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July Special Events

  • Office Closed
    July 4
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    July 9-12
  • Prairie Meadows Worship*
    July 12 at 2:00 pm
  • Fairview Worship*
    July 19 at 9:30 am
  • Sunwood Worship*
    July 19 at 2:00 pm

* These worship services happen monthly. You are invited to join residents with us. These services are always on the online calendar or printed calendar in the Snippets.

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

 

June Special Events

  • Confirmation Camp
    June 10-15
  • Vacation Bible School
    June 18-22
  • Family Fun Night
    June 20, 5-8 pm
  • ELCA National Youth Gathering
    June 25-July 2

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Summer Worship

We’re now on our summer worship schedule!

  • Sundays – 9:00 am followed by fellowship
  • Wednesdays – 6:30 pm at the fire pit
    (weather permitting, inside in case of rain)

Summer 2018 Wednesday Worship Schedule

During this summer we will worship outdoors by the fire pit (weather permitting – we’ll be inside if weather doesn’t cooperate) on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

All are welcome to this casual service. We’ll celebrate communion (2nd and 4th weeks of the month), sing, have a short devotion, have some themed celebrations, and end with some s’mores. Bring a chair. You’re also welcome to bring snacks and beverages!

Our readings will come from the Narrative Lectionary, another structure of reading through the Bible in a worship setting. This summer will include 5 weeks of the Psalms, 4 weeks on the Sacraments, and 4 weeks on Revelation.

We’ll have piano music every week, but this is a great chance for anyone else who wishes to share their musical talents to get involved, no matter how experienced! Have a guitar – bring it! Want to get into the rhythm – bring some bongos! Have an accordion – ok, that too… All levels, all instruments welcome.

During our weeks on the Psalms, we’ll be reading from Psalms for Sojourners by James Limburg. During the weeks on Sacraments we’ll look at By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism from Augsburg Fortress. And finally, for the weeks on Revelation we’ll read from Revelation and the End of All Things by Craig Koester.

  • June 6 – Psalm 100
    Celebration of first night of summer worship and a prayer station
  • June 13 – Psalm 13
    Blessing of all things that roll (bikes, tractors, strollers, etc.)
  • June 20 – Psalm 23
    Family Fun Night/VBS Celebration
  • June 27 – Psalm 30
    Pet Blessing (Real or stuffies, real pets should be leashed or contained)
  • July 4 – No worship
  • July 11 – Psalm 150
    Report from those who attended confirmation camp and celebrate Action Packed Day Camp
  • July 18 – Baptism: Psalm 46 and Acts 2:37-42
    Remembrance of baptism
  • July 25 – Baptism: Psalm 84 and Romans 6:1-11
    Affirmation of Baptism/Celebration of baptismal birthdays
  • August 1 – Lord’s Supper: Psalm 65 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
    Sundaes on Wednesday (ice cream Sundaes) and talk about seeing God in every day
  • August 8 – Lord’s Supper: 1 Samuel 21:1-9 and Matthew 12:1-8 or Mark 14:12-25
    Collect food for the food pantry and Food for Friends, we’ll also be talking about our Southeastern Minnesota Synod’s initiative Enough Food for All
    Bring peanut butter, jelly, and/or mac and cheese (no glass jars) for Food for Friends
  • August 15 – Revelation 4:1-11 (John 17:1-5)
    Praise the Lord all creatures! (Make a joyful noise, kids use noise makers)
  • August 22 – Revelation 5:1-13 (John 1:29-31)
    Report from those who attended the National Youth Gathering
  • August 29 – Revelation 6:1-8; 7:9-17 (John 14:1-4)
    Backpack Blessing (students from preschool through graduate school, teachers, staff, anyone going back to school can bring their bag!)
  • September 5 – Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5 (John 16:20-22)
    Back to School Celebration

May Special Events

  • Rummage Sale
    May 11 (2 pm—6 pm) & May 12 (9 am—2 pm)
  • Milestone Celebrations
    May 13 & 16 at worship
  • Senior Recognition
    May 16 & 20 at worship
  • Breakfast Fellowship
    May 20 between services
  • First Day of Summer Worship Schedule
    May 27 at 9:00 a.m.
  • No Worship
    May 30

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Milestone Celebration

In all worship services on May 13 and May 16 we’re having a celebration! Our 1st – 6th grade students will be sharing what they’ve learned about the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Bible, the Sacraments, and the Apostle’s Creed with the whole congregation. Students will also receive a special gift—a small stone (“milestone,” if you will) to remind them of what they learned this year!

Read more about our Milestone Ministries.

Summer worship schedule

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! We will have worship on our regular schedule May 20 and May 23. Beginning May 27, we will move to a single 9:00 am Sunday morning service. On Wednesday, May 30 there will not be a service. On Wednesday, June 6 worship will resume. Still at 6:30 pm, but out by the fire pit as weather permits. Routines shift in the summer, but we still worship God every week!

Holy Week Worship

  • No Wednesday Worship
  • Maundy Thursday – 11:00 am & 6:30 pm with First Communion
  • Good Friday – 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday – 6:30 am (Blended Sunrise Service), 8:00 am (Traditional Festival Service), & 10:15 am (Traditional Festive Service)

Another chance to hear the Christmas message

If you weren’t here at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Pastor John’s Christmas Eve sermon and Pastor Nirmala’s Christmas Day sermon are available online. You can also find all our Wednesday and Sunday sermons on our website, so check in any time you want to catch up!

Listen at stjohnskasson.org/sermons

Time for worship this season

As we read through Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, our Advent devotional this year, we are reminded to slow down and reflect to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Here are some of the ways you can focus on Christ this Advent and Christmas:

  • Unwrapping the Names of Jesus Advent Devotions
    Now through Dec. 24
    This book is available in the Narthex – please take one for your family! And follow along with us on Facebook as we have daily prompts and ideas.
  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
    Dec. 13 | 6:30 pm (shortened version)
    This 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. More…
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
    Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to celebrate your memories at a dinner and program on Thursday, December 14 at 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. A grief support counselor from Season’s Hospice will be our guest speaker. Bring a dish to share as you are able. Please RSVP by December 10 to the office (507-634-7110). Come to receive comfort and peace.
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
    Senior Christmas Worship will be held December 21 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are welcome.
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
    Christmas Eve happens to fall on the 4th Sunday of Advent. We will still worship Sunday morning, but at one service at 9:00 am instead of our regular 8:00 and 10:15 am times.
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

Advent & Christmas Special Events

  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Notes:

  • Dec. 27 – NO worship
  • Jan. 31- worship at 9:00 am

Service of Lessons & Carols

The music ensembles of St. John’s will present a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 10 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. A shortened service will also be presented the following Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. This is the twenty-fifth year the musicians of St. John’s have shared advent and Christmas music with the congregation. String players from the congregation and flutist Sarah Vinzant, from Kasson-Mantorville Schools, will join the ensembles this year.

A service highlight is four short movements from a Christmas Cantata entitled “For Us a Child is Born” for choir, bass soloist, and instruments. This piece was originally thought to be composed by J.S. Bach. Scholars now attribute it Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

This 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. Please invite your friends to join us.

Senior Christmas Worship

Senior Christmas Worship will be held December 21 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are welcome.

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).