Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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OCTOBER 21, 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!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Dear Heavenly Father: I come to your house today to worship you, to give you the praise you deserve and the prayers and hymns you desire. Through your Word and Sacrament, come to me. Take me by the hand and lead me to the cross where your Son offered sin’s sacrifice once and for all. Forgive my sins, strengthen my faith, assure me of my salvation, and inspire and empower me to do good works. Teach me today to look up to Jesus and live by faith. Bless my worship. Amen.

TODAY’S SERVICE Today we take a break from our usual liturgical service w/ readings, hymns, and sermon, and view a 40-minute DVD recently produced by the WELS entitled: “To the Ends of Earth.” Our lone Bible reading is from Acts.  Acts 1:8-11 describes Jesus’ ascension 40 days after Easter where he commands his disciples: “You will be my witnesses…TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”  Acts 16:6-40 describes the Apostle Paul’s mission trip to Philippi where he and his traveling companions meet Lydia, a slave girl and a jailer and his family. It shows how Paul connected people from all walks of life, demonstrating that the good news of Jesus is indeed for all people to the very ends of the earth.


K3–8th GRADE SINGS “Go!” (lyrics below)

  1. Go into the world, and tell all creation

that Jesus Christ is the One who saves.

Go into the world, and tell eve’ry nation salvation

has come to them today!

Young ones and old ones and those in between,

go make disciples for Jesus the King.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

2. Baptize them in the name of the Father,

the name of the Son and the Spirit, too.

Teach them to obey what Jesus commanded,

and teach them in love just as Jesus taught you.

He said that sometimes the road would be rough,

but he’ll be with you and that is enough!

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

3. Go into the world, and tell all creation

that Jesus Christ is the One who saves.

Go into the world, and tell eve’ry nation

salvation has come to them today!

Some will not listen, but some of them will,

when you bring tidings of peace and good will.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

4. Baptize them in the name of the Father,

the name of the Son and the Spirit, too.

Teach them to obey what Jesus commanded,

and teach them in love just as Jesus taught you.

Time’s growing short and we do not know when

Jesus the King will come back again.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

Salvation has come. Not ev’ryone knows.

Go into the world.       GO!


Luther writes in the Large Catechism: “Christ himself entrusted absolution to his Church and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. So if there is a heart that feels its sin and desires consolation, it has here a sure refuge when it hears in God’s Word that through a fellow human being, God absolves a person from sin.”

The following order may be used when someone seeks the ministry of a pastor or other fellow Christian to make personal confession.

Minister: In the name of our God, to whom all hearts are open and from whom no secrets are hidden. Amen.

Minister and Penitent: O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy, and in your faithfulness, come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

Penitent: Almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and repentant sinner, confess that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, my words, and my actions. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved others as I should. I am distressed by the sins that trouble me and am deeply sorry for them.

Here the penitent may confess specific sins.

Minister: Jesus says to his people: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” His death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world. Do you believe this?

Penitent: Yes, I believe.

Minister: Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins. Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life.

Minister and Penitent: O Lord, my God, I called to you for help, and you answered me. I thank you for the love you have shown me in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Through him you have rescued me from the guilt of my sin and given me the peace of forgiveness. Help me fight against temptation, correct whatever wrongs I can, and serve you and those around me with love and good works. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Minister: Go in peace. The Lord be with you.

BIBLE READING: Acts 1:7-11 & 16:6-40 

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.


HYMN 568:1-2 “Good News of God Above” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


CHILDREN’S MESSAGE, SONG, AND GIFTS (during the offering, see below) (tune: The Itsy Bitsy Spider)

Go and tell the world about the Savior’s love

How he died for all sent down from heav’n above

You can be my witnesses everywhere you go

Share the news of Jesus so all the world can know



– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Ron Fuerstenau (Bill’s grandfather), Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Lt. Col. Johnson’s husband (friend of Mark Emond), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Anna Madigan, Lily Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For Maisie Nicole Stalker, the daughter of Megan and Willy Stalker, baptized on Monday (10/15) at St. John’s

– For those affected by local flooding and Hurricane Michael


HYMN 568:3-4 “Good News of God Above” (printed in hymnal, all sing)



The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost:

The Gift of Spiritual Sight

Sun. 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
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
NO Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
Tues. NO 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 Class at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost:

The Gift of Spiritual Sight

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
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. Youth Group

THANK YOU to Joe Zauner Sr. for the matched donation of $2,200.00 from WE Energies to St. John’s. We deeply appreciate it.


$287.00 was collected at St. John’s for the current Beaver Dam Circuit LWMS home and world mission projects.  75% of the total will benefit Campus Ministry New Starts and Haiti Projects.  25% will go to home and world mission projects to be decided by voting in May and announced at the upcoming 2019 LWMS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.  Thank you for loving missions!

LWMS “FUN” QUIZ WINNER  At the Befriend A Mission display in the linkway during September, a number of inidividuals entered our “Fun” Quiz.  By getting all the answers correct, their names were entered in a drawing.  Cassie Doering is this year’s winner.  She will receive a box of cards, pen, and LWMS stickers for sharing encouragement with missionaries!

ST. JOHN’S DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! If you sat with Lifetouch for a photography session and had a Lifetouch photo put into our new directory, come pick up your free directory in the link way. If you submitted your own photo and would like a directory, they can be purchased for $10.00 ea.

