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Gearing up for fall

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

The leaves have been turning new colors and we all know that means! Fall is just around the corner!

Still time to register for fall
We’re gearing up to start Sunday School and Oasis Programming the week of September 13. Families are still able to register online at stjohnkasson.org/lifelong-learning or in the office.

Volunteers still needed
We are still looking for volunteers to help out by teaching Sunday School or Oasis classes. We wouldn’t be able to do these ministries without our fabulous volunteers. Please consider helping to pass on the stories of our faith to our students. You can contact me (Amanda) for more info: (507) 634-7110 ext 14 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org. You can also sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in the Narthex.

Fall Fest
On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hotdogs, chips and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration. Opportunities to volunteer lend us some items are available here.

God’s work. Our hands. Service Projects

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!

Wednesday Praise Opportunities

We have traditionally had a couple of worship bands that help lead music on Wednesday nights. As we get back to our regular worship schedule, it’s a great time to jump in if you have ever wanted to help sing or play an instrument in one of these groups. Interested adults can speak with Wes Evans, Amy Evans, or Sam Marsland about the newly renamed Old Testaments. Youth wanting to get involved can talk with Amber or Jason Foster. Or anyone with questions or interest can talk with Lindsay Colwell (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Help us prep for Oasis meals

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.

Opportunities to serve the community with Meals on Wheels

St. John’s members generously volunteer their time one week every six weeks to deliver meals in our community through the Meals on Wheels program. Each day of that week the deliveries take about an hour. The other five weeks volunteers from other congregations do the deliveries.

We are currently looking for a leader who can make a few phone calls if there are volunteer slots left to fill (sometimes 1-2 days need help getting filled). We’re also always welcoming more volunteers to help deliver meals. We train you, you sign up as you are available, and it’s a one-day-at-a-time commitment. St. John’s next week to deliver is September 24-28. Sign up on the calendar at the Welcome Center or in the office.

If you can help with either role, contact Ardis Grovdahl (temporary coordinator) at (507) 634-7644 or grovdahlardis@kmtel.com or speak with Sheryl in the office.

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2018

Make plans now to help with the 57th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Lefse bakes began on August 22 and will continue through October 17. No experience necessary! Coffee fellowship is served mid-morning. Contact Marge Albright (507-421-5184) or Jeannine Allen (507-271-0969) to sign up to assist with the bakes.

Be on the lookout for the worker signup sheets in the narthex on Sunday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 26. There are many ways to volunteer on October 23-25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 15, from 1:30-5:30 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.

Joyful noises for the fall

If you have a song in your heart, now is a great time to jump in to help make a joyful noise to the Lord! Rehearsals are getting going for the fall and all our musical groups are welcoming new members:

Senior Choir

The St. John’s Senior Choir and their director Clark Johnson invite you to join us in offering your musical talents in praise to God. This fall we will sing several songs with the congregation to encourage everyone to share their gift of music. We will also celebrate Reformation and conclude 2018 with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 9.

The choir is always excited to receive new members. Membership is open to high school students and adults. The choir sings four services per month, normally two services on two Sundays. New to our schedule this year are two rehearsal breaks in the winter. This will provide members an opportunity for refreshment and perhaps a welcome escape from the long Minnesota winter!

The Senior Choir’s first rehearsal is on Wednesday evening, September 5 from 7:00-8:00 pm. On Sunday, September 9, we will be joining with our congregation to sing the hymn “God, You Made All Things for Singing.”

If you like to sing, please come join this wonderful group of musicians. If you have any questions, call Clark Johnson at (507) 635-5465.

Handbells

Do you enjoy hearing the bells ring on Sunday morning? Would you like to give it a try and be a part of making that joyful noise and giving those angels their wings? Come and try it out at our first practice in September 5 at 6:15 pm in the music room. You will be surprised as to how easy it is. If you have questions, contact Ann Brenke at (507) 951-8750 or abrenke55@gmail.com.

Praise Teams (adult or youth)

We have had a couple of worship bands that help lead music on Wednesday nights. As we get back to our regular worship schedule, it’s a great time to jump in if you have ever wanted to help sing or play an instrument in one of these groups. Interested adults can speak with Wes Evans, Amy Evans, or Sam Marsland. Youth wanting to get involved can talk with Amber or Jason Foster. Or anyone with questions or interest can talk with Lindsay Colwell (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Lefse baking begins – Get ready to roll!

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Looking for more? More Lutefisk news available here.

Lefse Bake setup begins Tuesday, August 21, 2:00-3:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16.

