New pastor at Trinity in Alta, Nain in Newell; installation service Sunday

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta, and Nain Lutheran Church, Newell, are pleased to welcome Pastor Don Rothweiler.

An installation service will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Trinity, followed by fellowship. Everyone is invited to welcome Pastor Rothweiler.

Pastor Rothweiler grew up in Illinois but has spent his 32 years of ministry serving churches in Iowa.

He admitted that he has many interests and as a young man trying to decide on a career, he was torn. He was accepted to the School of Journalism in Missouri and has allows enjoyed entertaining on stage (in fact he holds an equity card as an actor.)

"I admired all my own pastors growing up and I realized I would be able to apply all those skills - verbal, writing, acting in this career" besides adding the spiritual side.

There are so many aspects of the job that he enjoys - there is helping persons in times of need but one of the greatest joys is "the beauty of the worship itself."

For 30 years he has shared the message of Martin Luther through dramatics - in two new churches, he hopes to share with the congregations of Alta and Newell. Pastor Rothweiler has led five tours in Germany where he has pointed out many places where Martin Luther walked. The tours are quite powerful.

He and his wife Jayne also enjoy being reenacters and have shared a host of puppets they have and gospel stories throughout the churches they have served - kids and big kids enjoy the presentations.

While Pastor Rothweiler has served in other rural churches, this is the first time he has served in a dual role.

"It's going to work well," he said with confidence, sharing the two churches have joint governing counsels. "Both churches have many strengths to offer."

Traveling back and forth between the towns, he said, especially on Sundays when two sermons are given, will be similar to serving as a circuit rider! He looks forward to the challenge.

Pastor Rothweiler will have office hours at both churches - on Mondays and Wednesdays he will be at Nain and Tuesdays and Thursdays he will be at Trinity.

Pastor and his wife Jayne have two grown children - Mark, Des Moines, who works in customer service at Sears and Ellen, Johnston, a youth and family minister at St. James Church there.

The Rothweilers reside in Newell and will be moving his mother, in her last stages of Alzheimer's, to Good Samaritan.

The two churches will also share a Thanksgiving Eve service beginning at 7 p.m. at Nain Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.