March 2020

"On the third day..."

Here we are, once again facing Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season..

This year we will be using as a base, a book called "Cory and the Seventh Story."

The first six stories speak of the negative ways people might respond to life.

First, all it takes is one person seeing something that someone else has and

wanting it.  It all follows a pattern after that:  a pattern of domination, revolution,

isolation, purification, accumulation and victimization.  And then...

A poet and story-teller arrives, sharing a different kind of way.  One that involves a meal and sharing, caring and grace.  It's the Jesus story!

The story we tell about the world shapes how we live.  Along Cory's journey, readers will discover six familiar stories that have repeated through history, teaching us all how to dominate, fear, or withdraw from the world and the beautiful people in it.  The good news is that there is another story, a path of openheartedness toward others.  Cory's discovery of the Seventh Story will inspire children and adults alike.  It's a book aimed to help kids grow up resilient and full of wonder - and grown-ups can learn from it too.  We can use it to start a discussion with our kids about how we treat those who seem different from us.  Or with adults to revolutionize our own understanding of how the stories we're telling about the world lead to fear, aggression, and loneliness - and how we might tell a story that creates joy, connection, and abundance even in the most difficult times and places.

May God bless our Lent:  our study, our meals, our lives together.  May we learn to live the Seventh Story!


Pr. Wendy 



 W-ELCA News 

This month's Bible Study is We are Called! This lesson is based on scripture from Mark and Acts.  In last month's study we looked at the call stories of several Old Testament prophets.  This month we move into the New Testament to reflect on being called by Jesus.  First, we will consider how Jesus called disciples during his ministry, then we will look at the story of the risen and ascended Jesus calling Paul and finally, we will reflect on Jesus' invitation to all of us to take up the cross and follow him.

Thanks to everyone who helped in some way for the luncheons/food for Evie Hicks and Harold Klentz.  May they rest in peace.

The Women's program booklet for 2020 should be in your mailboxes soon, please watch for them.

Upcoming Events:

* Sunday, Feb. 2. W-ELCA meets after church in the conference room.

*Sunday, Feb. 23 -W-ELCA's Bold Women Sunday

*Tuesday, Feb. 25, our annual Pancake Supper or as it is also known Pancake Day 

or Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:30

*Soup Suppers begin Wednesday, March 4th.

Judy Zobal

W-ELCA President

A thought:  "Love doesn't make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride

worthwhile." - Franlin P. Jones, Engineer.






THANK YOU to those who chose our churches to receive your Thrivent Choice Dollars...we are so grateful.





Bethany Lutheran Church, New Lisbon, WI


Church Council Meeting Minutes


Sunday, March 1, 2020






Council Members present:   Mark Hansen, Michaele Korbein, Pastor Wendy Ruetten, Tim Parker, Barb Parker,


Don Powell, Cindy Costello, Debby Hansen, Galen Lingl, Marcia Adams


Council members absent:     Kathie Means, Karl Katuin,




1. Call to Order: Mark called the council meeting to order at 12:00 pm.


2. Devotions: Galen provided devotions.


3. Secretary’s Report: February Council meeting minutes were published in The Beacon online and on paper and were mailed or put in church mailboxes as requested. Galen made a motion to accept the February Secretary’s Report, seconded by Debbie; motion passed.


4. Treasurer’s Report: The February reconciled general checking bank account report was presented. A Thank You note was read from the LaCrosse Area Synod on our mission support for 2019. Pastor’s mileage and Stephanie’s organist invoices for January and February have yet to be turned in for payment, and the check to Synod for benevolences will be made out and sent this week. Marcia made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented, seconded by Cindy; motion passed.


5. Pastor’s Report:   Pastor will be on vacation March 6-10. No plans for a confirmation this year, but there will be two next year. Seventeen people attended WELCA’s Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Holden Evening Prayer will be the service on Wednesdays during Lent. April 12 is Easter -service will be at 8am and brunch will be served afterward at 9am.




