Turning to Joy for September

RandyFett“Rejoice, rejoice believers,” are our words of faith. “And again I say, ‘Rejoice,’” say the scriptures. Let’s turn the corner to this theme as we begin the Fall season. Joy is part of our habit. Joy is in our heart because of what God has done. Joy is a gift of the spirit. But sometimes we do not feel joyful. The news around is beating us up with sadness, and often times disgust. We long for a world filled with Joy. Even the apostle wrote “the whole creation groans in travail” until the day of our salvation. Well here at St. John’s we begin the Fall with Rally Day. The halls are filled on Sundays and Wednesdays. The kids are back. The families are back. Confirmation is in session. Choirs are singing and playing. The lefse irons are fired up and rollers working. We ask for your 2015 “commitment to giving” pledges this month. Worship regularly as a family of faith. Drench your beings with Joy. Invite your family and neighbors. Don’t forget the lessons of “Hospitality”. Aren’t you also looking for a bright, joyful spot in your Fall?

– Servant for the Gospel’s sake, Pastor Randy


Thank You from Pastor Randy

PrRandy30thDear Council, Congregation of St. John’s, and WELCA:

Thanks for hosting the 30th Anniversary of my Ordination Coffee.  It is a blessing to serve with you, our gifted Staff, and countless volunteers. God bless you all! – Pastor Randy


The Youth World at St. John’s

BenNicholasIt has been a busy summer for the youth! We’ve traveled and served in San Juan, TX (check out our blog posts), drove up to Superior, WI and canoed the length of the Brule River, traveled to Flathead, MT for confirmation camp, and headed over to Wisconsin Dells for our 6th-8th grade “Action Packed Week!” This fall we are cruisin’ along in full gear and have several activities planned! Starting the school year with “Rise up Rochester” which will be a mini-youth gathering with a projection of over 100-150 9th-12th graders! This event will happen on September 20th and will be held at The Place (Boys and Girls Club of Rochester) from 5:30-10:30 p.m. By request of our youth we will also be going to Valley Scare on October 11th and will be participating in Box City on Halloween night. The biggest event of the year that we will be preparing for is the ELCA National Youth Gathering happening in Detroit, MI on July of 2015!

Please pray for us and/or join us for the following events:

  • September 14th Youth Car Wash @ Church
  • September 20th Rise Up Rochester
  • October 11th Valley Scare
  • October 30th Box City

In Faith,

Ben Nicholas

Adult Fellowship Trip to Rochester Civic Theater’s Lobby Stage

AnnHeymannPlease join Adult Fellowship on Sunday, September 21st, as we journey to the Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage for “A Gaelic Harp Celebration” with Ann & Charlie Heymann.” We will meet in the church parking lot at 5:45 p.m. to carpool to the theatre for the 7:00 p.m. presentation. This is a free event; however, there will be beverages available for those that wish to purchase them. Please sign up with Barb Pike at (507) 634-7179 or Carole Baker at (507) 634-7133 so that we may make arrangements for rides.

ELCA Day of Service

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, the nearly 10,000 congregations of this church gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people.

St. John’s is encouraging people to bring a canned good for the hungry to worship and/or spend some time cleaning ditches in the Kasson/Mantorville area (on your own).

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Missions & Outreach Opportunities

Here are a few opportunities to be involved in Missions & Outreach Ministries

  • cropwalk-logoSunday, October 5  CROPWALK in Rochester to benefit World Hunger (Confirmation Day at St. John’s) Click here for more info.
  •  Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prepare and serve meal at Christ United Methodist Church-Rochester, for those needing a weekend meal. Would like 7 to 8 people.  Is there a Confirmation group that would like to help? If interested in helping, contact Carol Tjosaas at (507) 634-7893.
  • Missionary Sponsorships – only $40.00 per week. Contact the office at (507) 634-7110 for information.

Oasis Meals – Sept. 2014

Join us for a meal every Wednesday evening. Suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. The menu for the upcoming weeks is:

  • September 10 – Pizza
  • September 17 – Grilled Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers
  • September 24 – Spaghetti (with marinara sauce or chicken alfredo)
  • October 1 – Grilled riblet sandwiches

Find the menu any time on the calendar.

Considering a Bible Study?

biblestudyNow is a great time to connect to one or more of our Bible study groups. There are opportunities for both men and women at various times throughout the week and at different times of day and locations. WELCA Bible studies, Men’s breakfast studies, Women of Faith, a new Pastor-led Bible study starting this month, 2 x 4 (an offsite Men’s Group) – these are just some of the opportunities.

Can you hear the bells?

You want me to do what with these???

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Do you want to contribute to the worship life?  If the answer is yes, consider joining a St. John’s bell choir for a very rewarding experience. There are three choirs that you can join.

Senior Bells ring Wednesdays, 7:45-8:30 p.m. and is for 9th graders on up. We work on ringing techniques and prepare music for worship once a month. We will have two major programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 3.

Junior Bells ring Wednesdays 5:50-6:25 p.m. and is for 4th to 8th graders. We will work on developing ringing techniques, rhythm and reading music. We will ring at least once a month for worship. This year we will ring a narrated Bible lesson and ring for two major programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 3.

Children’s Chimes ring Wednesdays 3:45-4: 15 p.m. and is for 2nd to 4th graders. We we learn how to ring chimes, read music, and learn rhythm. We have fun learning a new language of music with practice and games. We also will ring for worship services (usually Wednesday) when ready and the programs in December and May. We will begin ringing Wednesday, September 24.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Linda Wunderlich at (507) 635-5676. Come join the excitement of ringing!

Habitat for Humanity Is Building In Kasson

Progress continues on the 2014 Kasson home at 801 3rd St SE. Kourtney Zierath and her three children are the partner family for this build. The house is being built in partnership with Thrivent Builds and is scheduled to be completed by year-end. Now, and throughout the rest of the year is the time volunteers and donations are needed to help with construction. St. John’s and other local churches have volunteered to provide help. St. John’s next work day is Saturday, October 4, and we need 3-5 volunteers. Please consider supporting this wonderful ministry by donating your time, money, meals, or materials. Contact Dennis Foster at (507) 634-6686 for more information.