BULLETIN- March 8th, 2020 – The 2nd Sunday in Lent

The 2nd Sunday in Lent

March 8, 2020

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

  Pastor Peter Zietlow  


608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
W E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H 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.  
G O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y The Second Sunday in Lent – Saving Faith Trusts in Christ Alone – For most of us who have been acquainted with Christian teachings for many years, it’s an easy question. How are we saved? Answer: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. But for thousands of years, people didn’t have the knowledge of Jesus Christ. They knew only of a Messiah to come. Nonetheless, their faith was placed in the promise of God to send a Savior, and that faith—a forward-looking faith—was credited to them as the righteousness that God demands to enter heaven.


Morning Praise 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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS                                                                    Jesus Our Good Friend

Please stand

MORNING HYMN                                                                                   hymnal page 45 

MORNING SENTENCES                                                                            hymnal pages 45, 46

In these words of Psalm 51 we confess our sin and ask God to deliver us from that sin.

OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD                                                                        hymnal page 46, 47

Psalm 95 encourages us to praise God for his abundant goodness and his powerful deliverance from all things (Venite).


M: Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

XT H E   W O R D X

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                    Genesis 12:1-8

Summary: Abraham believed God’s promise of the Savior and was justified by faith

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

PSALM 121                                                                                                                                        hymnal page 112

Lectern side sings first line, pulpit side sings second line, all sing Refrains and Gloria.

EPISTLE LESSON                                          Romans 4:1-5 (today’s sermon text underlined), 13-17

Summary: Abraham was justified by faith in the Savior not by his own good works

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                               Philippians 2:8b

Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

*Alleluias are omitted during Lent.

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                        John 4:4-26 

Summary: Jesus awakened faith in the heart of the Samaritan woman

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

Please be seated

SERMON HYMN 391                                                   God Loved the World So that He Gave

SERMON                                                                                                         Romans 4: 1-5

“Paid In Full”

  1. Our debt of sin
  2. Jesus payment of blood

Please stand

NICENE CREED                                                                                                                          hymnal page 31

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

THE OFFERING                   

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.

XS E R V I C E    O F    T H E    S A C R A M E N T X

In this service we celebrate the gift of Jesus’ redeeming love, we bear witness to the Christian fellowship we share, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

Please stand

PRAYERS & HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY                                        hymnal pages 32-37

Please be seated for the distribution

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.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 306                                               Before You, God, the Judge of All

                                                        399: 1-2                                   To God Be the Glory

Please stand        

THANKSGIVING PRAYER & BLESSING                                               hymnal page 36,37

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 399: 3                                                                            To God Be the Glory

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


Activities for the week of March 8 – March 14

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
  TBA Luther Prep Coed B Team Tournament
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. Little Lamb’s Dad’s Night 
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
  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
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Theme for Next Sunday March 15 , 2020 Lent 3: “Jesus Gives Spiritual Sight”
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
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS (read by pastor) – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), David Broderick, Gene & Sharon Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Michael Logemann (Fred Logemann’s father), Wendy Logemann, Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Karen Radke, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker, Zaelynn Zuehls – (added this week: Michael Logemann (Fred Logemann’s father), Wendy Logemann, Zaelynn Zuehls) – For the family of Richard Winkler called home to heaven on Sunday (3/1) MIDWEEK LENT 2020 That special and important season of Lent is upon us. 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 Supper starts at 4:30pm at St. John’s. What’s on the menu?! Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, assorted desserts, coffee, water and milk. This week’s supper is hosted by Hands In Prayer. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… 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 NO MEN OR WOMEN BIBLE STUDY UNTIL AFTER EASTER Stay tuned here for details on our next class. GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.  

Church News continued… SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society throughout March.Containers will be located in the entrance at both St. John’s and Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Outreach to Asians & WM/Ukraine Project.  25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects that will be decided by ballot in May and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 25-28, in Athens, Georgia.  Gifts welcome from all who love missions! SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS CONTINUES Each Sunday, beginning at 9:15, we spend a half hour before worship to look at part of God’s Word that is used in worship and in the Meditations for the upcoming week. It is a good way to get more our your worship, and to learn more about God’s Word. 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!) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BUILDERS FOR CHRIST Make a difference today and volunteer to build churches in AZ, TX, or NC. Sign up for any length of time and help these congregations reach even more people in their community. No experience? No problem! Training is provided on site. Volunteers are especially needed March-April. Learn more: www.kingdomworkers.com/volunteer or call Kingdom Workers @ 414-771-6848.    


