September 13, 2020 Announcement

Announcements

Next week’s theme:-

 September 20, 2020 16th Sunday after Pentecost

“Day of Trumpets” (special service)

Learn About St. John’s Befriended Missionary Paul Nitz

Hello St. John’s Members:

During September, we’d like to introduce you to the 4 WELS missionaries our church supports through the Befriend A Mission program.  Everyone wants friends.  Everyone can be a friend.  Jesus is our ultimate Friend, “who sticks closer than a brother,” (Proverbs 18:24b), and we Christians, no matter our age or circumstance, should take our cues for interacting with others from Him.

A friend shows interest in us & prays for us:  We hope you will read about Missionary Paul Nitz and his family.  The Nitz Family recently returned to the United States after 27 years in Malawi.  Pastor Nitz has accepted a new call stateside to serve as a world mission counselor.  An article that appears in the September issue of Forward in Christ is attached.  Here’s a prayer to use:

God and Father of All Nations:

Lord, you have called Missionary Paul and Susan Nitz and Family back to service in the United States.  After 27 years serving in Malawi, Africa, it makes their homeland almost a foreign country to them.  Aid their re-assimilation into the life and culture here in our country.   Make Pastor Nitz a blessing as he serves and supports WELS world missions worldwide in his new call as a missionary counselor.  Shower the Nitz family with grace in their own lives and the continued privilege and opportunity of seeing how powerful and effective God’s Word is in the lives of people around the world.   In Jesus’ name, we ask.  Amen.

A friend encourages us:  We hope you will take a few minutes this week to write a note, send a card or email, draw a picture (Children can befriend also!) and send it as an encouragement to the Nitz Family: Address:https://forwardinchrist.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Nitz-photo1.png

      Paul & Susan Nitz & Family

      c/o Ann Tolly

      546 N. Tolly Court

      Midland, MI 48636

Email:  pnitz@seelsorger.org

Please sign in this way:

      Your Name(s)

      St. John’s-Montello, WI

      Beaver Dam Circuit

A friend shares with usPresently a fall mission offering is being collected at St. John’s by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) to support our WELS home and world missions.  Everyone with a heart for missions is invited to share a special gift!  A collection container is located in the entrance of church where you pick up your bulletin or contact Linda Wachholz, LWMS Reporter, 608-369-2635. 

For St. John’s LWMS,

Reporter Linda Wachholz

St. John’s Lutheran Church Montello & Emmanuel Lutheran Church Mecan

Updated Response to Worship Concerns Created by COVID-19

July 30, 2020

When will we worship?  An outdoor Saturday service is being added to help members worship in a safe environment. This service will replace the Wednesday evening service.

  • Saturdays @ 4:30 pm  (Any St. John’s or Emmanuel members)-Beginning Saturday, August 15
  • Sunday @ 8:00 am  Emmanuel  (Emmanuel members)
  • Sunday @ 10:00 am  St. John’s (St. John’s members 55 and older)
  • Online worship services continue found at  stjohnsmontello.org 

Where will we worship? Groups should be 50 or less indoors. To provide safe worship experiences, the new Saturday worship service will be held outdoors when weather permits. 

  • Saturday @ 4:30 pm will be an outdoor service on the lawn behind the parking lot of St. John’s. In case of inclement weather, we will move to the sanctuary. 
  • Sunday @ 8:00 am at Emmanuel in the sanctuary
  • Sunday @ 10:00 am at St. John’s in the sanctuary

How will we worship? Providing a safe worship experience is a high priority for the leaders in our congregations. Because the virus continues to spread, and because of the science regarding singing and speaking, the following policies will be continued and new ones enacted immediately:

  • Please use the hand sanitizer upon arrival at the worship service.
  • Masks will currently be optional at all services (see below**) Masks will be available.
  • Designated seating will be provided indoors to provide for social distancing.
  • Please bring lawn chairs for the outdoor service. Some seating and a canopy may be available. 
  • The congregation is asked to not sing for the time being.
  • Services will be shortened to a length of approximately 40 minutes. 
  • A soloist will sing the hymns and any liturgical responses.
  • Continuous communion will be practiced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. The Saturday before the 2nd and 4th Sundays will also include communion. Family units are encouraged to commune together. 
  • The congregations should exit the sanctuary from the back at the end of the service, taking all belongings including the bulletin along with them. 
  • The sanctuary will be cleaned and sanitized between services.
  • **We will abide by any state or local mandates that may change any of these policies

