Check out the latest news from St. John’s.

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2018

Make plans now to help with the 57th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Lefse bakes began on August 22 and will continue through October 17. No experience necessary! Coffee fellowship is served mid-morning. Contact Marge Albright (507-421-5184) or Jeannine Allen (507-271-0969) to sign up to assist with the bakes.

Be on the lookout for the worker signup sheets in the narthex on Sunday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 26. There are many ways to volunteer on October 23-25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 15, from 1:00-5:00 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.

Joyful noises for the fall

If you have a song in your heart, now is a great time to jump in to help make a joyful noise to the Lord! Rehearsals are getting going for the fall and all our musical groups are welcoming new members:

Senior Choir

The St. John’s Senior Choir and their director Clark Johnson invite you to join us in offering your musical talents in praise to God. This fall we will sing several songs with the congregation to encourage everyone to share their gift of music. We will also celebrate Reformation and conclude 2018 with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 9.

The choir is always excited to receive new members. Membership is open to high school students and adults. The choir sings four services per month, normally two services on two Sundays. New to our schedule this year are two rehearsal breaks in the winter. This will provide members an opportunity for refreshment and perhaps a welcome escape from the long Minnesota winter!

The Senior Choir’s first rehearsal is on Wednesday evening, September 5 from 7:00-8:00 pm. On Sunday, September 9, we will be joining with our congregation to sing the hymn “God, You Made All Things for Singing.”

If you like to sing, please come join this wonderful group of musicians. If you have any questions, call Clark Johnson at (507) 635-5465.


Do you enjoy hearing the bells ring on Sunday morning? Would you like to give it a try and be a part of making that joyful noise and giving those angels their wings? Come and try it out at our first practice in September 5 at 6:15 pm in the music room. You will be surprised as to how easy it is. If you have questions, contact Ann Brenke at (507) 951-8750 or

Praise Teams (adult or youth)

We have had a couple of worship bands that help lead music on Wednesday nights. As we get back to our regular worship schedule, it’s a great time to jump in if you have ever wanted to help sing or play an instrument in one of these groups. Interested adults can speak with Wes Evans, Amy Evans, or Sam Marsland. Youth wanting to get involved can talk with Amber or Jason Foster. Or anyone with questions or interest can talk with Lindsay Colwell ( or (507) 634-7110).

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!


Looking for more? More Lutefisk news available here.

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 or
Jeannine Allen at (507) 271-0969 or

To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke at (507) 319-3717 or

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

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 or (316) 390-5368. We will add you to the list so when we do have firm dates I can let everyone know.