St. John's Lutheran Church, Kasson



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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 –


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

Lutefisk Wrap-Up 2017

2017 Lutefisk Dinner Meals Served: 1,867

As we opened our front doors at 9:00 am on October 26, 2017, we knew it was going to be a great day for our 56th annual lutefisk dinner! From the beautifully decorated narthex and sanctuary to the welcoming smiles of our greeters, the guests were eager to participate in a delectable dining experience!

Behind the scenes, workers had arrived before 6 am to cut and bag 1,700 pounds of fish. Others were just as busy preparing gravy, setting up the parking lot, arranging bake sale items and enjoying the 'spirit' of working on lutefisk day. It's always fun to reconnect with former members who travel to Kasson to provide an extra pair of hands and to also see so many Kasson community members share in our dinner.

Our congregational endeavor allows us to disburse $20,000 from the profits as mission support to our ELCA synod. In addition, the bake sale table proceeds of $7,950 will be used to fund various projects at St. John's over the next several months. Thank you, the members of St. John's, for your generous donations of money, time and talents which allow us to keep the ticket price at $16. We also want to thank those of you who helped with lefse baking week after week beginning in late August. Not many congregations in the area make their own lefse.

Mange takk (many thanks)!



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 -


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 ( or Shelley Gustafson ( 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 ( 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!

Watch the Bishop’s Town Hall

On October 11, 2017 our Southeastern Minnesota Synod bishop, Steven Delzer, addressed a packed Fellowship Hall to say more about the synod, how we fit into it, what to expect from the bishop’s office as we continue through our transition process, how the bishop’s office helps support congregations and leaders, and more!

If you missed it, watch online:


Participate on October 11

Our Southeastern Minnesota Synod’s bishop, Steven Delzer, will join us on†Wednesday, October 11. He will preach in worship and lead us in a town-hall-style meeting afterward. We will hear more about how the synod will help guide us on this process of defining our congregation and seeking out our future leaders. It is a great time to ask questions about the coming months.

Trunk or Treat

St. John’s will be a part of KM Community Ed’s Community Trick or Treating on Sunday, October 29 from 3:30-5:00 pm. We’ll be doing a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. Decorate your vehicle and come on out! Our trunks will have non-food treats to allow children with allergies and diabetes to also have a safe place to trick-or-treat. Questions? Talk to Amanda or (507) 634-7110.

Showing our appreciation for The Center Clinic

Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) went to The Center Clinic in Dodge Center on September 20, 2017. This was our seventh MOE visit where we thank people for the service they do for others. The Center Clinic takes care of the uninsured, underinsured, and low income. They offer many services and medical care is provided by volunteers from the Mayo Family Practice Clinic in Kasson and Mayo Clinic.

Not only did we bring them lots of food, but we also thanked/treated 19 other organizations that were there for their Health Fair. It is such a pleasure to be able to recognize these people and their good actions and to let them know that St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kasson appreciates them.

These pictures show the people that we thanked, our group from St. John’s (we have anywhere from 5-15 people attend), and pictures of some of the food given to them. The Lutefisk/Lefse Committee donated lefse and one of the employees was happy to see “Mexican tortillas.”

The Center Clinic takes care of people from Dodge County and if you would like to learn more abut them, you can check out their website at

We have great volunteers who donate lots of food and attend the MOE visits. If you would like to be one of those volunteers, watch for our next MOE adventure later this year.

Starting points for conversation

This is a temple talk from September 17 & September 20.

My name is Marlo Bungum, and I am one of the 9 members of the Transition Team that has been meeting almost weekly since the middle of May. We have been trying to update you along the way as to our progress, but we know that many of you still have lots of questions. As our team has learned, the intentional interim under which we currently operate is much different than interims we have experienced in the past. An intentional interim requires a greater period of consideration. It includes assessment, skills training, managing change, and guiding us, as a congregation, in our understanding and commitment to our mission, all while keeping St. John’s focus in tact.

We assure you that Pastor John has done an amazing job in leading not only our team, but also the council and staff, in some very productive reflection, discernment, and learning to insure that he leaves St. John’s poised to continue and grow in achieving our God-given potential in all areas of ministry and programming. While I have always felt great pride and passion for St. John’s and all that we offer, I am personally feeling more excited and hopeful for the future of St. John’s than I have in a long time. I believe that the Transition Team has finally reached a point in our work that we can more actively begin sharing that excitement with the greater congregation as we continue to gather your input and join in conversations with each of you.

We have created a working document based on our efforts so far to help start those conversations. It may not look like much! But it is based on the information we have gathered/discovered so far about our history, both recent and past, the discussions we have had with staff and other congregation members, and the learning we have done in regards to church leadership and expectations, and where our church size fits and best operates within these models. This document is intended to be modified as we engage in discussions on a larger scale. It has purposely been left concise and open ended. While we have gotten the ball rolling, it is up to all of us to lean into the future and guide St. John’s next steps and plans.

We not only invite you to visit our table at the ministry fair today between services to pick up a “rack card” outlining these bulleted items and meet the members of the Transition Team, but also to join us next Sunday, September 24, in between services in the Fireside Room. We will be hosting one of several discussion forums. Don’t worry! We will set up coffee and goodies in there as well. It is our hope that this will give you an opportunity to continue or begin conversations that are important to you as St. John’s moves forward. We look forward to visiting with you!

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!