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Giving just got easier

After months of careful research, we are excited to announce we have a new platform for giving – Tithe.ly! We now have the opportunity to set up automated giving or send one-time gifts through our website OR through a convenient app on your phone. Simply visit stjohnskasson.org/giving or search for the “ELCA Giving Tool by Tithe.ly” app to get started.

Make the most of your gifts:

  • Select ACH/bank to incur the lowest fees.
  • Opt to “Cover card processing fees” to pay the fees and ensure your full intended amount goes directly to St. John’s.

If you haven’t participated in electronic giving in the past, now is a great time to consider setting up this option! It’s easy and secure. It also makes consistent giving one less thing to think about because Tithe.ly works even through vacations, inclement weather, and forgotten wallets. St. John’s will continue to offer envelopes for donations, but we ask that you consider electronic giving!  Giving electronically, is a tremendous time savings when counting and recording donations, it also provides the church with more reliable and steady donations.

Please take this time to consider, if you are able, to enhance your current giving. Even a small step up – such as a $5 or $10 periodic increment over time provides St. John’s the valuable support we need.

If you have any questions about the new system, council members or office staff are available to help!

Participants enrolled in our previous automated giving option will be receiving information about the changeover. Your current automated giving will end April 30, 2019.

Thank you for generosity to St. John’s. We appreciate all the ways you give so that we may live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community.

New envelopes in 2019

New envelopes are now available at the Welcome Center and have been placed in the pew slots in the sanctuary with the hymnals. We are using these general offering envelopes instead of the personalized booklets we’ve used in the past. Please take as many as you think you will use. More will be available throughout the year. Please print your name on the envelope so we may ensure you get proper credit for your offering. This use of generic envelopes has helped us save over $2,000 in printing and mailing. Regular online giving is also appreciated – stjohnskasson.org/giving. Forms for automated giving are available at the Welcome Desk or download one here. St. John’s is grateful for your regular and special offerings to fund the ministry that we are able to do through your generosity.

Giving Tree

There will be a variety of giving opportunities this holiday season on our giving tree in the narthex. Ornaments with ELCA Good Gifts items will be available, gift cards to resupply our Good Samaritan Fund, and a local family to support this Christmas. All items should be turned into the office no later than Sunday, December 23. Any checks should be made out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Items for the local family should not be wrapped. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Any questions may be directed to Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org

Cheerful Givers

Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt
Interim Pastor

“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful givers.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

There are three types of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get anything out of the flint, you have to hammer it. Then you only get chips and sparks. To get water out of the sponge, you have to squeeze it. The more you squeeze, the more you get. But the honeycomb simply overflows with sweetness.

When a person understands what God has done for them, you don’t have to prime them to give and you don’t need ten requests. They understand that He is a great God. In fact, at offering time, we ought to jump to our feet and applaud that we are here to give, have something to give, and have been blessed to have strength enough to work that we might be able to give. We ought to just applaud the privilege of giving.

Apostle Paul talks about the Macedonian Christians who are cheerful givers. Their hearts are filled with thankfulness to God. So they share their blessings with Paul to do his mission. Apostle Paul was so proud of them. We pastors at St. John’s are proud of you too. You are like honeycombs. You share your time, talents, and treasures generously to support the mission at Christ Lutheran.

As you consider your future giving to St. John’s, please prayerfully consider to increase your giving as well sharing your time and talents to support the mission of St. John’s Lutheran church

Thanks again for your generosity!

The Giving Tree

Take an ornament on the Giving Tree to purchase a life-changing item from ELCA Good Gifts (more info in the catalogs around the building or at www.ELCA.org/goodgifts) or for movie tickets for Food For Friends. Take a tag, purchase the movie card, and return both to the church office. Checks for ELCA Good Gifts should be made out to St. John’s OR purchase online.

ELCA Responds to US Disasters

We have featured hurricane relief by Lutheran Disaster Response in our recent Globe Offerings. Gifts given to this ministry are used 100% for disaster response.

If you still wish to give, give a check marked “Lutheran Disaster Response” to St. John”s or visit www.elca.org/disaster.

Giving to St. John’s

Faithful giving to St. John’s Lutheran Church enables us to continue our ministry within our congregation, community, state, the wider church, and throughout the world.

Here are some ways to make giving easier:

  • Automated Giving – Since this was published, our automated giving has changed. See stjohnskasson.org/giving for automated giving through Tithe.ly
  • PayPal or Credit CardSince this was published, our online giving (one-time or automated) has changed. See stjohnskasson.org/giving for giving through Tithe.ly
  • Donate by Searching or Shopping – Through Goodsearch, every search you make on your computer will earn a penny for nearly every search you do. Set Goodsearch as your browser’s default search engine and you’ll start racking up the pennies. Visit www.goodsearch.com/about to read about additional ways – including shopping, dining out, and gaming – to earn contributions.
  • Shop Amazon.com – If you shop Amazon, sign up and shop at AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchase will go to St. John’s!

A Christmas & Giving Message

“Wise Men opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

As Christmas is upon us we start thinking of gifts, decorations, parties, travel, etc. We receive shopping lists from children and grandchildren and proceed to the malls or go online to buy gifts so we have something to give our loved ones on Christmas. That’s just what we do as individuals at this time of year and it is a good thing. But Christmas is also a great time to think about our plans with regard to giving to the church.

