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 August 6 & 9, 2020
Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed: God willing, St. John's Lutheran School will be opening on Tuesday, September 1, for in-person instruction. Some things will look a little different, but some will remain the same. The souls of our students will still be fed through the work of the Holy Spirit in teaching God's Word and their bodies will be fed by the work of our awesome hot lunch helpers. Would you like to have the amazing opportunity of serving lunch this year? If you are willing to help us out, or if you are not sure if it is for you and have questions, please contact Noreen Wilson at 429-3920 or text/ call her at (402)360-5498. The first training session will be held Monday, August 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Every effort is being made to provide a safe work environment for our hot lunch volunteers. We cannot provide this service without you, so please sign up today!
Reminder: During the month of August the Ladies Aid sponsors a drive for the Wyocena Community Helping Hands Pantry. This year the drive will be a monetary drive because the Pantry is not allowed to take any food donations during the Covid-19 epidemic. The donation box will be located in the center of the narthex. Checks should be made out to the Wyocena Helping Hands Pantry. If you would like a receipt, contact Laureen Lueck (608)429-3370.
Meetings: Elders Tuesday, August 11 at 6:45 p.m.
Board of Education Monday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Church Council Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Bible Information Class: Pastor will soon be starting a class that reviews the basic teachings of the Bible. Every member is invited to attend and refresh their understanding of God’s Word. Bring a friend along and introduce them to our congregation. The first class will be Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Financial update July 2020:
Internal Borrowing $16,292.43
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 10:00.
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.