BULLETIN: THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT FEBRUARY 25, 2018

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

FEBRUARY 25, 2018


WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Calls Us To Follow Him – To follow Jesus we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul. Through your wonderful Word and Spirit, strengthen our faith, give joy to our hearts, meaning and direction to our lives. Bless our worship today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“Morning Praise” hymnal page 45

“Service of Word & Sacrament” hymnal pages 32b-37 for SJ Holy Communion

PASTOR’S GREETING

Note: At Emmanuel…

OPENING MORNING HYMN (page 45, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITTLE LAMBS SING “Jesus Has a Little Helper” (in place of opening hymn)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, sing responsively)

THE DAY’S BIBLE READING THEME

Follow Christ Crucified

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 28:10-17

The Lord promises His presence as we follow Him

Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

PSALM 73 (hymnal page 94, men sing first line, women sing second line, all sing refrain and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON Romans 5:1-11

Through Christ’s sacrifice we have new status with God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

VERSE OF THE DAY Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8b)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Mark 8:31-38 (today’s sermon text)

Take up your cross and follow Christ

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

HYMN 345 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to Nursery Sunday School in the parish hall

SERMON Matthew 8:31-38

“No Cross, No Crown”

  1. Christ’s cross was the cause of our redemption
  2. Our cross is the consequence of our redemption

HYMN 239 “Glory Be to God the Father” (printed in hymnal, all sing after sermon)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

PRAYER FOR LENT

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Chuck Boetcher, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law),  Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Laurana Hoffman (Tim’s daughter), Drake Hunter (Bill & Cally’s grandson), Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Dorothy Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Roger Stellick (Doug’s uncle), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother) – (added this week: Dorothy Klawitter, Bill Schroeder)
– For the family of Linda Malsack called home on Friday (2/23)

– For those affected by the Florida school shooting on 2/14
– For missions & friends who need Jesus
– For our communicants at St. John’s

Note: At Emmanuel…

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, sing responsively)

(Please stand)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal page 50b-51)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 365 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITURGY (hymnal page 32b, sung & read responsively)

(Please stand)

LORD’S PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for Holy Communion)

Out of love for God’s Word and people’s souls, we offer the Lord’s Supper only to communicant members of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church or other congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)(1 Corinthians 10:17; 11:26-29) Visitors who are not yet communicant members of our church are respectfully asked to refrain from communing today, but are encouraged to speak with the pastor after the service about how to become communicant members.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 387”Drawn to the Cross”, 365:1-2 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

THANK THE LORD, CLOSING & BLESSING (hymnal page 36-37)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 365:3-4 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theme for next Sunday (3/4):

The Third Sunday in Lent: Repent!

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. St. Johns AV/IT meeting
Mon. SPIRIT WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S DAY SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS!
6:00 P.M. St. John’s School Board meeting
6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues.
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation class at St. John’s
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion with communion
Thurs. 12:00 P.M. St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

“Collecting Mission Offerings”

6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

Theme for next Sunday (3/4):

 The Third Sunday in Lent: Repent!

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:00 A.M. Teacher Call meeting at St. John’s

See the source imageTHANK YOU to the members of St. John’s and Mecan for your presence, comfort, prayers, and memorials given to Mildred Henke. We especia lly thank the Ladies Aid for participating in the funeral service and serving the meal. Thank you also to the pastors, TelloTones and those who visited Millie at the Care Center these past years. She surely appreciated it. Her long life was truly a blessing from the Lord and she is now enjoying her heavenly home. –Delvin and Jean Henke & Family

THANK YOU from the Sunday School for attending the Ash Wednesday Lenten Supper and supporting Easter for Kids with your gifts!

MEMORIAL In loving memory of Millie Henke, $300.00 has been given to St. John’s school, $300.00 has been given to Sunday School, $400.00 has been given to St. John’s General Fund, and $200.00 has been given to DVD Ministries. Thank you for you gifts.  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4

ST. JOHN’S OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN-UP The signup sheet is located in the church link way. Please sign up if you wish to have a copy of your 2017 offering statement.

See the source image2017 OFFERING STATEMENTS If you have signed up to receive your 2017 offering statement, please pick it up in the link way.

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Part of this spring’s Easter for Kids will be a baby animal petting zoo. The event is Saturday, March 24. Would you have any of the following baby animals on that day that you would allow us to borrow? OR do you have leads and contact numbers of someone who might? Kittens, puppies, bunnies, chicks, ducklings, lamb, kids (goats), piglets—we are also open to suggestions. We already have some of the babies lined up, but we would like backup! Please contact Linda Wachholz at 608 369-2635 or lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org


EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS STILL NEEDED  Planning for 75 children for Saturday, March 24, at St. John’s.  Your monetary gifts are still needed most and help with advertising, mailings, crafts, baskets, anything & everything for that day. For the baskets, we appreciate donations of home-crafted items for the baskets.  Volunteers are still needed to bake for the baskets & make jello jigglers for the lunch. Volunteers to help the day of the event are also welcome. Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635 to donate or volunteer.

We still collect plain print-free ice cream pails (ValuTime brand at Frietags or others).  Donations are not needed for plastic eggs, grass, or traditional baskets.  However, if you already have some you would like to give, we will take them. A donation box is located in the linkway.

kids colorful wordPRE-REGISTER FOR EASTER FOR KIDS Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, March 24.  This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org  Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook, & on public bulletin boards around Montello. This year’s theme is “Jesus—Giver of New Life.”  Storytime, singing, crafts, baby animal petting zoo, egg hunt, & more bring the true meaning of Easter to the children.  Deadline

EASTER FOR

is Friday, March 16.

LENTEN SUPPERS February 28, 4:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Hosted by the LADIES AID! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? Cheesy potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, desserts and drinks. See you there!

LADIES AID Please pick up supplies for Lenten Supper on Wednesday, February 28, in the lower level. Thank you!

SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 25. Containers are located in the entrance at St. John’s and in the parish hall at Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Hmong Evangelist Training & WM/Apache Christian Training School (ACTS). 25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects described on the poster by the container and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 21-24, in Green Bay. Gifts welcome from all who love missions!

SEND ONE SISTER PROGRAM assists women who would like to attend the LWMS Convention as a first-time attendee. This year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention will be held June 21-24 in Green Bay, and it’s time to register! Registration materials are available from your reporter (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). If you have never attended but have thought you might like to attend this mission-packed weekend, you are encouraged to complete a Send One Sister application, also available from your church’s reporter. The Beaver Dam Circuit Board will be holding a Silent Auction at it spring rally to raise SOS funds which will be given to first-time attendees from our circuit to help with their expenses. Why don’t YOU apply!! Deadline: April 15, 2018

See the source imageFREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATION regarding suicide and self-harm in teens. St. John’s Lutheran School in Montello is taking a proactive step to address the very prevalent issues of suicide and self-harm among teens. Elizabeth Robinson, Licensed Professional Counselor from Christian Family Solutions in Germantown, WI, will be offering a free presentation regarding suicide and self-harm at St. John’s on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 pm. Presentation topics will include risk factors and warning signs, tips for parents and adults to help teens who are struggling, formulating safety plans, and helpful resources. Time will also be allowed at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

This presentation is ideal for parents, teachers, ministry leaders, law enforcement, and anyone who works with teens. Elizabeth Robinson has 10 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents with a focus on depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. To learn more about Elizabeth, please visit www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org.

St. John’s Lutheran School is located at 313 E. Montello Street in Montello. If you have questions about the presentation, please call the school at (608) 297-2866 or e-mail info@stjohnsmontello.org.

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS “Jesus, Our Great High Priest” (based on the New Testament book of Hebrews) is the theme for this year’s midweek Lenten devotions that began Ash Wednesday, 2/14 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel and 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Supper will be served in the St. John’s lower level from 4:15–6:00 p.m. “Jesus, I will ponder now, on your holy passion.” (Hymn 98)

2018 OFFERING COMMITMENTS Winnebago Lutheran Academy…Emmanuel: $2,000 & St. John’s $2,400 – Synod Mission Offering…Emmanuel: $6,000 to CMO & St. John’s: $7,200 “God loves a cheerful giver.” (1 Corinthians 9:7)

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): God doesn’t call the qualified…He qualifies the called.

