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Women of St. John’s share the warmth of God’s love

The following message was written by Pastor Corrine Haulotte from the Lutheran Campus Center in Winona. The ladies of our congregation have shared God’s love in our community and throughout the world in a number of powerful ways. One of those is creating and sharing prayer shawls and quilts. Read about how powerful those gifts can be:

In the bleak midwinter of 2010, I received a colorful prayer shawl.

The shawl was sent to Wartburg Theological Seminary following a press conference held on campus regarding the death of [my friend] Ben in the Haiti Earthquake. A woman I have never met (even to this day) sent the shawl with a prayer square and a note to our Academic Dean, asking him to pass the items onto me. Craig explained that she heard me speak about Ben on the news and was moved to send the items.

I don’t remember what I said to Craig, but I remember the feeling that washed over me as I held the soft shawl and square in my hands. It was the same feeling I have each time I pull the shawl around my shoulders, cloaking myself in tangible prayer and colorful love.

Yesterday I held the shawl open for four women at the LCC. Kay, Marlene, another Marlene, and Charlotte from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson met Kelly and me at the LCC with quilts and shawls they had gathered for our students. I shared my story with them, and we all nodded, knowing deeply the simple and profound gift of such prayerful creations.

I also shared a long-held dream of mine: to have quilts and prayer shawls on hand to give to students. Of course, they already knew this. But Kay didn’t know about such a vision when she emailed us in June, inquiring whether or not we could use some quilts at the LCC. (Well, hello there, Holy Spirit.)

There’s more to the story…

The same day I met with these four angels from Kasson, a colleague and friend told me about a prayer shawl and square he had from a woman he had never met. Hmm, I thought, that sounds familiar. “Do you know if she sent a shawl to Wartburg Seminary in 2010?” Later that night, he called: “I received a message today you might find interesting… ‘Yes, I did send two shawls to Wartburg after the earthquake in 2010.’” My jaw dropped. What are the chances that on the same day I told this story and received beautiful quilts and shawls for our students, I would also receive a connection with this other woman?

Dear LCC friends, we just never know, do we? We never know what an impact we might have on one another. I want to invite you into this impact at the LCC. Please pray for our ministry together; consider offering a financial gift to further our ministry; perhaps offer a quilt or shawl to campus ministry, or a friend (or stranger!) in need. If you’d like to be part of this dream unfolding, please let me know!

Imagine the students who will wrap prayer about their shoulders and receive healing balm for their hearts through these quilts and shawls. Just imagine…

With gratitude,
Pastor Corrine Haulotte

Join us for the Brat & Pie Social

Come out to join us for our annual Brat & Pie Social! St. John’s Adult Fellowship group will serve up a meal of hotdogs or brats, chips, and a drink for $2 (hot dogs) or $3 (brats). The WELCA ladies will be serving pie and ice cream for a freewill offering. And Don and Peggy Holtan are back with their “old time musical selections” for your entertainment. Enjoy a fun evening and bring some friends! Event is held rain or shine.

Mark Your Calendar: Annual Brat & Pie Social August 17, 5-7 pm

Join us for this annual night to get out and enjoy food, friends, and music! Brats, hotdogs, chips, & beverage for a small charge provided by Adult Fellowship. Pie & ice cream provided by WELCA for a small charge. Don & Peggy Holtan are back with their “Old Time” musical selections.

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

Women to Women

St. John’s women are doing a Women to Women project with the women of Haiti. We would like you to help us send funds with the St. John’s women who will travel to Haiti this summer.

During the summer the children in Haiti are not in school and miss out on the meal they would receive at school. When their mothers attend a Bible study, we sent a bag of food supplies home with them for meals at home.

If you would like to participate in this project, there is a Women’s Food Fund Basket at the Welcome Center (or in the office) for your contributions. (This is a women’s project, but of course we welcome assistance from our male friends as well!)

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

Laughter & Lunch at annual Women’s Christmas Luncheon

revkev-christmasSt. John’s Annual WELCA Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Doors open at 9:00 am and the program begins at 10 am.

