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Fall education program registration now available

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to think about fall! Registration is available online or in the office for:

  • Sunday School (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Education (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Afterschool (kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Club 56 (grades 5-6)
  • Confirmation (grades 7-8)

More information about each of these programs and links for registration is available at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning

Rummage Sale to support Education Ministries

The Education Commission’s Annual Rummage Sale is May 12-13. Check your closets for things to donate and mark your calendars to come shop!

We are accepting your unwanted treasures even after the start of the sale. You may put them in the marked space in the Youth Room at the end of the Education wing (follow the signs). NO electronics or furniture, please.

Come to shop Friday, May 12, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

All proceeds will benefit St. John’s education programs. Than you for your donations and your purchases!

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

At St. John’s we believe that faith formation is ongoing and for all ages.

  • Sunday School or Oasis Education (Wednesday evenings) – 3-year-old through 4th grade students gather to learn about God and grow in their faith
  • Club 56 – (Sunday morning or Wednesday evenings) – 5th and 6th graders gather to learn about God and grown in their faith
  • Oasis Afterschool – faith-based programming after school for kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Confirmation – 7th & 8th grade programming, confirmation celebration is held for 9th graders
  • Adult Education – various opportunities are offered throughout the year. Always check news and the webpage for what’s coming up!

If cost is keeping you from participating in any of St. John’s educational opportunities, download the Education Scholarship Form.

 

September is here already!

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

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

Here you will find a few key dates to mark on your calendar for the whole family!

Start Dates –

Confirmation: September 7
Oasis Afterschool & Education and Club 56: September 14
Sunday School/Club 56: September 18
Details & registration in the office or at http://stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning/.

Adult Education: September 21 Introduction to the Bible Weds. Sept. 21, 28, & Oct. 5, 7–8 pm. All adults are invited to participate in a 3-week introduction to the Bible. This will be held in conjunction with confirmation classes.
Details, as they are available, will be available at http://stjohnskasson.org/adult-education/.

Small Group Ministry: There have been a few families with the idea of starting a small group for parents. This could be a place to learn about your faith and how to start conversations with kids about their faith. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Please contact Amanda – details, as they are available, will be at http://stjohnskasson.org/adult-education/.

For more information, visit the links above or contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 ext. 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org.

St. John’s Seeking Children’s Ministry Assistant for School Year

Now Hiring

This position has been filled. 

We’re looking for a Children’s Ministry Assistant to assist the Children, Youth and Family Team in providing age appropriate experiences for children in Oasis Afterschool and Education Ministries. This position is roughly 3-5 hours a week on Wednesday afternoons and occasionally additional weeknight or weekend meetings or activities.

Download the full job description for the Children’s Ministry Assistant.

What we were up to last month

What we were up to last month:

In May the Education Commission hosted their annual rummage sale. Over $1,400 was raised for Christian Education opportunities through St. John’s. Thank you to all who donated, bought, promoted, and worked at this year’s sale!

A lot of stuff came in for the rummage sale!

A lot of stuff came in for the rummage sale!

 

More than 30 young people in the St. John’s family are graduating from high school this spring. Those students have an opportunity to be part of a quilt milestone ministry to commemorate this time in their life and remind them that the people of St. John’s continue to pray for them. This year 17 seniors participated in this project.

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! You are in our prayers always.

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! You are in our prayers always.

 

First Communion Classes

We will be hosting First Communion classes for 4th graders (or any student who missed it previously). Parents are also welcome to attend!

Classes will be Wednesdays, February 24, March 2, March 9, and March 16, 2016, from 3:45-4:45 pm. Students must attend all sessions. Students who do not attend Oasis Afterschool are welcome to ride the Blue Bus from school to St. John’s on these days at no charge. Contact Amanda if interested – amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110 ext. 14.

There will be a First Communion Service on Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 6:30 pm.

Download the information and registration form and return the registration to the office by February 24.

Miss Amanda’s Musings – September 2015

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

September is here already! September 13 marks the restart of Faith Formation for all ages!

Start Dates –

Sunday School: September 13
Oasis Afterschool & Education: September 16
Confirmation: September 16
Details & registration for each of these in the office or at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning

Adult Education: September 20
Adult Education is faith formation designed for High School, Young Adult, and Adults. This fall we will start out with a series of presentations by local artists. Each will speak about their particular art and how their art is impacted by their faith.
Details, as they are available, will be available at www.stjohnskasson.org/adult-education.

Faith-Full Parenting: September 16
A parent-group hosted by Amanda. We will cover topics that are important for parenting today; including social media and internet safety.
Details, as they are available, will be available at www.stjohnskasson.org/adult-education.

For more information, follow the links above or contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 ext. 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Miss Amanda’s Musings – June 2015

AmandaHagenThank you, thank you, thank you to all of our Faith Formation volunteers this past year! From our Sunday and Oasis teachers to our adult education leaders, and confirmation guides we could not have gotten through this whole year without your support and dedication to the faith life of our congregation and its visitors.  Thank you also to Cresta Melcher and Angie Moore for your work with the Oasis Meals.  We have been truly blessed by your service over the last three years!

Vacation Bible School

This June 22-26th at St. John’s we will be learning about God’s Mighty Power as we trek to Mount Everest!  From 8:30 – 11:30 AM each day we will learn how God helps us conquer challenges in our lives!

Sign up today at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs or in the office.

3 years – 4th grade (2014-2015)

Cost: $25/child or $50/family

Each year Vacation Bible School students collect donations for a particular ministry.  This year we will be raising money to go toward the purchasing of 33 dozen bowls and spoons for the Friends of Christ Christian School of Bouyaha, Haiti.  Donate toward this project by bringing monetary gifts to the office or placing it in a special basket in the Narthex.

For questions contact Amanda!
amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110

Adult Study on Joy

“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart to stay.”

Join Pastor Randy for a 6-week adult study as we take a look at the book of Philippians. Using a study book, this will be a devotional Bible study with a focus on the life of Paul and new Christians in Philippi and life applications for Joy-filled living.

Sundays, October 12 – November 23
9:10 – 9:50 a.m.

Wednesdays, October 15 – November 19
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Considering a Bible Study?

biblestudyNow is a great time to connect to one or more of our Bible study groups. There are opportunities for both men and women at various times throughout the week and at different times of day and locations. WELCA Bible studies, Men’s breakfast studies, Women of Faith, a new Pastor-led Bible study starting this month, 2 x 4 (an offsite Men’s Group) – these are just some of the opportunities.