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Special Events

  • Senior Quilt Milestone Cutting
    January 3 (4:00 pm), January 6 (8:30 am), & January 7 (9:00 am)
  • Budget Information Meetings
    January 17 (5:45 pm) & January 21 (9:00 am)
  • Youth Serving Burgers at the American Legion
    January 19 (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • CKP Breakfast
    January 21 (9:00 am)
  • Annual Meeting
    January 24 (7:30 pm)

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

New Year’s Resolutions

Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt
Interim Pastor

“I never make New Year’s resolutions, anymore,” the man told me, “I never keep them, anyway.” But I believe New year’s resolutions are worth making.

Let me tell you why.

First, we all need changes. Some we find very hard to admit to ourselves. There is great power in confession—to ourselves, to God, to others. Owning our failures is the first, painful step on the road to something better.

Second, when we change our calendar is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do we want to do differently this year? Let us ask us a serious question. What percentage of our life is producing something value to God? How much “unplowed ground” do we have that ought to be broken up in this coming year and made useful? Reassessment.

Third, New Year’s is an excellent time for mid-course corrections. Sure, we might fail in what we set out to do, but if we fail to plan, the old saying goes, then we plan to fail. Failure is not the end. For the person who determines to learn from it, failure is a friend.

One of my heroes in the Bible is the Apostle Paul. Talk about failure! Throughout his life he was opposed, persecuted, shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead, slandered, and scorned. But during his life in prison he wrote, “Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil.3:13-14). Paul did not let the fear of failure keep him from trying again.

Fourth, the new year is a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace God. One more secret from the Apostle Paul: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” he said (Phil. 4:13). And God’s strength saw him through pain, through joy, and through accomplishment. Let us rely on God who is our refuge and strength.

May the grace of God abide with you and carry you through this new year.

Peace and Joy!

New opportunities

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
CYF Ministry Development Director

Wow – it feels like we were just here a few months ago! Another new year, full of anticipation! Which will probably fly by 🙂

This January there are a few changes taking place for Faith Formation at St. John’s.

First – we are going to be taking a new approach to our Faith Milestones. From January through April we will be using one lesson time each month to talk about a particular building block of faith. First through fourth grade students will learn about the Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, the Bible, and the sacrament of Holy Communion. Club 56 students will be concentrating on the Apostle’s Creed. Next year, we will implement a year-long program to delve deeper with all Preschool – 6th grades.

Second – Our confirmation large group learning times will be on Sundays 1-3 pm. During these learning opportunities, we are encouraging any and all community members to participate as well. The learning times will focus on learning the Bible and catechism. Click here for the full schedule.

Each of these new learning opportunities is meant to help you grow in your faith and build a closer relationship with God. Please join us!

Inspiration at the annual meeting

The annual meeting for St. John’s is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 pm.

Does this sound too “businessy”? This is your chance to be inspired by all of God’s work happening right here at St. John’s and help us determine where else we can share the love of God in 2018. We’ll hear about the transition process, get updates from our ministries, elect new leaders, and vote on our priorities for 2018 (also known as a “budget”).

There will be opportunities to ask questions about the budget in advance of the meeting: Wednesday, January 17 at 5:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall and Sunday, January 21 at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room.

Watch other communications in the month of January for a notice about the annual report. A printed and electronic version of the report will be available mid-January. This will have more information about what to expect: stories from all our ministries, the agenda and business items for the meeting, and the proposed budget including a narrative of what we can do as a congregation with the gifts we receive.

Another chance to hear the Christmas message

If you weren’t here at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Pastor John’s Christmas Eve sermon and Pastor Nirmala’s Christmas Day sermon are available online. You can also find all our Wednesday and Sunday sermons on our website, so check in any time you want to catch up!

Listen at stjohnskasson.org/sermons

Supporting CKP this month

Do you need to wash that filthy salt spray off your car? Do breakfast burritos sound delicious? Do you want to help young children grow in their faith and love of God?

Creation Kids Preschool can use you!

Support the preschool by purchasing a Kwik Trip Carwash Card. Each card has 5 Ultimate car washes for $30. This is a $50 value (regular car wash price is $10, cost on gift card is $6 per wash!). Gift cards to do not expire and can be used at any Kwik Trip in MN, IA, and WI. Please contact Jessica Paulsen at (952) 484-2777 or Rachel Linbo at (507) 421-6013. You can also send a message on Creation Kids Preschool-Kasson, MN Facebook page.

Come hungry Sunday morning, January 21. The preschool families will be serving a breakfast 9:00 am-10:30 am. Breakfast burritos are on the menu!

2018 Large Group Sessions

All ages are invited to learn more about the Bible and the catechism at the upcoming confirmation large group sessions. These intergenerational opportunities will be Sundays from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will go through the different sections of the Bible with group activities, video, and study. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 7 – The Pentateuch, or the 1st five books of the Bible/Old Testament
  • Sunday, January 28 – The 4 Gospels
  • Sunday, February 4 – The History books of the Old Testament
  • Sunday, February 11 – The Book of Acts and Paul’s Letters
  • Sunday, March 4 – Wisdom Literature and Poetry (Psalms, Proverbs, etc/Prophets of the Old Testament
  • Sunday, March 18 – General Letters of the New Testament and the book of Revelation

Within the Old Testament studies we will also learn about the 10 commandments, 1st and 3rd articles of the Apostles’ Creed, and the people’s covenant with God. Within the New Testament studies we will cover the 2nd and 3rd articles of the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments.