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In May we celebrate:

  • Volunteers May 8/11
  • Pentecost Festival of Choirs & Lessons May 15
  • Graduating Seniors May 18/22
  • New Members May 18/22

Inspiration

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Many of us are inspired by people, by people’s stories, by a television documentary series, by  music, an athletic competition, a dance, or the great outdoors. Spring is a time of inspiration. The trees begin to bud, flowers emerge from the soil, and farmers plant the seeds prayerful for an abundant crop. As a faith community we also seek inspiration from God’s spirit, from worship, from God’s word, from acts of service and mission The third Sunday in May, May 15, we will celebrate Pentecost. Remember to wear red that day! This is our inauguration day, the start of the church, the community, that gathers in Jesus’ name. Jesus is our great inspiration. He died and rose again. God’s spirit comes to us at baptism. God’s spirit goes with us and it continues to inspire us. When we read scripture, we believe God is speaking to us. We trust that in faithful Bible reading, God is speaking to us, inspiring our hearts. The insights we gain for living are God-inspired. With our Revision Revamp process this spring, we are taking a good look at what is being inspired among our faith family. We ask, “What is God saying to us? Where is the God voice leading us?”  This is a very exciting time in our congregation. We are at a new place today, about to set some new directions. Together, as a body of Christ, let’s see where this inspiration will take us.

10 Minutes to Stay Connected to God

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Last month Amanda began walking us through the Faith 5 by looking closely at the first step: Share highs and lows. This month we will take a closer look at the next two steps in the Faith 5: 2. Read a Bible verse or story and 3. Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows.

Read. Explore the power of God’s Word. Reading Bible stories as a part of bedtime routine can enrich a child’s faith, emotional health, and spiritual imagination.

Talk. What happens when God’s Word is applied to the highs and lows of each day? What does it do to a child, a parent, a family to come together nightly seeking God’s wisdom and will?

Ten minutes feels unattainable in the midst of busy schedules. I know that in my own home trying to get ten minutes to quietly talk with my husband while wrangling a very active toddler feels practically impossible. And yet, somehow we figure out a way to at least once a week take time to do these things.

God’s place in our lives is important at every age. These steps are a simple way to help us stay connected to one another and to God.
Learn more at www.faith5.org and on the bookmarks at the Welcome Center or in the office.

Summer Worship in the Park – WIP on Wednesdays!

In addition to our combined Sunday morning worship service (9 am), we’ll also be trying something a little bit different this summer – weekly worship in the park.  We’re calling it “WIP on Wednesdays” – WIP stands for Worship In the Park – and it’s easier to say. We’ll be over in Veterans Memorial Park (North Park) at the shelter just east of the pool every Wednesday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Since we’ll gather around suppertime, we’ll share a meal at 6 pm and then move right into a short worship at 6:30 pm. We‘ll usually be done by 7 pm, so that people still have a good chunk of the evening left to attend sporting events or do whatever. We’ll do communion as part of our meal (just like they did it in the early church), and try something a little different every week. Our tentative summer schedule looks like this:

  • June 1 – Blessing of Bikes and other Wheeled Things – all wheeled things welcome
  • June 8 – Kids Service – to bring out the kid in all of us
  • June 15 – Father’s Day Celebration – something special for the men in our lives
  • June 22 – Celebrate VBS – focus on our around-the-world VBS theme
  • June 29 – Independence Day – get a head start on celebrating the 4th of July
  • July 6 – Pet Blessing – all pets (large and small) are welcome
  • July 13 – Clown Worship – clowns lead worship like you’ve never seen it before
  • July 20 – Christmas in July – “Merry Christmas” without the snow
  • July 27– Youth Mission Trip Celebration – a recap of the mission trip to Philadelphia
  • August 3 – Olympics Theme – celebrate the start of the Olympics
  • August 10 – Festival in the Park – a celebration of Kasson’s annual festival
  • August 17 – Baptism affirmation in pool – a different way to affirm our baptisms
  • August 24 – Dr. Seuss Worship – need I say more?
  • August 31 – Back to School Blessing – blessing of staff, kids and parents

The plan is to worship casually and have kids very involved in every service. Since we’re in the park, feel free to come early and/or stay late to take advantage of the playground equipment, the tennis and basketball courts, and the pool. And since we’re going to serve food (burgers and hot dog kind of food), we could use your help getting set up (and helping to clean up) each Wednesday. We’d also love lots of you to help out by just showing up and getting involved in the fun. And please bring your friends – this is definitely a community thing!

