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



All are welcome!!
The Bethany Youth are hosting a fundraiser brunch after the service on March 25. All are welcome to stay! They will be serving of ham, egg bakes, fruit, muffins, orange juice, coffee, and water. Cost is a $5 good will donation and all money earned will go towards our Youth activities at Bethany. We hope you’ll join us!!


Sunday Services 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! Remember -- each of the Sundays in Lent is like a "mini Easter" within our Lenten journies. Come to worship and be refreshed as we continue to make our way to the cross of Christ. Join us for worship on Sunday mornings!!


Book your sitting today!

Bethany will publish a photo directory of members this year. The photography sessions have been set for Tuesday – Friday May 1-4 from 2pm-9pm, Saturday, May 5 from 9am-4pm, and Sunday May 6 from 12pm-5pm. We are scheduling the photography sittings before and after services and hope that you will be included in the photo directory. Our goal is to have everyone be a part of this photography event! Stop by the table in the Narthex and set up your appointment today. Or sign up on-line… Follow this link:


Wednesday During Lent
Wednesdays during Lent are great time to be refreshed gathering in Christian fellowship and worship. Consider attending the ecumenical services at Sacred Heart (lunch service begins at 11:30am; worship from 12:20-12:50) and join us for our midweek suppers and services here at Bethany (supper, 6pm; worship, 7:00pm).


March 25, 5:30-7:30pm
Everyone is welcome to gather for a potluck and game night Sunday, March 25, 5:30–7:30 pm for an evening of food, fellowship and FUN! There will be board games for ages 3 to 99+ to play. If you have a favorite game at home, please feel free to bring it! Play a game you already know, or learn a new one! Guidelines for the potluck are as follows: Last name A-H: Bring a side dish or appetizer; last name I-P: Bring a dessert; last name Q-Z: Bring a main dish. Hope you can come!


Wednesday, March 28
On Wednesday, March 28 Bethany will serve lunch at the community Lenten service at Sacred Heart. Many, many thanks to everyone who has signed up to help in the kitchen and to those who are helping with salads and bars! We appreciate you!!


Bethany's 130th Anniversary!!
This year marks the 130th anniversary of Bethany’s congregation. How shall we celebrate? What theme would you suggest? Special music? A theme hymn? Dinner celebrations? Already in the plans is a JELLOBRATION complete with Jell-O contest as well as Pastor Jen performing the Jell-O song. If you have some ideas or would like to be in on the planning, please call Mary Marske at 262-4127.


Urban Plunge Summer 2018

Hey Bethany Youth, want to spend a fun weekend doing Mission work this summer with Urban Plunge? Join us for an informational meeting about how to help a local community. Date will be determined soon. Keep watching announcements in worship, as well as the Bethany Lutheran website, and the Facebook page for more information.


Keeping the Partnership Strong
Bethany Lutheran Church is one of 13 local churches that founded St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home back in 1967. The Annual Meeting of St. Luke was held on March 4. The agenda of the meeting is posted on the bulletin board in the east wing. We extend our thanks to Carole Peterson and Kathie Halverson who served as delegates from Bethany. Many thanks, too, to Rita Storm, Laurie Conlon, Judy Sorenson and Ellen Sorenson for helping with St. Luke "round-up" that day.


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.


For Students in Grade 5
Fifth grade students will begin "First Communion" classes on continue on Wednesdays through March 28. This six week series of classes is designed to help prepare the students to receive their First Communion on Maundy Thursday (March 29).  Reminder: all classes run from 4:30 - 5:30pm, with the exception of the last class on March 28, which will run from 4:30-6:30pm. 


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 new “spring” 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! (Please note, we will no longer be using – forms will be available at the Welcome Center, only.)


Coming to Bethany!
Bethany Lutheran Church will be the first stop for the Luther College Jazz Orchestra 2018 Midwest Tour on Thursday, April 12. Your help will be needed as we welcome the band in our facilities and offer our hospitality to this group. If you are interested in hosting one or more of the band members in your home, please talk to Stephen or Pastor Jen and or be on the lookout for more information on how you can be involved with this event.


All Jr-Sr. High Students Welcome
Weather troubles led to postponing our Sky Zone event to Monday, March 19. Details are the same just a change of date. Junior High Students (6th-8th Grade) are welcome to join in the fun on March 19, as we head to Sioux Falls for some fun. Plan to meet at Bethany at 10:00 AM, and we’ll be back by 5 PM. Students may bring a friend, as long as we have enough help driving. The cost to go is $20 (don’t forget your Orange socks, if you have them!) and students are asked to RSVP by March 15. RSVP by texting Katie or signing up on the Youth Bulletin Board.


In honor or memory of a loved one
The Bethany Altar Guild is taking orders for Easter lilies to beautify the sanctuary on Easter morning. There are two sizes available: 6” for $7.99 or 8” for $18.99 (2 plants). Cut flowers are also welcome. Or, consider “loaning” a potted plant, flowering or greenery, that you can later place in your own garden. (Be sure to have your name on it in case of duplicates.) Bring plants to Bethany by Saturday, March 31 in the morning. Look at the Welcome Center for the Easter lily order form and for more information about what you to do if you are sharing a plant for the Easter Garden. Thanks!


Let us know if you'd like to participate...
Creative Spirits would like to come back to Bethany for an afternoon of fellowship and painting. If you would be interested in doing this, let them know by signing up at the Welcome Center.


Watch for more details to come!
The Regional Transit Authority recently announced that the RIDES bus will be offering extended hours for weekday evenings (5-10pm) and weekend mornings (7am-10am). This means the bus will be available for those who would like to come to worship but are in need of a ride. (A 24-hour notice is necessary for booking all trips.) The Faith-In-Action team is working out the details. Watch for more information to come.


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!


Catch it on Netflix!
A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy, the Martin Luther film produced for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, will continue to share the history and truths of the Reformation to an even broader audience, as the PBS version of the film (Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World) began streaming on Netflix on January 1, 2018. The Lord has richly blessed this film project as it has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, with more than 1,000 screenings at local theaters, a national audience in a PBS showing that doubled its normal viewership and now a two-year run on Netflix. Netflix has more than 110 million subscribers in 190 countries.


New 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.


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:


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.


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