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July Special Events

Summer may look different, but these special events continue to happen every month!

  • Fairview Worship
    July 18 | 9:30 am
  • Sunwood Worship
    July 18 | 2:00 pm
  • Breakfast Fellowship
    July 21 | 10:00 am

Also—keep our high school youth & accompanying adults in your prayers as they travel to a service trip in San Diego July 28-August 4.

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Called to represent God in our world

Pastor Dave Efflandt
Lead Pastor

What passages from Scripture have the greatest influence on your walk of faith? One of my favorites is 2 Corinthians 5:13-20. It gets to the very essence of how we’re meant to see the world, and then, how we’re called to engage it. Really, it all comes down to an understanding of both who and whose we are: children of God.

So, who am I? The answer begins by remembering that I was created by God in His image, to care for this creation and everything in it. I was created to worship God, and Him alone. And yet, I am a descendant of Adam and Eve, and therefore, I am also a sinner. We all are. But then I read verse 14, and I’m reminded that God sent Jesus to die for us all; taking all our sin to the cross with him, dying with it on the cross, thereby mending our relationship with God. I am someone worthy of God’s love in Christ.

So, how is this supposed to help me live my life? The answer, though simple, isn’t the easiest thing to do. Paul says we’re to see in others the same need that we had for God’s grace; to recognize their worthiness of God’s grace. We’re to see ourselves in the other. I am someone worthy of God’s love, and so are you.

And, because we have received forgiveness and the reconciliation that it has worked in our relationship with God, we are to do our best to represent God to the world in the same way. We are to use this as a guide when it comes to all our relationships; especially the broken ones. We are called to be the bearers of this grace which brings reconciliation as a sign of God’s kingdom come near.

Building lifelong faith during the summer

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Happy July, everyone! It has been an incredibly busy summer in youth ministry and only one month of summer is done! The second week of June, 40 4th-8th grade students participated in Action Packed Day Camp. This is 15 more students than our typical maximum number! The third week of June, 16 of our middle school and high school students attended Sugar Creek Bible Camp for confirmation camp and high school programs. Later in July, we are taking 42 of our high school students to San Diego for a week of service. That is almost 100 students taking part in our programming!

At the end of June I had a chance to sit in on Pastor Dave’s final table talk. It was really great to have conversation with a large group of folks who shared stories and pieces of St. John’s history, present, and dreams for the future. One particular comment really struck me. One member stated just how important being an adult leader for youth trips was in their faith journey. It was heartening to hear just how invested our adults have always been when it comes to cultivating the faith life of our young people.

In the spirit of this emphasis on our youth I wanted to take a minute to share just a few of the ways that our youth make ministry at St. John’s happen. Our high school families serve coffee every Sunday during the school year. Our middle school and high school students serve as the majority of station and crew leaders for our Vacation Bible School program each summer. Students provide special music at many of our worship services on both Sundays and Wednesdays. High school students serve as leaders and assistants in our Action Packed Day Camp, Oasis Afterschool program, and as Sunday school/Oasis teachers. When we think of how amazing our volunteers at St. John’s are and everything that they make possible let’s also not forget how lucky we are to have such talented and faithful youth volunteers as well!

How are you giving this summer?

Last spring we had a big roll-out—our new online giving platform, Tithe.ly!

If you haven’t set it up yet, now is a great time. If summer is keeping you on the run, automated giving is an easy way to simplify. No more remembering cash or checkbooks or catching up after a week away. And it’s easily managed online or through the Tithe.ly app on your phone.

Automated giving is an ideal option, but if you decide it’s not right for your family. Tithe.ly also offers one-time giving. Same web portal, same app, different selection.

Get started:

Simply visit stjohnskasson.org/giving or download the Tithe.ly app to set up your giving. (Not a web person? Contact the office or a council member for assistance.)

Make the most of your gifts:

  • Select ACH/bank to incur the lowest fees.
  • Opt to “Cover card processing fees” to pay the fees and ensure your full intended amount goes directly to St. John’s.
  • This is a good time to consider if you can enhance your giving. Even a small step up – such as a $5 or $10 periodic increment over time provides St. John’s the valuable support we need.

Thank you for generosity to St. John’s. We appreciate all the ways you give so that we may live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community.

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.

Relay for Life is August 2

During Dodge County’s Relay for Life, the St. John’s Relay for Life team will be selling root beer floats, soda, water, chips, bars, and cookies. Stop by August 2 from 6:00 pm -12:00 am.

Other opportunities at the event include:

A silent auction from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

When it gets dark, the honorary chairs walk the track and luminaries are lit in honor or memory of loved ones.

That night they will announce team fundraising totals and the honorary chairs will speak.

People can walk the track any time. There are also track signs advertising business names. Anyone is interested in purchasing one for $100, contact Tanya Young (tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368) to have your purchase count towards St. John’s team’s fundraising total.

Meet the new CKP teachers

Creation Kids Preschool is excited to announce the 2019-2020 preschool teachers!

Carol Sullivan lives on a farm near West Concord where she and her husband, Tim, raise Angus beef cattle. She and Tim have three children: Sadie, Wyatt and Schuyler who are very active at KM in sports, drama, 4-H and FFA. Carol loves animals, watching college basketball and her hobbies include cooking, crafting and selling Pampered Chef. Carol is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is an avid Gopher fan! She is a true Minnesota Lutheran (with the accent to prove it!) and is extremely excited to become a part of the CKP family!
Jessica Falk lives in Kasson with her husband and two young boys. They enjoy playing games, reading, and spending time with their family and friends.  Jessica stated “As the CKP Little Lambs Teacher, I am looking forward to providing enrichment opportunities for the preschool children and I am excited to meet the CKP families!”
Peggy Moran lives in Owatonna with her four children: Abbigail (16), Annika (14), Abram (12), Amelia (8), her husband, a dog and 2 cats.  She stays busy watching and supporting her children in their many activities.  In her free time she enjoys camping, reading, and drinking coffee!  Peggy stated “I love teaching preschool and am so excited to be at CKP again!”