Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod



APRIL 29, 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!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Produce Fruit! Through faith, we are connected to Christ as a branch is connected to a grape vine. The result of being connected to Jesus is that we will now bear fruit. The fruit of a Christian is a life of love. Out of thanks for God’s love, we now seek to love our fellow man by sharing God’s message of love with him. As believers we seek to show love not only in what we say, but also in what we do.

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP All-merciful Father in heaven: In love you sent your Son Jesus to suffer, die on the cross and rise from the grave to save us. In love you send the Holy Spirit through the gospel in Word and Sacrament to call us to repentance, faith, and discipleship. Inspire and empower us to CLING TO THE VINE AND PRODUCE FRUITS OF FAITH. Bless our lip worship today and our life worship tomorrow. Amen.


Service of the Word (hymnal page 38)


OPENING HYMN 162 “He is Arisen! Glorious Word”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 38, read & sung responsively)


LITURGY (hymnal page 39b, all sing)


(Please be seated for the Scripture readings)


The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Fruits of Faith Flow from our Connection to the Risen Lord

FIRST LESSON Acts 8:26-40 (today’s sermon text)

You are branches grafted to the Vine through the gospel in Word and Sacrament

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

PSALM 67 (hymnal page 91; lectern side sings the first line, pulpit side sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON 1 John 3:18-24

You are branches, inspired and empowered to produce fruits of faith–Christian love

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. “I am the vine; you are the branches,” says the Lord. Alleluia. (John 15:5)

LITURGY (hymnal page 40, all sing)

“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 John 15:1-8

“I am the Vine; you are the branches” –planted, pruned, and productive

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

LITURGY (hymnal page 40b, all sing)

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

(Please be seated)


SERMON SONG “Philip and the Ethiopian” (see insert, all sing)

SERMON Acts 8:26-40

“Chasing Chariots”

  1. Our salvation is won
  2. Our job’s not done

(Please stand after the sermon)

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 41, all read)

(Please be seated)




(Please stand)



– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, 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, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), Steve Parrish, Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Donny Weber (Betty’s son) – (added this week: Wayne Riemer)
– For today’s Teacher Call meeting at St. John’s

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 43, all read)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 564 “There is a Balm in Gilead” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal pages 43b-44)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 562 “I Love to Tell the Story” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


Theme for Next Sunday, May 6, 2018:

The Sixth Sunday of Easter:

Remain in the Risen Lord

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 Council meeting
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Teacher Call meeting
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s Elders meeting
5:00 P.M. Pizza Dinner at St. John’s lower level
6:00 P.M. High School Options Presentation at St. John’s lower level
6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. SJS/LL early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
12:00 P.M. St. John’s Ladies Aid Hot Lunch, Entertainment & meeting

The Sixth Sunday of Easter:

Remain in the Risen Lord

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

ART FOR DINNER Thanks to all who organized and participated in last night’s (4/28) Art For Dinner school fundraiser.

See the source imageLIFETOUCH PHOTOS If you were unable to schedule a photo session through Lifetouch for our new church directory and would still like to be in it, please send your photo to Pastor Pete or Ciara BY JUNE 14TH. Thank you.

See the source imageMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Jesus says to take up your cross. Why? Do I have to? What does that mean anyway? We will be answering questions like that at the Men’s Bible class this month. “Jesus Cross- and Yours!” is the topic. On Tuesday (5/1) 6:30pm at St. John’s lower level, Pastor Dolan will lead the 2nd of a 5-week Men’s Bible Study. Questions? Contact Pastor D at: 608-297-1075 or pastordolan@gmail.com

On Tuesday, May 1st from 6-8pm, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Luther Prep, Northland High school and Montello Jr/Sr high will be here to give you a presentation on their schools and what each of their respective schools have to offer for your child’s high school education if you choose to go there. This is offered for the upper grades classroom (4th – 8th) and all p arents are encouraged to attend as they make plans for their child’s future high school education. There will be a Pizza dinner from 5-6pm and presentations will start at 6pm.

