The Messenger

Preschool positions available

Creation Kids Preschool is currently looking to hire for the 2019-2020 school year:

This position has been filled. CKP Administrator – this position is part-time and will require approximately 10 hours per week. Hours are flexible but will require some time be spent in the classroom during preschool hours. The remainder may be self-scheduled and occur at home. Must be at least 18 years of age, have HS diploma, some child care experience, and at least 9 credits or 90 hours earned in any accredited course of staff supervision, human relations, and child development or a degree in related field.

PT Teacher Assistant – part-time position in the Little Lambs care room. Hours will be from 3:00-6:00 pm M-F. Must have HS diploma + experience working with children or a degree in a related field. Job description available here.

PT Teacher Aides (2) – part-time position in the Little Lambs care room. Hours will be from 3:00-6:00 pm M-F. This position is open to adult, high school, and college-aged individuals. Willing to work around extra-curricular schedules. Job description available here.

Please contact Jessica Paulsen, Rachel Linbo, or Katie Freerksen for more information or send email to preschool@stjohnschurch.org.

Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to preschool@stjohnskasson.org or dropped off at the St. John’s office. In lieu of a resume, applicants can submit a job application instead.

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!”

June Special Events

  • CKP Carnival
    June 6
    5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Action Packed Day Camp
    June 10-13
  • Confirmation Camp
    June 16-21
  • VBS
    June 24-28
  • Family Fun Night
    June 26
    6:00 – 8:00 pm

Full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Exploring our faith together

Pastor Dave Efflandt
Lead Pastor

Greetings everyone! I hope this message finds you well, and that your summer is off to a great start!

Over the past month, I’ve been spending time with many of you at our table talk conversations, learning about you and your families, hearing some of your cherished stories about St. John’s, and also dreaming with you about what possibilities await our congregation out there in the future. It has been so uplifting to share this holy space with you, gathered in fellowship with God in our midst. (There are still more times available—sign up on the board in the Narthex, right inside the main doors.)

From those conversations, I’ve been reflecting a great deal on how we, as people of faith, navigate a world that often doesn’t provide us with easy decisions or clear answers. In short, I’ve been pondering how we remain faithful during times of doubt, fear, uncertainty, confusion, and grief. And what a better place to engage and explore those difficult questions than with each other, gathered together worship on Wednesday evenings. We will be utilizing the book series: Can I Ask That? from the Sticky Faith Curriculum to help us on our journey. Take a look at the subjects below, and come join us as often as you are able:

  • June 5: Can I Trust the Bible? Does the Bible Contradict Itself?
  • June 12: Does God Discriminate Against Women?
  • June 19: Can I be a Christian and Believe in Evolution?
  • June 26: VBS Family Fun Night
  • July 10: Is Jesus Really the Only Way to God?
  • July 17: Does God Test People in Their Faith?
  • July 24: Does God Endorse Violence?
  • July 31: How Can I Follow a God Who Would Let Christians Do Such Bad Things?
  • August 7: Is it Wrong to Doubt God?
  • August 14: Is Hell Real? How Could God Send Someone There?
  • August 21: Can I Do Something So Bad God Won’t Forgive Me?
  • August 28: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
  • September 4: Is Sex Outside Marriage Wrong?

May God continue to bless your walk of faith, encouraging you to ask the difficult questions, to be comfortable with the uncertainty, and courageous as you face the mysteries of life. Amen.

Take Jesus with you this summer

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

Summer is a hard time to stay connected to church. School is out, families take vacations, the weather is too nice…the list goes on and on.

This summer, we want you to stay connected by joining our Flat Jesus project!

Flat Jesus is inspired by a national school project called Flat Stanley, based off a book written by Jeff Brown. Just as Flat Stanley has helped children with literacy and geography, Flat Jesus helps children stay plugged into the biblical message you’ve been sharing with them all year.

How it works:

  • Everyone gets their own paper cutout of Jesus to take with them on their summer adventures.
  • Get one at the welcome center or print your own from blog.wearesparkhouse.org/flat-jesus-coming
  • Bring Flat Jesus with you on your adventures—to the park, your camping trip, and even the pool!
  • Take photos and share them on your favorite social media platform! Make sure to check-in at St. John’s Lutheran Church and use the hashtags #FlatJesus and #sjkkids to connect with others!

Where will your journeys take you and your Flat Jesus?

Summer worship 2019

We’re now in our summer worship schedule. Sunday worship is at 9:00 am followed by fellowship.

Wednesday worship is at 6:30 pm by the fire pit (inside if weather requires a move). Bring a chair, stay for s’mores, and engage with some tough topics on Wednesdays this summer!

Wednesday topic schedule:

  • June 5: Can I Trust the Bible? Does the Bible Contradict Itself?
  • June 12: Does God Discriminate Against Women?
  • June 19: Can I be a Christian and Believe in Evolution?
  • June 26: VBS Family Fun Night
  • July 10: Is Jesus Really the Only Way to God?
  • July 17: Does God Test People in Their Faith?
  • July 24: Does God Endorse Violence?
  • July 31: How Can I Follow a God Who Would Let Christians Do Such Bad Things?
  • August 7: Is it Wrong to Doubt God?
  • August 14: Is Hell Real? How Could God Send Someone There?
  • August 21: Can I Do Something So Bad God Won’t Forgive Me?
  • August 28: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
  • September 4: Is Sex Outside Marriage Wrong?

Creation Kids Preschool Carnival

The entire community is invited to a free carnival to celebrate Creation Kids Preschool’s 20th anniversary. On June 6, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm, there will be food (hot dogs and accompaniments), bounce house, face painting, treats, games, and more. Anyone registering for preschool at the event will have the registration fee waived.

Family Fun Night

Pink hawaiian flower | designed by Vexels

Bust out your hula skirts and come out for this year’s Family Fun Night on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at St. John’s. We’ll have a luau theme in celebration of our Shipwrecked VBS. Food, games, crafts, and more—fun activities for the whole family all FREE! The whole community is invited to come celebrate.

Get shipwrecked with us this summer!

Our FREE vacation Bible school – Shipwrecked VBS – is coming up quickly. From June 24-28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am children ages 3 through 4th grade (’18-’19 school year) are invited to learn about God in fun and exciting ways. Through music, crafts, and games we will learn how God continues to rescue us. We also offer early drop-off, late pick-up, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. We’re also looking for helpers from 5th grade through adults. Details at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.