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A little bit about the recent Haiti trip

By Amanda Sabelko

From June 22 – 29, 2017, Julia Evans, Dennis Foster, Markayla Kujath, Amanda & Justin Sabelko, Annabel & Jennifer Smith, Tanya Young, and Dan Ziebell traveled to visit our friends and ministry partners in Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti. While we did get in a little sight-seeing the main focus of our trip was to continue developing relationships with the people of Pignon and Bouyaha. A lot of what we did was duplicated in both Bouyaha & Pignon.

We put on a Vacation Bible School where we explored the story of Daniel & the Lion’s Den. Julia, Markayla, and Annabel along with our fabulous translators – Moustakyi & Gobi lead the music – “This Little Light of Mine” was a huge hit. Amanda told the Bible story & Tanya taught everyone how to play the “Hokey-Pokey.” Personally, it’s the best behaved I have seen any children so rest-assured, it is possible for children to sit still.

The women of St. John’s donated money to purchase food in Haiti to give out to women who came to the Bible study and health conversations. They all walked away with enough food to feed their families for a week. Tanya led the women’s Bible study where they talked about Naomi & Ruth. Jen held two great discussions on Women’s health issues. Women were able to ask questions about their health and Jen gave out some great, simple health tips including the importance of drinking water.

Over $13,000 was raised to go toward a building project at the Friends of Christ School in Bouyaha, a small village north of Port-au-Prince. While we were there we saw parts of the foundation being laid and cement being poured. This new portion of the school will have extra classrooms, room for storage and an office for the principal.

There was so much more to our trip that the Haiti Mission Team would love to share with you. Please join us on August 27th at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a full report on our trip.

You can also read more about the trip at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

Backpacking Trip Highlights

Seventeen of our youth ranging from 14-18 years old took part in our summer youth trip to Sky Ranch Lutheran Bible Camp near Fort Collins, Colorado. They split into three hiking groups along with five of our wonderful adult volunteers to do some high wilderness backpacking for four days and three nights. These intrepid travelers hiked over seven miles a day, slept in tents in the mountains, and endured the ultimate experience of roughing it…and came back with smiles, stories, and an appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.

Check out some of the great experiences they had:

Follow the 2017 Haiti Mission Trip

The school in Bouyaha, Haiti, is filled to capacity and needs more classroom space. Hearing the need and continuing its commitment to Pastor Mioche’s ministry, St. John’s has raised $10,000 for an addition to the school. On June 23, a St. John’s mission team will travel to Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti to kickoff the construction and to lead a variety of other projects in support of Pastor Mioche’s ministry. The team traveling includes Julia Evans, Annabel Smith, Jen Smith, Dan Ziebell, Tanya Young, Justin Sabelko, Amanda Sabelko, Markayla Kujath, and Dennis Foster. The team will return June 29.

Please keep the team in your prayers! Follow their blog at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

Action Packed Day Camp

Kids – did you just finish grades 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you excited to get away for some awesome adventures? It’s time to sign up for 2017 Action Packed Day Camp!

Join us for a week of non-stop fun! We begin our day with a short devotion and will spend the rest of our time in fellowship together.

July 10-13, 2017
Cost: $50/student (scholarships available)

Click here for details and registration.

8th-12th Grade Retreat

Students in 8th-12th grade are invited to a retreat at Ironwood Springs Friday-Sunday, April 21-23 June 16-18 (note the date change!). Cost is $50/person and includes all meals, housing, challenge course, and zipline! We’re also looking for some adult volunteers to join us.

Stop by the Welcome Center for an application.

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/.

Haiti Trip Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting about our trip to Haiti on January 11 at 7 pm, following worship.

This meeting is for anyone who is interested in going in June 2017. Dates are still being worked on.

More about our ministry with Haiti at www.stjohnskasson.org/haiti-mission

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:

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.

Thank you from our confirmation campers

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Thank you on behalf of the summer confirmation class trip campers and families for all of the support of fundraisers from the congregation, and for the scholarships and travel money form Thrivent, St. John’s Foundation Board, and WELCA. The students were nurtured and taught about Bible and the faith, celebrated Christian community and service, and took adventures in horseback riding, kayaking and paddle boarding, Mountain biking, and hiking. Yes, it was faith experience. Everyone loves this camp. If you see a student make sure you ask them about the “Outlaw” experience. They hope to share stories at the Sunday, July 17 worship service. Thank you.

Praying, sending, welcoming, & listening – what our mission trip needs

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

July! How is it already so far into summer! As I write this I am surrounded by paperwork and resources as I prepare for this month’s senior high school mission trip to Philadelphia. St. John’s will be sending 13 students and 4 adults to Philadelphia July 15-23 to participate in service work through YouthWorks, a non-denominational Christian service trip organization. Our group will be learning about urban gardening, poverty issues, and food sustainability. The people of St. John’s have generously supported us over the past several months as we have prepared for this trip. You have attended our Chili Cook-off, joined us for Sunday morning coffee, and let us cook soup suppers and Sunday morning breakfasts for you. Through all of this food-related fundraising you have been overwhelmingly generous with both your time and your money, and for that we are immensely grateful.

And now, I have another favor to ask of you. This is much more difficult than giving $20 here and $5 there. What our students and adult leaders will need most from you is emotional and logistical support. Our mission team needs your support and feedback. We need your prayers for safe travel and God’s presence to be tangible as we serve in Philadelphia. We need you to send us off with encouragement. We need you to receive us as we return with open arms of welcome, listening ears to help us process our experiences, and willingness to help us apply what we learned in Philadelphia to our own context here at home in Kasson. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our youth!