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 

Just a reminder concerning our Thankoffering Service in prepartion for the November Thankoffering.  Women of the Lutheran Church have been gathering in the setting of Thankoffering services since the early 1900s.  It is a tradion grounded in our celebration of community.  We come together as faithful women joyfully giving thanks and praise for what God has given us.  The Thankoffering support the total outreach of the ELCA including congregational and global ministries and specific programs of the women's organization.

This month's gather Bible Study is session 3 continuing to deal with "No hard feelings".  This third session dives deep into the gift and stewardship of joy and is based on Psalm 30 and Solomon 2.

I came across the following awhile back and thought I'd share:

The Legend of the Five Kernels

The first winter the pilgrims spent in their new home was very cold and bitter.  Food was in short supply.  some days they only had enough food for each person to have five kernels of corn for the day.  When spring came, they planted food and it grew and grew.  The harvest was good the following year and they celebrated Thanksgiving.  The pilgrims laid out five kernels of corn on each plate to remind themselves of their blessings.

Let us Remember:

The 1st Kernel reminds us of the autumn beauty all around us

The 2nd Kernel reminds us of our love for one another

The 3rd Kernel reminds us of God's love and care for us

The 4th Kernel reminds us of the help from our friends

The 5th Kernel reminds us that welive in a gree country

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, Nov. 24 - Thanksoffering Service

Sunday, Nov.. 24 - W-ELCA 2020 planning meeting after church - Conference Room

Friday, Dec. 6 - Church Christmas Brunch at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall

Sun., Dec. 8 - W-ELCA Meeting and assembling of fruit baskets

Dec. - decorating church for Christmas

A thought:  I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.  Lee Maynard

Judy Zobal

W-ELCA President






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, 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, Marion Georgeson , Linda Goldbeck, Bonnie Crandall, Sonia Rabuck Lee,  and Bruce Thomure


Please pray for the family and loved ones of:  Norman Parker(Tim Parker's father)




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, October 6, 2019




Council Members present:   Mark Hansen, Michaele Korbein, Pastor Wendy Ruetten, Kathie Means, Marcia Adams, Morgan Reichhoff, Karl Katuin, Shane Gesler, Toni Phelps, Inger Kirkwood


Council members absent:    Tim Parker, Barb Parker,


1. Call to Order:  Mark called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. Note that the meeting for September had been cancelled due to lack of attendance.


2. Devotions:  Mark provided devotions.


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


4. Treasurer’s Report:  The third quarter treasurer’s reports for all accounts, the general fund monthly reports, and breakdown of both savings accounts were presented, as reconciled through September 30.  Remaining balance on the mortgage as of this meeting is $13,032.05. The insurance bill really was partially funded from certain amounts set aside in savings plus out of the checking.  General offerings have dropped in September; funds are getting tighter. Marcia made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented, seconded by Kathie; motion passed. The Gold+ Insurance on Pastor is increasing 4% for next year for the same insurance; sign-up for this is by October 25, so a decision on keeping what we have is needed. Tony made a motion to continue with the current Gold+ insurance for Pastor with the noted increase, seconded by Shane; motion passed. Pastor also noted her housing equity is at 3% but that it should be 6, and she asked us to look at increasing it accordingly. 


5. Pastor’s Report:   A funeral was performed yesterday.  Pastor will be on vacation and doing continuing education from October 8-13. Deacon Karen Gerth will preside for Pastor on the 13th while she is gone. Twelve attended class and two met privately on how to plan a funeral.  Pastor requested to purchase a new pall -a cloth to cover a casket as the other is failing. Motion by Inger, seconded by Marcia to purchase a new pall with memorial funds; motion passed.


