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June Special Events

  • Confirmation Camp
    June 10-15
  • Vacation Bible School
    June 18-22
  • Family Fun Night
    June 20, 5-8 pm
  • ELCA National Youth Gathering
    June 25-July 2

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Summer Worship

We’re now on our summer worship schedule!

  • Sundays – 9:00 am followed by fellowship
  • Wednesdays – 6:30 pm at the fire pit
    (weather permitting, inside in case of rain)

Be still this summer

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
CYF Ministry Development Director

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all 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 made it through the year without your support and dedication to the faith life of our congregation and its visitors. Thank you also to Country Pleasures and the confirmation groups for your work with the Oasis Meals. We have been truly blessed by your service!

School’s out for the summer! But as you know schedules are still going to be crazy. Between t-ball, gardening, work, and other summer fun I’m sure summer is still quite stressful for us all!

In Psalm 46, King David writes “Be still and know that I am God.” For me being still means to put away my phone and laptop, to sit with a cup of French pressed coffee and take in God’s creation. For you it might be something entirely different – realizing that your to-do list can wait, taking time to spend with the important people in your life, or maybe taking a nap. No matter what helps you to be still and relish in the presence of God, go ahead and do it. God wants to have a relationship with you and sometimes that requires us to slow down and find space to listen. What will you do this summer to be still and know God?

2018 Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 4-8 in 2017-2018 are invited to St. John’s 2018 Action Packed Day Camp. Join us for a week of non-stop fun!

Details

July 9-12, 2018
Cost is $50, includes a tshirt

Registration

We have closed the registration form but there are still some spots! Contact Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org(See bottom of the page for payment info) Participants also need to complete the medical form.

Schedule

Camp days will be approximately 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. A couple of days will be closer to 6:00 pm; families will be notified closer to the week of camp.

  • Monday, July 9 – Science Museum of MN, with Imax movie
  • Tuesday, July 10 – ValleyFair, with waterpark
  • Wednesday, July 11 – Scenic Tour at Mystery Cave, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Thursday, July 12 – MN Zoo

What to Bring

Students will need to bring a sack lunch, wear sturdy shoes or sandals (no flip flops!), bring a swimsuit and towel on Tuesday and Thursday, a sweatshirt/jacket on Wednesday for the cave tour, and a water bottle. Daily snacks will be provided.

Payment

Fee is payable by cash/check or pay online below.

After selecting your payment, you can change the quantity if you are registering more than one child.

2018 Action Packed Day Camp
2018 Action Packed Day Camp
$50.00

Prayers for our travelers

We have two groups of travelers this month. Our confirmation students will be at Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, WI June 10-15 and a bunch of our High Schoolers will be headed to Houston, TX for the ELCA National Youth Gathering with thousands of youth from around the country. Pray for safe travel and that God may speak to them through these experiences.

Summer 2018 Wednesday Worship Schedule

During this summer we will worship outdoors by the fire pit (weather permitting – we’ll be inside if weather doesn’t cooperate) on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

All are welcome to this casual service. We’ll celebrate communion (2nd and 4th weeks of the month), sing, have a short devotion, have some themed celebrations, and end with some s’mores. Bring a chair. You’re also welcome to bring snacks and beverages!

Our readings will come from the Narrative Lectionary, another structure of reading through the Bible in a worship setting. This summer will include 5 weeks of the Psalms, 4 weeks on the Sacraments, and 4 weeks on Revelation.

We’ll have piano music every week, but this is a great chance for anyone else who wishes to share their musical talents to get involved, no matter how experienced! Have a guitar – bring it! Want to get into the rhythm – bring some bongos! Have an accordion – ok, that too… All levels, all instruments welcome.

During our weeks on the Psalms, we’ll be reading from Psalms for Sojourners by James Limburg. During the weeks on Sacraments we’ll look at By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism from Augsburg Fortress. And finally, for the weeks on Revelation we’ll read from Revelation and the End of All Things by Craig Koester.

