St. John’s Lutheran Church
505 E. LaFollette Steet, Box 367 Pardeeville, WI 53954
Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor James D. Plocher Phone: 608-448-3127 Email: email@example.com
Principal William Hinz Phone: 920-222-0867 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcements April 8 & 11, 2021
This Week at St. John’s: Monday, April 12 Pastor’s Conference -Fort Atkinson at 9:30 a.m. Bible Information Class at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 Ladies Aid & Church Council Meetings at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 Catechism at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15 Worship with Lord’s Supper at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 Funeral for Sue Katze at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 18 Worship with Lord’s Supper at 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class at 9:15 a.m. Quarterly Voters Meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Thank you: Nicki Pomplun & Karla Rohrbeck for folding the Holy Week Bulletins for our congregation.
The Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM): needs our financial help. CAMM has been serving in Africa since 1961. This Mission is not supported by the WELS budget. They are supported solely by donations. With your help the Ladies Aid is going to help this Mission. Brochures are available in the narthex. Please pick one up. Check out the Ladies Aid Bulletin Board for more info on the CAMM. You will also find a table with handouts. Please help yourself. Your donation can be placed in the designated box located in the center of the narthex. Checks should be made out to St. John’s Ladies Aid. The last day for donations is Sunday, April 18.
3 on 3 Tournament: Saturday, April 17 CES will once again host the 3 on 3 tournament here at St. John’s. To ensure proper social distancing we are limiting the number of teams and volunteers. If you would like to support the tournament concessions will be sold outside in the parking lot from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Contact Jill Schultz, 608-742-5009 with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.
Quarterly Voters Meeting: Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The budget for the next fiscal year will be presented for approval.
Call News: Mr. Hinz has received a call to serve at Cross of Glory Lutheran School in Washington, MI. The duties include principal, grades 5-8 classroom teacher, athletic director and coach. During this time of deliberation, please keep Mr. Hinz and the ministry of both schools in your prayers.
Thanks: from the Ladies Aid to everyone for your wonderful support of the Food Pantry at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon. A total of $550.00 was collected.
Confirmation: We are preparing six confirmands to present to the congregation on Sunday, April 25 during the 10:15 a.m. service. Their examination will take place Friday, April 23.
Funerals: Richard Busse March 23, Ruth Wolf March 27, Lincoln Leonard April 3 & Sue Katze April 16.
Online Picture Directory: We are working on setting up an online picture directory for St. John’s. You may email a picture to email@example.com or we can have someone available to take your picture. We will also need your email to get your account started at instantchurchdirectory.com.
Online Services: St. John’s continues to post services online at www.stjohnspardeeville.org. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.