Women's Guild Meeting Notes

posted Aug 3, 2021, 2:34 PM by Cameron Hubanks

July 25, 2021
Meeting was called to order by President Debbie Versnik following the church service.

Pastor Dean led us in prayer.
Secretary’s Report: Read and approved – Motion Trina Pauli – 2nd Katie Batker

Treasurer’s ReportTrina reported a balance of $5,029.39. Note: the full amount we committed to the church treasury was all paid in 2020 even though it did not show in the 2020 budget.

Sunshine Report: Sandra Spring will be sending cards to Mike Bovre, Lee Stilwell, Esther Pulfer and Gary Johnson. Please notify Sandy if you know of any member needing a card.

Old Business:

  • The brat sale held on April 24 at Burreson’s was successful with a profit of $700.00 Thank you to all who helped.

  • Kwik Trip/car wash cards will again be offered in November/December New Business:

  • No Ice Cream Social will be held in August due to lack of time for planning and preparation.

  • We discussed our annual Bazaar/Auction in length. With the uncertainty of the still existing restrictions of COVID, it was decided to again hold the auction online. We will again still sell raffle tickets with auction items donated by church members. The Guild will provide prizes of $200, $100, and $75 with a motion by Katie Batker, 2nd – Trina Pauli. Other prizes will be accepted as

    well. The date is Friday, November 5, 2021. More details will follow as plans are being made.

  • A drive-thru breakfast is being tentatively planned for October 3, 2021. Motions by Linda Everson – 2nd Gail Dahlk. Our first breakfast was very successful. Committee of Sandra Spring, Eileen

    McCormick, Debbie Versnik and Linda Everson. More detail will be announced.

    The proceeds from the fundraisers will be distributed to area organizations that we support throughout the year. All donations are welcome.

  • Something new has been added. We are excited. We will hold an authentic “Hungarian Goulash” supper on September 12, 2021, at 5:30. Pastor Dean will be our “chef”. Members will be asked to provide a salad or dessert. Beverages and bread will be provided. More information on this elsewhere in the newsletter. Motion – Trina Pauli – 2nd Louise Brunkow.

  • Pastoral concerns – Pastor Dean was very pleased with the work of the Guild and looks forward to working with everyone.

    We closed with the Lord’s Prayer. Meeting adjourned.
    Submitted by Linda Everson

Hungarian Goulash Dinner

posted Aug 3, 2021, 2:30 PM by Cameron Hubanks

The congregation is invited to an authentic Hungarian goulash dinner prepared by Pastor Dean on Sunday evening, September 12 at 5:30 pm. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. We will be collecting a free will offering. We need to know how many people will be attending by August 15, to determine how much meat to purchase. Please email Debbie Versnik at verskraut@yahoo.com or call her at 608-516-4914 to make your reservations

Search Committee News

posted May 28, 2021, 2:11 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Aug 3, 2021, 2:29 PM ]

The Search Committee has completed all initial interviews with the existing candidates. The team had an update meeting with Lorraine Ceniceros, Associate Conference Minister and will meet next week to determine next steps. In the meantime, we will continue to accept and review any additional ministerial profiles received via the Wisconsin Conference.

Your Search Committee,
Sarah Boley, Laura Herfel, Dave Pauli, and Petra Streiff

Worship Service In Person

posted Apr 2, 2021, 5:21 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Jul 3, 2021, 2:34 PM ]

                                     YES! WE ARE BACK IN CHURCH!

We’ve waited for over one year to safety re-open our church for indoor worship services. Our first indoor service was held on May 16, and we will be open to indoor worship from here on in. Safety protocols such as masking, and social distancing are still in effect. 

We’ve been recording our weekly service live on Facebook and the service is posted on You Tube on Monday, following the Sunday service. As you have surely noticed, sometimes the recording isn’t “perfect” . . . lost video, sound. No doubt you can tell that whoever is recording the service isn’t a professional (that would be me!). I’m striving for improvement…. 

The Council is also looking for anyone to volunteer to record the weekly services for posting to Facebook. If you are interested in this worthwhile volunteer project, please contact any Council member. Your generosity would be most appreciated. 

The Women’s Guild held a most successful brat sale April 24 at Burreson’s, in Belleville. Thank you to all who helped prepare for the event and worked at the sale that day. Many hands made for a wonderful day! 

