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WELCOME TO Bristol Lutheran Church


"Inspired by the Gospel, we love and serve creation through our Christ-centered community."


Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’ and believing that all persons are created in the image of God, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, strives to be fully inclusive for all. This synod welcomes people of every race, background, age, political affiliation, economic and social status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental and physical ability, while striving to enable all people to participate fully in the life and work of the church and its expressions

Our goal and purpose for our congregation  is to reach out to the community, the nation, and the world. We invite people to our worshiping community while supporting mission inside and outside of our community. 


Join us for worship at 9 am Sundays or 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. On Sundays, we have a Fellowship Hour from 10 am until everyone has had enough coffee! Wednesday's services are an open dialog about the gospel,  sharing our thoughts and insights. We'll also be having a Bible Study with confirmands and church attendees alike on Wednesday evenings. Come join us. 


Sparks Sunday School is during church worship service on Sundays. Pastor Tim provides a special children's message, and then the children are dismissed to Sunday School. They return to worship in time to attend communion with the family. 


  *** Weather Warning***
If the forecast for Wednesday,  Saturday and Sunday includes up to 12" of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning. Please call the church, check the Bristol Lutheran  website or Bristol Facebook page to see if there has been a cancellation of Sunday Service.

Our winter closing policy is as Follows:
    Bristol Lutheran Church will be closed in conjunction with school closing policies. If Sun Prairie School District is closed, we will be closed.
    If the weather advisory recommends us not to drive due to snow or ice conditions, we may be closed.   

    We will put a cancellation notice on our website, Bristol's Facebook page and
    We will send an email to those on our electronic mailing list.

For Sunday service the above notifications will be applied. Please use your best judgment on driving to church.

DO NOT drive if you feel it is unsafe. God is with you at home as well as at church.
    
 Please pass along the message to friends and family who may need to know. We will also be including this information in our church bulletin.
If you have any questions about our policy, please let us know. You may call Bristol Lutheran Church at 608-837-6093

Please contact Pastor Tim at 608-712-4825 or  Karen Kane at 608-712-3411 with any Question or Concerns.


Order Your Easter Flowers by March 1st!

Forms and envelopes in the lower level entryway


The Season of Lent

February 26, 2020-Ash Wednesday-Worship at 6:30 PM

March 4-April 1, 2020 Wednesday Worship at 6:30 PM

Featuring Holden Evening Prayer with Faith Stories

Lenten Soup Suppers at 5:30 PM

April 5, 2020-Palm Sunday-Worship at 9:00 AM

April 9, 2020-Maundy Thursday-Worship at 6:30 PM

April 10, 2020-Good Friday-Worship at 6:30 PM

April 12, 2020-Easter Sunday-Worship at 9:00 AM

Easter Breakfast at 7:30 AM 







All are welcome...
what does that really mean?

That phrase is used so often, especially as churches seek to be open and affirming to everyone.  It also is a hard message to live out as our prejudice, stereotypes, and sin cloud who we seek to become as a congregation, and as the Church. But as we hope to see each other with the eyes of Christ, we strive to welcome all.  We are all children of God, who deserve to hear Christ's promise of grace, love, and forgiveness for all people. 
 
 Whether you are young or old, your voice is an important reminder of life.  We welcome all faiths, all race, all cultural backgrounds, all searching, all curious people. If you are LGBTQ, you are blessed here.  Regardless of your denomination or your affiliation, we are all one Church saved by Grace.   If you are disabled or speak a different language, we will do ministry together.  Everyone is welcome to worship and all are welcome to the communion table.  You are invited to join us in our faith journey. Let's do church together!

Our Church Council

Executive Council

President Ron Radunzel, Vice President Roger Nolden, Secretary Dan Thorstad, Treasurer Rich Schnell, and Pastor Tim Knipfer

Our Executive Council meets immediately prior to monthly council meetings to prepare and look to the future. 

Council

Purpose and Responsibilities

The Congregational Council has general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Christian Education Committee

Shelly Seehafer, Council Member

During worship Sparks Sunday School meets following the children's sermon until Communion, and our youngest kids can attend Bristol Butterflies, an engaging opportunity  that connects the lesson of the day from God's story. Sparks Sunday School serves children through 6th grade. 
Wednesday evening Confirmation For Life-long Learners offers a chance to go deeper with our education, and explore specific faith topics.

Life and Growth Committee   

Dan Thorstad, Council Member and Secretary

We are always growing as a congregation, because growth happens by sharing our lives and building relationships in Christ's name. Life and 

Growth provides New Member Welcome events. 
Life and growth helps build relationships within our community, so we can serve God's church outside our walls.
Looking forward to these events!

