Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod



FEBRUARY 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!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Defeats the Devil – In Lent we see Jesus go to the cross to suffer and die for us.  Today’s lessons show that when God tests us and the devil tempts us (every day!), Jesus is our holiness before God.  He is also our strength, and our example.  We do not live on bread alone, Jesus says.  We live on God’s promises.  They come to us in holy baptism, in holy communion, and straight from the Bible, the book in which every word is from the mouth of God.

A PERSONAL PRAYER FOR THOSE GATHERED FOR WORSHIP Lord our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe Satan tempts us with his deceits and empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your Word, and when we fall, forgive us and restore us in your service. Accept our prayers and songs of praise. To you be all glory. Amen.


“Holy Baptism” (hymnal page 12)

“Service of the Word” (hymnal page 40)


ST. JOHN’S GRADES 5-8 SING (in place of opening hymn)

HOLY BAPTISM LITURGY (hymnal page 12, read responsively)

HOLY BAPTISM HYMN 296 “Our Children Jesus Calls” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 40)


The First Sunday in Lent: Overcoming Temptations–Growing Through Tests

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 22:1-18 (today’s sermon text)

Abraham’s test of faith

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

PSALM 6 (hymnal page 66, sung in unison)

EPISTLE LESSON Romans 8:31-39

We are more than conquerors

What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

VERSE OF THE DAY It is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Matthew 4:10b)

(Alleluias are omitted during Lent)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL LESSON Mark 1:12-15

The temptation of Jesus

At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

(Please be seated)


SERMON HYMN 200 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Genesis 22:1-18

“The LORD Will Provide”

1. Agonizing Burdens

2. Abundant Blessings

(Please stand after the sermon)

APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 41, all read)

(Please be seated)



(Please stand)

PRAYER FOR LENT (read by pastor)


– 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, Korrina Cragin, 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), Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Linda Malsack, Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Marion Neuman (Marjorie Fabian’s sister), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Becky Schulz (Kristen Cragin’s sister), Roger Stellick (Doug’s uncle), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Bob Wegner – (added this week: Korrina Cragin)
– For Beatrice Eliza Heintz baptism, the infant daughter of Josh Heintz & Michelle Markunas, baptized in today’s service at St. John’s
– For those affected by the Florida school shooting on Wednesday (2/14)

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

(Please be seated)

HYMN 355:1-2 “Take the World But Give Me Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

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

CLOSING HYMN 355:3 “Take the World But Give Me Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


Theme for next Sunday (2/25):

The Second Sunday in Lent: Follow Christ Crucified

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
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Youth Group lunch and meeting
6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
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. Block Party at St. John’s gym
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center devotion with communion
6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Sat. 8:00 A.M. Men of His Word Conference in Oshkosh

Theme for next Sunday (2/25):

The Second Sunday in Lent: Follow Christ Crucified 

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
11:15 A.M. AV/IT meeting at St. John’s

On March 4 at 11:00a.m., there will be a Teacher Call meeting at St. John’s.

THANK YOU from the St. John’s Youth Group to all who contributed towards last week’s bake sale!

ST. JOHN’S OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN-UP The signup sheet is located in the church link way. Please sign up if you wish to have a copy of your 2017 offering statement.

See the source image2017 OFFERING STATEMENTS If you have signed up to receive your 2017 offering statement, please pick it up in the link way.

EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS Planning for 75 children for Saturday, March 24, at St. John’s. Your monetary gifts are needed most and help purchase: 1) crafts 2) plastic Easter pails 3) candy/prizes for 375 plastic eggs 4) outdoor vinyl advertising banner 5) food for lunch 6) treats/other basket stuffers. Donate home-crafted items for the baskets. Volunteer to bake for the baskets. Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635 to donate or volunteer.

We still collect plain print-free ice cream pails (ValuTime brand at Frietags or others). Donations are not needed for plastic eggs, grass, or traditional baskets. However, if you already have some you would like to give, we will take them. A donation box is located in the linkway.

PRE-REGISTER FOR EASTER FOR KIDS Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, March 24. This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook, & on public bulletin boards around Montello. This year’s theme is “Jesus—Giver of New Life.” Storytime, singing, crafts, baby animal petting zoo, egg hunt, & more bring the true meaning of Easter to the children. Deadline is Friday, March 16.

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

Hosted by the LADIES AID! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? Meatloaf, baked potatoes, corn, salad, desserts, and drinks. See you there!

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)

2018 OFFERING COMMITMENTS Winnebago Lutheran Academy…Emmanuel: $2,000 & St. John’s $2,400 – Synod Mission Offering…Emmanuel: $6,000 to CMO & St. John’s: $7,200 “God loves a cheerful giver.” (1 Corinthians 9:7)

CROOK YOUTH BIRD FEEDER PROJECT Many thanks to generous Gene Crook for arranging craft kits for our churches youth & their parents to complete at his workshop on Tuesday 2/13 at 3:30pm.

Usher Schedule
February 18 E Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz,
SJ James Wachholz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, James Kunde, Ken Borzick
February 21 SJ Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Thomas Wojtalewicz
E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
February 25 E Darrell Buchholz, Paul Wuerch, Joe Heller
(with comm) SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck
February 28 SJ Don Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke
E Done Stelter, Dave Radke
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
February 18 Jim & Diane Eisermann
February 25 Harold & Judy Fandrey
March 4 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
March 11 James & Linda Wachholz
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
2-11 2-14 (Ash Wed.) 52 78 180 69
St. John’s Altar Committee

February 2018

Jennie Utke & Susan Brown

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