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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.

All Saints’ Celebration

On Wednesday, October 31 and Sunday, November 4 we will be celebrating All Saints Day during worship.

Both days will include a reading of names of saints lost in the past year (if a loved one died in the last year that we didn’t know about, submit names to the office by October 22) and include a lighting of candles in remembrance of all the saints.

On Wednesday, October 31 the Youth and Family Commission will be hosting an interactive learning event for remembering our loved ones we have lost. This event will take place in the Narthex Wednesday afternoon through evening programming.

Upcoming Book Fairs

October 3-October 21: St. John’s will be hosting a children’s book fair and adult wellness book fair from Augsburg Fortress/Sparkhouse. Contact Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org) with questions or stop by the displays in the Narthex.

KM Ministerial Association on October 11

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be held October 11 at 10:00 am for the Kasson Mantorville Ministerial Association. This group of local ministers meet regularly to provide/discuss support, ideas, and plans that benefit our entire community. We will meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and travel together to the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. Please sign up on the sheets at the Welcome Center to bring in food and other items for this MOE, and to let us know you will be attending. See you then and blessings to all. Questions, call Mary Adam at (507) 696-8469 or Ardis Grovdahl at (507) 634-7644.

High School Service Trip 2019

Students in 9-12 grade (2018-2019) are invited to join the 2019 summer youth trip to San Diego. We will be traveling to a YouthWorks site July 28-August 4, 2019. Service activities will include serving at a food bank, clothing distribution center, and homeless shelter. Participants will also engage in educational experiences regarding the current refugee and immigrant crisis. An informational meeting will be on Sunday, October 14 at 9:10 am in the Fireside Room.

More info:

July 28-August 4, 2019 (may depart earlier depending on travel arrangements)
Open to students in grades 9-12 (2018-2019)
Register by November 4 to ensure a spot.
$50 deposit due at time of registration.

CKP Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction

The annual Creation Kids Preschool Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction is coming up Sunday, October 14. Breakfast will be served 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Donations for the auction are needed and much appreciated. Call/text Rachel Linbo at (507) 421-6013 to donate. All proceeds will go toward program equipment and the CKP scholarship fund. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial.

Keep praying for our call process

Looking for more on our ongoing transition, including the call process? Get all the info here. 

On Sunday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 26 the Call Committee reported in worship. They’re still working through the interview process. They are working closely with the synod office. They remind us that the call process requires a lot of confidentiality. And most of all, they continue to ask for your prayers as they seek the right fit for our congregation.

Listen to the full update from Call Committee member Al Flickinger – it’s less than 2 minutes to get the full story!

Fall Fest

On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration.

We’re also looking for some volunteers and some items to borrow for the event. If you can help out, sign up here!

Call Process Update

The Call Committee has begun the first round of interviews with several candidates. Continue to keep them and the process in your prayers.

God’s work. Our hands. Service Projects

On Sunday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 12 after worship we are going to get hands-on for God’s work in our community. We’ll have activities for all ages, all abilities, all time commitments. Activities might include: making fleece blankets, packing breakfast bags for Ronald McDonald House, letter writing, and outdoor work. We’ll get started at about 9:10 am and again at 11:15 am on Sunday or 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Just show up ready to serve!

Help us prep for Oasis meals

This year St. John’s volunteers will be cooking our Wednesday night meals. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers for each week of the Oasis meal to come in to prep, cook, and help with clean-up for the Wednesday evening meals. Menu and food supplies for the meal will be provided. Our confirmation students and their families will continue to help set-up, serve, and clean-up the meal (a big thank you to all of our confirmation families, past and present, for this!) If you are interested in helping out with meals, visit stjohnskasson.org/meals or talk to Lindsay.