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Awesome participation in Middle School MOE

Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) had another successful “thank you/appreciation” at the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on May 16. Again, all food and beverages were donated by volunteers and we had an awesome number of people at the school bright and early to thank our teachers. Included in this group were many 8th grade confirmation students and their group guides. These 8th grade boys not only brought food but parked themselves at all the doors to welcome everyone. It was a wonderful quick morning, so appreciated, and this is a great service that we do for those who serve others. Thank you to all our volunteers, including our office staff and custodian.

At this time, our next MOE is planned for September. Stay tuned for details!

Summer is Almost Here

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Youth Ministry Coordinator

The summer is fast approaching and we have many opportunities to take part in as the weather warms up!

  • Summer worship on Sunday mornings at 9 am (one service) will begin on Sunday, May 28. Our Wednesday evening worship will move outdoors beginning on June 7 (we will not have worship on May 31) with a time change to 6:30 pm. Come join us around our brand new fire pit care of Eagle Scout candidate, John Kllinkhammer.
  • We will be celebrating our graduating seniors at worship on Sunday, May 21 at both services, as well as on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:15 pm. Come celebrate this milestone with us!
  • Community baccalaureate will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church of Kasson.
  • Our high school discipleship retreat for 8th-12th grade students has been moved to June 16th-18. This retreat will take place at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch near Stewartville. Cost is $50, which includes zip line, challenge course, and all meals. Space is limited.
  • This year’s Vacation Bible School will be held June 19-23 from 8:30am-11:30am. Our theme this year is Dr. Seuss! Come have some wild fun with us! Sign-up at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs or in the office.
  • Good Earth Village is offering two family camps this summer: Family Camp (July 28-30) and Grand Camp (July 5-7). More information available at www.goodearthvillage.org.
  • Our middle school day camp, Action Packed Day Camp returns this year for 5th-8th graders. This camp is planned for July 10-13, 9am-3pm (at least one day will end around 6pm). Cost for this week of constant action is $50. Schedule of activities and sign-up available soon. Space is limited to 25 students.

Kasson-Mantorville Middle School MOE on May 16

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be to the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This will be an early morning celebration, and we will meet at St. John’s at 7:00 am and hustle off to the Middle School to get set-up for them before their meeting at 7:30 am. You can either meet at the church or be at the school by 7:15 am. We will thank all the middle school personnel, about 65-70 people. Sign up to attend and/or bring food online or there are paper sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center. We will show our appreciation for all those who are teaching and working with our students so plan to join us. This is open to any volunteer to attend and/or donate food. Any questions, contact Ardis Grovdahl at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Free AGAPE* Concert

On Wednesday, May 17, 7-9 pm (after worship), AGAPE* will be joining us at St. John’s for a FREE evening of music and storytelling. We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers only, please) for our Food for Friends program.

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in Spanish to connect with his listeners in a way that they really “get it.” His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. Even those who do not normally enjoy hip-hop find themselves dancing to his music and captivated by his unique presentation of the Gospel.

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KM Middle School MOE on May 16

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Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be to the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This will be an early morning celebration, and we will meet at St. John’s at 7:00 am and hustle off to the Middle School to get set-up for them before their meeting at 7:30 am. You can either meet at the church or be at the school by 7:15 am. We will thank all the middle school personnel, about 65-70 people. Sign up to attend and/or bring food online or there are paper sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center. We will show our appreciation for all those who are teaching and working with our students so plan to join us. This is open to any volunteer to attend and/or donate food. Any questions, contact Ardis Grovdahl at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Our quilting ministry

We blessed the quilts at worship on April 30 and May 3.

The women of St. John’s started quilting for the season on November 9, 2016. Thanks to help from our custodian, Evan, and Mark (in Evan’s absence), the Fellowship Hall is transformed into a quilting room every Wednesday. Women begin arriving 7:30-8:00 am and stay as  long as they wish. Usually everything is cleaned up and put away by noon. Our attendance varies from 12-22.

You may have noticed the two totes in the hallway across from the office. One holds kits which contain enough blocks to make a 60″x80″ quilt top and can be taken home, sewed together, and returned to the second tote when completed.

On Wednesday mornings the women put the tops together along with a back and a filler. hese are tied with contrasting yarn. When tied, the edges are pinned together and ready to be zig-zagged.

So far this season we have completed approximately 160 large quilts and 65 smaller ones. Recipients of these quilts have included: Dodge Board & Lodge, Christmas Care & Share Boxes, Habitat for Humanity, Refugee Resettlement, Salvation Army, Hope Lodge, Dorothy Day House, Next Chapters Ministry, Families First of MN, Birthright, Family Promise, Lutheran World Relief, and various local disasters and fundraisers. Each child baptized at St. John’s has received a small quilt.

Thank you to everyone who has donated sheets and fabric and has sewn together the blocks. We are grateful to Thriven Action money which helps in the purchase of the filler.

Quilts may be purchased for $25 (small) or $50 (large). You may contact the office or any quilter to purchase.

