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A chance to give thanks

On November 10 St. John’s Women of the ELCA (WELCA) will have our Thankoffering Service. This Thankoffering service is a time to celebrate Women of the ELCA and share their commitment to the churchwide women’s organization who in turn support many organizations for women and children along with Women in Ministry.

We will bring food/supplies, quilts along with the offering to be blessed. Women and children will take part in this service by bringing sacks of items forward. This food will be donated to Semcac.

If you would like to be involved please contact Kay Hodge at (507-634-7192). Special offering envelopes will be at the Welcome Center and by the bulletins.

Help provide Thanksgiving meals

Food For Friends will be providing a Thanksgiving meal to Kasson-Mantorville families in need this holiday. As we give thanks for this year’s blessings, please consider a donation. Food donations may be placed in the tote labeled “Food For Friends” by 11:00 am, Sunday, November 24. We’re seeking: five pound bags of potatoes, cans of corn, boxed stuffing, gravy mix packets, cranberry relish, butter, and disposable roasting pans. Monetary donations to go towards the purchase of turkeys and pies may be made out to “Food For Friends” and left in the St. John’s office. Thank you for sharing your blessings with Food for Friends!

Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items if they contain nuts or special flavorings. All members are encouraged to contribute bake sale items. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

Ice Cream Pails Needed

If you have any empty ice cream pails with lids that you could donate, please bring to the church office before October 23, 2019 to be used the week of the lutefisk dinner.

Lutefisk Dinner 2019

This year’s Lutefisk Dinner is nearly here!

The basics for Thursday, October 24, 2019:
Serving: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Adults $18, Children (under 10) $8
No advanced ticket sales. Cash or check only.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

Take out dinners may be pre-ordered by calling St. John’s between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 21. Please drive to the northwest corner of the church building to pick up take-out dinners on Thursday.

YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our Lutefisk dinner and bake sale! 

Donation letters have been sent to the households of members. Last year 46% of the households contributed either potatoes, cranberry relish, butter, Norwegian baked goods, or money. The annual profit from the dinner has grown to over $23,000 and will go to ELCA mission support and congregational projects. All members are encouraged to make items for the bake sale, which had a profit of $8,1000 last year. Bake sale profits will be used to fund congregational projects. Help make this a tradition that will continue at St. John’s.

Thinking About Fall

Before we welcome all the Lutefisk Dinner guests, help us beautify our building for the fall season! Saturday, October 19, at 9:00 am, we will be decorating the building for fall. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to help. You are also invited to bring in fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, etc. starting Sunday, October 13. Anything you have to share can be used!

Ready, Set, Learn now collecting

Ready Set Learn is gearing up for the 2019 season. This is a program that gives school supplies and backpacks to any child that goes to school in Dodge County, and is in need of help. Applications are available in the St. John’s office and turned in to St. Johns Lutheran Church or MN Prairie Alliance before July 29. An application is required, but assistance is not income-based.

Items requested are listed below or pick up a shopping list in the Narthex. Bring your donations to the bin in the Narthex at St. John’s. Lists available near the bin.

  • backpacks (large preferred)
  • glue sticks (washable, small)
  • 2-pocket folders (blue, green, red, yellow)
  • washable markers (wide or narrow)
  • spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled; blue, green, red, yellow)
  • #2 pencils (12 packs)
  • pencil pouches/boxes
  • dry erase markers (wide or narrow)
  • highlighters (wide or narrow)
  • composition books (wide or college ruled).

If you have any questions please contact program coordinator Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368.

St. John’s Thankoffering Sunday

St. John’s Women of the ELCA invite the entire congregation to participate with us on Thankoffering Sunday, November 11, 2018. We will have Thankoffering envelopes available for anyone who would like to participate with a financial offering. The Globe Offering will also be given to the Women of the ELCA Thankoffering projects. The Thankofferings support many women’s, men’s, and children’s programs, along with scholarships for women wanting to further their education. A special offering of food for Semcac is given along with quilts that are provided to an organization in need of them. Our women invite everyone yes even children to participate by bringing a bag of food to be brought forward for a blessing during this service.

Now collecting for Ready, Set, Learn

St. John’s is a collection site for the Dodge County “Ready, Set, Learn” program to provide school supplies for children in need. Donations accepted in the Narthex beginning June 3.

  • backpacks (large preferred)
  • glue sticks (washable, small)
  • 2-pocket folders (blue, green, red, yellow)
  • washable markers (wide or narrow)
  • spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled; blue, green, red, yellow)
  • #2 pencils (12 packs)
  • pencil pouches/boxes
  • highlighters (wide or narrow)
  • pens (black or blue)
  • composition books (wide or college ruled).

Anyone wishing to apply for supplies can download one here (Word or PDF) or pick one up in the office.

Applications are due by July 27.

Questions: contact Tanya Young at (316) 390-5368 or tyoung8550@yahoo.com.

All invited to be Superheros at VBS

If you’re ready to think about summer, then it’s time to think about Vacation Bible School! Any child ages 3-years-old through 4th grade is invited to join us for St. John’s FREE Superhero VBS. We’re also looking for donations of simple household items for arts and crafts, people (5th grade through adult) to help at VBS, and people to help us decorate.

