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Share your family’s social distancing adventures with Flat Moses

As we live in the unknown, think about how Moses might have felt wandering through the desert for 40 years! That’s a long time to be unsure of what the next day brings! Print off a Flat Moses to color and show off what you are doing in the wilderness with him!

Deacon Amanda took Flat Moses to work at her home office this week! What will you do??

Download a printable PDF to color your own Flat Moses!

Share on Facebook or Twitter and tag: @sjkchildren #sjkfamily #flatmoses

First Communion Registration

First Communion Classes will be held Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 1:00–3:00 pm.

All 4th Graders Welcome! If your student is older than 4th grade and has missed First Communion, we welcome their presence.

Important – At least one parent or guardian is expected to attend class with their student. We believe it is important for families to be involved with one another’s faith journey and this is the perfect opportunity to learn with one another.

When do we celebrate First Communion? Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

If you have any questions, contact: Deacon Amanda at amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Registration form available in the February Messenger (PDF) or in the office.

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.

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

Thank you for a great year

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all Faith Formation volunteers and staff this past year! From our Sunday and Oasis teachers to our adult education leaders, and confirmation guides we could not have made it through the year without your support and dedication to the faith life of our congregation and its visitors. We have been truly blessed by your service!

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.

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.