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:  Sunday, September 8th - W-ELCA meets after church in the conference room.  Grab your coffee and treat and join us.  All ladies and their ideas are welcome.

A group of 5 ladies from Bethany visisted with 8 of our church members who can't always make it to church.  It was an inspiring day from Tomah to Mauston to Hillsboro to New Lisbon.  We had such great visits with these ladies who have been an example for us.

Thanks to those who provided food and worked for the funeral of Doug Johnson.  May he rest in peace.

The gather Bible Study for this month is "No hard feelings" with session one dealing with anger.  This lessen is based on Psalms 44, 51, 69, 137 and will provide the opportunity to study stewardship of emotions, specifically anger.  The Psalms reveal sometines surprising ways to express and contend with anger from God toward humanity, anger from humanity toward God and anger from person to person.  The gather subscription can be ordered, see me if you'd like more information.

A thought:  While it is good to teach kids to count it is important to teach them what counts.

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, Joan Schulenberg, Dennis Stark, Bonnie Crandall, Sonia Rabuck Lee, Jennifer Gerlack,  and Bruce Thomure


Please pray for the family and loved ones of Dan Berkos, Heidi Gooding, and Jim Allen(loss of his 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, August 4, 2019


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

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

Council members absent:    Toni Phelps, Inger Kirkwood

1. Call to Order:  Mark called the meeting to order at 12:05 noon.

2. Devotions:  Morgan provided devotions.

3. Secretary’s Report:  June’s 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 Secretary’s Report as presented, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report:  The June monthly treasurer’s report for the general fund and the quarterly treasurer’s reports on all accounts were presented.  All accounts are reconciled to the bank statements through June.  The savings amounts were broken down. There is $20,149.80 remaining on the mortgage as of this meeting. The insurance bill is due September 1; the premium went up this year.  It’s summer, and funds are tight with people going on vacations.  Amounts set aside in savings can be used but for only part of the insurance payment, and these were noted. Then approximately $1580 will still have to be funded somehow from the checking general fund. Barb offered to put a proposal together for insurance through State Farm for comparison. Morgan made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented, seconded by Shane; motion passed.

5. Pastor’s Report:   A vacation day is scheduled.  Adult class will be starting.  The funeral went well.  Looking at holding a class this fall on how to plan a funeral. 

6. Committee Reports:

a. Education:   VBS went well; sixteen children from area churches attended.  Thank You to Penny Tiedt for the wonderful memorial gift in honor of her husband Allan that funded this year’s VBS program. Sugar Creek did a great job of putting on this program!  The HORSE project is to raise funds for Sugar Creek youth; the poster for this on the glass at the back of the church. Each square on the HORSE poster is a $20 donation.  There is one student for Confirmation class this year, and she may join Pastor Jeff’s class.  We may have one student for first Communion

b. Evangelism:   Logger game went well.  Think about what we can do for our God’s Work – Our Hands project. The holiday tree will come out soon with the World Hunger ornaments. 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 hope to pay off the building mortgage by the end of the year -five months to go!

d. Property:   Parsonage deck reconstruction is on hold as area contractors are booked out.  A dehumidifier is needed for the basement to replace one that failed; a proposal was presented for a new unit.  Motion by Morgan, seconded by Tim, to purchase one from New Lisbon Appliance/CWC for $269 as presented.  They are still waiting for water to settle down before getting back to work on repair of the beaver system.  Speaker wire in the tower was checked and found not to be chewed through.  One contractor recommended to only put shingles on such a steep a roof as ours.

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:  BINGO was a success.  Looking at a fall fundraiser.

g. Worship:    Parts of the liturgy that was used for today’s service came out of the green hymnal.

7.  Old Business:

a. “Sunshine” Committee:   A Thank You card will be sent to Gray Electric for all they have provided over the years.

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. Water Heater:  Seems to work when you check it, but it could be a faulty timer or thermocouple -they will continue to investigate this.

b. East Lemonweir Anniversary: People should sign up if they want to be part of this celebration August 11 so they have enough food.  Discussed a gift -would like to have the congregation contribute rather than come from the budget as it would mean more, so a basket will be put out for those who wish to donate to a gift and congratulations card for the next two Sundays.

9. Next Meeting:   September 8, 2019 at 12noon. Shane 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. Barb made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Kathie; motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 12:55 pm.



Respectfully submitted by Michaele Korbein  




East Lemonwier Lutheran Church 

Council Meeting 

August 12, 2019


President Roger Nelson called the August 12th meeting to order, Pastor Wendy led us in prayer.  A motion to approve the secretary's minutes of the July meeting was made by Marlene Peltion, second by Margarete Hummelbeck; motion carried.  A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Kathryn Pitcel, second by Bill Sarnow; motion carried.  Treasurer Roger Pitcel reported we have used 2,300 gallons of fuel last year, it was decided to order 2,500 gallons @ $1.15 per gallon.


Margarete asked if we could finish, the railroad ties around the fuel tank.  She and Marlene have planted deorative grasses on the south side of the tank.  Roger Nelson will check on prices of the ties.


Pastor Wendy noted September 8th is "God's work-our hands" and we can pick any project we would like.  September 16th adult Bible study classes resume and Sept. 19th is Confirmation Sunday.  Pastor is holding two funeral planning classes at Bethany; on Sept. 25th and 28th at 6:30 p.m.  On August 25th Pastor Wendy will have a vacation day.


Marlene thanked Jennifer for taking pictures of the 165th anniversary, and to Roger and Dawn for cooking the brats.  There were about 36 guests here for the dinner.  Marlene also Schroeder's people were here to look at the tipping tombstones and give us an idea of what it would take to level them.  Many would take large equipment and be expensive.  No action was taken.


Roger Pitcel made a motion to adjourn, second by Marlene; 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.                                                                                                                                                    


September 2019 Celebrations


Bethany Birthdays


 1 Mark Hansen

2 Millie Richmond

5 Rhonda Larson

7 Penny Tiedt

8 Goldie Sorenson

9 Christina Krotzman

11 Clarrisa Olson

12 Daniel Swinehart

13 DeAnna Gollmar

14 Cindy Costello

14 Frank Zobal

14 Patricia Gesler

16 Patti Phillips

16 Arlene Krotzman

16 Vanessa Lucas

17 Donald Stoughtenger

17 Dawn VanMeter

17 Dennis Stark

24 Brent Gesler

26 Timothy Georgeson

28 Morgan Reichhoff

30 Kiley Costello



Bethany Anniversaries

6 Willis & Frieda Hutchins

19 Frank & Judy Zobal

30 John & Rosie Halverson   


East Lemonweir Birthdays

6 Kristin Shipley

20 Diane Clark

25 Missy Brahmer

26 Shirley Benson

28 John Pelton

28 Marlene Pelton   


East Lemonweir Anniversaries

  5 Roger & Kathryn Pitcel

12 John & Marlene  Pelton

26 Brian & Hollie Slater

27 Roger & Dawn Nelson

29 Arthur & Dori Slater


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