Archives

Doing good at WELCA Doing Day

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.

17 Doing Day Colleen & Barb - web

17 Doing Day Quilt - web

17 Doing Day Marilyn & Barb - web

17 Doing Day Genny & Shelly - web

Great Thankfulness Challenge response

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!

2016-thankfullness-challenge-for-rmh

Miss Amanda’s Musings

amandasabelko2016-1Amanda Sabelko
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Development Director

Faith Formation Ministries
On November 2, Oasis kids will be packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We are looking for more donations of toys, school and health supplies – more information in this newsletter.

We will be giving out Prayer Pillows to 3-year-olds November 13 & 16. Anyone is welcome to receive this special gift. Three-year-olds will receive prayers to put in their pillows throughout the year!

This year’s Advent Festival will be November 29, 3:00–5:00 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. We are looking for different groups to provide an activity or craft during the event too! If your bible study group, commission, or even family would like to host an activity please reach out to me or another member of the Education Commission!

Lindsay’s Update

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Our service event for November 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 my office. People are also invited to make fleece tie blankets as well. We will deliver all of these items the week of Thanksgiving, so please bring in items by Sunday, November 20.

Finally, I have tickets for The Reason Christmas Concert (featuring Switchfoot & Tenth Avenue North) on Sunday, December 4 at the Mayo Civic Center. The concert begins at 6 pm and we will meet in the church parking lot at 4:30 pm. We will be taking the big blue bus for this concert. Tickets cost $12 and checks can be made out to St. John’s.

Lutefisk 2016: Where can you help?

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 – 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. 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.

Monthly service projects kick off

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:

16-service-highway-cleanup-4
16-service-highway-cleanup-1
16-service-highway-cleanup-2

Confirmation service night

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.

8th-grade-confirmation-serving-at-feed-my-starving-children-1 16-8th-grade-confirmation-serving-at-feed-my-starving-children-2 16-8th-grade-confirmation-serving-at-feed-my-starving-children-3

What’s coming up in youth ministry

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

The air is turning crisp and the first leaves have started to change color. There is no denying that fall is upon us. Of course, with fall comes the hectic pace of school as well as programs here at St. John’s. Confirmation is in full swing as we organize small groups and get schedules in place. High school youth are getting themselves plugged in to opportunities for service throughout the congregation as junior leaders for confirmation, Sunday School and Oasis teachers/assistants, and being of service to the larger Kasson-Mantorville community.

This year we will be concentrating on equipping parents, students, and everyone in the congregation to live out their passion for service, provide opportunities for learning, and continue the work of being God’s hands and feet in the world. In an attempt to make serving easier in the midst of busy schedules the St. John’s Youth and Family Commission is committed to providing a congregational wide (open to all ages) service opportunity and learning opportunity each month. This month’s service opportunity will be a highway clean-up on Saturday, October 8 from 10am-12pm. We will meet at the church and head out to do some work beautifying our community. Our learning opportunity will be the 3rd in our Bible introductory sessions during confirmation on Wednesday evenings. Join us for an evening of delving into the New Testament on Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall.

During confirmation interviews we have been reviewing the Affirmation of Baptism service that they will take part in (this is the confirmation service). As a part of the vows that students will agree to is the line “live among God’s faithful people.” Every time we help others, every time we participate in service, or take part in our community whether in the church building or in the wider world we are living out our lives among God’s faithful people. I look forward to continue to serve with you all as God’s hands and feet in the world. If you have any questions or suggestions of events, please let me know!

Service Project: Highway Cleanup

The monthly service project for October is Highway Clean-up on Saturday, October 8. We’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and work until noon. Everyone is welcome – any age, member or non-member, any involvement in the congregation! It’s a great family activity. Just bring work gloves and wear your old clothes and sturdy shoes. We’ll provide safety vests for all. Let us know if you’re coming by signing up at the Welcome Desk or email lindsay@stjohnskasson.org.

Fall Start-Up

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Fall start up. Families are buying school supplies. Students have their class schedules. Fall sports have begun. Farmers are praying that frosts are delayed and they will have a full harvest. Families are spending their last days at on vacation. Things are gearing up for Fall. Some of us can hardly wait for the first kick off. Anticipation is building.

In churches, (and in the past here), we call the Sunday after Labor Day “Rally Sunday.” This year, St. John’s is calling it “Gods Work, Our Hands” day. We invite everyone to share in a very special day of service in connection with our worship on Sunday, September 11. This is a national and synod wide emphasis throughout the ELCA.

Worship time changes: Wednesday evening worship will change to 6:15 pm. We are trying this to accommodate families who desire to have their children home from the evening activities at an earlier time. Sundays will return to 8:00 am with Traditional style liturgy worship and 10:15 am with the Blended style worship.

