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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).

Christmas Worship 2019

This Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a baby born in the simplest of settings. We rejoice at the hope this baby’s birth brings to our world.

You have a place at St. John’s this Christmas. Come worship:

Christmas Eve, December 24
2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, or 10:00 pm

Christmas Day, December 25
9:00 am

Christmas & Advent 2019

  • Children’s Christmas Worship
    December 8 | 10:15 am
  • Christmas Rhythm & Readings
    December 11 | 6:30 pm
  • Lessons & Carols Worship
    December 15 services
  • WELCA Christmas Luncheon
    December 14 | 9:00 am
  • Senior Christmas Worship
    December 19 | 2:00 pm followed by refreshments
  • Christmas Eve Worship
    2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day Worship
    9:00 am
  • One service, coffee to follow
    December 30 | 9:00 am
  • No worship
    January 1

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

2020 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm. The annual report will be available in hard copy and electronic format in mid-January. All commissions and committees are asked to submit written reports by January 3 to katie@stjohnskasson.org.

Christmas Luncheon & Quilt Raffle

There are still spaces available for any ladies eager to attend this year’s WELCA Christmas Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Saturday, December 14. Guests Patty Kark and Jim Anderson will share their message of hope, healing and grace. Contact the office or sign up on the WELCA board for tickets. Tickets are $13. Doors will open at 9:00 am for viewing of the tables, the program will start at 10:00 am.

The quilters will also draw for their quilt raffle at the luncheon. Anyone can purchase tickets for $1 each Sundays and Wednesdays. Proceeds from the raffle go to the Semcac Food Shelf.

Giving Tree

Thank you to all who generously purchased items for the Share and Care gifts and gas cards for those in need. The tree, located just outside the library, still has tags for ELCA Good Gifts. Instructions are on the tree. Gifts come in many levels and help create better lives for people around the world.

Bid & Buy for Youth Programs

St. John’s youth are doing an Advent tree auction again this year from December 1-15 in the Fellowship Hall. The auction will benefit all of the 2020 summer youth programs (summer camp, service trips, and day camp). They will also host a Christmas baked goods and craft sale December 8-18 with sales taking place Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

St. John’s Lessons and Carols Service—December 15

St. John’s will be alive with the wonderful music of a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 15 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. This is the 27th year musicians of St. John’s have shared Advent and Christmas music with the congregation. This joyous service, entitled “God’s Promise of True Light and Salvation,” will tell the Christmas story through spoken word and music. The lessons include Adam and Eve in the garden, the prophesy of the ancient prophets and the celebration at Jesus’ birth.

Joining the Senior Choir at the service this year will be an excellent trumpet trio of St. John’s members: Morgan Coy, Austin Efflandt, and Pastor Dave. The trumpets are playing on three hymn arrangements and have an exciting solo arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The Senior Choir will sing two beautiful new compositions: “Long-Expected Dawn” with violinist Justin Sabelko and “All Praise to Thee.” The choir will also sing a rousing arrangement of the spiritual “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

We are excited to have our Wednesday night music ensemble, “The Messengers,” participate in the Sunday morning service this year. They will also be presenting a service entitled “Christmas Rhythm and Readings” on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm.

Please invite your friends to join us both on Wednesday, December 11 and Sunday, December 15.

2020 Directory Photos

COVID-19 Update: Directory photos have been postponed. New dates will be August 12-15. Watch for sign-ups coming soon.

What to expect

Your photographer will have a variety of ideas for your session. Once photography is complete, your photographer will show you your images and an assortment of products offered. Plan on 60 minutes for your session.

You will receive

  • One free 8×10 standard print
  • Free printed church directory
  • Free Shutterfly gift with purchase

Your commitments

On Sunday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 30 during worship, we collected “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 as your pledge of financial support, but also your willingness to commit your time and your talents for next year.

If you have not yet submitted a card, there is still time! Leadership asks that you prayerfully consider how you are currently stewarding your time, talents and finances, to consider the many needs 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 that you put your cards in the offering basket or leave in the office by Friday, November 15, 2019.

Dinner Church

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Fellowship Hall of St. John’s Lutheran
301 8th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN
5:30 pm – Dinner (sloppy joes)
6:00 pm – Worship & conversation

We are gathering as a community for food, fellowship, and worship to dream about the future of ministry here at St. John’s; a future that will shine brightly with the Light of the World. 

Everyone, and we do mean everyone, is invited. Worried about having people with you who can’t sit still for that long? Not to worry!  There will be wiggle space available for all ages. Have friends, neighbors, or family who aren’t members? They have important stories to share as well! (And there will be plenty of food.)

Your voice matters, so come and share it!

No RSVP required.

Poinsettia orders

Altar Guild will sell poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas beginning November 10. Place your order at the table in the nathex Sundays between services or Wednesdays before worship. Forms are also available in the office during regular office hours. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 24. Costs are $15 for one plant and $25 for two plants

Youth tree auction returns

Once again, our youth will be decorating beautiful Christmas trees to be auctioned off this Advent. Tree and decoration donations will be accepted now through November 20. The auction will run from December 1-15 and will benefit 2020 summer camp, service trips, and day camp. Any questions can be directed to Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110.