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Thank you from our confirmation campers

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Thank you on behalf of the summer confirmation class trip campers and families for all of the support of fundraisers from the congregation, and for the scholarships and travel money form Thrivent, St. John’s Foundation Board, and WELCA. The students were nurtured and taught about Bible and the faith, celebrated Christian community and service, and took adventures in horseback riding, kayaking and paddle boarding, Mountain biking, and hiking. Yes, it was faith experience. Everyone loves this camp. If you see a student make sure you ask them about the “Outlaw” experience. They hope to share stories at the Sunday, July 17 worship service. Thank you.

An update on our flag policy discussion

us-flagSt. John’s Congregational Council

Earlier this year, several members of the congregation asked Council to review St. John’s Flag Policy, asking that it be changed to allow for the U.S. flag to be displayed continuously in the sanctuary.  Council gave this request respectful consideration, and appreciates the deep passion and personal meaning the U.S. flag has for many St. John’s members.  After much careful discussion, Council agreed to take two actions to give the the U.S. flag more prominence while retaining the current Flag Policy.  1) The U.S. flag will be displayed more prominently in the narthex.  2) The U.S. flag will be displayed more often in the sanctuary by being mindful of the “in prayerful times of national crisis” statement of the Flag Policy.

Council realizes this decision does not meet the specific request to display the US flag continuously in the sanctuary.  Council feels the actions identified attempt to address the intention of the request and will serve to give the U.S. flag more prominence within St. John’s.

Please speak with a council member if you have questions or concerns with this decision.

Praying, sending, welcoming, & listening – what our mission trip needs

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

July! How is it already so far into summer! As I write this I am surrounded by paperwork and resources as I prepare for this month’s senior high school mission trip to Philadelphia. St. John’s will be sending 13 students and 4 adults to Philadelphia July 15-23 to participate in service work through YouthWorks, a non-denominational Christian service trip organization. Our group will be learning about urban gardening, poverty issues, and food sustainability. The people of St. John’s have generously supported us over the past several months as we have prepared for this trip. You have attended our Chili Cook-off, joined us for Sunday morning coffee, and let us cook soup suppers and Sunday morning breakfasts for you. Through all of this food-related fundraising you have been overwhelmingly generous with both your time and your money, and for that we are immensely grateful.

And now, I have another favor to ask of you. This is much more difficult than giving $20 here and $5 there. What our students and adult leaders will need most from you is emotional and logistical support. Our mission team needs your support and feedback. We need your prayers for safe travel and God’s presence to be tangible as we serve in Philadelphia. We need you to send us off with encouragement. We need you to receive us as we return with open arms of welcome, listening ears to help us process our experiences, and willingness to help us apply what we learned in Philadelphia to our own context here at home in Kasson. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our youth!

What we were up to last month

  • We kicked off our Worship in the Park Wednesday night worship experience
  • Food for Friends continues with an option for families to pick up food here at St. John’s.
  • Approximately 80 kids joined us for “Around the World VBS”
  • 18 confirmation students and their adult chaperones travelled to South Dakota for confirmation camp.

Free kids’ games in August

Some of you may remember that last summer St. John’s had a booth at both National Night Out and Festival in the Park. We had free kids’ games which both got us a bit of publicity and provided everyone with a practical example of God’s free grace. Well, the plan is to do it again this year, but I need your help. We’ll need some volunteers to help staff the games at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 and again on August 12 and 13 during Festival in the Park. It’s easy and loads of fun. Mark your calendars now and look for more info and sign up sheets as the dates get closer.

Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 5-8 in 2015-2016 are invited to St. John’s 2016 Action Packed Day Camp! We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:00 am August 1-5 and we’ll go somewhere different every day for action-packed activities! Details about the schedule are at the link below. Cost is $50/student (scholarships available). Registration is limited to 30 students and the deadline to register is July 17.

Registration and information at http://stjohnskasson.org/action-packed-day-camp/

Movie Musical – The Student Prince

Student_prince_LSC2339On July 11 we’ll watch The Student Prince – a movie about a prince who goes off to college, joins a frat, gets involved in a duel, and falls in love with a barmaid. There’s lots of great singing – much of it by Mario Lanza – and at least one song that everyone will know. Join Pastor Dana at her home (506 7th Ave. NE Kasson) at 7 pm on Monday, July 11 for this relatively unknown favorite!

July Special Events

July 6 – WIP –  Pet Blessing
July 7 – Worship at Fairview @ 9:30am
July 10 – Service Opportunity – Ronald McDonald House @ 3-8:30pm
July 11 – Movie Musical – The Student Prince @ Pr Dana’s @ 7pm
July 13 – WIP – Clown Worship
July 15-23 – Sr High Mission Trip
July 17 – Confirmation Campers tell about their camp experience @ 9am worship
July 20 – WIP – Christmas in July
July 21 – Sunwood Worship @ 2pm
July 27 – WIP – Mission Trip Celebration
July 28 – Family Fun Night @ 6-8pm

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
www.stjohnskasson.org/worship

Unified Sunday Worship
Sundays 9 am

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