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

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

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 or by contacting Lindsay at 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!

St. John’s 2016 High School Mission Trip

Philadelphia, PA
Dates: July 15-23, 2016 (at Youth Works site July 17-22)
$60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29.
Questions? Talk to Lindsay Colwell – or (507) 634-7110

Get started by registering at the form at the bottom of this page!

YouthWorkswebYouthWorks description of this site and serving experience:

As Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia offers a unique blend of history and progress. The city is filled with numerous parks, gardens, and historical and cultural landmarks, which help to remind visitors and residents alike of its long story. Beyond its vibrant past, there is much happening in the City of Brotherly Love today, both in terms of urban development and urban struggle. Poverty and unemployment are very real issues here, but the city is making strides to address the problems. Currently, Philadelphia is focusing on sustainability, providing healthy food to the hungry, creating equal opportunities for its diverse population, and redeveloping neighborhoods to invite more people in.

Serving opportunities in Philadelphia:

  • Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
  • A fully integrated service and learning experience where students not only assist with needs but also understand the causes and outcomes of specific issues facing the community, as well as the community strengths.
  • Learn about food sustainability and how it affects this community as well as your community back home.

St. John’s student information to join:

  • 15 student spots available
  • $60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29. Please submit to the office, checks made out to St. John’s.
  • Total cost for the trip per student will be $500 (This includes transportation and payment to Youth Works for July 17-22, which includes all meals during that time period. We will work out food and lodging for the trip there and back as we go along.)
  • Registration can be done online or by speaking to Lindsay. We will have a meeting to fill out paperwork and to discuss fundraising efforts.
  • Fundraising efforts are currently in the planning stages, but spots are available right now for coffee fellowship fundraising opportunities. The sign-up sheet is on the Youth Board in the Narthex. Questions can be addressed to Lindsay.
  • Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. The final deadline to decide if students are attending or not (based on available spots) is February 1, 2016. At this time, if there are open spots parents will be given the opportunity to attend as well.
  • We are in need of one female and one male chaperone. These chaperone spots are not a part of the 15 student spots. As of right now, Lindsay will be attending as the female chaperone, but that is dependent on family circumstances at that time.
  • Students and chaperones will need to have a TB test prior to turning in our student forms to Youth Works. A current test within the last 2 years will suffice.

Lindsay’s Youth Ministry Update – July 2015

Early on July 13, St. John’s will be sending 15 high school students and 3 adult leaders to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit.

Our students will join tens of thousands of other high school students from around the country for faith formation and service. During this 5-day event our students will have the opportunity to “explore and strengthen their faith by studying God’s word, serving their neighbor, sharing bread and wine in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God’s world and diverse communities through travel. “They will do all of this with students from around the country who share their commitment and faith in Christ.

There have been a lot of questions about why this year’s Gathering is in Detroit. The answer is simple. It is where we are needed. It is where we can serve our neighbor. As a church, we are called into the world to serve others and the city of Detroit is in need of our service.

This year’s theme is Rise Up Together. Rise up with our students. Pray for them and the city of Detroit. Consider making a donation to the Gathering, such as sending gift cards with the students to help stimulate the economy in Detroit. For more info:

Send Off
We’ll have a sending for the students on Sunday, July 12, at worship. Join us!

Help the City of Detroit
St. John’s Women of the ELCA are collecting disposable diapers, wipes, and gift cards for Target or Walmart to send with the students as part of a way to give back to the city of Detroit. Bring items to worship on July 12 or to the office before then.

June Youth Events


Good Earth Village Confirmation Camp, Spring Valley, MN – parents take kids down and pick up, Sunday, June 14– Friday, June 19


Camp connections allow each person to explore and play in a nurturing environment, which leads to a stronger faith foundation, discovering personal gifts, developing new skills, as well as building life-long relationships. June Outlaw Ranch Confirmation Class Trip, Black Hills of SD, Leave Friday, June 19 and return Friday, June 26.


This VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Plus, kids walk away with a rock-solid faith that they can rely on God when life gets tough. Join our climbing team ! June 22-26, more info at

Confirmation Camp 2015

Confirmation Summer Camp 2015 registration is due November 15, 2014! See below for more information.

