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All Commission Meeting

On Sunday, September 23 following worship everyone involved with a commission, committee, or organization at St. John’s is invited to an All Commission Meeting. The meeting is scheduled 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, lunch will be served.

This will be a great opportunity to bring everyone to the table. Many of the ministries lean on each other. By getting everyone together we can work as one voice. We look forward to this experience to see the energy, commitment, and capabilities we have as a collective front. If you are not on a Commission but are looking to get involved, this is an excellent day to participate and find out where your talents can serve.

The goals for this workshop are:

  1. Align commissions with St. John’s Purpose and Guiding Principles. Initiate ownership of ministries and activities under each commission.
  2. Empower leadership and decision making within each Commission.
  3. Introduce financially responsible budget planning
  4. Capture: Who is doing what. Who needs to do what? What are we missing?

Every commission is asked to answer some questions and submit them by September 19. Questions, submission information, and further details are in this document.

Time to register for fall classes

Registration is now open for Sunday School, Oasis Education, Oasis Afterschool, Club 56, and Confirmation classes for the fall. We’re also making plans for adult education opportunities, so watch for details!

Visit the Lifelong Learning page for more about each program and links to the registration options.

Lefse baking begins – Get ready to roll!

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Lefse Bake setup begins Tuesday, August 21, 2:00-3:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16.

Potato Preparation begins Tuesday, August 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16 in the church kitchen. Potatoes will be provided. Bring your own peeler if you have a favorite one.

Lefse Bakes begin on Wednesday morning, August 22 and continue through October 17. Flippers and rollers are needed each Wednesday morning at 8:00 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 consists of the sheets from the cooling tables, dish towels, and the 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.

To sign up for lefse bake setup, lefse bake, or lefse laundry please contact:
Marge Albright at (507) 421-5184 or albright@kmtel.com or
Jeannine Allen at (507) 271-0969 or bruce.jeannine.allen@gmail.com

To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke at (507) 319-3717 or knepknop@yahoo.com.

Our Ministry Site Profile

Our Transition Process continues as we enter into the Call Process.

On Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm we met to hear from Rev. Susan Miller from our Southeastern Minnesota Synod office and from our own St. John’s Call Committee. They presented our Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and explained what to expect from the call process.

The MSP is a form that serves as a kind of resume for St. John’s. The synod will share our MSP with possible candidates. You can download our 2018 Ministry Site Profile (a few hard copies are also on the Welcome Center at St. John’s).

Catch up on what you missed:

Helping feed people in Haiti

We received the following letter from Pastor Mioche in Haiti:

From: Friends of Christ Haitian Ministry (FCHM)
To: Kasson friends of Haiti

Dear friends,

We are happy to greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We want to express our gratitude to you for your great response upon the request of Pastor Marie Anderson to assist us in transporting some donated food to our location in Pignon, Haiti. What a great response we had from you and others that enable us to bless many families and students of our school in Bouyaha.

This was a timely project and we believe it was truly ordained by the Lord. The recent unrest in Haiti to protest gas price hike and the high cost of living in the country and seeing how God provided for us to prepare for the unrest has greatly strengthened our faith and proved once more that we serve a Mighty God. Through you, God has made it possible for us to transport the food to safe location in Pignon and be able to assist many people.

My friend let me tell you this, you are a special tool that God just used to accomplish His deeds in Haiti. Many stores and businesses were looted and burned down recently. It is harder now to get food in Haiti. Things will get worst for the months to come. Because of your efforts, we praise God that we have food in storage now in Pignon that will enable us to assist many folks. We are grateful for your steadfast partnership and pray that our Father God will always bless you, your family and be there for you in your time of need. The next time we might be able to get more food for the cost of shipping will be January 2019. We pray that God will make it possible for you to assist us again to continue to help many suffering and hungry people in Pignon and Bouyaha.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food……Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Mathew 25: 35, 40

Thank you again,

Mioche Rock, Pastor

The truckload of food:

Repackaging food:

Distributing Food:

Our youngest learners are waiting for you!

We are blessed to have a full children’s ministry program with faith-building classes and activities September through May. But we need spirit-filled volunteers to help.

If you are a self-motivated adult or high school student interested in helping with our preschool through 6th graders Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons/evenings during the 2018-2019 school year, we want to know!

Time commitments can vary from every week to twice a month or fill in as needed.

We are looking for teachers, assisting teachers, substitutes, as well as individuals to help keep us organized.

Sign up below or contact Deacon Amanda with any questions: (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Curious about the call process?

Your St. John’s Call Committee is meeting to keep moving us forward toward calling a Lead Pastor. Our Ministry Site Profile, a kind of resume potential candidates will review to learn more about our congregation, has been submitted.

Join us Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm for a Town Hall Meeting with Rev. Susan Miller from our Southeastern Minnesota Synod office. She’ll address what we can expect from the call process and answer your questions.

If you know a pastor that the Call Committee should consider, there are forms at the Welcome Center you can fill out and submit. These will be sent on to the synod office.

Prayer Group

Pastor Nirmala is leading a prayer group every Monday morning at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room. All who believe in the power of prayer are welcome. We will begin by praying for the call committee and the congregation of St. John’s. For more details, contact Pastor Nirmala.

Can’t attend? Pick up a prayer sheet at the Welcome Center at St. John’s.

Adult Bible Forum

On Sundays after worship (10:00 am) Pastor John is leading conversations going into scripture. All are welcome. Drop in as you are able.

Bucket Fund for some unexpected repairs

Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s,

On behalf of our Congregation Council and Property Commission, we write this short letter of request.

First, let us thank all of you who have and are giving generously to the work and ministry we share. Our people are faithful, and our financial picture is generally bright. We are encouraged for the long-term future of our congregation. Our budget is tight, though, and we do run into cash flow problems, which our finance people work hard to manage.

You’ll not be getting a lot of letters, but we’re asking for some extra help, which we may do from time to time. Most families struggle with unforeseen expenses, and so does our congregation. For the last six months or so, the Property Commission has been aware a low level of water in the heating system, indicating a possible leak. The trick was to find the leak. With the help of Deklever Mechanical, the leak was finally located in a length of pipe that is buried under concrete in the Narthex, just outside the entrance to the sanctuary. The final cost of rerouting that section of pipe hasn’t been determined, but it won’t be cheap. We will save as much money as possible by using volunteer labor where we can.

To handle this, and other unpredictable costs, and avoid increasing our debt, the Council is sponsoring a special fund drive, with a goal of $20,000. We are off to a good start. With just one unannounced “bucket” offering, we raised $869. We strongly urge this not to be at be the expense of regular giving, or “globe offering.” The “bucket” reminds us that when everyone gives a little we can share large expenses.

Please consider a raise in your weekly giving by some generous amount, or giving a one-time special gift. To be sure that you get credit write a check or put the money in an envelope. Drop it in the $5 bucket on Sunday, mail it, or get it to us any way you can. If not in the bucket, please label it for the “Bucket Fund.”

Thanks, already, for all of the resources you contribute to our important and growing ministry.  As your leaders, we promise to manage those resources faithfully and responsibly.

Humbly, In the Name of Christ,

John D. Allen, Pastor
Jennifer L. Smith, Congregation President

Sewing for Haiti

Do you like to sew, or just have a heart for helping others?

Well, then we need you. We are working on a project for Haiti of sewing curtains for several different buildings (school, churches, guest house etc.). Dates aren’t set yet but, will hopefully happen sometime in July. If you are interested in sewing, ironing etc. If you aren’t a sewer but still want to help contribute financially, let us know.

For any questions, to get involved, or to arrange a financial contribution, contact Tanya Young  tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368. We will add you to the list so when we do have firm dates I can let everyone know.

Haiti Child Sponsorship Program

Friends of Christ School in Haiti has a child sponsorship program. For only $35 a month you can help support a child at the school. We are partnering with our friends in Haiti and also the Pleasant Hill Christian Church who started the program.

Sponsorship includes:

  • 1 hot meal a day during the school time
  • Food (rice, beans, sardines, etc.) is sent home every 2-3 months for the family of the child
  • School Tuition
  • School Uniforms
  • School Supplies/Books
  • Small Stipend to pay the teachers at the school
  • You will receive letters from the student that you sponsor and have the opportunity to occasionally send small gifts through team members that are going

Please pray about this, and if the Lord is leading you to sponsor a child contact Tanya Young (316) 390-5368 tyoung8550@yahoo.com.

CKP hiring for 2018-2019 school year

These positions have been filled!

St. Johns Creation Kids Preschool is a Christian-based preschool program for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Bridge class (pre-K) open to all children in Kasson and surrounding communities. We are currently seeking a part-time Preschool Teacher (Bridge class) AND a part-time Teacher’s Assistant (4-year-old class) to join our team.

Preschool Teacher Requirements:

  • Must have degree in Child Development or related field. Degree meet DHS licensing standards
  • Certified in First-aid and CPR
  • Nurturing Teaching Style
  • Team Player
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Excellent organization, time management, written/verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency
  • Part-time hours with potential for additional hours if desired.
  • Full job description available here.

Preschool Teachers Assistant Requirements:

  • Must have a High School Diploma. Previous early childhood care experience preferred.
  • Certified in First-aid and CPR or willing to go through certification
  • Nurturing Teaching Style
  • Team Player
  • Excellent organization, time management, written/verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency
  • Full job description available here.

For more information contact Phyllis Sands at (507) 634-7110 or email ckpboard@stjohnskasson.org. Resumes and cover letters can be dropped off at St. John’s Lutheran Church 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN