If you missed signing up for our Lenten discussion of The Best Yes there is still time! If you’re soul is overwhelmed, now is a good time to join in. Groups meet Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 10:00 am, and Sundays at 9:00 am. The study will take place March 7 through April 14. Sign up at stjohnskasson.org/best-yes or the Welcome Center.
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.
The St. John’s Moms’ group will be reading Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis. Anyone – moms or not! – is welcome to join in the discussions Sundays at 9:10 am or Thursdays at 12:30 pm. Details are at stjohnskasson.org/moms To be added to the email list and online group, contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office.
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.
Sundays, November 18, December 2, 9, and 16
St. John’s Youth Room
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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!
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.
Sundays, 9:10 – 10:00 am
November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 634-7110.
(Registration and payment are closed.)
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.
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 email@example.com.
Yes!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.”
- 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.
Five Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, May 25 – June 22
and One Saturday, June 11, 9 am – 3 pm.
Register by signing up at St. John’s Welcome Center or office, calling (507) 634-7110, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.