6. Committee Reports:


a. Education:    Nothing new.


b. Evangelism: Considering having a ‘Bethany Appreciates You’ day. Auction will be April 19. Discussed planning and attending events and posting them on Facebook. Will be working on reaching out to our older members.


c. Long Range Planning:   --


d. Property:   --


e. Social Concerns: Bethany is scheduled to help serve at the Community Sharing Supper in September. The Valentines dinner was great fun!


f.   Stewardship: --


g. Worship:   Easter music is being planned.


7. Old Business:


a. “Sunshine” Committee:   Two cards were signed to be sent out.


b. TV system: --


c. New Microphone:Mark made a motion, seconded by Barb to purchase two lapel microphones as presented for $1099, to be paid from the Balgord memorial; motion passed.


d. Pet Policy: Mark presented his finding for the discussion. Main concerns are for safety of animal and people.


8. New Business:


a. Chili Supper Lent -served by Council: This will be April 1, with Council members providing items as follows:


Cindy -shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped onions,         Don -cornbread,


Mark and Debbie -sausage/cheese/crackers,                              Marcia, Galen, Barb/Tim -bars,


Pastor -milk,      Karl -cheese,     Kathie -crackers,                       Michaele to make the chili




9. Next Meeting:   April 5, 2020 at 12noon. Karl will have devotions for that meeting, announcements for each service in April and Kwik Trip scrip cards available after worship for purchase.


10. Adjourn Meeting/Closing Prayer: Pastor led us in praying The Lord’s Prayer in closing. Tim made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Don; motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 12:45 pm.






Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein


East Lemonweir Council Meeting


March 9, 2020


President Roger Nelosn called the March 9th meeting to order and Pastor Wendy led us in prayer. Motion to approve the minutes of the January council meeting was made by Kathryn Pitcel, second by Margarete Hummelbeck; motion carried.  There was no February council meeting.  A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Margarete second by Bill Sarnow; motion carried.


Roger Nelson will contact All Star Elevator Co. for specifications and if they have sub-contrators who work with them.  If not, we will need to find the sub-contractors to do the work.


In answer to the question about Thrivent designated funds Roger N. will contact John Van Meter about seeting up accounts designate funds.  Possibly we will need to have information in the bulletin.


Margarete asked about cementary clean up and getting black dirt.  We will schedule clean up for the end of April, weather permitting.  We should check with Hamm's and Yard Effects for the black dirt and their prices.


Pastor Wendy will be taking April 14-16 for continuing education.  She noted she is off Facebook for Lent.


Motion to adjourn made by Connie Wolfgram, second by Kathryn P.; motion carried.  We closed by praying the Lord's Prayer.


Respectfully submitted,


Connie Wolfgram, sec.



Sunday - 9 am -  Sunday Worship @ Bethany                

                 10:30 am -  Sunday Worship @ East Lemonweir                 

Monday -  9 am -  Adult  Bible Study                

Tuesday - 9:30 am - Pastor Text Study              

 Wednesday -  9 am -  Quilting                      

Thursday - 7 pm - AA meets @ Bethany                  

Friday -  Pastor's Day Off 



Prayers of concern for the following:  Sandi Dvorak, Darrell Johnson, Florence Wetley,    Rachel Lee, Patty Gesler, Billy Sarnow, Lloyd, Don Wetley , Elwood Syverson, Katie Litkea, Dan Swineheart, Andy Crandall, Mary Chidester(Clara's sister), Natalie Kiel, Bonnie Crandall, Ella Wayman(Marcia's Gr. Niece), Patti Thompson, Clara Olson


Please pray for the family and loved ones of Marion Georgeson, Ann Sorenson, and Ryan Allard


Please pray for our members and those who serve in our armed forces:  Carly Johnson, Jasmine Benson, Justin Spaniol and Curt Lucas.





  Please let the office know if some one should be added to the Celebration List.  Thank you.                                                                                                                                                    

  March Celebrations


Bethany Birthdays

 5 Sidney Schultz

10 Shirley Wehman

17 Patricaa Thomas

18 Keith Korbein


Bethany Anniversaries



East Lemonweir Birthdays

 2 Lorraine Bowen

11 Bonnie Crandall

11 Karren Elsing

11 Ron Thompson

21 Sharron Groskreutz

22 Rustin Groskreutz

27 Margarete Hummelbeck

29 Dori Slater


East Lemonweir Anniversaries





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