75 years


Our thanks to all  who helped bring our celebration full circle on November 11th! We wished we could have given special mention to everyone who has been a part of Bethany over the years - it was so wonderful to see old friends and have new friends as well! 


In keeping with our anniversary spirit, we would like to keep up the celebration for the next  year by making sure we recognize the many people who have grown this church family over the years with a segment each month that we are going to call “ Faithful Witnesses of Bethany Lutheran Church.”


Next year will be East Lemonweir’s 165th anniversary and we would love to do the same for them as well!



Faithful Witnesses

January 2019 Faithful Witness
Josephina Norris

Jo started attending Bethany in 1970.  She's been involved in teaching Sunday School, Bible School, wrote Christmas programs for the Sunday School. She also helped with the food pantry, wrapped boxes many years for the fruit baskets.

Jo also made a pictorial of the fellowship hall addition.  Into her nineties she continued serving on altar guild, baking communion bread, singing in the choir, and making her (requested) pies for the salad luncheon. She enjoyed serving coffee hour, and greeting people as they came and went.

And a personal favorite memory was Jo making her turkey cookies to sell at Thanksgiving with all proceeds being donated for the chimes or to the altar guild.

Josephina now resides at Fairview Nursing home in Mauston, and really enjoys seeing visitors!


December 2018 Faithful Witness 

Evie Hicks


Where would we be without Evie? She and her husband Harley raised their family here at Bethany and were very much a part of helping this church grow. Their son Gabe was even our organist! Evie taught Sunday School for years and years, and has many fond memories of watching the young children grow up to be wonderful people in our communities and elsewhere. She loved Jesus and shared that loved with our young ones. Often someone will share that they had her as a teacher and share their memories.


Evie was also church treasurer for many years and was on council. These last years Evie and her fiancé Dick Carle were a spark of joy in our church and town. Wa Du Shuda Days were a favorite event for them both and were very involved. Sadly Dick passed away earlier this year, and we all miss him terribly. 


Evie can always be found at community events with a cheerful word for whoever she sees. We are grateful that she has been a faithful witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus here at Bethany Lutheran Church! 


Many, many thanks for all you do and have done Evie!


Parish Secretary

I want to take a moment of your time, and thank you for selecting me to be your Parish Secretary.  My last day will be February 1, 2019. I cannot say enough good things about you, my employers and my church family.  I love this job, and that is not an exaggeration. It gave me an opportunity to "really" know each one of you. Prior to this job, I didn't know many of the East Lemonweir members, what a fun and kind group you are! I knew Bethany members but not as well, as I do now; you, too, are fun and kind people. Usually I knew you by which pew you selected. It is amazing how much people can accomplish when we work together.

As many know, I decided I needed to start enjoying retirement completely. Life is a gift, and I think I need to enjoy my coffee a little longer in the morning and count my many blessings. I won't be moving away, I will still be in church, I might show up at East Lemonweir if I enjoy my Sunday coffee too long in the morning.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas a very blessed New Year.

Blessing and Thank you,



Confirmation 5:30 - 7 pm. 

January 23

February 6

February 20

March 6 (Ash Wednesday) Lent Begins

Easter is April 21st

May 1 (???Final Class)



East Lemonweir is holding their Prime Rib dinner & Variety Show on January 26, 2019.  The cost of a ticket is $20.  Doors open at 5pm with dinner starting at 6 pm. Entertainment this year is provided by the mauston High School Jazz Band.  For tickets contact Dawn Nelson @





W-ELCA News  

Contributed by Judy Zobal - Present of Bethany's W-ELCA


Upcoming Events:

January 13th W-ELCA meets after church in the conference room.


April 6, 2019 - we host Synod W-ELCA Spring convention...get ready and excited.


December was a busy month and we accomplished good things. Decorating the church, assembling fruit/cookie baskets for our shut-ins, packaging cookies for our members who are in the military, hosting the Christmas Brunch and donating over $800 to various causes we support. Thanks to everyone for your help.


We were happy to gift the church with the "75th" banner hanging behind the altar in honor of our church's 75th Anniversary.


The yearly program booklet is prepared in January and we would appreciate phone number updates. This makes it convenient for when members need to be contacted for help with our various responsibilites. Please let the church office or Judy Zobal know of any changes. Thanks.


We will be hosting the W-ELCA Spring Synod Convention on Saturday April 6. This is a big undertaking but a special opportunity to share our church and community.  This is a church wide effort and we will appreciate your help.


May the New Year bring you Blessings.






Our Bethany East Facebook Page


Daily Scripture,

Events, Schedules, Updates, Cancellations, ETC

See you there!


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



Mondays -  9 am - Adult Study

Tuesdays - 9:30 am - Pastor is at Text Study

Wednesday - 9 am - Quilting 

Thursdays - 6:30 pm AA meets @ Bethany

Fridays - Pastors Day Off 


Prayers of concern for the following: Dawn Nelson,  Lisa (Moravek) Olson, Elwood Syverson, Marcia Adams,  Laurie Hicks, Loretta Balgord, Nathan Bowen,  Goldie Sorenson, Mary Chidester (Clara Olson's sister), Greg Gollmar,  Andy Crandall, Florence Wetley,   Arlene Dresen, Denise Fitzgerald, Darrell Johnson,  Fred (Fran Benson's Brother), Diane Johnson,  Ilea Heffler, Joy Wade (Sister of Marcia Adams), Taylor Freitag, Patty Gesler, Scott Gollmar, Keatan Joseph (Evie Hick's nephew),  Don Wetley, Dan Swinehart, Sandi Dvorak, Katie Litkea, Billie Sarnow, Charles Georgeson, Aleda Bailey, Roland Raabe, Greylan,  Bev Hamm and Marion Georgeson. 

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


Prayers for the friends and family of Larry Chard, Hugh Bradley, Brian Olson, Jo Norris and Penny Tiedt's father who passed on 1/15.



Bethany Lutheran Church, New Lisbon, WI

Church Council Budget Meeting Minutes

Sunday, January 6, 2019



Council Members present:   Keith Korbein, Michaele Korbein, Pastor Wendy Ruetten, Mark Hansen, Shane Gesler, Debby Hansen, Barb Parker, Inger Kirkwood, Toni Phelps, Galen Lingl, Kathie Means, Marcia Adams

Council members absent:    Helen York

1.  Call to Order:  Keith called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon.

2.  Devotions:  Keith provided devotions.

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

4.  Treasurer's Report:  December's monthly treasurer's report was presented and discussed. An extra payment at year end was made to the building mortgage for extra funds received during the year toward for the mortgage.  All bills are up to date.  Account balances will be ready for the annual meeting. Shane made a motion to accept the December treasurer's report, seconded by Toni; motion passed.  Note that the Girl Scouts sent a Thank You check to us for us letting them using our space, so this needs to be decided where to be put.

5.  Pastor's Report:  Pastor is currently working on her year-end synod reports.  She noted several members are in very poor health, and home visits are upcoming.  A suggestion was made to send more cards out, like a sunshine committee, for home bound or poor in health.  After discussion and general agreement, these will be signed by the council at council meetings; they were started this day and will be distributed by Pastor.

6.  Committee Reports:a.  Education:   Thank you to Helen York for offering to start teaching Sunday School, if we have children available.

b.  Evangelism:   Working on a flyer for welcoming people to worship here.  Coffee and Greeter lists are done and posted. Loggers game was not arranged last year, but are considering it again for this year.

c.  Long Range Planning:  Thank You to whoever made the generous donation to the Roof Fund!  Also, Thank You to those who donate toward paying off the building mortgage!  We need to keep the momentum going on what we have started, as the progress is showing very well.  Also, we need to start looking at getting updated roof bids.

d.  Property:  Water is in basement corner room again.  Gas company needs to be contacted again, as smell is a little strong out front once again.  Mark will purchase two new trash cans. Galen will check into a new 2-line phone for the kitchen area. Keith will check with Louie on running CAT5 wire to TV above the altar.

e.  Social Concerns:  March begins our collecting items for health kits.

f.   Stewardship:  Reminder that "Bucket" money this year goes to pay down the Building Mortgage. Another reminder is that another mortgage match toward the building fund was offered for 2019 like 2018, except that the matching funds will be $5000 instead of $1000.   Looking at changing several 'special' offering envelopes for 2020. Sub-committee is continuing to work on coming up with ways that help pay off the building mortgage.

g.  Worship:    Teen acolytes are in short supply.  If any adult would want to do this, please let Barb or any other council member know as acolyte training will need to be set up.

