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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.

2019 Financial Review

2018 and 2019 for St. John’s Finance Committee were focused on evaluating processes and policies. These efforts were meant to improve upon procedures for committees and staff, but the main focus was to ensure we capture accurate information for budget and financials. At the annual budget meeting, we focused on reviewing and highlighting the major changes that took place in 2019; if you were unable to attend you should consider this meeting for 2020. It is informative, transparent, and we answer individuals’ questions regarding the budget and the congregation’s financial position.

2020 will hopefully be a year of financial strength and continued improvement, to support the trends we are starting to see. The Finance Committee wants to thank each and every congregation member for their continued financial support of St. John’s. Because of you, we are able to support all the ministries of this congregation, as well as staff and building operations/repairs.

The numbers shared in the following graphs depict the areas we have struggled with recently and have been the focus of the Finance Committee. Our debt is reducing, but more importantly our Due to Dedicated borrowing has all been repaid. To further support this positive outlook, our checking account balance had a positive and healthy balance to begin 2020.

In 2019 we also made single non-reoccurring changes that helped our income for the general fund. We have transferred $7,800 of Thrivent Choice funds from a dedicated account to the general fund to help support the day to day needs of the church. Creation Kids Preschool was fully incorporated into the Church Financial statements and ended the year with net income. We also received a generous donation of $4,000 from the Lutefisk Bake Sale to help pay back our Due to Dedicated debt.

2020 St. John’s Foundation Applications

Beyond the Budget & College Scholarship applications are both available from the St. John’s Foundation. If your ministry has needs that don’t fit into the general fund OR if you will be attending an ELCA college in 2020-2021, download the applications below or stop in the office to pick up a hard copy.

More info about guidelines and the Foundation is at stjohnskasson.org/foundation

2020 Applications

All applications are due by March 31, 2020.

  • Beyond the Budget application – Word or PDF
  • College Scholarship application – Word or PDF

2019 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Meeting was held Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm.

Download the 2019 Annual Report here. 

We also encourage you to read through our narrative budget. Maybe an unfamiliar term, but this is the actual story of how our resources will be spent in 2020 and what we can do TOGETHER with your support!

There was also an additional financial update shared by the Finance Committee after the meeting.

Marriage & Family Retreat

All married couples, no matter how long you’ve been together, and children (or grandchildren or no children!) are invited to participate in a retreat to celebrate their strengths and identify growth areas in their relationship. The retreat will be February 15-16 at Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, Minn.

We will utilize the “Group Program” from Prepare and Enrich, an online relationship assessment tool which each couple will complete prior to the retreat. We hope to encourage couples to dialogue about their relationship in meaningful and productive ways. We will talk about practical relationship skills in Communication, Conflict Resolution, Closeness, Flexibility, and Financial Management. You can expect to come away from this retreat with as an understanding of issues in Personality, Affection, Family of Origin, and more, and have your marriage relationship uplifted and strengthened for years to come.

Children/youth will have special programming led by Deacon Amanda and Lindsay. The time together will be filled with active learning and fun based on the age groups we have attending. The two groups will come together for meals and worship throughout the retreat.

Cost is $76 a person and includes lodging and meals. Families will be housed together in Log Lodge rooms.

Register here.

Any questions? Talk to Pastor Dave (pastordave@stjohnskasson.org) or Lindsay (lindsay@stjohnskasson.org).

Date Nights provided by St. John’s youth

Need a chance to get out without the kids? Go on a date? Do some errands? Finish a project at home?

The youth of St. John’s will be providing monthly date nights for kids ages 6 months – 12 years. Note the expanded age range! Dates for these will be as follows. Click on the date to register.

Cost is $15 per child, max cost per family is $40.

Event will include games/active play, craft, snack, and a movie.

Funds support the youth going on summer 2020 camps and trips.

Coffeehouse event

An evening showcase of the visual and performing artists in our midst. Come enjoy fancy coffee, appetizers, and performances.

March 7
6:00-9:00 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson

All proceeds benefit St. John’s outreach and youth programs in our community.

Childcare is available. See stjohnskasson.org/date-nights

Cost is $10/person. Childcare is $15/child, $40 max per family.

If you have a visual or performing art that you’d like to share, contact Lindsay – lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).