of our trip was to continue developing relationships with the people of Pignon and Bouyaha. A lot of what we did was duplicated in both Bouyaha & Pignon.

We put on a Vacation Bible School where we explored the story of Daniel & the Lion’s Den. Julia, Markayla, and Annabel along with our fabulous translators – Moustakyi & Gobi lead the music – “This Little Light of Mine” was a huge hit. Amanda told the Bible story & Tanya taught everyone how to play the “Hokey-Pokey.” Personally, it’s the best behaved I have seen any children so rest-assured, it is possible for children to sit still.

The women of St. John’s donated money to purchase food in Haiti to give out to women who came to the Bible study and health conversations. They all walked away with enough food to feed their families for a week. Tanya led the women’s Bible study where they talked about Naomi & Ruth. Jen held two great discussions on Women’s health issues. Women were able to ask questions about their health and Jen gave out some great, simple health tips including the importance of drinking water.

Over $13,000 was raised to go toward a building project at the Friends of Christ School in Bouyaha, a small village north of Port-au-Prince. While we were there we saw parts of the foundation being laid and cement being poured. This new portion of the school will have extra classrooms, room for storage and an office for the principal.

There was so much more to our trip that the Haiti Mission Team would love to share with you. Please join us on August 27th at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a full report on our trip.

You can also read more about the trip at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

Backpacking Trip Highlights

Seventeen of our youth ranging from 14-18 years old took part in our summer youth trip to Sky Ranch Lutheran Bible Camp near Fort Collins, Colorado. They split into three hiking groups along with five of our wonderful adult volunteers to do some high wilderness backpacking for four days and three nights. These intrepid travelers hiked over seven miles a day, slept in tents in the mountains, and endured the ultimate experience of roughing it…and came back with smiles, stories, and an appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.

Check out some of the great experiences they had:

Join us for the Brat & Pie Social

Come out to join us for our annual Brat & Pie Social! St. John’s Adult Fellowship group will serve up a meal of hotdogs or brats, chips, and a drink for $2 (hot dogs) or $3 (brats). The WELCA ladies will be serving pie and ice cream for a freewill offering. And Don and Peggy Holtan are back with their “old time musical selections” for your entertainment. Enjoy a fun evening and bring some friends! Event is held rain or shine.

Fall education program registration now available

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to think about fall! Registration is available online or in the office for:

  • Sunday School (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Education (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Afterschool (kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Club 56 (grades 5-6)
  • Confirmation (grades 7-8)

More information about each of these programs and links for registration is available at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning

Hiring Children’s Ministry Assistants for 2017-2018

We’re looking for two Children’s Ministry Assistants to assist the Children, Youth and Family Team in providing age appropriate experiences for children in Oasis Afterschool and Education Ministries. This position is roughly 3-5 hours a week on Wednesday afternoons and occasionally additional weeknight or weekend meetings or activities. Pay is $10/hour.

Download the full job description for the Children’s Ministry Assistant.

Ugandan Kids Choir to perform at St. John’s

Come Experience a little Africa! Childcare Worldwide presents: The Ugandan Kids Choir Sunday, July 16 at 6 pm at St. John’s. They will be singing, dancing, and sharing their stories of hope through Jesus Christ. There ages range from 8-12 years old, with a total of 10 children and 3-4 adults. Some of you may remember them from when they were here in 2015. Come enjoy an uplifting evening. A freewill donation will be taken for the choir. Also, we will be collecting donations for Ready, Set, Learn.

There will be a cookie reception after the concert to have fellowship and meet the children.

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School supplies needed

Ready Set Learn  Back to School is a program that is offering backpacks and school supplies to qualified recipients. It started in 2007, and has grown ever since. In the 2016 school year we were able to serve approximately 345 kids, helping prepare them with school supplies for the upcoming year. We now have a committee of 10 dedicated individuals from the community that our passionate about making this continue to strive. We run on donations from the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. We wouldn’t be able to make it without these generous donations.

We are accepting donations now through August 6 both at St. John’s and at the Kasson ShopKo.

Items needed include:

  • Backpacks – Large
  • Glue Sticks – Small
  • 2 – Pocket Folders (Blue, Green, Red, Yellow)
  • Markers – Washable, Narrow or Wide
  • Notebooks – Wide-ruled, spiral, one subject, colors: blue, green, red, yellow
  • #2 Pencils 12-pack
  • Pencil Pouches – Zippered
  • Highlighters – Any Color Wide or Narrow
  • Pens – Blue or Black
  • Composition Notebooks – Wide or College ruled

We are also having a “Stuff The Bus” Event July 19 from 4-9 pm at the Dodge County Fair to fill St. John’s Big Blue Bus with supplies!

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

Follow the 2017 Haiti Mission Trip

The school in Bouyaha, Haiti, is filled to capacity and needs more classroom space. Hearing the need and continuing its commitment to Pastor Mioche’s ministry, St. John’s has raised $10,000 for an addition to the school. On June 23, a St. John’s mission team will travel to Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti to kickoff the construction and to lead a variety of other projects in support of Pastor Mioche’s ministry. The team traveling includes Julia Evans, Annabel Smith, Jen Smith, Dan Ziebell, Tanya Young, Justin Sabelko, Amanda Sabelko, Markayla Kujath, and Dennis Foster. The team will return June 29.

Please keep the team in your prayers! Follow their blog at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

Action Packed Day Camp

Kids – did you just finish grades 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you excited to get away for some awesome adventures? It’s time to sign up for 2017 Action Packed Day Camp!

Join us for a week of non-stop fun! We begin our day with a short devotion and will spend the rest of our time in fellowship together.

July 10-13, 2017
Cost: $50/student (scholarships available)

Click here for details and registration.

Worship by the Fire Schedule

We’ll be worshipping at St. John’s new fire pit every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We do worship rain or shine! We just move inside if weather dictates.

Every week we’ll worship guided by a book called Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. You bring a camp chair and we’ll bring the s’mores!

  • June 24: Blessing of the Pets
  • June 21: Celebration of VBS and Family Fun Night
  • June 28: Prayers for those on St. John’s mission & faith formation trips
  • July 5: Christmas in July
  • July 12: Celebration of Haiti Mission
  • July 19: Celebrate the County Fair
  • July 26: Prayers for confirmation campers
  • Aug 2: Celebration of Backpacking Trip
  • Aug 9: Festival in the Park/Celebrate our community
  • Aug 16: Celebration of Confirmation Camp
  • Aug 23: Affirmation of Baptism
  • Aug 30: Back to School Backpack Blessing