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  bethany@bethluthspencer.com

Announcements

COME TO WORSHIP

Sunday Mornings at 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.
All are welcome to worship at Bethany Lutheran Church!! We have two Sunday morning services at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Fellowship time and Sunday School is held between services from 9:45am - 10:45am. Please join us!!

If you happen to miss our services or are unable to come on Sundays you can watch a rebroadcast of services on SMU Channel 2, Tuesdays from 5-6pm or Wednesdays from 10-11am. Also, you can watch a sermon by clicking the videos tab on our homepage.

NEW MEMBER RECEPTION

Sunday, March 17
Have you been thinking about joining Bethany Lutheran? Now is the time to let us know as we will be receiving new members on Sunday, March 17. If you have questions or would like more information, please call the church office at 712-262-2327. Thank you!

BYG SILENT AUCTION

Proceeds support the West VA Mission Trip
Be sure to look over the Silent Auction items and make a bid on what catches your eye. All proceeds will go to support the youth West Virginia mission trip! Bidding ends on Sunday, March 17. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, March 20.

FOOD DRIVE FOR UDMO

March 10-17
March 10-17 is our monthly food drive week for the Upper Des Moines Outreach food pantry here in Spencer. Please consider a donation for the pantry. Some items most needed at this time include: soups (any kind) Hamburger Helper, rice, cereal, pudding or Jell-O, pancake mix and syrup, shampoo and dish soap. Thanks for your continued support!

COMMUNITY LENTEN LUNCH & WORSHIP SERVICES

Each Wednesday of Lent
This year’s community Lenten lunches and worship services are being held at Faith Pentecostal Church (1700–11 Ave SW–across from Menards) on each Wednesday of Lent. The worship theme is The Beatitudes. A soup and salad lunch service begins at 11:30am followed by worship at 12:20pm. The offerings collected will be given to the “Feed Our Children” project. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come for lunch, to hear the message and join in community fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

WEDNESDAY EVE LENTEN ACTIVITIES

Supper at 6pm -- Services at 7pm
Wednesday evening Lenten activities at Bethany begins on March 13. Come for a maidrite supper hosted by the Women of Bethany at 6pm followed by worship at 7pm. Our midweek Lenten series –  The Many Names of Jesus -- wil be a continuance of our exploration of “Messiah” and the Bible. Everyone is welcome -- please come!!

FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES

Wednesdays in Lent
Classes for our fifth graders will be held on Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10 & 17. Normal class time is 4:30-5:30, with the exception of April 17. Class will be held from 4:30-6pm on this night. Students will take their First Communion at our Maundy Thursday worship on April 18 at 7pm. If you have questions, talk to Katie Hare, Youth Director.

THE "WELCOME CIRCLE"

Consider joining this group!
Deb Mechler has begun “The Welcome Circle”, a group contemplative practice offered once a month, with your choice of two dates. On the second Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm and the second Saturday from 8:00-9:30am 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 new spiritual practices in a group setting. Location: The Way Station on the NE corner of 3rd and Grand. If you have any questions, please contact Deb at 712-260-3286. Give it a try!

ATTENTION: THRIVENT MEMBERS

Direct your Choice $$ by March 31
The Thrivent Choice® program allows eligible members to recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. There are several organizations that can benefit from Choice $$, including Bethany Lutheran Church. March 31, 2019 is the deadline for members to designate their 2018 Choice Dollars. Be sure to allocate your dollars before the deadline, as all undesignated Choice Dollars are lost.

LOVING SPENCER

March Project
This month we are challenged to extend the hands of Jesus through support of Many Hands Market in Spencer. Many Hands Market (1019 S Grand Ave) contains a vast variety of new and gently used items. They provide the opportunity for people to participate in local and global missions through the act of volunteering, donating, even shopping with 100% of the proceeds raised supporting local and global ministries, which include youth and economic development, educational opportunities, clean water initiatives, food and medical provisions, and many other services. Stop by Many Hands Market in March to inquire about volunteering, leave off donations or to shop!

YOUTH SUNDAY!

March 24 -- 11am Service
Plan to join us at the 11am worship service as HS & Confirmation students will take the lead! Students interested in helping talk to Stephen Baker or Katie Hare. All students involved need to attend Confirmation/BYG on March 20 at 7:45pm and be here on March 24 at 10:15am.

BETHANY SNOW & CANCELLATION POLICY

In Case of Inclement Weather...

Bethany's weather-related 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: www.bethluthspencer.com


SEEKING OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

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!

BETHANY HAS AN AED

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.

FAITH IN ACTION MISSION

Birthday Kits for Church on the Street
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us collect items used in “Birthday Kits” at Church on the Street in Sioux Falls. Each kit includes: one large bath towel, a full-size shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Items are rolled together and tied with a pretty bow and given at Church on the Street to individuals who have a birthday that month. The kits will be delivered in March. Be on the look out for pictures!!

ALTAR FLOWERS

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.

JOIN THE MOB - IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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


THE BETHANY HERALD

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 bethany@bethluthspencer.com.  REMINDER:  If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!

BETHANY WAS HERE!

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: bethany@bethluthspencer.com or bring it to the office and we will scan a digital image and have it “on the big screen”. Thanks!

BE A WORSHIP VOLUNTEER

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!


ARCHIVE ROOM & COMMITTEE

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!

ROOM AT THE TABLE

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!

CALLING ALL "TECHIES"

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!

ELCA ADVOCACY

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: https://www.elca.org/Resources/Advocacy and let your voice be heard!

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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!

FOREVER YOUNG

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.

LIFE'S SPECIAL OCCASIONS

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.

SOLES FOR SOULS PROJECT

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