St. John’s Lutheran, Kasson MN
June 18-22 | 8:30 – 11:30 am
Ages 3 through 4th grade
(2017-2018 school year)
We are offering 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.

Register your child here. Please register by May 18 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

 

Items needed

We are collecting plastic milk caps, empty paper towel rolls, washi tape, and cardboard cereal boxes for arts and crafts. Bring your donations to St. John’s.

 

Get involved with Vacation Bible School!

We need a lot of people to make VBS a success!  Here are just a couple ways to get involved.  You can sign-up to volunteer on the bulletin board or by talking with Deacon Amanda.

  1. Station Leaders (11th grade – Adult)
    • You have the important job of teaching the Bible point to each group of children as they rotate thru the stations. Each station shares the lesson in a different, unique way: experiencing a Bible story, doing a craft, playing games, eating a snack, or hearing about real kids who live out the Bible point in real life. The joy of this position is that you get to share God with the kids in your own specialized way each day.
  2. Crew Leaders (7th grade – Adult)
    • If you love kids, you can do this job! This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know the kids. You will have about 5 students the stations during the course of the morning where you’ll learn important Bible points and have a lot of fun! And you won’t be alone, you’ll travel to your stations with 1-2 other crews.
  3. Assistant Leaders (5 – 6th grade)
    • You bring the excitement and energy to our VBS that helps the kids get excited about learning the Bible truth for that day. You’ll be placed in each crew to help the crew leaders guide their children from station to station. You’ll get to play with the kids and help them do the activities planned each day.
  4. Music Leaders (7th – Adult)
    • You get to bring the noise! You get to help us celebrate the Bible point through music. Music is provided.

Sign up to volunteer here!

VBS Decorating Party

Saturday, June 9
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lunch provided

To make our church a fun and inviting space for VBS, many hands and thoughtful ideas will be needed to decorate. We are looking for some workers (creativity is optional) to help put together home kits, decorate doors, rooms, hallways, a lobby, and a platform in some fun themes. Come for the entire time or any amount of time you can contribute. Help us plan for lunch by signing up on the bulletin board at St. John’s or talk to Angie Moore or Amanda Sabelko.

 

Questions

For questions, please contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Handbells Would Like Your Help

June is handbell conference time. It is being held in Rochester so mark your calendars for the June 24th concert with up to 450 handbell ringers playing together in the Rochester Civic Center. We would like your support. Please donate an item for a silent auction/raffle to be held in early May. Please contact Ann Brenke (507-951-8750).

A library refresh

The Education Commission is in the process of updating the St. John’s Library and needs your help!

  1. Buy books. They are hosting a book sale of books cleaned out of the library to raise funds for new resources. Books are available for a freewill donation – take what you want, give what you can. Cash or check are accepted. Find them in the Fellowship Hall. Funds will be used to update the library space. (The book sale has now ended, but we’re still welcoming help on our refresh!)
  2. Donate. They have a wish list available of new resources they wish to make available. Items can be donated directly OR donate funds to help purchase.
  3. Volunteer. If you are passionate about books and interested in helping, your contribution would be welcomed.

Questions? Want to donate? Want to volunteer? Contact Amanda Sabelko (amanda@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110).

Wish List

The future library materials will all contain religious content. The Kasson Community has numerous resources available for non-religious content.

Publishers

Children’s and Young Adults

  • Berenstain Bears – Religious Series
  • Veggie Tales
  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • Devotionals
  • Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Bible Studies

Adult

  • Devotionals
  • Personal Growth
  • Bible Studies
  • Wellness

Library Room

  • The committee also wishes to replace the tables, chairs, paint and decorations

Volunteer or donate for Doing Day

The Women of the ELCA of our congregation will host a “Doing Day” on Wednesday, March 21. You are invited to come any time after 8:00 am (usually wrapping up by about 2:00 pm) to help pack kits to help benefit people around the world and in the United States and/or help prepare quilts. We will take time out for morning coffee and devotions and a potluck lunch. Find a list of required items below, in the Snippets at the Welcome Center, or on the WELCA bulletin board. Questions? Contact Gail Jensen at (507) 633-2467 or (507) 951-3367.

  • child-size blunt tip scissors
  • 24 count crayons
  • pencil sharpeners
  • 12” rulers that include centimeter on one side and inches on the other
  • 70-sheet notebooks (wide or college rule)
  • ball point pens (black or blue)
  • 2½” erasers
  • sturdy combs
  • pick-style combs
  • jar or tubes of petroleum jelly (approx 4 oz or larger)
  • heavy duty kitchen style gloves (size medium)
  • nail clippers
  • cloth diapers
  • light weight bath towels
  • hand towels (preferably dark colors)
  • soap (ivory or unscented is preferred, individually wrapped)
  • infant-size clothing (6-18 m sizes – T-shirts, sleepers without feet and cotton knit sleep sacks)
  • new or gently used sheets double sized or larger fitted sheets, twin sized or larger flats
  • flannel pillow cases

 

The Giving Tree

Take an ornament on the Giving Tree to purchase a life-changing item from ELCA Good Gifts (more info in the catalogs around the building or at www.ELCA.org/goodgifts) or for movie tickets for Food For Friends. Take a tag, purchase the movie card, and return both to the church office. Checks for ELCA Good Gifts should be made out to St. John’s OR purchase online.