Due to Governor Ever’s 3/24 “Stay Safe At Home” declaration, all communion services are postponed until further notice. Contact Pastor Zietlow 608-408-7830 (talk/text) for any emergencies.”
1 “God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s. However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Church Recorded Service” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.
4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”
Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website “Church Recorded Service” menu button and YouTube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.
7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
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 or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.
– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear
8 Come and see what the Lord has done.
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Church elders and I 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. Lord-willing and law-permitting, we would also like to offer communion distribution (up to 8 communicants at a time) every Sunday from 9-11am at St. John beginning 3/29. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for home visits. Please reach out to them directly or by calling the church office.
“The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46
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)
|“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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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” 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.
| JUNE 2 |
|Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, Joe Heller, (comm. assist) Lucas Stelter Jack Yates; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall|
| JUNE 9 E |
(with communion) SJ
|Darrel Buchholz, Bob Ferber, Gary Wegner Don Smith; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr|
| JUNE 16 E |
|DuWayne Sommerfeld, Jim Stuempges, Paul Dahlke Kenon Smith; Chief, Robin Smith, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag|
| JUNE 23 E |
(with communion) SJ
|Wayne Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Joe Heller Cal Kapp; Chief, Gerhardt Freitag, Mitch Simon, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz|
|JUNE 30 E SJ||Lucas Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Gary Wegner James Wachholz; Chief, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls|
|JULY 7 (with communion) E SJ||Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke, (comm. assist.) Wayne Stelter Jack Yates; Chief, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick|
|JULY 14 E (with communion) SJ||Brian Ninnemann, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller Don Smith; Chief, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck|
|JULY 21 E SJ||Darrell Buchholz, Warren Buchholz, Gary Wegner Kenon Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher|
|JULY 28 E (with communion) SJ||DuWayne Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke Cal Kapp; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith|
|June 2||Scott & Debbie Ritz|
|June 9||Elsa Russell & Linda Lou Wacholtz|
|June 16||Al & Carolyn Rosenthal|
|June 23||Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner|
|June 30||Karen Wojtalewicz & Susan Brown|
|July 7||Don & Doris Smith|
|July 14||James & Linda Wachholz|
|July 21||Ron & Evie Blada|
|July 28||Paul & Christa Van Treeck|
Here is the parking layout for Saturday. The yellow areas are where we can park. We can use the Catholic parking lot after 5pm, we can park up and down Church street and up and down Clay street and the overflow parking will be in the field which can be entered off of Park street.
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!