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A little bit about the recent Haiti trip

By Amanda Sabelko

From June 22 – 29, 2017, Julia Evans, Dennis Foster, Markayla Kujath, Amanda & Justin Sabelko, Annabel & Jennifer Smith, Tanya Young, and Dan Ziebell traveled to visit our friends and ministry partners in Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti. While we did get in a little sight-seeing the main focus of our trip was to continue developing relationships with the people of Pignon and Bouyaha. A lot of what we did was duplicated in both Bouyaha & Pignon.

We put on a Vacation Bible School where we explored the story of Daniel & the Lion’s Den. Julia, Markayla, and Annabel along with our fabulous translators – Moustakyi & Gobi lead the music – “This Little Light of Mine” was a huge hit. Amanda told the Bible story & Tanya taught everyone how to play the “Hokey-Pokey.” Personally, it’s the best behaved I have seen any children so rest-assured, it is possible for children to sit still.

The women of St. John’s donated money to purchase food in Haiti to give out to women who came to the Bible study and health conversations. They all walked away with enough food to feed their families for a week. Tanya led the women’s Bible study where they talked about Naomi & Ruth. Jen held two great discussions on Women’s health issues. Women were able to ask questions about their health and Jen gave out some great, simple health tips including the importance of drinking water.

Over $13,000 was raised to go toward a building project at the Friends of Christ School in Bouyaha, a small village north of Port-au-Prince. While we were there we saw parts of the foundation being laid and cement being poured. This new portion of the school will have extra classrooms, room for storage and an office for the principal.

There was so much more to our trip that the Haiti Mission Team would love to share with you. Please join us on August 27th at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a full report on our trip.

You can also read more about the trip at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

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!)

Follow the 2017 Haiti Mission Trip

The school in Bouyaha, Haiti, is filled to capacity and needs more classroom space. Hearing the need and continuing its commitment to Pastor Mioche’s ministry, St. John’s has raised $10,000 for an addition to the school. On June 23, a St. John’s mission team will travel to Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti to kickoff the construction and to lead a variety of other projects in support of Pastor Mioche’s ministry. The team traveling includes Julia Evans, Annabel Smith, Jen Smith, Dan Ziebell, Tanya Young, Justin Sabelko, Amanda Sabelko, Markayla Kujath, and Dennis Foster. The team will return June 29.

Please keep the team in your prayers! Follow their blog at https://stjohnskasson.wordpress.com/

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.

Haiti Trip Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting about our trip to Haiti on January 11 at 7 pm, following worship.

This meeting is for anyone who is interested in going in June 2017. Dates are still being worked on.

More about our ministry with Haiti at www.stjohnskasson.org/haiti-mission

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.

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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!

Visitors from Haiti

On November 11, Pastor Mioche and his brother Joas from our partner ministry in Haiti will visit St. John’s. They will give a presentation about their ministry from 5:30-6:00 pm and give a Temple Talk during worship. The Globe Offering Sunday, November 8, and Wednesday, November 11, will go to their ministry.

Celebrating St. John’s Quilting Ministry

The quilts that were made this winter and spring have been displayed in the sanctuary this week. During worship, they are being blessed before sending them to Lutheran World Relief. In addition to these quilts, the quilters sold quilts for $1,000 for the Haiti missions. They have also donated 166 large quilts and 55 baby quilts to area organizations and each baby baptized at St. John’s received a quilt.

Thank you to all who have given their time or donated materials to this ministry!

Quilt Sunday 2015 at St John's

Quilting Ministry with a worldwide impact

Thank you to everyone who has been donating fabric, and other materials for quilting. We are also grateful for all the women who come every Wednesday morning to help put the quilts together and the people who sew the tops at home. Because of all these volunteers, we have made many quilts and have already given many away locally and have more to give to Lutheran World Relief.

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We have decided to make quilts available for our members to purchase with the profits going to the Haiti Mission Trip in April. We will sell the 60X80 ones for $50 and $25 for the baby ones.

So besides getting a cozy quilt for these cold winter evenings, you will also be contributing to the Haiti Mission. These quilts will be available on Sunday mornings between services beginning March 1st.

Photo Update from Haiti

Here are some photos from Pastor Mioche in Haiti. The Bouyaha School, which the people of St. John’s helped Pastor Mioche start, opened with 16 kids in 2002. The kids started school for this school year a couple of weeks ago. There are now 302 kids kindergarten through 6th grade. The students have done a great job taking the national exams for the 6th grade for the past four years – 100%, 97%, 100%, and 100% passing rates. The children are so excited to attend school this year in new classrooms. Thank you to those of you who helped this dream comes true! Praise God! The 3rd addition – the administration wing (computer lab, library, principle’s office, and storage) to the school – isn’t finished yet. It will cost between $20,000-30,000. Going to be putting a cement roof on so there can be a 2nd story.

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