Annual Reports will be due by January 2, 2022.
 
   
Our churches are blest to have many wonderful volunteers, who make things just happen. Some know the people that magically do this. Please make sure to say "Thank You," and we noticed.



On December 5th and 19, Pastor Kris Fahey will lead our services. We will be having communion those Sundays. East Lemonweir is planning a Christmas Day Service. Bethany's Christmas Eve Service is pending. Please watch for updates.

Good Works

Thank you!  The Bethany Quilters presented 4 quilts to our 2021 High School Graduates, 4 quilts to the Serentiy House in Tomah, 1 quilt for Pastor Wendy's retirement and 139
quilts for the Lutheran Quilt Mission.  East Lemonweir donated 21 Health Kits for Lutheran Missions and 14 School Kits.  Bethany donated 55 Health Kits for Lutheran Missions.
Thank you.

Thank you everyone for your participation in the Bethany Auction. We raised $447 which will be used for the church roof heat tape. Good job! 


Reminder:  Please check the "Schedules" option of this website.  You will find those who have offered to help during worship and other items as needed. Thank you to all who have volunteered their abilities and talents.
 
There are two sheets available at both churches. Please update your phone number and if you wish, your email address. The other sheet is to select whether you would like to receive your Beacon (Church Newsletter) via email, your church mailbox or mailed to your home address.

If you could update your information by December 3rd, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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From Betty - Starting in December, I plan on working mainly Wednesdays between 8:30 am and sometime early afternoon. If you need to reach me on other days, you may call me at 608 562 3991 (home) or email bethanyeast@mwt.net. Hopefully the weather is always great on Wednesdays.  If you need to meet with me on a different day, that is doable, just ask.  If I need to change to a different day, I will update either on the website or our Facebook page. With the rise in fuel costs, I hope this will save on the Bethany fuel expense, as the Bethany Quilters meet on Wednesday so we would be warming up the fellowship hall on Wednesday. I am able to do much of the computer work from home and send as an attachemnt to the church's email.
If you have any questions please ask. 
Thank you.

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UPCOMING EVENTS!
 
Attention:  Bethany & Friends -
Mark your calendars
 
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Friday December 3
W-ELCA Brunch
10:00
Bethany Fellowship Hall
If you wish you may bring a gift to exchange. Please limit to $3.00 gift.
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Sunday, December 5
Following Bethany Worship W-ELCA will be assembling the cookie/fruit plates for Shut Ins.
If able please bring a dozen cookies for this event.
 
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Sunday, December 12
Christmas Brunch
Following Bethany Worship in the Bethany Fellowship Hall.
If able please bring a dish to pass.
Let's celebrate Christmas with our Church Family
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Prayers of Concern 
 
Remembering 
those who have lost family and friends this past year.

 
Prayers of Health
Diane
Heather
John 
Dennis 
Patty 
Sam Phillips (Check our Facebook page for his Caring Bridges Link)
Don 
Sandi 
and others who are struggling with their wellness.
 
Prayers for military members and their families.
 
 
Please let Betty know if others should be added to our prayers.
 
 
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Bethany Lutheran Church, New Lisbon, WI
Church Council Meeting Minutes 
Sunday, November 7, 2021
 
Council Members present:  Karl Katuin, Michaele Korbein, Pastor Wendy Ruetten, 
Larry Thome, Cindy Costello, Debby Hansen, Don Powell
 
Council Members absent:   Galen Lingl, Tim Parker,
  
1.  Call to Order:  Karl Katuin called the council meeting to order at 12 noon.  
 
2.  Devotions:  Don Powell provided the devotions. 
 
3.  Secretary’s Report:   Minutes from September regular Council meeting were presented. Don Powell made a motion, seconded by Larry Thome, to accept the Secretary report as presented; motion passed 7-0.
 
4.  Treasurer’s Report:  Reports provided included the October reconciled general checking report, which showed a negative balance for the end of October. We are again a little short this month; several bills are not listed there and still need to be paid.  The Roof Fund has grown to $46,692.82 as of the end of October.  Don Powell made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented, seconded by Cindy Costello; motion passed 7-0. 
 
