This week was busy with:
- Trunk or Treat
- Remembrance Day at worship
- Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference
- Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)
- An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child
- Confirmation Trivia Night
- Monthly Senior Community Worship
- Yard work around the church building
Trunk or Treat
Over 250 visitors from the community joined us on Saturday, October 31 for “Trunk or Treat.” It was a fun afternoon of games, “trick-or-treating,” and refreshments at St. John’s. People decorated the trunks of their cars, backs of their vans, or (in one case) even a trailer and passed out treats. This year’s “treats” were all non-food items as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to provide a safe place for kids with food allergies or sensitivities to trick-or-treat. The police and fire departments even came out to join in the fun.
Remembrance Day at worship
On Sunday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 4, we remembered our loved ones who have passed. We read names of those from our congregation who died in the past year, did a special ringing of the bells, and lit candles as a remembrance.
Program staff attending the synod’s Fall Theological Conference
Each year the synod bishop’s office hosts a conference of continuing education for pastors and other leaders in the church. This year Pastor Randy, Amanda, and Lindsay all attended the event in Onalaska, Wis.
Quilting resumed (prayer shawls too!)
Wednesday, November 4, was the first day back to quilting for the year (now that lefse baking is over!). Anyone who likes to iron, cut blocks, or tie quilts is invited Wednesdays at 8 am. No experience needed! Thank you to everyone who donated fabric and sewed together tops!
An Oasis Afterschool “Packing Party” for Operation Christmas Child
On Wednesday, November 4, KM Schools had an early-out, so the Oasis Afterschool kids had a special service project to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Confirmation Trivia Night
While the adult leaders had a meeting Wednesday night, the confirmation students had a rousing trivia night!
Monthly Senior Community Worship
On the first Thursday of the month, we host a Senior Community Worship service at 1:30 pm. For some, this is an easier time to attend and offers a special time together. The December service is a special time and will be held December 17 at 11 am (NOT the first Thursday). It will be followed by a luncheon.
Yard work around the church building
It takes many types of volunteers to do God’s work. This week we give a special thank you to Gary Kautz to did a lot of pruning work this week and hauled the waste away. We’re all set for spring!