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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



All are welcome!

All are welcome to worship at Bethany! We currently have one service on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Gather to sing praises, hear God’s word, grow in faith and connect with others.


Cast your vote!
This "fun"draiser has been extended! Look for the mini milk cans in the Narthex, and “vote” on which Executive Church Council member (or members!) will be sprayed with silly string. The winner will be the person who has the most money in their milk can. All proceeds raised will go to fund our Room-at-the-Table mission. Remember to vote, vote, vote and then join us to see which Church Council member is the lucky winner!!


Thanks to all who helped!
Our outdoor service on July 14 was a warm one, but what an awesome worship service in the great outdoors -- praising God in the beauty of God's creation! Many thanks to everyone who helped behind the scenes working out the details, to those who helped with set-up and clean-up. The extra hands are appreciated as conducting an outdoor service requires a lot of extra work.  Thank you, too, to our VBS families and to members and guests who attended the worship service! (Look for pictures on the Bethany Lutheran ELCA Face Book page)


July 14-20 -- Get signed up by July 13
Strategic planning “cottage meetings” are scheduled for July 14-20. These are an opportunity for the Bethany congregation to join in conversation as we vision into Bethany’s future. Part of the process is talking about the transitions of music and youth, but not the entire focus of these meetings. A mailing with details was sent this past week. If you have not received it yet, watch for it to come early this week and open it quickly as we would like to have your RSVP by Saturday, July 13. Thank you for making time to be involved with this process! And, many thanks to those who are helping with the meetings, as hosts, leaders and recorders.


Classroom Collections
Classroom Collections is the July project. For nearly 30 years, Southpark Mall & Spencer Radio Group have sponsored this program for students in need in the Spencer Elementary Schools (both public & private) to provide basic school supplies for those, who meet qualifying financial guidelines. Students needing help for the 2019-2020 school year number 495! Stop by the mall and pick up a bag to fill or give a donation. See full details in the July/Aug Herald.


July 14-21

Our food drive for Upper Des Moines is July 14—21. Bring donations for the pantry throughout the week and leave them in the baskets by the Welcome Center. We will deliver them to Upper Des Moines. Thank you for your support of this community mission!


You Can Help!
As you shop the summer rummage sales, look items needed for the baby care kits that we assemble for Lutheran World Relief Missions, such as cloth diapers, receiving blankets, shirts (up to 24 mos.) jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters. Also, the “back-to-school” sales will be starting soon. This is a great time to pick up items for the school kits. Most needed at this time are: pencil sharpeners, scissors (blunt-tip), crayons (24-pack), pens, and notebooks. Other items needed include: nail clippers, hand towels (dark), and bath-size Ivory soap. Thanks for your help!


Sign up in the Narthex or Call the Church Office!

The volunteers that have offered to help with VBS has been amazing!!! We could not pull off our own VBS event without each and every one of you. If you’d like to help with our VBS program but being a leader/helper is not for you, consider donating a food item(s). There is a sign-up sheet for meal items needed over the four days of VBS or you may leave a monetary gift labeled (VBS meals) at the church office. Our last night of VBS is pizza night! If anyone has any Casey's coupons for a free pizza they would like to donate, please leave at the church office.

Sunday School friends in 1st-8th grade, do you like to shop? You can help shop for Operation Christmas Child items! Bring Christmas joy to a child your age! Sign-up today on the sheet in the Narthex. If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to go towards this shopping event; please leave a labeled (Operation Christmas Child) envelope in the church office.


Thanks for your help!!
A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who took a baby bottle to fill with spare change in support of Cherish House – a home in Milford where pregnant teens receive counseling, training & personal support. This fundraiser concluded on June 16. Please return bottles to the church office as soon as possible. Thanks again!


We Want to Hear from YOU!
As the council met in June, we were reminded by Pastor Henry of how we “End Well/Start Strong” The congregation has shown amazing support in helping Stephen and Katie end well, so they can start strong. The same applies to the congregation. “When one is able to ‘end’ in a good, healthy, complete way, then one can begin the next phase in a good, healthy and complete way (Pastor Henry).” We are preparing to begin to look at filling the positions and determine what is needed at Bethany. The council would like to hear from you as we begin new. Please let any of the council know if you are interested in serving on a committee to help with identifying what is needed at Bethany in filling the Director of Music and Director of Youth positions. There also will be interview involvement. We are in need of youth and adults on the committees. Also represented on both committees will be a council member, a representative from the ministry teams, and Pastor Henry. Let us know you thoughts by Sunday, July 7. Council members include Randy Riecks, Matt Kuehler, Sandi Schmidt, Sheryl Thu, Ann Lohman, Jim Rusk, Mary Marske, Jamie Rusk-Blume, and Randy Phillips.


All are welcome! Use registration link below!!

Join us for "Who is my Neighbor?" A multi-generational Vacation Bible School experience! July 8th - 11th 5:30 - 8:30pm. Come for a meal, and stay for the fun. Crafts, stories, games, a simulation station, music and more! All are welcome, ages 4- 104. Families encouraged to attend. Nursery will not be staffed, but will be available if needed.

Click the link to register now! Photo and medical releases to be filled out at a later date.


Can you help?
Folks at Bethany are called up to assist Elderbridge Agency on Aging on Thursdays and Fridays in July with their meal delivery program, Spencer Home Delivered Meals. There’s one route to cover. In Also in July we help with “Friday Fellowship” at Longhouse - an opportunity for all ages to share a program with the residents. Show and tell about a hobby or collection, reminisce on a special trip, share a talent… the possibilities are unlimited! Find for more details on both at the Welcome Center or call the church office at 262-2327. Please consider volunteering! Thank you!


Arts & Crafts Supplies for Camp Autumn
This month’s project is collecting arts and crafts supplies for Camp Autumn, a therapeutic day camp for kids aged 4-12 with special needs. Look at the Welcome Center for a list of needed supplies. Purchase an item(s) and leave 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.


Are you able to help?
Many of us may not realize that some members of our congregation need help with transportation to and from places. Church, doctor’s appointments, grocery store to name a few. We are looking to fill this need by compiling a list of volunteers who are able to help. Please look for more information coming out in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jamie Blume at 712-262-6630 or via email at


Matching Gift Opportunity
Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing one of the worst Ebola outbreaks ever. Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health are at the epicenter of the outbreak providing health care facilities with lifesaving protection supplies like soap, gloves, gowns, masks and covered mattresses to curtail the spread of the virus. Both are working closely with the World Health Organization to identify and isolate infected individuals to provide treatment and stop the disease from spreading. Currently you have the opportunity to do TWICE as much to help them. Thanks to generous donors, gifts to LWR through July 24, 2019 will be matched – dollar for dollar, up to $167,667! Look for special giving envelopes for this purpose at the Welcome Center.


Free Family Camp
Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp has announced a special 2019 flood response recognizing that families significantly affected by the flood waters are experiencing high levels of stress not just in the flooding but also in the aftermath. In efforts to reach out and offer them a chance to step away, reconnect and simply be together for a free week of family camp. If you know someone who may benefit from this offer, please let them know. Look for full details posted on the bulletin board by the church office.


Seeking Committee Members
You may have noticed that we have not announced a scholarship this year for graduating seniors. The committee apologizes for this. Just so you know, the funds for this need to grow so that we can continue to offer scholarships in the future. We need two people to serve on this scholarship committee. Would you please prayerfully consider this and contact the office to volunteer.


Through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In July 2017, Joel & Rachel Watters visited Bethany to share about their call to ministry in Costa Rica through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Shortly after the Watters’ and their three children moved to southern Costa Rica, Central America, to evangelize and disciple students on several college campuses. Periodically we receive updates from them and most recently learned that their family has grown with the birth of a new baby girl, Elsie Eve. Look for their correspondence on the bulletin board by the church office! If you would like to support their mission visit:



Please Consider a Donation to Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people everywhere whose lives have been disrupted by disasters. Your gifts make it possible for this church to provide fast and effective support to communities in need, whenever and wherever a disaster may strike and 100% of your gift is used for the disaster that you specify. Please consider a donation to Lutheran Disaster Response today, either through your “directed giving” offering envelope or mail your gift directly to them. Thanks!


Christmas at Bethany 2019 is December 14!!

The date for Christmas at Bethany… Yesterday & today has been announced! Mark your calendars now for this event, happening on Saturday, December 14, 2019! It’s never too early to start working on those craft projects, or perfecting your lefse making! How will you take part in Christmas at Bethany this year? We will need many hands to make this tradition the wonderful event that it is. Would you like to take charge of the tea room? Or maybe you would like to work on advertising and promoting this year’s event… However you decide, we will look forward to coming together in fun and fellowship. Many hands make light work!


Consider joining this group!
This is a group contemplative practice offered once a month, with your choice of two dates. On the second Thursday and second Saturday of each month, a group gathers for reflection and lectio divina (listening to the Spirit in Scripture) together and individually. This is meant to enhance your prayer life and teach you some new spiritual practices in a group setting. This group meets at: The Way Station on the NE corner of 3rd and Grand Avenue. If you have questions, please contact Deb Mechler at 712-260-3286. Give it a try!


Are you able to help?
Office Volunteers are needed to help answer the phone during our Tuesday afternoon staff meetings and to cover some other times coming up in the next few weeks. This would involve light office work, greeting visitors and answering the telephone. If you are able to help please look over the schedule at the Welcome Center and sign up to help as you are able. Thank you!


Keep alert for more on this...
You may have noticed the AED in the hallway by the church offices. This device was received through a grant opportunity made possible by Clay County Emergency Medical Services. So– just what is an AED? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Recently some of our council members received training on how to use an AED and in the coming weeks there will be opportunities for others to learn. Watch for more details coming in the newsletter and bulletins.


Sign up for a Sunday in 2019
Many thanks to everyone who provided flowers to beautify the altar in 2018. The flower chart for 2019 is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you are interested in providing altar flowers for a service in this new year, please fill out a yellow card and leave it at the church office or in the offering plate.


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


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  REMINDER:  If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!


Share a picture!
You may have noticed that we’ve had pictures interspersed in the Sunday on-screen announcements. We’d like to feature some snapshots provided by you! If you have a favorite shot you’d like to share, please email it to: or bring it to the office and we will scan a digital image and have it “on the big screen”. Thanks!


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!


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!


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: and let your voice be heard!


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.


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