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Operation Christmas Child

Guess what time it is? IT IS SHOE BOX TIME! That’s right, Operation Christmas Child!

There are going to be a lot of exciting opportunities this year. We have started collecting supplies and empty shoe boxes in a bin in the Narthex marked Operation Christmas Child. (See below for a list of items to donate.)

Packing parties will start Wednesday, September 27 around 7 pm (after worship). They are scheduled every Wednesday and Sunday until November 11, with a few days off. If you or your group would be interested in doing a packing party, please Tanya Young know. We are open to doing them other days as well.

The 2nd annual parade will be held October 8 at 3:30 pm. We will collect supplies in the streets of Kasson with fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and St. John’s Blue Bus. Additional features will be in the parade, but you will have to wait to see what they are. Following the parade, we will meet back at the church for refreshments. Please consider walking or riding in the parade with us.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project!

For more information, contact Tanya Young at (316) 390-5368 tyoung8550@yahool.com.

Items to donate:

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books, glue sticks
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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!

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

Free AGAPE* Concert

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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Great Thankfulness Challenge response

Thank you to those who donated to our November Thankfulness Challenge community service opportunity! In total, St. John’s donated: about 15 fleece tie blankets, 50 decorated and filled breakfast bags, 2 big boxes of food and toiletries. The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester was very grateful!

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Story from recipient of Operation Christmas Child gift

occ-recipient-alex-nsengimanaA survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide shared his heartbreaking, but inspiring, story Saturday in Boise. Alex Nsengimana spoke to new immigrants from Africa about how he found light during a time in darkness.

He shared his experiences of living through Rwanda’s genocide when he was younger, witnessing the deaths of family members. Alex fled for his life and ended up in an orphanage.

The story he shared Saturday was about the gift he received from Operation Christmas Child while he was at that orphanage – a shoe box filled with school supplies and hygiene items.

“That was the very first time receiving a gift in my life, and I knew someone was thinking about me,” Nsengimana said. “When I was in high school I saw these boxes again. And I remembered what they did in my life. I went to pack more boxes myself.”

A few years ago, Nsengimana went back to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and brought back shoe box gifts to children at the same orphanage he grew up in.

He is spreading the message, and encouraging people to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

 

Operation Christmas Child Gift Suggestions

St. John’s is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child. Bring in your items or financial contributions now through November 13.

Suggested items:

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

QUESTIONS:  CONTACT TANYA YOUNG (316) 390-5368; OR TYOUNG8550@YAHOO.COM

 

Successful Operation Christmas Child Parade

On Sunday, October 9 we had a great parade to collect items for Operation Christmas Child.

We collected 6 filled shoe boxes, 430 items, and $49 in donations. KTTC came and talked to us about the event.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers that made this event a success including all the women in the circles, and Women of Faith Bible study that brought cookies.

We’re still collecting supplies through November 13. Find the list of items here.

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Needed: Ice cream pails

If you have any empty ice cream pails with lids that you could donate, please bring to the church office before October 20 to be used the week of the Lutefisk Dinner.

Operation Christmas Child 2016

This time of year we welcome contributions for Operation Christmas Child. Bring supplies and empty shoe boxes and leave in or next to the box in the narthex. A list of supplies is below.

And mark your calendar for October 9 for the St. John’s Lutheran Church Collection Parade & Festival! We’ll have a parade complete with fire trucks, ambulances, and police vehicles leaving St. John’s at 3:30 pm and following the route below. Friends and neighbors are all welcome to bring their supplies or completed shoeboxes out to the parade for collection or bring them to St. John’s through 5:30 pm that evening. Emergency vehicles will hang out at St. John’s after for a meet-and-greet – stop by, visit, and enjoy refreshments!

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Gift Suggestions

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

QUESTIONS:  CONTACT TANYA YOUNG (316) 390-5368; OR TYOUNG8550@YAHOO.COM

Thank you for contributions to the Dodge County Backpack Program

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Dodge County Backpack Program school supply drive! We collected a lot of supplies and over $415 (used for the purchase of bulk school supplies) to be distributed to students in need right here in Dodge County.

Distribution will be held on August 18 at. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson. If you or others you know cannot afford supplies to prep your children for this school year, please stop by!

Question? Talk to Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or 316-390-5368.

Supplies collected at St. John's.

Supplies collected at St. John’s.

 

Headquarters at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to sort and stuff backpacks.

Headquarters at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to sort and stuff backpacks.

Collecting food for Thanksgiving

We are collecting food for Thanksgiving to share with the families participating in the Food for Friends Backpack Program. Please join us by bringing in bags of stuffing, cans of vegetables, gravy mix or cans (no glass, please), potatoes, or money to purchase turkeys. You may place food items in the marked bin in the narthex or bring money to the office. Final day for donations is Sunday, November 22.

2015 Lutefisk Dinner

Lutefisk Poster 2015Thursday, October 22, 2015
Serving 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4 pm until all served
Bake Sale opens at 9 am
Adults – $16
Children (under 10) – $6  ?

  • Norwegian Cookie Bake – Oct. 12, 4:30-7 pm ?
  • Pizza Party at the last Lefse Bake – Oct. 14, 11:30 am, $4/person ?
  • Check your mail for donation letters ?
  • Consider an extra donation of baked goods for the bake sale. ?
  • Take-out meals can be pre-ordered beginning Oct 19 (call (507)634-7110). For day-of curbside pickup, call (507)993-3800.

Find all the news and information at www.stjohnskasson.org/lutefisk

Dodge County Backpack Program in need of school supplies

backpackThe Dodge County Backpack program is in need of the following supplies for students in need in Dodge County:

  • Sturdy backpacks
  • Pen (blue, black, red)
  • #2 pencils & mechanical pencils
  • Glue sticks & liquid school glue
  • Pink block-style erasers
  • 24 ct. crayons & 48 ct. crayons
  • 12 ct. colored pencils & 24 ct. colored pencils
  • Washable markers – fine & broad tip
  • Blunt & pointed tip school scissors
  • Pencil pouches/cases/boxes
  • Dry erase markers – fine and broad tip
  • Black Sharpie markers – fine and ultra fine
  • Folders – 2 pocket with and without prongs
  • Steno notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • 1 subject notebooks – wide & college rule
  • 3 subject notebooks – wide & college rule
  • Loose leave paper – wide & college rule
  • Basic & scientific calculators
  • 3×5 ruled index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Book covers

Drop your donations in the marked bin at St. John’s. Donations will be accepted through August 25.