Ministry of Encouragement Visit to K-M Elementary School May 31

DATE CHANGE! – This event has moved to Tuesday, May 31 (from May 17) due to the school changing the date of their meeting.

We’re doing our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to the Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School. It’s near the end of the school year and we want to thank the staff for the amazing job they’ve done all year with the kids here in our community. We’ll be thanking them at their staff meeting on Tuesday, May 17 May 31 at 7:30 am. (I know it’s early, but hopefully it will give some of you parents with kids at the Elementary School the opportunity to come along before you have to head off for work.)

For those of you who may not be familiar with an MOE, it is a quick visit to thank workers as various social service agencies, nonprofits and government entities for all they do for our community. Although our visits are short – only as long as it takes to set up the food, introduce ourselves and present a certificate of thanks (about 15-20 minutes) – these MOEs are pretty powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community often goes unnoticed but has a huge positive impact.

Since it will be a morning visit we’ll concentrate on breakfast stuff – donuts, pastries, yogurt, fruit, bars – and then also bring some stuff for later in the day – vegetable tray and dip, crackers and cheese, brownies, cookies, and “snacky” things like chips and pretzels. We’ll also need people to bring some juice, soda, and water. ** St. John’s building will be closed on Monday, May 30, so if you plan to bring something but cannot attend, please drop it off on Sunday.

If you are interested in going or bringing something for the staff to eat, please contact Pastor Dana (dana@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110), sign up on the sheets at the Welcome Center, or click here to sign up (RSVP yes/no/maybe and indicate if you’d like to bring something – you can bring something even if you can’t come and come even if you can’t bring something!). This is a really big group – over 100 people – so we’ll need a lot of help.

Thanks to all of you who can help!

Food for Friends Update

Food for Friends, the backpack ministry in which we partner with the Methodist churches in Kasson and Dodge Center, continues to flourish. As the school year winds down, we’re providing weekly supplemental food to about 35 kids in the K-M Elementary School and five families with kids in K-M preschool. We also received a $10,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust ($5,000 undirected and $5,000 matching), which will enable us to continue to serve our families over the summer (a time when, without the breakfasts and lunches provided through the school system, many families find their finances really stretched).  We also hope to expand next school year into the middle and high schools.

Food for Friends is thankful for all the packing help provided by our Oasis 5th and 6th graders and confirmation classes – they all do an amazing job! During the summer, we will be partnering with local childcare organizations to pack food, and we’d always love more helpers. And since all the food we use is either donated or purchased from Channel One in Rochester, we are also very appreciative of all donations of food and money to support this ministry. Because of the Otto Bremer matching grant, all money donated is matched dollar for dollar, making your donation go twice as far!

If you’d like to contribute or help with the program, or just want more information about Food for Friends, please check out the Food for Friends webpage, talk to Angie Richards or Jenifer Hodgeman, or contact the St John’s office. God is all over this ministry so thanks to all of you for your involvement!

DATE CHANGE! May 23 Movie – Carousel

CarouselWe’ll be postponing our May musical for a couple of weeks – it will be on May 23rd. But it is well worth the wait, as we’ll be watching that classic musical Carousel, starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae (both of whom we saw in Oklahoma a couple of months ago). So if you can make it, come on over to Pastor Dana’s house (506 7th Ave. NE Kasson) at 7 pm. Carousel has some songs you will definitely recognize, and we know it’s just more fun to watch movies with a bunch of other people. So feel free to bring friends!

May Special Events

May 5 – Worship at Fairview @ 9:30 am
May 6-7 – Rummage Sale, Synod Assembly
May 8/11 – Volunteer Recognition @ worship
May 15 – Pentecost Festival of Choirs & Lessons, Last day of Sunday School
May 18/22 – Graduating Seniors Recognition, New Members Received
May 22 – Baccalaureate @ 7 pm
May 23 – Movie Musical Carousel @ Pr Dana’s @ 7 pm
May 25 – Last 6:30 pm Wednesday Service (join us @ 6 pm @ North Park starting June 1), Yes!3 Adult Ed Class starts @ 7 pm (www.stjohnskasson.org/adult-education)
May 29 – Start of Summer Worship – Unified Worship @ 9 am

More details & events available online at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar