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Lutefisk to go

Enjoy the convenience of Curbside Lutefisk Takeout Meals! Beginning Monday, October 21, you may call ahead to place your order (507-634-7110) and have a takeout meal delivered right to your car. You can also order curbside.

The curbside takeout location has moved to the NW corner of the church parking lot (follow signs or ask our parking lot attendants for directions).

Takeout meals are available on Thursday, October 24, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm*.

The cost is $18 per meal. Kids meals are not available for takeout.

* All takeout meals must be purchased by 6:30 pm to ensure we have enough food to fill the orders.

Those take out meals ordered without fish will be given 8 extra ounces of meatballs.

Reminders for Lutefisk Volunteers

There are a few reminders for volunteers the week of the dinner –

Day-Of Workers: If you are working in a public area Thursday, please wear a white shirt and black pants; vests/aprons and name tags will be available in the church library. Do not bring purses or valuables into the church during the dinner; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $8 in the takeout room located at the end of Sunday school wing and eat in rooms 6 or 7 before or after their shift. Please park in the street or in the far NW corner of the parking lot and leave the parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.

Wednesday Potluck: If you are working on Wednesday, October 23, please bring in food to share for the potluck at noon to be held at end of the Sunday school wing.

Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items if they contain nuts or special flavorings. All members are encouraged to contribute bake sale items. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

Ice Cream Pails Needed

If you have any empty ice cream pails with lids that you could donate, please bring to the church office before October 23, 2019 to be used the week of the lutefisk dinner.

2020 Service Trips

In summer 2020 we have not one but TWO opportunities for youth to serve our world and grow in faith on service trips! Registration deadline is Friday, October 18. Details below –

Duluth

Duluth, MN
June 28-July 3, 2020
Students currently in grades 7-12
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 18
2020 Service Trip Registration Form

7th-12th grade students are eligible to attend a summer service trip with YouthWorks to Duluth June 28-July 3, 2020. Trip and fundraising information is available in the YouthWorks Summer Trips 2020 download. Be sure to read this thoroughly and mark all dates on your calendar! Questions? Contact Lindsay Colwell at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110. Information is also in the packet for adults interested in applying to help lead.

New Orleans

New Orleans, LA
July 26-31, 2020
Students currently in grades 10-12 (9th graders may be eligible if there are spots remaining, registration is limited to 25 youth)
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 18
2020 Service Trip Registration Form

High school youth are invited to attend a summer service trip with YouthWorks to New Orleans July 26-31.  Trip and fundraising information is available in the YouthWorks Summer Trips 2020 download. Be sure to read this thoroughly and mark all dates on your calendar! Questions? Contact Lindsay Colwell at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110. Information is also in the packet for adults interested in applying to help lead.

Ministry Together: A review of the All Commission Meeting

Jen Smith, Congregational President

On Sunday, September 28 St. John’s commissions sat together to discuss the important work each commission does to actualize the ministries of St. John’s.

Everyone shared “what is important right now,” which was defined as one of the guiding principles St. John’s must continue to embrace during our time of transition.

We also engaged in conversation regarding the use of St. John’s space and property. We appreciate the important role we play opening our doors, yet want to better manage multiple groups and property usage. We are creating a committee to better evaluate this. I appreciate the time each of you gives to the important work we do here at St. John’s.

If you were unable to attend, a packet with minutes from the meeting is currently being compiled. This will be available online to help everyone understand what each commission does and where you can volunteer your time and talents.

Topics discussed:

  • Facility Usage – A committee is being formed to create a better understanding of how we and the community use our space and property. If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Jen Smith
  • 2020 Budget – Kim Allen was available to answer questions regarding budget planning worksheet and upcoming meetings
  • Commissions – What is important right now? Who does what? How do we best work together?

Lutefisk Dinner 2019

This year’s Lutefisk Dinner is nearly here!

The basics for Thursday, October 24, 2019:
Serving: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Adults $18, Children (under 10) $8
No advanced ticket sales. Cash or check only.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

Take out dinners may be pre-ordered by calling St. John’s between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 21. Please drive to the northwest corner of the church building to pick up take-out dinners on Thursday.

YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our Lutefisk dinner and bake sale! 