7.  Old Business:

a.  Audit of 2018 Financials:   This is now complete.

b.  Church Secretary Position:  Laurie Lawrence was hired as the church secretary, at $10/hr for 15 hours/week.

c.  Reports due for Annual Meeting:  Several reports were noted as missing and need to be turned in yet.


d.  Nominees needed for three council positions (currently held by Keith, Helen and Debby), Financial Secretaries, Treasurer, Secretary, Head Usher, Synod Assembly Voting Members, Auditors, and Sugar Creek Bible Camp Delegate.  If anyone is interested, please let a council member know.  So far, two members have expressed an interest.

 8.  New Business:

a.  Reminder of Annual Meeting January 20, 2019:  The meeting will be held during the worship service.

A potluck will be served afterward, so remember to bring a dish to pass!

b.  Discuss and Approve 2019 budget:  No changes except in Pastor's wage area.  Motion by Debby to approve the 2019 budget, seconded by Barb; motion passed.

c.  Financial Computer:  Discussed moving office computer to financial area and purchasing a new computer for the office and cost.  Barb made a motion to purchase a new desktop computer and monitor for the office not to exceed $1000, seconded by Toni. Pastor offered a monitor she has, so wouldn't have to purchase that part and would save some money.  On that note, motion passed.

9.  Next Meeting:   This will be February 3, 2019 at 12pm, unless otherwise changed after a short council meeting after the annual meeting. Devotions for that meeting, announcements for each service in February and Kwik Trip scrip cards available for purchase after worship also to be determined after the annual meeting.

10.  Adjourn Meeting/Closing Prayer:  The Lord's Prayer was prayed in closing. Mark made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 1:00 am.



Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein




East Lemonweir Council Meeting

December 10, 2018 


President Roger Nelson called the meeting to order. Pastor Wendy led us in prayer. A motion to approve the secretary's minutes of the November 12th meeting made by Roger Pitcel, second by Marlene Pelton; motion carried. Motion to approve the treasurer's report made by Marlene Pelton, second by Connie Wolfgram; motion carried.


We discussed the budget for 2019, making adjustments where possible. Motion to approve the 2019 budget and present it for congregational approval at the annual meeting was made by Roger Pitcel, second by Marlene Pelton; motion carried. The annual meeting for East Lemonweir will be on the 4th Sunday in January.


Pastor Wendy reported we are still looking for applicants for the church secretary position. Betty will stay on until Feb. 2nd. Pastor urged all members who have reports to submit for the annual report to get them in as soon as possible.


Pastor also noted we will have a Baptism on January 13th for Easton Shipley.


The Mission Interpreter for the synod will be attending the January council meeting.


Marlene reported the fire inspector has checked the extinguishers and all were o.k. She also noted a correction in the October minutes of the amount of money available for next year's Wa du Shuda activies from $300 to $500.


Motion to adjourn made by Roger Pitcel, second by Marlene Pelton motion carried. We closed by praying the Lord's Prayer.


Respectfully submitted,

Connie Wolfgram, Sec.


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


                             January 2019 Celebrations


 Bethany Birthdays


 1 Ethan Klinker

 4 Clara Olson

 5 Lura Dahl

 6 Fred Michael Wehman

 7 John Van Meter

 7 Penny Wehman

 9 Kenneth Adams

13 Julie Zobal

17 Charles Georgeson

18 Marilyn Johnson

20 Aleda Bailey

30 Katherine Means


Bethany Anniversaries

 24 John A & Christina Krotzman

28  Tim & Barb Parker


East Lemonweir Birthdays

 8 Christine Lange

 11 Betty Johnson

12 Heinrich Hummelbeck

15 Kim Kannenberg

18 Jennifer Sarnow

23 Kevin Weinshrott

29 Lars Onsager


No East Lemonweir Anniversaries

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