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Summer Worship

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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

Reception for Linda Wunderlich

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LindaWunderlichAfter 23 years of leading St. John’s ringing choirs (including starting them!), Linda Wunderlich is retiring. We’re saying “thank you” to her on Sunday, May 14 between services (approximately 9-10 am). Come and thank her for her time and plan to be in worship to hear the bells play!

A message from Linda:

St. John’ s ringing choirs began when three octaves of chimes were loaned to us in 1993. We had a group of youth that volunteered to ring. With the beginning of 1994 we had to return the chimes. I began a fundraising program that featured sponsoring a whole bell for $130, the bell casing for $60, the clapper for $30, or the handle for $30. We needed $4,810 for a thee-octave set (37 bells with cases). Within a month 50 plus individuals contributed enough to purchase the set of Malmark bells, gloves, stands, and music. Pastor Johnson wanted me to be on the stewardship committee. The bells were ordered and arrived in April 1994. In the fall of 1994 we began Senior and Junior Bell Choirs. A three-octave set of Malmark Chimes were purchased in March 2001 and a Children’s Chime Choir was begun.

The ringing choirs have rung for services, Dessert Concerts, Food Shelf Concert, Austin Area Ring Out, KM Christmas Program, 10 Area VII Festival Conference, 6 Area VII Young Ringers Camp, and 4 narrative/ringing of Bible stories. We have had 48 ringers in Senior Bells, 71 ringers in Junior Bells, and 93 ringers in Children’s Chimes. I have taken apart and polished a total of 851 bells, clappers, handles, and guards over 23 years.

It has been a privilege to be the director of these ringing choirsand see them sharing their faith through ringing at worship. My final service as director will be May 14th where Sr Bells will ring “In Christ Thereis No East or West” by John Behnke. It was commissioned to honor the dedicated service of the ringing choirs of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, Minn., and to the honor that I’ve had to be their director for the past 23 years.

God’s richest blessings,
Linda

Free AGAPE* Concert

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On Wednesday, May 17, 7-9 pm (after Wednesday night worship), AGAPE* will be joining us at St. John’s for a FREE evening of music and storytelling. We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers only, please) for our Food for Friends program.

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in Spanish to connect with his listeners in a way that they really “get it.” His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. Even those who do not normally enjoy hip-hop find themselves dancing to his music and captivated by his unique presentation of the Gospel. You can find more information here.

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Holy Week Worship

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Palm Sunday – April 9
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Blended worship at 10:15 am

No Wednesday Worship – April 12

Maundy Thursday – April 13
Worship followed by a luncheon at 11 am
Worship with First Communion at 6:30 pm

Good Friday – April 14
Worship at 6:30 pm

Easter Sunday
Sunrise blended worship at 6:30 am
Traditional worship at 8:00 am
Traditional worship at 10:15 am

Christmas Morning LIVE!

2016 Christmas Program feature

This year’s Children’s Christmas Program is now available to watch online.

Senior Christmas Worship & Luncheon

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This Thursday (December 15) we’re hosting a Christmas Worship (with communion) and Luncheon (lutefisk and meatballs). Worship begins at 11 am.

This is an especially good opportunity for seniors who may not be able to get out Christmas Eve or who are looking for extra fellowship this time of year. All are invited!

Service of Lessons & Carols on December 11

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The music ensembles of St. John’s Lutheran Church will present a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 11 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the twenty-fourth year the musicians of St. John’s have prepared a program for the community. Participating in the service will be the Senior Choir, Senior Bells, Children’s Chimes, and Blended Team & Adult JAM . String players from the congregation will join the ensembles this year.  The joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth.  All are welcome at this celebratory service.

Special Advent & Christmas Worship

Join us for these special worship opportunities this month!

Lessons & Carols Services – Dec 11 8:00 am & 10:15 am

Senior Christmas Worship with Communion & Luncheon – Dec 15 11:00 am

Children’s Christmas Program – Dec 18 10:15 am

Christmas Eve Worship – Dec 24 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm

Christmas Day Worship – Dec 25 10:15 am

New Year’s Day Worship – Jan 1 10:15 am

More details and additional events at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Wednesday Worship Services

Our Wednesday worship services will now have a different theme than our Sunday services. Join us as we study Martin Luther and the catechism. We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Fall Start-Up

RandyFettPastor Randy Fett
Lead Pastor

Fall start up. Families are buying school supplies. Students have their class schedules. Fall sports have begun. Farmers are praying that frosts are delayed and they will have a full harvest. Families are spending their last days at on vacation. Things are gearing up for Fall. Some of us can hardly wait for the first kick off. Anticipation is building.

In churches, (and in the past here), we call the Sunday after Labor Day “Rally Sunday.” This year, St. John’s is calling it “Gods Work, Our Hands” day. We invite everyone to share in a very special day of service in connection with our worship on Sunday, September 11. This is a national and synod wide emphasis throughout the ELCA.

Worship time changes: Wednesday evening worship will change to 6:15 pm. We are trying this to accommodate families who desire to have their children home from the evening activities at an earlier time. Sundays will return to 8:00 am with Traditional style liturgy worship and 10:15 am with the Blended style worship.

Fall also includes the installation of our educators and volunteer leaders, the presentation of Third grade Bibles, and the wind up for our 9th grade confirmation class (33 students), who will be confirmed on Sunday October 2 at the 10:15 am worship service.

Lefse baking has started and plans are in motion for our annual Lutefisk supper in late October.  Visit http://stjohnskasson.org/lutefisk/ for details on lefse baking opportunities and the Lutefisk Dinner.

Thank you to all for your dedication to these significant missions and ministries of St. John’s. Your commitments are an inspiration to us all.