Potato Preparation begins Tuesday, August 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16 in the church kitchen. Potatoes will be provided. Bring your own peeler if you have a favorite one.

Lefse Bakes begin on Wednesday morning, August 22 and continue through October 17. Flippers and rollers are needed each Wednesday morning at 8:00 am for nine lefse bakes. Mixers–please report no earlier than 7:30 am. Make plans now to attend one or all of the bakes. No previous experience needed. Coffee will be served mid-morning.

Lefse Laundry consists of the sheets from the cooling tables, dish towels, and the rolling pin and rolling board covers used weekly. This is a great way to help behind the scenes and can be done in your home. Laundry is ready for pickup on Wednesdays at noon and needs to be returned to the church in time for setup the following Tuesday.

To sign up for lefse bake setup, lefse bake, or lefse laundry please contact:
Marge Albright at (507) 421-5184 or albright@kmtel.com or
Jeannine Allen at (507) 271-0969 or bruce.jeannine.allen@gmail.com

To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke at (507) 319-3717 or knepknop@yahoo.com.

Our youngest learners are waiting for you!

We are blessed to have a full children’s ministry program with faith-building classes and activities September through May. But we need spirit-filled volunteers to help.

If you are a self-motivated adult or high school student interested in helping with our preschool through 6th graders Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons/evenings during the 2018-2019 school year, we want to know!

Time commitments can vary from every week to twice a month or fill in as needed.

We are looking for teachers, assisting teachers, substitutes, as well as individuals to help keep us organized.

Sign up below or contact Deacon Amanda with any questions: (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Sewing for Haiti

Do you like to sew, or just have a heart for helping others?

Well, then we need you. We are working on a project for Haiti of sewing curtains for several different buildings (school, churches, guest house etc.). Dates aren’t set yet but, will hopefully happen sometime in July. If you are interested in sewing, ironing etc. If you aren’t a sewer but still want to help contribute financially, let us know.

For any questions, to get involved, or to arrange a financial contribution, contact Tanya Young  tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368. We will add you to the list so when we do have firm dates I can let everyone know.

Help needed for Food for Friends this summer

During the summer, the need for hunger assistance is at an all time high as children do not have access to free/reduced price meals at school. The Food for Friends ministry that St. John’s supports needs you to help ensure all K-M children have enough to eat this summer.

The summer food program kicks off Wednesday, June 6.

We are in need of one Food For Friends volunteer to staff the food pick-up from 4:55 pm – 6:00 pm each Wednesday evening. Can you give on hour to help a K-M family in need?

You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4dada82fa0f49-summer

We all have different gifts & styles of serving

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

In the midst of a busy end-of-program-year season, Amanda and I were able to take a few hours a month ago to attend the Twin Cities Faith Formation Network in Lakeville with children, youth, and family workers and volunteers. The topic for the day was all about engaging volunteers in the congregation, not just in youth ministry. The first speaker, Nancy Thompson, spoke about how important it is to recruit and develop volunteers and leaders, not just to start and develop programs. She noted in particular how important it is to build and grow relationship, both with other people and with God. In her talk, she spoke about how important it is to find the right fit for volunteers to help them succeed. In her way of thinking there are four levels for people to volunteer at, and she also highlighted the importance of each one.

Serving = this is an entry level volunteer position; easy, not long term, low investment. Examples: greeters, supply room coordinator, room coordinators, service project supply person, anything that can be done on own time.

Shepherding = a position that involves giving care to others, more involvement than serving level, the next step in investing in community. Examples: nursery caregivers, large group hosts (think bereavement representatives at a funeral), technology helpers.

Teaching = higher level of commitment, more preparation ahead of time, direct engagement with groups of people. Examples: small group leaders, Sunday School/Oasis teachers, leading a women’s or men’s group.

Leading = those who advocate for programs, chair events, high capacity volunteers. Examples: congregational council, chair of commission, transition team, all members of commissions.

As the speaker finished up I began to realize just how important it is to help everyone find the right level for investment in our community. In 1 Corinthians 12:4 Paul reminds us that there are different kinds of gifts, but one Spirit who distributes them. We all have different gifts that can be used to the glory of God. I have been working on changing my thinking so that I notice in a different way. Where do you notice gifts that you could use? Or maybe gifts in another? How can we help each other grow those gifts? How can we empower, equip, and encourage one another? Rather than trying to fill the voids that we have in programming, what if instead we worked from a place of abundance? What are you abundant in? How might you share that gift to the glory of God? God has given us all amazing, but different gifts! Let’s figure out how to use them together!