Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod



AUGUST 26, 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!

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter: We are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

THEME Russia Mission Festival-Sermontation by Pastor Luke Wolfgramm


CHOIR SINGS “This Is My Word” (in place of opening hymn)

(by Pepper Choplin)

As the snow falls from heaven,

As it comes in swirling showers from the sky,

So is my Word.

As the rains bring the water to the earth that is thirsty and dry,

So is my Word.

And the Word of my mouth, it shall not return empty:

It will bless the earth wherever it is heard.

This is my Word.

As the rain brings renewal

And the tender buds begin to come alive,

So is my Word.

Giving seed to the sower,

And the bread to the hungry ’til they thrive,

So is my Word.

And the Word of my mouth, it shall not return empty;

It will bless the earth wherever it is heard.

This is my Word.

O Lord, when I am weary,

When I fell the days I’m living are in vain,

My God, help me be faithful to the Word You have given to proclaim.

Proclaim the Word, and you will go out in joy,

And be led forth in peace,

And the hills will break before you into song.

So be faithful, brave and true,

For I will go before you,

And when your earthly journey here is done.

I’ll say well done, I’ll say well done!

I’ll say well done, well done!

As the snow falls from heaven,

And the rain comes in showers from the sky,

This is my Word.

(Please stand)


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.

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

C: 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.

C: 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.

P: 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?

C: Yes, I believe.

P: 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.

C: 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.

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

(Please stand)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (ready by pastor)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 538:1-3 “The Church’s One Foundation” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMONTATION: 1 SAMUEL (selected verses)

1. Treasure God’s Gift

2. Work and Pray

3. Get Others to Help

SERMONTATION: PART #1 (Treasure God’s Gift)

(Please stand)

HYMN 283:1-3 “Speak, O Savior” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)

SERMONTATION: PART #2 (Work and Pray)

(Please stand)

HYMN 557:1, 4, 5 “On Galilee’s High Mountain” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)

SERMONTATION: PART #3 (Get Others to Help)

(Please stand)

HYMN 543: 1-5 “God of the Prophets” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)


OFFERING PRAYER (read by pastor)

MISSION OF THE CHURCH (spoken responsively)

P: Eternal God and Father, we give you thanks for the blessings we share as members of your holy Church, for your gracious Word and sacraments, for opportunities to worship and to grow in faith and knowledge, for occasions to serve and be served, for fellowship with believers in our congregation and in our synod.

C: Help us to rejoice in these blessings, dear Lord, and to use them faithfully.

P: Jesus Christ, Lord of the Church, you give grace to your people by calling us to be your witnesses in the world. Open our eyes to see the great and noble mission that lies before us. In the hurting eyes of the lonely, in the pained eyes of the sick, and in the searching eyes of the lost, help us to see your face, O Jesus, and to serve others as we would serve you.

C: Awaken us to the opportunities you give to proclaim your message of love.

P: Holy Spirit, giver of life, through Word and sacrament bestow on us the wisdom and power we need to witness clearly and to act boldly. Help us to speak the truth in love, to give the reason for the hope we have, and to conduct ourselves with gentleness and respect.

C: Set our hearts on fire as we work and witness for Christ.

P: Hear us, Lord, as we pray for a family member, an acquaintance, a neighbor, or a friend who does not believe in you, or whose faith is weak or troubled.

Silent prayer.

P: Bless the Church with men and women who are willing to proclaim your Word in places where we cannot go. Keep them and their loved ones in your care, and let nothing hinder their work. By the power of the gospel, restore their spirits each day, so that they do not lose heart as they serve us and others.

C: Move us to support them with our sincere prayers and generous offerings.

P: Wherever your Word is proclaimed, O Lord, grant it success. Let your kingdom come to us and others, so that we and many more might join the assembly of saints and angels to sing your praise forever.

C: Savior of all, hear our prayer and help us in our mission. Amen.


– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Marilyn Bredeson (Karin’s Stellick’s mother), David Broderick, Mike Brown, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Ron Fuerstenau (Bill’s grandfather), Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), RaeLynn Hodgkins (Beth Johnson’s daughter), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Bob Schrank, Joan Schmitz (Lisa Ollendorf’s mother), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Dennis & Romana Wacholtz, Blake Walker, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharrias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: Mike Brown, Mark Russell, Blake Walker)

– For Preston James Jahr, the son of Andrew & Rebecca Jahr, who was baptized yesterday (8/25) at St. John’s

– For Missionary Luke, Jennifer Wolfgramm & family & our WELS mission in Russia

– For our communicants at St. John’s

LORD’S PRAYER (spoken together)


*HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY(hymnal page 35-37, read and sung responsively)

*DISTRIBUTION HYMN 385 “Chief of Sinners Though I Be” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


(Please stand)

CLOSING HYMN 538:4-5 “The Church’s One Foundation” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)



The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

True Obedience

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. Lunch and Presentation at St. John’s
Mon. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s School staff meeting
Tues. 6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study
Wed. 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. St. John’s School Open House
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

True Obedience

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship


Thank you to Pastor Wolfgramm for leading morning worship at both churches with his “Sermontation”. You will enjoy his morning sermon combined with a power point presentation about the work of Russia. After the 10 a.m. service, come for a summer “piknik” lunch (Freewill Offering) in the lower level at St. John’s. Then beginning around *12 noon, the Wolfgramms will do a tag-team mission presentation about Russia which will be completely different from the “sermontation”. (*Times are approximate.)

TODAY A FREEWILL OFFERING FOR RUSSIA IS BEING TAKEN AT BOTH CHURCHES Your prayers and monetary support for missions are greatly appreciated!

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE St. John’s School will have an Open House this Wednesday, August 29th, from 4:00-6:00pm. The students and families can come in, meet their teachers, check out their classrooms and bring/leave any school supplies needed for school. See you then!

SCHOOL HOT LUNCH–HELP WANTED Contact Heather Schwochert at 608-369-1084

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Do you love to sing? Do you enjoy music? Do you love to praise the Lord? Are you looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Would you like to come and hang out with a bunch of great people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please come and give choir a try. We meet on Monday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Our first practice for the fall season will be Sept. 10.

We would love to see you. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Stellick, 920-342-3689.

See the source imageLITTLE LAMBS There are still openings for Little Lambs for the 2018-2019 school year! Call Sara Borck (858) 731-7919 or the office (608) 297-2866 to reserve your spot today!!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is in recruiting mode for 2 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following positions. All expenses are reimbursed by the Church.

1) Sunday School Teacher : This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children between the ages of 6 and 10, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall, during the sermon segment of the service.

2) Sun Shine Position : Based on weekly emails from Pastor Zietlow, this individual will manage the mailing of get-well, sympathy cards, etc. to church members and their families.

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.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Thanks to the men who were able to attend the Bible classes the past three Tuesdays. A total of 16 St. John’s and Emanuel men were able to make at least one of the nights! Watch the announcements for a new study coming in September – a 7 week long study of part of the book of Revelation – “Let’s Talk Turkey.”

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 create and show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc. “Many hands make light work.”

See the source imageST JOHN’S STREAMING ON YOUTUBE Church services are now streaming live to our YouTube channel. To find St. John’s YouTube channel, simply visit our website: www.stjohnsmontello.org/ and click on the VIDEO link in the top menu. Prior videos can be watched on this page or you can click the link to our YouTube channel page where services can be watched live, as they happen.  Be sure to subscribe on Youtube and click the bell icon in the upper right corner of YouTube to get notified of new videos and live streams.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor):  “Don’t let your worries get the best of you; Remember: Moses started out as a basket case”.

CARDS The cards have been restocked! They are located in the lower level of St. John’s. Come check them out and see what’s new!

See the source imageALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to have flowers put on the altar for a special occasion or just to add beauty to St. John’s, please contact our Altar Ladies, Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036 or Elaine Kelm 920-344-0025, and they can have it arranged. Thank you.

