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A Dr. Seuss VBS

A Dr. Seuss VBSJoin us for a week full of fun and faith as we learn about God through the stories of Dr. Seuss!

June 19-23, 2017
8:30-11:30 am
Special Wednesday worship June 21, 6:30 pm
Ages: 3-year-olds through 4th grade (2016-2017 year)

Click here to register.

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

We’ll be looking for volunteers, including current 5th and 6th graders. Talk to Amanda or watch for more information.

Christmas Morning LIVE!

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This year’s Children’s Christmas Program is now available to watch online.

Miss Amanda’s Musings

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Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Happy New Year!

Do you have something you want to accomplish this year? Maybe it has to do with your finances, health, or maybe your spiritual practices?

As you think about your resolution for the year, consider doing something to share your passion (whatever it is) with other people! I am passionate about learning how to equip people for ministry. I live this out in my day to day life, but this year I plan to live out that passion with trust in the way God works in our lives and world.

Although it was postponed, thank you so much to all of our teachers, parents, and students for helping to prepare for the wonder of the Christmas Story through the Christmas Program! The Children’s Christmas program will take place on January 15 at the 10:15 am service.

Children’s Christmas Program Rescheduled

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Due to weather conditions, worship on December 18 was cancelled – including the Children’s Christmas Program. The kids will be back and tell the Christmas story on Sunday, January 15 at 10:15 am.

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.

St. John’s Seeking Children’s Ministry Assistant for School Year

Now Hiring

This position has been filled. 

We’re looking for a Children’s Ministry Assistant to assist the Children, Youth and Family Team in providing age appropriate experiences for children in Oasis Afterschool and Education Ministries. This position is roughly 3-5 hours a week on Wednesday afternoons and occasionally additional weeknight or weekend meetings or activities.

Download the full job description for the Children’s Ministry Assistant.

Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 5-8 in 2015-2016 are invited to St. John’s 2016 Action Packed Day Camp! We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:00 am August 1-5 and we’ll go somewhere different every day for action-packed activities! Details about the schedule are at the link below. Cost is $50/student (scholarships available). Registration is limited to 30 students and the deadline to register is July 17.

Registration and information at http://stjohnskasson.org/action-packed-day-camp/

All around the community this summer!

Plan to join us for:

  • Vacation Bible School
    June 20-24
    Ages 3-4th grade
  • Family Fun Night
    July 28
    Fun for all!
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    August 1-5
    Grades 5-8

Community events including:

  • National Night Out
  • Festival in the Park
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Marigold Days

 

First Communion Classes

We will be hosting First Communion classes for 4th graders (or any student who missed it previously). Parents are also welcome to attend!

Classes will be Wednesdays, February 24, March 2, March 9, and March 16, 2016, from 3:45-4:45 pm. Students must attend all sessions. Students who do not attend Oasis Afterschool are welcome to ride the Blue Bus from school to St. John’s on these days at no charge. Contact Amanda if interested – amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110 ext. 14.

There will be a First Communion Service on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 6:30 pm.

Download the information and registration form and return the registration to the office by February 24.

Miss Amanda’s Musings – January 2016

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CYF Ministry Development Coordinator

Thank you so much to all of our teachers, parents, and students for helping to share the wonder of the Christmas Story through the Christmas Program! The Children’s Christmas service is such a blessing to our families and community.

As we look forward to a new year, I’m reminded of new beginnings. We are given so many opportunities to start over – again and again.

What are you planning to begin again this year? Often times we start with a focus on ourselves, however I challenge you to keep your focus on serving others and being a light in our community. Still have clutter around your home? Give away one thing for every gift you got at Christmas. How about all that extra food you have “just in-case”? Go ahead and donate it. Why not start this year with a generous spirit?

Continue to bless others out of the abundance you’ve been given!

Click on the image to view more pictures from the Christmas program.

Click on the image to view more pictures from the Christmas program.

Friday Roundup – November 13, 2015

What have we been up to in the last week?

Prayer Pillows Milestone

Last Sunday and Wednesday we celebrated a faith Milestone by presenting 3-year-olds with Prayer Pillows. Throughout the year, they will receive a postcard of prayers to learn with their family, one each month. The pillows are made by Colleen Jacobson and are a gift from St. John’s in part of keeping up with our congregation’s baptismal promises.

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WELCA Thankoffering

The women of St. John’s celebrated their Women of the ELCA (WELCA) thankoffering on Sunday the 8th. The celebration included bringing food and supplies for  SEMCAC Food Shelf and special offerings which are sent to Churchwide Women of the ELCA. These offerings are then used to support and strengthen our partnership in supporting the important ministry efforts of women. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings. Women have been celebrating Thankofferings since 1889 along with Episcopal and Methodist women. Thankofferings make it possible to support many different programs and organizations.

