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Fall education program registration now available

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to think about fall! Registration is available online or in the office for:

  • Sunday School (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Education (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Afterschool (kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Club 56 (grades 5-6)
  • Confirmation (grades 7-8)

More information about each of these programs and links for registration is available at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning

Thank You

amandasabelko2016-1Deacon Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Coordinator

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our Faith Formation volunteers and staff this past year! From our Sunday and Oasis teachers to our adult education leaders, and confirmation guides we could not have gotten through this whole year without your support and dedication to the faith life of our congregation and its visitors. Thank you also to Country Pleasures & the Confirmation groups for your work with the Oasis Meals. We have been truly blessed by your service!

Vacation Bible School

This June 19-23 at St. John’s we will be learning about God’s love through the stories of Dr. Seuss! From 8:30-11:30 am each day we will learn how God helps us to care for creation and each other!

Sign up today, it’s free!

3 years – 4th grade (2016-2017)

For questions or to volunteer contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or
amanda@stjohnkasson.org

A Dr. Seuss VBS

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

At St. John’s we believe that faith formation is ongoing and for all ages.

  • Sunday School or Oasis Education (Wednesday evenings) – 3-year-old through 4th grade students gather to learn about God and grow in their faith
  • Club 56 – (Sunday morning or Wednesday evenings) – 5th and 6th graders gather to learn about God and grown in their faith
  • Oasis Afterschool – faith-based programming after school for kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Confirmation – 7th & 8th grade programming, confirmation celebration is held for 9th graders
  • Adult Education – various opportunities are offered throughout the year. Always check news and the webpage for what’s coming up!

If cost is keeping you from participating in any of St. John’s educational opportunities, download the Education Scholarship Form.

 

Friday Roundup – November 6, 2016

This week was busy with:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Remembrance Day at worship
  • Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference
  • Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)
  • An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child
  • Confirmation Trivia Night
  • Monthly Senior Community Worship
  • Yard work around the church building

Trunk or Treat

Over 250 visitors from the community joined us on Saturday, October 31 for “Trunk or Treat.” It was a fun afternoon of games, “trick-or-treating,” and refreshments at St. John’s. People decorated the trunks of their cars, backs of their vans, or (in one case) even a trailer and passed out treats. This year’s “treats” were all non-food items as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to provide a safe place for kids with food allergies or sensitivities to trick-or-treat. The police and fire departments even came out to join in the fun.

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Remembrance Day at worship

On Sunday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 4, we remembered our loved ones who have passed. We read names of those from our congregation who died in the past year, did a special ringing of the bells, and lit candles as  a remembrance.

Remembrance Day Candles

Remembrance Day Candles

Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference

Each year the synod bishop’s office hosts a conference of continuing education for pastors and other leaders in the church. This year Pastor Randy, Amanda, and Lindsay all attended the event in Onalaska, Wis.

2015 Fall Theological Conference

2015 Fall Theological Conference

Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)

Wednesday, November 4, was the first day back to quilting for the year (now that lefse baking is over!). Anyone who likes to iron, cut blocks, or tie quilts is invited Wednesdays at 8 am. No experience needed! Thank you to everyone who donated fabric and sewed together tops!

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

Quilting has resumed for the year! Join them 8 am Wednesday mornings.

There's also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings - or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

There’s also an opportunity to learn about making prayer shawls on Wednesday mornings – or any time! Mary is happy to teach you.

An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child

On Wednesday, November 4, KM Schools had an early-out, so the Oasis Afterschool kids had a special service project to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Confirmation Trivia Night

While the adult leaders had a meeting Wednesday night, the confirmation students had a rousing trivia night!

Monthly Senior Community Worship

On the first Thursday of the month, we host a Senior Community Worship service at 1:30 pm. For some, this is an easier time to attend and offers a special time together. The December service is a special time and will be held December 17 at 11 am (NOT the first Thursday). It will be followed by a luncheon.

Yard work around the church building

It takes many types of volunteers to do God’s work. This week we give a special thank you to Gary Kautz to did a lot of pruning work this week and hauled the waste away. We’re all set for spring!

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Pruned shrubs thanks to Gary Kautz

Faith Formation Ministries

Amanda Sabelko CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

Amanda Sabelko
CYF Ministry Development Director

  • On November 4, Oasis kids will pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We do need more donations of toys, school supplies, and health items. For more information, please contact Tanya Young, tyoung8550@yahoo.com
  • We will be giving out Prayer Pillows to 3-year-olds on November 8 and 11. Anyone is welcome to receive this special gift. Three-year-olds will receive prayers to put in their pillows throughout the year!
  • On November 11, there will be a family packing party for Operation Christmas Child. Bring your whole family and help to pack a box for a special child! Contact Tanya Young with questions.
  • There will be an Advent Festival, November 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Please join us for games and fellowship. This will also be the kick-off for the Christmas Tree Silent Auction put on by our Confirmation Classes.

Friday Roundup – October 30, 2015

This week brought activities at St. John’s a bit back to normal after last week’s Lutefisk Dinner and a slow week before that due to MEA week.

During Sunday morning worship we baptized two children into the family of God – Evan Victor Halvorson and Simon Henry Mucha. Keep them in your prayers!

Also on Sunday we wrapped up our Faith and Art series after learning about art in the church, stained glass, the St. John’s Bible, wood carving, and sacred dance. It was a unique and interesting way to hear about faith in our lives!

On Wednesday, the 28th, we resumed all of our regular programming including Oasis Afterschool, Oasis Education, several musical rehearsals, the Oasis Meal, a Faith-ful Parenting discussion, and worship. Check the regular calendar for all that goes on Wednesdays.

Oasis Bus Update

The new bus awaiting a paint job!

The new bus awaiting a paint job!

One of the great ministries of St. John’s is the Oasis Afterschool outreach program, where each week approximately 60 children have the chance to experience God’s love. This ministry would not be possible without the bus service that transports these children to St. John’s. Unfortunately, the bus that was donated to St. John’s several years ago has reached the end of its useful life, and had to be taken out of service last spring. A new bus was needed before the fall school season to continue the Oasis program.

St. John’s is fortunate to have found a replacement bus at a very reasonable cost of $3570 that should provide several years of service. To help offset that cost, the old bus has been scrapped in exchange for $1504.50. This brings the net cost of the new bus to $2065.50. Additionally, the old bus had recently received new front tires and batteries, and those were removed and kept for reuse prior to scrapping.

The only significant work required to put the bus in service is to paint it to meet legal requirements. A team of volunteers is being assembled to do that.

Thanks to all of St. John’s congregation for supporting this outreach ministry. Special thanks to Al Flickinger for ongoing maintenance and assisting with the purchase and scrapping of the buses and to Merrill Trapp for driving the bus.