Outreach Committee

Tammy Weiss, Council Member

The Outreach Committee invites people to our worshipping community while supporting mission inside and outside of our community such as the Sunshine Supper and Food Pantry. We are a congregation that cares for one another, which is important to our life together. We support other organizations which are promoting Christ's mission of Love, Life, Acceptance, and Service to all. 

Property Committee

Roger Nolden, Council Member and VP

God's ministry through Bristol has a space to be housed, and the property and grounds helps with maintenance and care.  We also see this space as an extension of mission to the community.

Stewardship Committee 

Peg Hanson, Council Member

This committee leads the congregation to be biblical stewards through proportionate giving of time, abilities, and money as they have been given. Please watch the 4 videos below for important messages from our congregants.

Worship and Music Committee

Melissa Curry, Council Member

Our Worship and Music Committee chooses hymns, service settings, and prepares all of the Sunday and Wednesday evening services in conjunction with Pastor Tim. 

Music Website: 

Bristol Lutheran Music


Youth Committee
Stephanie Blumer, Council Member

The purpose of the Youth Committee is to plan, implement, and enjoy opportunities for Christian faith-building through social events, age-appropriate special programs, volunteer opportunities, and community service projects with others of similar age. We are planning a mission trip in 2020. 

Memorial Committee

Alan Belgen, Council Member

This committee allocates and acknowledges memorial money and gifts given to benefit the ministry of the congregation.

Why Bristol? What does it mean to me?

How does Bristol fit into my life?

What makes me joyful?


ABOUT OUR STAFF

Pastor Tim Knipfer

Pastor Tim Knipfer was called and ordained into the ELCA Lutheran Church, to serve Bristol Lutheran Church in June, 2018. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree at Wartburg Seminary. While his first occupation was in construction, he has a long commitment to youth ministry serving for 16 years as a volunteer and on staff as director of youth ministries. Currently Pastor Tim and his wife, Mary Kay, live in Sun Prairie and have 4 grown children named Molly, Josh,  Jake, and Anna.  


 Gina Jorgenson

Director of Music Ministry

Gina joined Bristol Lutheran Church in November, 2019. Her background includes teaching  and directing theatre for  Marshall Schools. Gina has many musical talents including a beautiful voice. She previously provided her musical talents at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie. We are blessed that Gina is sharing her musical gifts with Bristol Lutheran. 

Music Website: 

Bristol Lutheran Music 



Karen Kane- Office Manager


Karen's professional career included health care and health insurance. Her spiritual journey includes her lutheran heritage from baptism until now. During her journey, she also has embraced the healing power of God. In her role as Office Manager, Karen enjoys sharing her faith with our congregational community. 

Supporting Community, Church, and the World

Quilting for the world

Sun Prairie Food Pantry 

AND

Sunshine Supper

Youth serving Lent Soup

Supper

    Keeping our community clean and safe

MEET THE CHURCH GROUPS


BLCW

The women's group has various events and projects throughout the year such as quilting, Lutheran World Relief health kits, baby kits, school kits and Load the Bus, and fundraisers.
For Christmas and Valentines Day, BLCW makes cookies, and distributes them to the homebound. 
And BLCW provides food and other assistance for funerals, weddings, and other functions when requested. 

MEN'S GROUP

The men's group has various events throughout the year such as breakfast  and fundraisers. Currently we meet the second Thursday of each month at Country Café at 8 am for breakfast and dialogue.


HISTORY

We're proud of our long history in Sun Prairie/Bristol. Click on this link to view our history line and learn more about us.

 

PIPE ORGAN COMMITTEE

We were gifted a wonderful Cassavant pipe organ. The love and care of this congregation has been building the pipes at the front of the sanctuary. Come see and hear when we introduce it to the community! Date to be determined. 

CHRISTIAN CARING

Our Befrienders mission is "As Befrienders, we believe that caring is an essential part of the church's ministry." Our team visits the homebound and hurting. We help care for each other. 

Who We Are

Bristol Lutheran Church

We work together and we play together. We love our community. Come experience the connection!

Bristol Lutheran Church and the ELCA

This is Christ's church.

There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Bristol Lutheran Church Mission Statement

"Inspired by the Gospel, we love and serve creation through our Christ-centered community."

ELCA page on Living Lutheran

https://www.livinglutheran.org/ 


What's Happening at BLC

BLC is always busy helping our community, our church family, and the world. Please Join us at one of our events or meetings. 

CONTACT US


Please visit with us at Bristol Lutheran Church, 6835 Highway N, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 or call us at 608-837-6093. If you would like more information about our church, you may send us an email, or call us. We can always call you. Let us know!