Ebenezer United Church of Christ

February 2021 Eagle Newsletter

Please review the document before attending in-person worship.
I worship at Ebenezer UCC because the people accept me with all my strengths and all my weaknesses. I worship at Ebenezer UCC because this church offers me a place where I can grow in my faith, come to know God better, and they help me see God in the everyday.

I came to the UCC by accident in 1989 in Nebraska. I had never heard of the UCC, but they had a church where I lived in Columbus, Nebraska. The church was made up of a lot of families descendant from German farmers, though few of the present families farmed. The church was between pastors, searching for a new pastor to lead them. The people were warm and welcoming, especially Jeanette.

The new pastor, Bruce Carlson, was called in 1989. He made an impression on me during the “get-to-know-you” meeting the night before the trial sermon. He answered a relatively simple question with an answer so far off the wall that I knew this was going to be an interesting time with him in the pulpit.

He did more than anyone to point me in the direction of ministry. He was scholarly, a great storyteller, kind, a Boston Red Sox fan, and as flawed as anyone else. He was also open to listening to many ideas.
As some of you know, there was a day that I asked to speak with him for a few minutes. He invited me into his study, listened to my deepest concerns and then startled me with a question which changed the direction of my life. Without that time in his study on a Sunday morning, I would have left the church, most likely to never return.

After that morning, life began changing at a pace and direction scarcely believable. Within three years, I had left engineering, Nebraska and an old life, and had relocated to Wisconsin and seminary. Today, I call Chilton & New Holstein home.

Where is God in all of this? This is a fair question for me and a fair question for you. If I assume God is nowhere to be found in this life during the past 27 years, then I have a series of events occurring at random times and I have a story of a person adapting to changing circumstances. Not much more than that and certainly nothing to capture the imagination or worth sharing. However, there is another way to understand my life.

At every moment of life, God is deeply involved in my life. From the moment I awake to the minutes when I fall asleep, God is beside helping me lead my life which will be significant for myself and for everyone whom I know. In some ways, I can readily testify to how God has changed me and continues to change me. I have learned to have a much larger view of the world than I had several years ago. I have learned the world is a complex place to live with many people of different cultures, beliefs, and practices. I have discovered that God speaks many languages and lives and flourishes in countless different cultures – some of which I understand and some of which are so different from mine that I have trouble understanding them. God is present in every culture and nation in the world.

I have also come to understand life as a journey. None of us are at the same point in the journey. There are so many side roads which we can choose to explore that at times it may seem to some that any road, except the main road, is a path leading to a dead end. I own a terrible sense of direction so it is comforting to me to know that eventually God will lead me to the main road. Perhaps, I’ll stay on the main road for just a short time, and then take another path and explore another unknown land. On every side road, whether it is paved or unimproved, God is there with me helping me see what I have not seen, learning that which was unknown to me, and steering me to places which will equip me for some part of life which I have not yet experienced. During 2020 one of those paths brought me, and I suspect many others, to wonder what was happening to the country.

Tomorrow I do not know where I will be. I do not know what I will find when I awake. I do know that tomorrow God will speak to me through people I will meet, through the world around me, through the Bible, and through the traditions which have preceded me. I would like it if you joined me Sunday at church to hear God still speaking to us and always loving us.
How would you tell your story? What have you done in your life? Where have you lived? What jobs have you held? Are you married? Do you have children? Are you single? Are you divorced? Who has had the biggest impact on your life? Why? How did that person change you? Sometimes telling your story, understanding your story, will help you understand other people’s stories. Get to know the stories of others and you might begin to experience the “unity” that is so often spoken of these days.

Peace and grace,
Notes from the Music Corner ...
Between building a house, working full-time and spending time with her grandchildren, Karen Cmejla found time to prepare a bell tree solo for worship on January 31. The selection, “How Beautiful” is based on Ephesians 4:12 - “He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ.”  Thank you, Karen!

Is there anyone else in our midst that would like to offer special music? Jackie or Elaine would really like to hear from you!
Women's Guild Update
It has been a few months since the Women’s Guild has met but we will start meeting again on Thursday, February 18, at 9 a.m. at 7 Angels. All women of the church are welcome! We’ll enjoy having breakfast together and socializing, and then we’ll conclude the time with a brief meeting after. Please come and join us! 

If you have any questions about Guild or would like a ride that day, please feel free to contact Ruth Aebischer at 849-9427 or JoAnn Lakin at 849-4422.

And a very special tribute to Diane Sattler who passed away on January 18th. 
Diane was an integral part of the Women’s Guild and served as President the past few years. She was a strong supporter of the Guild and always encouraged other women of the church to attend. 
We will miss her leadership abilities and her knowledge on the history of the church. 
We thank Diane for her dedication to the Guild over the years and for keeping it an important part of Ebenezer UCC.

Confirmation will continue to meet via Zoom until the threat of COVID-19 is greatly reduced.
New Council Members!

Welcome Dean Papendieck (Treasurer) and Stacey Vernon (Secretary) to the 2021 Church Council!

The Council still needs one more person to make the 7-member team, so please see Ken Lisowe if you're interested!
Daily Prayer

Each weekday morning at 6:15 a.m., Pastor Mike posts a short Bible reading with commentary on his YouTube channel. It is a great way to begin your workday.
Join the Ushering Team!

We could use a few more volunteers to help with the ushering duties. Scheduling should not be more than every six or eight weeks. Obviously the more help we get, the less often you would be scheduled. Please give Shirley Lisowe (920) 418-1675 a call if you would be willing to help out!
Virtual Service

Each Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m., the virtual worship service is posted to Pastor Mike's YouTube account. You are also welcome to view the service Live on Facebook.
Attention Bell Ringers!

