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Giving Tree

There will be a variety of giving opportunities this holiday season on our giving tree in the narthex. Ornaments with ELCA Good Gifts items will be available, gift cards to resupply our Good Samaritan Fund, and a local family to support this Christmas. All items should be turned into the office no later than Sunday, December 23. Any checks should be made out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Items for the local family should not be wrapped. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Any questions may be directed to Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org

KM Ministerial Association on October 11

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be held October 11 at 10:00 am for the Kasson Mantorville Ministerial Association. This group of local ministers meet regularly to provide/discuss support, ideas, and plans that benefit our entire community. We will meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and travel together to the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. Please sign up on the sheets at the Welcome Center to bring in food and other items for this MOE, and to let us know you will be attending. See you then and blessings to all. Questions, call Mary Adam at (507) 696-8469 or Ardis Grovdahl at (507) 634-7644.

Made Known Event for Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Sunday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm St. John’s will host “Made Known,” an event to connect parents who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant with one another and with our community. All of God’s children are known and loved. Contact Lindsay with any questions at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org.

Fall Fest

On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration.

We’re also looking for some volunteers and some items to borrow for the event. If you can help out, sign up here!

Gearing up for fall

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

The leaves have been turning new colors and we all know that means! Fall is just around the corner!

Still time to register for fall
We’re gearing up to start Sunday School and Oasis Programming the week of September 13. Families are still able to register online at stjohnkasson.org/lifelong-learning or in the office.

Volunteers still needed
We are still looking for volunteers to help out by teaching Sunday School or Oasis classes. We wouldn’t be able to do these ministries without our fabulous volunteers. Please consider helping to pass on the stories of our faith to our students. You can contact me (Amanda) for more info: (507) 634-7110 ext 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org. You can also sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in the Narthex.

Fall Fest
On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hotdogs, chips and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration. Opportunities to volunteer lend us some items are available here.

Opportunities to serve the community with Meals on Wheels

St. John’s members generously volunteer their time one week every six weeks to deliver meals in our community through the Meals on Wheels program. Each day of that week the deliveries take about an hour. The other five weeks volunteers from other congregations do the deliveries.

We are currently looking for a leader who can make a few phone calls if there are volunteer slots left to fill (sometimes 1-2 days need help getting filled). We’re also always welcoming more volunteers to help deliver meals. We train you, you sign up as you are available, and it’s a one-day-at-a-time commitment. St. John’s next week to deliver is September 24-28. Sign up on the calendar at the Welcome Center or in the office.

If you can help with either role, contact Ardis Grovdahl (temporary coordinator) at (507) 634-7644 or grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or speak with Sheryl in the office.

Family Fun Night June 20

It’s that time of year – time for a neighborhood party! Come out and bring a friend or neighbor along to this year’s FREE Family Fun Night. Food, root beer floats, face painting, games, songs by the VBS kids, a cake walk, and more.

Wednesday, June 20
5-8 pm
Here at St. John’s

Now collecting for Ready, Set, Learn

St. John’s is a collection site for the Dodge County “Ready, Set, Learn” program to provide school supplies for children in need. Donations accepted in the Narthex beginning June 3.

  • backpacks (large preferred)
  • glue sticks (washable, small)
  • 2-pocket folders (blue, green, red, yellow)
  • washable markers (wide or narrow)
  • spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled; blue, green, red, yellow)
  • #2 pencils (12 packs)
  • pencil pouches/boxes
  • highlighters (wide or narrow)
  • pens (black or blue)
  • composition books (wide or college ruled).

Anyone wishing to apply for supplies can download one here (Word or PDF) or pick one up in the office.

Applications are due by July 27.

Questions: contact Tanya Young at (316) 390-5368 or tyoung8550@yahoo.com.

Serving our community

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Happy Easter! The resurrection of Jesus was no joke! The promise of forgiveness and everlasting life is what we live into this Easter Season. In First Communion classes during March, we talked about our responsibility to serve others. In the sacrament of Holy Communion, we are strengthened to serve and share our gifts with others. How do you use your gifts to serve your neighbors and community?

Since summer is just around the corner we want to make sure you know about our annual Vacation Bible School in June. You can register online at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs or grab a form from the office. Please register by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Super Hero VBS

St. John’s Lutheran, Kasson MN
June 18-22 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Ages 3 through 4th grade
(2017-2018 school year)
We are offering early drop-off (7:00-8:15 am), late pick-up (11:45 am-12:30 pm, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. For questions, contact Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507)634-7110 ext. 14.

MOE to Prairie Meadows

Next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) recognition visit is to Prairie Meadows on Tuesday, February 6. Prairie Meadows, located here in Kasson, is a residence for senior citizens. Some residents enjoy independent living. Others receive daily care that extends through the end of life including memory care. We will be recognizing the complete 24 hour staff (50-60 people). Help by joining us to thank them in person and/or contribute treats or supplies. Sign up at the Welcome Center. For those coming on our short visit, we’ll meet inside St. John’s at 10:15 am and leave as a group. Contact Mary Adam at (507) 696-8469 or adam.mary.ma@gmail.com with questions. Ardis Grovdahl, co-chair of this group, may also help answer your questions.

Care & Share Auction

Adult Fellowship is encouraging everyone to come & support†the Care & Share Auction on November 16 at the new location right here at St. John’s. This is such a great way to help the community make the holidays a little brighter for folks in need right here in the Kasson-Mantorville area.

Trunk or Treat

St. John’s will be a part of KM Community Ed’s Community Trick or Treating on Sunday, October 29 from 3:30-5:00 pm. We’ll be doing a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. Decorate your vehicle and come on out! Our trunks will have non-food treats to allow children with allergies and diabetes to also have a safe place to trick-or-treat. Questions? Talk to Amanda amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110.

School supplies needed

Ready Set Learn  Back to School is a program that is offering backpacks and school supplies to qualified recipients. It started in 2007, and has grown ever since. In the 2016 school year we were able to serve approximately 345 kids, helping prepare them with school supplies for the upcoming year. We now have a committee of 10 dedicated individuals from the community that our passionate about making this continue to strive. We run on donations from the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. We wouldn’t be able to make it without these generous donations.

We are accepting donations now through August 6 both at St. John’s and at the Kasson ShopKo.

Items needed include:

  • Backpacks – Large
  • Glue Sticks – Small
  • 2 – Pocket Folders (Blue, Green, Red, Yellow)
  • Markers – Washable, Narrow or Wide
  • Notebooks – Wide-ruled, spiral, one subject, colors: blue, green, red, yellow
  • #2 Pencils 12-pack
  • Pencil Pouches – Zippered
  • Highlighters – Any Color Wide or Narrow
  • Pens – Blue or Black
  • Composition Notebooks – Wide or College ruled

We are also having a “Stuff The Bus” Event July 19 from 4-9 pm at the Dodge County Fair to fill St. John’s Big Blue Bus with supplies!

Mark Your Calendar: Annual Brat & Pie Social August 17, 5-7 pm

Join us for this annual night to get out and enjoy food, friends, and music! Brats, hotdogs, chips, & beverage for a small charge provided by Adult Fellowship. Pie & ice cream provided by WELCA for a small charge. Don & Peggy Holtan are back with their “Old Time” musical selections.