What’s New

Membership Updates
Beth has sent out a letter asking for updated information to enter into ChurchTrac. She will be using this to find birthdays, anniversaries, addresses, and emails, and if she does not have the information you might get missed! If you have not returned your letter, please do so soon. Let Beth know if you need a new form.

Printable Bulletins
Do you need to print a bulletin for the upcoming Sunday service? Or, want to refer to a previous bulletin? Check out our newsletter page for a link to a folder with recent and current bulletins.

Our Pastor

Pastor Shelley installed as the Adams Lutheran Church
permanent pastor on January 5, 2020


My name is Rev. Shelley Nelson. Two years ago I retired from full-time settled ministry after serving a two-point call at Hope Lutheran in Dixon, IA and New Era Lutheran in Muscatine, IA. Previous to our time in Iowa, I served at Belmont and my husband did an interim at Wiota. After retiring, I took training to become an intentional interim pastor to be able to help congregations who have experienced a change in leadership. I was born and raised on the south side of Milwaukee in Cudahy, WI. Marriage and ministry have taken me to many places throughout the mid-west and plains states. I am a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I have served churches in Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota. We have come back to WI at this time in our life and ministry to be more centrally located to our five sons, Aaron, Dubuque, IA, Todd (wife Beth and their children L.J. and Josh) Green Bay, WI, Erik (wife Erin and their children Mara and Isaac) Rochester, MN, Andrew (wife Liesl and their children Ian and Ella) Milwaukee, WI, and Noah (wife Jessica and their daughter Cecelia) Green Bay, WI. We now live in Baraboo, WI. My husband, Rev. Gaylor Nelson, is just starting an interim for the UMC at Cobb and Montfort. In addition to part-time duties at Adams, I am also a full-time caregiver for my husband who is a liver transplant recipient. I’m also getting to know my new community by volunteering at Circus World here in Baraboo. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and have learned a lot about the world of the circus.

The needs of Adams Lutheran are important to me as you go through this time of transition. My plan at this time is to be available to you as you have need as well as on Sunday mornings. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you all. If you have a pastoral need, please let me know. I would rather hear 10 times about a need than not hearing it once. The best way for me to help you is for us to have open communication. My door is always open to you. To that end, if you need me please call, text or email.

Cell phone: 563-357-6448
Home phone: 608-448-4404
Email: duelingpreachers@gmail.com

Contact us


Shelley Nelson
Cell phone: 563-357-6448
Home phone: 608-448-4404

2020 Council

Kathy Wirtz, President
Kristi, Leonard, Vice President
Amy Barnes, Secretary
Joan Moen, Treasurer
Larry Lien
Bill Barnes
Gary Dammen
Tina Ritschard

Brenda Emberson, Financial Secretary

Email the council

Secretary/Newsletter Editor/Custodian

Beth Anderson
ph: 608.220.0039

Our address

Adams Lutheran Church
PO Box 166
N7148 County Road A
Argyle, WI  53504


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Youth & Sunday School

Due to the pandemic, classes are not currently being held. 

Sunday School and Confirmation classes generally occur from September until May. All denominations are welcome!

  • Confirmation classes are held following church service on Sundays during the school year.
    7th & 8th grades
    Youth Group advisor: Melissa Bridges
  • Sunday School is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. during the school year.
    4K-6th grade

Please contact office@adamslutheranchurch.com or leave a message at 608-482-5650 if you are interested in signing up your child(ren) for Sunday School or Confirmation.


Adams Women of the ELCA

Officers and Board Members

President: Anne Emberson (2020)
Vice President: Brenda Emberson (2019)
Secretary: Bonnie Gerner (2020)
Treasurer: Virginia Bredeson (2019)
Discipleship: Patty McGowan (2019)
Stewardship: Barbara Voegeli (2019), Amy Dammen (2019)
Sunshine Committee: Dorothy Dammen (2019)

Altar Committee: Bonnie Gerner (2018)
[For questions, please contact Bonnie at 608.527.5096]

Altar Duty:

January: Brenda Emberson
February: Amy Dammen
March—Anne Emberson
April—Carol Zuidema
May—Barb Voegeli
June—Patty McGowan
July—Janice Wipperfurth
August –Ann Meade
September—Marie Hendrickson
October– Janice Lien
November—Kathy Wirtz
December—Kristi Leonard

Nominating Committee: Chair: Brenda Emberson, Janice Lien, and Melissa Leonard-Flannery, Amy Barnes

Library Board: Dorothy Dammen (2019)

For information on the Adams Women of the ELCA’s activities, check out the 2019 Adams Program Book  

Adams Lutheran Church