As of the end of May, there will be changes within our Church Council. Dale Kahl was nominated for a position on our Council at our Annual Meeting Review earlier this month, and he graciously accepted the nomination and is now a member of the Council. Both Doug Brown and Faith Wittwer have served out their respective terms on the Council and will be leaving at the end of May. 

I leave the Council after serving 3 1/2 years. It has been a most rewarding, challenging, and interesting experience. We now have a new pastor in the pulpit, weathered the Covid pandemic, and we continue to thrive as a small country congregation. I leave you well, in the hands of our Church Council. Thank you for the opportunity to have served you. 

Faith Wittwer, Church Council President 


posted Feb 28, 2021, 4:51 PM by Cameron Hubanks

Rev.Dr.Dean Kucera has accepted the position as a pulpit supply pastor with our church, as of the beginning of February. He recently relocated to Madison, and came to us from northern Illinois, where he had also been a pastor with the UCC. You can find Dr Kucera’s worship services on either Zwingli’s Facebook page, or our YouTube channel. Please join the Council in welcoming Dr Kucera to Zwingli Paoli. He likes being referred to as either Dr Kucera, or Pastor Dean. 

Our next outdoor drive-in service is planned for Sunday, March 7th, weather permitting.  The service will start at our usual time of 9:30am. We will vote on the Annual Budget for 2021 after the worship service. Instructions on how you can cast your vote will be given to you that day. For anyone who cannot attend the drive-in service and wishes to cast their vote on the Annual Budget item, you may call into Faith Wittwer’s phone THAT MORNINGand cast yourvote. Faith’s phone number is (608)206-1075. 

Following the recommendations of the WI UCC, our church is urged to abstain from gathering in physical space at this time (notification dated 02/15/21). It has now been nearly one year since we have had indoor worship services. Please know that your Church Council is cognizant of these recommendations and is doing everything possible to foster a sense of “church family” as best we can, for the time being. As the weather warms up, we will hold more drive-in worship services, as well as backyard outdoor services, with social distancing protocol. Andlet us hope and pray that eventually we can once again meet safely in our church sanctuary.  Soon. 

Several elders on our Church Council have completed their terms of service as of the end of May 2021.  Please consider offering your support and offer to fill one ofthese positions. The continued work of our church depends on volunteers to keep it going.  Please contact any Council Memberif you are interested in this worthy cause. 

Our Search Committee has completed and submitted our Search Profileto the UCC.  The profile is used by the UCC in the hiring process of a permanent pastor. Our committee members (Sarah Boley, Laura Herfel, Dave Pauli, Petra Streiff) worked tirelessly on completing this profile. The Church Council is most appreciative to this group of people for their commitment to this project. The profile is very thorough and is just outstanding!  A lot of hours and hard work went into its completion. Thank you, Search Committee! 

And always, know that your financial support of the church is needed, and much appreciated. No matter the amount of your donation, it is welcomed. Please continue to send in your offerings to the church at Zwingli UCC –Paoli,PO Box 530,Belleville, WI. 53508 

Warm regards to you, 

Faith Wittwer 

Church Council President 

Virtual Sunday School

posted Jan 22, 2021, 12:14 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 3, 2021, 5:08 PM ]

Virtual Sunday School is being offered by Belleville First Church every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Children from Zwingli UCC have been invited to participate. For information on First UCC’s program, please contact Kriss Ace at 3aces@litewire.net 


posted Jan 22, 2021, 11:56 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 28, 2021, 4:54 PM ]

The Upper Room devotional booklets for March/April
are available in the church building entryway, or upon
request from Admin Assistant, Kathie Wagner
608-239-4531 or zwingliuccpaoli@gmail.com

The church will be open on Saturday, January 30th, from 10 AM - 12 PM for donations to our local food banks and the New Glarus Home.

Virtual Sunday School is offered by Belleville First Church every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Children from Zwingli have also been invited to participate. For information on First UCC’s program, please contact Kriss Ace at 3aces@litewire.net

If you need a ride to an appointment, please call Faith Wittwer at (608) 206-1075. Wearing a mask is required. This is a free service for all.
In addition to our Facebook page, the weekly worship video can be found on our YouTubechannel. It is typically posted there by Monday afternoon.
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care please call Faith Wittwer (608-206-1075) or another council member (Petra Streiff, Kriss Ace, George Brown, Doug Brown and Dave Pauli).

Church Cancellation Policy

posted May 30, 2017, 5:00 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Aug 3, 2019, 12:44 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!

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