BULLETIN- January 19, 2020

The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany 


January 19, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

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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 533                    I Love Your Kingdom, Lord 

Please stand

CONFESSION OF SINS               hymnal page 38

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, and we plead for his mercy.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORGIVENESS               hymnal page 38

The pastor announces the forgiveness of sins won for us by the perfect life and innocent sufferings and death of Jesus, our Savior.

OH TASTE AND SEE                                                        hymnal page 39

This paraphrase of Psalm 34:8 reminds us of how sweet the good news of salvation is for Christians. Those who take refuge in Jesus, our Good Shepherd, are blessed.


M: Almighty God, you gave your one and only Son to be the light of the world. Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and believed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever.  

C: Amen.

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.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                            Isaiah 49:1-6 

Summary: The Savior of all shines his light and shows his love to all, both Jew and Gentile

Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.  He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.  Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”

And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength– he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

PSALM 89                                                                                   hymnal page 98

Sung in unison.

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                           1 Corinthians 1:1-9    (today’s sermon text)

Summary: God has made us his own children through faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of all

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ– their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way– in all your speaking and in all your knowledge– because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                           Isaiah 49:3

Alleluia. He said to me, “You are my servant in whom I will display my splendor.” Alleluia. 

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!                            

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                           John 1:29-41

Summary: “Look, the Lamb of God….We have found the Messiah!”

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.  I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’   I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.  When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him.  It was about the tenth hour.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!                             

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 27                               O Jesus, Lamb of God, You Are

SERMON by Pastor Dolan                                                                          1 Corinthians 1: 1-9

 “Thank God For What!”

Please stand

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                   hymnal page 41

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 ushers now gather the “Thank-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. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.


The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Epiphany Season (hymnal p. 124, read responsively) and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list. 

Please stand 

LORD’S PRAYER                                                              hymnal page 43

Please be seated

HYMN 538: 1-3                                     The Church’s One Foundation

Please stand

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                             hymnal page 43, 44

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 538: 4-5                                       The Church’s One Foundation

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


Activities for the week of January 19 – January 25

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 
6:30 P.M.Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M.Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Tues.6:30 P.M.Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s 
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
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 meeting  
6:30 P.M.St. John’s Worship
6:30 P.M.Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
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)
6:00 P.M.Joint Council meeting at St. John’s
7:00 P.M.Council meeting at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Fri. Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Theme for Next Sunday January 26 , 2020“Christ–the Light in the Darkness” (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday)
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
8:30 A.M.St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M.Emmanuel Council meeting 
9:00 A.M.St. John’s Adult Bible Study 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship with communion
12:00 P.M.WLA Let’s Celebrate

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, Diane Eisermann, 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, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Marvis Wegner, Richard Winkler – (added this week: Diane Eisermann, Frank Russell)

– For the family of Peggy Russell (Elsa’s daughter-in-law) called home on Tuesday (1/14)

– For the family of Caroline McCabe (Wilma Jaster’s sister-in-law) called home on Wednesday (1/15)

– For our nation

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

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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 has begun. Please join us for week #3 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

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. 

SAVE THE DATE Sunday, February 9 after worship at Emmanuel and St. John’s – Little Lambs and St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School Information meeting.

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 This week we completed our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with John Kaenel and Josh & Rachel Pekowsky.  I am ready to start a new class Wednesday’s at 7:30pm or whatever time fits your schedule. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow

LUTHER PREP SCHOOL-WATERTOWN AUCTION GALA Donations of new items are currently being accepted for the Luther Prep Auction Gala to be held on Saturday, April 18. If you have something to share it can be brought to the Mission Advancement office anytime during the LPS school day. Ideas would include – gift cards for national chains (gas/dining), pair of tickets to an event, and specialty type gift. Another idea is to get some members together and sponsor a “”Congregational Basket”.” If you cannot attend the Gala in person this would be a great way to show support! Monetary donations can be made online: 


Deadline for donations is February 24. Questions? Contact Sue at 920-262-8104. 

Your support benefits future pastors, teachers, and lay leaders.

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

Tickets are on sale! This year, we are fundraising for a school security system. Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. 

A few things to think about: 

  • Complete informational packets were sent home with each family earlier this week. 
  • Tickets are $25 each, a free hot dog meal is available for kids 13 years and under. 
  • 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
  • Need more tickets or don’t have someone to buy them from? Stop by the office today! 
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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. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you!

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.

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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!

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St. John’s Altar CommitteeJanuary  2020Elaine Kelm&Carolyn Rosenthal  

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