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.


Pastor Jen & Jerry Henry Presents!

The Bethany Lutheran Church family is invited to two different presentations highlighting pictures and stories of Pastor Jen and Jerry’s recent travels to Jordan and Israel. Come to the Dining Room on Sunday, August 12 from 5-6:30pm to hear tales of their travels. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome – bring your family and friends!


Sunday, August 19

Come, celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of Bethany Lutheran Church! Our Jell-Obration celebration is planned for Sunday, August 19  between services in the basement dining room. We invite members of the congregation to bring a JELL-O Creation yo be judged on most creative, most colorful, best display, most ingredients and tastiest. While the judging is going on we will play Jell-O Trivia. Surely you can’t wait to find out what denomination eats the most Jell-O or what role Jell-O played in a major spy ring! Bring your favorite stories of Bethany’s history and find out what essential home utility one couple gave up to fund the building of Bethany’s first church building. Everyone is welcome!!


Monday, August 20 @ 5:30pm
The Gather Magazine summer bible study “Let Us Pray” concludes with the third and final session on Monday, August 20 at 5:30pm. The expressions of prayer is the topic of this study. Pastor Jen will lead. We’ll begin with a fellowship salad supper. Please bring a favorite salad to share. Copies of the study are available at the Welcome Center. Invite a friend and plan to join us!  (Please note: It is not necessary to have attended the other sessions.)


Sunday, August 19
Our Back Pack Blessing will be Sunday, August 19 during both worship services. This milestone event is for students of ALL ages and teachers who are headed back to school. So bring your backpack with you to worship on Sunday, August 19 to receive a special blessing and gift.


Share your extras!!

Got some? Need some? Take or leave some–on the table in the Narthex!


"Filling the Storehouses"

Loving Spencer is focusing this month on “Filling the Storehouses”. Tuesday, August 7 presents an opportunity to help with the Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church and Food Bank of Iowa. There are a number of ways to help on that day. See more information at the Welcome Center. Also, throughout August we will work to help “fill the storehouse” by making donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries to Upper Des Moines Outreach Food Pantry. You can either leave donations in the baskets marked “Food Pantry” at the Welcome Center or you can take your donations directly to the UDMO pantry at 714 10th Avenue E, Suite 2. August can be an exceptionally difficult month for families to make ends meet, sometimes having to choose between registering kids for school and buying groceries. Thanks for helping!


Bishop's Annual Tournament for Charity
The Western Iowa Synod invites you to enjoy a day of golf in support of the Church of Damascus Road prison congregation at the annual Bishop's Charity Open on Wednesday, August 15 at Okoboji View Golf Course in Spirit Lake. Play is a 4-person best shot tournament with a shotgun start at 9am. Cost is $50/person which includes cart, 9 holes of golf and lunch. For more information or to register visit the synod website at: Join the fun and support a great cause, too!


Mark your calendars!

A confirmation orientation meeting for students and parents has been set for Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm. Mark your calendar and watch your mailbox toward the end of this month for a letter with additional information for Confirmation families regarding the 2018-2019 class year. Bethany Youth Group will meet that evening at 7:45pm for a time of fellowship.


Launches this month...

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, Three Sides will present diverse voices from across the ELCA. Log on to and click on “Podcast” and listen unique stories from across this church are shared. In the introductory episode, Shanna Crawford, Philip LaDeur and Andrew Steele talk about why they’re excited to co-host the ELCA’s new podcast. And they give listeners a sneak peek of the first episode, “Women who lead,” which launches in August.


Many hands make light work!
Heaps of thanks to the helping hands who’ve signed on to share in the task of keeping Bethany’s flower beds and landscaped areas trimmed and weed-free during the growing season. Many hands truly do make the work light and we so appreciate your hard work and commitment!!


Fridays in July
A huge thank you to those who have signed up to provide programs for “Friday Fellowship” at Longhouse in July. The residents will enjoy your company! Reminder: programs are Friday afternoons at 2:30pm in the North Unit of Longhouse. We only have July 27 left to fill! To claim it, sign-up at the Welcome Center!!


Can you Help?
Many thanks to the folks at Bethany who have signed up to assist Elderbridge Agency on Aging on Thursdays and Fridays in July with their meal delivery program, Spencer Home Delivered Meals. We appreciate the spirit of volunteerism shown at Bethany! Thank you all!


Nursing Home Mission Partnership
Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes for July BINGO at St. Luke. A special thanks to Sylvia Moore, Onalee Wright, Pat Spenst, Connie Heien & Sherrie Green for assisting with BINGO at St. Luke on Friday, July 6. Thank you all for your continued support of our nursing home ministry partnership with St. Luke Homes!


Check your SPAM Folder!
We have had several people let us know that email messages from Bethany are going into their SPAM folder. If you receive the Bethany Herald (or any other correspondence from Bethany) via email and are no longer finding it in your email inbox, be sure to check your SPAM folder, it could be there!


Pick yours up while here for worship!
The free 8x10 photos of your directory pictures are filed alphabetically in a box near the Welcome Center. Please remember to pick yours up while here for worship. Find your name on one of the packing lists at the front of the box and place your initials and date received in the space provided. Thank you!


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!


Share them for Altar Flowers at Bethany!
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 information for the bulletin and leave it at the church office.


Can you help?
We are looking for help in the office to answer the telephone Tuesday afternoons during staff meeting. Our meeting begins at 2pm and would last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. If you are able to help with this, please sign up at the Welcome Center. Thank you!


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 “summer” 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!


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.


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!


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. 


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