Donation letters have been sent to the households of members. Last year 46% of the households contributed either potatoes, cranberry relish, butter, Norwegian baked goods, or money. The annual profit from the dinner has grown to over $23,000 and will go to ELCA mission support and congregational projects. All members are encouraged to make items for the bake sale, which had a profit of $8,1000 last year. Bake sale profits will be used to fund congregational projects. Help make this a tradition that will continue at St. John’s.

Thinking About Fall

Before we welcome all the Lutefisk Dinner guests, help us beautify our building for the fall season! Saturday, October 19, at 9:00 am, we will be decorating the building for fall. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to help. You are also invited to bring in fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, etc. starting Sunday, October 13. Anything you have to share can be used!

CKP Breakfast is October 13

The annual Creation Kids Preschool Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction will be on Sunday, October 13 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Silent auction bidding will open Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 pm and end after the breakfast (11:30 am). This is the preschool’s largest fundraiser of the year and we need your help! Consider donating a silent auction item, basket, or service to help support costs associated with expansion of our program. If you are interested in donating to the auction, please email Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or contact any board member. Items needed by Monday, October 7 at 5:00 pm. Thank you for all the support during this monumental year!

2020 Summer Camp Opportunities

Next summer there will be opportunities for students currently in 1st-12th grade to attend summer camp at Sugar Creek. They have a variety of programs available! Anyone interested is invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, October 13 at 9:10 am.

Finding peace in the chaos

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Can you believe it’s already September? The summer flew right by, actually this entire year has been a blur! The ease of summer is now gone and with it comes the busyness of fall. Starting school, the beginning of harvest, sports, raking leaves…the list of things on our plate is endless.

In my family, this was always an anxious time of year. Growing up on a farm in western North Dakota, there were always worries about harvest time. How would the harvest turn out? Did it rain enough? Too much? Will the market go up? Mostly things we couldn’t control. I remember listening to my dad and other farmers sitting around coffee talking about the weather and the markets; all the worries on their minds. It’s hard not to think about everything that could go wrong.

When something is constantly on your mind, Paul calls on us to talk to God about it. In Philippians 4:6, it says “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Ask God to bear that particular burden for you. Worry doesn’t do anything but suck the life out of today. I can’t say it’s easy not to worry, in fact I’ll be the first to admit that this is a daily challenge for me.

While this fall might bring anxious times, I pray that you also find peace. Whether it be in a literal harvest of crops or the abundance of life around you, may you experience the assurance of God’s grace and love in your life. Hear this blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

2019 Fall Fest

Sunday, September 15
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Education Commission is excited to kick off the program year with St. John’s Fall Fest. We’ll celebrate with food, games, and activities including a bouncy house with a slide AND a dunk tank! Plan to bring a few lawn chairs and the whole family out to enjoy an afternoon together with your faith community. All are welcome!

Volunteers make this an amazing experience. Sign up to help with the food, games, set-up, clean-up, or more here.

 

2019 All Commission Meeting

All members of St. John’s commissions, committees, and ministries are invited to an All Commission Meeting on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm. More information will be coming!

All groups should discuss the following questions at their September meetings:

  • What is most important right now? Please answer this question as it pertains to YOUR Commission.
  • What resources do you need to actualize what you identify?
  • What is your strategy?

Last year we asked you to review the work your Commission does as it pertains to St. John’s. Please review this document and update it accordingly.

Agenda will include:

  1. What is most important right now
  2. Fiscal responsibility/Stewardship
  3. 2020 BUDGET
  4. Facility Usage

2019 Lutefisk Dinner Volunteer Signup

The 58th St. John’s Lutheran Church Lutefisk Dinner will be October 24, 2019. Many hands make this an exciting and welcoming event for nearly 2,000 guests each year. Help us make 2019 another great year! There are plenty of opportunities to help out Tuesday through Thursday, October 22-24.

Sign up below or at the table in the narthex on Sunday, September 22 or Wednesday, September 25.

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2019

Make plans now to help with the 58th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Lefse bakes began in August and will continue on Wednesday mornings through October 16. No experience necessary! Coffee fellowship is served mid-morning. Contact Marge Albright (507-421-5184) or Jeannine Allen (507-271-0969) to sign up to assist with the bakes or if you’d like to help on your own time by helping with laundry. We also need help prepping potatoes Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 pm. To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke (if you need contact info, call the office at (507) 634-7110 or email office@stjohnskasson.org).

Sign up to help at the dinner or the week of online here or at the table in the narthex on Sunday, September 22 or Wednesday, September 25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 14, from 1:00-4:00 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.