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

WANTED FOR BOOK FAIR The following items are wanted for use & decorating this year’s book fair: clothes rack, clothes hangers with clips (need about 25), artificial Christmas trees (5ft & under), white Christmas lights, Christmas light up deer, fairies, butterflies, unicorns, knomes, butterflies, etc.  Anything that would work for our theme, “A Christmas Enchanted Forest”.  If anyone has & is interested in donating/helping, please contact Heather Schwochert at 608-369-1084.  Thank you everyone!

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS There is no Men’s Bible Class this week. Class will continue next week, October 31, at St. John’s.

GRIEFSHARE A 13-week session has started at St. John’s. We meet in the lower level at St. John’s at 6:00p.m.  Feel free to call or leave a message with any questions or concerns (608) 697-1600 Mark Emond

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.

If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): We’re called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc.  We just need a couple extra volunteers to call on occasionally to help out upstairs.  No one will be expected to create powerpoints or copy the dvd’s, just learn how to record a service and run the powerpoints for services.  “Many hands make light work.”

See the source imagePRISON CARD MINISTRY  At St. John’s, we collect card fronts from Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and general greeting (thinking/praying for you) cards, so save them for us and deposit them in the collection box outside the office.  We then write encouraging Christian messages on them and share them with Institutional Ministries.  In turn, they are shared with prisoners.  We’d love to have your help!  Writing the cards is something all ages can do–even parents & their children could do this as a service project at home!  Contact Linda Wachholz (608-369-2635).  Our goal is to complete cards by mid-November.

BE HEALTHY IN BODY, SPIRIT AND MIND Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin (LCFS) offers professional mental health counseling to adults, adolescents, children and families that are experiencing  anxiety, depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), life transitions, grief, relationship issues, substance abuse and much more.  Our counselors see clients at 10 locations across the state, as well as in participating elementary and middle schools. If you know someone who may benefit from the caring services of our professional counselors, please encourage them to learn more about LCFS and call for an appointment. LCFS has offices in Central and Northeastern Wisconsin in Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano and Green Bay. LCFS accepts most insurance coverages, is licensed by the State of Wisconsin and provides outpatient services to all. Learn more at www.lcfswi.org or call us at 888-867-4840.

ADOPTION SERVICES Whether you or someone you love is facing an unplanned pregnancy or you are considering growing your family through adoption, the professional counselors at Lutheran Family and Counseling Services of Wisconsin can help. Our staff helps everyone involved explore the social, financial and emotional issues involved in a decision to keep and raise a child or giving a child up for adoption. All of the children served in our adoption program are placed in strong Christian families and we ensure we provide the best outcome for all involved – the birth parents, the adoptive families and most importantly, the child. Learn more at www.lcfswi.org, or contact us at 888-867-4840.

THRIFT STORES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Second Time Around Thrift Store102 West Franklin in Berlin, WI  is looking for volunteers willing to give just a few hours a week working at this store. We offer flexible hours for both men and women and promise of time well spent! This store is run completely by volunteers and proceeds from sales come back to the store in the form of care and support from Lutheran Counseling and Family Services which provides counseling services for mental health issues, addiction and adoption. Volunteers are need to sort donations, mark prices, display merchandise, test or repair small electronics or appliances or work the check out. Please consider volunteering a few hours a week to this worthy cause! It means SO much to SO many! For volunteer information, contact the Store Manager at (920) 361-0334.

THE TOP FIVE CONCERNS A recent study named the top five most significant problems facing society today as being family breakdown, alcohol and drug abuse, chronic mental health concerns, equality issues and caring for aging parents. Not ironically, Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin works daily to resolve these issues through marriage and family counseling, treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse, child and adolescent counseling and addressing geriatric mental health issues. You or a loved one do not need to struggle alone. Help is available. LCFS has satellite locations across the state with highly skilled and compassionate therapists who can help individuals steer through even the darkest of times. Seeking counseling is an act of courage. If you are ready, contact us at 888-867-4840 or find a location near you at www.lcfswi.org.

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
10-14 10-17 85 120 7
St. John’s Altar Committee:

October 2018

Elaine Kelm


Carolyn Rosenthal

St. John’s Greeters Schedule
Oct 21 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Oct 28 Al & Carolyn Rosenthal
Nov 4 Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner
Nov 11 Linda Lou Wacholtz & Karen Wojtalewicz
Nov 18 Don & Doris Smith
Nov 22 James & Linda Wachholz
Nov 25 Ron & Evie Blada


A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.

“Momma, look what I found,” the boy called out.

“What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered:

“I think it’s Adam’s suit!”


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A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”

After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”

To which his father replied….”Yes, and they WALKED everywhere they went!”

Usher Schedule
October 21



Duwayne Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Brian Ninneman

Cal Kapp; Chief, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond

October 28


(with comm.) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Jim Steumpges, Paul Dahlke

James Wachholz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Thomas Wojtalewicz

November 4

(with comm.) E


Lucas Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Joe Heller, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck

November 11


(with comm.) SJ

Don Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Duwayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher

November 18



Brian Ninneman, Paul Wuerch, Don Stelter

Don Smith; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

November 21

Thanksgiving E

Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke
November 22

Thanksgiving SJ

Kenon Smith; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag
ovember 25


(with comm.) SJ

Duwayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Gergardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

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Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

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

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

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