May 19th – Fire Drill @ Church

posted May 8, 2019, 11:30 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:37 AM ]

There will be a fire drill held during church service on May 19th, 2019. This will be our first fire drill ever! It will be a learning curve for all of us. In the event of an actual fire somewhere in the church, it is imperative that we all learn safety protocols, which just may help save lives. Please review the Emergency Response Plan prior to May 19th  It has been sent to you in an e-mail on May 6th. Contact Kriss Ace for copies.

The head usher (as listed in the Sunday bulletin) will blow a whistle, signaling that the drill has started. You will be instructed by the head usher to FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. 

The EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN was drafted by Andy Beal, and adapted for the church’s use by the Church Council. 

Submitted by: Faith Wittwer, V.P., Church Council 

A Sunday to Remember

posted Dec 18, 2018, 7:59 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:14 AM ]

Sunday Worship:  9:30 am.  Children’s Sunday School during worship on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month.  

To contact Pastor Rich Pleva, call 608-845-5641 or text 608-574-9465 or email


Women's Guild News

posted Oct 2, 2018, 12:39 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:21 AM ]

  • Cookbooks still on sale for $10 
  • Kwik Trip cards will again go on sale in May – watch for a signup sheet. 
  • Guild officers will meet to finalize the Guild program books A drinking water system has been purchased for the basement. Additional water jugs may be purchased at Wal-Mart

Next Guild Meeting is September 8, 2019 

Zwingli Church is Looking for Help

posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:43 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:24 AM ]

Zwingli United Church of Christ in Paoli seeks an organized self-starter to provide administrative support for the congregation and its pastor. 

The position will be part-time (no more than 5 hours/week) and will be flexible in terms of working hours and workplace (that is, much of the work can be done from a place of the employee’s choosing). 

Producing attractive and readable documents (principally newsletters and worship bulletins) and organizing and maintaining files and the church database will constitute a significant part of the work. 

21st century office skills, a cheerful personality, and a good grasp of principles of confidentiality are essential prerequisites for the person who will fill this position. 

For more information please contact Faith Wittwer (608-206-1075 or or Pastor Rich Pleva (608-845-5641 or 

May 2019 Calendar

posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:42 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:14 AM ]

Tuesdays – May 7, 14, 21, 28 Bible Study at 9:00 a.m. 

Sunday, May 5 – Communion service 

Sunday, May 12 – Confirmation (Mother’s Day) 

Wednesday, May 15 – Council meeting 

Sunday, May 19 – Last day of Sunday School + church fire drill + coffee hour 

MAY 12TH – Confirmation & Mother’s Day 

Note: The 1st Sunday of each month is communion and family worship Sunday and there is no Sunday School.


Equine Care

posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:39 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:46 AM ]

Doctor Judy Batker (a member of our church) and a team of doctors from around the U.S. regularly go to Costa Rica and Haiti as well as the Lakota nation out west to do equine care for the horses and mules that people there depend on for their livelihood. Many of us are not able to travel to see this work first hand but appreciate this “outreach” mission. If you are interested in donating to something that we know where the money is going contact Judy Batker or Countryview Veterinary’s. (Oh, and shhhhh Judy doesn’t know I added this to the Newsletter !!!)


Sunday School

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:59 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:28 AM ]

Sunday School is winding down for this school year. We have had a wonderful group of children again this year!! The last day of Sunday School is May 19th.  We will be having cake and beverages after church and hopefully playing some games outside during our last day.


Watch for the August Newsletter to find out the start up date for next year and contact Kriss Ace if you would like to help again next year or even teach a Sunday or two. 

Thank you to all the parents for your help this year in making Sunday School a success by bringing the children and by helping during class and for sending treats. A special thank you to the Confirmation class for helping out in Sunday School.


posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:57 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:25 AM ]


Sometimes it is difficult to arrange for a ride to/from a doctor’s appointment. I am offering church members/friends of the church free rides to/from your doctor’s appointment on weekdays M – F. All you need to do is call me, and arrange for a pick-up time. Just leave me a message with your name and phone number and I’ll get back to you promptly. There is no charge for this service. If you want you can drop a little extra in the offering plate towards rides 

Faith Wittwer dial: 608-206-1075 

Church Cancellation Policy

posted May 30, 2017, 5:00 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 12:47 PM ]

Who knew we would have a snow and ice storm in April?! Because we had a weather cancellation on April 15, Pastor Laura and the Council decided to formalize a cancellation policy. *The Pastor has the responsibility for making the call on cancellation of Sunday worship and will communicate via the following:

  •   Contact the Council members & anyone who has worship leadership responsibilities for that day (e.g. liturgist, pianist, ushers, Sunday school teachers, etc) by phone or text.

  •   If safe to do so, a council member who lives near the church will post a physical notice on the door.

  •   Send an email to the all-church newsletter list.

  •   Post the cancellation on Facebook and contact the churchs website admin

    to post on the website.

  •   Post the cancellation on Channel 27 news event closing list.

    All who receive the notice of a cancellation are encouraged to help spread the word” to anyone who might not have or check email or social media regularly.

    The most important thing to remember when there is bad weather is to use your own best judgement and do not venture out if you feel uncomfortable doing so. Stay home and stay safe!

UCC General Synod – June 2019 in Milwaukee

posted Apr 1, 2017, 3:13 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated May 8, 2019, 11:18 AM ]


Every other year representatives from across the United Church of Christ gather for a church-wide meeting called General Synod. This gathering always happens in the early summer of odd numbered years. This year it happens at the end of June (the 21st through the 25th) and for the first time in the history of the UCC, General Synod will be right here in Wisconsin.

It’s a big job for a conference to host General Synod. It takes much preparation and planning. And ittakes volunteers – lots of them!

The Doctrine of Discovery

When European settlers began coming to America in the 1600’s, they took it for granted that the landto which they had come was free for the taking. But what about the people who were already here the Native Americans?

The history of European colonization in the Americas and around the world is based on a conceptnow known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.” It was promulgated by (European) church and secular authorities beginning in the 1400’s and continued to undergird the legal foundation for colonialism for 100’s of years. The US government has formally asserted “Discovery Doctrine” in a variety of ways.

The Doctrine of Discovery worked to the powerful advantage of European explorers and settlers. At the same time it worked to the distinct disadvantage of indigenous peoples. Many have begun to question this long-standing framework for claiming land, and many of these questions are arising in communities of faith. The Wisconsin Conference of the UCC has initiated a process of study and consideration of this doctrine. Part of the process of study that must precede any resolution is study within local congregations. As a consequence, we will devote two sessions of our Tuesday morning 

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