Sunday Worships:  8:30 & 11:00 AMSunday School Hour:  9:45 - 10:45 AM

Join us at 9:35 for coffee and fellowship in the Parlor or snacks in the dining room for Youth.

News & Announcements

Here's whats happening at Bethany Lutheran

Please contact our church secretary, Mary Ann Quail, with any questions regarding the church news or announcements at



Sundays at 8:30 & 11:00 AM

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. Please join us for worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 & 11am.


May 20 -- Wear Red!
On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. Let us witness to the Spirit that unites us by wearing red on May 20 -- Pentecost Sunday! Also, we will keep with tradition and decorate the Sanctuary with red geraniums. These flowers are shared as memorials and in thanksgiving for loved ones. 


Putting our faith in action...
One of the projects of the annual Love Spencer event was cleaning yards for those in need. To help fill this void, the Faith in Action Committee is recruiting volunteer teams (no age restrictions) who would like to put their faith in action and share the Love of Christ by helping clean yards of sticks, garbage, leaves, dead flowers, and other outdoor tasks.  This yardwork event is planned for Saturday, May 19. Look for more information & sign-up at the Welcome Center.


May 13-20
The second full week of each month is our food drive (May 13-20). Consider making a donation to UDMO Food Bank. Bring your gifts and leave them in the baskets at the Welcome Center. We will deliver them to Upper Des Moines Pantry. Thanks for your help and support of this mission!


Working the Concession Stands at Ball Fields
Starting on Thursday May 17, Bethany Youth will be helping out in the concession stands at the softball & baseball diamonds. We’ll be there every Thursday evening through June 28. Shift hours are from 5 PM-10 PM. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to help. Look for a sign up on the Youth bulletin board. Money raised goes towards Youth activities at Bethany.


Supplies for Camp Autumn

Once again this year we’ll be collecting donations for Camp Autumn, a therapeutic day camp for kids aged 4-12 with special needs. Look for a Spring Easter Tree and select one or more “eggs” from the tree. Each egg is labeled with a supply that Autumn’s Center/Camp Autumn needs. Purchase the item(s) you selected and bring them back by the end of April and place them in the marked basket at the Welcome Center. Or, earmark a monetary donation for the camp and leave at the church office or in the offering plate.


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 new “spring” 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! (Please note, we will no longer be using – forms will be available at the Welcome Center, only.)


New Newsletter Series
It’s time to celebrate the lives of the ‘forever young’ in the congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. Each of these special people has a story of his or her life to relate to fellow Bethany members. Subjects for the articles will be chosen at random from Bethany records but if there is someone you would like to suggest for a special reason, please let Marilyn Meyer know – at 712-834-2644.


Celebrate with your friends at Bethany!
Would you like to bring goodies for fellowship hour to celebrate a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, good news) with Bethany friends? We serve an average of 60-80 people each Sunday. Many options include donuts, cookies, cake, cupcakes, bars, snack mixes, fruit muffins – the list is endless. Reserve a date by filling out a card, located at the Welcome Center. If you have questions, talk to a Fellowship Committee member: Sandi, 580-9593; Judi, 580-4443; Marla, 262-7450.


Watch for more details to come!
The Regional Transit Authority recently announced that the RIDES bus will be offering extended hours for weekday evenings (5-10pm) and weekend mornings (7am-10am). This means the bus will be available for those who would like to come to worship but are in need of a ride. (A 24-hour notice is necessary for booking all trips.) The Faith-In-Action team is working out the details. Watch for more information to come.


Join the Sound Booth Crew!
Please consider joining the tech team. Projector operators, camera/video recorders and sound people are needed for our worship services. These are step-by-step processes that you can learn and we are willing to train. If you would like to be a part of the “tech team” please sign up at the Welcome Center. You will be contacted with information about some upcoming training sessions. Thanks!


You Can Help Support this Mission
Please consider making a donation to support this mission of Bethany that provides morning milk at Johnson School for students who are unable to have it as part of their snack. The program also helps with meals for families in crisis and holiday meals at the public schools for struggling families. This ensures a festive and nutritious meal at Thanksgiving & Christmas time, so no child is embarrassed by having to sit at a separate table with only a sandwich if their parents are behind on payments. Let’s help make “room at the table” for everyone!


Please help if you are able
We are in need of volunteers in the office to answer the telephone on Tuesday afternoons during our staff meeting. The meeting begins at 2pm and would last about an hour. If you are able to help with this, look for a schedule and please sign up at the Welcome Center.


Saturday Mornings -- All Are Welcome!

The men of Bethany host a Bible study each Saturday morning.  This time of fellowship and learning is open to young & old. Come for breakfast and Bible study at 7:30am. All men are welcome & encouraged to come. 


Notification of Hospitalization
REMINDER: Spencer Hospital’s information policy is being evaluated. During this process the patient census is not accessible to clergy and lay visitors. If you become a patient at the hospital and wish to be visited you need to personally reach out to the church and provide us with your contact/room information as it will not be available at the front desk. Patients who request clergy outreach will be assisted by hospital staff to make contact with either their regular clergy or another authorized clergy member.


Bethany's Monthly Newsletter
Keep current with news and events at Bethany via our newsletter, ”The Bethany Herald”. Delivery options include U.S. mail or email, or find a link on our website: to download a PDF of the Herald. If you are not receiving the newsletter and would like to, call church office (262-2327) or leave a note with your contact information in the offering plate. If you are receiving the Herald in the mail & want to switch to electronic delivery, send an email request to us at  REMINDER:  If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!


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