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Creation Kids Preschool is hiring

Creations Kids Preschool is currently seeking a Preschool Administrator (half time), Teacher Assistants (15-20 hrs/week), Teacher Aides (6-15 hours/week – before/after school hours are available, must be at least 16 to apply), and Substitute Teachers.

Questions and resumes/cover letters can be emailed to preschool@stjohnskasson.org or dropped off at the St. John’s office (current office hours for the building are: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon). You can also call/text (701) 770-0360. In lieu of a resume, applicants can submit a job application instead.

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.

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.

Exciting changes for CKP

Creation Kids Preschool has a TWO THUMBS UP announcement!

Proudly starting our 21st year of preschool, we are full of excitement to share the news of our Before & After Care program. This will be full-time, 5 days a week for registered Creation Kids preschoolers at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN. Monday through Friday hours are 6:15 am – 6:00 pm.

Beginning September 2019, with convenient options to help simplify your busy life, we invite you to explore our new program, Little Lambs. CKP Little Lambs will consist of a structured play group that will include the lunch hour with friends and a mix of small and large motor activity time, creative arts/activities, reading/story time, outdoor play (weather permitting) and a rest period depending on your child’s preschool programming for that particular day. Details on classes and Before and After Care for 2019-2020 are in the registration information at stjohnskasson.org/preschool

We invite you to visit our booth at the Dodge County Expo at Triton High School on Saturday, March 30 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Along with fun games and prizes, we will have more information about this new program. Registration for preschool will open to the public on March 30 and for current preschool and St. John’s families, registration is now open.

For questions, please reach out to any of the following associated with Creation Kids Preschool; our administrator, board members, or teachers: Lindy Bungum, Tessa Carolan, Lindsay Colwell, Risa Fellows, Katie Freerksen, Anne Holtan, Rachel Linbo, Jessica Paulsen, Amanda Sabelko, Phyllis Sands, Kresta Schultz, Teresa Watkins, or email preschool@stjohnskasson.org.

Please feel free to pass this news along! Limited spots available so don’t wait too long!

We would like to thank everyone, past and present St. John’s Staff, board members, teachers, our congregation and community, and 20 years of students, parents and families for your love and support in growing this amazing preschool program. We realized there was a need in our community and we can now answer back by expanding our ministry with loving hearts and your continued support!

May God continue to bless you all!

2019 CKP Sunday

On Sunday, March 17, we will celebrate the ministry of Creation Kids Preschool on “CKP Sunday.” Please help us welcome the special guests and visitors who come to share the day with the children.

Parents: need a night out?

St. John’s is hosting childcare Saturday, January 12 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The 25 spaces are first come, first served. Sign up at stjohnskasson.org/babysitting (coming soon!) or the Welcome Center. Dinner, snacks, crafts, games, and a movie will be provided. Price is $20 per child or $50 maximum per family. Children ages 6 months-12 years are eligible to attend.

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)

During Advent, we’ll be hosting a book study called Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again). We’ll be re-focusing on what the season is truly about. For many of us, there is a struggle to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress has overtaken worship and celebration. This time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest is often the hardest. Somehow, this had become the new normal. It is our hope that you might create new patterns of celebrating the season!

This study is hosted by Club 56 (5th and 6th graders) and the are welcoming all ages to join them.

Join us!

Sundays, November 18, December 2, 9, and 16
9:10 am
St. John’s Youth Room

CKP Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction

The annual Creation Kids Preschool Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction is coming up Sunday, October 14. Breakfast will be served 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Donations for the auction are needed and much appreciated. Call/text Rachel Linbo at (507) 421-6013 to donate. All proceeds will go toward program equipment and the CKP scholarship fund. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial.

Gearing up for fall

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

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 amanda@stjohnskasson.org. You can also sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in the Narthex.

Fall Fest
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.

Our youngest learners are waiting for you!

We are blessed to have a full children’s ministry program with faith-building classes and activities September through May. But we need spirit-filled volunteers to help.

If you are a self-motivated adult or high school student interested in helping with our preschool through 6th graders Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons/evenings during the 2018-2019 school year, we want to know!

Time commitments can vary from every week to twice a month or fill in as needed.

We are looking for teachers, assisting teachers, substitutes, as well as individuals to help keep us organized.

Sign up below or contact Deacon Amanda with any questions: (507) 634-7110 or amanda@stjohnskasson.org

Busy building relationships this summer

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

In the midst of the break of summer, our students at St. John’s stay busy when it comes to faith formation and community building. June was a particularly busy month for those of us in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.

The second week of June many of our 7th grade confirmation students attended camp at Sugar Creek in Wisconsin. We spent our week building community, in Bible studies, on a Christ hike, and in small groups re-centering our focus on Christ through the study of a book called #Struggles: Following Jesus in a selfie centered world.

The third week of June, Amanda and the Education Commission put together a spirit filled week of VBS for over 100 students! Our young people learned about the power they have through Christ in the VBS theme Hero Central! There was an amazing number of super heroes for Christ whooshing around St. John’s in June.

As I write this, 10 of our high school students are preparing for a week of faith formation in Houston at the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering. We will learn together through interactive learning stations, Bible study, service, and nationally known speakers during our time in Houston.

The second week of July, our middle school students will spend time building community through fun and fellowship at Action Packed Day Camp, with short daily devotions to center our time together in Christian community.

All of those things that I have written about above are great, and the numbers are inspiring. But, what I find inspiring and Holy Spirit filled is the amazing support of this congregation to make these events happen for our students. Where I see God is not in the numbers, but in the deep relationships I see being built at these events. I am inspired by the palpable presence of God in all that is happening. And to that, all God’s people said, AMEN!