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St. John’s Lutheran Church 
505 E. LaFollette Steet, Box 367 Pardeeville, WI 53954
Church email:

Pastor James D. Plocher Phone: 608-448-3127 Email:
Principal William Hinz Phone: 920-222-0867 Email: 

Announcements September 17 & 20, 2020
This Week at St. John’s: Monday, September 21 Bible Information Class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 Worship Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 Catechism at
6:00 p.m. and Adult Handchimes at 7:00 p.m.
Adult Handchimes: Would you like to hear more music during our church services?  You could be part of the music making!  Since choir music/ singing in a group is temporarily put on hold, we'd like to form an adult handchime group to play some music during a few of our services.  It will also provide a bit of variety in our worship.  If you would like to give it a try, please join us on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.  This group is open to any confirmed member of our church-- male or female-- any age.  No experience is necessary.  Our first meeting will give information on playing handchimes and also give you a chance to try them out and maybe even learn basic techniques.  If you are interested or even just curious, please join us.  Please wear a mask and plan on practicing social distancing.  Hope to see you there!
Visitors: Visitors are discouraged from visiting during the school day. Anybody that does enter will be asked our COVID-19 screening questions and temperature checked as well as asked to sanitize upon entry. 
Mission Festival: Next week is Mission Festival & we will have a special presentation from Pastor Guy Marquardt from India. The LES and Sunday School offering this year will be designated for the India Mission, where Pastor Marquardt serves. Please use the special Mission envelopes next weekend to give an offering for the India Mission.
Baptisms: Cullen Christopher Lindert, infant son of Tyler & Kayla Lindert was baptized on Thursday, September 10.
Janiyah Terri Luckey, child of Joshua Luckey & Tiffany Manthey is baptized on Saturday, September 19. We welcome both of these new members to our congregation and rejoice at God’s gift of faith given to Cullen & Janiyah.
WELS Connection: We will watch the WELS Connection today because we have Mission Festival coming up.
Sunday Bible Class: Bible Class meets on Sundays from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Our study is looking at several of the families of the Bible and how they teach us God's desire for our families. We will spread out in the Fellowship Room.
Sunday School in person: We are gathering in larger spaces and limiting our contact. Classes begin at 9:15 a.m. and last until 10:00 a.m. Please enter at the school doors to make your way to the classes.
Online Sunday School: On our church & school website there is a link for online Sunday school, it is a great alternative if you are ill or at a higher risk.
Attendance: Pastor is still trying to learn names and faces. If you are comfortable inviting him over for a personal visit, please do! Meanwhile, when you come for worship, the Elder will be recording your family’s names. It will help us all be more aware of each other, perhaps. We also want those who watch online to make a connection with Pastor, too. Please send him an email or text letting him know you watched this week. or 608-448-3127.
Online Services: St. John’s continues to post services online at Please watch online if you are ill or at risk. You can always mail your offering or drop it off at the parsonage. If you prefer private communion, please contact Pastor Plocher to schedule it. We have to work to maintain our fellowship, so call or email Pastor for encouragement from God’s Word.

Worship Plans
There are no longer any legal restrictions to gathering for corporate worship in Columbia County, but there are still guidelines for the safe gathering of people. While many are eager to return to in-person worship, we want to do so in a way that shows love to all. We want to honor God by gathering to receive his gospel in Word and Sacrament. We want to respect the guidelines given by those God has put in authority over us. And, we want to show love by being careful with the safety and health concerns of those who gather for worship. The Church Council has set the following procedures and guidelines to help us all be considerate of others and safe in our interactions.

Worship times: Thursday at 6:30 and Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00.
We will continue to post the service online.
If you are ill or uncomfortable or at risk, please stay home. Make use of the video service if you can. It will be recorded on Sunday mornings and posted on the website later that day. If you wish Pastor to visit, please ask!

Worship protocols
At worship, we plan to maintain smaller sized gatherings with adequate social distancing.
We encourage you to wear a mask. A limited supply will be available at church, but please bring your own if you can. We will respect each other’s decision either to wear one or not to wear one. Please make every effort to be kind and considerate!
As you come and go and visit with others, try to touch as few surfaces as you can.

Entering the church
Doors will be propped open. Plan to move away from entrances to allow others also to enter and exit. The ushers will be available to help the traffic flow.
Bulletins will be set out for you to pick up. The entire service will be printed in them, hymns included. The hymnals have been removed from the pews. If you wish to bring your own hymnal and Bible, please do!
When you are done with worship, please take your bulletin home or put it in the trash. We will not reuse papers.

Seating in church
Families will be asked to sit together, leaving space between other families. Some pews will be designated for occupancy, while others will be left empty. The ushers will help guide people to available spaces. If your regular spot is unavailable, please be flexible!
When the sanctuary and balcony are full, we have overflow space in the Fellowship Room. The TV screen will broadcast the live service to that room. It will also be set up for families to have distance between them.
We hope this arrangement will allow us to have up to around 100 people in the two rooms.
The service will continue to be much like the online services have been. A little shorter. Less singing.
We will not pass the offering plates around, but will place them at the entrance to church. Please put your gift there either as you enter or exit the service.
We will not have Holy Communion until June 7, allowing us to make and adjust plans as needed., Please call Pastor to make arrangements for private communion until then.

Leaving church
We ask that people not stop to visit in hallways and close spaces. We encourage visiting before and after the service either in the pews or in the gym or outside (weather permitting), where a comfortable spacing is achievable.

Cleaning Protocols
After each service (and especially between the two on Sunday) we will wipe down surfaces and clean often touched places. We will need volunteers to help with this effort! If you are willing to lend a hand, speak with the usher or elder at the service you attend. A checklist and supplies will be provided.
Pray for God’s blessing on our church and our families as we gather. Pray for the health of all involved, and especially for our health care workers. Pray for our leaders and for all who are under their direction. Pray for peace and order, for the good of our nation, and for our freedom to worship the Lord our God in truth and purity.