Here's whats happening at Bethany Lutheran
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Sundays at 8:30 & 11:00 AM
Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30am or 11:00am! Established in 1888, Bethany is a long-standing Lutheran congregation in the Spencer community. Built on tradition, yet moving forward, we work together to share the Gospel, welcoming all people to worship God, care for one another and proclaim the living Christ.
LIVING LUTHERAN MAGAZINE
Living Lutheran is the primary publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Subscribers find it’s a great way to stay connected to the wider community of Lutherans throughout the United States and the world. We have an active group subscription that offers a low annual rate. If you do not currently subscribe to Living Lutheran now is the time to do so. Contact the church office at 262-2327 to activate your subscription with the January 2018 issue. Reminder: current subscribers, please contact the church office to let us know if you wish to continue your subscription.
FOOD DRIVE WEEK
CHRISTIAN WOMAN SPEAKS
Share Your Faith in Our Community
Christian Woman Speaks is a Sunday morning program on radio station KICD. It is broadcast at about 9:15am and features women from the area sharing stories of faith. Women of Bethany are scheduled in the rotation multiple times throughout the year. The 2019 schedule will be compiled in December. Would you like to help with this ministry? For more information or to be on the program, talk to Sylvia Moore (262-6683). Thanks!
LUTHERAN DISASTER RELIEF
You Can Help!
Articles Coming Due
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE OF REMEMBERANCE
November 29, 2018 -- 6:30pm
THE MESSIAH, THE BIBLE & BACH
Advent Lecture Series at Bethany
Why is the sacred music of Handel and Bach often presented to modern audiences in a secular context, as a piece of classical concert music? And why do so few churches embrace their music in the context of worship? Can their music point modern audiences to the message of the Gospel?
Stephen will join Pastor Jen as we explore these questions and more during our regular Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship services in Advent and Lent. We will dig deeply into the beloved music of Handel, Bach, & others, to explore how these composers used the structure and idioms of the Baroque period to paint literal representations of biblical scenes and present complex theological ideas with their music. During this series we’ll sing and listen to their music and explore the biblical teachings behind it.Pastor Jen and Stephen are excited to share this new experience with Bethany and the wider community as an opportunity for members and visitors to come when they are able to be fed spiritually and gain a new appreciation for music we get to hear and sing too rarely in Northwest Iowa. We encourage you to tell others and invite them to come. Watch for more details to come.
BLANKETED IN FAITH
Fleece Blankets for Foster Kids
Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, inspires Christian women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Gather offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. It is published 10 times a year with combined issues in January/February and July/August. A one year print subscription is $19.95 and includes digital access free. The Ruth and Miriam Circle Bible study groups will be using Gather for their studies this year. Subscribe online at www.gathermagazine.org or stop by the church office for more information.
GOD'S WORK -- OUR HANDS SERVICE DAY
A HUGE thank-you to everyone who participated in God’s Work, Our Hands service day on October 20th! Here’s how Bethany impacted our church, community and world in just a couple hours:
- 5 Yards cleaned
- 28 Personal Care Kits assembled
- 2 Fleece Blankets assembled
- $30 of quarters handed out at the Laundromat, along with smiles and conversation
- 150 Cookies and 48 Banana Muffins delivered to Spencer Police Department and Spencer Hospital Staff, including the ER, OB and Med/Surg floors.
- 31 Pumpkins/Gourds painted with residents at Longhouse/Northshire Nursing Home
- Volunteering doing a variety of tasks at Many Hands Market
- Toys cleaned and wall painted in the church nursery
- 18 Freezer Meals prepared and sent home, plus a meal prepared and served to 25 people
Our day also included laughter, smiles, conversation and full hearts! We are excited to plan next year’s event. Imagine how much we can impact with more of Our Hands helping us with God’s Work!!
JOIN THE MOB - IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Saturday Mornings -- All Are Welcome!
One of the greatest challenges to men's spiritual, mental and physical health is the lack of close friends. Research tells us that men without a circle of close friends are far more likely to suffer from such things as anxiety and heart disease. Healthy men are connected to Christ and each other. Men Of Bethany (MOB) meet every Saturday morning at 7:30am for breakfast and a Bible study. This group welcomes everyone! Come as you are – enjoy the fellowship – you’ll leave feeling better. J
FALL INTO A RETREAT
Relax and Rejuvenate!!
THE BETHANY HERALD
Keep "in the know" with happenings at Bethany!
BETHANY WAS HERE!
Share a picture!
BE A WORSHIP VOLUNTEER
Sign up at the Welcome Center!
Would you like to serve as a worship volunteer? Readers, greeters, communion servers, recorders and projector operators are needed. Please consider helping! The “summer” sign-up forms are at the Welcome Center. Look them over and sign up to help as you are able. Thank you for helping as a worship volunteer at Bethany!
ARCHIVE ROOM & COMMITTEE
Share your time & talents!!
ROOM AT THE TABLE
You Can Help Support this Mission
Typically it’s said that there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or third side of a story is revealed providing another side to consider. Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together Three Sides presents diverse voices from across the ELCA. Log on to www.livinglutheran.org and click on “Podcast” and listen as unique stories from across this church are shared.
CALLING ALL "TECHIES"
Join the Sound Booth Crew!
Let your voice be heard!
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you help?
LIFE'S SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Celebrate with your friends at Bethany!
SOLES FOR SOULS PROJECT
Collecting your used shoes!
Do you have some shoes in your closet that you don’t wear anymore? We are helping “Soles 4 Souls”, a program through Village NW Unlimited in Sheldon, by collecting shoes that have wear left in them. Sneakers, high heels, loafers, dress shoes, flip-flops, work shoes – any kind of shoes. Leave them in the collection box at the Welcome Center. Thank you!
Be sure to check Bethany's calendar for other activities! Calendar