BULLETIN February 23,2020 Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday

February 23, 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  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Transfiguration Sunday – Jesus Reveals His Future Glory – There was only one time recorded in Scripture when Jesus revealed his future glory before his resurrection. That one time was on the Mount of Transfiguration, where Peter, James, and John had a firsthand (and terrifying) look at Jesus’ perfect glory. Why did Jesus do this? He did it to give his disciples a glimpse at what the future holds for all believers. They were about to enter a difficult time as disciples. They would see their Messiah crucified. But future glory would follow!
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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.


LITTLE LAMBS & GRADE SCHOOL SING                                             I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb

           Rejoice in the Lord

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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      


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

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                      Exodus 24:12,15-18

Summary: The Glory of the LORD appeared to Israel

The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.”

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai.  For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain.  And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

EPISTLE READING                                                                                             2 Peter 1:16-21 

Summary: Eyewitnesses of Christ’s majesty

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                  Mark 9:7

Alleluia. A voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Alleluia.

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GOSPEL READING                                                      Matthew 17:1-9  (today’s sermon text)

Summary: The Transfiguration of Our Lord

 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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All children 2nd gradeand under are invited to come to the front of church with pastor.

HYMN OF THE DAY 712                                                        Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain

SERMON                                                                                                                    Matthew 17: 1-9

“Jesus Is the Real Thing”  Behold His…

1. Glorious divinity 

2. Heavenly connections

3. Ultimate goal

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YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses


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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.

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The Offering Prayer, Transfiguration Sunday Prayer 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 309                                          Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord

                                                           97                                                                     Down from the Mount of Glory

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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

FAREWELL TO ALLELUIA                                                                                                   read by pastor

CLOSING SONG                                                                                 Alleluia, Song of Triumph

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


Activities for the week of February 23 – February 29

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
  5:00 P.M. Lent by Candlelight at St. John’s
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
  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
  3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Lenten Devotion
  4:30 P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Lenten Devotion
  7:30P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
  4:00 P.M. Boys B basketball game @ Faith Markesan
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (week 6)
Sat. 4:00 P.M. Estrella and MaKinleigh Kaenel baptisms at St. John’s
Theme for Next Sunday March 1 , 2020 Lent 1: “Christ’s Victory Over Satan”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
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
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Diane Eisermann, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker,  Richard Winkler – (added this week: ) – For our 3-5 grade teacher Rachel Naumann who received the Lord’s Call to serve as grade 4-5 teacher and principal at Bethlehem Lutheran School–Hortonville – For Heather Schmidt, currently teaching at St. Paul’s–Franklin, who received the Lord’s Call at our 2/9 St. John’s Voter’s meeting to serve as our 3-5th grade teacher – For Christian education (this past week 2/16-23 was Christian Education week at Little Lambs Pre-school and St. John’s Lutheran School) – For our communicants today at St. John’s  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… At last Sunday’s Voters meeting, St. John’s called grades 3-5 teacher, Heather Schmidt. If you would like to reach out and offer words of encouragement, thoughts, etc. see contact info below. Heather Schmidt 520 W Riverwood Dr. – Apt. 106 Oak Creek, WI   53154-7582 hschmidt@stpaulsfranklin.org THANK YOU! (Sorry so long in coming Oliver’s oxygen levels were best when someone was holding him so guess what I was doing!) Kenon and I would like to thank our church family for all your prayers for little Oliver and also at the loss of Kenon’s dad. Your cards and kind words were so helpful!  Kenon’s father now enjoys his heavenly home and Oliver is now talking to us. Not sure what he is saying but he is using all his words! Not sure where he gets  that from!  Again many thanks for all your prayers. Kenon & Mary Smith & Family LENT BY CANDLELIGHT Ladies, TONIGHT at 5:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Montello, WI is the 3rd annual Lent by Candlelight. It’s not too late to join us for an evening of visiting, beautiful music, scrumptious snacks, and reflection on our Savior’s journey to the cross. There is no charge for this event. Bring your friends and join us!  

Church News continued… 90TH SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY Today, we conclude Christian Education Week in our school,we want to be reminded that we are currently in the 90th year of our schools existence. What a blessing and what a milestone! We are looking for any memory items of historical interest –  pictures, documents, anecdotes. Any time frame is good, but especially in the early year up to and including the 1950s. Contact Pastor Dolan or the call the church  office if you have anything. MIDWEEK LENT 2020 That special and important season of Lent is upon us. Ash Wednesday is this week. All of God’s people at Emmanuel/ St. John’s are encouraged to make time and make plans to worship at one of our midweek worship devotions – 3:30pm at Emmanuel and 6:30pm at St. John’s. “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” is the over theme this year. Lenten Suppers start at 4:30pm at St. John’s. COLLECTING GENTLY USED ITEMS FOR WLA’s SECOND IMPRESSIONS THRIFT STORE  As a service project, Sunday School is currently collecting donations to support Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Parish members are invited to donate items that are clean, in working order, & in good condition–and please only items that will fit in a car for transport.  Please pick up a list of ACCEPTED and NOT ACCEPTED items from the collection box located near the office.  Collecting through Sunday, March 1.  If questions, call Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635. THRIVENT Look for the Thrivent Choice Dollars postcard in St. John’s link way. Questions? Feel free to contact Pastor Zietlow. MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES 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!)  


