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A Call Committee is Coming!

You have heard that the work of the Transition Team is coming to a close, but what comes next?

Lots of things!

But one big thing is that a Call Committee will be formed. Our Congregational President, Jen Smith, is collecting potential names. If you would like to suggest a name – your own or someone else’s – contact her in person or at jlobergsmith@gmail.com by Tuesday, May 8. 

Once names are brought forward, a committee of up to 8 individuals will be appointed. The committee is to be a balanced representation of our congregation. Potential candidates should be committed to the future of St. John’s and be able to respect the confidentiality of the process.

The future Call Committee will do its best to keep the congregation updated on their progress within their abilities to share.

The call committee has been announced. Click here for more.

A facelift is coming to our property

Memorial and Interior Design Committee is embarking on a project to replace the shrubs on the south side (front) of the building. Trees will remain but shrubs along the building and in the courtyard will be replaced. The Congregational Council and all related committees have approved the project. Family Tree Nursery in Rochester has presented a plan, which has received approval. Volunteers will perform as much work as possible. Several families have designated their memorial gifts. If you would like to contribute, place a check in the offering or drop off at the office. Place “shrub project” on the memo line. If you want to volunteer, leave your name and contact info in the office or contact Deb Smith at (507) 635-5478 or smithmif@kmtel.com.

Celebrate with Pastor Nirmala

Pastor Nirmala’s installation in Byron has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 6. She has accepted a call to Christ Lutheran Church in Byron. She will also continue to serve here at St. John’s. All are invited to attend the installation service in Byron at 8:00 am (traditional) or 10:00 am (blended). You are also invited to a celebration meal beginning at 11:30 am at Christ Lutheran. Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the office by April 29 if you plan to attend the meal.

All invited to be Superheros at VBS

If you’re ready to think about summer, then it’s time to think about Vacation Bible School! Any child ages 3-years-old through 4th grade is invited to join us for St. John’s FREE Superhero VBS. We’re also looking for donations of simple household items for arts and crafts, people (5th grade through adult) to help at VBS, and people to help us decorate.

St. John’s Lutheran, Kasson MN
June 18-22 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Ages 3 through 4th grade
(2017-2018 school year)
We are offering early drop-off (7:00-8:15 am), late pick-up (11:45 am-12:30 pm, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. For questions, contact Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507)634-7110 ext. 14.

Register your child here. Please register by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

 

Items needed

We are collecting plastic milk caps, empty paper towel rolls, washi tape, and cardboard cereal boxes for arts and crafts. Bring your donations to St. John’s.

 

Get involved with Vacation Bible School!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success!  Here are just a couple ways to get involved.  You can sign-up to volunteer on the bulletin board or by talking with Deacon Amanda.

  1. Station Leaders (11th grade – Adult)
    • You have the important job of teaching the Bible point to each group of children as they rotate thru the stations. Each station shares the lesson in a different, unique way: experiencing a Bible story, doing a craft, playing games, eating a snack, or hearing about real kids who live out the Bible point in real life. The joy of this position is that you get to share God with the kids in your own specialized way each day.
  2. Crew Leaders (7th grade – Adult)
    • If you love kids, you can do this job! This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know the kids. You will have about 5 students the stations during the course of the morning where you’ll learn important Bible points and have a lot of fun! And you won’t be alone, you’ll travel to your stations with 1-2 other crews.
  3. Assistant Leaders (5 – 6th grade)
    • You bring the excitement and energy to our VBS that helps the kids get excited about learning the Bible truth for that day. You’ll be placed in each crew to help the crew leaders guide their children from station to station. You’ll get to play with the kids and help them do the activities planned each day.
  4. Music Leaders (7th – Adult)
    • You get to bring the noise! You get to help us celebrate the Bible point through music. Music is provided.

Sign up to volunteer here!

VBS Decorating Party

Saturday, June 9
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lunch provided

To make our church a fun and inviting space for VBS, many hands and thoughtful ideas will be needed to decorate. We are looking for some workers (creativity is optional) to help put together home kits, decorate doors, rooms, hallways, a lobby, and a platform in some fun themes. Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can contribute. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Amanda Sabelko.

 

Questions

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

An update from the Transition Team

Jen Smith
smithfamilyrks@gmail.com

Temple talk by Jen Smith

We have been dutifully moving forward identifying what God is calling St. John’s to do. Over the last 8 weeks we have utilized The Advantage as our guide to address crucial questions to help us name our identify, intentions and ability to serve God in a rich a meaningful way. We have prayed, discussed…at times with more emotion than we anticipated, and searched for the exact RIGHT answers. You may have seen our work in progress in the Fellowship Hall. The information we have gathered since we began in May assisted us in our continued dialogue to reach consensus. These six questions are now being pondered and answered by our leadership council.

The six critical questions:

  1. Why do we exist?
  2. How do we behave?
  3. What do we do?
  4. How will we succeed?
  5. What is most important -right now?
  6. Who must do what?

The leadership council and transition team will begin to work in tandem in the upcoming weeks to ensure we have a solid foundation in which to lean on while completing our ministry site profile and calling a pastor. Beyond that, we are confident that the process we’ve utilized and Gods continued guidance and grace has helped us put in writing who St. John’s is and what God calls us to do. It has helped us form a sense of ownership for our congregation and we hope many of you feel the same way.

Discussion has begun regarding the formation of a call committee. We are preparing to complete a ministry site profile. This will be a collaborative effort of members of the transition team, leadership council and call committee.

Dennis Foster, Marlo Bungum, and I met with Susan Miller in the synod office last week to introduce ourselves and establish what will be a working relationship during the call process. She is excited to see where we are at and is positive about us finding a great fit in calling a Lead Pastor.

We anticipate focused prayerful work in the next 6-8 weeks. I speak for both the transition team as well as leadership council that we are ready for the final stretch!

So YES…there is an end in sight to the transition part of this team; but certainly no end for the teamwork, leadership and visioning of many dedicated members of our congregation.

Get involved with VBS!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success! Volunteer at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs, on the bulletin board, or talk to Deacon Amanda. Our 2018 VBS will be the mornings of June 18-22.

Station Leaders (11th grade – Adult): You have the important job of teaching the Bible point to each group of children as they rotate through the stations. Each station shares the lesson in a different, unique way: experiencing a Bible story, doing a craft, playing games, eating a snack, or hearing about real kids who live out the Bible point in real life. The joy of this position is that you get to share God with the kids in your own specialized way.

Crew Leaders (7th grade – Adult): If you love kids, you can do this job! This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know the kids. You will have about 5 students the stations during the course of the morning where you’ll learn important Bible points and have a lot of fun! And you won’t be alone, you’ll travel to your stations with 1-2 other crews.

Assistant Leaders (5 – 6th grade): You bring the excitement and energy to our VBS that helps the kids get excited about learning the Bible truth for that day. You’ll be placed in each crew to help the crew leaders guide their children from station to station. You’ll get to play with the kids and help them do the activities planned each day.

Music Leaders (7th – Adult): You get to bring the noise! You get to help us celebrate the Bible point through music. Music is provided.

Save the Date: VBS Decorating Party

Saturday, June 9 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share your hands and/or ideas to make our space fun and inviting for VBS! Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Deacon Amanda.

A Successful Lutefisk Dinner, Looking Ahead to Next Year

The lutefisk committee is happy to report that the proceeds from the 2017 event were dispersed as follows:

  • Southeastern Minnesota Synod Mission Support – $20,000
  • Projects and programs at St. John’s – approximately $5,000
    • Property Commission
    • Youth Education (Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Confirmation/trips)
    • Creation Kids Preschool
    • Three 8-foot white tables
  • Operation Christmas Child – $100
  • Missionary Sponsorship – $40

Make plans now to volunteer make next year’s dinner a success. The 57th annual lutefisk dinner will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Lefse bakes will be Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks beginning August 22. Renee Solberg is the Dinner Chairperson and Marge Albright is the Lefse Bake Leader.

Rummage Sale

Mark your calendars and gather your items. The Education Commission’s rummage sale is May 11 and 12, 2018. We will begin accepting donations April 29. No furniture or electronics, please.

A Celebration for Everyone

The Women of the ELCA at St. John’s invite everyone to join them for a birthday celebration at 7:00 pm on April 26. This is an annual celebration to enjoy some cake and time together. This year’s speaker will be Edna Thayer speaking on, “Embracing Laughter for Wellness.” Doors open at 6:30. No reservations required.