  • June 6 – Psalm 100
    Celebration of first night of summer worship and a prayer station
  • June 13 – Psalm 13
    Blessing of all things that roll (bikes, tractors, strollers, etc.)
  • June 20 – Psalm 23
    Family Fun Night/VBS Celebration
  • June 27 – Psalm 30
    Pet Blessing (Real or stuffies, real pets should be leashed or contained)
  • July 4 – No worship
  • July 11 – Psalm 150
    Report from those who attended confirmation camp and celebrate Action Packed Day Camp
  • July 18 – Baptism: Psalm 46 and Acts 2:37-42
    Remembrance of baptism
  • July 25 – Baptism: Psalm 84 and Romans 6:1-11
    Affirmation of Baptism/Celebration of baptismal birthdays
  • August 1 – Lord’s Supper: Psalm 65 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Sundaes on Wednesday (ice cream Sundaes) and talk about seeing God in every day
  • August 8 – Lord’s Supper: 1 Samuel 21:1-9 and Matthew 12:1-8 or Mark 14:12-25
    Collect food for the food pantry and Food for Friends, we’ll also be talking about our Southeastern Minnesota Synod’s initiative Enough Food for All
    Bring peanut butter, jelly, and/or mac and cheese (no glass jars) for Food for Friends
  • August 15 – Revelation 4:1-11 (John 17:1-5)
    Praise the Lord all creatures! (Make a joyful noise, kids use noise makers)
  • August 22 – Revelation 5:1-13 (John 1:29-31)
    Report from those who attended the National Youth Gathering
  • August 29 – Revelation 6:1-8; 7:9-17 (John 14:1-4)
    Backpack Blessing (students from preschool through graduate school, teachers, staff, anyone going back to school can bring their bag!)
  • September 5 – Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5 (John 16:20-22)
    Back to School Celebration

Superhero VBS

Remember to register your kids for our FREE Superhero VBS by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt! Here are some other things to remember:

  • June 18-22, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Early drop-off/late pick-up available
  • 3-year-olds through 4th grade
  • Open to the entire community!

If you’re a 5th grader or older, we have lots of ways for you to help! Including:

  • Donate milk caps, empty paper towel rolls, washi tape, and cereal boxes
  • Help with the kids at VBS
  • Come decorate June 9 (9 am—2 pm)

Full details on the bulletin board at St. John’s or at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs

All invited to be Superheros at VBS

If you’re ready to think about summer, then it’s time to think about Vacation Bible School! Any child ages 3-years-old through 4th grade is invited to join us for St. John’s FREE Superhero VBS. We’re also looking for donations of simple household items for arts and crafts, people (5th grade through adult) to help at VBS, and people to help us decorate.

St. John’s Lutheran, Kasson MN
June 18-22 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Ages 3 through 4th grade
(2017-2018 school year)
We are offering early drop-off (7:00-8:15 am), late pick-up (11:45 am-12:30 pm, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. For questions, contact Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507)634-7110 ext. 14.

Register your child here. Please register by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

 

Items needed

We are collecting plastic milk caps, empty paper towel rolls, washi tape, and cardboard cereal boxes for arts and crafts. Bring your donations to St. John’s.

 

Get involved with Vacation Bible School!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success!  Here are just a couple ways to get involved.  You can sign-up to volunteer on the bulletin board or by talking with Deacon Amanda.

  1. Station Leaders (11th grade – Adult)
    • You have the important job of teaching the Bible point to each group of children as they rotate thru the stations. Each station shares the lesson in a different, unique way: experiencing a Bible story, doing a craft, playing games, eating a snack, or hearing about real kids who live out the Bible point in real life. The joy of this position is that you get to share God with the kids in your own specialized way each day.
  2. Crew Leaders (7th grade – Adult)
    • If you love kids, you can do this job! This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know the kids. You will have about 5 students the stations during the course of the morning where you’ll learn important Bible points and have a lot of fun! And you won’t be alone, you’ll travel to your stations with 1-2 other crews.
  3. Assistant Leaders (5 – 6th grade)
    • You bring the excitement and energy to our VBS that helps the kids get excited about learning the Bible truth for that day. You’ll be placed in each crew to help the crew leaders guide their children from station to station. You’ll get to play with the kids and help them do the activities planned each day.
  4. Music Leaders (7th – Adult)
    • You get to bring the noise! You get to help us celebrate the Bible point through music. Music is provided.

