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Ready Set Learn  Back to School is a program that is offering backpacks and school supplies to qualified recipients. It started in 2007, and has grown ever since. In the 2016 school year we were able to serve approximately 345 kids, helping prepare them with school supplies for the upcoming year. We now have a committee of 10 dedicated individuals from the community that our passionate about making this continue to strive. We run on donations from the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. We wouldn’t be able to make it without these generous donations.

We are accepting donations now through July 31 both at St. John’s and at the Kasson ShopKo.

Items needed include:

  • Backpacks – Large
  • Glue Sticks – Small
  • 2 – Pocket Folders (Blue, Green, Red, Yellow)
  • Markers – Washable, Narrow or Wide
  • Notebooks – Wide-ruled, spiral, one subject, colors: blue, green, red, yellow
  • #2 Pencils 12-pack
  • Pencil Pouches – Zippered
  • Highlighters – Any Color Wide or Narrow
  • Pens – Blue or Black
  • Composition Notebooks – Wide or College ruled

We are also having a “Stuff The Bus” Event July 19 from 4-9 pm at the Dodge County Fair to fill St. John’s Big Blue Bus with supplies!

Thank you for contributions to the Dodge County Backpack Program

Supplies collected at St. John's.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Dodge County Backpack Program school supply drive! We collected a lot of supplies and over $415 (used for the purchase of bulk school supplies) to be distributed to students in need right here in Dodge County.

Distribution will be held on August 18 at. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson. If you or others you know cannot afford supplies to prep your children for this school year, please stop by!

Question? Talk to Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or 316-390-5368.

Supplies collected at St. John's.

Supplies collected at St. John’s.

 

Headquarters at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to sort and stuff backpacks.

Headquarters at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to sort and stuff backpacks.

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!

Drivers and/or Vans Needed

Needed: 7-8 passenger vehicles for the summer confirmation camp trip June 24-July 1, 2016. EITHER volunteer your vehicle for our adult chaperones to drive OR volunteer to drive to camp (Friday, June 24, returning home Sunday, June 26) and/or back (driving to camp Thursday, June 30 and returning home on Friday, July 1. To volunteer, talk to Pastor Randy (rfett@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) or Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Seder Meal 2016

Cancelled!

Due to predictions of dangerous road conditions, we have cancelled this service.

Join us for a traditional Jewish Seder meal and worship service Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 pm. We need to plan, so let us know if you’re coming and if you can help by bringing an item. See the below for descriptions of what is needed.

What is a Seder? Click here for more information.

Ready to sign up? RSVP and (if desired) sign up to bring at item or sign up in the office or at the Welcome Center.

Seder Meal Needs

If you’re coming to the Seder Meal & Worship on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, you can help by bringing one of the following!

  • Matzos – Small crackers or unleavened bread.
    Need: 2 families to bring 100 pieces each
  • Bitter Herbs – romaine lettuce leaves
    Need: 3 families to bring 50-75 leaves each
  • Grape Juice – red grape juice, frozen concentrate
    Need: 2 families to bring 3 large cans (or 9 small cans) each
  • Charoset – 8 cups finely chopped apples, 4 cups finely chopped almonds or walnuts, 8 teaspoons of cinnamon, a little orange juice to help mix items together
    Need: 2 families to bring one batch each
  • Beitzah – hard boiled eggs
    Need: 3 families to bring 50 each
  • Karpas – parsley
    Need: 2 families to bring 75 each

Collecting food for Thanksgiving

We are collecting food for Thanksgiving to share with the families participating in the Food for Friends Backpack Program. Please join us by bringing in bags of stuffing, cans of vegetables, gravy mix or cans (no glass, please), potatoes, or money to purchase turkeys. You may place food items in the marked bin in the narthex or bring money to the office. Final day for donations is Sunday, November 22.

2015 Lutefisk Dinner

Lutefisk Poster 2015Thursday, October 22, 2015
Serving 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4 pm until all served
Bake Sale opens at 9 am
Adults – $16
Children (under 10) – $6  ?

  • Norwegian Cookie Bake – Oct. 12, 4:30-7 pm ?
  • Pizza Party at the last Lefse Bake – Oct. 14, 11:30 am, $4/person ?
  • Check your mail for donation letters ?
  • Consider an extra donation of baked goods for the bake sale. ?
  • Take-out meals can be pre-ordered beginning Oct 19 (call (507)634-7110). For day-of curbside pickup, call (507)993-3800.