I have been thinking about how I might share a blessing each week with families. With each email response that I send out, I will share a special blessing from scripture and I will commit myself to pray for that special blessing on each of your homes. Think about how can you share a blessing with those around you. This is a call from our God. Let me begin with these words:

“O give thanks to the Lord of Lords, for he is good, who does great wonders. It is he who remembers us. O give thanks to the God of heaven for his steadfast love endures forever.” – inspired from Psalm 136. May this blessing be upon your home today.

God bless as we gear up for the fall, as we serve as God’s hands, as we begin anew with programming and ministries, and as we pray for those bountiful crops.

Fall worship schedule begins Sept 7/11

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We’ve had a great summer worshipping in the park on Wednesday evenings and combining our Sunday services into one, it’s time to go back to our regular schedule! After Labor Day – starting Wednesday, September 7, and Sunday, September 11 – we go back to our regular worship schedule with a new, earlier time on Wednesday nights.

Worship with us:

  • Traditional Worship
    Sundays, 8:00 am
  • Blended Worship
    Sundays, 10:15 am
  • Wednesday Worship
    Wednesdays, 6:15 pm

What we were up to last month

  • We kicked off our Worship in the Park Wednesday night worship experience
  • Food for Friends continues with an option for families to pick up food here at St. John’s.
  • Approximately 80 kids joined us for “Around the World VBS”
  • 18 confirmation students and their adult chaperones travelled to South Dakota for confirmation camp.

Reflecting on the first year, looking ahead to a great summer

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Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been at St. John’s for just over a year. (I started in May 2015.) And I just want to thank you all for this last year. I know that lots of the stuff we tried was a bit different for many of you – certainly not something that you were used to – but you jumped in with both feet, often going well outside your comfort zones to try something new. You were even willing to humor me on some of those things you may have thought were really weird (watching movies in worship, for example).

I was particularly reminded of how great you all are last week. On Tuesday, we had our most recent ministry of encouragement (MOE) visit to the local elementary school. I had never done an MOE this big before – over 100 people – and I’ll admit I was a bit concerned about whether we could pull it off. But I needn’t have worried. On Tuesday morning we had about 15 people who came and set everything up with an efficiency that was pretty darn impressive. And then there was the food! Over 30 people prepared so much food that we filled up three tables, had some piled up under the tables and had to bring some back. God’s abundance reflected through the people of St. John’s!

And then on Wednesday, we had our first worship service in the park. Again, so many people stepped up to be involved. People brought food, helped set up (a special thanks to Terry Czeck for sharing his grilling skills), and then stayed to clean up afterward. If our first service was any indication, the kids will definitely be taking the lead. They participated in communion, in the bike blessing and singing, and they did a great job starting to fill our jar with stones as they shared places they saw God this last week.

Not to be outdone were all of you who worshipped Sunday morning. (It was so packed we almost ran out of bread for communion – a wonderful problem to have. C’mon, I challenge you – bring your friends and neighbors, so we have so many people we have to use two loaves on Sunday morning.) Anyway, not only did you show up big time on Sunday, but you also stayed for quite awhile to chat afterward – really nice.

I look forward to the remainder of the summer, with more Wednesday worship services, and more events to get us out of the building. We’ve got our Family Fun Night at the end of July (July 28) and we’ll also be in the park a couple of time with our free kids games. Food for Friends will also be continuing all summer long. And then there’s VBS, the youth trip to Philadelphia, confirmation camp and action camp in August . . .

It’s going to be a great summer!!

Let Us Worship

In May we celebrate:

  • Volunteers May 8/11
  • Pentecost Festival of Choirs & Lessons May 15
  • Graduating Seniors May 18/22
  • New Members May 18/22

Summer Worship in the Park – WIP on Wednesdays!

In addition to our combined Sunday morning worship service (9 am), we’ll also be trying something a little bit different this summer – weekly worship in the park.  We’re calling it “WIP on Wednesdays” – WIP stands for Worship In the Park – and it’s easier to say. We’ll be over in Veterans Memorial Park (North Park) at the shelter just east of the pool every Wednesday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Since we’ll gather around suppertime, we’ll share a meal at 6 pm and then move right into a short worship at 6:30 pm. We‘ll usually be done by 7 pm, so that people still have a good chunk of the evening left to attend sporting events or do whatever. We’ll do communion as part of our meal (just like they did it in the early church), and try something a little different every week. Our tentative summer schedule looks like this:

  • June 1 – Blessing of Bikes and other Wheeled Things – all wheeled things welcome
  • June 8 – Kids Service – to bring out the kid in all of us
  • June 15 – Father’s Day Celebration – something special for the men in our lives
  • June 22 – Celebrate VBS – focus on our around-the-world VBS theme
  • June 29 – Independence Day – get a head start on celebrating the 4th of July
  • July 6 – Pet Blessing – all pets (large and small) are welcome
  • July 13 – Clown Worship – clowns lead worship like you’ve never seen it before
  • July 20 – Christmas in July – “Merry Christmas” without the snow
  • July 27– Youth Mission Trip Celebration – a recap of the mission trip to Philadelphia
  • August 3 – Olympics Theme – celebrate the start of the Olympics
  • August 10 – Festival in the Park – a celebration of Kasson’s annual festival
  • August 17 – Baptism affirmation in pool – a different way to affirm our baptisms
  • August 24 – Dr. Seuss Worship – need I say more?
  • August 31 – Back to School Blessing – blessing of staff, kids and parents

The plan is to worship casually and have kids very involved in every service. Since we’re in the park, feel free to come early and/or stay late to take advantage of the playground equipment, the tennis and basketball courts, and the pool. And since we’re going to serve food (burgers and hot dog kind of food), we could use your help getting set up (and helping to clean up) each Wednesday. We’d also love lots of you to help out by just showing up and getting involved in the fun. And please bring your friends – this is definitely a community thing!