Why go to camp? This is the best youth ministry program of the church. It is a week away from home, sometimes the first time for many of the students, so it is a real step in maturity and growth, an important stage of life. There is no place in the church or society that you get a week like this. You learn about Christian community, you experience Jesus Christ, and you study the Bible. In a unique way you learn what it means to serve, as each camper participates in community life, worship planning, campfire building, cooking, dishes, and camp duties. You live in cabin groups for the week with a trained college-aged camp counselor who just happens to be the best faith mentor that the youth of our church can find. I mean they have decided to spend the summer doing the Lord’s work, often times giving up well-paying jobs so they can live and breathe camp, work with our youth and follow the path of service and mission and ministry in Jesus’ name. You can’t beat it.

As campers you get to do all kinds of adventurous things. You will also get to participate in invigorating games of eliminator on the volleyball court, or just hang near the canteen, learn songs, or tie friendships bracelets. On one night you may even play Alpha Wolf. At camp we follow the camp’s Bible study for the week. There are usually campers from around the 4-5 state area as well so our youth meet other youth from other churches. This is cool. Often times they are texting each other before they even get to the first town on the day that we leave camp. Some of these camper and counselor relationships have lasted a lifetime and even fostered calls into the full-time ministry like with us pastors and youth ministers.

We highly recommend that students go to camp following their 7th grade year, as in the summer of 8th grade year it is the Kasson-Mantorville school-sponsored class trip to Washington, DC. We ask students to attend at least one week of camp during their 7th and 8th grade years of confirmation.

Before camp, on our adventure, we will usually leave early enough before camp starts so that we can do some site seeing and explore the area before camp starts, get aquatinted a little better, and share in some spiritual enrichment and faith growth time as a group.

Now doesn’t this sound like something that you just can’t pass up? More information will follow. We will need parents to volunteer to either lend their larger Suburban- or minivan-sized vehicles for us to drive in order to save money or volunteer to drive out and spend the week with us.

Approximate Dates for camps:

  • Outlaw Ranch Class Trip, Black Hills of SD, Leave Friday, June 19 and return Friday, June 26.
  • Good Earth Camp, Spring Valley (SE), MN – parents take kids down and pick up, Sunday, June 14– Friday, June 19

We will also host Fundraisers once we have commitments as to who is going to camp.

Scholarships are available.

What do you do now?” Register! Register today! Don’t delay! We need to have you pay the upfront deposit first to commit to going. And then we will work with you in order to raise the remainder of the funds. As a last resort, through the pastors of the church, if help is still needed, the camp always extends half fee scholarships to families in need. Registration is due by November 15, 2014. Fill this form out and attach your $150 deposit. Make the check out to “St. John’s Lutheran.” If it makes it easier, you can write in your charge card info and the camp can charge your deposit to you account.

Hoping you can be a part of this trip! Excited for summer 2015, Pastor Randy, and the St. John’s CYF Team

The Youth World at St. John’s

BenNicholasIt has been a busy summer for the youth! We’ve traveled and served in San Juan, TX (check out our blog posts), drove up to Superior, WI and canoed the length of the Brule River, traveled to Flathead, MT for confirmation camp, and headed over to Wisconsin Dells for our 6th-8th grade “Action Packed Week!” This fall we are cruisin’ along in full gear and have several activities planned! Starting the school year with “Rise up Rochester” which will be a mini-youth gathering with a projection of over 100-150 9th-12th graders! This event will happen on September 20th and will be held at The Place (Boys and Girls Club of Rochester) from 5:30-10:30 p.m. By request of our youth we will also be going to Valley Scare on October 11th and will be participating in Box City on Halloween night. The biggest event of the year that we will be preparing for is the ELCA National Youth Gathering happening in Detroit, MI on July of 2015!

Please pray for us and/or join us for the following events:

  • September 14th Youth Car Wash @ Church
  • September 20th Rise Up Rochester
  • October 11th Valley Scare
  • October 30th Box City

In Faith,

Ben Nicholas