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!
Can you believe it’s already September? The summer flew right by, actually this entire year has been a blur! The ease of summer is now gone and with it comes the busyness of fall. Starting school, the beginning of harvest, sports, raking leaves…the list of things on our plate is endless.
In my family, this was always an anxious time of year. Growing up on a farm in western North Dakota, there were always worries about harvest time. How would the harvest turn out? Did it rain enough? Too much? Will the market go up? Mostly things we couldn’t control. I remember listening to my dad and other farmers sitting around coffee talking about the weather and the markets; all the worries on their minds. It’s hard not to think about everything that could go wrong.
When something is constantly on your mind, Paul calls on us to talk to God about it. In Philippians 4:6, it says “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Ask God to bear that particular burden for you. Worry doesn’t do anything but suck the life out of today. I can’t say it’s easy not to worry, in fact I’ll be the first to admit that this is a daily challenge for me.
While this fall might bring anxious times, I pray that you also find peace. Whether it be in a literal harvest of crops or the abundance of life around you, may you experience the assurance of God’s grace and love in your life. Hear this blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Sunday, September 15
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Education Commission is excited to kick off the program year with St. John’s Fall Fest. We’ll celebrate with food, games, and activities including a bouncy house with a slide AND a dunk tank! Plan to bring a few lawn chairs and the whole family out to enjoy an afternoon together with your faith community. All are welcome!
Volunteers make this an amazing experience. Sign up to help with the food, games, set-up, clean-up, or more here.
October is such an odd month for me. Since starting my position here at St. John’s the month has been to a large degree about looking towards the future. In October we hold our affirmation of baptism worship service for our 9th grade students as they profess their faith before the entire congregation. In the weeks leading up to that worship service I spend many evenings engaged in listening to their faith statements and talking with them about how we as a congregation can support them as they continue to move forward in their faith. October is the time that we put out all of the information about the upcoming summer’s high school youth trip, plan for fundraisers and activities throughout the year, and get a fresh start with the high school youth group.
But October is also a month of looking back for me and remembering those no longer with us. October 4th marks year six for me of being without my Grandma Alice who was my strongest supporter. October also marks the due date of what would have been our first baby that I lost very early in 2014. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us there is a season for everything, and 3:11 tells us that God has made everything suitable for its time. While October is a joyful time of looking forward and things to come, it also holds a sadness for me. But whenever I am sad or anxious about these things I am reminded of, just as many of you are I am sure, the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Christ takes the hurt in our lives and uses it for good. He used the loss of my grandmother to bring my family together in one town and put a roof over our heads in the form of her home. And without that first loss I would not have Oliver, who is the rainbow after a life of storms. As we head into our celebration of All Saints remember the sad, but don’t forget to look for how God has used it to work good.
On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration.
We’re also looking for some volunteers and some items to borrow for the event. If you can help out, sign up here!
The leaves have been turning new colors and we all know that means! Fall is just around the corner!
Still time to register for fall
We’re gearing up to start Sunday School and Oasis Programming the week of September 13. Families are still able to register online at stjohnkasson.org/lifelong-learning or in the office.
Volunteers still needed
We are still looking for volunteers to help out by teaching Sunday School or Oasis classes. We wouldn’t be able to do these ministries without our fabulous volunteers. Please consider helping to pass on the stories of our faith to our students. You can contact me (Amanda) for more info: (507) 634-7110 ext 14 or email@example.com. You can also sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in the Narthex.
On September 15, the Education Commission will be hosting our first annual Fall Fest! All are welcome as we share a meal of hotdogs, chips and lemonade. There will be lawn games, inflatables, cotton candy, and even a campfire with s’mores! We hope you will join us for this fun fall celebration. Opportunities to volunteer lend us some items are available here.
Children, Youth, & Family Ministry Director
Labor Day weekend again marked the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year at St. John’s!
We’ll be getting back into the groove of things for Sunday School, Oasis, and Club 56 starting the week of September 17. Registration forms are available in the office or at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning
This year I am working on different ways to strengthen my own prayer life. In the coming weeks, I plan to start a daily prayer practice. It will be open to others who are looking for a place to listen to God and the world around us. If we truly believe prayer is meant to be a conversation with God we must take time to center ourselves on Godís Word and just listen. As you finish your summer out, I pray that youíll take a little time to be still.
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!
Everyone in the Kasson-Mantorville and surrounding communities is invited to join us for a FREE Trunk-or-Treat event Saturday, October 31, 2-5 pm.
This family event will be full of games, fun, prizes, and trick-or-treating through the St. John’s parking lot.
If you’d like to decorate a trunk (decorate your vehicle and pass out prizes – especially great for those who are eager for trick-or-treaters but live in the wrong place!) or lead lawn games, please sign up on the Youth Board in the Narthex or talk with Tanya Young or Amanda Sabelko.
All prizes and treats will be non-food as we are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can learn more about this project, which allows students with allergies and diabetes to also have a safe place to trick-or-treat, at tealpumpkinproject.org.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
There are several family and youth events in the coming months to look for! Here are some of the highlights: ?
- A block of rooms has been reserved for us at the Wilderness Territory Resort at the Wisconsin Dells for November 13-15. Friday the 13th there is no school as it is the end of quarter for our students. Wristbands for the waterpark are included in the price of rooms (up to 6 per room). The deadline to book rooms is Oct. 14, 2015. Fliers can be downloaded here or found on the youth board or in the office. ?
- The youth, along with the Youth and Family Commission, will again be hosting a Chili Feed and Bingo Night fundraiser.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4-6pm. More information to come. Come join us for great chili and good fun following the Vikings-Packers game!Rescheduled, but watch for details!? The 9th-12th grade students are invited to take a trip to ValleySCARE on Friday, October 16, 2015. We will take the “Big, Blue Bus” and leave church at 4pm. We will stop for food on the way, so students should bring money for that expense. We will return to the church parking lot at midnight. Tickets will cost $20 for the amusement park and gas. There are 35 spots available for students. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, October 11th. Students may bring friends. All students are required to fill out a signup form, a health form, and a youth and family covenant – all available in the office or at www.stjohnskasson.org/youth. (Adults interested in chaperoning, please speak to Lindsay.)Cancelled
Join us October 31, 2:00 – 5:00 pm for Trunk-or-Treat! This family event will be full of games, fun, prizes, and trick-or-treating through the St. John’s parking lot. If you’d like to decorate a trunk or lead lawn games, please sign up on the Youth Board in the Narthex or talk with Tanya Young or Amanda Sabelko.
September is here already! September 13 marks the restart of Faith Formation for all ages!
Start Dates –
Sunday School: September 13
Oasis Afterschool & Education: September 16
Confirmation: September 16
Details & registration for each of these in the office or at www.stjohnskasson.org/lifelong-learning
Adult Education: September 20
Adult Education is faith formation designed for High School, Young Adult, and Adults. This fall we will start out with a series of presentations by local artists. Each will speak about their particular art and how their art is impacted by their faith.
Details, as they are available, will be available at www.stjohnskasson.org/adult-education.
Faith-Full Parenting: September 16
A parent-group hosted by Amanda. We will cover topics that are important for parenting today; including social media and internet safety.
Details, as they are available, will be available at www.stjohnskasson.org/adult-education.
For more information, follow the links above or contact Amanda at (507) 634-7110 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org