IN PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES
We invite you to join us on Sundays!
We are happy to return to in-person worship. If you visit with other members and friends who may be wondering, please let them know. For those who are considering coming, but unsure, here’s what to know. Enter through the north parking lot entry. Masks are required. If you forget yours, we have some on hand. A member of the hospitality team will scan your forehead and from there proceed to the Narthex to sign in. Please be mindful of social distancing and limit the touching of surfaces as much as possible. Hand sanitizer is available in multiple locations. Safe seating capacity in the Sanctuary is about 60 people, with overflow seating in the balcony, narthex and nursery. Our service will continue to be livestreamed on You Tube at 9am for those not ready to return. And, they are rebroadcast on SMU Channel 2 on Tuesdays at 5pm and Wednesdays at 10am. One way or another, we welcome you to join us!
Drive through option added
Beginning this Sunday and going forward, we will be offering Holy Communion for both our in-person worshipers and a drive-up option for those watching from home. Drive-up communion will run from 10:15-10:45 am. After the postlude, head on up to the church parking lot where Pastor Jeff & Deacon Lynn will offer the elements along with a blessing. If you don’t immediately see someone outside, please pull into a parking spot and they will be with you in a moment. If you are unable to commune in either of these ways, please reach out with a call to the church office (262-2327). In the coming weeks Pastor Jeff, Onalee and members of the Caring Friends team will be reaching out to bring communion to you. Let us know if you would like a visit.
2021 BETHANY PHOTO COLLAGE CALENDARS
Bethany photo collage 2021 calendars will be on sale until February 1st. They are at the Welcome Center with a “cash box” for a cost of $15. These calendars have many photos of Bethany’s congregational and community events along with a featured Bible verse. Bible verses were submitted by Bethany members as their favorites. Both secular and Christian festivals and seasons are marked.
CONFIRMATION & BETHANY YOUTH GROUP
Wednesday evenings at 7pm
Bethany Confirmation and Bethany Youth Group (BYG) have resumed in person gatherings – Wednesdays at 7pm. Confirmation students meet with Pastor Jeff in the church parlor and Youth Group meets with Lynn in the Youth Room downstairs. Both are opportunities for youth to reconnect with Christian friends and nourish their faith. All participants are reminded to wear masks.
WORSHIP SERVICES AT 9AM ONLINE
Livestreamed via You Tube
Even though we have reopened for in-person, we will continue to livestream our Sunday worship services at 9am on You Tube. If you are not comfortable coming to worship inside, join us online! Log on to You Tube and search Bethany Lutheran Church, Spencer, IA. A copy of our Sunday worship bulletin will be available in the drive up devotional box or our website Friday afternoon. Services are rebroadcast on SMU Channel 2 -- Tuesdays at 5pm and Wednesdays at 10am. One way or another -- join us!!
RESOURCES FOR YOU
Check our Drive-up Devotional Box
We continue to stock our “drive up devotional box” with items for you. Typically it is available 24/7 and in it you will find a variety of devotional materials, the most recent worship bulletins and readings inserts and at the time, copies of the annual report. Stop by and pick something up! Also, please feel free to leave items for us in the box. If you do this, give us a call or email to let us know there is something in the box for us to pick up. Thank you!
DON'T FOR GET TO LET US KNOW
We want to keep in touch!
It is our understanding that June marks the end of the smunet.net email addresses. If you have changed your, don’t forget to let us know. We want to keep in touch! Thanks!
The beginning of Lent is less than a month away as February 17 is Ash Wednesday. These are things that will be happening: we will have services online on the Wednesdays and Sundays in Lent; we will be using “A Story to Tell” from Augsburg Fortress publishers as a group devotional and midweek Lenten series theme. Copies will be available soon, to pick up at the Welcome Center or in the drive-up devotional box. Look for information coming from Lynn Egesdal, Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries on a “Photo-a-Day” challenge on Facebook throughout the Lenten season. These are the things that we are hopeful for and planning (but may change based on the current circumstances of the pandemic): an in-person worship service on Ash Wednesday and the following Sundays and Wednesdays of Lent; First Communion midweek classes for our 5th and 6th graders and perhaps other gatherings as we are able. Watch for details coming out in a February/March issue of the Bethany Herald – planned to be in the mail during the first week of February. And look for the latest news in our Wednesday E-Blast emails. If you’re not receiving these emails, let us know your email address so we can add you to the list. Thank you!
The Church is Open
The church is open during the week. Pastor Jeff is available if you want to stop by to chat. Please call ahead to make sure that he is here! Building hours are, Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm and Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm. When stopping by, please use the north parking lot entry, handicap door. For safety purposes, all other doors are locked. We have been extremely careful to follow CDC guidelines, and we will continue this caution.
SATURDAY A.M. BIBLE STUDY
Via Zoom with Pastor Jeff
MOB Bible study will be meeting via Zoom only this Saturday morning at 7:30am. Please join Pr. Jeff for a study of the coming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Share insights and discuss the word prior to hearing it in worship. All are welcome to participate in this study. The Zoom link is provided in our Weekly on Wednesday (WOW) E-Blast. Join us!!
WOMEN'S BOOK STUDY
Starting January 13, 7:30pm
The women’s book study group begins their new session next Wednesday, January 13. The books have arrived and are available for pick up at the church office. If you signed up to participate in the study, please stop by at your earliest convenience to pick up your copy of “Golden Fruit” and read the first chapter to be ready for discussion on January 13 at 7:30pm.
HOUSE FOR RENT
Inquire at 262-2327
Bethany’s rental house at 1418 First Ave W is available for rent. It is a four bedroom, 2 bath home with a two stall garage. Stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer are furnished. Rent is $800/month. Interested parties should call the church office at 262-2327. Please help get the word out. Thank you!
Members & Friends Beware
We were recently notified of a new scam. This time it is a Medicare scam using the Bethany Lutheran Church phone number (712-262-2327), which appears as caller ID. We don’t want you to be afraid to answer your phone if you see BLC on your caller ID, because it could be us trying to reach you. But if it turns out to be someone talking about Medicare it’s not us. Hang up!
ST LUKE CHAPLAIN APPEAL
Accepting Donations toward this Ministry
Bethany Lutheran Church is one of 13 local churches that founded St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home back in 1967. Over 50 years later it continues to be one of Bethany’s ministries. Recently St. Luke’s issued an appeal to member churches to help fund the Chaplain position for 2021. The council has approved a gift of $5,000 from existing funds to support this effort, so any designated gifts for this ministry would be over and above this initial gift. If you would like to support this effort, be sure to mark “St Luke Chaplain” either on your check or your envelope. If you have questions or would like more information about this effort, please call Sandi Schmidt (262-7975) or Gary Halverson (262-1067).
A REMINDER OF OUR WEATHER POLICY
Handy info to know in case of pending weather...
Bethany’s snow and cancellations policy is as follows: Regarding weekday activities or meetings, if the Spencer School system cancels classes, all events at the church will be cancelled for that day as well and the church office/building will be closed. Regarding weekend activities, if the weather becomes such that it may be unsafe to travel, activities may be cancelled. If so, cancellations will be announced on the KICD radio stations and posted on Bethany’s social media sites and the Bethany website: www.bethluthspencer.com
BETHANY "E-NEWS BLAST"
Catch the latest news here...
Are you receiving our Wednesday “e-news blast”? These weekly emails include time sensitive announcements, items of interest and information pertaining to the upcoming weekend’s worship service Look for them in your email box every Wednesday. If you are not receiving the e-blast, we may not have your mail address. Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get signed up – these are a great way to stay tuned to current happenings!
NEW AT BETHANY
We're excited to offer you a new way to give! Bethany Lutheran is now accepting donations online. Online giving provides you a convenient way to make a financial contribution. Powered by Title.ly online giving, it is safe and secure way to give. If you would like to make a gift to support the ministries and missions of Bethany Lutheran Church, click on "Giving" on our website and then click on the green button. Thanks for your support!
HOME DELIVERED MEALS
Spencer Home Delivered Meals, the local meals on wheels provider, is experiencing a shortage of drivers. Would you be able to help on occasion or as a regular? The operation is based out of the Spencer Area Activity Center (104 E 4th St) and typically takes about 45 minutes to complete the route. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please give a call to Sandi Schmidt, 262-7975. Thanks!
FAIR TRADE COFFEE
Available at Bethany
Just a reminder that Fair Trade Coffee products at Bethany are still available to you – as a mission project of Bethany’s Priscilla Circle! Give a call to the church office (262-2327) or stop by if you’d like to pick some up. A variety of flavors are available in ground & whole bean. Coffee purchases help toward the support of Lutheran World Relief’s partnership with Fair Trade and Women of Bethany missions! Many thanks to all who support these missions!
FAMILY & CHILDREN RESOURCES
Follow the link below...
Families and friends of Bethany Lutheran, on our church’s website under children’s ministry
, you can find some helpful resources that you and your family may enjoy doing together. During these times when we are unable to have in-person Sunday School, we are hopeful that you and your family are finding ways to live out and grow your faith. Listen to a children’s sermon together followed by discussion and prayer. Join in with the staff from the bible camps for bible stories, activities and much more. We hope you will use these at your convenience and the staff at Bethany continues to pray for all of you during these times.
THE BETHANY HERALD
Keep "in the know" with happenings at Bethany!
Keep current with news and events at Bethany via our monthly newsletter! ”The Bethany Herald”
is typically mailed at the end of each month. Delivery options include U.S. mail or email (depending on your preference), or find a link on our website to download a PDF of the Herald. If you are a member and not receiving our newsletter, please stop by or give a call to the church office (262-2327) to let us know. Non-members are welcome to receive the newsletter, too – likewise, just let us know that you’d like to get on our mailing list. If you are receiving the Herald in the mail and want to switch to electronic delivery, send an email request to us at email@example.com
. REMINDER: If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!
BE A WORSHIP VOLUNTEER
You CAN help!
We are looking for people to participate in our online worship services. You can help –as a reader, leading the prayers or special music or helping with another part of the service. Choose a Sunday and let us know. How will this work?
Make a video (recording) of your offering via your smart phone, computer, tablet or camera and email it to the church by the Thursday preceding the Sunday that you’ve selected. We will plug your video into our Power Point presentation. Then tune in to our live-stream service on Sunday morning at 9am and watch! If you need assistance or more information on how to make a video recording on your device, please contact Lynn!! She would be glad to help you!! For special music offerings, please contact Elina at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 712-662-8071 to schedule a date. Thanks you!
DON'T FORGET YOUR OFFERING
We need and appreciate your support!
Although we’re not operating as normal, your offering is still very important. Our staff is still on the job and we have a facility to maintain and obligations to meet. We realize the pandemic may have a negative impact on some of your income so we encourage proportionate giving.
Here’s a few suggestions on how you can give:
- Automatic Electronic Giving – Download a form on our website or request one from the office. Complete and mail to the church
- Use an Internet Banking Bill Pay service offered through your bank. Generally all you need to set this up is our mailing address which is 15 W 14th St.
- Drop your offering in the mail – please use your offering envelopes
- Use GIVE & GO service. Come to the church, call to let us know you’re here and we’ll meet you at the door! Or we can have a volunteer come out to pick up your envelope. Just call.
This congregation has successfully responded to challenges many times before. We are confident that together we can survive this one as well with God’s help.
UNIVERSITY OF IA TELE MOBILE CLINIC
Free Service to Iowans
University of Iowa Tele-Mobile Clinic is a free service offering online and/or phone medical appointments for the entire state of Iowa! Available in English, Spanish, Arabic and French and patients do not need insurance. Services offered include general health education, medication refills, discussion of COVID concerns, Social Work appointments, and connecting people with mental health counseling offered every day. In order to sign up, patients just have to call or text (319)-535-2684.
ARCHIVE ROOM & COMMITTEE
Share your time & talents!!
The Archive Committee needs your help. A room in the lower level of the church is being renovated to contain our important papers, blueprints, photos, memorabilia, etc. Good recordkeeping is important for homes, businesses, taxes, and the milestones in our lives. An archive holds and preserves documents that provide evidence of the past are produced in a variety of formats from paper to electronic. These materials require protection and preservation to prevent the loss of your congregation's history that would occur if the material was neglected. Are you interested in joining the archive committee? Give us a call (262-2327) and let us know!
ROOM AT THE TABLE
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!
CALLING ALL "TECHIES"
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!
Let your voice be heard!
This department of the greater church works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs, and projects around the world and in communities across the United States. Our faith calls us to learn more and speak out on issues affecting our vulnerable neighbors and the forces threatening creation. For an abundance of resources to educate and equip you to be a more effective advocate visit this website: https://www.elca.org/Resources/Advocacy
and let your voice be heard!
Be sure to check Bethany's calendar for other activities! Calendar