6. Committee Reports:


a. Education:   Looking for the misplaced copy of the Sunday School curriculum purchased a couple years ago.


b. Evangelism:   Calendars will be ordered to sell, with proceeds to go to the Building Mortgage. The World Hunger ornaments are here to go on the holiday tree. People can take remove an ornament and donate World Hunger for the item listed on it, to help purchase pigs, chicks, etc,


c. Long Range Planning:   Still working on paying off the building mortgage by the end of the year!


d. Property:   Men’s room hand towel dispenser will be re-attached.  Hand railing needs to be put up on steps at front of parsonage; materials could cost $100-$200 and Karl offered to install it. Michaele made a motion to approve the purchase of hand railing materials for Karl to install, seconded by Inger; motion passed.


e. Social Concerns: Health kits will be put together October 20. Will continue collecting items for them right up until then.  Currently have enough towels to do about 67 health kits that will include an individually wrapped adult toothbrush, individually packaged bath-size bar soap, metal nail clippers, and bath-size colored bath towel. Colored towels always run out first, so they have been requesting those all along to make sure there is enough. Thanksgiving baskets are coming up -last year it was $557 for 19 baskets. Will lessen that to about 15 this year.


f.   Stewardship:  BINGO was fun this morning. Numbered envelopes fundraiser will bring $1275 when all are received.


g. Worship:    Nothing new


7.  Old Business:


a. “Sunshine” Committee:   Two cards were being signed and sent out.


b. Donation Ideas: A meeting is coming up re: electronics/sound system. Up to $500 had been approved for this.


c.  Deck quotes:  Only quotes were from ES Construction even after quite a few companies were contacted, as most already had full fall schedules.  Determined that the main structure is good so will keep that. Stairs would come off straight toward back fence and land on the existing concrete, instead of going off to the side as it is now. Costs: $2,705 to redo in wood decking or $6,552 to redo in composite decking. A motion was made by Karl to accept the quote for $2,705 from ES Construction to redo the parsonage deck, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.


8. New Business:


a. Snowplowing:  Snowplowing costs discussed; they would increase from $50 to $65 per plowing if Brian Granger continues this for us vs $75/plowing that other companies would charge. Mark made a motion to hire Brian Granger for this winter’s snowplowing at $65/plowing, seconded by Toni; motion passed.


b. Building loan payoff:  Discussed possibly paying this off with memorial funds by year-end. 


9. Next Meeting:   November 3, 2019 at 12noon. Barb will have devotions for that meeting, announcements for each service in September, 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. Shan made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Toni; motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm.




Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein





East Lemonwier Lutheran Church 

Council Meeting 

October 14, 2019



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


Roger N. reported the Bug Stompers were here to spray.  The back deck on the parsonage is finished; our share of the cost is $800.  Motion by Marlene, second by Kathryn to pay the $800 out of the parsonage upkeep fund.  Roger Pitcel reported we have purchased 2,500 gallons of fuel oil at $1.19 per gal.


Margarete noted the elevator getting stuck and suggested all of us on the council be able to take care of the problem.  Right after council we got our directions to take care of the elevator getting stuck.


Pastor Wendy will take the Sunday before Thanksgiving off, Mark Hansen will do the sermon.


Marlene reported that BTU has been called for furnace check in mid-November.


Saturday, Nov. 2, is the Bazaar.  Marlene has called an organ repair person to deal with the stuck pedals.


Motion by Marlene to adjourn, second by Roger Pitcel; motion carried.  We closed by prayering 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.                                                                                                                                                    


November 2019 Celebrations


Bethany Birthdays

 2 Douglas Haske

3 Tim Parker

7 Karl Katuin

11 Lisa Klinker

11 Mary Paulson

12 Mary Gollmar

14 Janenne Lingl

15 Louis Lawrence

16 Lynn Benson

19 Matthew Spaniol

20 Nick Wyss

21 Brad Bever

23 Lilley Wyss

24 Barber Parker

25 Sheila Stark

29 Sonja Haske

30 Calvin Klinker


Bethany Anniversaries




East Lemonweir Birthdays


1 Gerald Bond

4 Donald Wetley

16 Roger Onsager

18 Patty Thompson

29 Carly Onsager


East Lemonweir Anniversaries





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