See the source imageMADIGAN BENEFIT  This afternoon (2/25) from 1:00–4:00 p.m. there will be a benefit for our St. John’s member Anna Madigan at Oyster Crackers and Town Pump (downtown Montello) to help offset medical bills towards her treatment of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer.  There will be numerous raffles, including gift baskets, a cooler of meat, Brewer & Packer memorabilia and more.

Usher Schedule
February 25 E Darrell Buchholz, Paul Wuerch, Joe Heller
(with comm) SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck
February 28 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Don Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke
March 4 E (with comm) Brian Ninneman, Paul Dahlke, Joe Heller, communion assist; Lucas Stelter
SJ Kenon Smith, Chief; Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann
March 7 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Cal Kapp; Chief, Corey Kaul
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
February 25 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
March 4 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
March 11 James & Linda Wachholz
March 18 Scott & Debbie Ritz
March 25 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
2-18 2-21 70 57 182 70
St. John’s Altar Committee

February 2018

Jennie Utke & Susan Brown

St. John’s & Emmanuel Lent & Holy Week Worship Schedule

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Pastor John Dolan

Theme: Jesus Christ is Our High Priest

2/28/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 3 Pastor Rod Dietsche

Peace-Green Lake

3/7/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 4 Pastor Mike Sheppard

Mt. Zion-Ripon

3/14/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 5 Pastor John Stelter

St. John’s-Princeton

3/21/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 6 Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/29/18 Emm – 7:00p.m.

(communion)

Maundy Thursday Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/30/18 SJ – 1:00p.m.

(communion)

Good Friday Pastor Pete Zietlow
4/1/18 SJ – 6:00a.m. & 10:00a.m

Emm – 8:00a.m.

Easter Sunrise & Easter Service

Easter Service

Pastor Pete Zietlow

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A Prayer for Lenten Grace

Loving God,

During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you.

Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayer-full life.

Help me to fast from those things that threaten the well-being of body and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.

Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in so doing, re-discover the grace of gratitude and generosity.

May this season be a grace-filled time to rekindle my love for and faith in you.

Amen.

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Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Calls Us To Follow Him – To follow Jesus we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul. Through your wonderful Word and Spirit, strengthen our faith, give joy to our hearts, meaning and direction to our lives. Bless our worship today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“Morning Praise” hymnal page 45

“Service of Word & Sacrament” hymnal pages 32b-37 for SJ Holy Communion

PASTOR’S GREETING

Note: At Emmanuel…

OPENING MORNING HYMN (page 45, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITTLE LAMBS SING “Jesus Has a Little Helper” (in place of opening hymn)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, sing responsively)

THE DAY’S BIBLE READING THEME

Follow Christ Crucified

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 28:10-17

The Lord promises His presence as we follow Him

Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

PSALM 73 (hymnal page 94, men sing first line, women sing second line, all sing refrain and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON Romans 5:1-11

Through Christ’s sacrifice we have new status with God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

VERSE OF THE DAY Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8b)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Mark 8:31-38 (today’s sermon text)

Take up your cross and follow Christ

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

HYMN 345 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to Nursery Sunday School in the parish hall

SERMON Matthew 8:31-38

“No Cross, No Crown”

  1. Christ’s cross was the cause of our redemption
  2. Our cross is the consequence of our redemption

HYMN 239 “Glory Be to God the Father” (printed in hymnal, all sing after sermon)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

PRAYER FOR LENT

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Chuck Boetcher, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law),  Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Laurana Hoffman (Tim’s daughter), Drake Hunter (Bill & Cally’s grandson), Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Dorothy Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Roger Stellick (Doug’s uncle), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother) – (added this week: Dorothy Klawitter, Bill Schroeder)
– For the family of Linda Malsack called home on Friday (2/23)

– For those affected by the Florida school shooting on 2/14
– For missions & friends who need Jesus
– For our communicants at St. John’s

Note: At Emmanuel…

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, sing responsively)

(Please stand)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal page 50b-51)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 365 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITURGY (hymnal page 32b, sung & read responsively)

(Please stand)

LORD’S PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for Holy Communion)

Out of love for God’s Word and people’s souls, we offer the Lord’s Supper only to communicant members of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church or other congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)(1 Corinthians 10:17; 11:26-29) Visitors who are not yet communicant members of our church are respectfully asked to refrain from communing today, but are encouraged to speak with the pastor after the service about how to become communicant members.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 387”Drawn to the Cross”, 365:1-2 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

THANK THE LORD, CLOSING & BLESSING (hymnal page 36-37)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 365:3-4 “Love Diving, All Love Excelling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theme for next Sunday (3/4):

The Third Sunday in Lent: Repent!

