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Our youngest learners are waiting for you!

We are blessed to have a full children’s ministry program with faith-building classes and activities September through May. But we need spirit-filled volunteers to help.

If you are a self-motivated adult or high school student interested in helping with our preschool through 6th graders Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons/evenings during the 2018-2019 school year, we want to know!

Time commitments can vary from every week to twice a month or fill in as needed.

We are looking for teachers, assisting teachers, substitutes, as well as individuals to help keep us organized.

Sign up below or contact Deacon Amanda with any questions: (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Busy building relationships this summer

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

In the midst of the break of summer, our students at St. John’s stay busy when it comes to faith formation and community building. June was a particularly busy month for those of us in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.

The second week of June many of our 7th grade confirmation students attended camp at Sugar Creek in Wisconsin. We spent our week building community, in Bible studies, on a Christ hike, and in small groups re-centering our focus on Christ through the study of a book called #Struggles: Following Jesus in a selfie centered world.

The third week of June, Amanda and the Education Commission put together a spirit filled week of VBS for over 100 students! Our young people learned about the power they have through Christ in the VBS theme Hero Central! There was an amazing number of super heroes for Christ whooshing around St. John’s in June.

As I write this, 10 of our high school students are preparing for a week of faith formation in Houston at the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering. We will learn together through interactive learning stations, Bible study, service, and nationally known speakers during our time in Houston.

The second week of July, our middle school students will spend time building community through fun and fellowship at Action Packed Day Camp, with short daily devotions to center our time together in Christian community.

All of those things that I have written about above are great, and the numbers are inspiring. But, what I find inspiring and Holy Spirit filled is the amazing support of this congregation to make these events happen for our students. Where I see God is not in the numbers, but in the deep relationships I see being built at these events. I am inspired by the palpable presence of God in all that is happening. And to that, all God’s people said, AMEN!

June Special Events

  • Confirmation Camp
    June 10-15
  • Vacation Bible School
    June 18-22
  • Family Fun Night
    June 20, 5-8 pm
  • ELCA National Youth Gathering
    June 25-July 2

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Summer Worship

We’re now on our summer worship schedule!

  • Sundays – 9:00 am followed by fellowship
  • Wednesdays – 6:30 pm at the fire pit
    (weather permitting, inside in case of rain)

Superhero VBS

Remember to register your kids for our FREE Superhero VBS by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! Here are some other things to remember:

  • June 18-22, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Early drop-off/late pick-up available
  • 3-year-olds through 4th grade
  • Open to the entire community!

If you’re a 5th grader or older, we have lots of ways for you to help! Including:

  • Donate milk caps, empty paper towel rolls, washi tape, and cereal boxes
  • Help with the kids at VBS
  • Come decorate June 9 (9 am—2 pm)

Full details on the bulletin board at St. John’s or at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs

Milestone Celebration

In all worship services on May 13 and May 16 we’re having a celebration! Our 1st – 6th grade students will be sharing what they’ve learned about the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Bible, the Sacraments, and the Apostle’s Creed with the whole congregation. Students will also receive a special gift—a small stone (“milestone,” if you will) to remind them of what they learned this year!

Read more about our Milestone Ministries.

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

Serving our community

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

Happy Easter! The resurrection of Jesus was no joke! The promise of forgiveness and everlasting life is what we live into this Easter Season. In First Communion classes during March, we talked about our responsibility to serve others. In the sacrament of Holy Communion, we are strengthened to serve and share our gifts with others. How do you use your gifts to serve your neighbors and community?

Since summer is just around the corner we want to make sure you know about our annual Vacation Bible School in June. You can register online at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs or grab a form from the office. Please register by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Super Hero VBS

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.

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.

First Communion classes

Fourth graders will have two First Communion preparation sessions. These classes will be on Saturday afternoons March 10 & 24 from 1-3 pm. It is expected that you attend both classes. At least one parent or guardian is expected to attend class with their student. We believe it is important for families to be involved with one another’s faith journey, and this is the perfect opportunity to learn with one another!

Students will celebrate First Communion with their family during worship on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm.

For more info, questions, or if your older student wishes to take the classes contact Deacon Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@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!

Foundations of faith for all ages

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
CYF Ministry Development Director

You know it’s fall when we take our annual two week faith formation break for MEA & our lutefisk dinner! Our first couple months have been going great, stop by sometime to see all the smiling faces on Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons.

This year, we are taking more of an initiative to have all ages learning foundational pieces of our faith. Some are focusing on learning the books of the Bible, some are memorizing the Lord’s Prayer, and some are even going to learn all about the Small Catechism! In September, all of our 4-year-olds and 3rd graders received Bibles as part of the promises we made to their families in Holy Baptism — to place in their hands the Holy Scriptures. This month we are celebrating 3-year-olds as they receive a prayer pillow from the congregation. They will all receive prayers every month from December to October 2018. Prayer Pillows will be given out on November 12 and 15 at all services.

Thank you for your commitment to the faith life of our students and others within our congregation.

Bible Blessings

The 4-year-old & 3rd grade Bible Blessing will be on Sunday, September 24 and Wednesday September 27 at all worship services. Thank you to those who help support the purchase of these Bibles through their donations!

4-year-olds will receive a Spark Story Bible and the third graders will receive a study Bible from the St. John’s Lutheran Church faith community.

Third graders will also participate in a Bible Adventure course to learn about their study Bible and how to use it.

Fall education program registration now available

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to think about fall! Registration is available online or in the office for:

  • Sunday School (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Education (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Afterschool (kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Club 56 (grades 5-6)
  • Confirmation (grades 7-8)

More information about each of these programs and links for registration is available at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning