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 -- ALL ARE WELCOME!

Sunday Mornings, 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. Come for worship! Fellowship hour is held between services from 9:45-10:45am. Join us for coffee, donuts & lively conversation.

CRADLE ROLL MILESTONE CELEBRATION

Sunday, November 19, 8:30am
Next Sunday, November 19 at our 8:30am service, Bethany’s Milestone Ministries will recognize 3 & 4 year old children who have started Sunday School in the past year. Join us as we celebrate this faith milestone with our little ones.

FOOD DRIVE WEEK

Nov. 12-19
This Sunday will wrap up our food drive week for Upper Des Moines Pantry (November 12-19). Please bring donations of food/hygiene items for the pantry with you on Sunday and leave in the designated basket at the Welcome Center. We will deliver your donations to Upper Des Moines. Last month we reached our goal of 100# of goods. Let’s see if we can do it again! Thanks for your support!!

SUNDAY SCHOOL MOVIE OUTING

Sunday, November 19
On Sunday, November 19 during the afternoon, we will be meeting to go see the new family movie called “The Star” at Fridley South Park-7 Movie theatres in Spencer. The show time will be announced when available from the theatre. Parents check the Sunday school group on Facebook, the Bethany Lutheran Facebook page, Website, and the worship bulletin as we confirm movie details!

NEWSLETTER ITEMS DUE

November 20, 2017

Items for the December issue of our newsletter, The Bethany Herald, are due tomorrow – Monday, November 20. To submit items for the newsletter, please email your content to bethany@bethluthspencer.com or drop it by the church office. Thank you!


POINSETTIAS FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

Taking orders now...
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are just around the corner. Once again this year we will decorate the Sanctuary with poinsettias. There will be two sizes of plants available – 4” for $6.50 and 6” for $10.50. If you would like to share a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please look over the order form located at the Welcome Center. They would like our pre-booked order by November 17, so please sign up early. Thank you!

CHRISTMAS AT BETHANY

Coming Up Soon!!

This biennial celebration is less than a month away, coming up Saturday, December 9 from 11am-3pm. All are encouraged to be involved! Sign-up sheets are located in the church parlor. Some specific needs are:

  • Salads for the pulled pork luncheon (sign up in the parlor)
  • Inexpensive general gift items and gifts geared toward men and children for
    Santa’s workshop (leave items in designated basket at the Welcome Center)
  • A few more trees for our Christmas tree display downstairs (sign up in parlor)

Thanks for helping with these items are you are able. Our final planning meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28 in the church parlor.


BETHANY HELPING TO FIGHT HUNGER

You Can Help!!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout the year, Bethany works to help combat hunger. We have three continuous local mission projects: “Room at the Table” Milk at Johnson Elementary, and holiday meals and meals for families in crisis at all of the Spencer Schools; Monthly food drives for the Upper Des Moines community food pantry; and our free community meal, “The Gathering”. In addition, we reach out globally through ELCA World Hunger. We would like to thank all of you who so generously support these efforts throughout the year and would encourage you to consider making a donation toward any of these missions. 

BETHANY IS HELPING WITH HOME DELIVERED MEALS

Many thanks to our volunteers!
Bethany is helping with the Spencer Home Delivered Meals program in November. Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help. If needed, there is an instruction sheet available at the Welcome Center. Thanks for sharing your time serving in this way!!

WINTER & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS

Sign up today!

Would you like to help as a worship volunteer? Please consider serving! The December-February worship volunteer sign-up forms are at the Welcome Center. Look them over & sign up to help. If you need to check your calendar first, use this link to sign up from home on-line at: http://signup.com/login/entry/10064285800109. Also, a sign-up schedule for our extra Christmas eve and Christmas day services is at: http://signup.com/login/entry/116989910792304020.



BLANKETED IN FAITH

You Can Help!!
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 in December and blankets will be given to kids in foster care through Lutheran Services in Iowa.

ST LUKE ROUND-UP

Sunday, November 26
Many thanks to volunteers who have signed up to help with "round-up" at St. Luke Home on Sunday, November 26. We appreciated your help getting residents to the chapel for Sunday worship and being a part of the Nursing Homes ministries at Bethany!

HELP FIGHT HUNGER

Support these missions!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout the year, Bethany works to help combat hunger. We have three continuous local mission projects: “Room at the Table” Milk at Johnson Elementary, and holiday meals and meals for families in crisis at all of the Spencer Schools; Monthly food drives for the Upper Des Moines community food pantry; and our free community meal, “The Gathering”. In addition, we reach out globally through ELCA World Hunger. We would like to thank all of you who so generously support these efforts throughout the year and would encourage you to consider making a donation toward any of these missions.

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

Changes are in the works

 Bethany ministry teams and council have been discussing changes to the constitution and bylaws with a goal of improving the way leadership functions and communicates. It is the goal of Bethany council to be a resource and support for all boards, committees, and members. Pick up a copy of the proposed consitution at the Welcome Center.


OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Tuesdays from 2-3pm
We are in need of volunteers in the office to answer the telephone on Tuesday afternoons during staff meeting. Our 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. Thanks!

LIVING LUTHERAN MAGAZINE

Subscribe Today!
Subscription renewals for the “Living Lutheran” magazine under our congregational subscription are due. Current subscribers: please call the church (262-2327) or email (bethany@bethluthspencer.com) to let us know whether or not you wish to continue with your subscription. If you do not currently subscribe to Living Lutheran, but would like to get started through Bethany’s subscription, now is the time to do so. Our rate is currently at $11.75/year. Contact us to activate your subscription with the January 2018 issue. Thanks!

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!

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY

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. 


REMINDER TO LET US KNOW

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.

THE BETHANY HERALD

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: www.bethluthspencer.com 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 bethany@bethluthspencer.com.

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