St. John’s Lutheran Church
505 E. LaFollette Steet, Box 367 Pardeeville, WI 53954
Church email: email@example.com
Pastor James D. Plocher Phone: 608-448-3127 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal William Hinz Phone: 920-222-0867 Email: email@example.com
Announcements October 29 & November 1, 2020
This week at St. John’s: Monday, November 2 Bible Information Class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 3 Ladies Aid meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 Catechism at 6:00 p.m. and Adult Handchimes at 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Military Support Group AMMO Can Campaign: As Veterans Day approaches; Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) is seeking donations in support of our military men, women and their families. LMSG, a partnership of ELS and WELS veterans, is working to grow awareness of and bring Christian support to military members and their families in our congregations and beyond. By placing your gift in the AMMO can located in the Narthex, you are supporting the work of local congregations that are ministering to nearby military families, the WELS chaplain program, the MCP (Military Contact Pastor program training and more). Questions? Visit www.lutheranmilitary.org. THANK YOU for standing shoulder to shoulder with those serving our nation!!
125th Anniversary: St. John’s will be kicking off 125 years November 12/15, 2020.
Board of Property and Maintenance: is looking for someone to be willing to keep the parking lot salted as needed this winter. We are asking for either a volunteer or a referral to a qualified person.
Attendance: Pastor is learning names and faces. If you are comfortable inviting him over for a personal visit, please do! Meanwhile, when you come for worship, the Elder will be recording your family’s names. It will help us all be more aware of each other, perhaps. We also want those who watch online to make a connection with Pastor, too. Please send him an email or text letting him know you watched this week. firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-448-3127.
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. We have to work to maintain our fellowship, so call or email Pastor for encouragement from God’s Word.
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.