See the source imageST. 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.

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\unnamed.jpgPLEDGE DRIVE UPDATE FOR THE WELS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH RALLY:  We are nearing our goal & have extended the deadline to turn in pledges. Thanks to those who have donated so far, we were able to cover the registration fee for 3 teens to attend the rally who would not have been able to go otherwise. We have a month before the fees are due in for the transportation & excursions costs. The teens have a wonderful opportunity to visit the Creation Museum, The Ark Encounter, & Cedar Point Amusement Park in addition to the rally. With the additional monies donated, we have elected to join in on these excursions. We currently have about 80% of the money needed to cover the additional excursions costs. Any additional pledges towards this would be greatly appreciated. Payment is not needed immediately, but if you could fill out a pledge form located in the back of church, so we have an idea of how much more money we need to raise to reach our goal. Any questions can be directed to us Patty or Mark Emond at 608-697-3327 or 608-697-1600. You can also email us at mpmbte@frontier.com. Thanks again!

CONGRATULATIONS, SEND ONE SISTER RECIPIENTS!  The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society’s Send One Sister program aims to help mission-minded women attend their first LWMS Convention.  At the April 21 Beaver Dam Circuit Rally in Fox Lake, a fun silent auction provided proceeds that were divided between two Send One Sister applicants. The BD Circuit of LWMS is pleased to help Becky Zimmerman, Juneau, and Sandra Sletten, Pardeeville, attend their first LWMS Convention this June 21-24 in Green Bay!   There is no better place than an LWMS Convention to hear and learn how our WELS missionaries and their families are working to spread God’s Word around the world!  Once they’ve attended, it’s certai n Sandra and Becky will want to go again and again!   TO ALL WOMEN IN  BEAVER DAM CIRCUIT CHURCHES:  Start praying and dreaming about next year!  Your sisters in Christ want to help you attend an LWMS Convention, too!  Watch for 2019 Send One Sister information in your church bulletin or contact your Reporter for information.

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MISSION FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, MAY 20, OFFERS FOOD FOR BODY & SOUL.  Mark your calendars for a full day celebrating missions!  Cameroon, Africa, will be highlighted at mission festival services at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel and at 10 a.m. at St. John’s with Missionary Daniel Kroll.  A freewill offering will be taken at both services to support the work in Cameroon. 

   The day offers you a “4-Ps Mission Meal” of Preaching- Pasta-Pie- Presentation.  Pastor Kroll will share food for the soul as he preaches God’s Word at both worship services.  Then, ALL are invited for food for the body at a meal of pasta (lasagna) and homemade pie (Freewill Offering), at St. John’s, beginning around 11:30 a.m. and hosted as a Thrivent Action Team event by women of the LWMS.  Finally, more food for the soul as Missionary Kroll and his wife Karen do a tag-team presentation about Cameroon at St. John’s.

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\842x342-Missions-Cameroon1.jpg    The Lutheran Church of Cameroon (LCC) is on a journey to build up the church and the faith of her members in a land filled with ancestor worship, witchcraft, and false teachers.  Ten seminarians are finishing the second of their five-year seminary. This is big news as there have been no new pastors since 1999—when these men graduate, their pastorate will have more than doubled!  The number of missionaries has doubled with a second couple joining the Krolls in Cameroon in 2017.  Your prayer and monetary support is vital.  Cameroon currently operates on project funds rather than being part of the WELS budget.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS “Some minds are like concrete–thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

Usher Schedule
April 29 SJ




Cal Kapp; Chief, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller

May 6 SJ


(with comm)

James Wachholz; Chief, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond

Lucas Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke, Darrell Buchholz; comm. assist.

May 13 SJ

(with comm)


Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, James Kunde, Ken Borzick

Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
April 29 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
May 6 Scott & Debbie Ritz
May 13 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee

April 2018

Elaine Kelm


Carolyn Rosenthal

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