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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.

2019 WELCA Doing Day

St. John’s WELCA (Women of the ELCA) will be holding their annual “Doing Day” on Wednesday, March 20 inviting all women who would like to help in putting together all the kits we send to many different organizations. There will be guidance from 8:00 am until we finish packing. There will be lists on the Women’s bulletin board of items we need for packing. Come for the time that fits your schedule or just to have coffee with us at 9:30 am and lunch at noon. The CKP students will help pack school kits, help us bless our work, and have lunch with us. We have special t-shirts for them to show they were part of “Doing Day.” Please join us as we pack to help those in need of these supplies.

2019 Haiti Mission Trip

Unfortunately, the Haiti Mission trip has been postponed. Due to the current civic unrest and crime in Haiti there is a Department of State travel advisory. The group will continue to raise funds for the projects they are supporting as discussed below.

On March 21-28, 2019, eight people from southeastern Minnesota will travel to visit our mission partners in Haiti. From St. John’s: Jen Smith, Emilie and Luckinger Hilaire, Wayne Hendrickson, and Dennis Foster. From Rochester Central Lutheran School: Missy Tjosaas. And from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island: Pastor Marie Anderson and Kari Toft.

Planned projects:

  • Children’s VBS in Bouyaha and in Pignon
  • Taking student pictures in Bouyaha
  • Women’s bible study
  • Health education and wellness clinics
  • Food distribution to Families in Bouyaha
  • Basic sewing classes
  • Solar powered computer lab at the school in Bouyaha
  • Rehabbing Bouyaha homes (cement floor, roof repair)
  • Funding for a truck (partnership with two other congregations)

Before the trip, St. John’s is working to raise $15,000 for three of these projects:

  • $4,500 for a solar powered computer lab. This will include the solar power infrastructure and 11 laptop computers.
  • $4,000 will go to providing cement floors and metal roofs for homes in Bouyaha, upgrading from dirt floors and makeshift roofs.
  • $6,500 is St. John’s portion of a total $20,000 goal for a reliable pickup truck. Two congregations in Illinois will share the total cost. We’re also looking for leads on a 2004-2010 3/4 or 1 ton, 4-door, diesel, 4 WD, manual transmission pickup with reasonable mileage.

There are ways the team is asking for help meeting this goal:

  • Come to the February 20 Oasis meal. Donations will go to support these projects. A pizza supper will be served 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • Join us again for a Pulled Pork Luncheon on Sunday, March 17 starting at 11:30 am.
  • Cash donations are always welcome! Cash or check to St. John’s Lutheran Church clearly marked for Haiti Mission can be placed in the weekly offering or left in the office.

All funds raised will directly toward those we serve. Each team member is paying his or her own expenses. 

Your prayers are also needed! Pray for:

  • The team as they travel
  • The team as they complete God’s work
  • The students in Bouyaha
  • Pastor Mioche and his staff

High School Service Trip 2019

Students in 9-12 grade (2018-2019) are invited to join the 2019 summer youth trip to San Diego. We will be traveling to a YouthWorks site July 28-August 4, 2019. Service activities will include serving at a food bank, clothing distribution center, and homeless shelter. Participants will also engage in educational experiences regarding the current refugee and immigrant crisis. An informational meeting will be on Sunday, October 14 at 9:10 am in the Fireside Room.

More info:

July 28-August 4, 2019 (may depart earlier depending on travel arrangements)
Open to students in grades 9-12 (2018-2019)
Register by November 4 to ensure a spot.
$50 deposit due at time of registration.

Operation Christmas Child no longer housed at St. John’s

Tanya Young
Operation Christmas Child Coordinator

After much thought and prayer, as well as discussion with the Mission and Outreach Commission and the congregational council, it has been decided St. John’s will no longer house the Operation Christmas Child project. This decision wasn’t an easy one to make, but felt I needed to be the one to share with everyone. Over the last 4 years, it has been such a joy to see how God has worked through everyone with this project. All the individuals/groups who have come to a packing party, financially supported by buying items or shipping, and those who have just simply prayed for each child that would receive a shoebox gift. Over the last 4 years we have packed and shipped 2,900 shoeboxes, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It is more than just the number, but better yet the amount of children that have had the opportunity learn about Jesus through a shoe box gift.

Thank you for allowing me to be your coordinator of the Operation Christmas Child project. It has been an honor to lead this project for our congregation and the community. I will be continuing my work with the Mission and Outreach Commission and putting my energy into the many local and worldwide ministries available through our own Southeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA churchwide, and our mission partners in Haiti.

