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Joyful noises for the fall

If you have a song in your heart, now is a great time to jump in to help make a joyful noise to the Lord! Rehearsals are getting going for the fall and all our musical groups are welcoming new members:

Senior Choir

The St. John’s Senior Choir and their director Clark Johnson invite you to join us in offering your musical talents in praise to God. This fall we will sing several songs with the congregation to encourage everyone to share their gift of music. We will also celebrate Reformation and conclude 2018 with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 9.

The choir is always excited to receive new members. Membership is open to high school students and adults. The choir sings four services per month, normally two services on two Sundays. New to our schedule this year are two rehearsal breaks in the winter. This will provide members an opportunity for refreshment and perhaps a welcome escape from the long Minnesota winter!

The Senior Choir’s first rehearsal is on Wednesday evening, September 5 from 7:00-8:00 pm. On Sunday, September 9, we will be joining with our congregation to sing the hymn “God, You Made All Things for Singing.”

If you like to sing, please come join this wonderful group of musicians. If you have any questions, call Clark Johnson at (507) 635-5465.

Handbells

Do you enjoy hearing the bells ring on Sunday morning? Would you like to give it a try and be a part of making that joyful noise and giving those angels their wings? Come and try it out at our first practice in September 5 at 6:15 pm in the music room. You will be surprised as to how easy it is. If you have questions, contact Ann Brenke at (507) 951-8750 or abrenke55@gmail.com.

Praise Teams (adult or youth)

We have had a couple of worship bands that help lead music on Wednesday nights. As we get back to our regular worship schedule, it’s a great time to jump in if you have ever wanted to help sing or play an instrument in one of these groups. Interested adults can speak with Wes Evans, Amy Evans, or Sam Marsland. Youth wanting to get involved can talk with Amber or Jason Foster. Or anyone with questions or interest can talk with Lindsay Colwell (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

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.

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).

Senior Christmas Worship

Senior Christmas Worship will be held December 21 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are welcome.

Care & Share Auction

Adult Fellowship is encouraging everyone to come & support†the Care & Share Auction on November 16 at the new location right here at St. John’s. This is such a great way to help the community make the holidays a little brighter for folks in need right here in the Kasson-Mantorville area.

Adult Fellowship Turkey Dinner Outing

Please join Adult Fellowship as we journey to Dodge Center’s St. John Baptiste de la Salle Catholic Church on Sunday September 24 for their annual turkey dinner. We will meet in the church parking lot right after the 2nd service & proceed from there. You may call Barb Pike 634-7179 or Carole Baker (507) 634-7133 to let us know that you plan to attend, or just show up in the parking lot around 11:15 am.

Adult Fellowship Meeting with Kasson Police Chief

Please join Adult Fellowship on Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. We will be meeting with Kasson Police Chief Kent Berghuis for his presentation “Divulge Not.” He will be sharing information about what is happening in the Kasson vicinity & what to be aware of with regard to best safety practices

2017 & 2018 Youth Summer Trips

We’re already planning ahead for the next two summers and inviting our High School youth to join us on our coming summer trips. This summer, June 24-July 1, 2017, youth and adults are invited on a backpack trip to Colorado. A $50 deposit and registration are due by February 19.

In 2018 the High School youth will go to the ELCA National Youth Gathering, June 21-July 1 in Houston, Texas. We’re collecting names of those interested in this trip now.

Sign-up and more information for both are available at http://stjohnskasson.org/youth/.

Youth & Adult Backpacking Trip

We are offering a backpacking retreat for youth and adults at Sky Ranch Lutheran Bible Camp in Fort Collins, Colorado June 24-July 1, 2017. We will be doing the “Taste of the Mountain” option. More information can be found at www.skyranchcolorado.org/backpacking or by contacting Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org. The registration deadline is February 19, 2017.

Register here.

Use this button if you wish to pay your $50 deposit online:

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.)

 

Service Project: Highway Cleanup

The monthly service project for October is Highway Clean-up on Saturday, October 8. We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and work until noon. Everyone is welcome – any age, member or non-member, any involvement in the congregation! It’s a great family activity. Just bring work gloves and wear your old clothes and sturdy shoes. We’ll provide safety vests for all. Let us know if you’re coming by signing up at the Welcome Desk or email lindsay@stjohnskasson.org.

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.

Adult Fellowship—September 11 Lunch Outing to Kenyon

On Sunday, September 18 Adult Fellowship will travel to Schweich Restaurant in Kenyon for lunch. We will leave St. John’s parking lot at 11:30 am. Please sign up with Barb Pike (507) 634-7179 or Carole Baker (507) 634-7133 by Sunday, September 11, so that we may let the restaurant know how many to expect.

Adult Fellowship—October 1 Trip to Lanesboro

Come away with Adult Fellowship as we journey by motor coach to the quaint little village of Lanesboro on Saturday October 8. We plan to leave St. John’s parking lot about 9:00 am. There will be a little time for shopping before lunch at the Pedal Pusher Café (cost not included), followed by an afternoon of fun with the Commonweal Theatre production of The Three Musketeers. Cost for the bus ride & play is $40 + a donation to the food shelf. You may sign up with Barb (507) 634-7179 (cell (507) 273-0221) or Carole (507) 634-7133 by Saturday, October 1.

Fall Outings with Adult Fellowship

There are a couple of great opportunities to get together with other adults from the community this fall. Check them out and reserve your spot today!

Lunch Outing to Kenyon

On Sunday, September 18 Adult Fellowship will travel to Schweich Restaurant in Kenyon for lunch. We will leave St. John’s parking lot at 11:30 am. Please sign up with Barb Pike (507) 634-7179 or Carole Baker (507) 634-7133 by Sunday, September 11, so that we may let the restaurant know how many to expect.

Trip to Lanesboro

Come away with Adult Fellowship as we journey by motor coach to the quaint little village of Lanesboro on Saturday October 8.  We plan to leave St. John’s parking lot about 9:00 am. There will be a little time for shopping before lunch at the Pedal Pusher Café (cost not included), followed by an afternoon of fun with the Commonweal Theatre production of The Three Musketeers.  Cost for the bus ride & play is $40 + a donation to the food shelf.  You may sign up with Barb (507) 634-7179 (cell (507) 273-0221) or Carole (507) 634-7133 by Saturday, October 1.