Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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NOVEMBER 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!

END TIMES SUNDAYS Today is the third of the last four Sundays of the church year: Reformation, Last Judgment, Saints Triumphant, and Christ the King. On each of these Sundays we pay close attention to God as he teaches us about the end times of this world and the beginning of eternal life with Jesus in heaven. May Christ bless our worship and prepare our hearts and lives for His return.

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)



By: Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”

Let the poor say, “I am rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”

Let the poor say, “I am rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)

Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)

Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give thanks.

HYMN 216 “Saints, Behold! The Sight Is Glorious” (printed in hymnal, all sing in place of Morning Hymn)

(Please stand)

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

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


Like children playing hide and seek, Jesus calls out to us through his Word, “Ready or not here I come!” Thanks be to God that through Jesus’ saving work on the cross, we have been made ready! May his Spirit keep us in saving faith in him.

FIRST LESSON Daniel 12:1-3

The saints will shine like to stars

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people– everyone whose name is found written in the book– will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

EPISTLE LESSON 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (today’s sermon text)

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. Alleluia. (Revelation 7:15)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL John 5:25-29

The Son of God will raise the dead and separate believer from unbeliever

“I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out– those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

(Please be seated)


SERMON HYMN 550 “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

“End Times 101”

  1. Reassurance
  2. Return
  3. Resurrection
  4. Reunion

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(Please be seated)


OFFERING PRAYER (read by pastor)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50a, all sing)



– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Joel Jaster, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Anna Madigan, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), 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: )

– For those affected by the California wild fires

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 50b, all read)

(Please be seated)

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

CLOSING HYMN 728:3 (printed on bulletin pages 5 & 6, all sing)



End Times 4: Christ the King



8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion


Book Fair in Gym


6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study


6:30 P.M.

Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s




10:00 A.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Thanksgiving Eve Worship





9:00 A.M.

Thanksgiving Day Worship at Emmanuel

10:10 A.M.

Montello Care Center Devotion with communion

6:00 P.M.

NO Griefshare






End Times 4: Christ the King

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion

11:15 A.M.

Christmas tree decorating & light lunch at St. John’s

MEMORIAL In loving memory of Rai Lynn Hodgkins, $530.00 was gifted to Little Lambs and $20.00 was gifted to St. John’s School by family and friends. The family of Rae Lynn would like to thank all of you for your prayers and kindness shown through this difficult time. The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away-blessed be the name of the Lord.

THANK YOU to all who helped organize Grandparents Day last Tuesday at school and the Holiday Trail events (book fair, bake sale, Thai Village sale) this weekend.

THAI VILLAGE The Thai Village craft sale will be open today after 10:00am church in the St. John’s link way. With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no reason to start shopping now. Come check it out!

ST. JOHN’S DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! If you sat with Lifetouch for a photography session and had a Lifetouch photo put into our new directory, come pick up your free directory in the link way. If you submitted your own photo and would like a directory, they can be purchased for $10.00 ea.

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS this week Tuesday at 6:30pm. Being tolerant is good, right? Or is it? What does God say?

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WELS DVDS are available in the St. John’s link way-$5 donation.

ADVENT begins on Sunday, December 2, this year.  It’s the season that anticipates the coming of the Savior.  We prepare for this coming in many ways.  But one way is by decorating and beautifying our homes and churches.  We use a circle of artificial greens around our Advent candles in the front of the church, with each candle lit in order on Sundays in Advent, and each candle symbolizing an important event on the way to the Savior’s birth—the last candle is the Christ Candle. 

 But another way is to hang Christmas wreaths on the church doors as a sign of welcome. 

 Once again—anyone interested in donating toward the purchase of wreaths for the front doors at St. John’s is encouraged to contact LuAnn Zieman at 608-297-2422 or email zieman@bugnet.net or by mail at W1440 State Rd 23, Montello, WI 53949.

GRIEFSHARE No Griefshare this week due to Thanksgiving. We will see you next week.

