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Stewardship Commitment

Reflecting on stewarding what we have

We have spent a great deal of time so far this year reflecting over what it means to be faithful stewards of all that God has given us. Over the past many weeks, we’ve heard sermons from our ministry leaders and temple talks from a variety of voices within our congregation, we’ve spent time in study with the book Giving to God by Mark Allan Powell, and we’ve been learning a new way to think and talk about about stewardship. Leadership is hopeful that the God has been going to work on your own life of faith, to encourage you through the work of the Holy Spirit to steward your gifts of time, talents, and finances in ways that are familiar, and to stretch yourself just a bit to use those gifts in new ways as well.

Commitment Services

On Sunday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 30 during worship, we will be collecting “Commitment Cards” to help us plan for next year’s ministry here at St. John’s. Sometimes referred to as “pledge cards,” we are thinking about stewardship this year not only in regards to our financial pledge, but also your willingness to commit your time and your talents for next year. These commitment cards will include a space for you to indicate your offering of financial support and sacrifice, as well as your other God-given gifts.

Cards are available now in the Narthex or the office if you haven’t picked one up yet! If you can’t attend the 27th or 30th, place them in the offering basket or bring to the office any time through November 15.

Time for prayer

Leadership asks that you prayerfully consider your current level of stewardship of your time, talents and finances, to consider the many needs that need to be met here in our congregation, and make a commitment according to your means for 2020. In order to do our best in planning for next year, we are asking you to let us know your intentions by putting your commitment card in the basket at one of our worship services, or by leaving your card with your name on it in the front office.

You are a blessing

In Acts 20:35, it says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And we, as a community of faith, have been truly blessed through your generosity. Thanks be to God for the gifts He has given to us all, most-especially the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, in whom we have freely received grace upon grace; grace meant to be shared freely and generously with the world. Amen.

Mark your calendars

We want to say thank you for all who are responding to God’s grace in your life by sharing it with others. And, what better way for us to do this than over a meal! Whether your gift is one of time, talents, or your finances, we want you to know that we appreciate the ways that you have stewarded all of your gifts this past year, and given them freely and generously to the life and ministries here at St. John’s. 

We have two options for you to come and join us:

  • Sunday, November 3, 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 6, 5;30 pm

No need to RSVP! Just come and spend some time with us celebrating the many and varied gifts that have made ministry possible here this past year!

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. If calling between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursday, call 507-993-3800.

The curbside takeout location is at the NW corner of the building (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.