Sign up to volunteer here!

VBS Decorating Party

Saturday, June 9
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lunch provided

To make our church a fun and inviting space for VBS, many hands and thoughtful ideas will be needed to decorate. We are looking for some workers (creativity is optional) to help put together home kits, decorate doors, rooms, hallways, a lobby, and a platform in some fun themes. Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can contribute. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Amanda Sabelko.

 

Questions

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Get involved with VBS!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success! Volunteer at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs, on the bulletin board, or talk to Deacon Amanda. Our 2018 VBS will be the mornings of June 18-22.

Station Leaders (11th grade – Adult): You have the important job of teaching the Bible point to each group of children as they rotate through the stations. Each station shares the lesson in a different, unique way: experiencing a Bible story, doing a craft, playing games, eating a snack, or hearing about real kids who live out the Bible point in real life. The joy of this position is that you get to share God with the kids in your own specialized way.

Crew Leaders (7th grade – Adult): If you love kids, you can do this job! This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know the kids. You will have about 5 students the stations during the course of the morning where you’ll learn important Bible points and have a lot of fun! And you won’t be alone, you’ll travel to your stations with 1-2 other crews.

Assistant Leaders (5 – 6th grade): You bring the excitement and energy to our VBS that helps the kids get excited about learning the Bible truth for that day. You’ll be placed in each crew to help the crew leaders guide their children from station to station. You’ll get to play with the kids and help them do the activities planned each day.

Music Leaders (7th – Adult): You get to bring the noise! You get to help us celebrate the Bible point through music. Music is provided.

Save the Date: VBS Decorating Party

Saturday, June 9 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share your hands and/or ideas to make our space fun and inviting for VBS! Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Deacon Amanda.

Summer worship schedule

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! We will have worship on our regular schedule May 20 and May 23. Beginning May 27, we will move to a single 9:00 am Sunday morning service. On Wednesday, May 30 there will not be a service. On Wednesday, June 6 worship will resume. Still at 6:30 pm, but out by the fire pit as weather permits. Routines shift in the summer, but we still worship God every week!

Look for God every day

LindsayColwell 2017webLindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

When people aren’t familiar with the type of job that I have or are not familiar with St. John’s they tend to say to me as the school year winds to a close, “Things must be slowing down for you now that the school year is ending, right?” Usually that produces a laugh from me and the comment, “No, I am actually MUCH busier in the summer.” I spend my summer preparing last-minute details for the high school and confirmation trips, putting together summer mid-week worship with Amanda, and trying desperately to get everything ready for the coming school year. Three months sounds like a lot of time, but in reality it goes by in a flash.

This summer in mid-week worship around the fire pit we are using a book called Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. The book outlines how everything from waking up in the morning to checking email to going to bed are sacred practices in the life of our faith. We are also spending time concentrating on prayer. How can we not only make prayer a more regular part of our lives, but how can we pray for one another. One of the things that we are trying out is writing our prayer requests for the week on a Post-It note and then at the end of the service taking home someone else’s prayer request to include in our own prayers. Busy lives get in the way of our faith at times, but perhaps if we spend a little time shifting our perspective about what prayer looks like we will see that our entire day can be seen as a prayer. I have a quote up in my office that says, “God comes to you disguised as your life” (Paula D’Arcy).liturgy-of-the-ordinary

Take a moment to look around and see where God is showing up in your life. Take a moment to pray for someone else. Open your eyes to the possibility of the sacred in the everyday ordinary occurrences in your life. Find a few moments this summer to set aside the busyness and thank God for the wonder that is life. God’s blessings to you in your sacred, ordinary life.

 

Vacation with Jesus

NirmalaReinschmidt2017webPastor Nirmala Reinschmidt
Interim Pastor

Summer time is a wonderful time of the year! The days are warmer and most of us take time off to go on vacation. Many like to go camping and fishing and others enjoy going to a different city to visit friends and families.

