All around the community this summer!

Plan to join us for:

  • Vacation Bible School
    June 20-24
    Ages 3-4th grade
  • Family Fun Night
    July 28
    Fun for all!
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    August 1-5
    Grades 5-8

Community events including:

  • National Night Out
  • Festival in the Park
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Marigold Days


Reflecting on the first year, looking ahead to a great summer

Pastor Dana

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been at St. John’s for just over a year. (I started in May 2015.) And I just want to thank you all for this last year. I know that lots of the stuff we tried was a bit different for many of you – certainly not something that you were used to – but you jumped in with both feet, often going well outside your comfort zones to try something new. You were even willing to humor me on some of those things you may have thought were really weird (watching movies in worship, for example).

I was particularly reminded of how great you all are last week. On Tuesday, we had our most recent ministry of encouragement (MOE) visit to the local elementary school. I had never done an MOE this big before – over 100 people – and I’ll admit I was a bit concerned about whether we could pull it off. But I needn’t have worried. On Tuesday morning we had about 15 people who came and set everything up with an efficiency that was pretty darn impressive. And then there was the food! Over 30 people prepared so much food that we filled up three tables, had some piled up under the tables and had to bring some back. God’s abundance reflected through the people of St. John’s!

And then on Wednesday, we had our first worship service in the park. Again, so many people stepped up to be involved. People brought food, helped set up (a special thanks to Terry Czeck for sharing his grilling skills), and then stayed to clean up afterward. If our first service was any indication, the kids will definitely be taking the lead. They participated in communion, in the bike blessing and singing, and they did a great job starting to fill our jar with stones as they shared places they saw God this last week.

Not to be outdone were all of you who worshipped Sunday morning. (It was so packed we almost ran out of bread for communion – a wonderful problem to have. C’mon, I challenge you – bring your friends and neighbors, so we have so many people we have to use two loaves on Sunday morning.) Anyway, not only did you show up big time on Sunday, but you also stayed for quite awhile to chat afterward – really nice.

I look forward to the remainder of the summer, with more Wednesday worship services, and more events to get us out of the building. We’ve got our Family Fun Night at the end of July (July 28) and we’ll also be in the park a couple of time with our free kids games. Food for Friends will also be continuing all summer long. And then there’s VBS, the youth trip to Philadelphia, confirmation camp and action camp in August . . .

It’s going to be a great summer!!

An easy way to pray & bless each day

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko, AIM
CYF Ministry Development Coordinator

Over the past few months Lindsay and I have been walking through the Faith 5. We’ve learning about sharing highs and lows, reading a Bible verse or story and talking about the Bible reading as it relates to our highs and lows.

This month we’ll be looking at the last two steps of Faith 5 – prayer and blessing.

Pray. Take your highs and lows to God in prayer: 1) Thank and praise Jesus for the highs; 2) Ask the Holy Spirit’s help with the lows; 3) Close in Jesus’ name.

Bless. Close your evening with a simple blessing. Trace a cross on each other’s foreheads while saying – “You are a blessed Child of God.”

Even if your family was to do these last two steps each day, imagine how it might change your perspective.  Taking our excitement and worries to God calms the soul. And the daily reminder that you belong to God can empower you and your children to live like Jesus every day!

Learn more at and on the bookmarks at the Welcome Center or in the office.



We’ll be moving our June Movie Musical night from it’s regular week again in June. Plan to join Pastor Dana at her home (506 7th Ave. NE Kasson) at 7 pm on Monday, June 27. Stay tuned for this month’s musical selection!


What we were up to last month

What we were up to last month:

In May the Education Commission hosted their annual rummage sale. Over $1,400 was raised for Christian Education opportunities through St. John’s. Thank you to all who donated, bought, promoted, and worked at this year’s sale!

A lot of stuff came in for the rummage sale!

A lot of stuff came in for the rummage sale!


More than 30 young people in the St. John’s family are graduating from high school this spring. Those students have an opportunity to be part of a quilt milestone ministry to commemorate this time in their life and remind them that the people of St. John’s continue to pray for them. This year 17 seniors participated in this project.

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! You are in our prayers always.

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! You are in our prayers always.


June Special Events

June 1 – WIP –  Blessing of Bikes and other Wheeled Things
June 2 – Worship at Fairview @ 9:30 am
June 8 – WIP – Kids Service
June 15 – WIP – Father’s Day Celebration
June 16 – Worship at Sunwood @ 2pm
June 20-24 – Around the World VBS (FREE! Details/registration in the office &
June 22 – WIP – Celebrate VBS
June 25 – Depart: Confirmation Camp – Outlaw Ranch South Dakota (return July 1)
June 27 Movie Musical – DATE CHANGE! @ Pr Dana’s @ 7pm
June 29 WIP – Independence Day

Summer Worship Schedule:

Worship In the Park (WIP)
Wednesday 6 pm meal, 6:30 pm service
Veterans Memorial Park (North Park)
In the shelter just east of the pool
See the schedule of themes above or at

Unified Sunday Worship
Sundays 9 am

More details & events available online at