Support the Youth at Burger Night

On Friday, April 20 the youth will cook and serve at the American Legion Burger Night in Kasson to help raise money for their trip to Houston for the ELCA National Youth Gathering this summer. Join us for burgers and fries at the great price of $8 a plate. Serving will be 5:30-7:30 pm. There will also be a meat raffle. We look forward to seeing you there and doing the cooking for you!

They wish to see Jesus

In Pastor John’s sermon on March 18, he reflected on the story of some Greeks coming to see Jesus. They wanted to know more about him and what he was all about. Which raises the question, how do we help people see Jesus?

The Transition Team is trying to help answer that question on behalf of our congregation.

They are putting in a lot of hours to formulate answers to the following questions:

  1. Why do we exist?
  2. How do we behave?
  3. What do we do?
  4. How will we succeed?
  5. What is important right now?
  6. Who must do what?

They’re not done yet, but Pastor John shared some of their ideas in his message. Listen to it for more:

A library refresh

The Education Commission is in the process of updating the St. John’s Library and needs your help!

  1. Buy books. They are hosting a book sale of books cleaned out of the library to raise funds for new resources. Books are available for a freewill donation – take what you want, give what you can. Cash or check are accepted. Find them in the Fellowship Hall. Funds will be used to update the library space. (The book sale has now ended, but we’re still welcoming help on our refresh!)
  2. Donate. They have a wish list available of new resources they wish to make available. Items can be donated directly OR donate funds to help purchase.
  3. Volunteer. If you are passionate about books and interested in helping, your contribution would be welcomed.

Questions? Want to donate? Want to volunteer? Contact Amanda Sabelko (amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Wish List

The future library materials will all contain religious content. The Kasson Community has numerous resources available for non-religious content.

Publishers

Children’s and Young Adults

  • Berenstain Bears – Religious Series
  • Veggie Tales
  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • Devotionals
  • Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Bible Studies

Adult

  • Devotionals
  • Personal Growth
  • Bible Studies
  • Wellness

Library Room

  • The committee also wishes to replace the tables, chairs, paint and decorations

Lenten Book Study for Moms

Lindsay is leading a book study for moms Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm and Sundays 9:10-10:10 am. They are reading Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel. Talk to Lindsay if you need a copy of the book or childcare arrangements (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org).

Volunteer or donate for Doing Day

The Women of the ELCA of our congregation will host a “Doing Day” on Wednesday, March 21. You are invited to come any time after 8:00 am (usually wrapping up by about 2:00 pm) to help pack kits to help benefit people around the world and in the United States and/or help prepare quilts. We will take time out for morning coffee and devotions and a potluck lunch. Find a list of required items below, in the Snippets at the Welcome Center, or on the WELCA bulletin board. Questions? Contact Gail Jensen at (507) 633-2467 or (507) 951-3367.

  • child-size blunt tip scissors
  • 24 count crayons
  • pencil sharpeners
  • 12” rulers that include centimeter on one side and inches on the other
  • 70-sheet notebooks (wide or college rule)
  • ball point pens (black or blue)
  • 2½” erasers
  • sturdy combs
  • pick-style combs
  • jar or tubes of petroleum jelly (approx 4 oz or larger)
  • heavy duty kitchen style gloves (size medium)
  • nail clippers
  • cloth diapers
  • light weight bath towels
  • hand towels (preferably dark colors)
  • soap (ivory or unscented is preferred, individually wrapped)
  • infant-size clothing (6-18 m sizes – T-shirts, sleepers without feet and cotton knit sleep sacks)
  • new or gently used sheets double sized or larger fitted sheets, twin sized or larger flats
  • flannel pillow cases

 

CKP Sunday & Open House

On Sunday, March 4, we will celebrate the ministry of Creation Kids Preschool on “CKP Sunday.” Please help us welcome the special guests and visitors who come to share the day with the children.

Then on Tuesday, March 6, CKP will host an open house from 5:00-6:30 pm. All families are invited to meet the staff and board members and check out our facilities and the programs we offer.

Registration is now available for the ‘18-’19 school year. Available at these events or at www.stjohnskasson.org/preschool