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April Special Events

  • Youth Brunch and Silent Auction
    April 14 | 9:00 a.m.
  • NO Worship
    April 17
  • Maundy Thursday
    April 18 | 11:00 am & 6:30 pm (with First Communion)
  • Good Friday Worship
    April 19 | 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday Worship
    April 21 | 6:30 am, 8:00 am, & 10:15 am
  • Milestone Celebration
    April 18 & May 1 services

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

God’s love is for everyone to experience and share

Pastor David Efflandt

Each year in Lent, I am thankful for the opportunity to think deeply about my relationships, both with others and with God. This year I am finding myself keenly aware of this: all of us need to experience the nearness of God. When I look out at the landscape of my own relationships, I can see those mountaintops and valleys of my faith journey, where I have felt very close to or very far from God’s presence. I have often felt closest to God through the love shared by friends or family, or in worship. It is ironic, though, that through the words and deeds of these same people, I have also experienced what felt at the time like the complete and total absence of God.

This leads to what is a difficult reality to encounter: our relationships are not perfect because we too are not perfect. No matter how hard we try, we cannot live or speak perfectly in our lives of faith. Nobody can. And yet, even as we come face to face with this truth, we are also welcomed into the full knowledge of who we truly are: while we are indeed broken people, we are also people who have been made whole through the love of God in Christ. All of us.

How might this help us in our relationship between God and others? Plant this truth deeply in your hearts: there is nothing in this world that can stop God from loving you. Nothing. Let it blossom into a harvest of God’s faithfulness in your words and deeds. Remember God’s patience, kindness, compassion, and steadfast love given without strings attached, and give it away in the exact same way in all your relationships. In this way, you will help others experience the nearness of God.

Changing seasons and signs of God

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

After what seems like an endless winter, it looks like we’re finally turning a corner to spring. The sun is shining brighter and there are new shoots of green peeking out from the formerly snow-covered ground. The skies are starting to fill with the sweet sound of robins returning to their summer homes. And as the air warms up around us many people are starting to take advantage of the beautiful change of seasons. God surrounds us with new things in creation each and every day.

I find myself with a renewed sense of wonder as there are new things to see and experience. And as I watch out our living room window and see people taking advantage of the beautiful weather, I wonder if others are experiencing the same. This is a common time of year to take notice of the new things you experience. Whether you hear the first-morning song of the birds or find a patch of colorful wildflowers, there are always new things to be found.

During this Lenten season, I have found myself dwelling on Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” In spite of everything going on in our world, God calls us to “be still.” For me, this means to slow down and take notice of where I see God working in the world. In spring, I see God in the renewal of creation. I see God taking what was dead and creating new life in the form of flowers, grass, and grains. I see God in the new life of animals, continuing the cycle of life which we live in.

I hope you will find time this spring to spend in God’s creation; that you might experience the renewal of life around us. Where will you see God?

Giving just got easier

After months of careful research, we are excited to announce we have a new platform for giving – Tithe.ly! We now have the opportunity to set up automated giving or send one-time gifts through our website OR through a convenient app on your phone. Simply visit stjohnskasson.org/giving or search for the “ELCA Giving Tool by Tithe.ly” app to get started.

Make the most of your gifts:

  • Select ACH/bank to incur the lowest fees.
  • Opt to “Cover card processing fees” to pay the fees and ensure your full intended amount goes directly to St. John’s.

If you haven’t participated in electronic giving in the past, now is a great time to consider setting up this option! It’s easy and secure. It also makes consistent giving one less thing to think about because Tithe.ly works even through vacations, inclement weather, and forgotten wallets. St. John’s will continue to offer envelopes for donations, but we ask that you consider electronic giving!  Giving electronically, is a tremendous time savings when counting and recording donations, it also provides the church with more reliable and steady donations.

Please take this time to consider, if you are able, to enhance your current giving. Even a small step up – such as a $5 or $10 periodic increment over time provides St. John’s the valuable support we need.

If you have any questions about the new system, council members or office staff are available to help!

Participants enrolled in our previous automated giving option will be receiving information about the changeover. Your current automated giving will end April 30, 2019.

Thank you for generosity to St. John’s. We appreciate all the ways you give so that we may live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community.

Shipwrecked VBS

Shipwrecked VBS is coming June 24-28 from 8:30 – 11:30 am for ages 3 through 4th grade (2018-2019 school year).
We are planning to offer early drop-off (7:00-8:15 am), late pick-up (11:45 am-12:30 pm, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. For questions, contact Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507)634-7110 ext. 14.

Volunteers needed!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success! We have opportunities for 5th graders through adult. Details and signup at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.

Save the Date—Decorating Party

Saturday, June 15 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share your hands and/or ideas to make our space fun and inviting for VBS! Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Deacon Amanda.

Something for Everyone—Support Our Youth

Whether you’re hungry, love to win, or just want to help out and save yourself the carbs – there is a way to help our youth who are headed to San Diego for the summer service trip (silent auction also helps out kids going to Sugar Creek Bible Camp).

  • Caramel rolls are for sale till April 10! Order Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings or online (stjohnskasson.org/caramel-rolls). Rolls may also be picked up frozen to bake later—simply indicate fresh or frozen with your order. Pick up is Palm Sunday, April 14.
  • Palm Sunday Brunch and Silent Auction (April 14) will feature egg bake, muffins, and fruit. Anyone who is willing to donate to the silent auction, please connect with Lindsay by Friday, April 12 (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org).
  • Cooler raffle is a chance to win one of three awesome prizes: 45 qt. Yeti cooler, 2 Yeti 20 oz. tumblers, $30 Kwik Trip Car Wash Card. Only 300 tickets available. Tickets are $10/each and available April 14-April 28.
  • Let the youth serve you dinner at the American Legion Burger Night, Friday, April 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Burger baskets are $8.
  • Fill an envelope to support the youth. There are envelopes of varying amounts on the wall between the Library and the Fellowship Hall. Just take one, fill it with the amount listed, and return to the office by May 1.

Milestone Recognition Days

Sunday, April 28 & Wednesday, May 1

During and between services on these days, students will share the Milestones they have been working on during this past school year. The purpose of our milestone ministries is to name both sacred and ordinary events in our daily lives by creating rituals and traditions that shape our identities and give us a sense of belonging to the family of God. By learning about sacred texts it is our hope to help students as they build a foundation of faith.

Rummage Sale donations welcome beginning April 28

The Education Commission’s Annual Rummage Sale will be May 10 & 11. We will begin taking donations on April 28. Watch for signs for where to leave donations. We do not take electronics or furniture items. For questions, please contact Carol Cady: carolcady1964@gmail.com

Proceeds from our annual rummage sale help our Education Commission support their programming to help our children grow their faith.

Ladies – Let’s Have Cake!

The St. John’s Women are celebrating! The annual WELCA Birthday Party is Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. The entire community is invited, so plan to bring your friends. Who turns down cake, right?