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Discussions on being faithful with what God has given us

Pastor Dave Efflandt
Lead Pastor

Greetings everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful summer, and that this finds you well-rested and ready to make our way into the program year!

As the program year gets started, I’d like to personally invite you to be a part of an important conversation we are having here at St. John’s: a conversation about stewardship. Over the course of eight weeks, from September 8 – October 27, we will explore what scripture teaches us about being faithful stewards of everything in our lives. We will also welcome the words of Mark Allan Powell to partner with us on this journey, through his book Giving to God; The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life. Discussions for this series will take place in the Fireside Room between services on Sunday morning and after worship on Wednesday evenings. Listed below are the dates and topics we will explore.

Each week during worship, we have invited a member of our congregation to share their stewardship story with us right before the offering. I am certain that we will be blessed by their stories and inspired by God’s faithfulness at work in their lives.
Come, join us as we dive deeply into what it means to be called as faithful stewards of all that God has given us.

Stewardship Discussion Schedule

Date Theme
Sun, Sept 8
Wed, Sept 11
Belonging to God
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
Sun, Sept 15
Wed, Sept 18
Stewardship as an Act of Worship
1 Chronicles 29:14
Sun, Sept 22
Wed, Sept 25
Stewardship as an Act of Faith
1 Corinthians 4:1
Sun, Sept 29
Wed, Oct 2
Stewardship as a Spiritual Discipline
Matthew 6:21
Sun, Oct 6
Wed, Oct 9
Stewardship as Faithful Living & Giving
Acts 20:35
Sun, Oct 13
Wed, Oct 16
Stewardship as Support & Sacrifice
2 Corinthians 9:7
Sun, Oct 20
Wed, Oct 23
Financial Stewardship: How Much is Enough?
Psalm 116:12
Sun, Oct 27
Wed, Oct 30
Make a Stewardship Pledge

Finding peace in the chaos

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

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.”

2019 Fall Fest

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.

 

2019 All Commission Meeting

All members of St. John’s commissions, committees, and ministries are invited to an All Commission Meeting on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm. More information will be coming!

All groups should discuss the following questions at their September meetings:

  • What is most important right now? Please answer this question as it pertains to YOUR Commission.
  • What resources do you need to actualize what you identify?
  • What is your strategy?

Last year we asked you to review the work your Commission does as it pertains to St. John’s. Please review this document and update it accordingly.

Agenda will include:

  1. What is most important right now
  2. Fiscal responsibility/Stewardship
  3. 2020 BUDGET
  4. Facility Usage

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2019

Make plans now to help with the 58th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Lefse bakes began in August and will continue on Wednesday mornings through October 16. No experience necessary! Coffee fellowship is served mid-morning. Contact Marge Albright (507-421-5184) or Jeannine Allen (507-271-0969) to sign up to assist with the bakes or if you’d like to help on your own time by helping with laundry. We also need help prepping potatoes Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 pm. To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke (if you need contact info, call the office at (507) 634-7110 or email office@stjohnskasson.org).

Sign up to help at the dinner or the week of online here or at the table in the narthex on Sunday, September 22 or Wednesday, September 25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 14, from 1:00-4:00 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.

Installation of new synod bishop

In June our Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA elected a new synod bishop. Everyone in our synod (southeastern Minnesota) is invited to the installation of Bishop-Elect Regina Hassanally, which will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.

A special choir will sing at the installation. Interested participants should email Deacon Bob Tewes at music@gracealbertlea.org. A rehearsal will be held the day of the service at 12:30 pm.

Children are wanted and welcome to attend. Presiding Bishop Eaton will be offering a children’s sermon and children are welcome in the service. A nursery will also be available.

Additional details available here.

Meetings for 2020 summer trips & camps

Any high school aged youth with an interest in a 2020 summer trip is invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, September 29 at 11:30 am.

Next summer there will be opportunities for students currently in 1st-12th grade to attend summer camp at Sugar Creek. They have a variety of programs available! Anyone interested is invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, October 13 at 9:10 am.