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Time for worship this season

As we read through Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, our Advent devotional this year, we are reminded to slow down and reflect to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Here are some of the ways you can focus on Christ this Advent and Christmas:

  • Unwrapping the Names of Jesus Advent Devotions
    Now through Dec. 24
    This book is available in the Narthex – please take one for your family! And follow along with us on Facebook as we have daily prompts and ideas.
  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
    Dec. 13 | 6:30 pm (shortened version)
    This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. More…
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
    Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to celebrate your memories at a dinner and program on Thursday, December 14 at 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. A grief support counselor from Season’s Hospice will be our guest speaker. Bring a dish to share as you are able. Please RSVP by December 10 to the office (507-634-7110). Come to receive comfort and peace.
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
    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.
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
    Christmas Eve happens to fall on the 4th Sunday of Advent. We will still worship Sunday morning, but at one service at 9:00 am instead of our regular 8:00 and 10:15 am times.
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

Advent & Christmas Special Events

  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

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

Notes:

  • Dec. 27 – NO worship
  • Jan. 31- worship at 9:00 am

Service of Lessons & Carols

The music ensembles of St. John’s will present a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 10 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. A shortened service will also be presented the following Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. This is the twenty-fifth year the musicians of St. John’s have shared advent and Christmas music with the congregation. String players from the congregation and flutist Sarah Vinzant, from Kasson-Mantorville Schools, will join the ensembles this year.

A service highlight is four short movements from a Christmas Cantata entitled “For Us a Child is Born” for choir, bass soloist, and instruments. This piece was originally thought to be composed by J.S. Bach. Scholars now attribute it Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. Please invite your friends to join us.

The Giving Tree

Take an ornament on the Giving Tree to purchase a life-changing item from ELCA Good Gifts (more info in the catalogs around the building or at www.ELCA.org/goodgifts) or for movie tickets for Food For Friends. Take a tag, purchase the movie card, and return both to the church office. Checks for ELCA Good Gifts should be made out to St. John’s OR purchase online.

Christmas Tree Auction

The confirmation small groups, along with a couple other groups, have decorated Christmas trees and other holiday decorations (pallet creations, wreaths) for the Advent season. They will be in the Fellowship Hall for you to bid on until Sunday, December 17. Proceeds from the auction go to help pay for confirmation summer camp.

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.

Grief support this Christmas

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to celebrate your memories at a dinner and program on Thursday, December 14 at 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. A grief support counselor from Season’s Hospice will be our guest speaker. Bring a dish to share as you are able. Please RSVP by December 10 to the office (507-634-7110). Come to receive comfort and peace.

Great Christmas Tree Auction!

Thank you to all who bid on the beautiful Christmas trees to support the St. John’s confirmation campers. In total, the auction raised approximately $1,100. Thank  you for your support and we hope you enjoy your new trees!

Children’s Christmas Program Rescheduled

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.

Senior Christmas Worship & Luncheon

This Thursday (December 15) we’re hosting a Christmas Worship (with communion) and Luncheon (lutefisk and meatballs). Worship begins at 11 am.

This is an especially good opportunity for seniors who may not be able to get out Christmas Eve or who are looking for extra fellowship this time of year. All are invited!

A Christmas & Giving Message

“Wise Men opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

As Christmas is upon us we start thinking of gifts, decorations, parties, travel, etc. We receive shopping lists from children and grandchildren and proceed to the malls or go online to buy gifts so we have something to give our loved ones on Christmas. That’s just what we do as individuals at this time of year and it is a good thing. But Christmas is also a great time to think about our plans with regard to giving to the church.

The reason for the season of Christmas is Jesus. God became one of us and came among us to serve and die and rise again so that we who believe will enjoy the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life. That means that Jesus is the greatest gift of all and He is given free of charge. We just receive it in faith and share it. It’s simple. So let’s allow our focus to be on Jesus this Christmas.

I heard a story recently. There was a missionary who came to a church and shared his mission work among the poor and the needy. The missionary not only helped them with their physical needs but also shared the gospel. The missionary returned to the United States to relax and raise some funds to continue his mission work. He spoke to many churches about his mission. A boy in the congregation was inspired by the talk and came home and talked to his parents about supporting the mission. At that time the family was planning a family vacation. The boy suggested that they would cancel the vacation and give that money to the mission and they did. That family made a sacrifice and it cost them their vacation.

The love Jesus has for us cost him his life. The Christmas season urges us to think of the sacrifice Jesus made and remind us of the mission He has left us to accomplish.

As pastor, I invite you to ponder the amazing gift you were given in Jesus. I am proud and thankful that people of St. John’s have been making such a sacrifice to fulfil the mission of God by sharing their time, talents and treasures.

Doing this will inspire you to open your heart and your hands to share your time, talent and financial resources to continue the work of St. John’s Lutheran Church to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Members received this letter in the mail with a pledge card and Christmas envelope. Please prayerfully consider your gifts and support of the various ministries of St. John’s for the coming year, 2017. If you did not receive envelopes or misplaced yours, there are more at the Welcome Center.

May you have a blessed Christmas!

Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt

Christmas Tree Auction

The confirmation groups at St. John’s have decorated the Fellowship Hall with their beautiful and creative Christmas trees. Now YOU have the chance to take home their creativity!

Now through 10:15 am on Sunday, December 18 you can place your silent auction bids. Bid sheets are right on the wall next to each tree – stop in any time.

Funds raised from the sale of these trees will support the campers as they go to confirmation camp Summer 2017.

The trees available:

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Service of Lessons & Carols on December 11

The music ensembles of St. John’s Lutheran Church will present a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 11 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the twenty-fourth year the musicians of St. John’s have prepared a program for the community. Participating in the service will be the Senior Choir, Senior Bells, Children’s Chimes, and Blended Team & Adult JAM . String players from the congregation will join the ensembles this year.  The joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth.  All are welcome at this celebratory service.

Special Advent & Christmas Worship

Join us for these special worship opportunities this month!

Lessons & Carols Services – Dec 11 8:00 am & 10:15 am

Senior Christmas Worship with Communion & Luncheon – Dec 15 11:00 am

Children’s Christmas Program – Dec 18 10:15 am

Christmas Eve Worship – Dec 24 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm

Christmas Day Worship – Dec 25 10:15 am

New Year’s Day Worship – Jan 1 10:15 am

More details and additional events at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar