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WELCA Thankoffering

The Women of the ELCA will lead us in Thankofferings on Sunday, November 12 at both worship services. On this day when the offering is brought forward, women, children, and anyone who wants to participate is welcome to bring food, blankets or whatever you like forward as an offering to those in need. You can use baskets, paper bags or however you like to bring this forward and leave it at the altar. All children are welcome to participate, parents also.

There will be offering envelopes available for anyone to use if they would like to participate with an offering of gratitude.

Thankofferings began in the late 19th century when boxes were placed in homes, the families usually women placed coins in them for times when they were blessed, usually this was every day. This traditions was started by the Episcopal Church women followed by the United Methodist women, later in the Lutheran tradition. This tradition is still active in all of these congregations. Please join the Women of St. John’s in this tradition.

Reformation Celebration Services Sunday, October 29

By Clark Johnson

What would you plan for a major anniversary party? St. John’s is preparing to celebrate the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation. When in 1517 Martin Luther stated that we are saved by faith alone, he had no intention of starting a movement that would eventually lead to a break with the Roman Catholic Church. Luther’s strong faith and that of others to follow resulted in the Protestant Reformation. Historians believe this Reformation was one of the most important and influential events in history. We certainly need to celebrate!

Every Monday we share a bit of wisdom from Martin Luther on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Check out the full #MartinMonday series for more.

At the 8:00 and 10:15 services on October 29 we will celebrate with word and song. We will revisit the music and thoughts of Martin Luther with the help of ìClassic Brass,î an outstanding professional brass ensemble based in Rochester. Luther felt that music was a gift from God and a talent to be shared. He understood the tremendous benefit resulting from hearing the Word of God and then uniting as a congregation to offer thanksgiving in song. This is exactly our recipe for celebration. Please plan to join with the organ, brass, and choir as we celebrate our great heritage as Lutherans.

Celebrating the Saints Nov 5

Sunday, November 5 is the day we celebrate All Saints Day. We will be reading the names of members who have passed and lighting candles in memory of any saints for which you wish to come forward. If you have a loved one who has passed in the last year who you would like listed in our printed list, please contact the office by October 30 ((507) 634-7110 or office@stjohnskasson.org).

Worship by the Fire Schedule

We’ll be worshipping at St. John’s new fire pit every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We do worship rain or shine! We just move inside if weather dictates.

Every week we’ll worship guided by a book called Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. You bring a camp chair and we’ll bring the s’mores!

  • June 24: Blessing of the Pets
  • June 21: Celebration of VBS and Family Fun Night
  • June 28: Prayers for those on St. John’s mission & faith formation trips
  • July 5: Christmas in July
  • July 12: Celebration of Haiti Mission
  • July 19: Celebrate the County Fair
  • July 26: Prayers for confirmation campers
  • Aug 2: Celebration of Backpacking Trip
  • Aug 9: Festival in the Park/Celebrate our community
  • Aug 16: Celebration of Confirmation Camp
  • Aug 23: Affirmation of Baptism
  • Aug 30: Back to School Backpack Blessing

June Special Events

June 15 – Worship at Fairview @ 9 am
June 15 – Worship at Sunwood @ 2 pm
June 16-18 – Ironwood Springs Youth Retreat
June 19-23 – Dr. Seuss Vacation Bible School
June 21 – Family Fun Night @ 5 pm
June 23-29 – Haiti Mission Trip

Summer Worship Schedule

Worship by the Fire
Wednesday 6:30 pm service on the South Lawn by the Fire Pit. Schedule at www.stjohnskasson.org/worship

Sunday Worship
Sundays 9:00 am

More details & events available online at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Summer Worship

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

 

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

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

Senior Christmas Worship & Luncheon

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

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

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