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.

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2016 Lutefisk Dinner

Join the hundreds of visitors and volunteers for our annual Lutefisk Dinner! This event is a family tradition, bridging across all ages and groups in our congregation and bringing families from throughout not only our community but from all across the country!

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Serving: 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out

Adults $16, Children (under 10) $6
No advanced ticket sales.

Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

Be sure to check the Lutefisk Dinner webpage for news about volunteer needs, carry outs, and other details.

Lutefisk Dinner room setup

We’ll be setting up for the Lutefisk Dinner on Sunday, October 23, beginning at 11 am. Please let Renee Solberg ( know if you can help with covering floors and setting up rooms.

Norwegian Cookie Bake

Please join us for the annual Norwegian Cookie Bake in the church kitchen on Monday, October 17, beginning at 2 pm.

It’s Lefse Time Once Again!


Our first lefse bake of 2016 will be held on Wednesday, August 24, and will continue weekly through Wednesday, October 19.  Mixers will begin at 7:30 am each Wednesday. All others, please report at 8 am. No previous experience needed.  For questions, contact Shelley Gustafson (

If you can help with potato prep/cooking in the church kitchen on Tuesday evenings, please contact Becky Knoepke. Potatoes will be provided.

If you can help with lefse bake setups on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm 2 to 4 pm, please contact Marge Albright ( for additional information.

We also need help with lefse laundry. Lefse laundry consists of sheets from the cooling tables, dish towels, and 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. Talk to Marge or Shelley (info above) for details.

2016 Family Fun Night coming up July 28

Are you part of a family? Do you like fun? Then you should plan to join us Thursday, July 28, 2016 for St. John’s annual Family FUN Night!

The night will be filled with fun activities for all ages – bouncy house for the kids, food, prizes, classic car and tractor show, and much more. The entire event is FREE and open to the entire community.

The fun will start at 6 pm and wrap up about 8 pm.

We are looking for some volunteers. If you can help out, click here.


Free kids’ games in August

Some of you may remember that last summer St. John’s had a booth at both National Night Out and Festival in the Park. We had free kids’ games which both got us a bit of publicity and provided everyone with a practical example of God’s free grace. Well, the plan is to do it again this year, but I need your help. We’ll need some volunteers to help staff the games at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 and again on August 12 and 13 during Festival in the Park. It’s easy and loads of fun. Mark your calendars now and look for more info and sign up sheets as the dates get closer.

Drivers and/or Vans Needed

Needed: 7-8 passenger vehicles for the summer confirmation camp trip June 24-July 1, 2016. EITHER volunteer your vehicle for our adult chaperones to drive OR volunteer to drive to camp (Friday, June 24, returning home Sunday, June 26) and/or back (driving to camp Thursday, June 30 and returning home on Friday, July 1. To volunteer, talk to Pastor Randy ( or (507) 634-7110) or Lindsay ( or (507) 634-7110).

Thank you MOE volunteers

Thanks to all who helped with our February ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to SEMCAC. Not only did we all have a great time thanking the workers for all they do for so many struggling in Dodge County, but we also learned that SEMCAC provides a lot more services than most of us realized. We also learned that a number of our St. John’s members regularly volunteer at SEMCAC – so they also got to enjoy the goodies we left. Be on the lookout for information about our next MOE visit soon.

Presenting a Certificate of Appreciation

Presenting a Certificate of Appreciation

The St. John's crew

The St. John’s crew

Getting a tour of the food shelf.

Getting a tour of the food shelf.

We bring a ton of tasty treats to every "Ministry of Encouragement" visit to thank people in our community for making Kasson a great place to live.

We bring a ton of tasty treats to every “Ministry of Encouragement” visit to thank people in our community for making Kasson a great place to live.

First 2016 Ministry of Encouragement Visit to SEMCAC on February 24

On Wednesday, February 24, we’ll be doing our first 2016 Ministry of Encouragement visit (MOE) to SEMCAC (20 E Veterans Memorial Hwy, Kasson).

What is an MOE?

