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Ready, Set, Learn now collecting

Ready Set Learn is gearing up for the 2019 season. This is a program that gives school supplies and backpacks to any child that goes to school in Dodge County, and is in need of help. Applications are available in the St. John’s office and turned in to St. Johns Lutheran Church or MN Prairie Alliance before July 29. An application is required, but assistance is not income-based.

Items requested are listed below or pick up a shopping list in the Narthex. Bring your donations to the bin in the Narthex at St. John’s. Lists available near the bin.

  • backpacks (large preferred)
  • glue sticks (washable, small)
  • 2-pocket folders (blue, green, red, yellow)
  • washable markers (wide or narrow)
  • spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled; blue, green, red, yellow)
  • #2 pencils (12 packs)
  • pencil pouches/boxes
  • dry erase markers (wide or narrow)
  • highlighters (wide or narrow)
  • composition books (wide or college ruled).

If you have any questions please contact program coordinator Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368.

Relay for Life is August 2

During Dodge County’s Relay for Life, the St. John’s Relay for Life team will be selling root beer floats, soda, water, chips, bars, and cookies. Stop by August 2 from 6:00 pm -12:00 am.

Other opportunities at the event include:

A silent auction from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

When it gets dark, the honorary chairs walk the track and luminaries are lit in honor or memory of loved ones.

That night they will announce team fundraising totals and the honorary chairs will speak.

People can walk the track any time. There are also track signs advertising business names. Anyone is interested in purchasing one for $100, contact Tanya Young (tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368) to have your purchase count towards St. John’s team’s fundraising total.

Meet the new CKP teachers

Creation Kids Preschool is excited to announce the 2019-2020 preschool teachers!

Carol Sullivan lives on a farm near West Concord where she and her husband, Tim, raise Angus beef cattle. She and Tim have three children: Sadie, Wyatt and Schuyler who are very active at KM in sports, drama, 4-H and FFA. Carol loves animals, watching college basketball and her hobbies include cooking, crafting and selling Pampered Chef. Carol is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is an avid Gopher fan! She is a true Minnesota Lutheran (with the accent to prove it!) and is extremely excited to become a part of the CKP family!
Jessica Falk lives in Kasson with her husband and two young boys. They enjoy playing games, reading, and spending time with their family and friends.  Jessica stated “As the CKP Little Lambs Teacher, I am looking forward to providing enrichment opportunities for the preschool children and I am excited to meet the CKP families!”
Peggy Moran lives in Owatonna with her four children: Abbigail (16), Annika (14), Abram (12), Amelia (8), her husband, a dog and 2 cats.  She stays busy watching and supporting her children in their many activities.  In her free time she enjoys camping, reading, and drinking coffee!  Peggy stated “I love teaching preschool and am so excited to be at CKP again!”

Take Jesus with you this summer

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

Summer is a hard time to stay connected to church. School is out, families take vacations, the weather is too nice…the list goes on and on.

This summer, we want you to stay connected by joining our Flat Jesus project!

Flat Jesus is inspired by a national school project called Flat Stanley, based off a book written by Jeff Brown. Just as Flat Stanley has helped children with literacy and geography, Flat Jesus helps children stay plugged into the biblical message you’ve been sharing with them all year.

How it works:

  • Everyone gets their own paper cutout of Jesus to take with them on their summer adventures.
  • Get one at the welcome center or print your own from blog.wearesparkhouse.org/flat-jesus-coming
  • Bring Flat Jesus with you on your adventures—to the park, your camping trip, and even the pool!
  • Take photos and share them on your favorite social media platform! Make sure to check-in at St. John’s Lutheran Church and use the hashtags #FlatJesus and #sjkkids to connect with others!

Where will your journeys take you and your Flat Jesus?

Summer worship 2019

We’re now in our summer worship schedule. Sunday worship is at 9:00 am followed by fellowship.

Wednesday worship is at 6:30 pm by the fire pit (inside if weather requires a move). Bring a chair, stay for s’mores, and engage with some tough topics on Wednesdays this summer!

Wednesday topic schedule:

  • June 5: Can I Trust the Bible? Does the Bible Contradict Itself?
  • June 12: Does God Discriminate Against Women?
  • June 19: Can I be a Christian and Believe in Evolution?
  • June 26: VBS Family Fun Night
  • July 10: Is Jesus Really the Only Way to God?
  • July 17: Does God Test People in Their Faith?
  • July 24: Does God Endorse Violence?
  • July 31: How Can I Follow a God Who Would Let Christians Do Such Bad Things?
  • August 7: Is it Wrong to Doubt God?
  • August 14: Is Hell Real? How Could God Send Someone There?
  • August 21: Can I Do Something So Bad God Won’t Forgive Me?
  • August 28: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
  • September 4: Is Sex Outside Marriage Wrong?

Creation Kids Preschool Carnival

The entire community is invited to a free carnival to celebrate Creation Kids Preschool’s 20th anniversary. On June 6, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm, there will be food (hot dogs and accompaniments), bounce house, face painting, treats, games, and more. Anyone registering for preschool at the event will have the registration fee waived.

