Friday Roundup – November 27, 2015

Our confirmation kids have been up to some great service projects. One group offered babysitting Saturday night. Five confirmation students and three adults hosted more than 15 kids ages one to thirteen from five families. The crew enjoyed some pizza, played in the nursery, and watched some movies. Watch for more free babysitting nights in the future!

Last week, we were a drop-off location for completed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Sunday morning we blessed the boxes, preparing them to be sent off on Monday. 784 Operation Christmas Child boxes were collected. Thank you to Tanya Young for coordinating the entire project and many other volunteers who helped collect, pack, and donate.

15 Blessing of the OCC Boxes

Blessing of the boxes.


15 Operation Christmas Child boxes

Boxes loaded up and ready to go.

On Wednesday, we didn’t host our regular Wednesday afternoon/evening programming, but we did give thanks go God at our Thanksgiving Eve worship. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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.

15 Youth Group Ice Skating

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 ( 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!


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!

Friday Roundup – November 6, 2016

This week was busy with:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Remembrance Day at worship
  • Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference
  • Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)
  • An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child
  • Confirmation Trivia Night
  • Monthly Senior Community Worship
  • Yard work around the church building

Trunk or Treat

Over 250 visitors from the community joined us on Saturday, October 31 for “Trunk or Treat.” It was a fun afternoon of games, “trick-or-treating,” and refreshments at St. John’s. People decorated the trunks of their cars, backs of their vans, or (in one case) even a trailer and passed out treats. This year’s “treats” were all non-food items as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to provide a safe place for kids with food allergies or sensitivities to trick-or-treat. The police and fire departments even came out to join in the fun.


Remembrance Day at worship

On Sunday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 4, we remembered our loved ones who have passed. We read names of those from our congregation who died in the past year, did a special ringing of the bells, and lit candles as  a remembrance.

Remembrance Day Candles

Remembrance Day Candles

Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference

Each year the synod bishop’s office hosts a conference of continuing education for pastors and other leaders in the church. This year Pastor Randy, Amanda, and Lindsay all attended the event in Onalaska, Wis.

2015 Fall Theological Conference

2015 Fall Theological Conference

Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)

Wednesday, November 4, was the first day back to quilting for the year (now that lefse baking is over!). Anyone who likes to iron, cut blocks, or tie quilts is invited Wednesdays at 8 am. No experience needed! Thank you to everyone who donated fabric and sewed together tops!

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

There's also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings - or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

There’s also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings – or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child

On Wednesday, November 4, KM Schools had an early-out, so the Oasis Afterschool kids had a special service project to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Confirmation Trivia Night

While the adult leaders had a meeting Wednesday night, the confirmation students had a rousing trivia night!

Monthly Senior Community Worship

On the first Thursday of the month, we host a Senior Community Worship service at 1:30 pm. For some, this is an easier time to attend and offers a special time together. The December service is a special time and will be held December 17 at 11 am (NOT the first Thursday). It will be followed by a luncheon.

Yard work around the church building

It takes many types of volunteers to do God’s work. This week we give a special thank you to Gary Kautz to did a lot of pruning work this week and hauled the waste away. We’re all set for spring!

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Friday Roundup – October 30, 2015

This week brought activities at St. John’s a bit back to normal after last week’s Lutefisk Dinner and a slow week before that due to MEA week.

During Sunday morning worship we baptized two children into the family of God – Evan Victor Halvorson and Simon Henry Mucha. Keep them in your prayers!

Also on Sunday we wrapped up our Faith and Art series after learning about art in the church, stained glass, the St. John’s Bible, wood carving, and sacred dance. It was a unique and interesting way to hear about faith in our lives!

On Wednesday, the 28th, we resumed all of our regular programming including Oasis Afterschool, Oasis Education, several musical rehearsals, the Oasis Meal, a Faith-ful Parenting discussion, and worship. Check the regular calendar for all that goes on Wednesdays.

Friday Roundup – October 24, 2015

Welcome to the first-ever Friday Roundup post! What have we, the people of St. John’s, been up to this last week?

Lutefisk Dinner

The BIG deal was the Lutefisk Dinner. This year’s event served 1,925 meals (1,604 adults and children, 140 take-out, and 181 workers).

It was a packed house all afternoon and evening in the Fellowship Hall.

It was a packed house all afternoon and evening in the Fellowship Hall.

It takes dozens of volunteers all YEAR to prepare for this event!

It takes dozens of volunteers all YEAR to prepare for this event!

You can view more photos on our Facebook page (yes, even if you don’t use Facebook).

Faith & Art

Member Wayne Hendricksen talked about his woodworking and his faith as part of our Faith & Art adult education series. Our final session is this Sunday, the 25th, at 9:15 and will be led by Gustavus student Karoline Stark on sacred dance.

High School Peer Ministry/PLAGUE

Wednesday night after worship, the high schoolers met at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester and then went shopping for supplies for Operation Christmas Child.