If any Ebenezer Brass members would like to do a solo or duet in the upcoming months, it would be great! Contact Jill if you're interested!
Be mindful of the symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread:
Ebenezer Church Council
Meeting Minutes: January 17, 2021
Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m.

Attendance: Ken Lisowe, Zach Platner, Vern Gasch, Andy Hofmeister, Pastor Mike

Zach Platner made a motion to approve the meeting agenda and last month's minutes. Andy Hofmeister seconded and it was carried.

Treasurer's Report:
Zach Platner made a motion to approve the Treasurer's Report. Vern Gasch seconded that motion, and it carried.

The Council discussed and would like to extend a "Thank You" to people who distributed food baskets for the holidays with some money coming from scrip money.

Committee Reports
  • Property: Ken Lisowe will have part of the roof looked at and he talked to someone about lighting in the church.

Old Business
  • There was discussion about new council members to join in 2021

New Business
  • There was discussion about COVID protocols
  • 2021 Budget to be presented at annual meeting
  • 2020 Confirmation Class Ceremony

Zach Platner made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Andy Hofmeister seconded that motion, and the meeting was adjourned at 12:31 p.m.

*The next Council Meeting will follow the Annual Meeting on January 24.*

Minutes Submitted by:
Andy Hofmeister
Approved by: The Church council via email. 
Ebenezer Church Council - Annual Meeting
Meeting Minutes: January 24, 2021
Called to order at 8:48 a.m. and quorum established

Joan Woelfel made a motion to approve minutes from the 2020 annual meeting. Karen Cmejla seconded, and the minutes were approved.

Worship Service was held

Ann Gasch made a motion to approve the agenda for the 2021 meeting. Joan Woelfel seconded, and it was approved.

Old Business
  • There was some discussion about previous inquiries into the property next to the church on the East side.

New Business
  • Ralph Schmid and Joan Woelfel volunteered to be tellers
  • Dean Papendieck and Stacey Vernon were nominated to be council members. Vern Gasch made a motion to elect Dean and Stacy to the council. Kristi Schnell seconded the motion, and Dean and Stacy were added to the Church Council.

The 2020 Financial Reports were reviewed by Vern Gasch. Mike Redig made a motion to accept them. Kristi Schnell seconded that motion, and they were accepted.

The proposal of the 2021 budget was reviewed by Vern Gasch. Ralph Schmid made a motion to approve the 2021 budget. Karen Cmejla seconded that motion, and the budget was approved.

Committee, Pastor, and President reports were addressed and noted.
  • Property: The work done in 2020 was reviewed, including the chair lift, bell tower, gutter helmets, lighting, and bat mitigation.

Ann Gasch made a motion to adjourn. Joan Woelfel seconded the motion, and the 2021 Annual Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

*The next Council Meeting is Sunday, February 21 @ 11:00 a.m.*

Minutes Submitted by:
Andy Hofmeister
Approved by: The Church council via email. 
Tod ~ David ~ Lorraine ~ Da’Nisha ~ Vern
Pam ~ Pastor Sue ~ Zachary
Da'Monique ~ Terry ~ The DeKerf Family
Patrice ~ Diane ~ Arlene ~ Rebecca 
Norm ~ Vern ~ Gary ~ David ~ Audrey
Jeff ~ Kathy ~ Sharon ~ Steve ~ Janice
Ryann ~ Diana ~ Betty ~ Virginia ~ Kari
Don ~ Terri Ann ~ Mary ~ Bob ~ Audra
Rod ~ The Shirley Ramey Family
The Sattler Family

Due to privacy laws, last names cannot be printed on the prayer list because the Eagle goes on the church website which can be viewed by anyone on the Internet. 

If you want someone added or removed, please contact the church office.
Thank you.
Ebenezer Office Hours:
*Until further notice, the church office remains closed.*

(920) 849-4331

(the office phone messages are not monitored daily; if you have an emergency, contact Pastor Mike at (920) 286-1956 or via email.

If you have a non-emergency, send the office an email. )
Pastor's Cell Phone: (920) 286-1956
Follow Ebenezer UCC Chilton on Facebook to be sure you're getting the latest news!
Penni Gleason: Feb 2
Tjark Sattler: Feb 4
Doris Propson: Feb 5
John Mattes: Feb 5
Jamysyn Koeck: Feb 11
Bobby Van Beek: Feb 12
Kaleb Plate: Feb 15
Darren Sattler: Feb 15
Pirelli Payne: Feb 17
Terry Schenkus: Feb 21
Andy Hofmeister: Feb 21
Jase Porsche: Feb 21
JoAnn Lakin: Feb 21
Fred Kubichka: Feb 27
Tim Van Oss: Feb 27
Tanner Zwetow: Feb 29
Leah Zwetow: Feb 29

May God bless your years and may you continue to bless Ebenezer!
Scrip: If you are in need of Scrip, please let Kelly know. If you are interested in re-loadable cards and direct pay to avoid contact, there is a small fee for credit card charge and bank withdrawal.
Kelly Brown
  • February 3 is the Bethlehem Chili Supper from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. at 11608 Lax Chapel Road (Kiel). See the flyer on the board for
  • details.
  • There is NO Confirmation on Wednesday, February 10.
  • Join the Men's Group for Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on February 11 at 7 Angels!
  • The Ash Wednesday Service is on February 17 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. John.
  • The Women’s Guild breakfasts are back! Join them on Thursday, February 18, at 9:00 a.m. at 7 Angels.
  • Holy Trinity Parish is hosting their 20th Annual Perch Fry on February 19 (11928 Marken Road). See the flyer for details.
  • Brochures regarding Project Recovery, an outreach program working with farmer & farmworkers impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin, are located on the Narthex table.