Saved by Grace ~ Led by the Spirit ~ Called to Serve

Saved by Grace ~ Led by the Spirit ~ Called to Serve

We Invite You to Join Us for Worship!
IN-PERSON Worship Services:

Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am 10:30 am

ONLINE Worship Service:

Sunday 9:00 am (previous week’s service)

ON-AIR Worship Service:

Sunday 9:00 am (previous week)
Oregon Public Access channel 983
TDS channel 1019


Here are some of our Recently Recorded Worship Services:

Sunday, May 8 – Recorded version of the 8:30 am May 1 Worship Service featuring our Chancel Choir.
Sunday, May 1 – Recorded version of the 8:30 am April 24 Worship Service featuring our Praise Band Soulvation.
Sunday, April 24 – Recorded version of the 8:30 am Easter Worship Service featuring our Chancel and Chime Choirs.
Sunday, April 17 – Recorded version of the 8:30 am Palm Sunday Worship Service featuring our Chancel Choir.
Sunday, April 10 – Recorded version of the 8:30 am April 3 Service featuring our Chancel Choir.

View More of our Worship Services on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.  Please give us a Thumbs Up…we would appreciate it!


Weekly Announcements Email – May 8

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
Psalm: Psalm 148
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35

Children’s Bulletin for Pre-Readers 3+ – May 15
Children’s Bulletin for Readers 7+ – May 15

What Matters Synod Newsletter – Updated Every Thursday – If you have something you would like considered for publication in “What Matters”, send it to Assistant to the Bishop for Synodical Life, Deacon Vicki Hanrahan.

Women of the ELCA Spring Gathering – Saturday, May 14

Please mark your calendar to attend our spring gathering on Saturday, May 14, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd., Madison. Registration with light refreshments will begin at 8:30 am, and the morning program will begin at 9:00 am.
We will have a speaker from Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, present a program titled: ‘Addressing the Crisis of Human Trafficking’. Human trafficking is big business for organized crime and for local traffickers. The average age for recruitment into the commercial sex industry is about 13. People experiencing hunger and homelessness and/or who have a history of trauma are particularly vulnerable. Learn about ways people are coerced, resources to discuss anti-sex trafficking with youth and adults, and advocacy for just public policies. We will also have updates from our synodical women’s board and will end the morning with a salad luncheon at noon. Please bring a salad to pass. A free-will offering will be collected with one-half going to Women of the ELCA, and one-half to the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin. It would be appreciated if you can RSVP via email to Polly Carter.

WELCA Thankoffering Collection – May 21 & May 22 Worship Services
It seems strange to ask for a special offering to celebrate our thankfulness for the many blessings God has given us in May. So why do the Women of St John’s have their Thankoffering collection in the spring, instead of November when we celebrate Thanksgiving? The simple answer is that we do not want to ask for your support just after our requests for donations to Lutheran World Relief and the Fall Dinner. We can, and should, be thankful for the blessings God bestows upon us all year long. The funds collected are sent to the National Women of the ELCA to support their worldwide life-changing ministries including World Hunger, Lutheran World Relief, strengthening families and communities, and education/skills training for women and girls. Just a reminder, checks should be made payable to St. John’s ELCA. If you are unable to give at one of the services, you are encouraged to bring or send your gift within the next month using an envelope clearly marked “Thankoffering”. Thank you for your contribution and support!
Sunday School Volunteer Thank You Brunch – Sunday, May 22

Sunday, May 22, is the last day of Sunday School. On that morning, Sunday School will only be offered during the 8:30 service and will include a fun project involving outside and dirt. After the 8:30 service, there will be a potluck where we can say “Thanks a Brunch” to all of the hardworking volunteers who made this year’s Sunday School possible. Ham, milk, juice, and coffee will be provided. Please see the Sign Up Bulletin Board (near the Praise Room doors) to sign up for a dish to pass. Everyone is welcome!