As we hold firmly to the truths of scripture, we know that God continues to keep his promises to us. He has promised the wonderful spiritual blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He has not, however, promised that things will always remain the same. In the words of our synod president, Mark Schroeder, “we recommit ourselves–as individuals, as congregations, and as a synod–to the mission that God has called us to carry out, trusting that he will bless us in that work.” Let us work together as we move forward as a congregation. Let us help, support, and encourage each other as we gather around God’s Word. 

Question or Concerns?  Contact your Elders or pastor

Emmanuel Elders: Darrell Buchholz (608) 215-7871, Wayne Stelter (608) 369-1790 

St. John’s Elders: Jerre Duerr (608) 697-8706, Jay Eisermann (608) 297-8171, James Wachholz (608) 369-4006 – Pastor Pete Zietlow (608) 408-7830
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Updated Response to Worship Concerns Created by COVID-19

St. John’s Lutheran Church Montello & Emmanuel Lutheran Church Mecan 

Updated Response to Worship Concerns Created by COVID-19 

July 30, 2020 

When will we worship? An outdoor Saturday service is being added to help members worship in a safe environment. This service will replace the Wednesday evening service. 

● Saturdays @ 4:30 pm (Any St. John’s or Emmanuel members)-Beginning Saturday, August 15 

● Sunday @ 8:00 am Emmanuel (Emmanuel members) 

● Sunday @ 10:00 am St. John’s (St. John’s members 55 and older) 

● Online worship services continue found at stjohnsmontello.org 

Where will we worship? Groups should be 50 or less indoors. To provide safe worship experiences, the new Saturday worship service will be held outdoors when weather permits. 

● Saturday @ 4:30 pm will be an outdoor service on the lawn behind the parking lot of St. John’s. In case of inclement weather, we will move to the sanctuary. 

● Sunday @ 8:00 am at Emmanuel in the sanctuary 

● Sunday @ 10:00 am at St. John’s in the sanctuary 

How will we worship? Providing a safe worship experience is a high priority for the leaders in our congregations. Because the virus continues to spread, and because of the science regarding singing and speaking, the following policies will be continued and new ones enacted immediately: 

● Please use the hand sanitizer upon arrival at the worship service. 

● Masks will currently be optional at all services (see below**) Masks will be available. 

● Designated seating will be provided indoors to provide for social distancing. 

● Please bring lawn chairs for the outdoor service. Some seating and a canopy may be available. 

● The congregation is asked to not sing for the time being. 

● Services will be shortened to a length of approximately 40 minutes. 

● A soloist will sing the hymns and any liturgical responses. 

● Continuous communion will be practiced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. The Saturday before the 2nd and 4th Sundays will also include communion. Family units are encouraged to commune together. 

● The congregations should exit the sanctuary from the back at the end of the service, taking all belongings including the bulletin along with them. 

● The sanctuary will be cleaned and sanitized between services. 

● **We will abide by any state or local mandates that may change any of these policies 

As we hold firmly to the truths of scripture, we know that God continues to keep his promises to us. He has promised the wonderful spiritual blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He has not, however, promised that things will always remain the same. In the words of our synod president, Mark Schroeder, “we recommit ourselves–as individuals, as congregations, and as a synod–to the mission that God has called us to carry out, trusting that he will bless us in that work.” Let us work together as we move forward as a congregation. Let us help, support, and encourage each other as we gather around God’s Word. 

Online Vacation Bible School

Dear friends,

Summer is a great time to appreciate the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. This summer, many of us are limited in where we can go and what we can do. Because of the concerns surrounding COVID 19, we are not having the St. John’s Soccer Camp this year. Instead, we are pleased to offer our very first “Creation Camp.” This six day, at home Vacation Bible School will allow children and parents to explore the wonders of God’s creation through arts and crafts, science projects and Christ centered devotions.