The featured speaker will be Kevin Doely. He is a pastor, ventriloquist, author, and musician.

According to his website, “Audiences are laughing out loud at Kevin’s lifelike vent figures and puppets. He uses a blend of comedy, storytelling, music, and audience participation…Kevin will entertain…while teaching valuable lessons.”

Music entertainment will be provided by Samantha Tripp.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, there are sign-up sheets on the WELCA board and in the office. Tickets are $12 each.

Laughter & Lunch at annual Women’s Christmas Luncheon

revkev-christmasSt. John’s Annual WELCA Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Doors open at 9:00 am and the program begins at 10 am.

The featured speaker will be Kevin Doely. He is a pastor, ventriloquist, author, and musician (and Sharon Melquist’s brother).

According to his website, “Audiences are laughing out loud at Kevin’s lifelike vent figures and puppets. He uses a blend of comedy, storytelling, music, and audience participation…Kevin will entertain…while teaching valuable lessons.”

Music entertainment will be provided by Samantha Tripp.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, there are sign-up sheets on the WELCA board and in the office. Tickets are $12.00 each.

 

 

Brat & Pie Social August 18

Join us on Thursday, August 18 for the Annual Brat and Pie Social at St. John’s. The entire community is invited. Don and Peggy Holtan will be playing their “Old Time” musical selections from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Fellowship group will be cooking up and serving brats and hot dogs along with chips and beverages for a small charge. WELCA ladies will be serving pie and ice cream for a free will offering. Everyone is invited to join us for a fun social get-together with good food and great music! Be sure to invite a friend!

Women’s Retreat Coming Up in January 2016

Save the Dates – Friday, January 29-Sunday, January 31 for our St. John’s women’s retreat. This will be a great weekend of fun and spiritual growth in community as we spend some time getting to know ourselves, each other, and our God a bit better. More info coming soon.

Synod Women’s Convention

By Karen Skow

The Women of the ELCA Southeastern Minnesota Synodical Convention was held Saturday, September 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, Preston, Minn. The synodical convention is made up of five conferences: Blue Earth River, Cannon River, Minnesota River, Root River, and Zumbro River. The Women of St. John’s belong to the Zumbro River Conference.

The conference began at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. Speakers included: Kolloh Nimley, State of Minnesota Community Program Specialist in Rochester; Lydia Davila, churchwide representative; Pastor Shelly Olson, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cleveland, Minn., and current President of Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota and serves on Crossroads Campus Ministry Board. The afternoon session began with special music from the Rhubarb Sisters of Lanesboro. Keynote speaker was Nathan Berkas, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship in Chicago.

Two business sessions were held during the day. Karen Skow attended as the voting delegate from St. John’s attended. The Synodical Board was elected along with Triennial Voting Members for the 2017 Triennial Convention in Minneapolis. Our own Kay Hodge was elected President of the Southeastern Minnesota Synodical Board.

In closing, Pastor Marie Anderson and Bishop Steven Delzer conducted a Communion Worship Service that also included a message from Bishop Delzer. Those attending from St. John’s were Ginny Hendrickson, LaVonne Miller, Carol Tjosaas, Kay Hodge, and Karen Skow.

Adult Fellowship & WELCA Host Guest Speaker

Please come to join us on Sunday evening April 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside room.  Jen Hodgman will speak about “What’s Happening in Rochester – if it happens there it’s taking place in Kasson also.”  We will hear about how some of the outreach we do, as a people of faith, affects our community & beyond.  Jen is involved with law enforcement in the City of Rochester, and will share how she came to choose this career. This event is co-sponsored by St. John’s Adult Fellowship and Women of the ELCA. A collection box will be available if anyone has gently used books that they would like to donate to the adult detention center library in Rochester.

 

Considering a Bible Study?

biblestudyNow is a great time to connect to one or more of our Bible study groups. There are opportunities for both men and women at various times throughout the week and at different times of day and locations. WELCA Bible studies, Men’s breakfast studies, Women of Faith, a new Pastor-led Bible study starting this month, 2 x 4 (an offsite Men’s Group) – these are just some of the opportunities.