We’re a small but mighty congregation
Our numbers may be few, but together we can have a big impact on our community and the world. The reason is simple: we know that with the help of God, we can move mountains.
We truly enjoy serving, working and playing together. From chairing a church committee, to attending the annual ice cream social, we conduct our interpersonal relationships with joy, compassion, and respect.
Bethel-Bethany is governed with a congregational model, by volunteer members of the congregation, elected by the full membership annually, as specified in Bethel-Bethany’s Constitution and By-laws.
The Church Council is the primary governing committee. It consists of ten regularly elected members, plus the pastor as a voting, ex-officio member. Council members can be nominated by the Nominating Committee, or by open nomination at the Congregational State of the Church Meeting. They are elected by ballot at that meeting, and serve for two-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. A President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Finance Secretary and Treasurer make up the Executive Committee of the Church Council. Each of the officers serves a one-year term, and is elected by the council immediately following the January Congregational Meeting.
The Church Council meets once per month.
2019 Church Council, including Executive Committee Members*:
Chris Chance – President*
Maris Fried– Vice President*
TBD – Secretary*
Kevin Wolf – Treasurer* (not on council)
Jeanne Fehr – Finance Secretary* (not on council)
Pastor Thad Winkle
Bethel-Bethany’s governing committees include Worship, Christian Education, Evangelism/Mission, Finance, Properties, and Endowment (Memorial Fund, Next Century Fund, and Perkins 33 Fund). These committees consist of appointed members and the Pastor, and are led by a chair elected by the committee. All committee members are appointed by a temporary Nominating Committee at the State of the Church Meeting in January. Each committee member serves a three-year term, with the opportunity to renew for a second three-year term.
Each committee also has a Council liaison, a Council member who may or may not be on the committee, but to whom the committee chair reports monthly. This report is carried to the monthly council meeting.
For more information the Church Council and the assorted committees, please see the Church Handbook (PDF).
2019 Church Committees, Members, Chairs, and Council Liaisons:
Debbie Cincotta, Music Director
Thomas Derenne (Communion Rep)
Charlie Pauls, (Head Usher)
Marsha Poulsen (Altar Rep)
Lisa Quinn, CHAIR
Pastor Thad Winkle, Council Liaison
Scott Bennett, Superintendent
Val Sauvé, Adult Education Rep, CHAIR
Marsha Poulsen, Adult Education Rep
Holger Foersterling, Council Liaison Only
Meredith Anderson, Youth Advisor
Pastor Thad Winkle
Karin Haug, Council Liaison
Karin Haug and Maris Fried, Coffee hour
Pastor Thad Winkle, CHAIR
Bart Versteegh, CHAIR
Kas Whitmore Council Liaison
TBD, Council Liaison
Carolyn Pauls, Thank you cards
Pastor Thad Winkle
Chris Chance Council Liaison Only
Jeanne Fehr (Finance Secretary)
Kevin Wolf (Treasurer), CHAIR
TBD (Endowment Committee Chair)
Nominating Committee 2019-20:
(Chair TBD by Council)
SE Association and Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting Delegates 2019:
The Bethel-Bethany Annual State of the Church Meeting is held every January, usually on the last Sunday, and the annual Business Meeting is held in November, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
At the State of the Church Meeting, we receive and discuss the annual reports of the Pastor and the Officers of the Church, we receive the annual reports of recognized committees and other organizations, we nominate and elect members of the Church Council, we elect delegates to send to the annual meetings of the Southeast Association of the UCC and the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC, we report on committee appointments, and we discuss and act upon any recommendations of the Church Council. We may also vote upon suggestions made by members of the congregation that are acceptable under Bethel-Bethany’s Constitution and By-laws.
At the Business Meeting, we discuss and approve the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and the nominating committee is activated.
Members are given written notice of these meetings at least two weeks in advance, and the pastor announces the meetings from the pulpit at two regular Sunday services.
Special meetings may be called by a quorum of the Church Council, or by the Pastor, at any time such action is necessary. Criteria for calling these meetings can be found in the “By-laws of Bethel-Bethany UCC: Article VIII– Section 1”.