Packets of goodies will be available at St. John’s for pick up or delivery to your home. In this packet you will find the materials and instructions for six unique projects, snacks and devotions. Each day, a new video will be posted on Facebook and our website guiding families through the devotion and the craft of the day. Each day, students can send in pictures or videos of their crafts and projects; we’ll feature a few “stars” on our Facebook page each day! Families will also be invited to bring their completed crafts for display at our August 2nd Church Picnic. 


Who may participate?
The crafts and devotions are aimed at children ages 4 through 10. Of course, younger children will require more help from a parent . Having older siblings help the younger could be a great way to involve the whole family. 

How may I participate?
Online Registration is open!!! Simply go to –https://www.sjlprinceton.com/page/vacation-bible-school


The six day, at home Creation Camp runs from July 26 through July 31. Packets can be picked up at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Princeton Thursday, July 23rd or Sunday July 26th. Our volunteers can also deliver them to your home upon request. You will be able to select one of those three options when you register.  

Any other questions?
Please email sjlcprinceton@gmail.com or call 920-295-4400 
While we are saddened that we will not be seeing you at Soccer Camp this summer, we hope that you can participate in this online, at home Vacation Bible School experience. 


Yours in Christ,
Pastor Stelter 

Disaster Relief – Storm Damage

Tuesday night’s storm dropped trees on Conner Brumm‘s house and truck, while also damaging multiple buildings on his property. A team is being coordinated from St. Andrew Lutheran Church to go help them with the clean-up on Saturday in Westfield, WI, north of Portage. If you are able to participate message us for details.

If you know of people in the Westfield area that might be able to help as well please spread the word.

Worship Service Restart Plans

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Worship Service Restart Plans

May 24, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Emmanuel/St. John’s,

The time is fast approaching for us to be able to come together for worship – but not quite yet. And when we do begin in-person gathering, things will still be different for a while. There are several precautions and restrictions that will need to be in place.

Your congregation leaders have been closely monitoring the situation and are staying up to date with governments directives and guidance for resuming group gatherings. We have also been following the information and encouragement being offered by our synodical leaders, as well as communicating with and sharing information with neighboring congregations. 

The following plans will be put in place at Emanuel/St. John’s. Please read the following information. Please be understanding and patient as we try to navigate these uncharted and troubled waters. You are welcome to speak with the pastor or church leaders if you have questions or concerns.

  1. General Information
  1. Worship times: 8:00 Emmanuel (Emmanuel members only). 10:00 St. John’s Sunday (St. John’s 55 and older). 6:30  St. John’s Wednesday (St. John’s under 55) by way of emailing the church secretary (scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org) or calling the church office at (608) 297-2866.
  2. The service will be recorded and made available on the church’s website as we have been doing for several weeks.
  3. Pastor Zietlow will provide private personal and family communion to anyone who requests it.
  4. Encouragements 
  1. Anyone experiencing  symptoms of COVID-19 or who is sick should stay home.
  2. Those who are at high risk or uncomfortable with the latest service format should stay home.
  3. Those who have access to and are comfortable with online worship are encouraged to continue worshiping in that manner.
  4. Wearing a mask when in the church building  is strongly encouraged. 
  5. Worshipers are encouraged to practice good hygiene and social distancing. 
  1. Distancing 
  1. Worshippers will be directed to use every other pew. Worship bulletins will be placed in the designated pews. 
  2. Worshipers should enter through the south main church entrance unless they need the elevator. Only the main entrance and elevator entrance area will be open.
  3. The school, gymnasium, church balcony, and basement will not be available.
  4. Gathering inside the building before or after worship is being discouraged. People may gather outside the building following social distance recommendations.
  5. Sanitation and Cleaning
  1. The sanctuary, entrances, elevator, and bathrooms will be cleaned before and after each worship service.
  2. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available. 
  3. There will be no hymnals or other materials in the pews. Worship bulletins are for one use only and should be taken home after the service. 
  4. Offering Plates will be in the narthex.
  1. Worship
  1. Lord willing, we will resume gathering together in limited fashion on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.
  2. The 8:00 am worship at Emmanuel will be for Emmanuel members only.
  3. The 10:00 am Sunday Service at St. John’s will be for those members who are 55 and older and cannot receive the service via technology. Limited capacity of 50.
  4. The 6:30 pm Wednesday Service will be available for everyone who is under 55 and cannot receive the service via technology, and for those who are 55 and younger who have signed up and wish to worship in person. Please sign up for the Wednesday service by emailing the church secretary (scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org) or calling the church office at (608) 297-2866.
  5. The large screen at St. John’s will be used to project the order of service and hymns. Bulletins will be placed in the designated pews where people are allowed to sit. 
  6. There will be limited congregational singing and speaking.  A cantor will assist with the singing and liturgical responses. 
  7. Ushers will wear masks, and the offering plates will be placed in the narthex.
  8. Holy Communion will be celebrated at every service as we reopen. Each person or household will come forward to front using the center aisle and return by way of the side aisles. A “continuous flow” format will be used with individuals and/or families keeping a safe distance apart.
  9. Worshipers will be asked to exit the church from the back to the front.

