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

ANNIVERSARY OF BAPTISM MILESTONE

Sunday, January 13
On Sunday, January 13 we’ll be celebrating the Anniversary of Baptism milestone for the children of God that were baptized at Bethany in 2018. Celebration will be at the 8:30 AM service. Please join us as we recognize our newly baptized.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION

January 20, 2019
The third Sunday of January is when Bethany holds its annual meeting of the congregation. January 20 this year. There will be one service that day at 10am, followed by the annual meeting and a potluck lunch. All confirmed members of Bethany are encouraged to attend this meeting and be involved in electing the governance of this church. REMEMBER -- this is your church – be involved – attend this meeting!Be sure to mark January 20 on your 2019 calendars! The third Sunday of January is when Bethany holds its annual meeting of the congregation. There will be one service that day at 10am, followed by the annual meeting and a potluck lunch. Plan to attend. Budget requests & ministry team reports are due. If you haven’t submitted yours, please do.

COMPANIONS IN CHRIST

Are you restless to go deeper in your faith?
"Companions in Christ" is coming! A spiritual formation group will be offered on Monday evenings, Feb 4-Apr 15. This kind of group asks you to focus on questions such as: How is God working in my life? How am I being formed in the likeness of Christ? What practices will open me to God's leading? Deb Mechler will lead sessions weekly from 7-9pm. You will have daily work to do between classes using your Bible and a journal or notebook. Please sign up by January 20 at the Welcome Center. Cost for the participants' book is $23. Contact Deb if you have any questions at dsmechler@gmail.com or 260-3286.

FOOD DRIVE FOR UPPER DES MOINES

Please consider a donation!
January 13 kicks off our food drive week for Upper Des Moines Pantry (through Jan 20). Some items most needed at this time include: spaghetti sauce and noodles, hamburger helper, canned fruit, any type of soup and toilet paper. 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!

LOVING SPENCER

January Project
Our January project is Law Enforcement Appreciation. All this month take time to reach out and thank officers for their service and offer a token of respect. How can I do this? Some suggested ways include: show support on social media through your profile picture or by sharing a positive story, wearing blue clothing, sending a card to the local police department or state agency, having children write letters of support, participation in Project Blue Light (display a blue light at your home). Let them know how much you value their service and protection of our communities. Show them the LOVE every day in the month of January, or, recognize their bravery, courage, honor and integrity throughout the year.

BINGO AT ST LUKE

Thanks for your help!
Many thanks to all who donated prizes for January BINGO at St. Luke. We appreciate your ongoing support of our mission partnership with St. Luke Homes. Special thanks to Sylvia Moore, Carole Peterson, Laurie Conlon and Jill Meyer for helping with BINGO.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

To all who helped make "Blanketed in Faith" a success!

The Faith in Action Committee extends a heartfelt thanks to all that participated in the “Blanketed in Faith” project. Whether you donated fleece, ready-made blankets, joined in our fellowship evening, or took fleece home & made blankets, we are grateful for all of your efforts! Fifty-two blankets were made at our tying night on Thurs, Dec 13 during the two hours together. On Sun, Dec 16, 98 blankets were displayed & blessed. A total of 109 blankets were donated to Lutheran Social Services in Spencer and Kadens Kloset in Okoboji. That means 109 children will be blanketed in faith and wrapped in love in the coming months! We are excited to watch this project continue to grow! THANK-YOU for putting your Faith in Action, warming the heart of a child and covering them in love!

Jamie Rusk-Blume, Faith in Action Chair


BETHANY SNOW & CANCELLATION POLICY

In Case of Inclement Weather...

Bethany has modified its snow and 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


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