Family Fun Night

Pink hawaiian flower | designed by Vexels

Bust out your hula skirts and come out for this year’s Family Fun Night on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at St. John’s. We’ll have a luau theme in celebration of our Shipwrecked VBS. Food, games, crafts, and more—fun activities for the whole family all FREE! The whole community is invited to come celebrate.

Get shipwrecked with us this summer!

Our FREE vacation Bible school – Shipwrecked VBS – is coming up quickly. From June 24-28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am children ages 3 through 4th grade (’18-’19 school year) are invited to learn about God in fun and exciting ways. Through music, crafts, and games we will learn how God continues to rescue us. We also offer early drop-off, late pick-up, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. We’re also looking for helpers from 5th grade through adults. Details at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.

VBS Decorating Party 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share your hands and/or ideas to make our space fun and inviting for VBS! Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can. Help us plan for lunch — sign up on the bulletin board or talk with Deacon Amanda.

Summer Worship Schedule

This summer we worship together Sunday at 9:00 am and Wednesday – outside! (weather permitting) – at 6:30 pm. Sunday schedule begins May 26, 2019. No Wednesday worship on May 29, 2019. We move outside beginning June 5, 2019.

Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 4-8 in 2018-2019 are invited to St. John’s 2019 Action Packed Day Camp. Come along for a week of non-stop fun!

Details

June 10-13, 2019
Cost is $60

Schedule

  • Monday—Air Insanity Trampoline Park in the morning, service projects in the afternoon
  • Tuesday—ValleyFair
  • Wednesday—ROCA Climbing wall in the morning, Oxbow Park in afternoon
  • Thursday—Quarry Hill Nature Center (cave tour and fossil hunting) in morning, afternoon movie

Questions

Any questions? Contact Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110.

CKP hiring to accommodate new programming for fall 2019

You may have heard that CKP will be offering before and after care starting this fall. With the expansion of their classes and programs, they’re also hiring! They are currently seeking the following positions for the 2019-2020 school year: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Teacher Assistants, Lead Assistants for the before/after care program, and Aides for the before/after care program. Full job descriptions AND registration for preschool and the before/after care program are available here. Please contact the CKP Board members Katie Freerksen, Jessica Paulsen, or Rachel Linbo. Or CKP Staff Kresta Schultz or Anne Holtan with any questions.

More info on registration for classes and before/after care for 2019-2020 is explained here.

Creation Kids Preschool is hiring

Creations Kids Preschool is currently seeking the following positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Click on the respective links for the full job descriptions.

For more information, contact Katie Freerksen, Rachel Linbo, or Jessica Paulsen. Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to preschool@stjohnskasson.org or dropped off at the St. John’s office. In lieu of a resume, applicants can submit a job application instead.

God’s love is for everyone to experience and share

Pastor David Efflandt

Each year in Lent, I am thankful for the opportunity to think deeply about my relationships, both with others and with God. This year I am finding myself keenly aware of this: all of us need to experience the nearness of God. When I look out at the landscape of my own relationships, I can see those mountaintops and valleys of my faith journey, where I have felt very close to or very far from God’s presence. I have often felt closest to God through the love shared by friends or family, or in worship. It is ironic, though, that through the words and deeds of these same people, I have also experienced what felt at the time like the complete and total absence of God.

This leads to what is a difficult reality to encounter: our relationships are not perfect because we too are not perfect. No matter how hard we try, we cannot live or speak perfectly in our lives of faith. Nobody can. And yet, even as we come face to face with this truth, we are also welcomed into the full knowledge of who we truly are: while we are indeed broken people, we are also people who have been made whole through the love of God in Christ. All of us.

How might this help us in our relationship between God and others? Plant this truth deeply in your hearts: there is nothing in this world that can stop God from loving you. Nothing. Let it blossom into a harvest of God’s faithfulness in your words and deeds. Remember God’s patience, kindness, compassion, and steadfast love given without strings attached, and give it away in the exact same way in all your relationships. In this way, you will help others experience the nearness of God.

Giving just got easier

After months of careful research, we are excited to announce we have a new platform for giving – Tithe.ly! We now have the opportunity to set up automated giving or send one-time gifts through our website OR through a convenient app on your phone. Simply visit stjohnskasson.org/giving or search for the “ELCA Giving Tool by Tithe.ly” app to get started.

Make the most of your gifts:

  • Select ACH/bank to incur the lowest fees.
  • Opt to “Cover card processing fees” to pay the fees and ensure your full intended amount goes directly to St. John’s.

If you haven’t participated in electronic giving in the past, now is a great time to consider setting up this option! It’s easy and secure. It also makes consistent giving one less thing to think about because Tithe.ly works even through vacations, inclement weather, and forgotten wallets. St. John’s will continue to offer envelopes for donations, but we ask that you consider electronic giving!  Giving electronically, is a tremendous time savings when counting and recording donations, it also provides the church with more reliable and steady donations.

Please take this time to consider, if you are able, to enhance your current giving. Even a small step up – such as a $5 or $10 periodic increment over time provides St. John’s the valuable support we need.

If you have any questions about the new system, council members or office staff are available to help!

Participants enrolled in our previous automated giving option will be receiving information about the changeover. Your current automated giving will end April 30, 2019.

Thank you for generosity to St. John’s. We appreciate all the ways you give so that we may live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community.