Some final thoughts. These are unusual times for our world and Christ’s church. Patience, caution, respect and consideration for others, and more is required from all of us. But the Word of the Lord is forever, and we continue to pray, “O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 New International Version (NIV) – Thanksgiving 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Your Daily Devotion for Holy Week – Wednesday

April 8, 2020
The Lampstand
 [The LORD said to Moses,] “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.” (Exodus 25:31)When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) As long as you have light, you will never walk in darkness. A streetlight guides home weary travelers. A nightlight comforts an anxious child. A flashlight guides the way on a dark path.

Click here to listen to devotion online.

In the wilderness tabernacle, God drove away the dark in his Holy Place with a golden lampstand. The lampstand, also known as the menorah, was constructed of solid gold. God told Moses to make the lampstand from one talent, or about 75 pounds of solid gold. The lampstand had a center column with six branches extending from it, creating seven branches. These arms resembled the branches on an almond tree, with ornamental knobs, ending in a flower at the top.

Although this object is sometimes referred to as a candlestick, it was actually an oil lamp and did not use candles. Each of the flower-shaped cups held a measure of olive oil and a cloth wick, which gave off a small flame. Aaron and the priests were to keep the lamps burning continuously.

The golden lampstand was placed in the Holy Place, opposite the table of showbread. Because this chamber had no windows, the lampstand was the only source of light. Not only was it ornamental, it was critical for sight.

Like all the other tabernacle furniture, the golden lampstand foreshadowed Jesus Christ. There is other symbolism. Seven, the Hebrew number for completeness, pointed to God’s complete presence, protection, and guidance. God designed the lampstand to look like almond branches. The almond tree blooms very early in the Middle East, in late January or February. Its Hebrew root word means “to hasten,” telling the Israelites that God is quick to fulfill his promises. Perhaps the almond branches also reminded the people of Aaron’s staff, which was a piece of almond wood.

But the golden lampstand’s chief purpose was to point to the true Light that gives life and salvation, and that is Jesus Christ. Jesus told the people: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

His light shined in his perfect life of love. It shined when he hung in the darkness of Good Friday and cried out, “It is finished.” With that cry, he proclaimed his victory over the darkness of sin, death, and the devil. He confirmed that victory in the early morning light of the first Easter. Jesus shines the light of salvation on us in his Word.

How dearly we need to rely on our Light. He drives away the darkness of the devil’s accusations, reminding us that we are forgiven. And when the fear of death surrounds us or a loved one, our Light lives to assure us of victory over death’s darkness. When you live in the Light, you will never walk in darkness.Christ be my leader by night as by day,
Safe through the darkness, for he is the way.
Gladly I follow, my future his care;
Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there. Amen. (CW 367:1) Rev. Dr. John Boeder serves Martin Luther College as campus pastor.