5.  Pastor’s Report:   Pastor has a funeral on Tuesday.  The laptop has everything for services on it.  ELCA will send notices to get congregational reports done.  Michaele, Karl and Betty can work to get these done; the reports come in December and are due in early February.   Betty will know where to get the readings for services and bulletins. Pastor is in the process of packing.  A walk-thru of the parsonage will be scheduled.  Shut-in visits will be done.
 
6.  Committee Reports:  
 
     a.  Education:     --Nothing new. 
 
    b.  Evangelism:  -- Auction was held October 31, netting $447 to benefit the purchase and installation of the heating cable.  Bingo is planned for November 21.. A brunch on December 12 is being planned.  Council signed cards for shut-ins that will be mailed tomorrow.  The Sunshine Group is having lights in the park again this year, if anyone wanted to put up a display in the park for Bethany.  
 
    c.  Long Range Planning:   --  
 
   d.  Property:   --  The boiler is scheduled for maintenance this week. The metal sign on the corner needs to be replaced; check with city for sign ordinance requirements.  A heat alarm could assist with monitoring the heat in the parsonage through the winter. 
 
    e.  Social Concerns:  -- The sports-themed food drive for the New Lisbon Food Pantry to “tackle hunger” will run through November 21.  Incentives are offered for pantry donations. Fifty-five Health Kits were completed and readied for shipping with the quilts. Thanksgiving baskets for thirteen families will be put together on the 21st.  
 
    f.   Stewardship:  --Offering envelopes will be ready in December for next year.  
 
   g.  Worship:   --Supply pastors and speakers are being checked and considered for services.  December 26 could be a singing service.
 
7.  Old Business: 
 
    a.  Heating cable for roof:  --A big Thank You to Johnny Costello for installing the new roof heating cable!  A thermostat would help with turning it on and off as needed.
 
    b.  Pastor retirement:  Luncheon will be held November 14 with Bethany and East Lemonweir to celebrate.
 
    c.  Copy Machine:  The new copier will be from Rhyme and will be changed out any time.  Rhyme offered better prices in the end than EO Johnson. Cost will drop to approximately $149/month.  
 
8.  New Business: 
 
    a.  Office Supplies purchasing:  Betty will work with Michaele on orders, possibly from Quill for office supplies such as copy paper.  
 
    b.  Meeting time change:  First Sunday of the month will continue being the monthly council meeting, but the time was changed to be right after worship.
 
9.  Next Meeting:   December 5, 2021, right after worship.   Cindy Costello will have devotions. 
 
10.  Adjourn Meeting/Closing Prayer:  Pastor led us in praying The Lord’s Prayer.  Cindy Costello made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Don Powell; motion passed 7-0.  
 
The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
  
Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein
Bethany Lutheran Church, New Lisbon, WI
 
 
 
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East Lemonweir Lutheran Church
Council Minutes
November 15, 2021
 
President Roger Nelson called the November 15th meeting to order. A motion to approve the minutes of the October council meeting was made by Marlene Pelton, second by Kathryn Pitcel; motion carried. A motion to approve the treasurer's report made by Connie Wolfgram, second by Jennifer Sarnow; motion carried.  Pastor Wendy's farewell dinner went well, we had a nice turn out and the food was excellent.

Worship services are covered for November. We will have a Thanksgiving Day service but no Christmas Eve services. We will have a Christmas Day Program. We will have Communion the first and third Sundays in December. Pastor Kris Fahey will be here. Chris Altman will be here the first and thrid Sundays in January.
 
There will be a joint council meeting at Bethany coming in January right after worship service.
 
We will be asking for volunteers to be on the call committee. Dawn Nelson is our first volunteer.
 
Marlene will get the Christmas tree and we will decorate on November 29th at 9:30.
 
Marlene Pelton made the motion to adjourn, second by Roger Pitcel; motion carried.  We closed by praying the Lord's Prayer.
 
We closed by praying the Lord's Prayer.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Connie Wolfgram, sec.
 
 
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W-ELCA News (contributed by Judy Zobal – Bethany W-ELCA President)

I'm truly happy that we are able to plan to have our Women's Thankoffering and Christmas Brunch in person this year.

*The Thankoffering Service is an opportunity for the women of our church to give an offering in gratitude for blessings. Lutheran women have been carrying out this tradition for more than 100 years as it began in the early 1900s.

