A library refresh

The Education Commission is in the process of updating the St. John’s Library and needs your help!

  1. Buy books. They are hosting a book sale of books cleaned out of the library to raise funds for new resources. Books are available for a freewill donation – take what you want, give what you can. Cash or check are accepted. Find them in the Fellowship Hall. Funds will be used to update the library space.
  2. Donate. They have a wish list available of new resources they wish to make available. Items can be donated directly OR donate funds to help purchase.
  3. Volunteer. If you are passionate about books and interested in helping, your contribution would be welcomed.

Questions? Want to donate? Want to volunteer? Contact Amanda Sabelko ( or (507) 634-7110).

Wish List

The future library materials will all contain religious content. The Kasson Community has numerous resources available for non-religious content.


Children’s and Young Adults

  • Berenstain Bears – Religious Series
  • Veggie Tales
  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • Devotionals
  • Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Bible Studies


  • Devotionals
  • Personal Growth
  • Bible Studies
  • Wellness

Library Room

  • The committee also wishes to replace the tables, chairs, paint and decorations

Meals to support our youth

The youth attending the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering will be serving two upcoming meals.

On Palm Sunday, March 25 they will serve breakfast between the morning services. The menu will be egg bake, muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee. There will also be a silent auction. Lindsay will take any donations that you would like to contribute until Friday, March 23. Come enjoy a wonderful breakfast as we prepare our hearts and souls for Holy Week.

On Friday, April 20 they will cook and serve at the American Legion Burger Night in Kasson. Join us for burgers and fries at the great price of $8 a plate. Serving will be 5:30-7:30 pm. There will also be a meat raffle. We look forward to seeing you there and doing the cooking for you!


2018 Chili Cookoff & Bingo Night

You’ve had a long, cold winter to work out the perfect chili concoction and now it’s time to show it off! St. John’s Youth & Family Ministry will host its fourth annual Chili Cookoff and Bingo night on Sunday, February 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Chili Tasting: Free Will Donations
Bingo: $1 per card
Prizes for Bingo and the Best Chili

Proceeds help send youth to the ELCA National Youth Gathering

Register your chili by 11:00 am, February 25
Contact Lindsay Colwell –

Supporting CKP this month

Do you need to wash that filthy salt spray off your car? Do breakfast burritos sound delicious? Do you want to help young children grow in their faith and love of God?

Creation Kids Preschool can use you!

Support the preschool by purchasing a Kwik Trip Carwash Card. Each card has 5 Ultimate car washes for $30. This is a $50 value (regular car wash price is $10, cost on gift card is $6 per wash!). Gift cards to do not expire and can be used at any Kwik Trip in MN, IA, and WI. Please contact Jessica Paulsen at (952) 484-2777 or Rachel Linbo at (507) 421-6013. You can also send a message on Creation Kids Preschool-Kasson, MN Facebook page.

Come hungry Sunday morning, January 21. The preschool families will be serving a breakfast 9:00 am-10:30 am. Breakfast burritos are on the menu!

Christmas Tree Auction

The confirmation small groups, along with a couple other groups, have decorated Christmas trees and other holiday decorations (pallet creations, wreaths) for the Advent season. They will be in the Fellowship Hall for you to bid on until Sunday, December 17. Proceeds from the auction go to help pay for confirmation summer camp.

Care & Share Auction

Adult Fellowship is encouraging everyone to come & support†the Care & Share Auction on November 16 at the new location right here at St. John’s. This is such a great way to help the community make the holidays a little brighter for folks in need right here in the Kasson-Mantorville area.

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

Upcoming fundraisers for the school in Haiti

As part of our ministry partnership in Haiti, the team travelling to Haiti this summer is hosting some upcoming fundraisers to help build the school:

  • Burger Night at the American Legion in Kasson – Friday, May 19, 5:30-7:00 pm. Cost is $8/person.
  • BBQ themed evening with music and dinner at St. John’s – Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-7:00 pm. Freewill donations.

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!

Join us for breakfast!

Confirmation group serving on March 19

On Sunday, March 19, the Sunday Confirmation Group will be serving breakfast in the Fellowship Hall 8:30 am –10:30 am. All proceeds will benefit their trip to confirmation camp this summer.

