St John's UCC Monroe

St Johns UCC Newsletter


St. John's will host a communitywide drive-through Spook-tacular Halloween celebration from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot.  Enjoy thrills, chills, treats and ghostly fun - all from the safety of your car!  The event is open to the entire community and people of all ages are invited. There is no admission fee.
As we prepare for the event, we are seeking volunteers and loans/donations of items. Items will be needed by Thursday, Oct. 29.
Items we are seeking on loan are: Canopy tents and a hay wagon
Donations we are seeking are: Hay, corn husks,

pumpkins and
small battery operated candles.
We are also seeking 3-4 volunteers willing to help with set up on Oct. 29th and take down on Oct. 31 and families or individuals willing to dress in costume and/or create a themed "station."
Please call Gary or Val at the church or email them at or for more information.  

It’s that time of year again…
Time to get your apple pie from the Youth Group, and save yourself some time for the holidays.  Pies are made frozen, and go straight from freezer to oven.  Cost is $12/each, or 2 for $20.  Proceeds go to support the Youth Group Mission Trip to Heart Butte, MT in June.
Please contact Jasmine Schiller, the Youth Director to place an order: 608-426-0654.  Or you can call the church office.  Pies will be ready for drive-thru pick up on Saturday, November 14th from 1:00 – 2:30, or you can request a delivery when you place your order.  



Jesus said, “When two OR three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Even as we continue to social distance, we need not be isolated from one another or from our church community and resources. Jesus is always in our midst. Twice weekly, Pastor Christie will offer a time of prayer, devotion, and place for you to check-in for gentle encouragement and nurture. All are welcome to join in on Thursday mornings at 9:00am. The Zoom link is found at the top of St John’s web page. If you are not equipped to Zoom and would like a time of prayer and conversation with Pastor Christie, please reach out to her at 815-258-2398 to set up a time.


This is a day set aside on the church calendar to remember and celebrate the saints that have gone before us and particularly to lift up the loved ones who have died this past year. On that Sunday, during the 9:00am worship service at St. John's UCC, we will honor the memory of these saints and celebrate their contribution to the community of faith. We hope you can join us in person or via the recorded service posted on YouTube. The link will appear on our church website that morning.



It's a new Faith Zone year and we have gone virtual. Each week we will post a virtual lesson on our website so we can be together. To find this week's post, go to our website ( on Sunday morning and click on the Faith Zone icon.  It will take you to the current link.

We hope the entire family will join us each week.  While it is different from our usual format, we can continue to build on our faith and enjoy fun and fellowship during these unusual times.

If you have questions, please get in touch with Gary or Val.  As we continue this journey, we will keep families informed through emails, newsletters, Facebook and our website.  


Registration for the Confirmation class of 2020-2021 has begun. Forms have been mailed to those we have on our roster. Please return those as soon as possible. If you have an incoming 8th grader and did not receive the mailing but are interested in joining the Confirmation class, please contact the church office at 325-2165, so we can send you information.


Thank you for all the cards, calls and memorials in memory of Sheldon.
We all appreciated your thoughts.
Bobbie, Marjorie, Tim, Nancy and family.


"But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers  who deceive themselves."   

James 1:22

St. John’s UCC would like to thank everyone for their participation in this important Awareness / Education process of evaluating our church’s future!

If you have not had an opportunity to date to give input on the future plans for the church, please attend our final Awareness / Education(A/E) Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar.  Your input is very important to us - so please join us!

In order to accommodate everyone’s situation you can either attend in person in the Sanctuary or by Webinar (video or phone).  Because of the capacity restrictions, it is very important that you RSVP to the church office at (608) 325-2165 x24 (Valerie Blum) to let us know which meeting you plan on participating in and which format so that we can get you the proper information to participate.

Just a reminder that after these meetings are completed, we will update you with the recommendations of the A/E Committee and the Church Council as to how the church will proceed based on the information gathered from all of the A/E Meetings before the Special Called Meeting on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

SCRIP!  Please don't forget to continue to purchase Scrip cards for your many purchases of gas, groceries, clothes, etc.  Call Judy in the office to make orders for pick up at 608-325-2165. Scrip cards are perfect for gifts as well.   Stop by to buy, and help keep the Scrip program, which earns money for our church, a success.  Thanks to all of you who support this mission despite our present circumstances.

AMAZON!!  If you are an Amazon shopper, go to and choose to support St. John UCC (Monroe) and you will be supporting your church financially in yet another way.  Please continue to buy Scrip cards in the office.   Thanks for your continued support.

Papa Murphy’s Fundraiser to benefit Green County Crime Stoppers

Wednesday, October 21st. Stop in to get a great meal and help a community organization. You can purchase a scrip card at the church office to pay for your order and St. John’s will benefit too! Be sure to mention “Crime Stoppers” and Papa Murphy’s will donate 10% of the sale to Green County Crime Stoppers.

The original 2020 calendar has us scheduled to host the week of Oct. 19th thru Oct. 24th. Melva spoke with Rick Gleason on Sept. 21st and he said they still have no one in the rotation program at this time. However, he will let us know if and when that changes.
But we do need to be prepared. Here is the link to sign up for at this time We will need volunteers willing to prepare an evening dinner meal. We would need to provide this one meal each day and deliver it to The Family Promise Day Center. For health safety, you will not be in contact with anyone there. If you have any questions or concerns, call Melva 608-325-6918. or the church office. 608-325-2165. Also, check the weekly online news for further updates.
Thank you for your support of Family Promise. Keep it and the families in your prayers. May God bless you and this mission.


Navigating Covid-19 information
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 If you have questions/concerns please feel free to contact

Vicki Keilhauer, Faith Community Nurse, 608-558-5963


If you or a loved one are admitted to the hospital, please contact the church office at 325-2165. This will ensure your pastoral care needs are met.

The following are the Prayer Tree Team leaders for the month.

Oct. 4   Kris Winkler
(608) 325-9326
Oct. 11 Gloria Rieder
(608) 325-6854
Oct. 18 Denise Riese
(608) 325-2691
Oct. 25 Kathy Bartelt
(608) 325-1068

Prayer requests to our Prayer Tree are held in strict confidence. Please call the church if you are admitted to the hospital. If you have a pastoral emergency during non-business hours, please call Rev. Hackman at 608-514-2020.



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St. John’s United Church of Christ
1724 14th St.
Monroe, WI 53566
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If you are a visitor, guest, or friend of St. John's United Church of Christ and would like to learn more about the church with the possibility of becoming a member of our congregation, you are invited to join us for an orientation session that will be forming soon. Contact the church office at 325-2165 or direct any questions to Pastor Todd. Members are encouraged to extend an invitation to anyone they know who might also be interested in learning more about the church.

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~ Contact Us ~
Senior Minister
Rev. Todd Hackman

Associate Minister
Rev. Christie Mandas

Faith Zone Director
Gary Neuenschwander

Christian Education Program Administrator
Val Blum

Director of Youth Ministries
Jasmine Schiller

Accounting and Business Manager
Judy Hale

Office Administrator
Brandi Camron

Faith Community Nurse
Vicki Keilhauer

Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm.
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