WORSHIP CHANGE “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Yes, this is definitely a change from what we’re used to. Wisconsin’s state directive “Safer At Home” has changed how we will worship, for now. We need to remember that the power of God’s Word and the comfort of the gospel is not diminished by the way it is delivered. You will hear law and gospel. You will be assured of Christ’s forgiveness. Your faith will be nourished and our trust in God’s unchanging promises will be strengthened.

Perhaps God will use this experience to lead us to never take public worship for granted again. I pray that God is also using this crisis to draw many in our nation to see the value of forgiveness, faith and the Word of God. As He tells us, “My Word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11). If you know of someone who doesn’t have access to these on-line worship opportunities, please let us know. Call (608-297-2866) or email <scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org> church/school secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office or leave a message.

At the encouragement of our church synod leaders, we will be reserving distribution of the Lord’s Supper for its regular and normal use within the gathering of the body of believers, except in special circumstances. We take comfort in knowing that we have two forms of the means of grace – Word and sacrament. Forgiveness received through God’s Word is no less powerful and effective than the sacrament.

Every Saturday at 11am (either at Emmanuel at St. John’s) we will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website <www.stjohnsmontello.org> & linked You Tube channel together with a bulletin file and available for viewing at your convenience. This week’s Maundy Thursday (4/9) and Good Friday (4/10) services will also be recorded and available on-line, or via DVD, printed sermon & bulletin mailings.

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:
– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus
– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace
– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances
– renew our daily devotional life
– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office, by electronic-ACH-auto-pay-direct-depost giving or via credit card at <www.stjohnsmontello.org> menu button “Church Recorded Service” DONATE NOW yellow button. Call  Ciara at the church office for direct deposit giving details.
– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

Church elders, shepherd, trustees, other concerned members and Pastor Zietlow have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Following our governor’s announcement on 3/24, all WI residents are to “stay safe at home”. President Trump also advises that we continue this “social distancing” until May. These are trying times..times for personal reflection, Bible study, devotion and prayer. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are available for emergency home visits. Please reach out to them directly.

Darrell Buchholz at E – (608) 215-7871, darrell.buchholz@gmail.com
Jerre Duerr at SJ – (608) 697-8706, jerre.asc@gmail.com
Jim Eisermann at SJ – (608) 297-8171, jay.diane.eisermann@gmail.com
Wayne Stelter at E – (608) 297-2761, shieldscreamery@gmail.com
James Wachholz at SJ – (608) 369-2635, lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,

Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

The Lord knows the way that I take, and when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

St. John’s School 90th Anniversary Invitation Letter

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“Rejoice in the Lord always.” Philippians 4:4  

March 1, 2020

Dear Alumni, Former Teachers & Principals, School Families, and Parish Members:

For 90 years, God has blessed St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School in Montello with the privilege of sharing Christian education with hundreds of students.  It’s time to celebrate!  This amazing milestone will be marked by a special 10 a.m. worship service at St. John’s, followed by an anniversary celebration meal, on Sunday, April 19.  We invite you to attend and share in the events of this special day—a guest preacher, special music by the choir and present school children, history displays, and an anniversary meal and fellowship.

To help us with preparations, please make your reservation(s) for the meal.  Email to: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   or   call the church office at 608-297-2866   or   send mail to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School Anniversary, 313 East Montello Street, Montello, WI 53949. 

The reservation deadline is Sunday, April 5.

Please bless us with your prayers for St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School’s 90th anniversary celebration and for our day school’s continuance as a light in our community.  We hope you can attend!

James Wachholz, Chairman

90th Anniversary Committee

Welcome Home Kick-Off Sunday 10/13

The Welcome Home initiative is an attempt to address the challenge of members drifting away from church. Learn more from the video below.

Welcome Home Video

“Welcome Home” will kick-off Sunday 10/13 with a special service, sermon and a free breakfast served after the 10am service in the St. John’s church basement.  More “Welcome Home” services will continue through November.

St. John’s Annual Church Picnic- Sunday, July 14th Led by “Koine, The Church Band

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran is holding their annual church picnic Sunday, July 14th at Soldiers and Sailors’ Park on the southeastern shore of Little Green Lake just north of Markesan.  The Outdoor Worship Concert will begin at 10:30 a.m. This year’s worship will be led by “Koine, The Church Band”.  Our own Brian Davison, a son of the congregation, is a member of the band. 

This concert is open to the public.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Immediately following the service we will have a picnic meal.  Roasted pork and hot sandwiches as well as beverages and table service will be provided.

Please bring your own lawn chairs and a friend to enjoy the worship concert experience.  God’s Blessings and we hope to see you there!

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting Koiné. 

Sunday, July 14th at Soldiers and Sailors’ Park 

(Southeastern shore of Little Green Lake just north of Markesan, WI.)  

Outdoor Concert will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

The music will be led by “Koiné.”  

This concert of praise to our Lord is open to the public.

Immediately following we will have a picnic meal. 

Please bring your own lawn chair or a blanket to sit on the grass. 

God’s Blessings to you and yours as we praise our Savior, Jesus.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact St. John’s at 920-398-2928 or 

email church [@] stjohnsmarkesan.net.

Sunday School had a LIVE and LEARN lesson

Sunday School had a LIVE and LEARN lesson to start the SS year.  The SSers and teachers re-enacting God’s Jericho battle plan. Playing the parts of soldiers and priests and carrying the Ark of the Covenant, the SSers learned walls really do fall down when God is in control!