Palm Sunday Brunch & Silent Auction

Youth will be serving breakfast and hosting a silent auction on Palm Sunday (April 9) to raise funds for camp this summer. They are seeking items that can be donated to the silent auction. If you have an item to donate, you may contact Lindsay at or bring your item to the office.


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.

Great Christmas Tree Auction!

Thank you to all who bid on the beautiful Christmas trees to support the St. John’s confirmation campers. In total, the auction raised approximately $1,100. Thank  you for your support and we hope you enjoy your new trees!

Christmas Tree Auction

The confirmation groups at St. John’s have decorated the Fellowship Hall with their beautiful and creative Christmas trees. Now YOU have the chance to take home their creativity!

Now through 10:15 am on Sunday, December 18 you can place your silent auction bids. Bid sheets are right on the wall next to each tree – stop in any time.

Funds raised from the sale of these trees will support the campers as they go to confirmation camp Summer 2017.

The trees available:

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Dodge County Cardboard Box City Fundraiser

As temperatures here in Minnesota are dropping, many of us look forward to sweatshirts and hot chocolate to keep warm, but the reality is that over 9,000 individuals in Minnesota are homeless, no matter what the temperature outside is. Of those, 23% are under the age of 18. In an effort to raise money to benefit programs for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in Dodge County, and to raise awareness about this problem right here at home, we’ll be joining with other groups in Dodge County for a “Cardboard Box City” on Friday, October 28, 2016.

What is a Cardboard Box City?

Participants set up their cardboard box shelter outside and spend the night. Their experience will give them a small taste of what it’s like to be without a safe, warm place to sleep at night and be a visual reminder to those in the community about the existence of homelessness right here in Dodge County.

How can you participate?

Register now to participate.

The event is:
Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center
Set up begins at 4 pm, registration 4-6 pm

  • There is a $25 per person registration fee. The goal is for every person who registers for this event to raise $100 besides the registration fee. We will have prizes for the most money raised so get as many donations as you can! Proceeds will go toward Dodge County SEMCAC’s special projects.
  • Make your own cardboard shelter (or a group shelter for extra warmth). A heavy box makes for a warmer shelter. You will need to clean your site and recycle your box at the end of the event.
  • Bring a warm sleeping bag, pillow, and clear packing tape. Bring a mat or two to keep you off the ground. It is also a good idea to use a tarp over your box to keep out wind and rain.
  • Recommended clothes to be worn in layers: warm cap that covers the ears, long underwear (top and bottom), warm long sleeve sweat shirt or sweater, warm windproof jacket (ski jacket or parka), warm pants, snow pants or ski pants to wear over regular pants, wool or synthetic material socks (wear two or three pair at once), boots, loose fitting and waterproof, mittens. Tight clothing/boots make you colder!
  • Set up of cardboard boxes can happen earlier than 4 pm if you’d like.
  • Event T-shirts will be on sale for $15 ($20 for long sleeves). Proceeds will go to SEMCAC.
  • Families can participate together.
  • Everything will be held outside except the meals will be served in the church fellowship hall.
  • Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Please don’t bring snacks to help us make this event more realistic for the youth.
  • Soup supper will be served between 6 & 7 pm in the church.
  • Participants will be in “bed” by 11 pm.
  • A simple breakfast will be served at 7:30 am in the church fellowship hall.
  • You can pick up your child after they have helped clean up. (between 8:30-9)

News from CKP

CKP will have three new staff members for the 2016-2017 school year. Missy Tjosaas will teach our bridge class and Kresta Schultz will be her teacher assistant. Kris Foley will be the teacher assistant for the fours and Kimberly Johnson will continue as the teacher. Kimberly will teach the threes and Missy will assist.

CKP fours and bridge classes will begin September 12 and the threes will have their first class September 13.

Parents and students will meet the teachers and tour classrooms September 7, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Michelle Gillard will give a CPR/First Aid class September 27, 6-9 pm. CKP staff must have this certification for state license requirements. There are a few open spots in this class. If interested, call Phyllis Sands at (507) 634-7110.

We are making plans for our annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on October 9. Please mark your calendars. If you would like to contribute an item for the auction, please contact Risa Fellows, Stephanie Gore, or Phyllis Sands. Funds raised are used for program scholarships and instructional materials.