Do you feel called to serve St. John’s in a leadership capacity in 2019? At the Annual Meeting on January 20, we will elect two new council members and members of the St. John’s Foundation, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. We’re also seeking youth and adults to attend the 2019 Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly May 31-June 1 in Rochester. This year’s assembly will include electing a new synod bishop! If you feel God’s call to serve in any of these capacities – or know someone who should – contact Joel Mindermann (firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 634-3121), Sharyn French (French.Sharyn@mayo.edu or (507) 696-2341), or the office.
Thank you to all who took the time to engage in discussion at the All Commission meeting on September 23. We had an excellent representation of commission leaders as well as staff and other programs supported by St. Johns including Lutefisk, Creation Kids Preschool, and Food for Friends. It is my hope that each commission will continue the conversations we started. We discussed strengths and challenges of St. John’s as well as ways to empower each of out commissions to carry out the work identified by each. Looking forward, we challenge each commission to review the minutes from this meeting and discuss strategies to utilize our strengths to overcome our challenges. Each of you were left with homework. We have asked each commission to identify: “What is most important right now?” and “Who must do what?” To be successful, these two questions must be asked by all of us on a regular basis. As we complete tasks and transition through the seasons of the church, these answers will change. I encourage each of you to see where your time and talents can be shared with St. Johns. Together, we can live as witnesses of Jesus Christ and serve the many programs and ministries of St. John’s. Continue to prayerfully reflect all that you see God doing through us.
On Sunday, September 23 following worship everyone involved with a commission, committee, or organization at St. John’s is invited to an All Commission Meeting. The meeting is scheduled 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, lunch will be served.
This will be a great opportunity to bring everyone to the table. Many of the ministries lean on each other. By getting everyone together we can work as one voice. We look forward to this experience to see the energy, commitment, and capabilities we have as a collective front. If you are not on a Commission but are looking to get involved, this is an excellent day to participate and find out where your talents can serve.
The goals for this workshop are:
- Align commissions with St. John’s Purpose and Guiding Principles. Initiate ownership of ministries and activities under each commission.
- Empower leadership and decision making within each Commission.
- Introduce financially responsible budget planning
- Capture: Who is doing what. Who needs to do what? What are we missing?
Every commission is asked to answer some questions and submit them by September 19. Questions, submission information, and further details are in this document.
The list below indicates the current 2015 Church Council and the Commissions and/or Committees they have been assigned to as their board representative. You can always find a listing at www.stjohnskasson.org/council
Dennis Foster, President (Patty)
Deb Smith, Vice President (Wayne)
Executive, Finance, Worship & Music, Foundation, Memorials
Adam Richards, Secretary (Angie)
Jay Harris, Treasurer (Denise)
Altar Guild, Evangelism
Roger Carlsen (Lori)
Wayne Hendrickson (Genny)
Bill Thornburg (Sherri)
Youth & Family, Education
Tim Tjosaas (Chris)
Creation Kids Preschool, Education