Worship services and large gatherings have been suspended until further notice. The church is open for regular office hours during the week. When stopping by the church building, please use the north parking lot entry, handicap door. For safety purposes, all other doors are locked. We have been extremely careful to follow CDC guidelines, and we will continue this caution. Click on the red “news” button below for more information.

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

IN HOUSE WORSHIP SERVICES SUSPENDED

Until further notice -- stay tuned...

At the November meeting of the Bethany Church Council it was determined that in-house gatherings for worship and large gatherings in general will be suspended again, until further notice. We will continue with services being livestreamed on-line at 9am on Sunday mornings. At this time the church building will remain open during normal business hours: Mon-Thu, 9am to 4pm and Fri, 8:30am to 12:30 pm. When stopping by, please use the parking lot entry, handicap door. For safety purposes, all other doors are locked. Masks are required to enter the building. We have been extremely careful to follow CDC guidelines, and will continue this caution. Be sure to stay tuned to our weekly E-blasts, the Bethany Herald newsletter, announcements on our website and social media pages for further developments regarding these situations.


THANKSGIVING BREAK

Please note these calendar changes
The church office will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 25. Confirmation and BYG are in recess through the end of November. The church office will be closed on Thursday, Noveber 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

VIRTUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

Monday, November 30-6:30pm
Warner Funeral Home, Hospice of Spencer Hospital, Abben Cancer Center and area churches invite you to join them for a virtual service of remembrance. To assure the health safety of everyone who would like to participate in this service, this year’s event will not be held in person. Please join in viewing the virtual service as follows: Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. on Spencer Municipal Utilities channel 2, on the Warner Funeral Home website (www.warnerfuneralhome.com) or the Spencer Hospital website (www.spencerhospital.org) or via Facebook on the Warner Funeral Home and/or Spencer Hospital pages. The service will be rebroadcast on SMU channel 2 on Tuesday December 1 at 3pm or and Wednesday, December 2 at 11am.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Please Take Time to Share a Memory

It is not too late for you to share a favorite memory or story from Pastor Jen & Jerry’s years at Bethany or share your prayers for them as they look ahead to retirement.  Stop by the church with your memory or send it in the mail and we will get it to them.


STARBURST LUMINARIES

For Advent and Christmas

Sunday, November 29 is the first Sunday of Advent. The Evangelism Committee at Bethany has prepared Starburst Luminaries to share with you in this time of expectant waiting and preparation for Jesus – the Light of the World! Each packet contains: 1 luminary bag, 1 LED tea lite, 1 gold star. Brighten up a window in your home during the Advent and Christmas seasons with one of these star luminaries. Packets will be available at the drive-by farewell on Sunday, November 22 or are available for pick up at the church beginning on November 23 and going forward as long as supplies last and are free.  A committee member can also deliver a packet to your home.


A REMINDER OF OUR WEATHER POLICY

Handy info to know in case of pending weather...
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.

SATURDAY A.M. BIBLE STUDY

Via Zoom with Pastor Jeff
MOB Bible study will be meeting via Zoom only this Saturday morning at 7:30am. Please join Pr. Jeff for a study of the coming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Share insights and discuss the word prior to hearing it in worship. All are welcome to participate in this study. The Zoom link is provided in our Weekly on Wednesday (WOW) E-Blast. Join us!!

FALL STEWARDSHIP DRIVE

Called Together for Joy
Look for a mailing from the Stewardship Committee in your mailbox soon! The packet will contain your giving statement plus a new stewardship program “Called Together for Joy” based on Psalm 25—“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things… Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth…”

SHARE A POINSETTIA FOR CHRISTMAS

Order by November 30
The seasons of Advent and Christmas are just around the corner. Once again this year we are planning to decorate the Sanctuary with poinsettias. If you would like to share a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, call the church office by November 30 to get signed up. The cost is $10.00. Make checks payable to Bethany. Thank you.

COLLECTIONS FOR THE FOOD PANTRY

Continuous through November
The UDMO pantry has issued a "Put the Giving in Thanksgiving" challenge in November. These items are on the list: cereal, peanut butter, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, mac & cheese, canned fruit, canned tomatoes, canned tuna, desert mix, applesauce, canned sweet potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, canned beans, box of crackers, package of rice, package of oatmeal, package of pasta, spaghetti sauce, chicken noodle soupe, tomato soup, canned corn, canned mixed veggies, canned carrots and canned green beans. Purchase any of these items and donate them to Upper Des Moines Pantry. Either take directly to them or leave in the designated baskets at the church and we will deliver them for you. Thank you for supporting this effort!

