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 


Upcoming event:  Our annual visit to our "shut ins" will be in August, please watch for more information.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in anyway with the Salad Luncheon and Silent Purse Auction.  This fun and successful day wouldn't have happened without all the helping hands, various contributions and support of everyone.  Thanks goes to Helen York and her daughters Jolene and Jill for all their work.

Also thanks to those who provided food and worked for the funeral of Aleda Bailey.  May she rest in peace.

The Gather Bible Study for this month is HELPING OUR VOICES BLOOM.  How God's voice speaks to us in the silences, calling us to act.

If you're looking for a "good read" and haven't done so yet, check out our chuch's library in the back of the Fellowship Hall - many choices of good books.

A thought:  What is the best vitamin for a Christian?  B1

Judy Zobal

W-ELCA President


With the 4th of July coming soon, I'd like to share a poem written by my Mom "Jo"


The sun was bright that early spring day,

Tho the wind was cold and blowing on high

While crossing the street I heard a crackling sound

Forcing my gaze to the bright blue sky.


There on a flagpole "Old Glory" was snapping

Sounding similar to the blast of a gun

Its red, white and blue billowing bright and strong

Like asking God to protect each daughter and son


Or was it a message, asking all Americans

To realize their greatness from its land to the seas

Cracking and snapping, "Attention America" wake up

Pray for your country, get down on your knees.


Written by Josephine Norris





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 -  No Adult  Bible Study                

Tuesday - 9:30 am - Pastor Text Study              

 Wednesday -  No Quilting                      

Thursday - 7 pm - AA meets @ Bethany                  

Friday -  Pastor's Day Off 



Prayers of concern for the following:  Natalie Kiel, Dale Schultz,  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, Keatan Joseph (Evie Hick's nephew),  Don Wetley, Dan Swinehart, Sandi Dvorak, Katie Litkea, Billy Sarnow, Clara Olson, Roland Raabe, Greylan,  Bev Hamm, and Marion Georgeson , Dan Berkos, Linda Goldbeck Joan Schulenberg, Dennis Stark,Bonnie Crandall, and Bruce Thomure


Please pray for the family and loved ones of Aleda Bailey, Mary Neitzel and Jason P. Fox.


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 Budget Meeting Minutes


Sunday, June 2, 2019


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



Kathie Means, Marcia Adams, Morgan Reichhoff, Karl Katuin, Inger Kirkwood, Shane Gesler, Barb Parker


Council members absent:    none


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


2. Devotions:  Marcia provided devotions.


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


4. Treasurer’s Report:  Monthly treasurer’s reports for May were presented on all accounts. General fund will be presented monthly as usual; all other accounts will be quarterly due to amount of paper used to print it all.  All accounts are reconciled to the bank through April.  The savings amounts were broken down. As noted last month, a second bequest is in process.  There is a balance of $28,031.53 remaining on the building mortgage. Marcia made a motion to accept the May treasurer’s reports, seconded by Morgan; motion passed.


5. Pastor’s Report:   Synod Assembly will be June 14-16; underwear and socks are being collected for that.  The Bishop’s message will be the sermon for that Sunday.  A birthday celebration will be held during coffee hour on June 9.


6. Committee Reports:


a. Education:   Sugar Creek will be doing VBS from July 14-18 from 5-7:30 here at Bethany, courtesy of a wonderful memorial gift from Penny Tiedt. Remember to sign up your children! Area churches are invited to join !


b. Evangelism:   In process of choosing dates for the Logger’s game -just watch for more to come on this.


c. Long Range Planning:   Still hope to pay off the building mortgage by the end of the year -seven months to go!


d. Property:   Church:  water table still high and seeping into the church basement -have to wait until water goes down before working on it again. Still investigating the water heater. Shed: needs materials to do repairs, and needs shingles replaced as well.  Parsonage: yard, fence and deck all in the back need work. Have to wait until the water goes down, so deck will be worked on first; then fence. There is $335 that could be used for work on parsonage projects.  Noted that weeding needs to be done in the planted area outside; may need a work day.


e. Social Concerns: Continuing to collect items for the health kits: individually wrapped adult toothbrushes, individually packaged bath-size bar soap, metal nail clippers, and bath-size colored bath towels. They always run out of colored towels first, so they have been requesting those all along to make sure there is enough.  


f.   Stewardship:  Nothing new.


g. Worship:    Speakers not working quite right -system needs adjustments. Looking to stay current with liturgy; could use liturgy from red hymnals -there are 20 hymnals that were purchased for choir quite a while ago which we have copyright on but not CCLI.  East Lemonweir has requested doing a Christmas cantata this year.


7.  Old Business:


a. “Sunshine” Committee:   One card was signed for Pastor to deliver.


b. Donation Ideas: Shane is working on getting an estimate of what is wrong with our electronics/sound system and what we could do to upgrade.  Up to five hundred dollars were approved for this.


8. New Business:


a. July – no meeting – Kathie will have announcements for July and will sell scrip cards.  Just a reminder.


b. Liturgy for Summer:  Will be different from what we have during the school year. 




9. Next Meeting:   This will be August 4, 2019 at 12noon. Morgan will have devotions for that meeting, announcements for each service in August, 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. Mark made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Michaele; motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 12:55 pm.





Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein








East Lemonwier Lutheran Church 

Council Meeting 

June 10, 2019 


President, Roger Nelson called the June council meeting to order and Pastor Wendy led us in prayer.  A motion to approve the secretary's report of the May council meeting was made by Kathryn Pitcel, second by Pastor Wendy; motion carried.  A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Marlene Pelton, second by Margarete Hummelbeck; motion carried.


The theme for Wa Du Shuda is the 80's; our float will be about the Milwaukee Brewers of 1982.  We are discussing have a dugout, players in costume, ball diamond and all things baseball.  We will start on the float on Wednesday, the 19th.  We will meet at 6:00 at Pelton's.


Margarete noted the gate at the Suldal Cemetery needs repair.  We also need to shore up and replace some timebers around the propane tank.  This will be discussed at a later time.


Pastor Wendy will be on Continuing Education on June 30th, Mark Hansen will deliver the message.  she also noted there will be repairs to the yard and deck a t the parsonage.


Marlene noted the cemetery stones will be checked for possible repairs.  There was a problem with the upstairs thermostat and she will call BTU on Tuesday.


We tabled the discussion of putting the memorial money into the Maintenance/Equipment fund.


The celebration of our 167th anniversary will be August 11th with a picnic lunch after worship.


A motion to adjourn was made by Roger Pitcel, second by Connie Wolfgram; motion carried.  We closed by prayng 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.                                                                                                                                                    


July 2019 Celebrations


Bethany Birthdays



2 Keegan Berry

6 Allison Gollmar

9 Frances Bensen

11 Edna Hansen

11 Greg Shattuck

15 Sandi Dvorak

16 Willis Hutchins

16 Tyler Allard

16 Brian Larson

24 Larry Thome

24 John Halverson

27 Marion Georgeson

29 Callie Bever

31 Laurie Lawrence

31 Albert Bigalke

Bethany Anniversaries

11 Fred Jr. & Shirley Wehman

13 Leonard & Edie Richmond

15 Glenn & Sandi Dvorak

16 Michael & Tracy Berry

21 Trever & Morgan Reichholff

25 Jeff & Joanne Klinker

27 Nick & Alicia Wyss

28 Dennis & Sheila Stark




East Lemonweir Birthdays

 10 Gary Stoughtener

12 Florence Wetley

18 Arthur Slater

21 Camille Verde

28 Simone Arnold

31 William Sarnow



East Lemonweir Anniversaries


9 Harold & Betty Johnson


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