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. St. Johns AV/IT meeting
Mon. SPIRIT WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S DAY SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS!
6:00 P.M. St. John’s School Board meeting
6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues.
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation class at St. John’s
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion with communion
Thurs. 12:00 P.M. St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

“Collecting Mission Offerings”

6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

Theme for next Sunday (3/4):

 The Third Sunday in Lent: Repent!

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:00 A.M. Teacher Call meeting at St. John’s

See the source imageTHANK YOU to the members of St. John’s and Mecan for your presence, comfort, prayers, and memorials given to Mildred Henke. We especia lly thank the Ladies Aid for participating in the funeral service and serving the meal. Thank you also to the pastors, TelloTones and those who visited Millie at the Care Center these past years. She surely appreciated it. Her long life was truly a blessing from the Lord and she is now enjoying her heavenly home. –Delvin and Jean Henke & Family

THANK YOU from the Sunday School for attending the Ash Wednesday Lenten Supper and supporting Easter for Kids with your gifts!

MEMORIAL In loving memory of Millie Henke, $300.00 has been given to St. John’s school, $300.00 has been given to Sunday School, $400.00 has been given to St. John’s General Fund, and $200.00 has been given to DVD Ministries. Thank you for you gifts.  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4

ST. JOHN’S OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN-UP The signup sheet is located in the church link way. Please sign up if you wish to have a copy of your 2017 offering statement.

See the source image2017 OFFERING STATEMENTS If you have signed up to receive your 2017 offering statement, please pick it up in the link way.

E:\Linda Wachholz LWMS\CLIPART - old\PIGGY & LAMB.jpgImage result for baby animal picturesWANTED: BABY ANIMALS for a PETTING ZOO

Part of this spring’s Easter for Kids will be a baby animal petting zoo. The event is Saturday, March 24. Would you have any of the following baby animals on that day that you would allow us to borrow? OR do you have leads and contact numbers of someone who might? Kittens, puppies, bunnies, chicks, ducklings, lamb, kids (goats), piglets—we are also open to suggestions. We already have some of the babies lined up, but we would like backup! Please contact Linda Wachholz at 608 369-2635 or lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org

EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS STILL NEEDED  Planning for 75 children for Saturday, March 24, at St. John’s.  Your monetary gifts are still needed most and help with advertising, mailings, crafts, baskets, anything & everything for that day. For the baskets, we appreciate donations of home-crafted items for the baskets.  Volunteers are still needed to bake for the baskets & make jello jigglers for the lunch. Volunteers to help the day of the event are also welcome. Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635 to donate or volunteer.

We still collect plain print-free ice cream pails (ValuTime brand at Frietags or others).  Donations are not needed for plastic eggs, grass, or traditional baskets.  However, if you already have some you would like to give, we will take them. A donation box is located in the linkway.

kids colorful wordPRE-REGISTER FOR EASTER FOR KIDS Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, March 24.  This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org  Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook, & on public bulletin boards around Montello. This year’s theme is “Jesus—Giver of New Life.”  Storytime, singing, crafts, baby animal petting zoo, egg hunt, & more bring the true meaning of Easter to the children.  Deadline

EASTER FOR

is Friday, March 16.

LENTEN SUPPERS February 28, 4:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Hosted by the LADIES AID! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? Cheesy potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, desserts and drinks. See you there!

LADIES AID Please pick up supplies for Lenten Supper on Wednesday, February 28, in the lower level. Thank you!

SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 25. Containers are located in the entrance at St. John’s and in the parish hall at Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Hmong Evangelist Training & WM/Apache Christian Training School (ACTS). 25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects described on the poster by the container and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 21-24, in Green Bay. Gifts welcome from all who love missions!

