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



Thursday, January 11
THE GATHERING IS HAPPENING TODAY!! (in spite of cold temps & wind) Be careful as you come out for supper, but do come and enjoy some hot & tasty soup and warm sandwiches followed by ice cream sundaes and cookies. Please extend an invitation to someone who may benefit from this ministry to come for supper at Bethany!


Sundays at 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! Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings.


Bethany Constitution is Changing

A question & answer presentation on the proposed constitution will be held in the Sanctuary between services on Sunday, January 14.  Please plan to attend one of these sessions. Copies of the proposed constitution are available. Please, pick one up and look it over, as it will be voted on at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation (Sunday, January 21). 


Midweek Lenten Services 2018
During the 5 midweek services in Lent, we would like to have volunteers from the congregation be witnesses during the meditation time of our Holden Evening Prayer worship service. Each Wednesday night, we will hear one or more of your stories that are linked to God’s stories. See the January Herald for more information and please let Pastor Jen, Katie, or Stephen know if you are interested in sharing. They would happily help you compose your experience into a format for worship. Let them know by the end of January.


Please sign up to help!

Readers, greeters, and Communion servers are needed. Please consider helping! The January/February sign-up forms are at the Welcome Center and on-line at:  . Look them over and sign up to help as you are able. Thanks for helping as a volunteer at Bethany!


Sunday, January 21
Our annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21. We will have one worship service at 10:00am followed by the meeting. After the meeting everyone is invited to stay for a baked potato bar lunch with a freewill offering benefitting the Bethany Scholarship Fund. During the annual meeting children will be entertained in the parlor.  We hope to have each family represented at the annual meeting. We will be voting to change the constitution, approving reports, and electing new leaders. Won’t you come enjoy the service, the meeting, and the meal? A reminder to Ministry Team chairs if you haven’t already done so, please email a digital formattable copy (no .pdf files, please) of your board’s report to: as soon as possible. A reminder to everyone: this is your church– be involved– attend this meeting!


Law Enforcement Appreciation

Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. National Law Enforcement Day falls in the month of January so this month’s project is to show support and thank officers for the entire month. There are a number of ways to do this:

•Change your profile picture on social media to support law enforcement

•Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement

•Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency

•Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

•Ask children to write letters in support of law enforcement

•Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, let them know how much you value them, their service and protection of our communities. Show them the LOVE for every day in the month of January, or, recognize their bravery, courage, honor and integrity throughout the year.


New Newsletter Series to Begin
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.


In Case of Inclement Weather...

Bethany has modified its snow and cancellations policy 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. Likewise, if the school system calls a late start, activities at the church will follow. Regarding weekend activities, if the weather becomes such that it may be unsafe to travel, activities may be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the KICD radio stations (AM 1240, FM 98.3, FM 104.9, FM 107.7), posted on Bethany’s social media sites & the Bethany website:


Become a part of the "Tech" Team!
Video recorder and projector operators are needed to run the system in our new sound booth for worship services. If you would like to be a part of this team, please sign up at the Welcome Center. We will contact you so set up training times. 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. Also, our Parish Secretary, Mary Ann, is hoping to take some vacation time between Christmas and New Year and again at the end of January. This would involve some computer and office-related duties. If you are able to serve in this capacity, see the schedule of dates and sign up, also located 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