Evangelical Lutheran Churches


Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod


MARCH 18, 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!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Dear Heavenly Father: I come to your house today to worship you, to give you the praise you deserve and the prayers and hymns you desire. Through your Word and Sacrament, come to me. Take me by the hand and lead me to the cross where your Son offered sin’s sacrifice once and for all. Forgive my sins, strengthen my faith, assure me of my salvation, and enlist me for Christian service. Teach me today, especially, about Jesus, my Great High Priest. Amen.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus is Our High Priest Who Offers Himself – Before Jesus was born, believers had to regularly offer up sacrifices for sin.  Only the High Priest could go before God with the blood and prayers of the people.  These sacrifices would go on and on for the entire life of the Old Testament believer as a vivid reminder that God would send a Savior who would be sacrificed on the behalf of all people.  Today the Word of God shows that Jesus, our High Priest, would sacrifice himself and bring a new covenant of life that would last forever.


“Morning Praise” (hymnal page 45)


Note: At Emmanuel…

Adult Choir Sings “Face the Cross” (in place of opening hymn)

Note: At St. John’s…

OPENING HYMN 103 “Glory Be to Jesus” (in place of “Morning Hymn”, printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the Scripture readings)


The New Covenant Was Established By Jesus, Our High Priest

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Jeremiah 31:31-34

The promise of the new covenant

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

PSALM 143 (hymnal page 118; men sing first line, women sing second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 5:7-9 (today’s sermon text)

Jesus is our great High Priest

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

VERSE OF THE DAY “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

GOSPEL John 12:20-33

Jesus’ road to glory was the road to the cross

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.


At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to Nursery Sunday School in the parish hall.

SERMON HYMN 359 “Jesus, My Great High Priest”

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\Jesus_13478c (1).jpg (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Hebrews 5:7-9

“He Suffered”

  1. It was so very real
  2. It was so very necessary

(Please stand after the sermon)

HYMN 367:1-2 “Christ Be My Leader” (in place of “We Praise You, O God”, printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)


2016 WELS International Youth Rally 4-minute Promo Video (during offering)


(Please stand)



– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Chuck Boetcher, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Laurana Hoffman (Tim’s daughter), Drake Hunter (Bill & Cally’s grandson), Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Samantha Marcelain (Dawn’s daughter-in-law), Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother) – (added this week: Samantha Marcelain)
– For teachers called by the Lord through his Church at our 3/4 St. John’s voters meeting to serve at St. John’s Lutheran School: Corin Einhardt from St. Luke’s–Vassar, MI to serve as K-1 teacher and Daniel Kasten from Bethlehem–Hortonville to serve as 5-8 teacher and principal

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, all sings)

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 50b)

(Please be seated)

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal pages 50c-51)

CLOSING HYMN 367:3 “Christ Be My Leader” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


Theme for next Sunday (3/25):

Palm Sunday: Jesus’ Entry Into Jerusalem

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

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 7:00 P.M. St. John’s Council meeting
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation class at St. John’s
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion
7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center devotion with communion
4:00-7:00 P.M. St. John’s Kindergarten Round-Up
6:00 P.M. Griefshare in St. John’s Lower Level
Sat. 9:00A.M.-12:00P.M. Easter for Kids at St. John’s

Theme for next Sunday (3/25):

Palm Sunday: Jesus’ Entry Into Jerusalem

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion


MEMORIAL In loving memory of Mavis DeWitt, $350.00 has been given to St. John’s by family and friends, $50.00 has been given to Ladies Aid by family and friends and $50.00 has been given to St. John’s School by Roger and Karen Wojtalewicz. Thank you for your gifts.

CHURCH PHOTOGRAPHY SIGN-UP If you would like to be put on a sign-up list for your photography session for our new church directory, please fill out some information on the sign-up sheet located in the church link way. Ciara will sign you up and give you a confirmation call with your date and time of session.

EASTER FLOWER ORDER There will be a sign-up in the church link way for those who would like to order Easter flowers this year. The deadline is TODAY, March 18.

EASTER BREAKFAST AT EMMANUEL  April 1, following the 8:00AM Easter Service,  everyone is invited (members, friends and guests) for pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, cheese, and fruit.  A freewill offering will be taken for Emmanuel’s Education Fund.  The breakfast is supported by a Thrivent Action Team Project.  Join us for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall.

LENTEN SUPPERS March 21, 4:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Hosted by ST. JOHN’S YOUTH GROUP! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? Taco bar, nachos, taco salad, cheesecake taquitos and beverages. See you there!

ST. JOHN’S LITTLE LAMBS is now accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.  Registration forms are available in the office.  If you would like more information about Little Lambs please call the school at (608) 297-2866 to schedule a time to come visit Little Lambs.

KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP St. John’s will be holding its kindergarten round up Thursday, March 22nd! If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next year, consider coming out to see what kindergarten is all about! It will be in Miss Borck’s classroom from 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Come and go as you please!

See the source imageHELP WANTED! St. John’s is in need of some volunteers to help clean the church. Let’s do our part and take care of God’s house that he has blessed us with! If you are interested, please contact the office.

