Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod



DECEMBER 30, 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!

THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS On the Sundays after Christmas we stop to PONDER and PROCLAIM. With Mary at the manger we ponder the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior. With the shepherds in from the fields we witness the miracle in Bethlehem, then spread the good news of great joy for all people–Jesus Christ the Savior is born!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP O Lord–my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter–I have come before you to hear your holy Word. Open my heart by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear me for Jesus’ sake. Amen.


Morning Praise (hymnal page 45)


(Please stand)

OPENING HYMN 343”Christ Is the World’s Light” (sung in place of “Morning Hymn”, printed in hymnal, all sing)

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

(Please be seated for the day’s Bible readings)

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Christmas Is the Celebration of God’s Grace – God’s grace, or undeserved love, is mighty and accomplishes his will. Despite the opposition of wicked people or human barriers, God’s grace accomplishes his desire:  the eternal salvation of immortal souls. Even after all the gifts have been opened and used, we stand in awe of God’s gift to us, his grace in Christ, Bethlehem’s baby.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Samuel, a type of Christ

But Samuel was ministering before the LORD– a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home.

And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.

PSALM 111 (hymnal page 106, sung in unison)

EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 2:10-18

Christ comes to be our brother

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” {Psalm 22:22} And again, “I will put my trust in him.” {Isaiah 8:17} And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” {Isaiah 8:18}

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 (today’s sermon text)

The boy Jesus in the temple

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 502 “Lord of the Home” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Luke 2:41-52 “Go Home With Jesus for Christmas”

HYMN 41:1-4 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (sung in place of Te Deum, printed in hymnal, all sing)



CHRISTMAS PRAYER (read by pastor)


– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Reinold Eckelberg)

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For the family of Joel Jaster, age 57, called to his heavenly home on 12/19

– For Cadence Joy Kolander born on 12/21 to Dan & Sarah Kolander

– For Ellieanna Marie McGwin, the infant daughter of Patrick & Dalice McGwin, baptized at St. John’s on 12/23

– For Ed & Marlene Buchholz who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on 12/25

– For Emily Brien & Adam Myers who were united in Christian marriage at St. John’s on 12/26

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, all sing)


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

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 41:5-6 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

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



Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”



8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship



NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

7:00 P.M.

St. John’s Memorial Worship with communion

St. John’s Youth Group Lock-in



9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Memorial Worship

with communion

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK


St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Chapel

1:40 P.M.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release

2:15 P.M.

Public School Teen Confirmation at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

NO St. John’s Worship


8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

12:00 P.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

6:00 P.M.

Joint Worship meeting at St. John’s




Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship with communion

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study resumes

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

ALTAR FLOWERS Today’s altar flowers at Emmanuel were given by DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld in memory of loved ones.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Starting January 1st, we will begin dispersing.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Sunday 9:00AM Bible class will take a short vacation over Christmas and New Years. We will resume on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

December 30



DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

January 1

(with comm.) E

(New Year’s 9:00am)

January 6



Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

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

January 13



Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20



Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27



Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3



Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10



DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17



Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24



Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

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

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 30

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner



St. John’s

12-23 12-24 12-25

46 120 84

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann


Delores Cotte

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

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