Fall also includes the installation of our educators and volunteer leaders, the presentation of Third grade Bibles, and the wind up for our 9th grade confirmation class (33 students), who will be confirmed on Sunday October 2 at the 10:15 am worship service.

Lefse baking has started and plans are in motion for our annual Lutefisk supper in late October.  Visit http://stjohnskasson.org/lutefisk/ for details on lefse baking opportunities and the Lutefisk Dinner.

Thank you to all for your dedication to these significant missions and ministries of St. John’s. Your commitments are an inspiration to us all.

I have been thinking about how I might share a blessing each week with families. With each email response that I send out, I will share a special blessing from scripture and I will commit myself to pray for that special blessing on each of your homes. Think about how can you share a blessing with those around you. This is a call from our God. Let me begin with these words:

“O give thanks to the Lord of Lords, for he is good, who does great wonders. It is he who remembers us. O give thanks to the God of heaven for his steadfast love endures forever.” – inspired from Psalm 136. May this blessing be upon your home today.

God bless as we gear up for the fall, as we serve as God’s hands, as we begin anew with programming and ministries, and as we pray for those bountiful crops.

Friday Roundup – November 27, 2015

Our confirmation kids have been up to some great service projects. One group offered babysitting Saturday night. Five confirmation students and three adults hosted more than 15 kids ages one to thirteen from five families. The crew enjoyed some pizza, played in the nursery, and watched some movies. Watch for more free babysitting nights in the future!

Last week, we were a drop-off location for completed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Sunday morning we blessed the boxes, preparing them to be sent off on Monday. 784 Operation Christmas Child boxes were collected. Thank you to Tanya Young for coordinating the entire project and many other volunteers who helped collect, pack, and donate.

15 Blessing of the OCC Boxes

Blessing of the boxes.

 

15 Operation Christmas Child boxes

Boxes loaded up and ready to go.

On Wednesday, we didn’t host our regular Wednesday afternoon/evening programming, but we did give thanks go God at our Thanksgiving Eve worship. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Friday Roundup – November 13, 2015

What have we been up to in the last week?

Prayer Pillows Milestone

Last Sunday and Wednesday we celebrated a faith Milestone by presenting 3-year-olds with Prayer Pillows. Throughout the year, they will receive a postcard of prayers to learn with their family, one each month. The pillows are made by Colleen Jacobson and are a gift from St. John’s in part of keeping up with our congregation’s baptismal promises.

Prayer Pillows for 3 yr olds

WELCA Thankoffering

The women of St. John’s celebrated their Women of the ELCA (WELCA) thankoffering on Sunday the 8th. The celebration included bringing food and supplies for  SEMCAC Food Shelf and special offerings which are sent to Churchwide Women of the ELCA. These offerings are then used to support and strengthen our partnership in supporting the important ministry efforts of women. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings. Women have been celebrating Thankofferings since 1889 along with Episcopal and Methodist women. Thankofferings make it possible to support many different programs and organizations.

Kickoff to 12th Grade Quilt Milestone

Each year, high school seniors at St. John’s are invited to receive a quilt from St. John’s upon their graduation. They work throughout the year to choose the fabric and help put the quilt together, so they have to start early! They met for the first time on Sunday. If you missed it, contact Lindsay (Lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) to get started. Thank you to Jen Smith for coordinating this ministry!

Pastors Mioche & Joas Visited from Haiti

Pastor’s Mioche and Joas visited from Haiti on Wednesday. For 11 years we have supported Pastor Mioche’s ministry. It was great to get an in-person update from them! Read more about this ministry partnership here.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

Operation Christmas Child packing is in full swing and people gathered Wednesday night for another session of packing boxes. Next week starts National Collection Week and other organizations will be brining their packed boxes to St. John’s.

Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12, we had a great visit to Kasson City Hall to express our appreciation for all the people there do to keep our community running. And the new City Administrator was even able to be there!

MOE111215-1
MOE111215-2
MOE111215-3
MOE111215-4
MOE111215-5

Family Trip to the Dells

Right now five families from St. John’s having a blast (we hope!) in Wisconsin Dells at an indoor water park. It’s a great excuse to get away and pretend to be somewhere tropical!

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.

15TrunkOrTreat-costumes
15TrunkOrTreat-decoratetable
15TrunkOrTreat-festivevan
15TrunkOrTreat-Fosters
15TrunkOrTreat-games
15TrunkOrTreat-inside
15TrunkOrTreat-Lindsay
15TrunkOrTreat-police
15TrunkOrTreat-superhero
15TrunkOrTreat-trailer
15TrunkOrTreat-treats
15TrunkOrTreat-visitors
15TrunkOrTreat-visitors3
15TrunkOrTreat-vistors2

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.

St. John’s 2016 High School Mission Trip

Philadelphia, PA
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 – lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110

Get started by registering at the form at the bottom of this page!

YouthWorkswebYouthWorks 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.