Church Announcements

  Church Announcements  
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: 

This Week at St. John’s:
Monday, May 10 Pastor Circuit Meeting Beaver Dam at 9:30 a.m. Bible Information Class at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11 Elders Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12 Catechism at 6:00 p.m. Adult Handchimes at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 Ascension Service with Lord’s Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 Mae Lueck 100th Celebration from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 16 Worship with Lord’s Supper at 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday is Ascension Day: The 40th day after Easter we gather for a special worship service to mark Jesus’ Ascension. On May 13 at 6:30 p.m. we intend to have extra music with handchimes and children singing. This service will be different from the Sunday service that week. Come for both!
Meet & Greet: to celebrate Mae Lueck’s 100th Birthday on Saturday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m. at St. John’s. Please park in the large parking lot to the East of church. Enter the church through the main church doors. You & your family are encouraged to wear a mask & practice social distancing.
Bible Class: Anna was the wife of the first WELS world missionary. She and her husband went to the Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona in 1893. Her diary is the source for a presentation during the Bible Class hour on May 23. “A missionary wife” is a first person account of those times given by Anna’s grand-daughter-in-law, Naomi Plocher (Pastor’s mother).
Thank You: From the Family of Ralph Katze for the cards, memorials & prayers.
Grandparents Day: St. John’s Lutheran School will be having Grandparents Day Wednesday, May 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Grandparents are invited to join their grandchildren in some classroom & school activities.
Outreach Opportunities: The first opportunity is a table at the Fourth of July celebration. We would be able to offer some food at this event and get our name out to the community. The second opportunity is the pie social at the library concerts. We would be offering pie to the public. If you are interested in helping with either of these please contact Katie Griepentrog at or 608-697-7838.
Online Directory: Please email a picture to or get your account started at

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. Please send Pastor an email or a text letting him know you watched this week.

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 6:30PM Sunday Services 8:00 & 10:15AM.
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!
We want to keep occupancy at 75 people per service, this will insure responsible social distancing & keep us at 25% of occupancy. We also want to avoid using the balacany so it is reserved for musical talent.
The service will continue to be much like the online services have been. 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.

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.