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Thank you

Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt
Interim Pastor

Thank you so much for your care and prayers sent to us through sympathy cards and memorials. It truly brought us comfort and consolation. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we mourn.

Pastor Nirmala’s father passed away August 13. She spent three weeks in India with her family, but she is back in the office now.

Ministry Fair September 17 & 20

Have you ever wondered what the commissions of St. John’s do? Who is on the congregational council? What sorts of things the youth group does and when? What is Food for Friends? If you have ever had these questions or others, or perhaps wondered how you can be more involved in serving God’s kingdom through St. John’s, make plans to visit our ministry fair Sunday, September 17, 9:00-10:00 am and Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-8:00 pm. No pressure to join anything, just come and learn and join in some time together!

Bible Blessings

The 4-year-old & 3rd grade Bible Blessing will be on Sunday, September 24 and Wednesday September 27 at all worship services. Thank you to those who help support the purchase of these Bibles through their donations!

4-year-olds will receive a Spark Story Bible and the third graders will receive a study Bible from the St. John’s Lutheran Church faith community.

Third graders will also participate in a Bible Adventure course to learn about their study Bible and how to use it.

MOE to The Center Clinic

The next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) will be to The Center Clinic in Dodge Center on September 20 to thank the paid and volunteer staff for the great work they do in Dodge County. For many years they have provided services to the uninsured, underinsured, and low income. Learn more at www.thecenterclinic.org. Our purpose is simple — to acknowledge and encourage the staff in what they do by bringing food and beverages to indicate their efforts are appreciated. We’d love to have you come along with us but if you can’t, you can still participate by contributing food. We will meet at St. John’s at 8:30 am and carpool. Details and signup at the Welcome Center and www.stjohnskasson.org/moe. Mary Adam and Ardis Grovdahl co-lead this ministry. If you have questions, contact Ardis at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Adult Fellowship Turkey Dinner Outing

Please join Adult Fellowship as we journey to Dodge Center’s St. John Baptiste de la Salle Catholic Church on Sunday September 24 for their annual turkey dinner. We will meet in the church parking lot right after the 2nd service & proceed from there. You may call Barb Pike 634-7179 or Carole Baker (507) 634-7133 to let us know that you plan to attend, or just show up in the parking lot around 11:15 am.

Needed: Volunteers for Our Offering Counter Team

We are looking for some great people to help us out! Due to some members of our money counting team deciding to share their talents in new ways with the congregation, we are looking to find some new volunteers to help us with this weekly project. Ideally, we are looking for three teams of two to help us count and deposit the weekly offerings into the bank. The current counters worked Monday mornings, but we can work with the new team to determine if this time works best or if we need to move it to Thursday morning or Monday afternoon as a couple of options – we can be flexible.

This position works great if you have a good friend to help you out as teams of two help us ensure we have dual controls and ensure we are accurate in our counting each week. If just you yourself are interested, that also works just fine. We are hoping to establish some rotation within this group to ensure we always have tenured people on board and people do not feel like it is a commitment for life. You can sign on for a term of 1-3 years and then decide if it is something you wish to continue or not at the end of your term. This allows us to better plan for turnover when you wish to share your talents in other ways with our congregation.

If interested, please reach out to treasurer Adam Richards (aerichards1977@gmail.com or (507) 251-0677) or a member of the congregational council.

Operation Christmas Child

Guess what time it is? IT IS SHOE BOX TIME! That’s right, Operation Christmas Child!

There are going to be a lot of exciting opportunities this year. We have started collecting supplies and empty shoe boxes in a bin in the Narthex marked Operation Christmas Child. (See below for a list of items to donate.)

Packing parties will start Wednesday, September 27 around 7 pm (after worship). They are scheduled every Wednesday and Sunday until November 11, with a few days off. If you or your group would be interested in doing a packing party, please Tanya Young know. We are open to doing them other days as well.

The 2nd annual parade will be held October 8 at 3:30 pm. We will collect supplies in the streets of Kasson with fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and St. John’s Blue Bus. Additional features will be in the parade, but you will have to wait to see what they are. Following the parade, we will meet back at the church for refreshments. Please consider walking or riding in the parade with us.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project!

For more information, contact Tanya Young at (316) 390-5368 tyoung8550@yahool.com.

Items to donate:

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books, glue sticks
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Hiring a preschool teacher’s assistant

St. John’s Creation Kids Preschool is a Christian-based preschool program for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Bridge class open to all children in Kasson and surrounding communities. We are currently seeking a part-time teacher’s assistant for the 4-year-old class to join our team.

Preschool Teachers Assistant Requirements:

  • Previous early childhood care experience
  • Certified in First-aid and CPR or willing to go through certification
  • Excellent organization, time management, written/verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency

For more information please call Phyllis Sands at  (507) 634-7110 or you can send email inquiries to ckpboard@stjohnskasson.org.

Bell Choir Directors Needed

St. John’s is seeking an Adult Handbell Choir Director and a Children’s Handbell Choir Director. If you want to join our music ministry, check out our full job descriptions.

To apply, submit a resume by September 15, 2017 by email to Tim Hruska at tahruska@yahoo.com or by mail or in person to:

St. John’s Lutheran Church
301 8th Ave NW
Kasson MN 55944

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: