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Congratulations Sabelko family!

We’re excited to celebrate with Deacon Amanda and Justin Sabelko as they welcomed Tyler Odin Sabelko at 6:14 pm on February 3 at 6 lbs, 6 oz. All are healthy and doing well!

Amanda will be on parental leave until March 17.

Apply for funding

St. John’s Foundation accepting applications through March 31!

If your ministry group has a need that was not part of the 2019 budget, you may apply for Beyond the Budget funding from St. John’s Foundation.

If you are planning to attend an ELCA college in the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation has scholarship funding available!

Both applications for funding are available at www.stjohnskasson.org/foundation or in the office. Application deadline is March 31.

Revive your soul!

This Lent we’ll revive our souls in a discussion of The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. If you’re feeling the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an overwhelmed soul, plan to join one of our small group discussions.

Groups will meet Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 10:00 am, and Sundays at 9:00 am. The study will take place March 7-April 14.

Hop on over to stjohnskasson.org/best-yes to sign up for the time that works best for you. We’re also looking for leaders for each time, which you can indicate right on the signup.

2018 Annual Report

At St. John’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 20 (11:30 am), the congregation will review the annual report from 2018 and vote on business for the future of the congregation.

Download the 2018 Annual Report here. We also shared some more details on our 2019 budget, specifically a categorical breakdown of expenses and of compensation.

We also encourage you to read through our narrative budget. Maybe an unfamiliar term, but this is the actual story of how our resources will be spent in 2019 and what we can do TOGETHER with your support!

New envelopes in 2019

New envelopes are now available at the Welcome Center and have been placed in the pew slots in the sanctuary with the hymnals. We are using these general offering envelopes instead of the personalized booklets we’ve used in the past. Please take as many as you think you will use. More will be available throughout the year. Please print your name on the envelope so we may ensure you get proper credit for your offering. This use of generic envelopes has helped us save over $2,000 in printing and mailing. Regular online giving is also appreciated – stjohnskasson.org/giving. Forms for automated giving are available at the Welcome Desk or download one here. St. John’s is grateful for your regular and special offerings to fund the ministry that we are able to do through your generosity.

Announcing our next pastor

St. John’s is excited to announce that Pastor Dave Efflandt will be joining us as our Lead Pastor on February 18, 2019. He will be formally installed at both worship services Sunday, March 3.

As we celebrate our next step in this transition, we also lift up the congregations of Bethlehem and Deer Creek Valley (Glenville, MN) as they enter into their own transition.

Congregational vote January 6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you requests to God.
~ Philippians 4:6

On December 11, St. John’s Leadership Council met with representatives from the Call Committee who presented an excellent candidate for our next lead pastor. By a unanimous vote, the recommendation was accepted. This is not the final “yes” for this candidate. This candidate is ready to accept a formal offer from us however, we as a congregation will vote to call the pastor to be our next Lead Pastor. We will have a special congregational meeting on Sunday, January 6 following the 10:15 worship. In order to extend a call, we will need a 2/3 majority vote saying “yes” to the candidate presented. All confirmed members are encouraged to attend and exercise their right to vote.

Please continue to pray for the process of calling our next Lead Pastor to St. John’s. It is through prayer and patience that we continue to move forward.

Some video scenes from our ministry in Haiti

St. John’s has a long standing relationship with Pastor Mioche Rock and his Christian ministries in Haiti. St. John’s worked in partnership with Pastor Mioche Rock to fulfill a dream of providing a Christian school in rural Bouyaha, Haiti.

Read More…

Christmas & Advent Special Events

  • Festival of Lessons & Carols
    Dec 9 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • Grief Support Program & Lunch
    Dec 10 | 11:00 am
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec 16 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Christmas Worship
    Dec 20 | 2:00 pm, dessert to follow
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec 25 | 9:00 am
  • No worship
    Wed, Dec 26 or Jan 2
  • One service, coffee to follow
    Sun, Dec 30 | 9:00 am

More times and details about worship at St. John’s here.

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Advent Devotions

Looking for a devotional to lead you through this season of Advent? Hark, the Glad Sound! devotions from Luther Seminary are available for you to pick up at the Welcome Center or download at www.luthersem.edu/advent There are other devotionals with a special focus on family-style resources on a dedicated shelf in the Library for you to borrow.

Giving Tree

There will be a variety of giving opportunities this holiday season on our giving tree in the narthex. Ornaments with ELCA Good Gifts items will be available, gift cards to resupply our Good Samaritan Fund, and a local family to support this Christmas. All items should be turned into the office no later than Sunday, December 23. Any checks should be made out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Items for the local family should not be wrapped. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Any questions may be directed to Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org

Tree Auction

Our youth are decorating and auctioning off amazing Christmas trees again this year! The auction will begin on Sunday, December 2 and will end on after worship Wednesday, December 19 (7:30 pm end time). The auction proceeds will benefit our students attending summer youth trips in 2019 to Sugar Creek Bible Camp and our service trip to San Diego. Please be sure to stop into the Fellowship Hall between the above dates to check out all of their great work! Direct any questions to Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org

2019 Annual Meeting

You can now download the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes. Note that these are not yet approved – they will be approved at the 2020 annual meeting.

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 20 at 11:30 am. There will also be budget information sessions so you can ask questions about the budget on Sunday, January 13 at 9:00 am and Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm.

You can download the 2018 Annual Report now! (Hard copies are also available at the Welcome Center.) We also shared some more details on our 2019 budget, specifically a categorical breakdown of expenses and of compensation.

We also encourage you to read through our narrative budget. Maybe an unfamiliar term, but this is the actual story of how our resources will be spent in 2019 and what we can do TOGETHER with your support!

Moms’ Book and Fellowship Group

Our St. John’s Moms’ group will begin meeting again this month. Meeting times will be Sunday mornings from 9:10-10:10 am beginning December 9 (first meeting postponed due to weather on December 2) and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm beginning December 6. Details are at StJohnsKasson.org/moms If you are interested please contact Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org) to be added to the email list and online group. Our first meeting will be a get-to-know-you session and time for us to select our book.

Lutefisk Dinner Wrap Up

MANGE TAKK (many thanks) to everyone who volunteered their time to make this year’s dinner a success. It was a great day for food and fellowship and together we served 2,012 meals to our guests and workers.

Proceeds of $23,600 from the dinner will be distributed to the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA for mission support. In addition, the bake sale proceeds of $8,100 will be used to fund programs within our congregation and offset maintenance projects.

A special thank you to those who contributed their requested household donation; 46% of the households on our membership roster contributed. Monetary donations are still being accepted if you have not fulfilled your household donation (please designate “Lutefisk Dinner” on your contribution). More details on contributions from the congregation are below

Mark your calendars now so you will be available to enjoy the experience of volunteering for next year’s dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

2018 Donations

Type of donation requested # of households mailed to # of households donated % donated
$15 donation 610 237 38.9%
20 lbs potatoes, peeled & cut 59 39 66.1%
Cranberry relish 42 32 76.2%
5 lbs butter 82 45 54.8%
Norwegian baked goods 39 31 79.5%
GRAND TOTALS 832 384 46.2%