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Share your family’s social distancing adventures with Flat Moses

As we live in the unknown, think about how Moses might have felt wandering through the desert for 40 years! That’s a long time to be unsure of what the next day brings! Print off a Flat Moses to color and show off what you are doing in the wilderness with him!

Deacon Amanda took Flat Moses to work at her home office this week! What will you do??

Download a printable PDF to color your own Flat Moses!

Share on Facebook or Twitter and tag: @sjkchildren #sjkfamily #flatmoses

Current COVID-19 Precautions at St. John’s

More on online worship available here and online study options are listed here.

As of March 28 – The office is closed through at least April 10. Most staff are monitoring their email during this time.

\Update as of March 16, 2020

People of St. John’s,

As the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Minnesota provide new guidelines for protecting our communities from the spread of COVID-19, the leadership of St. John’s has made additional decisions about our lives together:

  • Until further notice, in-person worship will be suspended. This includes Sunday and Wednesday worship times, and also includes all regularly scheduled programming, including Sunday School, Club 56, Oasis Afterschool and Education, Confirmation, and Youth Troop.
  • We WILL worship together at 9:00 am Sundays and 6:30 pm Wednesdays via web video. Videos will be accessible live and on-demand (after they air) at stjohnskasson.org/sermons and through our Facebook page. You are encouraged to gather around a screen as a family and participate along with our worship leaders.
  • Upcoming events that will be affected are below. If you have questions about any of these or other gatherings, contact the office at (507) 634-7110. We will continue to alert you to changes in the weekly enews and Snippets (to be posted with the worship videos and emailed).
    • WELCA Doing Day is postponed
    • Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday Ruth book studies are suspended. We are exploring online options. If you have not yet participated but want to be included, contact Deacon Amanda (amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110) to get connected.
    • Fairview, Prairie Meadows, & Sunwood worship services are suspended.
    • Senior Choir rehearsals are suspended.
    • The WELCA Bus Tour is postponed.  
    • Directory photos WILL take place, but families are encouraged to keep the 6’ or more safe distance from other families as encouraged by the CDC. Update: These have been postponed.
  • Meetings will be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on available space and size of the group, though we will be advising all commission meetings to consider postponing meetings or meeting virtually (phone or web meetings). For assistance setting up a virtual meeting, contact katie@stjohnskasson.org or call the office at (507) 634-7110.
  • At this time, office hours will remain 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Creation Kids Preschool will remain open through Tuesday, March 17, but then will be closed March 18 through March 27 or until further notice, following the lead of the Kasson-Mantorville Schools.
  • Outside groups will still have access to the building, though they will need to comply with CDC and MDH guidelines for gatherings.
  • Stewardship of Finances: As always, we are encouraged to steward our finances “according to our means.” During the coming weeks, even though we will not be gathering in-person for worship, there is still ministry happening at St. John’s, which means we still rely on your regular financial support. Please take a moment to pray over your situation, and consider your financial stewardship. If you are able to do so, please continue your support of our congregation and its ministries during these anxious times. You can contribute through Tithe.ly, our online giving platform at stjohnskasson.org/giving or the Tithe.ly app on your mobile device. You can also drop off or mail in your contribution. Thank you to everyone for your continued financial support of the ministries of our congregation, and for your prayers, as we do our best to meet the increased need in our community, working together to live into Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Staff continue to be present in the office and are also available by email. Please do not hesitate to connect. Remember, God is walking with us through these uncertain days. We are experiencing changes in routines, but not in God’s grace. We look forward to finding new ways to connect as people of faith until we can gather again in person.

Grace and Peace,
Leadership of St. John’s

Reminders that remain true from the original update on March 13:

We know this is an uncertain situation and uncertainty creates anxiety. There are things we can do to stay proactive without raising anxiety. In addition to these measures, you can:

  • Pray. Pray for prudence in individuals’ actions, for wisdom of those seeking solutions, for thanksgiving for science that can help understand this disease and its progression, and for peace as we walk through uncertain times.
  • Do not panic. God has promised to walk with us. Rest in that promise and seek hope that prayerful responses and informed precautions make the difference they are intended to make.

We will keep you informed as the days and weeks continue. We pray that routines can return to usual. If the risk increases, we will continue to implement the best protocol for our community’s safety.  

Additional Resources:
For more information on best practices during this time, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites.

Ready to join St. John’s?

A couple times a year we offer opportunities for people who are ready to or interested in joining St. John’s to gather to learn more about this faith community. If they’re ready to officially join, they are welcomed formally in worship.

The next chance for new member meetings are:

  • Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 3 at 11:30 am

Anyone interested in learning more or taking the next step is encouraged to come to one of these sessions. Participants will enjoy a meal, get to know each other and some of the St. John’s leadership, learn more about St. John’s mission and opportunities, and cover any other questions you may have.

New members will be received during worship:

  • Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 10 at 8:00 am and 10:15 am

First Communion Registration

First Communion Classes will be held Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 1:00–3:00 pm.

All 4th Graders Welcome! If your student is older than 4th grade and has missed First Communion, we welcome their presence.