Order Geraniums for Pentecost – Order by May 23

Help decorate St. John’s this Pentecost with a beautiful 7” red Geranium plant! The price is $14.00. The proceeds will be used for the Altar Guild Ministry. The plants will decorate the Sanctuary for the Pentecost Eve and Pentecost Sunday Service. You can mail this completed form along with your payment to St. John’s at 625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, WI 53575, or drop it off in the church office by May 23. View and Print the Order Form now.

Summer Worship Schedule

On Memorial weekend, May 28 & 29, St. John’s will return to our summer worship schedule, through Labor Day weekend. Worship with us on Saturdays at 5:00 PM, and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.

May Member Spotlight – Norris Breitbach

Each month, a member will be featured in our Monthly Member Spotlight section.  This month, we are featuring Norris Breitbach.  Read about Norris…


Ed and Melissa have been in Mexico for about a month now. Ed is in the middle of doing many small tasks (like updating fire extinguishers) in all of our facilities. He has also been asked to research and purchase a new Branch vehicle. Melissa is transitioning out of her temporary Personnel position into another temporary position as Acting Mitla Center Administrator. Pray for more clarity on our roles in the future and for our need for administrators to oversee both of our Oaxaca facilities starting late June.
(A full update letter is posted at St. John’s, on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area.)

Sugar Creek Explorer Day Camp – Register by June 1
Congregational Life is planning a trip to Sugar Creek Bible Camp, located in Ferryville, Wisconsin.
Who: Kids entering grades K-3
When: Wednesday, July 20
Meet in the church parking lot, plan to leave at 7:00 AM and return around 5:00 PM
What: Explore Sugar Creek during this exciting one-day adventure – Activities may include fun games, nature time, swimming, crafts, pony rides, and Bible storytime.
Cost: $35. Please contact the church office (608.291.4311) if payment is an issue for your family. Families will also be asked to sign up to bring snack items, as it will be a long day. Register online at AND email Emily Staveness at, so we can plan to have enough drivers for all children who want to attend.
If you are willing to chaperone and drive, please let Emily know how many seats you have available in your car – the cost for a parent attending is $10, due on the day of the trip to cover your lunch.
DEADLINE: Registration must be completed by June 1!
Congregational Life is so excited to offer this as an option for our youth who are too young to attend the overnight options. Sugar Creek is an amazing place where great work is done in the hearts of youth, while they explore God’s beautiful creation.
Worship Assistant Schedule – Spring/Summer

This schedule includes dates for our Readers, Ushers, and Communion Servers through September 4. This schedule is also posted on the bulletin board across from the offices. If you find you are scheduled on a day that you will be gone, please find a replacement/trade with someone and inform the office. We can also assist in helping you find a fill-in. Most of all, THANK YOU for your time as worship assistants – it is much appreciated! See the Schedule.

From Your Care for Creation Team

Consider using a reusable water bottle rather than buying water in plastic bottles. One million plastic bottles are purchased in the US every minute according to Earth Day organizers. 1,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every second of every day. The consumption of plastic bottles is predicted to hit half a trillion every year. This far outstrips recycling efforts and will severely jeopardize our environment and our oceans. The World Economic Forum predicts that by the year 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish.

New Congregational Life Team

Our previous Family Ministry and Congregational Life Committees have blended into one group, under the name Congregational Life. The purpose of this group will be to integrate our new attendees/members to build relationships within the current member base and reach the greater Oregon community through events/service projects. Examples of things the group will be working on are social gatherings for all age groups, as well as bigger events including God’s Work Our Hands, and Rally Sunday. The group would love to increase our members who are willing to be a part of making this important work happen in our church. Meetings are once a month, on the second Thursday, at 6:00 pm. If meetings are something you cannot attend, please consider volunteering to help when able, as well as praying for our vision. If you have questions regarding Congregation Life, please send an email to Emily Staveness.

Schedule for Musicians

This schedule includes dates for the Chancel Choir, Chime Choir, and Praise Band. You can also find this link on the navigation menu above, under ‘Be Involved’. See the Schedule.

You Can Benefit St. John’s by Shopping!

