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

Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30am or 11:00am! 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. 


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Living Lutheran is the primary publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Subscribers find it’s a great way to stay connected to the wider community of Lutherans throughout the United States and the world. We have an active group subscription that offers a low annual rate. If you do not currently subscribe to Living Lutheran now is the time to do so. Contact the church office at 262-2327 to activate your subscription with the January 2018 issue. Reminder: current subscribers, please contact the church office to let us know if you wish to continue your subscription.


November 11-18
Sunday, November 18 will wrap up our November food drive for Upper Des Moines Outreach Pantry. Please consider bringing a donation with you to worship this Sunday. Some items most needed at this time include: Ravioli, Hamburger Helper, packaged potatoes, rice tomato and chicken noodle soup, toilet paper and shampoo. Please bring donations and leave in the marked baskets at the Welcome Center. We will deliver them to Upper Des Moines. Thanks for your support!


Share Your Faith in Our Community

Christian Woman Speaks is a Sunday morning program on radio station KICD. It is broadcast at about 9:15am and features women from the area sharing stories of faith. Women of Bethany are scheduled in the rotation multiple times throughout the year. The 2019 schedule will be compiled in December. Would you like to help with this ministry? For more information or to be on the program, talk to Sylvia Moore (262-6683). Thanks!


You Can Help!
Wildfires are raging across California, destroying thousands of homes. Already more than 30 people have died and more than 200 are missing, while hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes under evacuation orders. LDR is working with partners in California to address immediate needs, including providing food and other necessities to survivors. A gift to LDR will provide help and hope for those whose lives have been devastated by this disaster. Look for a remittance form at the Welcome Center.


Articles Coming Due
Items for the December issue of our newsletter, The Bethany Herald, are due Tuesday, November 20. Please email your content to or drop them by the church office. Thank you!


November 29, 2018 -- 6:30pm
Warner Funeral Home, Spencer Hospital Hospice, Abben Cancer Center and area churches invite you to a candlelight "Service of Remembrance". Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one is welcome to attend on Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm at First Congregational Church (1212 First Ave W, Spencer). 


Advent Lecture Series at Bethany

Why is the sacred music of Handel and Bach often presented to modern audiences in a secular context, as a piece of classical concert music? And why do so few churches embrace their music in the context of worship? Can their music point modern audiences to the message of the Gospel?

Stephen will join Pastor Jen as we explore these questions and more during our regular Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship services in Advent and Lent. We will dig deeply into the beloved music of Handel, Bach, & others, to explore how these composers used the structure and idioms of the Baroque period to paint literal representations of biblical scenes and present complex theological ideas with their music. During this series we’ll sing and listen to their music and explore the biblical teachings behind it.

Pastor Jen and Stephen are excited to share this new experience with Bethany and the wider community as an opportunity for members and visitors to come when they are able to be fed spiritually and gain a new appreciation for music we get to hear and sing too rarely in Northwest Iowa. We encourage you to tell others and invite them to come. Watch for more details to come.


Fleece Blankets for Foster Kids
Bethany’s Faith-in-Action team invites you to help warm the heart of a child in the foster care system through the support of their year-end outreach project– “Blanketed in Faith” (which is also the November “Loving Spencer” monthly project). How can you help? Purchase fleece, bring it to church throughout November and leave in the specially designated collection basket at the Welcome Center. A blanket-tying social will be held December 13 and blankets will be given to Kaden’s Kloset and Lutheran Services in Iowa for foster kids.


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Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, inspires Christian women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Gather offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. It is published 10 times a year with combined issues in January/February and July/August. A one year print subscription is $19.95 and includes digital access free. The Ruth and Miriam Circle Bible study groups will be using Gather for their studies this year. Subscribe online at or stop by the church office for more information.


Thank you!!

A HUGE thank-you to everyone who participated in God’s Work, Our Hands service day on October 20th!  Here’s how Bethany impacted our church, community and world in just a couple hours:


  • 5 Yards cleaned
  • 28 Personal Care Kits assembled
  • 2 Fleece Blankets assembled
  • $30 of quarters handed out at the Laundromat, along with smiles and conversation
  • 150 Cookies and 48 Banana Muffins delivered to Spencer Police Department and Spencer Hospital Staff, including the ER, OB and Med/Surg floors.
  • 31 Pumpkins/Gourds painted with residents at Longhouse/Northshire Nursing Home
  • Volunteering doing a variety of tasks at Many Hands Market
  • Toys cleaned and wall painted in the church nursery
  • 18 Freezer Meals prepared and sent home, plus a meal prepared and served to 25 people


Our day also included laughter, smiles, conversation and full hearts!  We are excited to plan next year’s event.  Imagine how much we can impact with more of Our Hands helping us with God’s Work!!


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


Relax and Rejuvenate!!
There are plenty of opportunities coming up to relax, rejuvenate and just take a break from the routine. Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp offers a variety of recharges and retreats in the fall. Log on to their website to see what’s coming up and to get registered. 


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!


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!


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!


"Three Sides"

Typically it’s said that there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or third side of a story is revealed providing another side to consider. 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 presents diverse voices from across the ELCA. Log on to and click on “Podcast” and listen as unique stories from across this church are shared. 


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!


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!


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