Kickoff to 12th Grade Quilt Milestone

Each year, high school seniors at St. John’s are invited to receive a quilt from St. John’s upon their graduation. They work throughout the year to choose the fabric and help put the quilt together, so they have to start early! They met for the first time on Sunday. If you missed it, contact Lindsay (Lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) to get started. Thank you to Jen Smith for coordinating this ministry!

Pastors Mioche & Joas Visited from Haiti

Pastor’s Mioche and Joas visited from Haiti on Wednesday. For 11 years we have supported Pastor Mioche’s ministry. It was great to get an in-person update from them! Read more about this ministry partnership here.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

Operation Christmas Child packing is in full swing and people gathered Wednesday night for another session of packing boxes. Next week starts National Collection Week and other organizations will be brining their packed boxes to St. John’s.

Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12, we had a great visit to Kasson City Hall to express our appreciation for all the people there do to keep our community running. And the new City Administrator was even able to be there!

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Family Trip to the Dells

Right now five families from St. John’s having a blast (we hope!) in Wisconsin Dells at an indoor water park. It’s a great excuse to get away and pretend to be somewhere tropical!

Friday Roundup – November 6, 2016

This week was busy with:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Remembrance Day at worship
  • Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference
  • Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)
  • An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child
  • Confirmation Trivia Night
  • Monthly Senior Community Worship
  • Yard work around the church building

Trunk or Treat

Over 250 visitors from the community joined us on Saturday, October 31 for “Trunk or Treat.” It was a fun afternoon of games, “trick-or-treating,” and refreshments at St. John’s. People decorated the trunks of their cars, backs of their vans, or (in one case) even a trailer and passed out treats. This year’s “treats” were all non-food items as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to provide a safe place for kids with food allergies or sensitivities to trick-or-treat. The police and fire departments even came out to join in the fun.

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Remembrance Day at worship

On Sunday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 4, we remembered our loved ones who have passed. We read names of those from our congregation who died in the past year, did a special ringing of the bells, and lit candles as  a remembrance.

Remembrance Day Candles

Remembrance Day Candles

Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference

Each year the synod bishop’s office hosts a conference of continuing education for pastors and other leaders in the church. This year Pastor Randy, Amanda, and Lindsay all attended the event in Onalaska, Wis.

2015 Fall Theological Conference

2015 Fall Theological Conference

Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)

Wednesday, November 4, was the first day back to quilting for the year (now that lefse baking is over!). Anyone who likes to iron, cut blocks, or tie quilts is invited Wednesdays at 8 am. No experience needed! Thank you to everyone who donated fabric and sewed together tops!

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

There's also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings - or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

There’s also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings – or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child

On Wednesday, November 4, KM Schools had an early-out, so the Oasis Afterschool kids had a special service project to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Confirmation Trivia Night

While the adult leaders had a meeting Wednesday night, the confirmation students had a rousing trivia night!

Monthly Senior Community Worship

On the first Thursday of the month, we host a Senior Community Worship service at 1:30 pm. For some, this is an easier time to attend and offers a special time together. The December service is a special time and will be held December 17 at 11 am (NOT the first Thursday). It will be followed by a luncheon.

Yard work around the church building

It takes many types of volunteers to do God’s work. This week we give a special thank you to Gary Kautz to did a lot of pruning work this week and hauled the waste away. We’re all set for spring!

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Faith Formation Ministries

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

  • On November 4, Oasis kids will pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We do need more donations of toys, school supplies, and health items. For more information, please contact Tanya Young, tyoung8550@yahoo.com
  • We will be giving out Prayer Pillows to 3-year-olds on November 8 and 11. Anyone is welcome to receive this special gift. Three-year-olds will receive prayers to put in their pillows throughout the year!
  • On November 11, there will be a family packing party for Operation Christmas Child. Bring your whole family and help to pack a box for a special child! Contact Tanya Young with questions.
  • There will be an Advent Festival, November 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Please join us for games and fellowship. This will also be the kick-off for the Christmas Tree Silent Auction put on by our Confirmation Classes.

Trunk-or-Treat

5d1d58c6-ec8c-4fc8-8e91-7576307c9c84Join us October 31, 2:00 – 5:00 pm for Trunk-or-Treat!  This family event will be full of games, fun, prizes, and trick-or-treating through the St. John’s parking lot. If you’d like to decorate a trunk or lead lawn games, please sign up on the Youth Board in the Narthex or talk with Tanya Young or Amanda Sabelko.