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Reflecting on a successful year

Deacon Amanda Sabelko
Deacon of Faith Formation

It seems that we spend a lot of time looking forward during this time of year rather than taking time to relish in what has happened over the last year. So, I thought I would share some of the successes of our Faith Formation ministry in 2019!

This past year was the first year our kindergarten through sixth grade students spent the whole school year focusing on one part of the Small Catechism. In these “milestone” classes, our students memorized scripture and creeds, they even created projects to share what they learned with the whole congregation. Lookout in April for these projects again.

Did you know that we have over 120 kids at Vacation Bible School this year? With the additional dropping off kids, via the Big Blue Bus, at Just Like Home and Project Kids, we’ve been able to reach out to more families in the Kasson-Mantorville area. Those kids plus over 40 volunteers and staff made for a fantastic week of learning about the ways that God Saves!

This fall began my seventh program year serving at St. John’s and over that time I’ve seen a lot of students come and go. It has been a privilege to walk alongside them in their faith journeys! I have never had the opportunity to work with such supportive parents and volunteers in Children’s Ministry until my last few years here at St. John’s – and for that I give thanks! Thank you so much to all of our Children’s Ministry parents and volunteers who have helped out over the years, including this current one! 

I look forward to another great year.

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 12 months-12 years. Dates for these will be:

  • Friday, January 24, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Friday, February 21, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 6:00-9:00 pm (in partnership with coffeehouse event)
  • Friday, April 17, 6:30-9:30 pm

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

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

Register here.

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

Milestone Ministries

Deacon Amanda Sabelko
Deacon of Faith Formation

During the last couple school years, we have been experimenting with our children’s faith formation classes to learn about parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. We’ve been calling these Milestone Ministries. The purpose of our milestone ministries is to name both sacred and ordinary events in our daily lives by creating rituals and traditions that shape our identities and give us a sense of belonging to the family of God. By learning about sacred texts it is our hope to help students as they build a foundation of faith. 

Each age from 3-years-old through 6th grade has a specific milestone:

  • Preschool—receive gifts from our congregation to learn about certain parts of their faith – prayer pillows and Bibles
  • Kindergarten—learn the whys, whats, wheres, whos, and hows of worship.
  • 1st Grade—learn about prayer and memorize the Lord’s Prayer
  • 2nd Grade—learn about Moses and the Ten Commandments
  • 3rd Grade—learn about the Bible
  • 4th grade—learn about the sacraments and participates in First Communion
  • 5th & 6th grade—learn about Martin Luther and the Apostles’ Creed one year and Stewardship the next (studying together, so the topics rotate years)

At baptism, we promise to walk along-side the newly baptized as they live their life of faith. This is one of the ways that we help the youngest in our midst to learn about our faith. We thank you for the gifts you share so we can fulfill this promise!

Prayer Pillow Milestone

On November 10 & 13 at all services all 3-year-olds receive a prayer pillow from the congregation. They will then receive written prayers each month December through October 2020. Keep these young ones in your prayers as we support them in learning the power of prayer in their lives.

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.

Meetings for 2020 summer trips & camps

Any high school aged youth with an interest in a 2020 summer trip is invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, September 29 at 11:30 am.

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.

Fall education program registration now available

Now is the time to register your kids for the 2019-2020 program year!

  • Sunday School (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Education (ages 3-4th grade)
  • Oasis Afterschool (kindergarten-6th grade)
  • Club 56 (grades 5-6)
  • Confirmation (grades 7-8)

More information about each of these programs and links for registration is available at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning

Take Jesus with you this summer

Amanda Sabelko, Deacon
Children, Youth, & Family Development Director

Summer is a hard time to stay connected to church. School is out, families take vacations, the weather is too nice…the list goes on and on.

This summer, we want you to stay connected by joining our Flat Jesus project!

Flat Jesus is inspired by a national school project called Flat Stanley, based off a book written by Jeff Brown. Just as Flat Stanley has helped children with literacy and geography, Flat Jesus helps children stay plugged into the biblical message you’ve been sharing with them all year.

How it works:

  • Everyone gets their own paper cutout of Jesus to take with them on their summer adventures.
  • Get one at the welcome center or print your own from blog.wearesparkhouse.org/flat-jesus-coming
  • Bring Flat Jesus with you on your adventures—to the park, your camping trip, and even the pool!
  • Take photos and share them on your favorite social media platform! Make sure to check-in at St. John’s Lutheran Church and use the hashtags #FlatJesus and #sjkkids to connect with others!

Where will your journeys take you and your Flat Jesus?

Get shipwrecked with us this summer!

Our FREE vacation Bible school – Shipwrecked VBS – is coming up quickly. From June 24-28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am children ages 3 through 4th grade (’18-’19 school year) are invited to learn about God in fun and exciting ways. Through music, crafts, and games we will learn how God continues to rescue us. We also offer early drop-off, late pick-up, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. We’re also looking for helpers from 5th grade through adults. Details at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.

Keep our summer travelers in your prayers

Summer is here and we have young people venturing out on all kinds of exciting adventures. Thank you to all who have supported them in preparing for these experiences. Let’s all pray for safe travels and positive experiences for all of them!

  • Action Packed Day Camp – June 10-13
  • VBS – June 24-28
  • Confirmation Camp – June 16-21
  • San Diego Service Trip – July 28-August 4

Action Packed Day Camp

Youth who were in grades 4-8 in 2018-2019 are invited to St. John’s 2019 Action Packed Day Camp. Come along for a week of non-stop fun!

Details

June 10-13, 2019
Cost is $60

Schedule

  • Monday—Air Insanity Trampoline Park in the morning, service projects in the afternoon
  • Tuesday—ValleyFair
  • Wednesday—ROCA Climbing wall in the morning, Oxbow Park in afternoon
  • Thursday—Quarry Hill Nature Center (cave tour and fossil hunting) in morning, afternoon movie

Questions

Any questions? Contact Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110.

Bring a treasure, find a treasure

St. John’s will host their annual rummage sale May 10 (2 pm-6 pm) and May 11 (9 am-2 pm) in the fellowship hall of St. John’s. Clothing, home décor, toys, books, and so much more! There are always some really fun finds all supporting the ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

As you work on your spring cleaning, we’re ready to take any treasures ready for a new home! Bring them to the fellowship hall any time. No furniture or electronics, please.

Creation Kids Preschool is hiring

Creations Kids Preschool is currently seeking the following positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Click on the respective links for the full job descriptions.

For more information, contact Katie Freerksen, Rachel Linbo, or Jessica Paulsen. Resumes and 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.

Shipwrecked VBS

Shipwrecked VBS is coming June 24-28 from 8:30 – 11:30 am for ages 3 through 4th grade (2018-2019 school year).
We are planning to offer early drop-off (7:00-8:15 am), late pick-up (11:45 am-12:30 pm, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. For questions, contact Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507)634-7110 ext. 14.

Volunteers needed!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success! We have opportunities for 5th graders through adult. Details and signup at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.

Save the Date—Decorating Party

Saturday, June 15 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Share your hands and/or ideas to make our space fun and inviting for VBS! Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Deacon Amanda.