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 November 25, 26 & 29 2020
The December Forward In Christ magazine is out & also the new Meditations. If you would like a copy mailed to you call or email the office.
This Week at St. John’s: Monday, Nov. 30 Bible Information Class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 Catechism at 6:00 p.m. & Adult Handchimes at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 Ladies Aid Luncheon & Meeting starting at 11:30 a.m.
Midweek Advent Worship: Starting Thursday, December 3 Midweek Advent services will be at 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel.
Christmas Practice Coming Soon: The first two Saturdays of December have been set aside for Sunday School Christmas practice and videotaping of your parts. Please plan on attending Sat. Dec. 5, 8-9:30 a.m. and Dec. 12, 8-10:00 a.m. Since we will be taping on Dec. 12, please dress in your Christmas best.
Thank You: To Rudy & Erica Avila for donating the pumpkins, squash, gourds and Indian corn that adorned the altar and windows for our Thanksgiving services.
Tree Decorating: Church Council will decorate the Christmas tree Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. come & participate in the fun!
Northwestern Publishing House: Have some Christmas promotions on Christ-centered books & gifts for the entire family. Check out the back usher’s table for more information.
Ladies Aid Luncheon: The Ladies aid will have a luncheon that is bring your own lunch Sunday, December 6 at 11:30 a.m. with a meeting following at 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Cards: Are available for purchase in the Fellowship Hall.
Bibles: We had an anonymous donation of four EHV Bibles for any adults in need of one to take home. They are located on the back ushers table. Additional copies are available for purchase at $23 each. Contact Krista in the office if you are interested.
Christmas Photos Needed: The Anniversary Committee is seeking photos for an upcoming display of past Christmas celebrations at St. John’s. Please speak with Kelly Plocher to share your photos. All copies will be returned; be sure to include your name with any photos you share.
125th Anniversary: St. John's is celebrating 125 years since it was founded on November 17, 1895. Make sure to check out the Anniversary Banner and the historical display. Our theme is "God's love, God's grace." We rejoice in the faithfulness of our God and the blessings he has given to our congregation. We are determined to gladly hear and learn it, and to pass it on to our children's children.
St. John’s Masks: The office still has some St. John’s masks available, the cost is $8. Order forms are located by the main church doors. Completed forms should be left in the box outside the school office.
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.
Special Gift: We give thanks to God that a substantial gift was given to St. John’s from the Estate of Irene Whitmore. A Special Gift Committee will help us use it to further our mission.
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 10:15.
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!
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.
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.