The reason for the season of Christmas is Jesus. God became one of us and came among us to serve and die and rise again so that we who believe will enjoy the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life. That means that Jesus is the greatest gift of all and He is given free of charge. We just receive it in faith and share it. It’s simple. So let’s allow our focus to be on Jesus this Christmas.

I heard a story recently. There was a missionary who came to a church and shared his mission work among the poor and the needy. The missionary not only helped them with their physical needs but also shared the gospel. The missionary returned to the United States to relax and raise some funds to continue his mission work. He spoke to many churches about his mission. A boy in the congregation was inspired by the talk and came home and talked to his parents about supporting the mission. At that time the family was planning a family vacation. The boy suggested that they would cancel the vacation and give that money to the mission and they did. That family made a sacrifice and it cost them their vacation.

The love Jesus has for us cost him his life. The Christmas season urges us to think of the sacrifice Jesus made and remind us of the mission He has left us to accomplish.

As pastor, I invite you to ponder the amazing gift you were given in Jesus. I am proud and thankful that people of St. John’s have been making such a sacrifice to fulfil the mission of God by sharing their time, talents and treasures.

Doing this will inspire you to open your heart and your hands to share your time, talent and financial resources to continue the work of St. John’s Lutheran Church to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Members received this letter in the mail with a pledge card and Christmas envelope. Please prayerfully consider your gifts and support of the various ministries of St. John’s for the coming year, 2017. If you did not receive envelopes or misplaced yours, there are more at the Welcome Center.

May you have a blessed Christmas!

Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt

WELCA News

by Kay Hodge

The women of St. John’s will be busy ladies for the next two months. On November 13 Shirley Gangstad will be delivering our message as we celebrate THANK OFFERING Sunday. The women will be bold participants of the service that Sunday. We bring our offerings of thanks for the past year, offerings financial and for the food shelf. Any woman or child who would like to be a part of this service, please join us as we bring those offerings forward. We will provide envelopes for the financial offerings and also have some small grocery bags for our little women to carry to the front of the church.

December brings us to the Christmas Luncheon on December 10 where we celebrate Advent together with a room full of women served a lunch by the men of St. John’s. Be on the watch for the details of this event.

Operation Christmas Child Needs

We’ve had great support for this year’s Operation Christmas Child collection season, but we have five more packing days left and have a couple of needs now through November 13:

  • Empty shoe boxes – big need!
  • More items from the donation list (at www.stjohnskasson.org/operation-christmas-child-gift-suggestions or at the Welcome Center)
  • Financial donations to purchase items not given
  • Boxes and items can be left in the box in the narthex and financial donations can be left in the offering plate (clearly marked for Operation Christmas Child) or in the office.

Story from recipient of Operation Christmas Child gift

occ-recipient-alex-nsengimanaA survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide shared his heartbreaking, but inspiring, story Saturday in Boise. Alex Nsengimana spoke to new immigrants from Africa about how he found light during a time in darkness.

He shared his experiences of living through Rwanda’s genocide when he was younger, witnessing the deaths of family members. Alex fled for his life and ended up in an orphanage.

The story he shared Saturday was about the gift he received from Operation Christmas Child while he was at that orphanage – a shoe box filled with school supplies and hygiene items.

“That was the very first time receiving a gift in my life, and I knew someone was thinking about me,” Nsengimana said. “When I was in high school I saw these boxes again. And I remembered what they did in my life. I went to pack more boxes myself.”

A few years ago, Nsengimana went back to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and brought back shoe box gifts to children at the same orphanage he grew up in.

He is spreading the message, and encouraging people to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

 

Operation Christmas Child Gift Suggestions

St. John’s is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child. Bring in your items or financial contributions now through November 13.

Suggested items:

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

QUESTIONS:  CONTACT TANYA YOUNG (316) 390-5368; OR TYOUNG8550@YAHOO.COM

 

Successful Operation Christmas Child Parade

On Sunday, October 9 we had a great parade to collect items for Operation Christmas Child.

We collected 6 filled shoe boxes, 430 items, and $49 in donations. KTTC came and talked to us about the event.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers that made this event a success including all the women in the circles, and Women of Faith Bible study that brought cookies.

We’re still collecting supplies through November 13. Find the list of items here.

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Operation Christmas Child 2016

This time of year we welcome contributions for Operation Christmas Child. Bring supplies and empty shoe boxes and leave in or next to the box in the narthex. A list of supplies is below.

And mark your calendar for October 9 for the St. John’s Lutheran Church Collection Parade & Festival! We’ll have a parade complete with fire trucks, ambulances, and police vehicles leaving St. John’s at 3:30 pm and following the route below. Friends and neighbors are all welcome to bring their supplies or completed shoeboxes out to the parade for collection or bring them to St. John’s through 5:30 pm that evening. Emergency vehicles will hang out at St. John’s after for a meet-and-greet – stop by, visit, and enjoy refreshments!

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Gift Suggestions

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

QUESTIONS:  CONTACT TANYA YOUNG (316) 390-5368; OR TYOUNG8550@YAHOO.COM

A Big Thanks to All Who Helped with the Giving Tree

Thanks so much to all of you who took tags from the Giving Tree before Christmas. All together, we put over 140 tags on the tree – and every single one was taken and returned with a terrific present. You all made a lot of families very happy this Christmas. Way to go St. John’s!