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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

Where will you find peace this holiday season?

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Coordinator

Crisp air, falling leaves, apple cider…if you haven’t noticed it’s definitely autumn!

I’m probably not alone in thinking that the holiday season can be quite stressful. The last weekend in October, we held an event at St. John’s called “Self Care – In Real Life.” Our speaker, Anna Rendell, walked us through some ideas to care for ourselves every day and especially during the holidays.

Here are some that stuck out to me:

  • When you take out things to decorate if you aren’t in love with it anymore and it doesn’t bring you happiness get rid of it. Donate items that you don’t use anymore and help another family to create new holiday memories!
  • You don’t have to do everything. Do things that are meaningful to you and your family.

Trying to make the “perfect Pinterest Christmas” won’t always bring you joy, it might just drive you nuts. (I took a little liberty with that one!)
Overall, make sure the things you do this holiday season bring you life!!

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! You can join us on Sundays during Advent starting on December 2 at 9:10 am in the Youth Room.

Lastly, this month we celebrated 3-year-olds as they received a prayer pillow from the congregation. They will all receive prayers every month from December to October 2019. Prayer Pillows were given out on November 4 and 7 at all services. Keep these young ones in your prayers as we support them in learning the power of prayer in their lives.

Ongoing opportunities this summer

  • Adult Bible Forum with Pastor John
    Sundays, 10:00 am
    Conversation going deeper into scripture.
  • Prayer Group with Pastor Nirmala
    Mondays, 10:00 am
    We pray for our congregation, community, and world.
  • Lutheran 101 with Pastor John
    Thursdays, 6:00 pm
    Learn more about the fundamentals of Lutheran faith, practice, and teaching.

Lutheran 101 is here for the summer

Are you interested in learning or reviewing the fundamentals of Lutheran faith, practice, and teaching? Pastor John will lead Lutheran 101 this summer Thursdays at 6:00 pm. All are invited!

Lutheran 101

Are you interested in learning or reviewing the fundamentals of Lutheran faith, practice, and teaching? Pastor John will lead Lutheran 101 on a weekday evening during the summer. Sign up in the office or welcome desk and mark your preference for date and time OR click here to sign up online.

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).

New opportunities

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
CYF Ministry Development Director

Wow – it feels like we were just here a few months ago! Another new year, full of anticipation! Which will probably fly by 🙂

This January there are a few changes taking place for Faith Formation at St. John’s.

First – we are going to be taking a new approach to our Faith Milestones. From January through April we will be using one lesson time each month to talk about a particular building block of faith. First through fourth grade students will learn about the Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, the Bible, and the sacrament of Holy Communion. Club 56 students will be concentrating on the Apostle’s Creed. Next year, we will implement a year-long program to delve deeper with all Preschool – 6th grades.

Second – Our confirmation large group learning times will be on Sundays 1-3 pm. During these learning opportunities, we are encouraging any and all community members to participate as well. The learning times will focus on learning the Bible and catechism. Click here for the full schedule.

Each of these new learning opportunities is meant to help you grow in your faith and build a closer relationship with God. Please join us!

2018 Large Group Sessions

All ages are invited to learn more about the Bible and the catechism at the upcoming confirmation large group sessions. These intergenerational opportunities will be Sundays from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will go through the different sections of the Bible with group activities, video, and study. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 7 – The Pentateuch, or the 1st five books of the Bible/Old Testament
  • Sunday, January 28 – The 4 Gospels
  • Sunday, February 4 – The History books of the Old Testament
  • Sunday, February 11 – The Book of Acts and Paul’s Letters
  • Sunday, March 4 – Wisdom Literature and Poetry (Psalms, Proverbs, etc/Prophets of the Old Testament
  • Sunday, March 18 – General Letters of the New Testament and the book of Revelation

Within the Old Testament studies we will also learn about the 10 commandments, 1st and 3rd articles of the Apostles’ Creed, and the people’s covenant with God. Within the New Testament studies we will cover the 2nd and 3rd articles of the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments.

The Advent Conspiracy – a 5-week Bible study

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Sundays, 9:10 – 10:00 am
November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18
Fireside Room
Cost: $10

Did you know we spend over $450 billion on Christmas every year? In this study we’ll be learning about ways we can turn from our consumerist culture and be compassionate by spending less, giving more, loving all, and worshipping fully this holiday season.

For any questions, contact Amanda Sabelko – amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110.

(Registration and payment are closed.)

 

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

At St. John’s we believe that faith formation is ongoing and for all ages.

  • Sunday School or Oasis Education (Wednesday evenings) – 3-year-old through 4th grade students gather to learn about God and grow in their faith
  • Club 56 – (Sunday morning or Wednesday evenings) – 5th and 6th graders gather to learn about God and grown in their faith
  • Oasis Afterschool – faith-based programming after school for kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Confirmation – 7th & 8th grade programming, confirmation celebration is held for 9th graders
  • Adult Education – various opportunities are offered throughout the year. Always check news and the webpage for what’s coming up!