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS “Jesus, Our Great High Priest” (based on the New Testament book of Hebrews) is the theme for this year’s midweek Lenten devotions that began Ash Wednesday, 2/14 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel and 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Supper will be served in the St. John’s lower level from 4:15–6:00 p.m. “Jesus, I will ponder now, on your holy passion.” (Hymn 98)

See the source imageCONTEST! Box Tops, Kwik Trip, and Tyson a+ contest has started and ends on APRIL 13th!  Each classroom will compete to see which room can collect the most items and the winning class room will win a “Taco Boat” party. Box Tops do have expiration dates, so if everyone could please turn in what you currently have AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, it would be much appreciated!  Thank you to everyone for supporting your school and have fun collecting!  Remember that family and friends are happy to help!  Good luck!

Image result for baby animal picturesE:\Linda Wachholz LWMS\CLIPART - old\PIGGY & LAMB.jpgSTILL NEEDED FOR EASTER FOR KIDS BABY ANIMAL PETTING ZOO Our event is next Saturday, March 24, and we are still looking for puppies and a pony. If you have leads, please contact Linda Wachholz at 608-369-2635 or lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org

kids colorful wordLAST MINUTE REGISTRATIONS FOR EASTER FOR KIDS STILL ACCEPTED Your Easter for Kids staff does not want any child left out of the fun planned for next Saturday, March 24-the Message of Easter is too important for anyone to miss out!


JOIN US FOR THE EASTER FOR KIDS CLOSING PROGRAM Parish and community members are cordially invited to attend the closing program in the church next Saturday, March 24, at 11:30. A free lunch and Bible giveaway will follow in the church’s lower level.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS Your monetary gifts and help with preparing treats for the baskets and lunch for this Saturday, March 24, are so very much appreciated! If you would like to volunteer for the day, please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635.

HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR SPRING MISSION OFFERING? They are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 25. A container is located in the entrance at St. John’s and in the parish hall at Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. Projects supported by gifts are listed by the container. Gifts are welcome from all who love missions!

SEND ONE SISTER PROGRAM assists women who would like to attend the LWMS Convention as a first-time attendee. This year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention will be held June 21-24 in Green Bay, and it’s time to register! Registration materials are available from your reporter (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). If you have never attended but have thought you might like to attend this mission-packed weekend, you are encouraged to complete a Send One Sister application, also available from your church’s reporter. The Beaver Dam Circuit Board will be holding a Silent Auction at it spring rally to raise SOS funds which will be given to first-time attendees from our circuit to help with their expenses. Why don’t YOU apply!! Deadline: April 15, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED TO HELP WITH A SERVICE PROJECT FOR CAMP PHILLIP-WAUTOMA 1) Donate items on the Camp Wish List (copies at the collection boxes at both churches) and/or 2) Donate monetary gifts towards Camp Phillip’s present $500,000 building project. Please give monetary gifts to the LWMS reporter at your church (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). Your LWMS sisters thank you for supporting your WELS Lutheran area camp! Collecting through April 15.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the idle of the road, and the back of the church.

THE LUTHERAN GIRL PIONEERS The Lutheran Girl Pioneers invites girls ages 8-15 to join us at the LGP International Camp July 29- August 4, 2018. We have many classes to choose, from canoeing to Zumba, from crocheting to archery.  There are also nightly campfires, daily devotions, and so much more!

LGP Camp is located at Camp Bird, Crivitz, Wisconsin.

You don’t have to be a member of Lutheran Girl Pioneers to come! Girls from all over the U.S. and Canada have joined us! Registrations come out in March.

For more information, email LGPcamp@gmail.com.

Lutheran Girl Pioneers serves girls of the WELS and ELS. For more information about LGP, email girlpioneers@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor) “Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.”

HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE HALF-SHEETS are available in the church entries. Send/give an Easter card to a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor, include a HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE HALF-SHEET and invite them to join us for worship this Holy Week.  “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD’.” (Psalm 122:1)

Usher Schedule
SJ Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Richard Freitag
March 18 E Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld
SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick
March 21 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Don Smith; Chief, Glen Bubolz
March 25 E Darrell Buchholz, Noah Buchholz, Joe Heller

(with comm)

Kenon Smith; Chief, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls
March 29 E

(Maundy Thurs with comm)

Wayne Stelter, Paul Dahlke, Joe Heller, comm. assist; Brian Ninneman
March 30 SJ

(Good Friday with comm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, James Kunde
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
March 18 Scott & Debbie Ritz
March 25 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
3-11 3-14 51 62 124 76
St. John’s Altar Committee

March 2018

Diane Eisermann


Delores Cotte


St. John’s & Emmanuel Lent & Holy Week Worship Schedule

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\Easter 2018 Peace Logo.png See the source imageTheme: Jesus Christ is Our High Priest

3/21/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 6 Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/29/18 Emm – 7:00p.m.


Maundy Thursday Pastor John Dolan
3/30/18 SJ – 1:00p.m.


Good Friday Pastor Pete Zietlow
4/1/18 SJ – 6:00a.m. & 10:00a.m

Emm – 8:00a.m.

Easter Sunrise & Easter Service

Easter Service

Pastor John Dolan (6am)

Pastor Pete Zietlow

See the source imageWalking with Jesus

God, Father and Creator,

we thank you for all the gifts

you have given us,

especially the gift of your Son.

During this holy season of Lent,

help us to change and grow and

become the kind of people

you created us to be.

Fill our hearts with love for you,

and love for other people

created in your image.

Show us how to use the gifts you have given us

to help others in your name.

As we journey together toward the light of Easter,

we know you are with us in all that we do.

May we live always as people of your kingdom

praising your name now and forever.


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

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

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