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, June 9
On Pentecost Sunday (June 9) red geraniums will adorn the sanctuary. We invite you to share a geranium in honor or remembrance of a loved one and then take it home with you after services that day. The cost for a geranium is $6. Look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center if you would like to do this. Thanks!


All Are Welcome!
We invite you to worship Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11:00am. Hear God's Holy Word and sing praises! All are welcome!!  If you are unable to attend, you can catch a rebroadcast of services on SMU Channel 2 -- Tuesdays at 5pm or Wednesdays at 10am.


Sunday, June 2
On Sunday, April 28 following our worship services, Stephen announced that he had submitted his resignation to the church council. A mailing with details was recently sent to members and friends (see copies on the bulletin board in the Narthex). Sunday, June 2 will be Stephen’s final day as our church musician. Mark your calendars and plan to be here that day for a music-filled worship service at 10am followed by a huge potluck and program afterward as we bid farewell to Stephen and Emily. A committee to coordinate this event is forming. If you would like to be a part of the planning, please contact the church office to volunteer. Thank you!


Help Support Cherish House!
Bethany is sponsoring a Baby Bottle Fundraiser for the Cherish Center. Look for baby bottles in the Narthex and take one home to fill with loose change, dollar bills, or a donation check. Return to the church by Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. This simple project makes a BIG difference as all proceeds go to Cherish Center for the operation of Cherish House, where pregnant teens receive counseling, training & personal support.


Mark June 16 on your Calendars!
The Stewardship Committee has been ins“pie”red to kick off the 2020 Stewardship Drive with a “pie event” on Sunday, June 16. Watch for more details about this delicious day coming the in June edition of “The Bethany Herald” and in the announcements. Also, PIE BAKERS take note – we will need 15-20 PIEs for this celebration. Get your recipes and rolling pins ready! Everyone -- make it a PIEority!! J


Seeking Volunteers
The Quilt Auction Committee at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp is looking for volunteers to help with the 2019 quilt auction. Just like a body has many parts, members of this committee have different skills and interests: organizing; advertising; photographing quilts; computer skills for a booklet & website; working alongside camp counselors at the auction. You need not know how to quilt in order to help this committee, nor do you need to have skills in all areas. You may have a special love for the camp or are looking to serve God in some way. If interested in being a volunteer on the IOLBC Quilt Auction Committee or if you’d like more information, please call Sue Parkins: 507-382-1501.


WISWO Convention -- June 22
The Western Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization Convention will be held on Saturday, June 22 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. Keynote speakers are Pastor Jen & Jerry Henry who will be sharing some of their “Ah-ha Moments in the Holy Land”. If you are interested in attending, look for more information and pick up a registration form at the church office. Questions? Please call Sue Boblit at 262-8244 or email:


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.


May We Help You?

“May we help YOU?” – Acts of kindness and love throughout the community

Hebrews 6:10 NIV “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

The first day of spring has sprung! As the weather continues to warm up, we begin preparing our yards for green grass and flowers. Some in our community may find these tasks difficult. Elderly, single parents, those battling cancer, the list goes on. Let’s take the time this month to grab our rakes and gardening gloves and lend a hand!


  • Contact a neighbor, friend, relative and ask if you can lend a hand with their Spring yard work. OR Organize teams within your church congregation and help your members in need with their Spring yard work.
  • Activities could include raking, picking up sticks, weeding, mowing, trimming and other general yard work. Be sure to bring any tools that you may need
  • Pray for those touched by acts of love & kindness. 


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.


Properties Committee Action
The church council approved a motion at the April 16th meeting to allow the properties committee to correct a drainage issue which is causing water leakage in the basement dining room. In order to properly drain rain water away from the church, the tree and shrubberies near the south main entrance and around the foundation need to be removed. Several inches of dirt and sod will then be stripped off and the entire area regraded and seeded. Every effort will be made to save the stone patio and plantings in that area. Following the completion of this phase of the project we will take some time to verify that the regrading has solved the drainage issue. The council and properties committee will then welcome ideas from the congregation for beautification and possible future use of this area of the church property. Please direct any questions you have to a council member.


May & June Schedules Available
Starting with this month we switch to the system of scheduling worship volunteers. Look in the latest issue of the Bethany Herald for a schedule of services in the months of May & June (note change to one service in June). Please look them over and be sure to mark your assigned times on your calendar. If you have a conflict, line up a sub using the lists provided in the recent mailing. The schedules were drawn up based on past volunteering and what was indicated on the 2014 Time and Talent Sheets. However, everyone is welcome and encouraged to assist with worship services at Bethany. If you did not receive a mailing in April and would like to serve as a reader, greeter, communion server, video recorder or projector operator please visit with Judy Hiemstra (580-4443). A special thanks to all of our worship volunteers!!


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:



Mark your calendars & find out how to help!

Mark July 8-11 on your calendar, as this is VBS week at Bethany! Our theme this summer is: “Who is My Neighbor”? Participants will learn about our neighbors all over the globe! Our service project is Operation Christmas Child (Christmas in July) and the congregation is invited to help with donations, so we can start putting boxes together during VBS. Items needed are: shoeboxes; toys that will fit in a shoebox, non-liquid hygiene products such as: bar soap, toothbrush, comb, washcloth, bandaids (kid themed), etc.; school & art supplies: pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, coloring book, markers, glue sticks, etc. Find more details in the May Bethany Herald.



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