A little bit about the recent Haiti trip

By Amanda Sabelko

From June 22 – 29, 2017, Julia Evans, Dennis Foster, Markayla Kujath, Amanda & Justin Sabelko, Annabel & Jennifer Smith, Tanya Young, and Dan Ziebell traveled to visit our friends and ministry partners in Pignon and Bouyaha, Haiti. While we did get in a little sight-seeing the main focus of our trip was to continue developing relationships with the people of Pignon and Bouyaha. A lot of what we did was duplicated in both Bouyaha & Pignon.

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Haiti Trip Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting about our trip to Haiti on January 11 at 7 pm, following worship.

This meeting is for anyone who is interested in going in June 2017. Dates are still being worked on.

More about our ministry with Haiti at www.stjohnskasson.org/haiti-mission

ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton visits our partners in Chile

Recently a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) visited the Popular Education for Health (EPES) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH), our ministry partners through our support of ELCA missionary Karen Anderson.

Karen wrote the following in her update:

elca-visit-300x215The EPES team was thrilled and honored to receive the visit of the delegation from the ELCA this past weekend to share our history, current work and future. The ELCA leaders also had a lively meeting with community health groups, the newly graduated nutrition promoters and the EPES-trained advocates to end violence against women. The health groups
shared different educational campaigns and participatory methodologies with the delegation. Bishop Eaton, Rev. Malpica and Rev. Rodriguez participated in brief representations of community health activities—painting murals on the importance of early detection of breast cancer, promoting water instead of sugary sodas, among other issues. They also walked through the streets of the community of La Bandera to get to know the reality and to see some of the activities carried out by the Llareta health team. They visited the most recent mural painted by Llareta for the 25th of November—the International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women. For EPES and the health groups, it was an opportunity to thank the ELCA for its long-term support and accompaniment for our work to promote justice and dignity in health.

On Sunday, I accompanied the delegation on their visit to the Park for Peace Villa Grimaldi, a former concentration camp for torture and extermination during the brutal dictatorship of Pinochet. Bishop Eaton, Pastors Rafael and Raquel were deeply moved by the testimony of their guide, camp survivor, Lelia Pérez, who highlighted the role Bishop Helmut Frenz of the IELCH played in the defense of human rights during the most difficult years of the dictatorship. The delegation visited the park and heard the horrific and painful stories of the life of prisoners held there but also heard their stories of the solidarity and humanity that sustained them in their darkest hours. After the visit with EPES and the visit to Villa Grimaldi, Rev. Malpica wrote on his Facebook: “Today I give thanks for Helmut and Lelia. I also give thanks for the courageous women at EPES.

I thank you for your support to the wider ministries of the ELCA (such as global mission), that accompanies ministries like EPES, here in Chile and programs around the globe seeking justice and peace for vulnerable and marginalized communities. The history of the brutal dictatorship in Chile; the witness and story of Lelia demands our commitment
to say: Nunca Más (never again). In this journey we are sustained by Jesus’ project for life.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support for our health ministry in Chile!

Blessings during this season of Advent,
Karen Anderson

View photos from the visit in this PDF.

Operation Christmas Child Gift Suggestions

St. John’s is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child. Bring in your items or financial contributions now through November 13.

Suggested items:

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

QUESTIONS:  CONTACT TANYA YOUNG (316) 390-5368; OR TYOUNG8550@YAHOO.COM

 

Praying, sending, welcoming, & listening – what our mission trip needs

LindsayCowell2Lindsay Colwell
Youth Ministry Coordinator

July! How is it already so far into summer! As I write this I am surrounded by paperwork and resources as I prepare for this month’s senior high school mission trip to Philadelphia. St. John’s will be sending 13 students and 4 adults to Philadelphia July 15-23 to participate in service work through YouthWorks, a non-denominational Christian service trip organization. Our group will be learning about urban gardening, poverty issues, and food sustainability. The people of St. John’s have generously supported us over the past several months as we have prepared for this trip. You have attended our Chili Cook-off, joined us for Sunday morning coffee, and let us cook soup suppers and Sunday morning breakfasts for you. Through all of this food-related fundraising you have been overwhelmingly generous with both your time and your money, and for that we are immensely grateful.

And now, I have another favor to ask of you. This is much more difficult than giving $20 here and $5 there. What our students and adult leaders will need most from you is emotional and logistical support. Our mission team needs your support and feedback. We need your prayers for safe travel and God’s presence to be tangible as we serve in Philadelphia. We need you to send us off with encouragement. We need you to receive us as we return with open arms of welcome, listening ears to help us process our experiences, and willingness to help us apply what we learned in Philadelphia to our own context here at home in Kasson. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our youth!