Find all the news and information at www.stjohnskasson.org/lutefisk

Dodge County Backpack Program in need of school supplies

backpackThe Dodge County Backpack program is in need of the following supplies for students in need in Dodge County:

  • Sturdy backpacks
  • Pen (blue, black, red)
  • #2 pencils & mechanical pencils
  • Glue sticks & liquid school glue
  • Pink block-style erasers
  • 24 ct. crayons & 48 ct. crayons
  • 12 ct. colored pencils & 24 ct. colored pencils
  • Washable markers – fine & broad tip
  • Blunt & pointed tip school scissors
  • Pencil pouches/cases/boxes
  • Dry erase markers – fine and broad tip
  • Black Sharpie markers – fine and ultra fine
  • Folders – 2 pocket with and without prongs
  • Steno notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • 1 subject notebooks – wide & college rule
  • 3 subject notebooks – wide & college rule
  • Loose leave paper – wide & college rule
  • Basic & scientific calculators
  • 3×5 ruled index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Book covers

Drop your donations in the marked bin at St. John’s. Donations will be accepted through August 25.

Meal coordination help needed

Hot Soup ClipartThe Education Commission is looking for 2-3 individuals to coordinate and prepare meals on Wednesdays during the school year.

For questions or if you are interested please contact Amanda Sabelko, (507) 634-7110 ext. 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org.

Seder Meal 2015

Join us for a traditional Jewish Seder meal and worship service Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm. We need to plan, so let us know if you’re coming and if you can help by bringing an item. See the below for descriptions of what is needed.

What is a Seder? Click here for more information.

Ready to sign up? RSVP and (if desired) sign up to bring at item or sign up in the office or at the Welcome Center.

Seder Meal Needs

If you’re coming to the Seder Meal & Worship on Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm, you can help by bringing one of the following!

  • Matzos – Small crackers or unleavened bread.
    Need: 4 families to bring 100 pieces each
  • Bitter Herbs – romaine lettuce leaves
    Need: 3 families to bring 50-75 leaves each
  • Grape Juice – red grape juice, frozen concentrate
    Need: 2 families to bring 3 large cans (or 9 small cans) each
  • Charoset – 8 cups finely chopped apples, 4 cups finely chopped almonds or walnuts, 8 teaspoons of cinnamon, a little orange juice to help mix items together
    Need: 2 families to bring one batch each
  • Beitzah – hard boiled eggs
    Need: 3 families to bring 50 each
  • Karpas – parsley
    Need: 2 families to bring 75 each

Lutefisk 2014: Where Can You Help?

Lutefisk week is almost upon us! All hands on deck! Below are some of the ways you can help make next week’s event a success:

Tuesday, October 21:
7:30 a.m. – cutting and peeling rutabagas in church kitchen

Wednesday, October 22: 
7 a.m. – cooking rutabagas in church kitchen
8 a.m. – meatball preparation in church kitchen
9 a.m. – set up and room prep in fellowship hall
12 p.m. – potluck for workers (please bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 23 Lutefisk Day!!
6:30 a.m. – bag lutefisk
8 a.m. – 10 p.m. – workers needed in all areas (contact Renee Solberg if you can work – solberg4@kmtel.com)

Special Information for Workers: If you are working in a public area, please wear white shirts and black pants; vests, aprons and name tags will be available in the church library on Thursday. Do not bring purses or valuables in to the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $6 in the take-out room and then eat in Sunday School Rooms 8 and 9.

Bake Sale Items: Please specifically label your items (i.e. nuts, flavorings, etc.). If you have never donated baked items, please consider doing so. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used to fund a variety of church projects.

Fall Decorating is October 19

If you have mums, pumpkins, gourds, or other fall decorations to share, have them at church by October 18. Thank You!

Pumpkins

End of September Lutefisk Dinner Reminders

Donation letters have been mailed to each St. John’s household for the annual congregational lutefisk dinner. Every family is asked to contribute something specific to make the dinner a success. If you have not received a letter, please contact the church office by October 10.

Volunteers – A big thank you to those who have already signed up to work at the dinner! We will need workers in most areas; if you can help out in any way, please leave your name in the church office and you will be contacted by a member of the dinner committee.

Norwegian Cookie Bake will be held in the church kitchen on Monday, October 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m. All supplies are provided – just bring yourself! Cookies to be sold at the Bake Sale during the Lutefisk Dinner.

PIZZA PARTY!! The last lefse bake for 2014 will be held on October 15 followed by a celebratory lunch at around 11:30 of pizza and pop for $4 per person. A very special thank you to so many of you who helped on Tuesday evenings as ‘cookers and ricers’ which was coordinated by Becky Knoepke. Sign up for the pizza party with Shelley Gustafson at (507) 634-4243 by Tuesday, October 14 if you can join us.

Empty ice cream pails with lids are needed by the fish committee for the lutefisk dinner. If you have some to donate, please contact Genny Hendrickson by October 19. Thank you!

Lutefisk Dinner Posters are available in two sizes in the church office. Please help us advertise our lutefisk dinner and pick up on in the office today.

The JOY Campaign

The following letter was sent to congregational members earlier this summer. As of August 26, 2014, we have raised enough for a new bus, 21% of the total requested funds. Have you contributed? Drop your contribution in the office or the offering plate (marked JOY campaign) or click here for online giving options.

Philippians 1:3-5 “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with JOY in everyone of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.”

