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 January 21 & 24, 2021
This week at St. John’s: Monday, January 25 Bible Information Class at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 Worship Committee meeting at 6:00 pm & Sunday School Teachers meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 Catechism at 6:00 p.m. & Adult Handchimes at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31 Annual Voters meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Calls Received: Mr. Hinz received a call from Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Ms. Wilson has received a call from St. Paul’s Lutheran, Ixonia. Please keep them in your prayers as they deliberate these call requests.
Giving Statements: Have been placed in your church mailbox if you have been attending in person & mailed to those who watch online.
Annual Voters’ Meeting: Will be held Sunday, January 31 in the Fellowship Hall. Elections will be taking place for open positions & also updates on our work together. Agenda packets are available on the usher’s table in the Narthex.
Treasurer Needed: The nominating committee is still in need of someone to fill the treasurer position. The Treasurer works closely with the Business Manager.
Flowers: The flowers in the center of the altar are in memory of Mary Kath, Mae Lueck’s mother, whose birthday was January 20.
Bible Class: Adult Bible Class is held on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in person & is now available online. It is on our website under the at home worship tab.
Janitors Needed: Our current janitors will be retiring at the end of the school year. Talk with Pastor Plocher or call the office if interested in more information about the position.
2021 Offering Envelopes: The new offering envelopes are on tables in the fellowship for pickup. If you plan on coming to get them during the school day, please call the church office first, then we can have them ready for you at the door. Please make sure to use your new envelopes, your number may have changed from last year. Thank you!
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.
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.
Book Recommendation From the Library
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Spy
by Eric Metaxas
It is a biography of a humble man of faith that battled the greatest evil of the 20th century. He witnessed the take over and the establishment of a State church. Also the silencing of public broadcasting and publications. He was scrutinized for what he preached if it was not in accordance with the government. He was harassed by Nazi authorities as he was forbidden to speak in public and had to report regularly his activities to the police. He was arrested in 1943 and accused of association with conspirators. He spent 18 months in prison and was executed in 1945, a month before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
St. John’s Lutheran School
Tuition Assistance Program
Recently the Board of Education has developed and approved a Tuition Assistance program for WELS members enrolled in our school. Our congregation has generously supported the ministry efforts of St. John’s Lutheran School. However, there still is a financial obligation for families to enroll their children at our Lutheran elementary school. For certain families, this obligation is also an obstacle and may prevent families from enrolling their children in our school.
Therefore, the Board of Education has implemented this program to help maintain the affordability of Christian Education. This program will be successful with the gifts of our members to help support such families that are interested in Christian Education. Members of our congregation are encouraged to share their gifts in support of this Tuition Assistance program. Consider this an opportunity to help sponsor a child in receiving a well-rounded Christian education, and education that will last an eternity!
Please remit a special gift in the offering or directly to the church/school office labeled “Tuition Assistance.”
If you have any questions about the Tuition Assistance program and its funds, please speak to a Board of Education member or our school Principal.
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!
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.