We blessed the quilts at worship on April 30 and May 3.

We blessed the quilts at worship on April 30 and May 3.

Free AGAPE* Concert

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On Wednesday, May 17, 7-9 pm (after Wednesday night worship), AGAPE* will be joining us at St. John’s for a FREE evening of music and storytelling. We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers only, please) for our Food for Friends program.

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in Spanish to connect with his listeners in a way that they really “get it.” His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. Even those who do not normally enjoy hip-hop find themselves dancing to his music and captivated by his unique presentation of the Gospel. You can find more information here.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The entire community is invited to join us at St. John’s on Sunday, April 9 at 3 pm for an Easter Egg Hunt.

We’ll be here rain or shine!! (Inside if it rains.)

We’ll also need help filling and hiding eggs. Let Amanda know if you can help. Contact her at amanda@stjohnskasson.org.

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A Dr. Seuss VBS

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

Volunteers needed!

Grade 5 through adults are needed to help provide this fun week. Click here to sign up.

Next MOE – Kasson Firefighters April 3

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Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) will be thanking the Kasson Firefighters for the service they do at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 3. We will meet at St. John’s at 6:15 pm and proceed to the Kasson Fire Hall. They have their meeting and evening meal together so we will bring their meal to them. If you would like to join us and/or donate food or supplies, please see the sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center or in the office. Mary Adam and Ardis Grovdahl are co-leading this ministry and if you have any questions or need information, you can email Ardis at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Adult Fellowship Meeting with Kasson Police Chief

Please join Adult Fellowship on Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. We will be meeting with Kasson Police Chief Kent Berghuis for his presentation “Divulge Not.” He will be sharing information about what is happening in the Kasson vicinity & what to be aware of with regard to best safety practices

Senior Christmas Worship & Luncheon

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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!

2016 Trunk or Treat

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We had a great time partnering with Kasson-Mantorville Community Education for Trunk or Treat this year! While they passed out candy inside, we set up in the parking lot with costumes, decorated trunks, and non-candy treats.

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Dodge County Cardboard Box City Fundraiser

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As temperatures here in Minnesota are dropping, many of us look forward to sweatshirts and hot chocolate to keep warm, but the reality is that over 9,000 individuals in Minnesota are homeless, no matter what the temperature outside is. Of those, 23% are under the age of 18. In an effort to raise money to benefit programs for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in Dodge County, and to raise awareness about this problem right here at home, we’ll be joining with other groups in Dodge County for a “Cardboard Box City” on Friday, October 28, 2016.

What is a Cardboard Box City?

Participants set up their cardboard box shelter outside and spend the night. Their experience will give them a small taste of what it’s like to be without a safe, warm place to sleep at night and be a visual reminder to those in the community about the existence of homelessness right here in Dodge County.

How can you participate?

Register now to participate.

The event is:
Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center
Set up begins at 4 pm, registration 4-6 pm

  • There is a $25 per person registration fee. The goal is for every person who registers for this event to raise $100 besides the registration fee. We will have prizes for the most money raised so get as many donations as you can! Proceeds will go toward Dodge County SEMCAC’s special projects.
  • Make your own cardboard shelter (or a group shelter for extra warmth). A heavy box makes for a warmer shelter. You will need to clean your site and recycle your box at the end of the event.
  • Bring a warm sleeping bag, pillow, and clear packing tape. Bring a mat or two to keep you off the ground. It is also a good idea to use a tarp over your box to keep out wind and rain.
  • Recommended clothes to be worn in layers: warm cap that covers the ears, long underwear (top and bottom), warm long sleeve sweat shirt or sweater, warm windproof jacket (ski jacket or parka), warm pants, snow pants or ski pants to wear over regular pants, wool or synthetic material socks (wear two or three pair at once), boots, loose fitting and waterproof, mittens. Tight clothing/boots make you colder!
  • Set up of cardboard boxes can happen earlier than 4 pm if you’d like.
  • Event T-shirts will be on sale for $15 ($20 for long sleeves). Proceeds will go to SEMCAC.
  • Families can participate together.
  • Everything will be held outside except the meals will be served in the church fellowship hall.
  • Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Please don’t bring snacks to help us make this event more realistic for the youth.
  • Soup supper will be served between 6 & 7 pm in the church.
  • Participants will be in “bed” by 11 pm.
  • A simple breakfast will be served at 7:30 am in the church fellowship hall.
  • You can pick up your child after they have helped clean up. (between 8:30-9)

Trunk or Treat 2016

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This year’s Trunk or Treat will be held at the Kasson-Mantorville Community Education building on October 30, 3:30-5:30 pm. We are partnering with KMCE and other area congregations to host this fun event! If you would like to help out by decorating your trunk or donating non-food prizes, please sign up on the youth board or talk with Amanda.

All prizes and treats will be non-food as we are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can learn more about this project, which allows students with allergies and diabetes to also have a safe place to trick-or-treat, at tealpumpkinproject.org.

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