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.
SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS
Bristol Lutheran Church celebrates members of our congregation, and church events frequently. Here are two events happening May 18th and May 19th.
Bob Sherman is a long time member of BLC. Bob served in the Vietnam war, and is participating in the Honor Flight on May 18th. He flies in and out of Dane County Airport. Bob's flight returns around 8:45 pm Saturday night. We are encouraging friends and family to be at the airport upon his return, to demonstrate our appreciation for Bob's many gifts and service. We strongly suggest you arrive at the airport by 7:30 PM.
Homemade Pie Live Auction
On May 19th, BLC will be having a live auction for homemade pies. Top bid last year went to Roger Nolden! Let's see what we have this year.
The auction will take place during Fellowship Hour beginning at 10 AM. Bring a pie, buy a pie, or just eat a snack during this fun event!
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.
You are invited to join us in our faith journey.
If you are searching for a worshiping community, you are a welcomed person in this place. 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. If you are rich or poor, you have gifts to share. Regardless of your denomination or your affiliation, we are all one Church saved by Grace. If you sing well, or cannot carry a tune, you can still praise God. 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. We are the church, let's do church together!
Our Church Council
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Pastor
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 during the sermon that connects the lesson/theme 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 helps provide the space to build relationships within our community, so we can serve God's church outside our walls.
Looking forward to these annual events!
Tammy Weiss, Council Member
The Outreach Committee goal is to reach out to the community, the nation, and the world. We invite people to our worshipping community while supporting mission inside and outside of our community. 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 and Grounds Committee
Roger Nolden, Council Member
God's ministry through Bristol has a space to be housed, and the property and grounds helps with maintenance, care, and protection of the ministry. 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. There are some important messages from our congregants about Stewardship. Please watch these 4 videos.
Worship and Music Committee
Melissa Curry, Council Member
Our Worship and Music Committee chooses hymns, service settings, and prepares our Sunday and Wednesday evening services in conjunction with Pastor Tim.
All special services and events are also discussed with Worship and Music 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. The youth committee focuses on two components with separate activities for each: post-confirmation members in grades 9–12, and pre-confirmation members in grades 7–8.
Alan Belgen, Council Member
This committee allocates and acknowledges memorial money and gifts given to benefit the ministry of the congregation.
ABOUT OUR STAFF
Meet Pastor Tim and 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.
Ken Forney – Director of Music Ministry
Ken has been working in music ministry for over 20 years. During this time he has watched the hand of God work through music to promote healing and provide direction to people’s lives.
Additionally Ken is the Managing Artistic Director of City of Festivals Men’s Chorus in Milwaukee.
Ken has a music degree from the University of Wisconsin with emphasis in Piano, Organ and Choral 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
Sanctuary Platform Rebuild for new pipe organ
Sun Prairie Food Pantry Drives
Youth serving Lent Soup
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.
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
Pastor Tim on Stewardship
What does Stewardship mean to you? We asked some of our members to define how stewardship is measured in their lives.
ABOUT THE ELCA
Bristol Lutheran Church is an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. What does that mean?
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
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
We serve dinner at the Food Pantry a few times a year, and volunteer to help distribute food.
Our quilts are sent all over the world.
We care for, connect, and equip our congregations to be the heart and hands of Jesus.
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin | 6401 Odana Road, Suite 20 Madison, WI 53719 | Phone: 608-270-0201
We care for our environment by participating in Adopt A Highway.
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!
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.