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Showing our appreciation for The Center Clinic

Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) went to The Center Clinic in Dodge Center on September 20, 2017. This was our seventh MOE visit where we thank people for the service they do for others. The Center Clinic takes care of the uninsured, underinsured, and low income. They offer many services and medical care is provided by volunteers from the Mayo Family Practice Clinic in Kasson and Mayo Clinic.

Not only did we bring them lots of food, but we also thanked/treated 19 other organizations that were there for their Health Fair. It is such a pleasure to be able to recognize these people and their good actions and to let them know that St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kasson appreciates them.

These pictures show the people that we thanked, our group from St. John’s (we have anywhere from 5-15 people attend), and pictures of some of the food given to them. The Lutefisk/Lefse Committee donated lefse and one of the employees was happy to see “Mexican tortillas.”

The Center Clinic takes care of people from Dodge County and if you would like to learn more abut them, you can check out their website at www.thecenterclinic.org.

We have great volunteers who donate lots of food and attend the MOE visits. If you would like to be one of those volunteers, watch for our next MOE adventure later this year.




MOE to The Center Clinic

The next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) will be to The Center Clinic in Dodge Center on September 20 to thank the paid and volunteer staff for the great work they do in Dodge County. For many years they have provided services to the uninsured, underinsured, and low income. Learn more at www.thecenterclinic.org. Our purpose is simple — to acknowledge and encourage the staff in what they do by bringing food and beverages to indicate their efforts are appreciated. We’d love to have you come along with us but if you can’t, you can still participate by contributing food. We will meet at St. John’s at 8:30 am and carpool. Details and signup at the Welcome Center and www.stjohnskasson.org/moe. Mary Adam and Ardis Grovdahl co-lead this ministry. If you have questions, contact Ardis at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Kasson-Mantorville Middle School MOE on May 16

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be to the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This will be an early morning celebration, and we will meet at St. John’s at 7:00 am and hustle off to the Middle School to get set-up for them before their meeting at 7:30 am. You can either meet at the church or be at the school by 7:15 am. We will thank all the middle school personnel, about 65-70 people. Sign up to attend and/or bring food online or there are paper sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center. We will show our appreciation for all those who are teaching and working with our students so plan to join us. This is open to any volunteer to attend and/or donate food. Any questions, contact Ardis Grovdahl at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

KM Middle School MOE on May 16

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be to the Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This will be an early morning celebration, and we will meet at St. John’s at 7:00 am and hustle off to the Middle School to get set-up for them before their meeting at 7:30 am. You can either meet at the church or be at the school by 7:15 am. We will thank all the middle school personnel, about 65-70 people. Sign up to attend and/or bring food online or there are paper sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center. We will show our appreciation for all those who are teaching and working with our students so plan to join us. This is open to any volunteer to attend and/or donate food. Any questions, contact Ardis Grovdahl at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

Next MOE – Kasson Firefighters April 3

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) will be thanking the Kasson Firefighters for the service they do at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 3. We will meet at St. John’s at 6:15 pm and proceed to the Kasson Fire Hall. They have their meeting and evening meal together so we will bring their meal to them. If you would like to join us and/or donate food or supplies, please see the sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center or in the office. Mary Adam and Ardis Grovdahl are co-leading this ministry and if you have any questions or need information, you can email Ardis at grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or (507) 634-7644.

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!!

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!

Thank you MOE volunteers

Thanks to all who helped with our February ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to SEMCAC. Not only did we all have a great time thanking the workers for all they do for so many struggling in Dodge County, but we also learned that SEMCAC provides a lot more services than most of us realized. We also learned that a number of our St. John’s members regularly volunteer at SEMCAC – so they also got to enjoy the goodies we left. Be on the lookout for information about our next MOE visit soon.

Presenting a Certificate of Appreciation

Presenting a Certificate of Appreciation

The St. John's crew

The St. John’s crew

Getting a tour of the food shelf.

Getting a tour of the food shelf.

We bring a ton of tasty treats to every "Ministry of Encouragement" visit to thank people in our community for making Kasson a great place to live.

We bring a ton of tasty treats to every “Ministry of Encouragement” visit to thank people in our community for making Kasson a great place to live.

First 2016 Ministry of Encouragement Visit to SEMCAC on February 24

On Wednesday, February 24, we’ll be doing our first 2016 Ministry of Encouragement visit (MOE) to SEMCAC (20 E Veterans Memorial Hwy, Kasson).

What is an MOE?

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 and nonprofit organizations 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 powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community goes largely unnoticed. (In 2015 we visited the workers at Fairview Nursing Center to thank them for all the help they provide to our seniors and to Kasson City Hall to thank them for helping to make Kasson a great place to live.)

What’s SEMCAC?

SEMCAC is the Community Action Agency in our area. Their mission is to assist people to achieve or maintain independence and self-reliance through their own and community resources. They offer important services in our community including a food shelf, transportation services, and housing and energy assistance. These folks really make a difference in our community, and it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to thank them for all they do.

Event Details

On Wednesday, February 24, we’ll gather at St. John’s at 10:00 for prayer and then drive over together to SEMCAC.

We’d like you to come along. And if you can’t come, please sign up to bring bars, or fruit or veggies, or drinks or paper products. There’s a way for all of us to be involved.
As those who participated in our 2015 MOEs discovered, these visits are powerful for both for those we visit and those of us who go along. God always shows up big time!

Sign up at the Welcome Center or with Pastor Dana – dana@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110

November’s Ministry of Encouragement Visit to City Hall

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped with our Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to Kasson City Hall on Thursday, November 12. We all had a great time thanking the city employees for the amazing work they do to make Kasson a great place to live. Our thank you included a certificate of thanks and a whole lot of really good food.

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November Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12th, we’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:00 am and then go to City Hall at 9:30 for a MOE with the City staff and the Dept of Public Works employees (you know — the people who handle our water and electricity issues and take care of our streets all year around). As always, our goal is simple — to thank them for all the work they do just keeping everything moving. You all already know how fortunate we are to live in this Kasson-Mantorville area, so it makes sense to thank some of the people who make this community such a great place to live.

If you can’t come along, you can still help by providing something — coffee or treats — to take along.

After the first MOE to the Fairview Nursing Center, we received the following comment back from a staff person:

“On behalf of all the staff at Fairview Care Center, I have to say that this was a very moving and heartfelt thank you that really meant a lot to all of us. The food was fabulous and all the kind words will never be forgotten!”

Our First Ministry of Encouragement Visit (MOE)

On Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am we’ll do our first Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to the Fairview Nursing Center. We will be thanking the Fairview staff for all the work they do for our community. You are invited to participate either by bringing coffee and snacks to St. John’s ahead of time and/or by actually accompanying us over to Fairview. (It’s really important that we get 8-10 people to come along to Fairview so we can show the staff how important their work is.)

Although our visit will be short – only as long as it takes to 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 goes largely unnoticed.

Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the office or contact Pastor Dana  (507-634-7110 or dana@stjohnskasson.org) if you can help or have any questions.