Worship Available Remotely
We're excited to announce you can join our worship service remotely by clicking the below link, choosing Bristol Lutheran Church, and the current date. If you join us at 10 AM on Sunday mornings, we will be worshipping together. However, you may access the recorded service at any time.
The Season of Lent
April 5, 2020-Palm Sunday-Virtual Worship at 10:00 AM
April 9, 2020-Maundy Thursday-Virtual Worship at 6:30 PM
April 10, 2020-Good Friday-Virtual Worship at 6:30 PM
April 12, 2020-Easter Sunday-Virtual Worship at 10:00 AM
Greetings once again, we are in a very fluid time as we discern how best to react to the Corna Virus. We do not want to overreact but the risks are very real. So in this light, we are implementing procedures to minimize the chances of more infections.
· Please, please, please, stay home! This is your get out of church free card.
We will be canceling the following church activities including worship services:
· The special congregational meeting is canceled and will be rescheduled.
· All church activities
- Church will be considered CLOSED until further notice
Please check on your neighbor, people from church who might need assistance. A friendly face to someone alone means so much. Trust in God, pray with earnest, and fill a need as you see it. This is what we do as Christ-followers.
We have a number of congregational friends and family who do not have email. Please pass along this important message if you know anyone who does not have email.
Peace+ Pastor Tim
"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.
While we are closed, please join us virtually at the above link. Once we begin meeting, 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.
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
President Ron Radunzel, Vice President Roger Nolden, Secretary Stephanie Blumer, Treasurer Marty Seitz, and Pastor Tim Knipfer
Our Executive Council meets immediately prior to monthly council meetings to prepare and look to the future.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Blumer, Council Member and Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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
Youth serving Lent Soup
Keeping our community clean and safe
MEET THE CHURCH GROUPS
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
How to Contribute to Bristol Lutheran Church
BLC currently uses Vanco Payment Services to track our contributions, and allow Simply Giving. During our social distancing, we are expanding how you can contribute to BLC. Vanco also provides a mobile application, texting application, and online contributions. Below are videos explaining these options so you may consider them.
Click on the phrase below to view them. If you would like assistance, please contact Karen Kane at 608-712-3411 or Vanco Client Services at 800-675-7430 Option 1. Thank you for your support.
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!
Bristol Lutheran Church
Pastor Tim Knipfer
The office is currently closed and will reopen once Governor Evers allows. If you need anything, please contact Karen at 608-712-3411.
6835 County Highway N
Sun Prairie WI 53590