Dear Friends in Christ –

I bring you good tidings of great joy! I know you’re accustomed to hearing that during Advent, but we have a lot of celebrate at St. John’s these days. We have a variety of new staff people (Amanda, Katie and Ben) who are doing great things for and with us! Pastor Nirmala is providing outreach and ministry to members who are unable to join us. Attendance at our blended worship service continues to grow, and summer activities are ramping up. There is a lot to be joyful about!

Council members are very pleased about all of these things. However, one of our primary responsibilities is the health and welfare of the church’s finances and ensuring that all the wonderful happenings at our church are financially feasible. Looking ahead, the Council has identified four special projects that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of our children and staff, and to continue to adapt and grow our ministries. To support these projects, the Council is announcing the Joyful Giving Campaign to raise funds for these four special projects, which are described below.

  1. Security Windows In Office and Sunday School Room Doors
    St. John’s staff and volunteers are requesting that fire-rated observation windows be added to the five office doors, nursery door and ten Sunday school room doors that are currently without windows. These windows are being requested because of the priority we place on safety and security, especially as it pertains to our children. Estimated costs are $3000. This project will be managed by the Properties Commission.
  2. Reliable Transportation
    For the past several years, St. John’s has made use of the “big blue bus” to transport approximately 70 students from school to St. John’s each Wednesday for Oasis. We have also been able to utilize the bus for occasional field trips for Creation Kids Preschool and other youth programming. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons including maintenance costs and safety reasons, the current bus is no longer an option and needs to be retired. A committee of volunteers which includes the current bus mechanic and several congregation members has researched several transportation options and is recommending that St. John’s purchase a newer, used school bus. Estimated costs for this project are $6000. This project will be managed by the Transportation Committee.
  3. Video Ministry
    St. John’s sees the need to provide a new video outreach ministry that has the potential to reach out to many people, both inside the walls of our building and beyond. We are attempting to start a Video Ministry where we video record our services to make them available to both members and non-members in multiple formats. Funds are needed to cover the start-up cost of this ministry. These startup costs include the purchase and installation of a video recording system (video cameras, video mixing board, wiring, etc.) and training on how to operate the system.This video ministry will reach many people. It would be used to help those in attendance when we have an over-full worship service (Easter Sunday, for example) by showing video of the service on TV screens in the narthex and fireside room. Video of worship services would also be streamed or podcasted on our website to allow both members and non-members to view our worship when they are unable to attend. Recorded video of the service would also be available in other formats (flash drive, DVD) to be delivered to people who are unable to attend worship, or do not have website access.New technology provides exciting opportunities to meet the needs of our congregation and to evangelize to the world around us. Estimated costs for this project are $10,400. This project will be managed by the Media Commission.
  4. Increased Personnel Costs
    As I mentioned earlier, we have a variety of new staff on board doing wonderful things for St. John’s. We also have long-time staff people who help keep St. John’s up and running, and we are starting the call process to bring a second full-time pastor to St. John’s. It is imperative that we are able to pay our current (and future) staff living wages in line with similar positions in other congregations throughout our region. We would also like to be able to utilize additional, temporary staff for increased office coverage during our busy holiday seasons. We are asking for $15,600 to cover a variety of personnel costs during 2014. This funding will be managed by the Personnel Commission.

The total request being made through the Joyful Giving Campaign is: $35,000.

If you have any questions, please ask any one of your Council members. Council will be providing regular updates on the progress of this campaign. We thank you in advance for your support.

Blessings,

Jakki Trihey, President and St. John’s Council, Pr. Randy Fett, Dennis Foster, Sharon Melquist, Jay Harris, Paul Beeman, Roger Carlsen, Lori Evans, Randy Price, Deb Smith, Bill Thornburg, Tim Tjosaas and Dan Ziebell

Dodge County Back to School Program

backpackThe Mission of the Month for August 2014 is the Dodge County Back to School Program. For over 10 years, the Dodge County Back to School Program has helped kids in need get the school year started on the right foot. It is an independent program that is supported by various funding sources: private citizens, businesses, charitable organizations, and churches serving Dodge County residents.

Drop off financial or material donations for the program at St. John’s by August 17. Items to consider donating include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pens/pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers/crayons
  • Glue/glue sticks
  • Pencil cases
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Notebooks (spiral bound, composition, and steno notebooks)
  • Folders (2 pocket with and without prongs)
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Basic calculator/scientific calculator (not graphing calculators)
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Book covers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Sharpie markers

Anyone interested in applying for the program can get an application through Dodge County Human Services. Applications MUST be received NO LATER THAN August 15th.

The Dodge County Back to School Program is not a government subsidized program. The role of Dodge County Human Services is merely to verify the applicant’s status as qualifying for assistance from the Dodge County Back to School Program. Applications submitted to the Dodge County Back to School Program are filled on a first come, first served basis which is also based on availability of goods and funding of the program. Submission of application does not guarantee goods will be available.