Wednesday, January 22
Due to the icy conditions, all activities scheduled for today at the church are canceled and the church building is closed.
As a reminder, our weather policy is, if the Spencer School District cancels school, activities at the church are canceled and the building is closed.
ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Annual Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church was postponed due to weather. The meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, after worship in the Sanctuary. All members should attend this meeting! If you would like, stop by the church to pick up a copy of the report -- available in the Narthex or at the Welcome Center. Take it home to look to look over during the week – and bring it back with you for the meeting. Sunday School will be held as usual. Youth Coordinator Lynn and the confirmation students will be hosting an activity with the Sunday School students in the dining room in the lower level of the church.Thanks!
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDIES
All are welcome!!
Come to a Bible study in the parlor during January. Ruth Circle meets, Monday, January 20 at 7pm, Priscilla Circle meets Tuesday, January 21 at 9:30am. Grow your faith and join in fellowship!
VBS PLANNING MEETING
Tuesday, January 28 -- 6pm
It may be winter, but we are already looking ahead to our 2020 Vacation Bible School! Anyone who is interested in helping out is encouraged to attend our first VBS planning meeting on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. (Note change from newsletter).
BAPTISM MILESTONE CELEBRATION
Sunday, January 26
At worship on Sunday, January 26 we will celebrate the “Anniversary of Baptism” milestone. Bethany Milestone Ministry will recognize all children who were baptized at Bethany over the past year. Join us as we celebrate our little ones.
WELCOME PASTOR JEFF
Ordination & Installation Services
Two dates that you’ll want to mark on your calendars are Saturday, February 1, when Pastor Jeff Geiger will be ordained at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion, IA and Sunday, February 9, when Pastor Jeff will be installed at Bethany. The ordination service will be live-streamed via FaceBook beginning at 2pm. Plan to tune in!
Check it Out!!
Come and experience cross-generational ministry with your family! Ingham-Okoboji Bible Camp is hosting an event February 7-9. If interested talk to Lynn Egesdal for more information.
GENERATIONAL ICE SKATING OUTING
February 23 -- Join the fun!
All are invited to attend the Bethany Lutheran Church Cross-Generational Ice Skating event! Join us Sunday, February 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Boji Bay Ice Arena (3800 Sunner Ave, Spirit Lake). Bring a friend! This event is free for members of Bethany and only $10 for non-members. Come to skate, fellowship, or simply just to watch the fun from the warm observation area. Let’s pack the rink!
LOVING SPENCER JANUARY
Winter Outerwear Drive
Warming Hearts with His Love – Winter Outwear Drive is the January Loving Spencer project. To participate, bring new or gently used winter hats, mittens, gloves or coats and put in the marked basket at the Welcome Center. Pray for the child that receives them to find the truth of God's word and grow to love Him. Donations will be given to Spencer Schools.
G.I.F.T. SERVICE PROJECT
Spencer Middle School Food Pantry
The GIFT group would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make the Middle School Food Pantry food drive a success! Food and toiletries were delivered before Thanksgiving break, and again this week before the students are dismissed for Christmas break. The Middle School Food Pantry is visited approximately 40 times a week, and it is open to families twice a month. Thank you for your generous donations and for helping local kids with food insecurities in need! We look forward to working with you again in the near future!
WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL...
Bethany's Inclement Weather Policy
Bethany’s snow and cancellations policy is 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. Regarding weekend activities, if the weather becomes such that it may be unsafe to travel, activities may be cancelled. If so, cancellations will be announced on the KICD radio stations and posted on Bethany’s social media sites and the Bethany website: www.bethluthspencer.com
FAIR TRADE COFFEE
For Sale at Bethany!
Priscilla Circle continues to offer a variety of Fair-Trade coffee products, available every day of the week at Bethany. Look for them on a rack in the Narthex. Choose your favorite flavor and leave your cash or check in the container. By purchasing these quality coffee products, not only do you enjoy a great tasting cup of coffee, but also you are helping to support small farmers all over the world. Thank you for your continued support.
SUNDAY SCHOOL IS IN SESSION
Sunday Mornings at 10:15 am
A variety of activities are offered for Pre-K (ages 3-4) through grade 12 from 10:15-11:15 AM. Pre-K/Kindergarten meet in their classroom upstairs. Grades 1-12 meet for fellowship in the parlor with their families before they begin activities. We are excited to announce “Spark Rotation”, a new curriculum for 1st–6th grade. Each Sunday offers new activities you won’t want to miss! And BYG students grades 7-12 meet for GIFT -- Growing in Faith Together -- a program that is service based and student led with a focus on ways to help our church, community and world! Check it out!!
COME TO WORSHIP AT BETHANY
All are welcome in this place!!
All are welcome to worship at Bethany! We gather on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to sing praises, hear God’s word, grow in faith and connect with others. Afterward we join in fellowship with coffee and goodies. Hope to see you this Sunday!!
GOD'S CREATION CALENDARS
On Sale at Bethany - $7
Beautiful pictures and inspiring scriptures are two great reasons to pick up a 2020 God’s Creation calendar for only $7. Plus, your purchase will help to support the youth program at Bethany! Now that’s a bargain!! (They make a great gift – get some before they’re gone!!)
MUSIC REHEARSALS IN SESSION
Consider joining a group!
Choir and Bell Choir rehearsals are in session on Wednesdays at 6pm. Choir on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and bells on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. All musical groups welcome new members!
GOD'S WORK -- OUR WHEELS
Transportation Needs -- Are you able to help?
On occasion at the church we receive calls for help with rides. It may be from a member who has driving restrictions from a recent surgery, from a community member needing help with transportation to medical appointment or someone in need of a ride to worship. The Faith-in-Action team is compiling a list of drivers whom we could call upon to help when the need arises and of drivers who could help share a ride to worship. If this sounds like something you would like to help with, look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. Thanks!
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.
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!
Sign up for a Sunday in 2019
Many thanks to everyone who provides flowers to beautify the altar. Look for the flower chart 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 email@example.com
. REMINDER: If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!
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!
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!
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