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Palm Sunday – April 9
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Blended worship at 10:15 am

No Wednesday Worship – April 12

Maundy Thursday – April 13
Worship followed by a luncheon at 11 am
Worship with First Communion at 6:30 pm

Good Friday – April 14
Worship at 6:30 pm

Easter Sunday
Sunrise blended worship at 6:30 am
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Traditional worship at 10:15 am

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.

Easter Egg Hunt

Order Easter Lilies by March 22

The confirmation students are selling Easter lilies to decorate the church building for Easter Sunday. You may purchase lilies – one for $15 or two for $25 – from any confirmation student. Proceeds from the sales will help pay for confirmation camp. Orders are due by March 22.

First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who donated candy, filled eggs, volunteered, participated, and invited for the first annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! We had about 200 community members join us despite the snow!
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Journey to the Cross – Holy Week Worship

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Palm/Passion Sunday
March 20-27, 2016
8:00 am & 10:15 am
You are invited to journey through the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with his celebratory entrance into Jerusalem and ending with his death on the cross five days later. We’ll use a combination of music, slides and readings, as the entire congregation participates in the story of those final days. You will then be ready to delve deeper into those final hours with the Seder Meal on Wednesday and the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services later that week.

Seder Meal & Worship
March 23
6:30 pm
Read more about the Seder Meal, a Jewish tradition, here. It is helpful to know how many people to plan for, so be sure to check out the RSVP info and sign up to bring something if you’re able to help out.

Maundy Thursday
March 24
11:00 am & 6:30 pm
We remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. At the 6:30 pm service, our 4th graders celebrate their First Communion!

Good Friday
March 25
6:30 pm
We remember the darkness of the crucifixion.

Easter Sunday
March 27
6:30 am, 8:00 am, & 10:15 am
We celebrate the resurrection during an Easter morning celebration! The 6:30 am sunrise service will lead us from the dark of the tomb to the light of Easter with a blended worship style. The 8:00 am and 10:15 am services will be traditional services.

The New Life of Easter

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Christ is risen!
He is Risen Indeed!

With these words comes the challenge to embrace our lives with hope, faith, vitality, and life. Spring, the season of new life, is just around the corner. As is Easter. Easter is about the new life that comes from the risen Christ. In baptism we say that you and I went through a type of regeneration. Imagine the butterfly – the creature inside the cocoon emerges a new being, a beautiful butterfly, free to wander and fly.

Recently I completed training in a way of doing vision work called “Appreciative Inquiry.” I hope that this helps me be a better and more encouraging person and pastor. I hope that it helps our congregation. Often we get stuck in the negative doldrums of our lives. We can all be more affirming. This is about the affirmation and transformation that God has made in baptism. We emerge at Easter as new beings in Christ.

We were asked to walk with Jesus several times while I was taking this training. It was a time for silence, for listening for God’s direction. We were asked about God’s purpose for our lives, to discern in our souls where God was taking us, our ministries, and the church we serve. We were invited to close our eyes and to see an image of what God may be presenting. My image was a butterfly.

As we come through Lent, I invite you to lean forward to the resurrection, the new life that we have in Christ. Consider with me, what is you purpose in life? Where is God leading you? How might the butterfly be an image of hope for us in the coming season of Easter?

Join with us this month as we meet with Jesus, enter the streets of Jerusalem with Palm branches, eat supper with Jesus, and experience the sheer joy of his resurrection. Bring a friend. Tell the stories of your faith. Get out of the church walls. Jesus didn’t rise in the temple. He raised on the hills outside of the city walls.

Beautiful Blue Butterfly

St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt

At 10 am on Saturday, March 26, St. John’s will be holding a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Kids get to hunt for treats and we’ll have lemonade and snacks for kids and parents. The Easter Bunny may even stop by for a visit!  This is a community-wide event, so invite your neighbors and friends.

And we need your help. Please bring lots of small pieces of Easter candy to fill our plastic eggs. There is a drop box outside the office door. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, activities during the event and cleanup. Contact Pastor Dana (dana@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) if you are able to help.

Cluster of Painted Eggs

Holy Week Services

He is Alive

  • Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday Worship at 8:00 am & 10:15 am. Palm Sunday breakfast served by Youth & Family
  • Wednesday, April 1 – 6:30 pm Seder Meal and Worship (click for more info)
  • Maundy Thursday April 2 – Worship at 11:00 am (lunch following) & 6:30 pm First Communion Students take communion
  • Good Friday, April 3 – Worship service at 3:00 pm & 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday, April 5 – Sunrise Worship at 6:30 am, 8:00 am Traditional Worship, 10:15 am Blended Worship

 

Walking through Holy Week

RandyFettLet’s talk about Holy Week. Christians celebrate Holy Week in order to remember the steps that our Lord Jesus took to gain salvation for us. If you ask someone which week is the most important week of the year for the Christian, this is it. Some would say that it is Christmas. Christmas is just the beginning. Gospel writer John says that “the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.” We celebrate Jesus’ incarnation, God in the flesh with us, but the culmination of our faith, the grand celebration, is Holy Week. It’s  Jesus’ triumphal entry into the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and we claim this as Jesus’ institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, at the 3:00 hour, (stop for a moment to pray on Friday, April 3 to remember our Lord Jesus’  death on the cross), and it is Easter, celebrating Jesus’ triumph over sin, death, and the grave, Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb, (and so we proclaim “Hallelujah! Jesus lives! No more let sin and sorrow grow.”). Last year we added a remembrance of the Passover meal on Holy Wednesday, the actual meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, in a very special Seder worship service around the tables in the Fellowship Hall. This year we are asking for volunteers to make contributions for the specific foods of the Passover. Please make your reservation for the meal at the Welcome Center or in the office.

I encourage you to make use of the services of Holy Week, each of them, all of them. It is an important part of our Christian spiritual journey. And bring a friend to worship with you. Bring a guest family. As spring peaks its head around the corner and we experience warmer weather, many families will be firing up the barbecue for the first time and kids will be playing out in the streets. I was with my son and family recently. The weather was warm, and the whole neighborhood was out. I was amazed at how many people stopped by to chat. The gospels record that followers found the tomb of Jesus empty; they were greeted with good news that Jesus was raised. The coldness of Good Friday was over. The sun broke through on Easter morning. They could hardly wait to tell everyone that they met. It was the climax, the culmination of Holy Week. Things were now complete. Salvation had been won for us. Celebrate Holy Week as a family. Bring your friends.

Pastor Randy

Help Needed During Holy Week

We need for volunteers for serving Holy Communion, ushering, reading lessons, and greeting at each of the worship services. Sign up on the volunteer board in the Narthex or call the office – (507) 634-7110.