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Warm up with some chili

Warm up at the annual Chili Cook-Off & Bingo event! Sunday, February 24, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (note the time change from previous years). The chili tasting is by free will donation. Bingo is $2 per card. There are prizes for bingo and the best chili – plus the coveted Gus the Goose trophy for the best chili!

All proceeds help fund our youth summer service trip to San Diego.

Think you have the best chili? Register by 11:00 am, February 23 by contacting Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org).

Pastor Dave Efflandt to start at St. John’s February 18

St. John’s is excitedly awaiting the arrival of Pastor Dave Efflandt, the next Lead Pastor of the congregation. He was approved by a vote of the congregation on January 6 after a thorough interview process by the St. John’s Call Committee and approval by the Congregational Council.

Pastor Dave currently leaves in Northwood, Iowa, with his wife (Sarah), two children (Austin, 16, and Bella, 15), and mother-in-law (Maryell). He is the pastor to Bethlehem and Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Churches in Glenville, Minn. Please keep those congregations in your prayers – as excited as we are to welcome Pastor Dave, they are facing losing a beloved pastor!
The Glenville congregations are his first call as an ordained pastor. Early in his career he managed restaurants and taught band in the Twin Cities, and later he and Sarah, moved to California where he continued teaching middle school band and working as a church music minister.

In 2011, after feeling a calling to ordained ministry, the Efflandt family moved to Iowa where he began studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary. He was called to Bethlehem and Deer Creek Valley in 2015.

During his time in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod he has been active on the synod level including Committee to Elect a Bishop (current), Synod Assembly planning team, Minnesota Technology of Participation, mentor for first call pastors, and Power and Boundaries Facilitator.

According to his references, Pastor Dave:

  • “Loves his people”
  • “Works well with Staff”
  • “Previous life experience is invaluable”
  • “He is out in the community”
  • “Awesome”
  • “Not an ivory tower pastor”
  • “Very wise”
  • “His life experience strengthens his preaching”
  • “Strong leader”

As he focuses on the final days of his time in Glenville, Pastor Dave took the time to share:

People have been telling me what an amazing congregation St. John’s is, and I am so looking forward to getting to know you all in person. Whether in ministry, during worship, working alongside staff, or in fellowship, I look forward to hearing your stories of what it means to be church, to hear about your hopes and dreams for future ministry together, and to be a part of such a vibrant and growing community of faith. Thanks be to God for the ministry you have been a part of in the past, and for allowing our paths to cross for ministry together in the future. See you soon!

Plan to be at worship Sunday, March 3 as we formally install Pastor Dave!

February 2019 Messenger

Twice a year we publish a BIG issue of our newsletter with tons of updates on what we have been doing and what exciting things you can look forward to. 
 

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.