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



Sunday Mornings, 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.
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. Come for worship! Fellowship hour is held between services from 9:45-10:45am. Join us for coffee, donuts & lively conversation.


July 23 - One Service -- 9:00 AM
On Sunday, July 23 join us on the front lawn of the church at 9:00am for a special outdoor worship service. If you’re able, please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. The Vacation Bible School kids will be singing at this service (Kids should be here at 8:30 for practice.) We’ll have breakfast pizza and fellowship following worship. If it’s raining we will move to the Sanctuary for this service. Mark your calendars as we stray from the norm and plan to join us for this outdoor worship service at 9:00am on Sunday, July 23!!


July 17-20, 2017

Friends from Lutheran Lakeside Camp will be back at Bethany this year to lead evening vacation Bible school sessions. It will be a fun-filled week for the kids, Monday through Thursday, July 17–20 from 5:30–8:30 pm. The VBS kids will be singing at our outdoor worship service on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. Many thanks to everyone who has been helping with Bible School at Bethany!


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
On Sunday, July 30, during coffee fellowship time, Joel & Rachel Watters (special friends and godson of Onalee & Russ Wright) will be sharing about their call to minister in Costa Rica through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Please plan to join us for their short presentation, time for questions, and opportunities for partnership along with coffee and treats!


Sundays at our 8:30 or 11:00 Service

Did you know there is a new way to sign up to help as a worship volunteer at our Sunday services?  Yes – check it out at! A schedule for summer services (Through Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 3) is posted and ready for volunteer sign-up. Follow this link to  the Summer Volunteer sheet: There are spots for greeters, readers, communion servers,  ushers, recorders and projectors. When you sign up it will ask for your email address. An email reminder will be sent to you.


Volunteers Needed

Elderbridge Agency on Aging needs help with their meal delivery program, Spencer Home Delivered Meals. Volunteers are needed year round to help with serving, packing & delivery. If you are able and would like help, please call Jean Bolton at 260-9603. Bethany is delivering meals on Thursday and Friday during the month of July. Many thanks to those who have vounteered to help with this effort!


Shop for LWR Missions

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: size 6-24 months sweaters, sweatshirts-jackets; sleepers (no feet) or pajamas and cotton shirts; diapers, diaper pins, mild bar soap, receiving blankets (lightweight cotton), and hand towels. Also, the “back-to-school” sales will be starting soon. This is a great time to pick up items needed for the project promise school kits. A complete listing of all the kits and items needed for them is available at the Welcome Center. Thanks for your help!


New Procedure at Hospital
The Spencer Hospital is currently evaluating their policy with regard to access to information. During this process the patient census will not be accessible to clergy and lay visitors. If you become a patient at the hospital and wish to be visited you will 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.


Postal Worker Appreciation
July 1 is National Postal Worker Day -- a day to appreciate and thenk the numerous men and women who work consistently and diligently to deliver all of our mail and packages. Mail carriers work in all kinds of weather walking anaverage of 4-8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages delivering them to us 6 days a week.  Take time to thank your local postal workers during the month of July.  See aarticle in the July/August edition of the Bethany Herald for creative ways to do this!


Sign up to provide Altar Flowers
The Bethany Altar Guild extends an invitation --- if you have garden flowers that you would like to arrange and share as altar flowers, feel free to do so. Please check the “flowers chart” in the narthex to make sure no one has already signed up. Fill out a card with the information and leave it at the church office.


Be a Mentor Volunteer
CLAY COUNTY PALS is a volunteer mentorship program designed to foster friendships, fun, and fellowship between adult mentors and school-aged children through positive role modeling. Operating within Clay County since 1978, PALS carefully matches adult volunteer mentors with a same-sex, school-aged child between the ages of 6-16 from single-parent homes. PALS enjoy friendship and simply doing life together. For more information about Clay County PALS, contact coordinator Susan Christensen at 712.260.1595 or visit our Facebook page: Clay County PALS.


Blessing Bags

Faith In Action is collecting supplies for Blessing Bags that the youth will take on their mission trip to Denver. If you’d like to help, supplies needed to fill the bags, are as follows: travel size toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, travel size shampoo, travel size conditioner, travel size hand lotion, travel size soap, travel size deodorant, small-pack Kleenex, small hand sanitizer, comb, Chapstick, Band-aids, trail mix, gum, and bottled water. Take a bag, purchase supplies, fill it and return it to church -or- purchase any supplies you choose. Supply list is on our bulletin board in the east wing. Please bring filled bags or supplies to the collection box at the Welcome Center.


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. The MOB just purchased a case of new Lutheran Men in Mission Study Bibles. If you are interested in purchasing a study Bible, please talk to Francis Hiemstra or another member of the MOB. 


At Johnson & Fairview Elementary Schools

Spencer School free summer meal program kids under 18 (everyone qualifies) has begun. Meals are served at Johnson & Fairview schools, Monday-Friday, June 5--June 30 and July 10–August 11, breakfast from 8-9am & lunch from 11:15am - 12:30pm.


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!


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

Be sure to check Bethany's calendar for other activities! Calendar