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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:

Or listen to the audio only.

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 amanda@stjohnskasson.org 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 www.thecenterclinic.org.

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!

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, 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.

Patience during the transition process

This was a temple talk from August 27, 2017.

Good morning

I am Ariana Wright and I am a member of the transition team here at St. John’s Lutheran Church

As our transition team has been visiting with many members of the congregation there’s a question that keeps surfacing this morning I’d like to talk about an address that question. So what we have been hearing is that there are questions about being able to find quality pastor candidates if we don’t get started on the call process quickly.

I want to share with you two reasons why we should be patient and confident with the process were using to prepare for our next call as a congregation.

When talking with Pastor about these worries or concerns around about pastor shortage I was pleased to hear his quick response. He said with our programming and vibrant congregation and community we would be a draw for Pastor candidates and will not have any trouble finding a fit. We all know what a great congregation we are but it’s great to hear Pastor Allen’s impression is the same as he has spent the last six months getting to know our congregation.

So why are we taking a little bit of time? Although we will be able to find great candidates when we do begin the call process it’s important for us as a congregation to be as healthy as we possibly can with a clear focus and direction of our mission moving to the future before the call process begins. When we take our time to do that we then move into the call process with a better opportunity to find a leadership match and our congregation is that much more of a draw for candidates. Is there a pastor shortage? There very well might be. Although I have to be honest, as a Luther College grad and former Good Earth Village Bible Camp counselor, I have more pastor Facebook friends than any other profession! Is the work that we’re doing going to help us overcome that obstacle in the future? Absolutely.

I am so pleased to be working as a part of the transition team and having the opportunity to bridge our rich and proud heritage at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the exciting mission we have in our future. Thank you.

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