On Sunday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 12 after worship we are going to get hands-on for God’s work in our community. We’ll have activities for all ages, all abilities, all time commitments. Activities might include: making fleece blankets, packing breakfast bags for Ronald McDonald House, letter writing, and outdoor work. We’ll get started at about 9:10 am and again at 11:15 am on Sunday or 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Just show up ready to serve!
This year St. John’s volunteers will be cooking our Wednesday night meals. We are looking for 2-4 volunteers for each week of the Oasis meal to come in to prep, cook, and help with clean-up for the Wednesday evening meals. Menu and food supplies for the meal will be provided. Our confirmation students and their families will continue to help set-up, serve, and clean-up the meal (a big thank you to all of our confirmation families, past and present, for this!) If you are interested in helping out with meals, visit stjohnskasson.org/meals or talk to Lindsay.
We’re looking for individuals, families, or groups to serve monthly breakfasts during the fellowship time between Sunday morning services (9:00 am – 10:15 am). See stjohnskasson.org/breakfasts for details.
WELCA Doing Day on March 15 was filled with mission work that will benefit many around the world. The quilters completed 5 quilts. The quilts made throughout the year were distributed to many local missions along with Lutheran World Relief.
Also completed and sent to Lutheran World Relief were:
- 42 baby care kits
- 39 school kits
- 34 personal care kits
- 20 fabric kits
Kits completed and delivered to Global Health Ministries included:
- 46 newborn kits
- 26 hospice/AIDS kits
We took time out for a wonderful potluck lunch, and the CKP students came in and performed for us. A big “Thank you” to everyone who donated items and helped put the kits together. A special “Thank you” to Bruce and Jeannine Allen for delivering the kits to Lutheran World Relief and Global Health Ministries in the Twin Cities.
Thank you to those who donated to our November Thankfulness Challenge community service opportunity! In total, St. John’s donated: about 15 fleece tie blankets, 50 decorated and filled breakfast bags, 2 big boxes of food and toiletries. The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester was very grateful!
How can you help make our 2016 Lutefisk Dinner a success?
Sunday, October 23:
- 10:15 am – begin setting up rooms for the Lutefisk Dinner. Stop by if you can help!
Tuesday, October 25:
- 7:30 AM – cutting and peeling rutabagas in church kitchen (bring your own knife if you have a favorite one)
Wednesday, October 26:
- 7 am – cooking rutabagas in church kitchen
- 8 am – meatball preparation in church kitchen
- 9 am – 8 pm please bring in food donations and items for bake sale table
- 9 am – set up and room prep in fellowship hall
- 12 noon – Potluck for workers (please bring a dish to share)
Thursday, October 27 Lutefisk Day!
- 6:30 am – bag lutefisk
- 8 am – 10 pm: workers are still needed in many areas (contact Renee Solberg if you can help – firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please be considerate of where you park and leave those parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.
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.
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, St. John’s had our first monthly service projects. Each month we’ll offer an opportunity for anyone, any age to help give back to our community. The first event was a highway cleanup day.
Our service event we are calling a Thankfulness Challenge. We are inviting everyone to collect items for the Ronald McDonald House needs list. The list can be found at www.rmhmn.org/needslist. Any items collected can be brought to Lindsay’s office. People are also invited to make fleece tie blankets as well (these are really easy! a short tutorial is available here). We will deliver all of these items the week of Thanksgiving, so please bring in items by Sunday, November 20.
Photos from the highway cleanup:
Wednesday, October 12 was one of St. John’s Confirmation Service nights. At St. John’s there are eight confirmation small groups that meet on Wednesday and one that meet on Sunday with a total of 70 students in grades 7-8. Each small group will do five service nights throughout this school year.
Pictured below is a group of 8th grade confirmation students who volunteered to help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children. Volunteers pack rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to partners working to reach the neediest children around the world. This small group of boys packed enough food to feed 42 kids for a whole year!
In addition to the group who packed meals, another group packed 55 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, another group took letters of appreciation to the fire station, several groups helped around St. John’s with preparations for the Advent Festival, and one group deep-cleaned and sanitized the nursery.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Dates: July 15-23, 2016 (at Youth Works site July 17-22)
$60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29.
Questions? Talk to Lindsay Colwell – email@example.com or (507) 634-7110
Get started by registering at the form at the bottom of this page!
YouthWorks description of this site and serving experience:
As Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia offers a unique blend of history and progress. The city is filled with numerous parks, gardens, and historical and cultural landmarks, which help to remind visitors and residents alike of its long story. Beyond its vibrant past, there is much happening in the City of Brotherly Love today, both in terms of urban development and urban struggle. Poverty and unemployment are very real issues here, but the city is making strides to address the problems. Currently, Philadelphia is focusing on sustainability, providing healthy food to the hungry, creating equal opportunities for its diverse population, and redeveloping neighborhoods to invite more people in.
Serving opportunities in Philadelphia:
- Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
- A fully integrated service and learning experience where students not only assist with needs but also understand the causes and outcomes of specific issues facing the community, as well as the community strengths.
- Learn about food sustainability and how it affects this community as well as your community back home.
St. John’s student information to join:
- 15 student spots available
- $60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29. Please submit to the office, checks made out to St. John’s.
- Total cost for the trip per student will be $500 (This includes transportation and payment to Youth Works for July 17-22, which includes all meals during that time period. We will work out food and lodging for the trip there and back as we go along.)
- Registration can be done online or by speaking to Lindsay. We will have a meeting to fill out paperwork and to discuss fundraising efforts.
- Fundraising efforts are currently in the planning stages, but spots are available right now for coffee fellowship fundraising opportunities. The sign-up sheet is on the Youth Board in the Narthex. Questions can be addressed to Lindsay.
- Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. The final deadline to decide if students are attending or not (based on available spots) is February 1, 2016. At this time, if there are open spots parents will be given the opportunity to attend as well.
- We are in need of one female and one male chaperone. These chaperone spots are not a part of the 15 student spots. As of right now, Lindsay will be attending as the female chaperone, but that is dependent on family circumstances at that time.
- Students and chaperones will need to have a TB test prior to turning in our student forms to Youth Works. A current test within the last 2 years will suffice.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.