Important – At least one parent or guardian is expected to attend class with their student. We believe it is important for families to be involved with one another’s faith journey and this is the perfect opportunity to learn with one another.

When do we celebrate First Communion? Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

If you have any questions, contact: Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Registration form available in the February Messenger (PDF) or in the office.

WELCA/Quilting Bus Trip

St. John’s Women of the ELCA (WELCA) and the Quilting group will be taking a bus to the Twin Cities to visit Lutheran World Relief & Global Ministries on Thursday, March 26.  If we have 35 passengers, your cost for the bus will be $15. Lunch stop to be determined; meal not included. Additional details will be available when we know the total number of riders. The sign up is on the table at the Women’s Bulletin Board.

Some truth for Lent

Lindsay Colwell
Director of Youth & Family Ministry

Lent is a busy time here at St. John’s. We have lots of fundraisers and activities that happen during this season of contemplation as we meditate on the earthly ministry of Jesus. For me in particular, it can be a difficult time to center myself the way that I hope to on devotions and spiritual practices.

Lent is a period of self-examination. A set aside period of time where we take time to see how God is at work in our lives. By slowing down we take the opportunity to recognize the great love that God is already bestowing on us, to see grace at work in our lives. It is hard not to slow down just a little when you are reminded at the beginning of Lent at Ash Wednesday that, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.”

Daunting words, but perhaps, also an invitation to remember. An invitation to remember that we are more than the clothes we wear, more than the things we have or don’t have. An invitation to remember that whether we are at the height of the good things in life or at our most broken that we belong to God. February saw several terrible losses in our community. At every turn I kept reminding myself, and continue to remind myself, that God’s promises are wide and true, that he will get us any way he can.

The slowing down and noticing of Lent can be deafening and daunting. Fr. Richard Rohr has said, “In silence all of our usual patterns assault us…That is why most people give up rather quickly. When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, the first thing to show up were the wild beasts.” At those times, when the world seems like too much remember, God sent his Son to redeem this world. The kingdom of God has come near. Have no fear for God’s promises are wide and true, and for you.

MOE to Kasson American Legion Color Guard

Our next MOE (Ministry of Encouragement) visit will be to thank the Kasson American Legion Color Guard on Thursday, March 12, 2020. We will be thanking about 20-25 people. These are all veterans who are at every local veteran’s funeral to recognize them for their service to our country, march and carry the flags in all local parades, participate in ceremonies, and other requests. They are a proud group and we will show them our appreciation and how proud we are of them. Possibly this group recognized one of your loved ones at their funeral. If you would like to carpool, we will meet at the church, depart at 6:45 pm to arrive at the Legion for their 7:00 pm meeting. If you plan to attend and not carpool, you can enter the front door at 212 West Main Street or the west door from the parking lot. The meeting room is in the basement. Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Center for food donations and/or attending the Thank You. If you want further information or have questions, please contact Ardis Grovdahl (634-7644) or grovdahlardis@kmtel.com

Relay for Life Breakfast

Saturday, March 14, 8:00-11:00 am St. John’s Relay for Life team will serve pancakes and other goodies for breakfast, host a bake sale, and offer a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Dodge County.

Silent auction bidding starts Sunday, March 8, and closes at 11:00 am on March 14. Bake sale items can be brought to the church kitchen Friday, March 13. Please mark them with Relay for Life event.

WELCA Doing Day 2020

Doing Day 2020 has been postponed, but stay tuned for a new date! Donations are still welcomed.

WELCA Doing Day will be Wednesday, March 18 starting between 8:00-9:00 am. This is a day of spirit-filled mission work. We will be packing mission kits that benefit many around the world as well as here in the United States. Along with the mission kits and quilting, there will be morning coffee and devotions, a potluck lunch, and lots of fellowship.

Needed for the kits:

  • child-size blunt tip scissors
  • 24 count crayons
  • pencil sharpeners
  • 12” rulers that include both centimeters and inches
  • 70-sheet notebooks (wide or college rule)
  • sturdy combs
  • pick style combs
  • jars or tubes of petroleum jelly (4 oz or larger)
  • heavy duty kitchen gloves (size medium)
  • nail clippers
  • light weight bath towels
  • hand towels
  • wash cloths (preferably dark colors)
  • large bars of soap (Ivory or unscented)

Also needed are infant items (sizes 3-18 mo) including T-shirts, sleepers without feet, cotton knit sleep sacks, cloth diapers, and infant socks. Fabric of 100% cotton, 3-yard lengths, is needed for sewing kits.

The WELCA quilters always need new/gently used flat bed sheets (fitted sheets must be full size or larger). Flannel sheets and pillowcases are used for quilt backs or to make infant diapers.

Everyone is welcome to join us. If you have any questions, please call Gail Jensen, 507-633-2467 or 507-951-3367.

