Bulletin – April 25, 2021

The 4th Sunday of Easter

Confirmation Sunday

St. John’s & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Pastor Pete Zietlow

April 24, 2021

4:30p.m. St. John’s

April 25, 2021

8:00a.m. Emmanuel, 10:00a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church
Address: 313 East Montello St.   Montello, WI 53949
Office: 608-297-2866
Pastor Zietlow: 608-408-7830
Website: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church
Address: W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    
  WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA! We extend a warm welcome to everyone worshiping with us today! We ask God that he fill our hearts with peace, joy and understanding as we praise Him together during this Easter season.  

Sunday: 8:00a.m. at Emmanuel                     10:00a.m. at St. John’s
*Please note: congregation sings during worship.

Saturday: 4:30p.m. at St. John’s
*Please note: congregation does not sing during worship. Instead, a soloist sings.  

Each worship service is posted to our website. If you don’t have internet access or are unable to attend today’s service, DVDs, sermons and the bulletin are available for your use at home. You may pick them up in the office or request them to be mailed. Please contact our secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office or Pastor Zietlow.  

HOLY COMMUNION Communion is offered at both Emmanuel and St. John’s on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and at St. John’s on the Saturdays before those Sundays. Private communion by request is also available from Pastor Zietlow or a church Elder at your home. Please call Pastor or the church office to schedule private communion.  

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Today’s theme: The 4th Sunday of Easter – The Risen Lord Is Our Shepherd – Jesus is our Good Shepherd. We are his sheep. Our Good Shepherd loves us so much that he gave his life for us. He knows us all by name. He protects us from our enemies. He gives us courage and strength. He continually brings more sheep into his fold. He promises heaven to all who believe in him. How great is the love that God has lavished upon us!

P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R   W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.

OPENING HYMN                                                            CW 249, “God of Mercy, God of Grace”

S E R V I C E   O F   W O R D   &   S A C R A M E N T

Please stand.

M:           The grace of our Lord † Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C:            And also with you.

CONFESSION OF SINS                                                                                                    

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his

law, and we plead for his mercy.

M:           God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.            

C:            Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

M:           God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit.

C:            Amen.



M:           For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

M:           For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

M:           For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

M:           Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:

M:           The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.



M:           Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father’s house forevermore; for you live and reign with him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

T H E   W O R D

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

FIRST LESSON                                                                                                                        Acts 4:23-33

Summary: The early church: one in heart and mind in the Good Shepherd

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

“‘Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.[a][b]

27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…

PSALM  23                                                                                

* Sing refrain, read verses in unison.

The LORD is my shepherd,*

I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;*

he leads me beside quiet waters.

He restores my soul;*

he guides me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,*

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.*

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,*

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son*

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,*

is now, and will be forever. Amen.


EPISTLE LESSON                                                                   1 John 3:1-3 (today’s sermon text)

Summary: We are children of the heavenly Father–adopted sheep of the Good Shepherd

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be, has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                               John 10:14

M:           Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Alleluia.  

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                John 10:11-18   

Summary: Jesus is our Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Please be seated.

HYMN OF THE DAY                                             CW 375, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is

SERMON                                                                                                                            1 John 3:1-3

“Our Father Is God”

John describes what’s involved in…

  1. Becoming God’s child
  2. Being God’s child

Please stand.

NICENE CREED             

All:         We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Please be seated.

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

THE OFFERING Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained.  Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. The plate is located in the church entryway.


At St. John’s Sunday service, the congregation receives our confirmands into communicant membership through the Rite of Confirmation and prays for their eternal blessing.

These young Christians have successfully completed a study of the Holy Scriptures on the basis of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. They have also expressed a desire to join the communicant members at St. John’s in receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is our privilege to welcome them to the Lord’s table and to offer our ardent prayers on their behalf.

These young Christians are entering some of the most formative years of their lives. Satan will work overtime to pull them away from Jesus and a regular study of his Word. We pray the Lord to keep them safe according to his baptismal promises to them, that they remain faithful to him in their regular use of Word and Sacrament until the day he welcomes them and all the saints to sit at the table of his heavenly banquet. God grant this for Jesus’ sake!

ADULT CHOIR                                                                      “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”


The Offering Prayer, Good Shepherd Sunday Prayer, Confirmand Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcement details of today’s Intercessory Prayers.

Please stand.


All:         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.                                     

T H E   S A C R A M E N T

Our Lord Jesus has given us a holy supper in which we receive his true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our faith. In this supper we celebrate the gift of his redemption, we bear witness to the fellowship we share as confessors of the truth, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

M:           The Lord be with you.

M:           Lift up your hearts.

M:           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

M:       Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

            He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms and placed all things under his feet for the benefit of the Church.

Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.




M:       Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

M:           The peace of the Lord be with you always.


Agnus Dei

Please be seated for the distribution.

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church we practice close 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 stand.


M:       Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

M:       Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and (+) give you peace.

Please be seated.

CLOSING HYMN                                               CW 152:2-3, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”

Cantor: (spoken) “But now, this is what the Lord says – ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I have called you by name; you are mine.’ ”

  1. I   know that   my    Re   –   deem –  er        lives;      What com-fort
  2. When Satan’s  lies    tempt    me       to        sin,          Give    me  the
  3. Let  me  con – fess    with      all        my      breath,      I       will    be

this    sweet     sen  –  tence     gives.      He     lives, he     lives       who

strength   to     not      give     in.            Lord,   keep  me    honest, faithful

faith  –  ful       un   –   til        death.      Since  you have    given   me   the

once     was       dead,      He    lives my   e  –  ver  –  liv –  ing      Head!

pure,    and        true;       Giv  –  ing my    heart and   praise   to    you.

gift        of         faith,      I        will  re  –  ceive the    crown  of     life.

Cantor: (spoken) “I have called you by name; you are mine.”

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Class of 2021 St. John’s Lutheran Church Montello, Wi


Alyssa Lynn Mann

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.”   Psalm 31:24

Emma Elizabeth Mann

 “We love because he first loved us.”   1 John 4:19

Katie Sue Mann

 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”   Psalm 23:4

Olivia Irene Zuehls

“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

Congratulations to this year’s confirmands!

May the Lord bless you and keep you in the faith, now and forever.


April 25 – May 1

Sun. Teen Confirmation
8:00a.m.Emmanuel Worship  with communion
 10:00a.m.St. John’s Worship  with communion
Mon.6:30p.m.Joint Choir at St. John’s
Tues.8:00a.m.School Chapel
 6:30 p.m.Joint Council meeting at St. John’s
Wed.10:00a.m.Montello Care Center Devotion
 11:40a.m.Early School Release
Thurs.6:00p.m.Griefshare at St. John’s
 6:30p.m.Evangelism meeting at St. John’s
Fri.4:00p.m.School softball game home vs Pardeeville
Sat.10:00 a.m.Private baptism for Aurora Hagman (Charlie & Alyssa Hagman)
 4:30p.m.St. John’s Worship
  Next week’s theme:
May 2, 2021
The 5th Sunday of Easter :
Fruits of Faith Flow from our Connection to the Risen Lord  
8:00 a.m.   Emmanuel Worship  
9:00 a.m.Emmanuel Council meeting
10:00 a.m.St. John’s Worship  

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS (read by pastor) – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Jim & Caryl Bassett, Pat Bornick, Cheri Borzick, Darlene Burrough (Judy Fandrey’s niece), Sharon Crook, Liola Crown, Roberta Davison (Beth John’s daughter), Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Ken Elmer, Mike Farrell, Kelleen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Louise Hillmer, Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Xzander Jahr, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Luanne Mittlesteadt, Phil Nelson (Melanie Zuehls’ step-father), Kathy Ninneman, Kathy North, Al Pompa (Pete & Lucy Laun’s brother-in-law), Karen Radke, Jeff Reimer, Wilma Rudolph, Don & Doris Smith, Mary Smith, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Dixie Wagner, John Wildt, Harold & brother Paul Wuerch – (added this week: Ramona Wacholtz) – For our teen confirmands – For our communicants  

CROSSES Located in the link way of St. John’s and parish hall of Emmanuel are interactive wooden crosses made by our Emmanuel member Gene Crook. Thank you, Gene! If you would like one to take home, please help yourself. A variety of church year season “scarves” and descriptive cards will be available for pickup soon. We would also like to thank LuAnn Zieman, our St. John’s member, and a few other ladies who took the time to put these crosses together.   

JOINT EMMANUEL/ST. JOHN’S CHOIR All Emmanuel and St. John’s members are invited to join on Mondays at St. John’s at 6:30pm. We will wear masks and socially distance for the time being. All members high school and older  are invited to join as they feel comfortable.  Please contact Lynn Sellnow @ lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org or phone 616-826-0816 if you have questions. It is good to praise the Lord!   

SPRING LWMS MISSION OFFERINGS totaled $674.00 at St. John’s!  World Mission Latin America Special Projects and the Home Mission Pastoral Studies Institute are the current Beaver Dam Circuit projects that will benefit.  Also, the 

LWMS SPRING SERVICE PROJECT for the Seminary Food Pantry totaled $72.00.  Thank you to all who shared offerings!    

LITTLE LAMBS HOUSE CLEAN UP PROJECT The former “Little Lambs House” will soon be demolished. As good stewards, we would like to salvage and resell the usable items in the house. On Saturday, May 1, there is a work day scheduled to clean out the house. Many volunteers are needed. We will sort and store some items, do some deconstructing of usable items in the home , and prepare items for resale or donation. Lunch and drinks will be provided, as will cleaning supplies and health and safety supplies. We will begin our work at 9:00.  Please contact Lynn Sellnow if you can help. lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org 616-826-0816. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us, establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17  

CHURCH GARAGE SALE Save the date: June 5 & 6! Starting in May, we will be accepting donations to sell. All proceeds made will go towards the Little Lambs house demolition. If you would like to volunteer, please call the office. Thanks!

LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION OPEN We are currently accepting registrations for St. John’s Little Lambs 2021-2022. Forms are available from the school office or from Lynn Sellnow.  

FREE MEAL SIGNUP FOR SCHOOL FAMILIES ONLY Hello School Families! Please find the link on our school Facebook page to sign up for free meals. Breakfast and lunch included! The offer is good until May. Meals will be dropped off on Wednesdays at St. John’s.  

LITTLE LAMBS HOUSE CLEAN UP PROJECT The former “Little Lambs House” will soon be demolished. As good stewards, we would like to salvage and resell the usable items in the house. On Saturday, May 1, there is a work day scheduled to clean out the house. Many volunteers are needed. We will sort and store some items, do some deconstructing of usable items in the home , and prepare items for resale or donation. Lunch and drinks will be provided, as will cleaning supplies and health and safety supplies. We will begin our work at 9:00.  Please contact Lynn Sellnow if you can help. lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org 616-826-0816. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us, establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17  

LIST OF DEDICICATED ACCOUNTS Want to make a donation and know exactly where your money is going?! Here is a list of accounts between St. John’s Church and School that you can choose from: Church General School General House/Parking Lot Family Easter Festival Sunday School Vacation Bible School School Technology Church Video/Audio System Security System Tuition Assistance Athletic Fund Outreach Events School Server Upgrade School HVAC/Purifying System



On Monday 3/8, the Joint Council met to discuss the 2/25 Joint Worship Committee’s proposals regarding the next phase of our COVID worship guidelines.  Beginning on Easter Sunday 4/4, the JC approved returning to the pre-COVID common forms of liturgy with full congregational singing, masks and social distancing for the Sunday services.  The Saturday service music, however, would continue to be led by a soloist.  The JC decided to replace the 6am Easter Sunrise Service at St. John’s to a 8am Easter Worship at St. John’s. The JC also approved the Joint Worship Committee’s proposal to resume choir practice and school singing after Easter.  Finally, the JC also approved the change in the wording of the COVID plan to encourage in-person worship. We are concerned that some are staying away from in-person worship because the policy states that if a person can watch the service online, he or she is asked to do so.  We feel it is very important for our members to get back to in-person worship when they feel comfortable to do so.  – Pastor Z

Good Shepherd Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Easter – B

God’s Word for Today

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. We are his sheep. Our Good Shepherd loves us so much that he gave his life for us. He knows us all by name. He protects us from our enemies. He gives us courage and strength. He continually brings more sheep into his fold. He promises heaven to all who believe in him. How great is the love that God has lavished upon us!

First Lesson (Acts 4:23-33)

1.             According to verse 24, how did the believers in Jerusalem respond when the Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John to no longer preach in Jesus’ name?

2.             What did they ask for in verses 29 and 30? How did God respond?

3.             Evaluate the following statement: As Christians, we should ask for such things today.

Second Lesson (1 John 3:1,2)

4.             What have we become because of God’s love?

5.             What does John mean when he says, “what we will be has not yet been made known”?

Gospel (John 10:11-18)

6.             Describe Jesus our Good Shepherd.


1.           They responded by turning to God in prayer. What a great example for us today! When we are faced with difficulties, trials and set backs in the Church, let’s always take it to the Lord in prayer.

2.             They asked for boldness to preach and also the special gift of healing and miracles. Luke tells us that they received a special measure of the Holy Spirit and preached boldly. We see in other sections of Acts that some were given the gift of healing and of miracles.

3.             God encourages us to ask him for whatever we desire in our hearts and he promises to give us whatever is for our good. Therefore, it is good and right that we pray for boldness to preach. Through the power of his Gospel, God answers our prayers and gives us strength and courage. Today God does not give all of the same gifts that he gave to the early church. Gifts such as healings, tongues and prophecy were given at that time according to their needs. God could still give such gifts today, but we should never expect them or doubt God if he decides not to give them to us.

4.             Though we were rebellious sinners and slaves to sin, God in his love has adopted us as his dear children. Through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, we are now heirs of heaven. We are sons and daughters of the king. Through God’s great love, we have become the greatest rags to riches story ever told!

5.             Though we are sons and daughters of the King, in this world many times what we are is not so obvious. As believers we may suffer sickness, poverty and disaster. Only when we get to heaven will the glory that is ours be fully revealed.

6.             Jesus our Good Shepherd willingly gave up his life for us his sheep. He protects his sheep. He knows and loves each of his sheep personally. His sheep know and love him. He continually brings new sheep into his flock.

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St. John’s Altar Committee for April 2021: Lucy Laun & Kathy North
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K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554
3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Katlynn Tindall: 262-352-7021
Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689, Email: principal@stjohnsmontello.org
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Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949
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