East Lemonweir Celebrates 165 Years! 


Faithful Witnesses of East

Faithful Witnesses of East


Harold and Betty Johnson


Harold and Betty have been faithful, life-long members of East Lemonweir Lutheran Church! They have been a deep and abiding part of the life of this congregations!


Always encouraging, they have supported the youth and sincerely pray for all who are on our prayer list. In years gone by they helped with anything that needed doing, and did it with great joy.


The last years, Betty has helped with the Outreach Committee, baked lefse, cookies, sandbakkeles, and many other treats for our different church events. Thank you for all your support Harold and Betty!




Shirley Gregor


Though many of you  may not know Shirley or remember her,


Shirley used to come to worship, often riding with Bonnie Crandall.




Shirley, these last years has been living at Fairview Care Center in Mauston.


Her niece Judy taking care of her needs, Shirley loved watching television and reading. She loved talking about East Lemonweir and we would go through the picture directory one picture at a time and she would share memories. She particularly enjoyed telling me about all the people she knew from the “Suldal” book and the Sons of Norway events held at the church.




Thank you Shirley for being a gift to our community


of faith on the hill!





 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


Helen York


Over the years Helen has been a faithful witness in  many ways. She has taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School - loving this congregations children and teaching them to love Jesus.


Helen has also been a part of the Women of the ELCA, Circle, Bible Study, and coordinator of special events, funeral lunches, and the Salad Luncheon. She has also served on church council and a variety of committees.


Often Helen can be found behind the scenes getting things done so that events run smoothly. We so appreciate everything she does around here to further the ministry of Bethany!


Thank you Helen!


Karl and Peggy Katuin


Peggy and Karl have been a wonderful part of Bethany’s life for quite some time.  “Peg” is a renowned cook in our area and if you join our quilting group you would be able to taste her talents when she hosts our coffee time! She heads up our Lutheran World Relief quilting crew as well as makes prayer shawls, is part of the Women of the ELCA, and  helps with just about anything we need around this place!




Karl, over the years, has been a lector, served many times on church council and helped with building needs. Karl currently serves on our Property committee, keeping things around our building up to par! Now that Karl is retired from his work at Leer, he has been seen around here quite often checking on things. Karl has even preached on occasion!




Our special thanks for all that Karl and Peg Katuin do around here and for the humor and life they bring to our ministry!




Faithful Witnesses


John and Aleda Bailey






Such tremendous witnesses within our church community! 




Aleda and her beautiful smile has always been active in her church. From the Women of the ELCA and her circle, many may not remember that she was the financial secretary for many years. She loved to sing in the choir and worked on the Altar Guild as well.




John was an usher here at Bethany. He also served by teaching Sunday School, was on the Church Council and worked building and grounds all while they were raising their family here in New Lisbon.




Our special thanks to John and Aleda Bailey for all that they have done and continue to support our congregation here at Bethany!


February 2019

Clara Olson

Clara Olson has been a member of Bethany Lutheran Church for many, many years.

She loved to sing in the choir and help with luncheons as needed. You could always count on her to be a willing and joyful worker! Clara was in circle and taught Sunday School as well.

For many years Clara was in charge of the Altar Guild, taking care of scheduling, paraments and oil candles. She made sure everything was ready for whoever was setting up for communion.

At Christmas time, she wrangled her sons into putting up the advent wreath and made sure it was ready for the season - which they still do to this day!

Clara also helps with the quilters making quilts for Lutheran World Relief - sending quilts

all over the world.

Our great thanks to Clara for her faithful witness!


January 2019 Faithful Witness
Josephine 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!



 W-ELCA News 


 January's Bible Study is "We are called!" Session one is 'Hearing God's voice'. It is based on

Reformer Martin's expanding of the meaning of the words 'vocacation' or 'calling' as

according to him, everything we do to respond to the needs of our neighbor in any way is a vocation, a calling from God.

Please let me know if you'd like to order our Bible Study resource called "gather".

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the Christmas brunch, your attendance was appreciated.  Thanks to the co-planner Inger with her good ideas, Mike who was always willing to help in some way, Sonja and Helen for serving and cleaning up, Laurie for help setting up and clean up and Mary and Sheila for the muffins.

Thanks to everyone who donated cookes and fruit for our fruit baskets and cookie trays.  It helps so much.  We had 4 cookies packages for our members in the service and 9 fruit baskets delivered.

Thanks to everyone who helped decorate the church inside and out, it looks beautiful and adds to our Christmas Spirit.

Circles and ladies of our church please update us about your circle group and if you're not in a circle, your current phone number would be appreciaed so that if your assistance is needed for a church sponsored event, we can reach you.  Thanks in advance for that.  We are also open to new ideas for activites we can offer.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, February 2, 2020:  W-ELCA Meeting after church in the conference room.

Judy Zobal

W-ELCA President

A thought:  A New Year is God's gift, enjoy the faithful blessings he so delights in giving.