For those of you who may not be familiar with an MOE, it is a quick visit to thank workers as various social service agencies and nonprofit organizations for all they do for our community. Although our visits are short – only as long as it takes to set up the food, introduce ourselves and present a certificate of thanks (about 15-20 minutes) – these MOEs are powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community goes largely unnoticed. (In 2015 we visited the workers at Fairview Nursing Center to thank them for all the help they provide to our seniors and to Kasson City Hall to thank them for helping to make Kasson a great place to live.)

What’s SEMCAC?

SEMCAC is the Community Action Agency in our area. Their mission is to assist people to achieve or maintain independence and self-reliance through their own and community resources. They offer important services in our community including a food shelf, transportation services, and housing and energy assistance. These folks really make a difference in our community, and it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to thank them for all they do.

Event Details

On Wednesday, February 24, we’ll gather at St. John’s at 10:00 for prayer and then drive over together to SEMCAC.

We’d like you to come along. And if you can’t come, please sign up to bring bars, or fruit or veggies, or drinks or paper products. There’s a way for all of us to be involved.
As those who participated in our 2015 MOEs discovered, these visits are powerful for both for those we visit and those of us who go along. God always shows up big time!

Sign up at the Welcome Center or with Pastor Dana – or (507) 634-7110

St John’s @ Healthy Living Expo Jan. 9

St John’s booth of free kids’ games will be Triton High School on Saturday, January 9 for the 2016 Healthy Living Expo. Stop by anytime between 1 pm and 5 pm to have fun, while checking out the healthy living demonstrations and displays. The event is free. Contact Pastor Dana ( or (507) 634-7110) if you’d like to help with our St John’s games booth.

Lutefisk – 2015:  Where Can You Help?

Tuesday, October 20:

7:30 AM – cutting and peeling rutabagas in church kitchen (bring your own knife if possible).

Wednesday, October 21:

7 AM – cooking rutabagas in church kitchen

8 AM – meatball preparation in church kitchen

9 AM – set up and room prep in fellowship hall

12 Noon – Potluck for workers (please bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 22 Lutefisk Day!!

6:30 AM – bag lutefisk

8 AM to 10 PM – workers needed in almost all areas (contact Renee Solberg if you can work –

Special Information for Workers:  If you are working in a public area on Thursday, 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 into 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.

Bake Sale Items:  Please specifically label your items (i.e. nuts, favorings, 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.

Our First Ministry of Encouragement Visit (MOE)

On Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am we’ll do our first Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to the Fairview Nursing Center. We will be thanking the Fairview staff for all the work they do for our community. You are invited to participate either by bringing coffee and snacks to St. John’s ahead of time and/or by actually accompanying us over to Fairview. (It’s really important that we get 8-10 people to come along to Fairview so we can show the staff how important their work is.)

Although our visit will be short – only as long as it takes to introduce ourselves and present a certificate of thanks (about 15-20 minutes) – these MOEs are pretty powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community goes largely unnoticed.

Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the office or contact Pastor Dana  (507-634-7110 or if you can help or have any questions.

2015 Lutefisk Dinner

Lutefisk Poster 2015Thursday, October 22, 2015
Serving 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4 pm until all served
Bake Sale opens at 9 am
Adults – $16
Children (under 10) – $6  ?

  • Norwegian Cookie Bake – Oct. 12, 4:30-7 pm ?
  • Pizza Party at the last Lefse Bake – Oct. 14, 11:30 am, $4/person ?
  • Check your mail for donation letters ?
  • Consider an extra donation of baked goods for the bake sale. ?
  • Take-out meals can be pre-ordered beginning Oct 19 (call (507)634-7110). For day-of curbside pickup, call (507)993-3800.

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Got Lefse? That’s How We Roll!!

Lefse baking is underway. If you would like to participate in fun-filled, flour-tossing fellowship, join us at St. John’s through October 14:

  • Tuesday afternoon lefse bake setups (2-3 pm)
  • Tuesday evening potato cooking(6-9 pm)
  • Wednesday morning flipping and rolling in fellowship hall (8-11:30 am)
  • Wednesday morning cleanup (11:30 am-1 pm)
  • Take home lefse laundry on Wednesday and return it by the following Tuesday morning