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FAITH, The Yes of the Heart

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Faith is not just a matter of understanding God, but of experiencing the real presence of the holy. It is not just a matter of saying what we believe, but of living what we believe, practicing what we preach. Faith is the mortar that binds us to others who have made a covenant with the same creator and parent. Faith is what empowers us to dare to share what matters most with others who are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives…Faith is what Luther called “the yes of the heart.”
~ Grace Adolphsen Brame, Faith, The Yes of the Heart

Join us for worship this Epiphany season!
Sundays, 8:00 am & 10:15 am
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm

FAITH, The Yes of the Heart – our Epiphany Series

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

New Year, lighter, longer days, “Epiphany.” The word means “light.” Some of my best memories of January 6, the day that we as Christians honor as the coming of the light, as Epiphany, the visit of the wise men who followed the star to Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem, is when we all gathered around to toss our old Christmas trees into a big bonfire. We sang and shouted, and we prayed for God’s light, for the true light to be with us and to guide us in the New Year.

In this New Year we are going to begin our Worship reflections with the theme, “FAITH, The Yes of the Heart.” You might remember that our Fall 2015 kick-off theme for 2016 Stewardship and giving in the church is “Say Yes from the heart.” In a way this is a continuation of that. We need to keep this continually before ourselves. Epiphany is really about Jesus calling disciples. He calls each of us to faith. As we track with the story of Jesus in the gospels of the New Testament, this is the time when Jesus is developing his ministry and just getting started. We don’t have any parables as yet. It is not yet the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection. It is a time of newness and beginnings. He begins by calling people to faith. He calls people to follow and they leave what they are doing and follow. We should say that it is that simple and that complex. Faith is simple too.  Grace Adolphsen Brame states in the book by the same title as our sermon series in Epiphany: “Faith is not just a matter of understanding God, but of experiencing the real presence of the holy. It is not just a matter of saying what we believe, but of living what we believe, practicing what we preach. Faith is the mortar that binds us to others who have made a covenant with the same creator and parent. Faith is what empowers us to dare to share what matters most with others who are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives…Faith is what Luther called ‘the yes of the heart.’” (Faith, The Yes Of The Heart, Augsburg, 1999, p.12).

During January, in the context of worship, we will also take some time at our three worship services each week to reengage our mission, to do some check-ins with what we value most as a church, and what our strengths and challenges are as we move forward in faith together. We have put a new “Revision” team together. They will meet monthly. They will also include you, our leaders, and our staff in the formulations along the way. We will keep you posted and strive to communicate our workings with you.

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!

St John’s @ Healthy Living Expo Jan. 9

St John’s booth of free kids’ games will be Triton High School on Saturday, January 9 for the 2016 Healthy Living Expo. Stop by anytime between 1 pm and 5 pm to have fun, while checking out the healthy living demonstrations and displays. The event is free. Contact Pastor Dana (dana@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) if you’d like to help with our St John’s games booth.

Miss Amanda’s Musings – January 2016

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development DirectorAmanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Coordinator

Thank you so much to all of our teachers, parents, and students for helping to share the wonder of the Christmas Story through the Christmas Program! The Children’s Christmas service is such a blessing to our families and community.

As we look forward to a new year, I’m reminded of new beginnings. We are given so many opportunities to start over – again and again.

What are you planning to begin again this year? Often times we start with a focus on ourselves, however I challenge you to keep your focus on serving others and being a light in our community. Still have clutter around your home? Give away one thing for every gift you got at Christmas. How about all that extra food you have “just in-case”? Go ahead and donate it. Why not start this year with a generous spirit?

Continue to bless others out of the abundance you’ve been given!

Click on the image to view more pictures from the Christmas program.

Click on the image to view more pictures from the Christmas program.

Women’s Retreat – Jan. 29-31

Ladies – join us for a weekend of fellowship, faith conversations, and rest at our Women’s Retreat on January 29-31 at Colleen Jacobson’s home.

We will begin with a fellowship evening on Friday around 7pm and finish Sunday morning around 11am after breakfast and worship.

This is an overnight retreat, but for those not interested or able to stay overnight, you are welcome to join us for a reduced rate.

The cost is $75 for those staying overnight (includes two night stay, book for study, and four meals and snacks) or $25 for those attending Saturday during the day only.

There are spots for 15 people to join us overnight.

Sign up in the office or contact Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Adult Education: Alpha Course starts in January

Alpha_course_logoExperience the meaning of life in and the Christian faith in a place where questions are encouraged and friendships built. Asking questions? Looking for answers? Explore and review the Christian faith in a low-key, real, and relevant way.

Alpha Course – Part 1 of 2
Five weeks starting January 6 or 10
Wednesdays at 4 pm or Sundays at 9:10 am
Sign up at the Welcome Center or email Pastor Randy – rfett@stjohnskasson.org

Part 2, an additional five weeks, will come this spring.

Click here for the full list of class titles and dates.

Meetings of the Congregation

All members of St. John’s are encouraged to attend our Annual Meeting, Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm in the Sanctuary following the 6:30 pm worship service.

To prepare, we have a few opportunities to ask questions ahead of time:

  • Budget Financial Meetings
    Ask any questions you have about the proposed budget.
    Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 pm OR Sunday, January 17, 9:15 am
    Both in the Fellowship Hall
  • Open Compensation Discussion
    Learn more about staff compensation and ask any questions you may have.
    Thursday, January 14, 6:00 pm.

CKP Update, Breakfast January 17

Happy New Year from Creation Kids Preschool (CKP) students, staff and board! What a great school year for us. We have two new students and our classes are now full.

Our bridge students will begin attending a full day each Wednesday for the rest of our school year. We feel this will help with the transition to full day kindergarten in the fall.

CKP will serve the congregation breakfast on January 17. We look forward to seeing you there.

You are invited to join the CKP students in chapel each Thursday. Morning children have chapel at 10:25 and afternoon children go at 2:25.

Financial Update – November 2015

November 2014 November 2015 2015 Year to Date
Income $66,244 $59,158 $529,132
Expenses $54,929 $61,137 $588,743
Deficit as of 11/30 $322,806 $59,612