Who do you vacation with? Do you take best friend along with you? Do you spend time with Jesus in the summer? Many Christians find it very easy not to think much about Jesus all summer long. Many don’t attend worship as much, and some don’t come at all. Where are these people? Often they are out trying to have fun on their own without Jesus.

A woman said to me once, “Pastor, don’t worry, when September comes I will come back to church. This is my vacation from church.” This woman did come back to church in September. However, she also said that she was lonely for Jesus and that it felt good to come to church again and hear Jesus speak to her there through scriptures, hymns and the sermons. Think of how much happier her life and her summer could have been if she had regularly heard the Lord speak to her through the Bible. How refreshed she would have been to worship with her fellow Christians all summer long. We are blessed to have churches throughout the nation and the world. When you go on vacation make effort to find a church and go there to be refreshed by the Word and Sacrament. If you won’t be near a church make sure that you take your Bible, hymnals and the devotional books along to read and sing along with your families and friends to worship and praise the Lord. Make it a point that you remember to begin the day with the Lord and with His word and end the day with the Lord and with His word. True rest and Peace comes from the Lord and through His word alone.

Remember that our Lord Jesus be with us at all times. He never takes time off including summer. So we too should never take time off from Him. Let us remember that by His grace and patience alone that we live. As Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing, instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see the Lord is coming nearer”

May you all have a blessed summer!

vacation with jesus

Worship by the Fire Schedule

We’ll be worshipping at St. John’s new fire pit every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We do worship rain or shine! We just move inside if weather dictates.

Every week we’ll worship guided by a book called Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. You bring a camp chair and we’ll bring the s’mores!

  • June 24: Blessing of the Pets
  • June 21: Celebration of VBS and Family Fun Night
  • June 28: Prayers for those on St. John’s mission & faith formation trips
  • July 5: Christmas in July
  • July 12: Celebration of Haiti Mission
  • July 19: Celebrate the County Fair
  • July 26: Prayers for confirmation campers
  • Aug 2: Celebration of Backpacking Trip
  • Aug 9: Festival in the Park/Celebrate our community
  • Aug 16: Celebration of Confirmation Camp
  • Aug 23: Affirmation of Baptism
  • Aug 30: Back to School Backpack Blessing

Summer is Almost Here

LindsayColwell 2017webLindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

The summer is fast approaching and we have many opportunities to take part in as the weather warms up!

  • Summer worship on Sunday mornings at 9 am (one service) will begin on Sunday, May 28. Our Wednesday evening worship will move outdoors beginning on June 7 (we will not have worship on May 31) with a time change to 6:30 pm. Come join us around our brand new fire pit care of Eagle Scout candidate, John Kllinkhammer.
  • We will be celebrating our graduating seniors at worship on Sunday, May 21 at both services, as well as on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:15 pm. Come celebrate this milestone with us!
  • Community baccalaureate will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church of Kasson.
  • Our high school discipleship retreat for 8th-12th grade students has been moved to June 16th-18. This retreat will take place at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch near Stewartville. Cost is $50, which includes zip line, challenge course, and all meals. Space is limited.
  • This year’s Vacation Bible School will be held June 19-23 from 8:30am-11:30am. Our theme this year is Dr. Seuss! Come have some wild fun with us! Sign-up at www.stjohnskasson.org/vbs or in the office.
  • Good Earth Village is offering two family camps this summer: Family Camp (July 28-30) and Grand Camp (July 5-7). More information available at www.goodearthvillage.org.
  • Our middle school day camp, Action Packed Day Camp returns this year for 5th-8th graders. This camp is planned for July 10-13, 9am-3pm (at least one day will end around 6pm). Cost for this week of constant action is $50. Schedule of activities and sign-up available soon. Space is limited to 25 students.

Summer Worship

Summer worship begins Sunday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 7 (no worship Wednesday, May 31). We will worship:

  • Sundays at 9:00 am
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm by St. John’s new fire pit