Sugar Creek Camp Info 2020

Sunday, June 14-Friday, June 19, 2020

Registration Details

  • Please make Lindsay aware (by email if not at the meetings, lindsay@stjohnskasson.org) which program your student is planning to take part in.
  • If you plan to have your child attend camp a different week than listed above please include that information.
  • Camp is open to current 3rd-12th graders=Full week
    • Seekers: open to current 3rd and 4th graders, 2nd graders may register if parents feel student is ready for a full week of camp.
    • Wagoneers: open to current 5th and 6th graders
    • Confirmation camp: open to current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
    • Jr. Wranglers: open to current 8th-11th graders
    • Riverboaters: open to current 8th-12th graders
    • Voyageurs: open to current 8th-11th graders
    • Staff in Training/Leaders in Training: Open to current 10th and 11th graders; this is a 3 week program, talk to Lindsay if you are interested in this

Online Registration

  • This year each family will register their student through Sugar Creek’s online registration system. This system can be found at the Sugar Creek website at www.wp.sugarcreekbiblecamp.org under the drop down “Summer Camp.”
  • All information and forms that will need to be filled out are available through this webpage. If you would rather use the paper forms please connect with Lindsay and we work things out.
  • At the time of registration you will need to make a $100 payment. The total that families will pay for camp is $200. The rest will be covered by fundraising. You may pay the full $200 right away or go back in and pay the remainder later, no later than June 1.
  • When you choose the amount to pay please choose Tier 3 or the HS minimum (which is $480). I will take care of paying the remainder of our balance.
  • When you register online you may add canteen money for your student at that time as well. Riverboat students do not need canteen money, they may bring pocket money for the one time they are able to go to the canteen.
  • Please choose St. John’s Lutheran Church Kasson when you complete the camper profile form.

Fundraising

  • All students who attend camp must take part in 10 fundraising events between now and when we go to camp. If all 10 are completed the remainder of the cost of camp will be covered.
  • Students who do not fulfill this 10 event requirement will need to cover the balance of the cost of camp. (Tier 3=$395, HS minimum=$480)
  • Once you have let Lindsay know that your student is attending camp she will email you the links to sign-up for the varying fundraising events.

Hiring an Office Administrator

St. John’s is seeking a qualified candidate for a part-time (30 hours per week) Church Office Administrator position. This position is responsible for the financial bookkeeping, overall congregation communication directive, and administrative support to the pastoral staff.

Qualifications:

  • Has familiarity and comfortability with finance, including accounts payable and receivable
  • Has demonstrated knowledge, skill, and experience in office management, administrative functions, and secretarial functions stated herein.  This includes organization, attention to detail, and telephone skills
  • Has necessary skills with copy equipment, computers and word processing software (i.e. Microsoft Office, Publisher, etc).
  • Experience using presentation software is preferred
  • Must be able to relate to and work effectively with all staff members, church members, and volunteers in a caring, supportive, and positive manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and relate to a diverse group of people within a church relational context.
  • Communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal.
  • Organizational skills, detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task.
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution techniques
  • Operate in a team environment
  • Is supportive of the mission of St. John’s Lutheran Church:
    Living in God’s Grace, St. John’s Lutheran Church is an inclusive community worshiping together, growing in faith, serving others, and living as witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Apply

Download an application or apply in person at 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson

For more info, call (507)634-7110 or email office@stjohnskasson.org

Lenten Study on Ruth

During Lent, we will create small groups to dig into a book study called Ruth – Loss, Love & Legacy. This Bible study on Ruth by Kelly Minter explores Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. The 6-week study delves into Ruth’s character, her relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her love with Boaz. If you’ve ever been devastated by loss, struggled as a stranger, or longed to be loved you’ll find a place with Ruth.

Groups will meet on Saturdays at 10:00 am and Sundays at 9:00 am. We’ll start on February 29 and March 1 and go through April 4 and 5.

Sign up here or on the Welcome Center.

There is a $15 charge for the book. Payable by cash or check in the office. Books will be available to pick up before we begin.

For more on the study or devotional, contact Deacon Amanda: amanda@stjohnskasson.org

CKP registration open to all

Creation Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations!

Starting in 2020, Little Lambs care is now available in the summer. Students registered for 2019-2020 OR 2020-2021 school years are eligible to participate.

Registration for classes and Little Lambs before/after care is also open for 2020/2021.

Get registration and details for both at stjohnskasson.org/preschool

Creation Kids Preschool is hiring

Creations Kids Preschool is currently seeking a part-time teacher assistant (open immediately) and part-time teacher aide (open in March). (Click on the job titles for a PDF with the full job description.) Flexible hours will vary between 6:15 am – 6:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Qualifications for the assistant:
HS diploma or two years of post-secondary education with enough previous experience and post-secondary credits to fulfill MN DHS requirements OR a baccalaureate degree (previous experience preferred but not required).

Qualifications for aide:
Must be at least 16 years old and be able to work between the hours of 3:15-6:00 pm. Monday-Friday with additional hours as needed on non-school and snow days.

Questions and resumes/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.

Watch for further details as additional positions for summer 2020 Little Lambs care and for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted as they open.

Bunco Group

The Bunco group is getting back together at St. John’s and would like to provide some afternoon fellowship for all those interested. The group will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 13 in the nursery. The group plans to meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 1:00 pm. The group is looking for at least 12 people to make it a fun afternoon. No experience is necessary. We are happy to teach you the game. If you have questions, please contact the office at (507) 634-7110.