St John's UCC Monroe

St Johns UCC Newsletter
St. John’s Mission Committee continues to look for ways to meet the needs of those having to deal directly with Covid-19. We are focusing on our school district at this time. Because school staff will be wearing masks at all times, our committee wanted them to have a “fresh start” to the school year by providing mints to each Monroe school. 

Faith Zone

As we enter September, our thoughts turn to a new Faith Zone year. Faith Zone will look and feel a little different this year, but just because it's different, it doesn't mean we can't build on our faith and enjoy fun and fellowship. It just means we have to be creative and do it a bit differently.

:We will begin the year virtually. A recorded Faith Zone message will be posted on our website ( each Sunday morning beginning Sunday, Sept. 20.  Each segment will include a children's message, a lesson and an activity. They will be designed for children of all ages and can be viewed as a family if you so desire.

As we proceed, we will evaluate and possibly look at a future date when we can do in-person Faith Zone. 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.  

Confirmation Class

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.


Campaign Education and Awareness

We do not own anything to do with as we please,
but are God’s stewards, caretakers of all God
has given us to manage
            - our personal lives
            - our families and homes
            - our work and work places
            - our churches
            - our communities, nations and world
            - our global environment

Please plan on attending one of our upcoming Awareness “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable,
always excelling in the work of the Lord, 
because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
      I Corinthians 15:58

Don’t forget that our Awareness/Education meetings start next week on Sunday & Wednesday! 
        1.  Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar
        2.  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar
        3.  Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar
        4.  Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar
        5.  Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar
        6.  Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary or webinar

If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the church office at (608) 325-2165 ext. 24 (Valerie Blum) to indicate which date listed below you would like to attend - either in-person or by webinar (video or phone). RSVPs will be very important due to the 40 in-person capacity restrictions and 25 webinar capacity for each meeting. If you plan to participate via webinar by video, we will need your email address to send you the invitation and login information. If joining the webinar by phone, we will need your phone number to send you the invitation and login information.  

We look forward to having you participate at one of the upcoming important meetings.

To share God’s love, as revealed in Jesus Christ, with our members, our youth, and our neighbors through faith, ministry, and worship. 




Would you or someone you know want to vote absentee?

Any qualified elector (U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 28 days) who registers to vote is eligible to request an absentee ballot.  Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee.  Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one.

Clerks recommend requesting absentee ballots as soon as possible to ensure they have time to get to voters and back to the clerk's office

If you or someone you know need help with your application, St Johns mission committee can help you request an Absentee Ballot.  

To request help:  Call Linda Colbeck 608-325-3344

I am very grateful for the birthday cards I received from church members and Thank you so much! Norm Gruenewald


Here’s a BIG thank you to those of you who are making a special effort to support our SCRIP program.  It continues to generate much needed money for our church.  Call Judy at the church office at 325-2165 to order your cards or stop in the church office.  Again, thanks for your support.


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.

Our next hosting is scheduled for Oct. 18th through 24th. Director Rick Gleason has it set up so two families can be housed in the new Day Center. They can accommodate up to 8 people. Please keep the homeless and needy in your hearts and prayers.  We will continue to do our part to provide food and shelter however we can and still keep everyone safe. Thanks and God's blessing to everyone.

I am working with a single person going into an apartment for their first time and they are looking for some help to get started. I have included a list of items they have provided to me. If you are able to help in any way you can arrange to drop items off at the Family Promise Day Center. Highlighted items are already on hand. Please call ahead at 608-328-2600.










Plunger and Scrubber

Towels and Washcloths








Dish strainer

Dish sponge/Dish scrubber

1-2 Ice tray(s)


Table and chairs

Coffee maker and filters

Garbage can and bags

Cooking Utensils



1-2 cloth rocking recliner chairs

TV stand

Blinds for patio door



Orion Family Services is launching the “Orion Family Services Emergency Assistance Fund” and would appreciate your support! Orion Family Services is a CHHSM agency that serves children, youth, and families throughout southern Wisconsin by providing mental health and other related supportive services. The staff at Orion see the challenges people face every day and often feel helpless to assist with financial issues. However, now staff members can apply for grants up to $500 on behalf of their consumers experiencing financial emergencies or barriers. The money may be used for car repairs, rent assistance, moving costs, food, clothing for job interviews or whatever else is required to resolve the emergent need.
Orion hopes to grow this fund to further meet the unexpected and challenging financial and concrete needs individuals and families experience. Donations to this fund give you the opportunity to provide hope and stability, and to impact the lives of those in your community. Donations are tax deductible. Please contact Stacey Parke at or (608) 270-2511 ext. 15, 6333 Odana Road, Suite 20, Madison, WI 53719 if you have any questions or if you would like to contribute to this important and meaningful fund.


 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.

Sept. 20 Denise Riese
(608) 325-2691
Sept. 27 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.



Tues. Sept. 1
Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18

Wed., Sept. 2
Exodus 7:14-25

Thurs., Sept. 3
Exodus 9:1-7

Fri., Sept. 4
Exodus 10:21-29

Sat., Sept. 5
Exodus 11:1-10

Sun., Sept. 6
Exodus 12:1-14

Mon., Sept. 7
Exodus 12:14-28

Tues., Sept. 8
Exodus 12:29-42

Wed., Sept. 9
Exodus 13:1-10

Thurs., Sept. 10
Exodus 13:17-22

Fri., Sept. 11
Exodus 14:1-18

Sat., Sept. 12
Exodus 15:19-21

Sun., Sept. 13
Exodus 14:19-31

Mon., Sept. 14
Joshua 3:1-17

Tues., Sept. 15
Nehemiah 9:9-15

Wed., Sept. 16
Mark 11:20-25

Thurs., Sept. 17
Exodus 15:22-27

Fri., Sept. 18
Exodus 16:1-21

Sat., Sept. 19
Exodus 16:22-30

Sun., Sept. 20
Exodus 16:2-15

Mon., Sept. 21
Exodus 16:31-35

Tues., Sept. 22
Romans 16:17-20

Wed., Sept. 23
Matthew 18:1-5

Thurs., Sept. 24
James 4:11-16

Fri., Sept. 25
Acts 13:32-41

Sat., Sept. 26
Mark 11:27-33

Sun., Sept. 27
Matthew 21:23-32

Mon., Sept. 28
Philippians 1:3-14

Tues., Sept. 29
Philippians 1:15-21

Wed., Sept. 30
Matthew 9:2-8 


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1724 14th St.
Monroe, WI 53566
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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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