SEND ONE SISTER PROGRAM assists women who would like to attend the LWMS Convention as a first-time attendee. This year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention will be held June 21-24 in Green Bay, and it’s time to register! Registration materials are available from your reporter (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). If you have never attended but have thought you might like to attend this mission-packed weekend, you are encouraged to complete a Send One Sister application, also available from your church’s reporter. The Beaver Dam Circuit Board will be holding a Silent Auction at it spring rally to raise SOS funds which will be given to first-time attendees from our circuit to help with their expenses. Why don’t YOU apply!! Deadline: April 15, 2018

See the source imageFREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATION regarding suicide and self-harm in teens. St. John’s Lutheran School in Montello is taking a proactive step to address the very prevalent issues of suicide and self-harm among teens. Elizabeth Robinson, Licensed Professional Counselor from Christian Family Solutions in Germantown, WI, will be offering a free presentation regarding suicide and self-harm at St. John’s on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 pm. Presentation topics will include risk factors and warning signs, tips for parents and adults to help teens who are struggling, formulating safety plans, and helpful resources. Time will also be allowed at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

This presentation is ideal for parents, teachers, ministry leaders, law enforcement, and anyone who works with teens. Elizabeth Robinson has 10 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents with a focus on depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. To learn more about Elizabeth, please visit www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org.

St. John’s Lutheran School is located at 313 E. Montello Street in Montello. If you have questions about the presentation, please call the school at (608) 297-2866 or e-mail info@stjohnsmontello.org.

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS “Jesus, Our Great High Priest” (based on the New Testament book of Hebrews) is the theme for this year’s midweek Lenten devotions that began Ash Wednesday, 2/14 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel and 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Supper will be served in the St. John’s lower level from 4:15–6:00 p.m. “Jesus, I will ponder now, on your holy passion.” (Hymn 98)

2018 OFFERING COMMITMENTS Winnebago Lutheran Academy…Emmanuel: $2,000 & St. John’s $2,400 – Synod Mission Offering…Emmanuel: $6,000 to CMO & St. John’s: $7,200 “God loves a cheerful giver.” (1 Corinthians 9:7)

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): God doesn’t call the qualified…He qualifies the called.

See the source imageMADIGAN BENEFIT  This afternoon (2/25) from 1:00–4:00 p.m. there will be a benefit for our St. John’s member Anna Madigan at Oyster Crackers and Town Pump (downtown Montello) to help offset medical bills towards her treatment of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer.  There will be numerous raffles, including gift baskets, a cooler of meat, Brewer & Packer memorabilia and more.

Usher Schedule
February 25 E Darrell Buchholz, Paul Wuerch, Joe Heller
(with comm) SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck
February 28 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Don Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke
March 4 E (with comm) Brian Ninneman, Paul Dahlke, Joe Heller, communion assist; Lucas Stelter
SJ Kenon Smith, Chief; Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann
March 7 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Cal Kapp; Chief, Corey Kaul
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
February 25 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
March 4 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
March 11 James & Linda Wachholz
March 18 Scott & Debbie Ritz
March 25 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
2-18 2-21 70 57 182 70
St. John’s Altar Committee

February 2018

Jennie Utke & Susan Brown

St. John’s & Emmanuel Lent & Holy Week Worship Schedule

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Pastor John Dolan

Theme: Jesus Christ is Our High Priest

2/28/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 3 Pastor Rod Dietsche

Peace-Green Lake

3/7/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 4 Pastor Mike Sheppard

Mt. Zion-Ripon

3/14/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 5 Pastor John Stelter

St. John’s-Princeton

3/21/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 6 Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/29/18 Emm – 7:00p.m.

(communion)

Maundy Thursday Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/30/18 SJ – 1:00p.m.

(communion)

Good Friday Pastor Pete Zietlow
4/1/18 SJ – 6:00a.m. & 10:00a.m

Emm – 8:00a.m.

Easter Sunrise & Easter Service

Easter Service

Pastor Pete Zietlow

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A Prayer for Lenten Grace

Loving God,

During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you.

Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayer-full life.

Help me to fast from those things that threaten the well-being of body and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.

Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in so doing, re-discover the grace of gratitude and generosity.

May this season be a grace-filled time to rekindle my love for and faith in you.

Amen.

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Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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