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Backpacking Trip Highlights

Seventeen of our youth ranging from 14-18 years old took part in our summer youth trip to Sky Ranch Lutheran Bible Camp near Fort Collins, Colorado. They split into three hiking groups along with five of our wonderful adult volunteers to do some high wilderness backpacking for four days and three nights. These intrepid travelers hiked over seven miles a day, slept in tents in the mountains, and endured the ultimate experience of roughing it…and came back with smiles, stories, and an appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.

Check out some of the great experiences they had:

Join us for the Brat & Pie Social

Come out to join us for our annual Brat & Pie Social! St. John’s Adult Fellowship group will serve up a meal of hotdogs or brats, chips, and a drink for $2 (hot dogs) or $3 (brats). The WELCA ladies will be serving pie and ice cream for a freewill offering. And Don and Peggy Holtan are back with their “old time musical selections” for your entertainment. Enjoy a fun evening and bring some friends! Event is held rain or shine.

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.

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!

Anyone Need Help Decorating the Tree?

Pastor DanaPastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

As many of you have noticed, I have been trying to invite myself over to your house pretty much since the first day I arrived here in Kasson. So here is another of my unending attempts to visit you all in your homes.

Now, some of you know how much I love Christmas. I love pretty much everything about Christmas — both the secular and religious — from the most sublime Christmas music to the tackiest front yard decoration. I love the movies, the songs, the food, and all the different Christmas traditions that help make this season really special.

So I have this idea. If any of you have traditions that you would like me to see, or wish to start a new Christmas tradition — like inviting the associate pastor over to help decorate the tree — I am more than available.  And, if you do invite me over, I will bring my own contribution to place on your tree, and you don’t even have to feed me. (If you want, I’ll even help decorate your tree. I’m actually great with tree lights — although I am aware that some people are a bit possessive about their lights).

If, as you’re reading this, you’re wondering “is Dana trying to invite herself over during the Christmas season?” let me make this perfectly clear.  The answer is a shameless “yes!”  That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. I would love to see everyone’s Christmas decorations this season.  So don’t forget to ask me early before my schedule fills up. And a “Merry Christmas” to you all.

Relax with a Christmas Movie

The time before Christmas can be a busy and hectic one, but if you’re looking to slow down a bit and want to treat yourself to a classic Christmas movie, hot chocolate, Christmas goodies, and good company, join Pastor Dana at her home (506 7th Ave. NE, Kasson) for some classic Christmas movies. Each movie will start at 7 pm.

  • November 30 – Holiday Inn
  • December 7 – White Christmas
  • December 14 – The Bishop’s Wife
  • December 17 – It’s a Wonderful Life

You are all invited, and feel free to bring a friend.

Friday Roundup – November 20, 2015

Winter seems to have arrived, but not for the five families who spent last weekend at the Wilderness Lodge in Wisconsin Dells!

15 Operation Christmas Child CollectionMeanwhile, here in Kasson, Tanya Young, the coordinator for our collection site for Operation Christmas Child, was collecting shoeboxes gifts for children around the world. Other congregations could bring their boxes to St. John’s and then they’d be shipped on from here.

On Monday, November 16, Pastor Dana opened her home for any who wanted to enjoy watching the movie musical Meet me in St. Louis. The next one is November 30 and will start of a Christmas movie series. Join her at 506 7th Ave. NE, Kasson at 7 pm for Holiday Inn.

High school youth have been meeting at 7:30 pm Wednesday nights. This Wednesday, the 18th, they hung out at the ice rink.

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Friday Roundup – November 13, 2015

What have we been up to in the last week?

Prayer Pillows Milestone

Last Sunday and Wednesday we celebrated a faith Milestone by presenting 3-year-olds with Prayer Pillows. Throughout the year, they will receive a postcard of prayers to learn with their family, one each month. The pillows are made by Colleen Jacobson and are a gift from St. John’s in part of keeping up with our congregation’s baptismal promises.

Prayer Pillows for 3 yr olds

WELCA Thankoffering

The women of St. John’s celebrated their Women of the ELCA (WELCA) thankoffering on Sunday the 8th. The celebration included bringing food and supplies for  SEMCAC Food Shelf and special offerings which are sent to Churchwide Women of the ELCA. These offerings are then used to support and strengthen our partnership in supporting the important ministry efforts of women. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings. Women have been celebrating Thankofferings since 1889 along with Episcopal and Methodist women. Thankofferings make it possible to support many different programs and organizations.

Kickoff to 12th Grade Quilt Milestone

Each year, high school seniors at St. John’s are invited to receive a quilt from St. John’s upon their graduation. They work throughout the year to choose the fabric and help put the quilt together, so they have to start early! They met for the first time on Sunday. If you missed it, contact Lindsay (Lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) to get started. Thank you to Jen Smith for coordinating this ministry!

Pastors Mioche & Joas Visited from Haiti

Pastor’s Mioche and Joas visited from Haiti on Wednesday. For 11 years we have supported Pastor Mioche’s ministry. It was great to get an in-person update from them! Read more about this ministry partnership here.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

Operation Christmas Child packing is in full swing and people gathered Wednesday night for another session of packing boxes. Next week starts National Collection Week and other organizations will be brining their packed boxes to St. John’s.

Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12, we had a great visit to Kasson City Hall to express our appreciation for all the people there do to keep our community running. And the new City Administrator was even able to be there!

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Family Trip to the Dells

Right now five families from St. John’s having a blast (we hope!) in Wisconsin Dells at an indoor water park. It’s a great excuse to get away and pretend to be somewhere tropical!

Christmas Movie Series

Everyone is invited to the next Movie Musical Night: Monday, November 16, Meet Me in St Louis.

Other upcoming movies: Holiday Inn on November 30, White Christmas on December 7, The Bishop’s Wife on December 14, and It’s a Wonderful Life December 17. We enjoy each of our Christmas movies with hot chocolate, popcorn, and other Christmas goodies.

Join Pastor Dana at her home (506 7th Ave. NE Kasson) at 7 pm. You are always invited to bring a friend.

Monday Evening Supper Events

Pastor Randy will be hosting weekly Monday evening supper get-togethers at the church for eight family units from each of the monthly service group lists during the summer months. Plan on a 6:30 pm picnic supper followed by fun and games, an input conversation of the mission of our church, and a short worship service. More details will follow. The goal is to see this summer outreach to our member families, and as a way to get better acquainted.