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Bible Blessings

The 4-year-old & 3rd grade Bible Blessing will be on Sunday, September 24 and Wednesday September 27 at all worship services. Thank you to those who help support the purchase of these Bibles through their donations!

4-year-olds will receive a Spark Story Bible and the third graders will receive a study Bible from the St. John’s Lutheran Church faith community.

Third graders will also participate in a Bible Adventure course to learn about their study Bible and how to use it.

Hiring a preschool teacher’s assistant

St. John’s Creation Kids Preschool is a Christian-based preschool program for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Bridge class open to all children in Kasson and surrounding communities. We are currently seeking a part-time teacher’s assistant for the 4-year-old class to join our team.

Preschool Teachers Assistant Requirements:

  • Previous early childhood care experience
  • Certified in First-aid and CPR or willing to go through certification
  • Excellent organization, time management, written/verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency

For more information please call Phyllis Sands at  (507) 634-7110 or you can send email inquiries to ckpboard@stjohnskasson.org.

A Dr. Seuss VBS

Join us for a week full of fun and faith as we learn about God through the stories of Dr. Seuss!

June 19-23, 2017
8:30-11:30 am
Special Wednesday worship June 21
Ages: 3-year-olds through 4th grade

Details and signup in the office or at http://stjohnskasson.org/vbs/

A Dr. Seuss VBS

Easter Egg Hunt

The entire community is invited to join us at St. John’s on Sunday, April 9 at 3 pm for an Easter Egg Hunt.

We’ll be here rain or shine!! (Inside if it rains.)

We’ll also need help filling and hiding eggs. Let Amanda know if you can help. Contact her at amanda@stjohnskasson.org.

Easter Egg Hunt

A Dr. Seuss VBS

A Dr. Seuss VBSJoin us for a week full of fun and faith as we learn about God through the stories of Dr. Seuss!

June 19-23, 2017
8:30-11:30 am
Special Wednesday worship June 21, 6:30 pm
Ages: 3-year-olds through 4th grade (2016-2017 year)

Online registration has closed, but you are still welcome! Come on by and get signed up at the door!

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

At St. John’s we believe that faith formation is ongoing and for all ages.

  • Sunday School or Oasis Education (Wednesday evenings) – 3-year-old through 4th grade students gather to learn about God and grow in their faith
  • Club 56 – (Sunday morning or Wednesday evenings) – 5th and 6th graders gather to learn about God and grown in their faith
  • Oasis Afterschool – faith-based programming after school for kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Confirmation – 7th & 8th grade programming, confirmation celebration is held for 9th graders
  • Adult Education – various opportunities are offered throughout the year. Always check news and the webpage for what’s coming up!

If cost is keeping you from participating in any of St. John’s educational opportunities, download the Education Scholarship Form.

 

Trunk or Treat 2016

This year’s Trunk or Treat will be held at the Kasson-Mantorville Community Education building on October 30, 3:30-5:30 pm. We are partnering with KMCE and other area congregations to host this fun event! If you would like to help out by decorating your trunk or donating non-food prizes, please sign up on the youth board or talk with Amanda.

All prizes and treats will be non-food as we are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can learn more about this project, which allows students with allergies and diabetes to also have a safe place to trick-or-treat, at tealpumpkinproject.org.

trunk-or-treat-2016

Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 5-8 in 2015-2016 are invited to St. John’s 2016 Action Packed Day Camp! We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:00 am August 1-5 and we’ll go somewhere different every day for action-packed activities! Details about the schedule are at the link below. Cost is $50/student (scholarships available). Registration is limited to 30 students and the deadline to register is July 17.

Registration and information at http://stjohnskasson.org/action-packed-day-camp/

All around the community this summer!

Plan to join us for:

  • Vacation Bible School
    June 20-24
    Ages 3-4th grade
  • Family Fun Night
    July 28
    Fun for all!
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    August 1-5
    Grades 5-8

Community events including:

  • National Night Out
  • Festival in the Park
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Marigold Days

 

First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who donated candy, filled eggs, volunteered, participated, and invited for the first annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! We had about 200 community members join us despite the snow!
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Teaching Faith at Home

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

I recently attended a conference at Luther Seminary that concentrated on Martin Luther as a pastoral theologian, meaning how Luther functioned as a pastor and how he taught people about their faith. Luther was a big advocate of empowering parents to teach their children about faith. Our goal at St. John’s is similar; we want to empower families and parents to teach and learn together. Most people are only in church for two hours a week, at most, which means they need engagement with the Bible and their faith outside the church walls. Where do you start? The Faith 5 from Faith Inkubators, the curriculum that we use with our confirmation students, is an excellent starting point and can be done in your home every night, no matter your age. We will be talking more about how to share our faith and how to make these discipleship practices part of our everyday lives. For now, here is a good place to start.

  1. Share highs and lows of the day.
  2. Read a Bible verse or story.
  3. Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs & lows.
  4. Pray for one another’s highs & lows.
  5. Bless one another.

Learn more at www.faith5.org and watch for the bookmarks with the Faith 5 that we have available at St. John’s!

St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt

At 10 am on Saturday, March 26, St. John’s will be holding a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Kids get to hunt for treats and we’ll have lemonade and snacks for kids and parents. The Easter Bunny may even stop by for a visit!  This is a community-wide event, so invite your neighbors and friends.

And we need your help. Please bring lots of small pieces of Easter candy to fill our plastic eggs. There is a drop box outside the office door. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, activities during the event and cleanup. Contact Pastor Dana (dana@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) if you are able to help.

Cluster of Painted Eggs

CKP Sunday is March 13, Preschool Registration Starts

CKP Sunday is March 13. It is a big day for Creation Kids Preschool! The children will have many of their projects on display and will sing at the 10:15 am service.

The children are inviting their families and friends to come to this service. Some of the students are members of other congregations so help us welcome them. We will be serving coffee between services and hope you will be able to join us.

Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year will begin that day. Board and staff members will be available to answer any questions you might have.

CKP will also serve chicken and wild rice soup for the Lent soup supper Wednesday, March 16.

Prepare your heart for Christmas at the Advent Festival

AdventFestial2015The store aisles are telling us that Christmas is here. The Christian church, however, is just preparing to turn the page to a season of preparation before Christmas arrives. This season is called Advent. St. John’s, invites you to their annual Advent Festival to kick off the season. The free event will take place Sunday, November 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Participants will have a chance to create their own paper link chain “Countdown to Christmas” with an act of kindness for each day leading up to Christmas. While waiting for Christmas day, families will be able to share gifts and kindness with their community.  There will also be other fun activities for all ages including a cake walk, sing-a-long, lighting of the Christmas trees, a Christmas tree silent auction, and refreshments. It will be a great afternoon of fun, seasonal activities, and time with friends and neighbors.

“The Advent Festival is about looking beyond the consumerism of Christmas,” says Amanda Sabelko, the Children, Youth, & Family Development Director at St. John’s. “It’s a celebration of the beginning of Advent and remembering what Christmas is about – preparing for Christ.”

This family-friendly event has something for all ages. The congregation at St. John’s invites the entire community to come celebrate Advent, the season of preparing for Christmas.