School News SCHOOL 90TH ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE & CELEBRATION MEAL For 90 years God has blessed St. John’s Lutheran School with the privilege of sharing Christian education with hundreds of students.  It’s time to celebrate!  Parish members, current students and their families, alumni, and former teachers and principals are invited!  This school milestone will be marked by a special worship service, followed by an anniversary celebration meal, on Sunday, April 19.  The day’s events will include a guest preacher, special music by the choir and present school children, history displays, and the meal and fellowship.  To assist us with meal preparation, please sign the meal reservation signup at either church,  or   email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   or   call the church office 608-297-2866.  Reservation deadline is Sunday, April 5. 90 YEARS OF ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL Do you have old pictures or document related to the history of our elementary school. We are especially looking for items from the early years up into the 1950s. Talk to Pastor Dolan if you think you have something. LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS 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. SAVE THE DATES! *St. John’s School & Little Lambs Spring Break: March 23-27 *Family Easter Festival: Saturday, April 4. We are planning for 100 children plus family members.  How can you help?   Pray that God would bless our efforts to reach out with the Gospel message this Easter season.  Donate monetary gifts to help defray costs for supplies for our festival.  We will once again fill Easter baskets and, new this year, we will give children an opportunity to make the “12 Eggs of Easter”.  Volunteer your time and talents on the day of the festival  Please contact Lynn Sellnow to donate or volunteer. My email is lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org  or call 616-826-0816 Thank you for helping to share the joyful message of Easter in our community! To God be the Glory as we work together! *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.  

SJ Usher List


James Wachholz’s                                                                                                Dates For Ushering

  1. Kenon Smith                                                                3/11,3/15,4/26,6/7,7/19,8/30,                                                     2.    Chris Smith                                                                   10/11,11/22,11/25,12/27,2/7

3.    Robin Smith                                                                    for a total of 11 days                                        

4.    Thomas W

5.    Kenny W 

Paul Van Treeck’s                                               

  1. Matt Borzick                                                          2/26,3/1,4/8,4/10,4/12,5/24,
  2. Ken Borzick                                                             7/5,8/16,9/27,11/8,12/16  
  3. James Henke                                                           12/20,1/24  for a total of 13 days
  4. Zeb Zuehls

*Haiden Van Treeck

*Nolan Van Treeck

Jerre Deur’s

  1. Joe Zauner Sr.                                                                3/4,3/8,4/19,5/31,7/12
  2. Joe Zauner Jr.                                                8/23,10/4,11/15,13/23,12/2412/25,1/31   
  3. Gordon Krause                                                                                for a total of 12 days
  4. Kevin Kaul
  5. Corey Kaul

*Joey Zauner

*Nathan Zauner   

Ben Jaster’s

  1. Jake Jaster                                                       3/18,3/22,5/3,6/14,7/26,9/6,
  2. Matt Neuhauser                                                 10/18,11/29,12/31,1/3,2/14                                                                                                                       

*Ethen Neuhauser                                                              for a total of 11 days                                      

  • Jeff Reimer                                                                                       
  • Mark Emond
  • Ben Emond


Jim Eisermans’s

  1. Chuck Boetcher                                                      3/25,3/29,5/10,6/21,8/2,9/13,
  2. Jessie Schable                                                         10/25,12/2,12/6,1/10,2/21
  3. Mitch Simon                                                                  for a total of 11 days
  4. Gerhardt Voight

Al Rosenthal’s

  1. Glen Bubolz                                                             4/1,4/5,5/17,6/28,8/9,9/20,
    1. Martin Schmanke                                                  11/1,12/9,12/13,1/17
      1. Jon Vote                                                                        for a total of 10 days
      1. Richard Frietag
      1. Aaron Kendall

*Joe Vote


SJ Greeter Schedule

Feb. 2                Susan Brown & Jennie Utke

Feb. 9                Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

Feb. 16              Jim & Diane Eisermann

Feb. 23              Kenon & Mary Smith

March 1             Aaron Kendall & Chrisopher

March 8             Jerre & Gloria Duerr

March 15          Scott & Debbie Ritz

March 22          Elsa Russell & Dixie Wagner

March 29          Bernice Wegner & Linda Lou Wacholtz

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
3-1                                  3-4 85                                   75 110                                48
St. John’s Altar Committee March  2020 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte 
Weekly Schedule

at St. John’s

Midweek 3, March 11, 2020

The Promised Warrior

Isaiah 42:13 (Pastor Michael Sheppard, Ripon)

The Passion History Part 3

Hymns: CW93, CW122, CW595

Midweek 4, March 18, 2020

The Hidden Warrior

John 11:33-37 (Pastor Nicholas Haasch, Green Lake)

The Passion History Part 4

Hymns: CW123, CW124, CW593

Midweek 5, March 25, 2020


Hebrews 4:15 (Pastor John Stelter, Princeton)

The Passion History Part 5

Hymns: CW116, CW424, CW592

Midweek 6, April 1, 2020

The Warrior Faces Satan’s Ally, the World

John 18:38 (Pastor Zietlow)

The Passion History Part 6

Hymns: CW472, CW121, CW588v1,5-7

at Emmanuel                                                           

Midweek 3, March 11, 2020


Hebrews 4:15 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 3

Hymns: CW116, CW424, CW592

Midweek 4, March 18, 2020

Reconnaissance Report: Know Your Enemy

Ephesians 6:12 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 4

Hymns: CW343, CW125, CW 587

Midweek 5, March 25, 2020

The Warrior Rejected by Many Followers

John 6:66 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 5

Hymns: CW434, CW127, CW588v1-4

Midweek 6, April 1, 2020

The Warrior Faces Satan’s Ally, the World

John 18:38(Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 6

Hymns: CW472, CW121, CW588v1,5-7

●●● 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   ●●●