Bill’s Food Center Receipts – As you shop at Bill’s Food Center, keep collecting and bringing in your receipts from Bill’s, they really add up! St. John’s receives a portion back from Bill’s as part of their incentive program.
Gordons Food Service Purchases – Do you shop at Gordon’s? If you do, you receive reward points, and you can donate those points to St. John’s – ask as you check out. We can use them to purchase items for coffee fellowship and Fish Fries.

St. John’s Salad Luncheon – June 9

More Information Coming Soon

St. John’s Prayer Chain

Did you know that when you have a prayer request you can call or email the prayer chain? Then the prayers will be sent on their way with many praying for you! Prayers are not made public in the newsletter or during Worship unless a request to list the prayer is received. To let the prayer chain know of your prayer, send an email to Laura McGoveran or call the Church Office at 291-4311.

In Prayer, Please Remember:

Active Duty Military Personnel

Army Captain Eric Christensen (grandson of Roger and Barb Christensen)
CM2 Jacob Gothard (grandson of Sandra Linstroth)
Staff Sergeant Curtis Hanna (grandson of Carol Hanna)
Airman Keean Paltz (son of Ron and Teri Paltz)
Private Paul Dreher (son of John and Ruth Dreher, and brother to Sarah)

Homebound Members:

Sheila Andersen, Audrey Appel, JoAnn Helgesen, Myrtle Lundey, and Beverly Reindahl, and Ruth Yaun.
Other Facilities: Shirley Miller (Kettle Park), Gladys Sage (Skaalen Heights Senior Home), Alice Nason (Elmcroft, Madison), Hazel Gaard (Bee Hive, Oregon), Virginia Riese (Main Street Quarters), Norma Winch (Kettle Park).

St. John’s Fellowship Coffee Hour Sign Up

Do you enjoy visiting with your church family following worship over coffee and treats? Consider choosing a date to host Coffee Fellowship. Maybe join with a friend and host together! There are many dates to choose from – click the link below to sign up online, or you can sign up at church too! Sign up to Host Coffee Fellowship on Sunday Mornings!

Fish Fry Fun – Thank you for Your Support!

Photos from Easter Sunday 8:30 am

Your continued financial giving is important to the health of our congregation, our synod, and the church at large, especially as we navigate through the pandemic. Your generosity is appreciated as we work together to continue our mission. Here are several easy ways for you to get offerings to St. John’s:
1) Mail your offerings to the church office. – 625 E. Netherwood St. Oregon, WI 53575
2) Automatic Giving – call the church office at 608-291-4311 and leave a message for Shirley Schiffner. She will return your call and assist you in signing up for auto giving.
3) Venmo
4) It’s also easy to Give Online


Our Denomination:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Our Synod: South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

Our Mission: Saved by Grace — Led by the Spirit — Called to Serve

Our Vision: In the context of Oregon and our local community, we, the people of St. John’s Lutheran Church, are called to…

  • welcome all persons into a life in Christ, fostering acceptance and love in the Spirit. (Community/Evangelism)
  • offer our diverse community varied Christ-centered worship opportunities that celebrate God’s grace and that affirm, educate, inspire and challenge us in our daily lives. (Worship)
  • teach the Good News of Christ and challenge (encourage) children, youth,  and adults to grow in their spiritual lives. (Education)
  • recognize and share our material and spiritual resources to serve God through church and community. (Service/Stewardship)


625 E. Netherwood St. in Oregon, WI  53575
(on Netherwood, approximately 1/2 mile from Walgreens, up the hill on the left)


(for emergencies, please leave a message)


Monday – Thursday  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.






Laura McGoveran – Coordinator for Congregational Life

Ondra Williams – Director of Worship and Music

Shirley Schiffner – Financial Director

David Klarich – Technical Director

Barb Daane – Office Assistant

Chris Staveness – Building Maintenance

Gage Klarich – Custodial

Read About Our Staff

Whoever you are… However you come…
There is always a place for you at St. John’s.

[If you have any submissions or questions for the Weekly Announcement Bulletin, please contact the office at 608.291.4311, or email Laura McGoveran by 4PM each Tuesday. If changes are needed on this page, or on any other part of this website, please contact Laura McGoveran or Sheryl Lindmeier]