Church Announcements

  Church Announcements  
St. John’s Lutheran Church 
505 E. LaFollette Steet, Box 367 Pardeeville, WI 53954
Church email: office@stjohnspardeeville.org

Pastor James D. Plocher Phone: 608-448-3127 Email: pastor@stjohnspardeeville.org
Principal William Hinz Phone: 920-222-0867 Email: whinz@stjohnspardeeville.org 

Announcements 

WELS Connection: We will watch the May WELS Connection today.
 
Christ’s Tears Plant: is crying. If you would like to see the blossoms check out the plant that sits by the north door entrance to the church.
 
Sign- up: if you would like to place flowers on the altar in honor or in memory of someone. Perhaps even for your birthday or anniversary. The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the library and old church office.
 
Invitation: to check out the Ladies Aid Bulletin Board for letters and messages from and about our missionaries. We receive information continually, so the bulletin board is changing frequently. The bulletin board is located across from the new drinking fountains.

Summer Office hours: Starting Monday, June 7th, the church office hours will be
Mondays: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. 
 
Summer Worship Schedule: Our worship schedule will remain the same during the summer. Thursday worship at 6:30 p.m. and two services on Sunday, at 8 & 10:15 a.m.
Services will still be posted online as well. God’s people long to gather together around his Word and Sacrament!
 
Tuition Assistance at St. John’s: As our current year comes to a close and we continue to plan for next school year, we want to remind you that St. John’s has a tuition assistance program to help keep the cost of Christian Education affordable for all families. Donations have been given to assist families with tuition for the children at St. John’s Lutheran School. If you are in need of financial assistance for the last part of this current year or for the upcoming school year, please contact Mr. Hinz, for an application. Thank you to all who have contributed to this fund.
 
VBS Registration: Our VBS registration site is now live. Children that are three years old or will be entering grades 3K-8th grade in fall are invited to register. VBS will be held from July 26-30 from 9:00-11:30 AM. The online registration site can be found at https://www.myvbs.org/stjohnspardeeville. We are also accepting volunteers to help with all related VBS activities: teachers, helpers, activity leaders (craft, music, games), kitchen helpers, etc. VBS volunteers may also directly contact Mr. Hinz at whinz@stjohnspardeeville.org or cell phone: 920-222-0867.
 
Online Directory: Please email a picture to office@stjohnspardeeville.org or 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.

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.


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