If cost is keeping you from participating in any of St. John’s educational opportunities, download the Education Scholarship Form.

 

September is here already!

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko, AIM
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Here you will find a few key dates to mark on your calendar for the whole family!

Start Dates –

Confirmation: September 7
Oasis Afterschool & Education and Club 56: September 14
Sunday School/Club 56: September 18
Details & registration in the office or at http://stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning/.

Adult Education: September 21 Introduction to the Bible Weds. Sept. 21, 28, & Oct. 5, 7–8 pm. All adults are invited to participate in a 3-week introduction to the Bible. This will be held in conjunction with confirmation classes.
Details, as they are available, will be available at http://stjohnskasson.org/adult-education/.

Small Group Ministry: There have been a few families with the idea of starting a small group for parents. This could be a place to learn about your faith and how to start conversations with kids about their faith. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Please contact Amanda – details, as they are available, will be at http://stjohnskasson.org/adult-education/.

For more information, visit the links above or contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 ext. 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org.

Yes!3

Yes3Yes!3 is an adult education course starting Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Yes!3 Is Not Your Ordinary Christian Education Program

Yes!3 is an experiential study program designed to use the participants’ faith resources (however those resources are perceived and understood) in the pursuit of creating a life in which they can say Yes! to God, Yes! to their neighbor and Yes! to themselves, without significant reference to the content of that faith.

About the Yes!3 Program

  • Vision without action is an empty dream.
  • Action without vision is mindless chaos.
  • Vision embodied in loving action is purposeful living.

Since we will spend the rest of our lives in the future
we need to ensure that the future we imagine and create
is the future we would prefer to live in.

Basic assumptions of Yes!3

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it,
listen for what it intends to do with you.”
Parker Palmer

  • We are made for a purpose .
  • We have been fully equipped with gifts and talents to fulfill that purpose.
  • We most closely manifest our purpose when we are at our best, being and doing those things that flow from the core of our being and bring deep satisfaction.
  • Life and the abundant life that Jesus promised comes from what we deeply and profoundly say yes to, for it is in what we say Yes! to that we manifest our God given purpose.
  • Rather than egotistically creating your own life, Yes!3 uses appreciative inquiry and conversation to help you awaken to the life-giving purpose that is already within you. This is based on the following assumption: “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner

From the Authors

At its heart Yes!3 simply assumes and uses the belief that we are created by a loving God for a loving purpose. It is our hope and prayer that participants will discover that purpose and lovingly manifest it in the world in a way which is a blessing to others and themselves and evokes wonder and awe of the

One who created it all. In the course you will gain a core understanding of living a life of passion.

Schedule

Five Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, May 25 – June 22

and One Saturday, June 11, 9 am – 3 pm.

Cost

$35

Registration Required

Register by signing up at St. John’s Welcome Center or office, calling (507) 634-7110, or emailing rfett@stjohnskasson.org.

Next Adult Ed Opportunity

Coming soon: “Say Yes 3!” – Creating a Purpose Centered Life in Which You Say: Yes! to God, Yes! to Your Neighbor, and Yes! to Your Self.

Cost for the course: $35 each. Learning sessions will be facilitated by Pastor Randy.

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm, May 25 through June 22, plus one Saturday retreat, June 4, 9- 3 pm. Registration required.

Adult Education: Alpha Course starts in January

Alpha_course_logoExperience the meaning of life in and the Christian faith in a place where questions are encouraged and friendships built. Asking questions? Looking for answers? Explore and review the Christian faith in a low-key, real, and relevant way.

Alpha Course – Part 1 of 2
Five weeks starting January 6 or 10
Wednesdays at 4 pm or Sundays at 9:10 am
Sign up at the Welcome Center or email Pastor Randy – rfett@stjohnskasson.org

Part 2, an additional five weeks, will come this spring.

Click here for the full list of class titles and dates.

Friday Roundup – October 30, 2015

This week brought activities at St. John’s a bit back to normal after last week’s Lutefisk Dinner and a slow week before that due to MEA week.

During Sunday morning worship we baptized two children into the family of God – Evan Victor Halvorson and Simon Henry Mucha. Keep them in your prayers!

Also on Sunday we wrapped up our Faith and Art series after learning about art in the church, stained glass, the St. John’s Bible, wood carving, and sacred dance. It was a unique and interesting way to hear about faith in our lives!

On Wednesday, the 28th, we resumed all of our regular programming including Oasis Afterschool, Oasis Education, several musical rehearsals, the Oasis Meal, a Faith-ful Parenting discussion, and worship. Check the regular calendar for all that goes on Wednesdays.