Church News continued… 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! MEMBERSHIP CLASS Recently I began our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with Amanda Bowman on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us for week #5 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600. SUMMARIZED MINUTES FROM THE 2/9/2020 EMMANUEL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 1) The meeting was opened with a prayer
2) Pastor’s provided his report
3) Lucas Stelter read the minutes from previous meeting which the congregation approved.
4) Wayne Stelter read the financial report which the congregation approved.
Old Business:
5) Update on Kitchen floor project: 2 bids have been received however the members present asked that another bid be solicited and that a bid process also be initiated for carpet replacement in the church.
6) Update on West side AC unit: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC will be replacing the Westside AC unit this Spring.
7) Update on the Parish Hall LED lighting conversion project: The Congregation voted to convert and replace all 7 fixtures with LED bulbs which will be completed within the next few months.
8) Update on survey of Church West property line: The Congregation members voted to commission Rod Steege to survey and update the West property information.
9) Update on furnace evaluation: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC performed an inspection and replaced some components on both furnaces. Steve also indicated that there was no evidence of any pending major failures.


Church News continued… New Business:
1) Election of 2020 officers
The congregation re-elected the following incumbent officers:
a) President – Darrell Buchholz.
b) Treasurer – Wayne Stelter. c) Secretary – Lucas Stelter.
d) Trustee – Duwayne Sommerfeldt and Brian Ninneman.
e) Cemetery committee member – Keith Heller.
2) The congregation voted to set the 2020 CMO (Congregation Mission Offering) goal at $6500. 3) The congregation voted to set a 2020 WLA (Wisconsin Lutheran Academy) contribution amount of $2000. 4) The congregation voted to submit an additional CMO amount of $374 to reconcile the 2019 CMO shortfall to meet the 2019 commitment.
5) The congregation voted to make the following donations:
a) $5000 to St Johns School to help pay down a line of credit balance caused by the need for the installation of a new boiler in the school.
b) $1000 to the Camp Phillip Building Fund.
6) The congregation approved the following member transfers:
a) The transfer of Tom and Donna Kuenn from Peace – Wautoma to Emmanuel.
b) The transfer of Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel to St Johns – Montello.
7) Volunteers for a maintenance committee were solicited which will have responsibility for monitoring the church structure, grounds, and support systems. The committee would report any requirements to the council for consideration and follow up. Bruce Stelter, Gary Wagner, and Darrell Buchholz volunteered.
8) The meeting was adjourned with a closing prayer ST. JOHN’S VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS  Membership Changes:  Via BIC: John Kaenel & Rachel Pekowsky.  Transfers In: Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel-Mecan.  Professions of Faith: Shannon Kaenel, Joshua Pekowsky.  Transfers Out:  Cal Kapp, daughter Tracey Kapp-Powell, granddaughter Bianne to St. John’s-Princeton; Vonnie Kath-Cole to Our Savior-Roanoke, VA. Principal’s Report:  Spelling Bee Feb. 20; Confirmation May 3; tutors & coaches thanked.  Worship Committee:  Congregation thanks for being open to using new liturgies.  Call Meeting:  Heather Schmidt serving at St. Paul’s-Franklin called for Grades 3-4-5.  Election:  Trustees Paul Van Treeck & Gordon Krause; School Board member Ben Jaster.  2020 Parsonage Allowances granted:  Pastor Zietlow $35,000 & Principal Sellnow $16,000.  
School News LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Please see the St. John’s Information Room for Little Lambs fliers, brochures and registration information. First come, first serve! Questions? Please call our Little Lambs Director Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816 or email lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org.   ART FOR DINNER: On behalf of St. John’s school and the Art for Dinner committee, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the constant support and generosity each year with this event. God has given each of us such different talents and it was nice to showcase and use them this weekend.  Thank you to all who came to support, who donated, who helped set up, who cooked and who helped in any other way! And a big thank you to Megan Jaster for all her hard work, time and dedication. Without everyone one of you, this wouldn’t be possible! We are blessed!     P.S. – STILL SAVE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS!  Please save your plastic bottle caps and turn them in to the office. Art for Dinner is saving for a project for next year. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you! LUTHER PREP COED B TEAM BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT March 6-8 is the Lutheran Prep tournament in Watertown. Our B boys will team up with a few girls from Green Lake/Princeton schools and compete. Come support your Jaguars! Stay tuned for times. SAVE THE DATES! Little Lambs Dad’s Night: Tuesday, March 10 6:30pm Easter for Kids: Saturday, April 4, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Vacation Bible School: June 22-25, 8:00am – 11:30am, snack provided. Everyone is invited to the closing service which will be at St. John’s on June 25 at 6:30pm.
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St. John’s Altar Committee February  2020 Jennie Utke & Susan Brown 
●●● 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   ●●●