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 February 24 & 28 2021
This Week at St. John’s: Monday, March 1 Bible Information Class at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 Ladies Aid meeting at 1:30 p.m. Faculty meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 Worship at 4 & 6:30 p.m. & Adult Handchimes at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 4 Catechism at 6:00 p.m.
Ladies Aid: At the next Ladies Aid meeting on Tuesday, March 2 we will be Amending the Constitution and changing the bylaws of the Ladies Aid.
Donations for LWMS Mission Projects: The Ladies Aid will be receiving your donation on Wednesday, March 3 & 10 and on Sunday, March 7 & 14, 2021. On these dates the Mission Box will be located in the center of the narthex to receive your donation. Mission Project information will be posted on the Ladies Aid Bulletin Board that is located in the entry way to the church. Checks should be made out to St. John’s Ladies Aid. Your donation can be mailed to the Ladies Aid if you are unable to attend church on the days the Mission Box is available.
Social Studies Fair: The students in our school have completed projects for our school’s Social Studies Fair. These projects will be on display in the fellowship hall through March 10. Please be sure to view the variety of projects presented by our students.
125th Anniversary Blessings of Christian Education: As we celebrate God’s grace to our congregation for 125 years, the Anniversary Service scheduled for March 7th will have a focus on the blessings of Christian Education and the ministry of our school. Mr. Hinz will lead a presentation during Bible Study to share with the congregation some updates about what’s going on in our school. Take time to walk through the halls of the school to also view the various student art projects and other items on display.
Online Picture Directory: We are working on setting up an online picture directory for St. John’s. You may email a picture to email@example.com or during Lent we will have someone available to take your picture. We will also need your email to get your account started.
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.
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: Midweek Lenten Services Wednesday 4:00 & 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!
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.