*Our Christmas Brunch which formally was a dinner is a long standing (over 40 years) get together to celebrate the anticipation of Christmas and enjoy fellowship.

Our November Bible Study is Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router – The Holy Spirit is the wind of God, moving us into deeper faithfulness and more authentic love. It demonstrates the ways in which God's Spirit moves us to bear good fruit in the world and refines us into our truest selves. This lesson follows the Spirit's movements through the early church to see how the Spirit re-routes God's people, guiding us into tranformed lives and renewed communities of faith.

Needed:

Current phone numbers of our Bethany ladies. This info is needed so that members can be contacted to help when there is a need of food/workers for a funeral. Having updated numbers makes it a time saving convenience for Inger to implement necessary plans. Please share this with the church office.

An important request from Toni Phelps, Altar Guild Chair. We're in need of 2-4 ladies to serve as one team to be a part of our altar guild. This new team would join our current 3 teams. Main duties include setting up communion and taking care of our altar as needed. When we have 4 committed teams, each team is only responsible for 3 months. For example a team might be assigned Jan., May, Sept. Your months are rotated yearly. Please consider this request as it is a part of our faith and worship. For more information contact Toni Phelps.

Upcoming events: Please watch for details.

November 21- Women'sThankoffering during regular church service

December 3 – Christmas Brunch – 10:00 a.m.

December 5 – Packing and delivering fruit baskets after church service

A thought: We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. Neal A. MaxwellW-ELCA News (contributed by Judy Zobal – Bethany W-ELCA President)

I'm truly happy that we are able to plan to have our Women's Thankoffering and Christmas Brunch in person this year.

*The Thankoffering Service is an opportunity for the women of our church to give an offering in gratitude for blessings. Lutheran women have been carrying out this tradition for more than 100 years as it began in the early 1900s.

*Our Christmas Brunch which formally was a dinner is a long standing (over 40 years) get together to celebrate the anticipation of Christmas and enjoy fellowship.

Our November Bible Study is Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router – The Holy Spirit is the wind of God, moving us into deeper faithfulness and more authentic love. It demonstrates the ways in which God's Spirit moves us to bear good fruit in the world and refines us into our truest selves. This lesson follows the Spirit's movements through the early church to see how the Spirit re-routes God's people, guiding us into tranformed lives and renewed communities of faith.

Needed:

Current phone numbers of our Bethany ladies. This info is needed so that members can be contacted to help when there is a need of food/workers for a funeral. Having updated numbers makes it a time saving convenience for Inger to implement necessary plans. Please share this with the church office.

An important request from Toni Phelps, Altar Guild Chair. We're in need of 2-4 ladies to serve as one team to be a part of our altar guild. This new team would join our current 3 teams. Main duties include setting up communion and taking care of our altar as needed. When we have 4 committed teams, each team is only responsible for 3 months. For example a team might be assigned Jan., May, Sept. Your months are rotated yearly. Please consider this request as it is a part of our faith and worship. For more information contact Toni Phelps.

Upcoming events: Please watch for details.

November 21- Women'sThankoffering during regular church service

December 3 – Christmas Brunch – 10:00 a.m.

December 5 – Packing and delivering fruit baskets after church service

A thought: We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. Neal A. Maxwell

  
 
 
Upcoming events:
 
November – Thankoffering 
 
A thought:  God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with--    
 
   Billy Graham 
 
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NOVEMBER CELEBRATIONS
Bethany Birthdays 
Sonja Haske - 29
 
There are no November Anniversaries for either Church
 
DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS

Bethany Birthdays


John York - 2
Ileas Heffler - 6
Donna Klentz - 10
Kathy Thome - 10
Michaele Korbein - 13
Jolene York - 17
Scott Gollmar - 17
Darrell Johnson - 19
Merry Christmas - 25
Suzanne Brzoska - 26
Mary Jahnsen - 26
Debby Hansen - 26
Alyssa Allard - 27
Joanne Klinker - 28
 
East Lemonweir Birthdays
 
Michael Stoughtenger - 4
Deanna Brownell - 18
Merry Christmas - 25
Adalyn Kiel - 27


Bethany Anniversaries


Gregory & Mary Shattuck - 31
Mark & Christy Toelle - 31

East Lemonweir Anniversaries


Edward & Sharon Groskreutz - 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 



 

 
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