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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%

Help spread the word!

If you have experience or passion for publicity, communication, social media, websites, photography, or related areas, you may be interested in our new Communications Commission! If interested, contact Katie Livingood at katie@stjohnskasson.org or (920) 279-8277.

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)

During Advent, we’ll be hosting a book study called Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again). We’ll be re-focusing on what the season is truly about. For many of us, there is a struggle to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress has overtaken worship and celebration. This time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest is often the hardest. Somehow, this had become the new normal. It is our hope that you might create new patterns of celebrating the season!

This study is hosted by Club 56 (5th and 6th graders) and the are welcoming all ages to join them.

Join us!

Sundays, November 18, December 2, 9, and 16
9:10 am
St. John’s Youth Room

Women’s Christmas Luncheon

Ladies – are you ready for a Christmas Luncheon? WELCA (Women of the ELCA) are hosting their annual Christmas Luncheon December 9. The guest speaker is singer Patty Kark sharing her message of hope, healing, and grace. The majority of tickets are sold by the ladies decorating the tables. However, if you still need a ticket, contact the office to see if there are any available. Tickets are $13. Doors open at 9:00 am, program at 10:00 am. Meal catered by Paul Tjosaas.

More about Patty Kark:

Singing since the age of 9, Patty Kark has performed in many locations throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area. After surrendering her life to Christ, Patty was given a heart for ministry and the desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With her gift of music, and two recording projects What Matters Most and Christmas At the Manger, she gives voice to the message of hope, healing and grace. Her passion is for all peoples—everywhere—to know the joy of abiding in the presence of the Lord. Patty and her husband, John, make their home in Northfield. She is a Registered Nurse and works at the Northfield Hospital and Clinic as the Breast Care Nurse Navigator.

St. John’s Thankoffering Sunday

St. John’s Women of the ELCA invite the entire congregation to participate with us on Thankoffering Sunday, November 11, 2018. We will have Thankoffering envelopes available for anyone who would like to participate with a financial offering. The Globe Offering will also be given to the Women of the ELCA Thankoffering projects. The Thankofferings support many women’s, men’s, and children’s programs, along with scholarships for women wanting to further their education. A special offering of food for Semcac is given along with quilts that are provided to an organization in need of them. Our women invite everyone yes even children to participate by bringing a bag of food to be brought forward for a blessing during this service.

St. John’s Lessons and Carols: December 9

St. John’s will be alive with the wonderful music of a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 9 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the 26th year musicians of St. John’s have shared advent and Christmas music with the congregation.

Mary Schneekloth

The musicians are very excited to welcome Mary Schneekloth, a professional harpist, to our services this year. Mary will perform as a soloist and collaborate with the Senior Choir on three selections. The beautiful, unique sound of the harp will fill our sanctuary with joyous and reflective music. Liz Harwood, K-M Middle School instrumental music teacher and St. John’s member will also enhance the program with her outstanding oboe playing. Mary and Liz will play a beautiful setting of “O Come, O Come Immanuel.” Liz will also join the choir on two pieces, “Celtic Advent Carol” and the French carol “He is Born” arranged for choir, oboe, harp and percussion.

This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. Please invite your friends to join us.

Full list of Advent and Christmas services at stjohnskasson.org/worship

Quilting Resumes

On November 7 our Wednesday morning quilting resumed in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us 8:00 am – 12:00 noon to help with pressing, cutting, sorting, tying, or sewing. No experience is needed. We take time for some coffee and conversation. We are looking for volunteers to sew blocks into quilt tops at home. There are kits in a tote in the hallway across from the office. Each kit contains enough blocks to make a 60” x 80” top. We are ever grateful for all the donations of fabric and gently used flat sheets (any size—twin or larger). We have received some Thrivent Action money and memorials which help pay for the filler. Thanks everyone! Any questions, call Marlene Shurson at (507)634-7383 or Charlotte Andreen at (507)634-7558.

High School senior quilt milestone meetings

High school seniors who choose to participate in our Senior Quilt Milestone are invited to informational meetings Wednesday, November 7 following worship (7:30 pm) or Sunday, November 11 between services (9:10 am).

This is a completely optional milestone. It is an opportunity for seniors to be involved in working with other members of the congregation to create a lasting reminder that the people of St. John’s will always hold them in prayer no matter where life takes them after graduation.

2,012 meals served!

MANGE TAKK (many thanks) to everyone who volunteered their time during the week of this year’s Lutefisk Dinner, brought in their requested household donation, and contributed to the bake sale.  It was a great day for food and fellowship and together we served 2,012 meals to guests and workers.

Lutefisk 2018: Where can you help?

Week-of volunteer opportunities:

Tuesday, October 23
7:30 am – Cut and peel rutabagas in church kitchen. (Bring your own knife if you have a favorite.)

Wednesday, October 24
7:00 am – Cook rutabagas
8:00 am – Meatball prep
9:00 am – 8:00 pm – Bring in the food donations (requested in mailed letters) and bake sale items.
12:00 noon – Potluck for workers (bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 25
6:30 am – Bag lutefisk (wear old clothes)
8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Workers are still needed in many areas; contact Renee Solberg if you can help solberg4@kmtel.com

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 into the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $7 in the take-out room (moved to the end of the Sunday school wing) and then eat in the youth room before or after their shift. Please be considerate of where you park and leave the parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.

For the Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale:

Please specifically label your items if they contain nuts or specific flavorings. All members are encouraged to contribute items. Proceeds from the bake sale are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

Call Committee Update

Call Committee Chairperson Dennis Foster has shared that the committee has one more name to coordinate with and they are working to compile their “short list” from the first round of interviews. This means the first phase is nearly complete. Continue to keep the Call Committee in your prayers as they continue through their process.

If you missed the September 23/26 Temple Talk in worship, take a moment to listen to it here. Al Flickinger gave a great review on where they’ve been and what the committee needs from the congregation.

Continuing our conversation

Jen Smith
Council President

Thank you to all who took the time to engage in discussion at the All Commission meeting on September 23. We had an excellent representation of commission leaders as well as staff and other programs supported by St. Johns including Lutefisk, Creation Kids Preschool, and Food for Friends. It is my hope that each commission will continue the conversations we started. We discussed strengths and challenges of St. John’s as well as ways to empower each of out commissions to carry out the work identified by each. Looking forward, we challenge each commission to review the minutes from this meeting and discuss strategies to utilize our strengths to overcome our challenges. Each of you were left with homework. We have asked each commission to identify: “What is most important right now?” and “Who must do what?” To be successful, these two questions must be asked by all of us on a regular basis. As we complete tasks and transition through the seasons of the church, these answers will change. I encourage each of you to see where your time and talents can be shared with St. Johns. Together, we can live as witnesses of Jesus Christ and serve the many programs and ministries of St. John’s. Continue to prayerfully reflect all that you see God doing through us.

In addition to the minutes from the meeting, you can also review the packet that was distributed at the meeting.