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October Special Events

  • Confirmation Sunday
    October 6 | 10:15 am
  • CKP Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
    October 13 | 9:00 am
  • New Member Meeting
    October 13 | 11:30 am
  • Lutefisk Dinner
    October 24 | All Day
  • New Members Received in Worship
    October 27 & 30

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

What if you put God in charge of everything?

Pastor Dave Efflandt
Lead Pastor

Jesus said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs.”
(Mark 4:30-32)

We’ve been spending these past few weeks learning what it means to be good stewards of all God has given us. It has been an uplifting experience indeed! Because we’ve been talking about stewardship of time and talents, as well as finances, I thought I would offer this information about our current giving. These are from St. John’s August financials:

Year to Date Giving Units
$0 975
$1-$50 45
$51-$150 53
$151-$250 37
$251-$450 36
$451-$520 54
$521-$800 36
$801-$1,040 28
$1,041-$1,300 25
$1,301-$2,300 24
$2,301-$5,200 26
$6,000-$12,000 6

Total number of giving units at SJK = 1,425
Total giving from Tithe.ly: approx. $40,000
The total number of giving units on Tithe.ly = 80
The total number of recurring giving units on Tithe.ly = 42

Jesus says that we’re to scatter our faith like seeds on the soil. And, even if it seems like our faith is the size of a mustard seed, God will still go to work, bringing about the biggest harvest from the smallest of seeds. We don’t know how. It’s truly a mystery. But faith gets its greatest opportunity to grow in that mystery.

What would it be like you put God in charge of everything in your life? How might this change your outlook on sharing your gifts, your time and your finances? Would you hear God encouraging you to give up a little more time each week for worship or engaging in outreach ministry? Would you hear God directing you to share your talents on a ministry in the congregation? Would you feel God leading you to give a little more each week? What would it be like if, in that first category of givers, even half gave just $5 per month on a regular basis? What about $10? Even the smallest of gifts, given generously, can make a huge difference! And you can do just that in our Stewardship Bucket Challenge through November 3, either in the offering plate or through Tithe.ly (download the Tithe.ly app or at stjohnskasson.org/giving).

Join me in giving thanks for God’s amazing providence and abundant gifts. Let’s continue to step out together on this path of faith, and see where God is leading! Amen.

What can God do with you?

Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

October is upon us and the new program year is underway. This year as we take stock of what it means to be good stewards of our time, our talents, and our finances, our students will be joining in as well. As many of you know we have an incredibly talented group of kids that attend St. John’s. We have a myriad of talented musicians who play a variety of instruments or sing. Our VBS programming each summer is able to happen due to all of our middle school, high school, and young adult leaders (think college students home for the summer) who help us out. One of our high school seniors is single-handedly leading a group of 7th grade confirmation students on Sunday mornings. Our Wednesday afterschool Children’s Ministry Assistants continue to volunteer every Wednesday afternoon to make our Oasis programming possible. And the best memory to date was one of our high school juniors walking in last Advent season with a stack of ELCA Good Gift tags that she was spending her own hard-earned money on to the total of $100. Even though they may not quite have the language to describe what they do as stewardship they are doing one better…they are living out their stewardship.

In this new era at St. John’s, let’s see what sort of amazing things we can do in the Kingdom of God when we use our students as models. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes and make a list of all of the things you would do if you had unlimited time, nothing holding you back from using your talents, and unlimited amounts of spending money. Day dream a little. And then just pick one. Pick one block of time, one talent, or one small thing financially and do it. Jump in with both feet. See what God can do with you when you remind yourself that all of you belongs to God.

Ministry Together: A review of the All Commission Meeting

Jen Smith, Congregational President

On Sunday, September 28 St. John’s commissions sat together to discuss the important work each commission does to actualize the ministries of St. John’s.

Everyone shared “what is important right now,” which was defined as one of the guiding principles St. John’s must continue to embrace during our time of transition.

We also engaged in conversation regarding the use of St. John’s space and property. We appreciate the important role we play opening our doors, yet want to better manage multiple groups and property usage. We are creating a committee to better evaluate this. I appreciate the time each of you gives to the important work we do here at St. John’s.

If you were unable to attend, a packet with minutes from the meeting is currently being compiled. This will be available online to help everyone understand what each commission does and where you can volunteer your time and talents.

Topics discussed:

  • Facility Usage – A committee is being formed to create a better understanding of how we and the community use our space and property. If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Jen Smith
  • 2020 Budget – Kim Allen was available to answer questions regarding budget planning worksheet and upcoming meetings
  • Commissions – What is important right now? Who does what? How do we best work together?

Lutefisk Dinner 2019

This year’s Lutefisk Dinner is nearly here!

The basics for Thursday, October 24, 2019:
Serving: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Adults $18, Children (under 10) $8
No advanced ticket sales. Cash or check only.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

Take out dinners may be pre-ordered by calling St. John’s between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 21. Please drive to the northwest corner of the church building to pick up take-out dinners on Thursday.

YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our Lutefisk dinner and bake sale! 

Donation letters have been sent to the households of members. Last year 46% of the households contributed either potatoes, cranberry relish, butter, Norwegian baked goods, or money. The annual profit from the dinner has grown to over $23,000 and will go to ELCA mission support and congregational projects. All members are encouraged to make items for the bake sale, which had a profit of $8,1000 last year. Bake sale profits will be used to fund congregational projects. Help make this a tradition that will continue at St. John’s.

Thinking About Fall

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!

CKP Breakfast is October 13

The annual Creation Kids Preschool Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction will be on Sunday, October 13 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Silent auction bidding will open Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 pm and end after the breakfast (11:30 am). This is the preschool’s largest fundraiser of the year and we need your help! Consider donating a silent auction item, basket, or service to help support costs associated with expansion of our program. If you are interested in donating to the auction, please email Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or contact any board member. Items needed by Monday, October 7 at 5:00 pm. Thank you for all the support during this monumental year!

2020 Summer Camp Opportunities

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.