BULLETIN 01/12/20- 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

1st Sunday after the Epiphany

January 12, 2020

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    
XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X 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 in 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. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Jesus is Revealed as Our Perfect Substitute – “Why did Jesus need to be baptized? I thought baptism was for sinners?” That’s a common question among Christians. It doesn’t make sense that our Savior, who was perfectly sinless, would need to be baptized, and yet he was. Why? Because Jesus had come to be our perfect substitute, and he is revealed as such in his baptism. God laid on him the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Even from birth, he endured the effects of our sin. Jesus wasn’t a sinner himself, but he was carrying our sin, pain, and sorrow (Is 53:4). He needed the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness, just as if he were a sinner himself. Jesus received those promises in baptism, just like we do.
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X A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E  X

Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.


OPENING HYMN 710                                                                   Jesus, Once With Sinners Numbered

Please stand


An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God.

 Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Please be seated

PSALM 45                                                                                                        hymnal page 83 

Cantor sings the first line, congregation sings the second line, everyone sings the refrains and Gloria.

XT H E   W O R D X

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                          Isaiah 42: 1-7                        Summary: I will put my Spirit on Him

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his law the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the LORD says– he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

EPISTLE READING                                                                                             Acts 10:34-38

Summary: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.  You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.  You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                  Mark 1:11

Alleluia. You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                        Matthew 3: 13-17   (today’s sermon text)

Summary: The baptism of Jesus

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then John consented.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 89                                                          To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord

SERMON                                                                                                                    Matthew 3: 13-17

“Jesus’ Baptism and Ours”

1. He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness 

2. We were baptized to wear his righteousness

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses


Please be seated

X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X


During the offering, please greet one another and sign the friendship register.

Please stand


The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Baptism of our Lord and Intercessory Prayers (bulletin pg. 13) are spoken by pastor.

P:  Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance. Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                                                                                      Kyrie

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation


                  Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever.  Amen.


At St. John’s and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church we practice closed Communion. If you are a guest at worship today and interested in receiving the Lord’s Supper, please speak with the pastor prior to the service.

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 358                                               How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

                                                           90:1-3                                                 The People that in Darkness Sat

Please stand

PRAYER FOR GRACE                                                                                  

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

L:   ♫       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have

                   brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and

                   grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger;

                   and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ,

                   your Son, our Lord.


Please be seated

CLOSING  HYMN 90: 4, 5                                                      The People that in Darkness Sat

As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.


Activities for the week of January 12 – January 18

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Mon. 9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club at Mt. Zion – Ripon
  6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:00 P.M. Joint Worship Committee meeting at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School & Little Lambs early release
  2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation at St. John’s
  4:00 P.M. St. John’s School Faculty Bible Study
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
  6:30 P.M. Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level begins (week 2)
Theme for Next Sunday January 19 , 2020 The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany: “Christ Is the Savior of All”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie Fabian’s brother), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Melvin Johnson (Beth’s son), Cathy Kolpanen (relative of Tim & Patty Schultz), Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Peggy Russell (Elsa’s daughter-in-law), Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Marvis Wegner, Richard Winkler – (added this week: Gene Crook, Richard Winkler)

– For our communicants at St. John’s

THANK YOU Thank you to Jean Sheller, Kay Maass, and Edith Duesterhoeft for their generous donations toward the purchase of the wreaths gracing the front doors of St. John’s.  And thanks to all the others who offered.  It’s a beautiful way of welcoming everyone into our church.  And a special thank you to Ashley Henke, who uses her creativity and skill to fashion those lovely wreaths.

THANK YOU In loving memory of Raymond Zacharias, a donation was given towards St. John’s front doors repair from family and friends. Thank you.

LADIES AND MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Women’s will resume on Wednesday evenings at 6:30PM, men’s will resume on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. Come study a series of topics: Past Lessons = Present Peace = Future Hope, Basic Bible Stories for Faith and Life.

OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP The sign up for your 2019 offering statement is located in St. John’s link way. Please sign up if you wish to receive yours.

2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES Please pick up your 2020 offering envelopes in St. John’s link way today! Don’t have any? Call the office 297-2866 and Ciara will gladly help you out.

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session will begin Thursday, January 9th in St. John’s lower level.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application today.

MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself!

ART FOR DINNER SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm.

Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner, basket raffles and a silent auction of the children’s art projects.

A few things to think about:

  • Complete informational packets will be sent home with each school family tomorrow.
  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Jan. 13th and will be $25 each. A free hot dog meal will be available for kids 13 years and under. Deadline to purchase is Monday, Feb. 17th. Stop by the office today.  
  • If there is anyone that would like to help with art projects, set up, all the above… please feel free to contact: Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com. The more the merrier!!

MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES This past summer the St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. (many thanks to our generous members for donating!)

WELS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LUTHERAN LEADERSHIP WELS Congregational Services will host the first WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 21-23. The conference will have five keynote presentations that deal with major cultural challenges before every WELS congregation. Twenty-five breakout sessions will deal with issues specific to certain congregations, including overcoming a consumer mentality in church, Christian apologetics, increasing volunteerism, retaining and gaining young members, fully utilizing the gifts of women in ministry, equipping members for personal evangelism, having a “high-expectations” church, strategic planning, using social media for outreach, operating a financially sustainable elementary school, and more. Learn more at register at lutheranleadership.com.

LET’S CELEBRATE Our school has been invited to participate in the WLA Let’s Celebrate Day on Sunday, Jan. 26.  This day focuses on the blessings of Christian education, and we have the opportunity to showcase our school as well as support the WLA Federation.  Three of the federation grade schools will be providing entertainment, while WLA bands and choirs will also be performing.  We will be singing a couple songs to provide about 15 minutes of entertainment. We are asking all K-8 families to join us for this exciting day.  Please respond to let us know that we can plan on your children attending.  The entertainment portion of the day goes from about noon to 3:00.  There will be many other activities going on throughout the school that day, so it gives you a good opportunity to become familiar with the school.  Please note that we are also singing in church here at St. John’s that morning.  Again, please let your teacher know that you can attend.  Thank you!

Pies and tortes needed . . . lots of them! The WLA Boys Basketball team is off to a great start to their season. As a gesture of fan appreciation they will again be serving pie and ice cream this year at Let’s Celebrate. Would you be willing to make the pies or tortes? If so, plan on delivering your dessert to WLA Saturday, January 25th or Sunday morning, January 26th. Contact Jessi Schwartz jessi@fonddulaclaw.com or Jenny Nell at JennyNell13@yahoo.com with any questions, comments or concerns. THANK YOU!

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee January  2020 Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal 
Emm/Usher Schedule  


January 12                

   Emm                                          Don Stelter, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke

     SJ                                             Don Smith; Chief, Zeb Zuehls , Mark Emond, Ben Emond, Kevin Kaul,

January 19                

   Emm                                          Darrell Buchholz, Jim  Stuempges, Joe Heller

     SJ                                             Kenon Smith; Chief, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick, Paul Van Treeck,

Haiden Van Treeck

January 26                                                    

   Emm                                          DuWayne Sommerfeld, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wegner                                                    

   SJ                                               James Wachholz ; Chief, James Henke, Matt Borzick, Nolan Van Treeck,

Martin Schmanke

February 2                                                    

   Emm                                          Darrell Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann,

comm. assist. Lucas Stelter                        

   SJ                                               Don Smith ; Chief, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann,

Jerre Duerr

February 9                                                    

   Emm                                          DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke                      

   SJ                                               Kenon Smith ; Chief, Joe Zauner Sr., Joe Zauner Jr., Jon Vote, Joe Vote

●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org ●●●