Note from Missionary Karen Anderson

On April 14, 2016, Karen wrote:

In January we ran our 7th International Training Program simultaneously in English and Spanish with participants from 8 countries. The ELCA sent leaders from Latino Ministries in the US who were originally from Colombia and El Salvador. This week we train 25 public health workers; next week 10 doctoral students from the Chicago Institute of Psychology visit. We have a new program starting next week to train nutrition health promoters in Chile. Somehow things never seem to slow down. Greetings, thanks, and blessings to everyone at St. John’s.

God Has a Mission. God’s Mission Has a Church.

Pastor Dana

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

For the four Sundays in April (and the Wednesdays immediately preceding) we’ll be talking all about where the church fits in God’s mission today. If you’ve been wondering what we’re talking about when we speak of the missional church and how we as church fit into a changing culture, check it out during the month of April.

And if you’d like to look at this topic in more depth, contact Pastor Dana to get on the daily email devotions list. Each day during the series the devotion for the day will focus on various aspects of what it means to live as church in our daily lives. Send an email to dana@stjohnskasson.org to be added to the list!

Congregational Input Days

RevisionRevampPlan to be at worship on Wednesday, April 27 or Sunday, May 1 for a visioning process!

We will share the scripture readings and sermon in a participatory style. Scripture passages will be presented and each person will be asked to mark a card indicating her or his choices of interpretation in response to the passages.

After sharing communion, along with prayer, we will engage everyone in a casual conversation of what is valued at
St. Johns, asking three simple questions:

  • Past: What is a time or specific event that spiritually touched you where you felt most alive in your faith journey?
  • Present: What is it about your congregation that you value most ?
  • Future: If God gave you three wishes for the future of your congregation, what would they be?

Do some praying about your participation with this experience and some reflecting on these perspectives ahead of time. One of our goals with the Revision Revamp 2016 process is for full congregation input into where we trust that God is leading us, the missional directions that are given for the next five years as a congregation. We are not there yet. We are striving to listen well. We are gathering input.

St. John’s 2016 High School Mission Trip

Philadelphia, PA
Dates: July 15-23, 2016 (at Youth Works site July 17-22)
$60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29.
Questions? Talk to Lindsay Colwell – lindsay@stjohnskasson.org or (507) 634-7110

Get started by registering at the form at the bottom of this page!

YouthWorkswebYouthWorks description of this site and serving experience:

As Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia offers a unique blend of history and progress. The city is filled with numerous parks, gardens, and historical and cultural landmarks, which help to remind visitors and residents alike of its long story. Beyond its vibrant past, there is much happening in the City of Brotherly Love today, both in terms of urban development and urban struggle. Poverty and unemployment are very real issues here, but the city is making strides to address the problems. Currently, Philadelphia is focusing on sustainability, providing healthy food to the hungry, creating equal opportunities for its diverse population, and redeveloping neighborhoods to invite more people in.

Serving opportunities in Philadelphia:

  • Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
  • A fully integrated service and learning experience where students not only assist with needs but also understand the causes and outcomes of specific issues facing the community, as well as the community strengths.
  • Learn about food sustainability and how it affects this community as well as your community back home.

St. John’s student information to join:

  • 15 student spots available
  • $60 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, November 29. Please submit to the office, checks made out to St. John’s.
  • Total cost for the trip per student will be $500 (This includes transportation and payment to Youth Works for July 17-22, which includes all meals during that time period. We will work out food and lodging for the trip there and back as we go along.)
  • Registration can be done online or by speaking to Lindsay. We will have a meeting to fill out paperwork and to discuss fundraising efforts.
  • Fundraising efforts are currently in the planning stages, but spots are available right now for coffee fellowship fundraising opportunities. The sign-up sheet is on the Youth Board in the Narthex. Questions can be addressed to Lindsay.
  • Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. The final deadline to decide if students are attending or not (based on available spots) is February 1, 2016. At this time, if there are open spots parents will be given the opportunity to attend as well.
  • We are in need of one female and one male chaperone. These chaperone spots are not a part of the 15 student spots. As of right now, Lindsay will be attending as the female chaperone, but that is dependent on family circumstances at that time.
  • Students and chaperones will need to have a TB test prior to turning in our student forms to Youth Works. A current test within the last 2 years will suffice.