Ugandan Kids Choir to perform at St. John’s

Come Experience a little Africa! Childcare Worldwide presents: The Ugandan Kids Choir Sunday, July 16 at 6 pm at St. John’s. They will be singing, dancing, and sharing their stories of hope through Jesus Christ. There ages range from 8-12 years old, with a total of 10 children and 3-4 adults. Some of you may remember them from when they were here in 2015. Come enjoy an uplifting evening. A freewill donation will be taken for the choir. Also, we will be collecting donations for Ready, Set, Learn.

There will be a cookie reception after the concert to have fellowship and meet the children.

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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.

Family Fun Night June 21

Come on out and bring a friend or neighbor! We’ll once again host a Family Fun Night as a way for our community to get together and have some fun! Food, face painting, games, balloons, songs by the VBS kids, and more!

Wednesday, June 21
5-8 pm
Here at St. John’s

We need a few helpers! If you can help set up, clean up, or welcome people (be near games, serve food, etc.) sign up here.

Trunk or Treat 2016

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


Service Project: Highway Cleanup

The monthly service project for October is Highway Clean-up on Saturday, October 8. We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and work until noon. Everyone is welcome – any age, member or non-member, any involvement in the congregation! It’s a great family activity. Just bring work gloves and wear your old clothes and sturdy shoes. We’ll provide safety vests for all. Let us know if you’re coming by signing up at the Welcome Desk or email

Brat & Pie Social August 18

Join us on Thursday, August 18 for the Annual Brat and Pie Social at St. John’s. The entire community is invited. Don and Peggy Holtan will be playing their “Old Time” musical selections from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Fellowship group will be cooking up and serving brats and hot dogs along with chips and beverages for a small charge. WELCA ladies will be serving pie and ice cream for a free will offering. Everyone is invited to join us for a fun social get-together with good food and great music! Be sure to invite a friend!

2016 Family Fun Night coming up July 28

Are you part of a family? Do you like fun? Then you should plan to join us Thursday, July 28, 2016 for St. John’s annual Family FUN Night!

The night will be filled with fun activities for all ages – bouncy house for the kids, food, prizes, classic car and tractor show, and much more. The entire event is FREE and open to the entire community.

The fun will start at 6 pm and wrap up about 8 pm.

We are looking for some volunteers. If you can help out, click here.


All around the community this summer!

Plan to join us for:

  • Vacation Bible School
    June 20-24
    Ages 3-4th grade
  • Family Fun Night
    July 28
    Fun for all!
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    August 1-5
    Grades 5-8

Community events including:

  • National Night Out
  • Festival in the Park
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Marigold Days


An easy way to pray & bless each day

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko, AIM
CYF Ministry Development Coordinator

Over the past few months Lindsay and I have been walking through the Faith 5. We’ve learning about sharing highs and lows, reading a Bible verse or story and talking about the Bible reading as it relates to our highs and lows.

This month we’ll be looking at the last two steps of Faith 5 – prayer and blessing.

Pray. Take your highs and lows to God in prayer: 1) Thank and praise Jesus for the highs; 2) Ask the Holy Spirit’s help with the lows; 3) Close in Jesus’ name.

Bless. Close your evening with a simple blessing. Trace a cross on each other’s foreheads while saying – “You are a blessed Child of God.”

Even if your family was to do these last two steps each day, imagine how it might change your perspective.  Taking our excitement and worries to God calms the soul. And the daily reminder that you belong to God can empower you and your children to live like Jesus every day!

Learn more at and on the bookmarks at the Welcome Center or in the office.


10 Minutes to Stay Connected to God

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Last month Amanda began walking us through the Faith 5 by looking closely at the first step: Share highs and lows. This month we will take a closer look at the next two steps in the Faith 5: 2. Read a Bible verse or story and 3. Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows.

Read. Explore the power of God’s Word. Reading Bible stories as a part of bedtime routine can enrich a child’s faith, emotional health, and spiritual imagination.

Talk. What happens when God’s Word is applied to the highs and lows of each day? What does it do to a child, a parent, a family to come together nightly seeking God’s wisdom and will?

Ten minutes feels unattainable in the midst of busy schedules. I know that in my own home trying to get ten minutes to quietly talk with my husband while wrangling a very active toddler feels practically impossible. And yet, somehow we figure out a way to at least once a week take time to do these things.

God’s place in our lives is important at every age. These steps are a simple way to help us stay connected to one another and to God.
Learn more at and on the bookmarks at the Welcome Center or in the office.

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!

Teaching Faith at Home

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

I recently attended a conference at Luther Seminary that concentrated on Martin Luther as a pastoral theologian, meaning how Luther functioned as a pastor and how he taught people about their faith. Luther was a big advocate of empowering parents to teach their children about faith. Our goal at St. John’s is similar; we want to empower families and parents to teach and learn together. Most people are only in church for two hours a week, at most, which means they need engagement with the Bible and their faith outside the church walls. Where do you start? The Faith 5 from Faith Inkubators, the curriculum that we use with our confirmation students, is an excellent starting point and can be done in your home every night, no matter your age. We will be talking more about how to share our faith and how to make these discipleship practices part of our everyday lives. For now, here is a good place to start.

  1. Share highs and lows of the day.
  2. Read a Bible verse or story.
  3. Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs & lows.
  4. Pray for one another’s highs & lows.
  5. Bless one another.

Learn more at and watch for the bookmarks with the Faith 5 that we have available at St. John’s!

Prepare your heart for Christmas at the Advent Festival

AdventFestial2015The store aisles are telling us that Christmas is here. The Christian church, however, is just preparing to turn the page to a season of preparation before Christmas arrives. This season is called Advent. St. John’s, invites you to their annual Advent Festival to kick off the season. The free event will take place Sunday, November 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Participants will have a chance to create their own paper link chain “Countdown to Christmas” with an act of kindness for each day leading up to Christmas. While waiting for Christmas day, families will be able to share gifts and kindness with their community.  There will also be other fun activities for all ages including a cake walk, sing-a-long, lighting of the Christmas trees, a Christmas tree silent auction, and refreshments. It will be a great afternoon of fun, seasonal activities, and time with friends and neighbors.

“The Advent Festival is about looking beyond the consumerism of Christmas,” says Amanda Sabelko, the Children, Youth, & Family Development Director at St. John’s. “It’s a celebration of the beginning of Advent and remembering what Christmas is about – preparing for Christ.”

This family-friendly event has something for all ages. The congregation at St. John’s invites the entire community to come celebrate Advent, the season of preparing for Christmas.