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

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/assetuploads/400016_LG_enchanted_forest_clip_art_gnome_toadstool.jpgSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR It’s the last day to come and check out the book fair! Today, hours are 9:30am-12:00pm!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.  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.

WELS VOLUNTEERS – https://www.lutheranvolunteerconnect.com/ ie WELS Kingdom Workers, Mission & Relief Teams

CHARITY GIVING In the past WELS members have asked about supporting the Salvation Army with their time (ringing bells/soliciting offerings) and giving offerings.  Below is a clip from the WELS.net Q&A regarding WELS participation with the Salvation Army.  –Pastor Z


Is it acceptable to ring the bells or contribute money for the Salvation Army during Christmas time because of the charity they do, despite the false doctrine in the Salvation Army Church?

     Your question links the charitable work of the Salvation Army with the mission of that church, which is driven by their false doctrine. That is important to keep in mind. The work they do is in line with the mission of their church.

     As you indicated, there is false doctrine in that church. The Salvation Army is a self-described “holiness movement,” placing greater emphasis on the Christian’s life than on what God has done for people through Jesus Christ his Son. The Salvation Army rejects the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

     2 John 10-11 (“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.”) instructs us not to support those whose teachings are contrary to Scripture. That applies to the church in your question. That applies to any church that holds to false doctrine. While we can appreciate the tenacity of the bell ringers of that church at Christmas time, we cannot support their mission.

     There is no need to feel like a Scrooge by walking past the bell ringers. We can help meet the material needs of others (Isaiah 58:7; Galatians 6:10) through contributions to charitable agencies that are not tied to churches that hold to and teach false doctrine. We can give to our church body’s Christian Aid and Relief.

     In gratitude for God’s blessings and in compassionate concern for the material and spiritual needs of others, Christians have reason for charitable giving at Christmas time and every season of the year. Yes, “Let us all be cheerful givers To the glory of your name” (Christian Worship 577:3).

     (Note: Questions submitted to WELS.net Q&A are answered by WELS pastors/professors serving at Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Some of the local, non-religious charities which Emmanuel and St. John’s members do support are: 1. Marquette County “Care & Share” Food Bank, 2. Marquette County Giving Tree, 3. Tots to Teens Holiday Book Drive via Literacy Volunteers of Marquette County, 4. Montello Public Library.)

TREE TRIMMING AT ST. JOHN’S ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25  Come and help decorate the Christmas tree immediately following the  service next Sunday.  All are welcome, but we do need a couple of younger men who wouldn’t mind climbing the tall ladders and balancing on the pulpit to decorate the top of the tree. A light lunch will be served when the work is done! 


The Lutheran Girl Pioneers of Peace Lutheran Church, 335 West Prairie Street, Wautoma (www.wautomapeacelutheran.org) invite the girls and ladies of your congregation to their annual Advent by Candlelight event on Sunday, December 2 at 1 pm.

This uplifting event begins with a program led by the Girl Pioneers entitled “To the Ends of the Earth” filled with God’s Word and music, followed by yummy desserts and great fellowship. 

Come spend a few hours preparing your hearts for the upcoming Christmas season.

Seats are limited, so RSVP early!

To RSVP, or for more information, please call Christine at 920-787-3856 by November 25. 

The Peace Lutheran Girl Pioneers strive to be a group, open to all youth ages Kindergarten through high school, that strengthens our girls’ faith in Jesus Christ, and teaches life & leadership skills, all while nurturing friendships that last not only through life, but into eternity. 

You do not have to be a member of Peace to join the Pioneers.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT AT EMMANUEL This year, there will be no Advent by Candlelight at Emmanuel. Thank you.



St. John’s

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

November 2018

Jennie Utke


Susan Brown

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Nov 18

Don & Doris Smith

Nov 22

James & Linda Wachholz

Nov 25

Ron & Evie Blada

Usher Schedule

November 18



Brian Ninneman, Paul Wuerch, Don Stelter

Don Smith; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

November 21

Thanksgiving E

Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

November 22

Thanksgiving SJ

Kenon Smith; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag

November 25


(with comm.) SJ

Duwayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Gergardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

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Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

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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