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



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:  Natalie Kiel, Colleen Grovesteen,  Darrell Johnson, Dawn Nelson,  Lisa (Moravek) Olson, Elwood Syverson,  Laurie Hicks, Nathan Bowen, Mary Chidester (Clara Olson's sister),   Andy Crandall, Florence Wetley,   Arlene Dresen,  Darrell Johnson,  Diane Johnson,  Ilea Heffler,  Taylor Freitag, Patty Gesler, Scott Gollmar,  Don Wetley, Dan Swinehart, Sandi Dvorak, Katie Litkea, Billy Sarnow, Clara Olson, Roland Raabe, Greylan,  Bev Hamm, Marion Georgeson , Linda Goldbeck, Bonnie Crandall, Sonia Rabuck Lee, Patti Thompson, Connie Gibson,  and Bruce Thomure 



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







Bethany Lutheran Church, New Lisbon, WI

Church Council Meeting Minutes

Sunday, December 1, 2019


Council Members present:   Mark Hansen, Michaele Korbein, Pastor Wendy Ruetten, Kathie Means, Shane Gesler,

Toni Phelps, Inger Kirkwood,

Council members absent:    Tim Parker, Barb Parker Marcia Adams, Morgan Reichhoff, Karl Katuin,


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

2. Devotions:  Inger provided devotions.

3. Secretary’s Report:  November Council meeting minutes were published in The Beacon online and on paper and were mailed or put in church mailboxes as requested. Shane noted that the person named to do the upgrade in the motion for the TV system quote should be corrected from Nathan Mallik to Ken Kayharts. Toni made a motion to accept the November Secretary’s Report, with the correction of the motion to have Ken Kayharts to the upgrade on the media instead of Nathan Mallik, seconded by Shane; motion passed. Also presented was the minutes of the Joint council meeting of Bethany and East Lemonweir. Shane made a motion to accept the minutes of the Joint council meeting of November 20, 2019 as presented, seconded by Inger; motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report: November’s general fund report was presented.  Remaining balance on the mortgage as of this meeting is $8,050.61. Payment on the theological conference invoice is being held until Pastor checks on it. Mark made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented, seconded by Toni; motion passed.

5. Pastor’s Report:   There will be a baptism at East Lemonweir.  Last class for confirmation for the year is this week.  Pastor would like to get a new cordless/lapel microphone -Shane will contact someone at Viterbo Fine Arts Center for info, and then a quote will be gotten. December 22 may be a guitar service.

6. Committee Reports:

a. Education:   Stacy Borchardt will check to see if she has the Sunday School curriculum. 

b. Evangelism:   There are 24 calendars for sale for $10 each; all proceeds to go to the Building Mortgage.

c. Long Range Planning:   Mortgage continues to go down.

d. Property:   Roof heat tape was installed in valley above restrooms to help combat ice, and looking at doing same in valleys on front of church but no outlet to plug into.  Request to look at getting new light posts with working outlets.

e. Social Concerns: A big Thank You to all who helped with the 15 Thanksgiving baskets!  Another big Thank you goes to Hansen’s IGA in Elroy for supplying the foods in the baskets! 

f.   Stewardship:  BINGO went well today.

g. Worship:    Choir practice is at 8 am on Sundays leading up to December 15 Christmas choir performance.  Choir members, and anyone else who wants to, can bring treats for coffee hour on December 15.

7.  Old Business:

a. “Sunshine” Committee:   No cards were sent out at this time.

b.  Budget: A budget for 2020 was presented, including the 2019 budget and 2019 expenses paid to-date and with the updated figures approved at the joint council meeting for Pastor’s wages, Laurie’s wages, and the shared expenses.  No changes were made to the non-shared budget items for 2020. Kathie made a motion to approve the proposed 2020 budget as presented, seconded by Inger; motion passed.

c. TV system:  Would like to include a 32” tv to be used for announcements in the entry instead of the dry-erase board.

d. Mortgage Payoff:   Discussed paying off the mortgage.  We have permission to use some of the Balgord bequest to accomplish this.  Mark made a motion to pay off the mortgage at year end using some of the Balgord bequest, seconded by Shane; motion passed. Then discussed where to apply any donations given to the mortgage after the mortgage is paid off. Michaele made a motion that any money coming in for the mortgage after the mortgage is paid off to be re-designated to the roof fund, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.

8. New Business:

a. Bucket money:  Currently, Bethany Buckets money goes to the mortgage.  Discussed where to apply the bucket money collected for 2020. Toni made a motion to re-designate Bucket money to the roof fund for 2020, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.

b. New Council Members:  Looking for members to fill three council positions for three years and one for two years.  The 3-year terms for Shane, Inger, and Toni expire in January, and Morgan is resigning only after one year.  If anyone is interested in filling a position, please let a council member know. So far, Debbie Hansen and Cindy Costello have agreed to be on the ballot for two of the three-year terms.

c.   Annual reports: These are due by the end of the year so all reports can be put together and put out for review two weeks before the annual meeting on the third Sunday in January.

9. Next Meeting:   January 6, 2020 at 12noon. Mark will have devotions for that meeting, announcements for each service in January 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. Toni made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Michaele; motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 12:37 pm.


Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein




East Lemonwier Lutheran Church 

Council Meeting 

December 9, 2019


President Roger Nelson called the December 9th council meeting to order, Pastor Wendy led us in prayer.  A motion to approve the secretary's minutes of the November council meeting with a correction; we decided not to take part in a Christmas ad in the paper.  Motion carried.  A motion to approve the treasurer's report made by Connie Wolfgram, second by Margarete Hummelbeck; motion carried.


The proposed budget for 2020 was discussed and amounts determined for our congregational budget.  Motion to approve the proposed budget for 2020 was made by Roger Pitcel, second by Marlene Pelton; motion carried.  The annual meeting will be held on January 26, 2020.


Needd repairs were noted, no action taken at this time.


Pastor Wendy reported the Baptism went well.  There is no Christmas Eve service at East Lemonweir; there is a 4:30 service at Bethany.


Marlene reported the organ repair service is still delayed.  She met with representatives from two elevator companies who made recommendations and quote from Access Elevator Co. should be here this week. 


Motion to adjourn made by Marlene, second by Roger Pitcel; 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 Celebrations


Bethany Birthdays


1 Ethan Klinker

4 Clara Olson

6 Fred Michael Wehman

7 John Van Meter

7 Penny Wehman

9 Kenneth Adams

13 Julie Zobal

30 Katherine Means

Bethany Anniversaries


24 John & 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


East Lemonweir Anniversaries





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