“THE LORD IS MY ROCK, MY FORTRESS AND MY DELIVERER.” (2 Samuel 22:2), our 2018-2019 School Year Theme

Below is our Sep-May 2018-2019 Christian Education, Group Meeting Schedule at Emmanuel and St. John’s–Montello

– 9/4 – Monday-Friday – 8am–3pm – SJ School classrooms (SJS-CR): St. John’s Lutheran School K3-8th grade classes begin (Note: every Wednesday early release at 1:40pm)

– 9/4 – Tuesday – 6pm – SJ-LL – Hands In Prayer group begins (monthly–1st Monday of the month)

– 9/6 – Thursday – 12/1pm – SJ-Lower Level (SJ-LL): Ladies Aid Lunch, Bible Study “Women of the Bible”, and meeting begins (monthly, 1st Thursday)

– TBD – Sunday – ? at E Parish Hall (PH): Sunday School TBD begins (weekly?)

– 9/9 – Sunday – 8:30am – SJS-CR: Sunday School (children age 4–8th grade) begins (weekly)

– TBD – Sunday – 9:00am – E PH/Sanctuary: Adult Bible Study (ABS): TBD begins (weekly?)

– 9/9 – Sunday – 9:00am – SJ Sanctuary: ABS “19-Minute Bible Studdies: Great Chapters of the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism begins (weekly)

– 9/10 – Monday – 7:30pm – SJ-Conference Room (CR): Adult Bible Study “The Gospel of Matthew & DVD: Chapter 15+” begins (weekly)

– 9/13 –  Wednesday – 2:15pm – SJ-Conference Room (SJ-CR): Montello Public School Teen Confirmation Class “Luther’s Small Catechism & workbook” begins (weekly)

– 9/13 – Wednesday – 10am – SJ-Conference Room (CR): Adult Bible Study “The Gospel of Matthew & DVD: Chapter 15+” begins (weekly)

– 9/13 – Wednesday – 7:30pm at SJ-CR: Bible Information Class (leads to church membership) “New Life In Christ” begins (weekly–Note:additonal classtimes & places may be scheduled)

– 9/15 – Thursday – 8am – SJ-Miss Naumann’s classroom: 5-8th grade Teen Confirmation Class “Luther’s Small Catechism & workbook” begins (weekly)

– TBD – Monday – 3-5pm – SJ-LL – Youth Group Gatherings

– TBD – Thursday (13 weeks) – TBD – SJ-LL – Grief Share Support Group

– TBD – Tuesday – 6:30pm – SJ-LL – Men’s Bible Study begins: “Talking Turkey About the Future–Revelation”


(Hebrews 10:23-25)

Back to Sunday school

by Pastor Mark Jeske

As Labor Day approaches, the newsprint advertising supplements are full of “Back to School” sales and coupons. Kids look forward to some new clothes, and parents can go back to their normal schedules. As the lazy days of August fade away, it’s time to go back to class and step up to a grade higher.

People are not born literate and “numerate.” Decoding language symbols and manipulating the decimal number system is learned behavior. It’s hard work—nothing comes automatically. Knowing the ways of God doesn’t come automatically either. It must be patiently taught by the mature to the immature, from the wise to the young.

God’s Word has real answers for the most important questions: where we came from, the meaning of our present existence, and what happens after death. Only Scripture helps people discover their Creator; only Scripture helps people meet their Savior; only Scripture reveals the Spirit’s agenda for our lives. King Solomon tells us that only those who know the Lord are truly wise: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7).

As you see to the schooling of your children and grandchildren, don’t forget Sunday school. The teachers do not replace your own responsibility for discipling the young, but they are priceless partners in that crucially important endeavor.


Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
8-12 8-15 71 172 9
St. John’s Altar Committee:

August 2018

Jennie Utke


Susan Brown

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
August 26 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
September 2 James & Linda Wachholz
September 9 Scott & Debbie Ritz
September 16 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
September 23 Harold & Judy Fandrey


Monday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Thursday – 8:00am-2:00pm

Usher Schedule
August 26

(with comm) SJ


Kenon Smith; Chief, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz

Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, Don Stelter

September 2


(with comm) E

Cal Kapp; Chief, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, Thomas Wojatalewicz

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke, Darrell Buchholz

September 9

(with comm) SJ


James Wachholz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

Darrell Buchholz, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org


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