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Doing good at WELCA Doing Day

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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

welca-xmas-luncheon-2016

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.