Easter Egg Hunt

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

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)

Click here to register.

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or

We’ll be looking for volunteers, including current 5th and 6th graders. Talk to Amanda or watch for more information.

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


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

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!

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 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 ( 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.

Faith Formation Ministries

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

  • On November 4, Oasis kids will pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We do need more donations of toys, school supplies, and health items. For more information, please contact Tanya Young,
  • We will be giving out Prayer Pillows to 3-year-olds on November 8 and 11. Anyone is welcome to receive this special gift. Three-year-olds will receive prayers to put in their pillows throughout the year!
  • On November 11, there will be a family packing party for Operation Christmas Child. Bring your whole family and help to pack a box for a special child! Contact Tanya Young with questions.
  • There will be an Advent Festival, November 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Please join us for games and fellowship. This will also be the kick-off for the Christmas Tree Silent Auction put on by our Confirmation Classes.

Trunk-or-Treat October 31


Everyone in the Kasson-Mantorville and surrounding communities is invited to join us for a FREE Trunk-or-Treat event Saturday, October 31, 2-5 pm.

This family event will be full of games, fun, prizes, and trick-or-treating through the St. John’s parking lot.

If you’d like to decorate a trunk (decorate your vehicle and pass out prizes – especially great for those who are eager for trick-or-treaters but live in the wrong place!) or lead lawn games, please sign up on the Youth Board in the Narthex or talk with Tanya Young or Amanda Sabelko.

tealpumpkinAll 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

The kids are working on a skit

This summer “Extraordinary Kids” have been meeting together during the sermon each Sunday morning. This ministry has enabled us to engage children in the readings and Bible on their own level. During the month of July we will be learning about what it means to love our neighbor. On July 26, we will be presenting the Gospel lesson through a skit. All children are invited to join us as we practice “The Good Samaritan” on Sundays, July 12, 19, and 26. You do not have to be here every Sunday to participate, in fact you’ll receive a part even if you are just here on the 26th. For questions, please talk with Lindsay – or (507) 634-7110 ext. 15