BETHANY "E-NEWS BLAST"

Catch the latest news here...

Are you receiving our Wednesday “e-news blast”? These weekly emails include time sensitive announcements, items of interest and information pertaining to the upcoming weekend’s worship service Look for them in your email box every Wednesday. If you are not receiving the e-blast, we may not have your mail address. Please let us know by sending an email to bethany@bethluthspencer.com. Get signed up – these are a great way to stay tuned to current happenings!


DRIVE UP DEVOTIONAL BOX

Resources with you in Mind
Even though the building is now open, our drive up devotional box will remain available to pick up bulletins, devotionals and other items after hours. If you don't already have your Oct-Dec Christ in Our Home devotional, stop by and pick one up today.

SCAM ALERT!!

Members & Friends Beware

Once again, we have had recently reported incidences of scammers impersonating Bethany staff via email and via text. Be on high alert – If you receive an email or message requesting money or gift cards from anyone at church, IT IS A SCAM. Please be advised that we will never ask you for donations in this way. If you have been contacted by a scammer, please let the office know (262-2327). We are as saddened by this abusive scheme as you are.


NEW AT BETHANY

Online Giving
We're excited to offer you a new way to give! Bethany Lutheran is now accepting donations online. Online giving provides you a convenient way to make a financial contribution. Powered by Title.ly online giving, it is safe and secure way to give. If you would like to make a gift to support the ministries and missions of Bethany Lutheran Church, click on "Giving" on our website and then click on the green button. Thanks for your support!

HOME DELIVERED MEALS

Drivers needed
Spencer Home Delivered Meals, the local meals on wheels provider, is experiencing a shortage of drivers. Would you be able to help on occasion or as a regular? The operation is based out of the Spencer Area Activity Center (104 E 4th St) and typically takes about 45 minutes to complete the route. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please give a call to Sandi Schmidt, 262-7975. Thanks!

FAIR TRADE COFFEE

Available at Bethany
Just a reminder that Fair Trade Coffee products at Bethany are still available to you – as a mission project of Bethany’s Priscilla Circle! Give a call to the church office (262-2327) or stop by if you’d like to pick some up. A variety of flavors are available in ground & whole bean. Coffee purchases help toward the support of Lutheran World Relief’s partnership with Fair Trade and Women of Bethany missions! Many thanks to all who support these missions!

FAMILY & CHILDREN RESOURCES

Follow the link below...
Families and friends of Bethany Lutheran, on our church’s website under children’s ministry, you can find some helpful resources that you and your family may enjoy doing together. During these times when we are unable to have in-person Sunday School, we are hopeful that you and your family are finding ways to live out and grow your faith. Listen to a children’s sermon together followed by discussion and prayer. Join in with the staff from the bible camps for bible stories, activities and much more. We hope you will use these at your convenience and the staff at Bethany continues to pray for all of you during these times.

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!!

BE A WORSHIP VOLUNTEER

You CAN help!
We are looking for people to participate in our online worship services. You can help –as a reader, leading the prayers or special music or helping with another part of the service. Choose a Sunday and let us know. How will this work? Make a video (recording) of your offering via your smart phone, computer, tablet or camera and email it to the church by the Thursday preceding the Sunday that you’ve selected. We will plug your video into our Power Point presentation. Then tune in to our live-stream service on Sunday morning at 9am and watch! If you need assistance or more information on how to make a video recording on your device, please contact Lynn!! She would be glad to help you!! For special music offerings, please contact Elina at sveiks@mediacombb.net or 712-662-8071 to schedule a date. Thanks you!

DON'T FORGET YOUR OFFERING

We need and appreciate your support!

Although we’re not operating as normal, your offering is still very important. Our staff is still on the job and we have a facility to maintain and obligations to meet. We realize the pandemic may have a negative impact on some of your income so we encourage proportionate giving.

Here’s a few suggestions on how you can give:

  • Automatic Electronic Giving – Download a form on our website or request one from the office. Complete and mail to the church
  • Use an Internet Banking Bill Pay service offered through your bank. Generally all you need to set this up is our mailing address which is 15 W 14th St.
  • Drop your offering in the mail – please use your offering envelopes
  • Use GIVE & GO service. Come to the church, call to let us know you’re here and we’ll meet you at the door! Or we can have a volunteer come out to pick up your envelope. Just call.

This congregation has successfully responded to challenges many times before. We are confident that together we can survive this one as well with God’s help.


UNIVERSITY OF IA TELE MOBILE CLINIC

Free Service to Iowans
University of Iowa Tele-Mobile Clinic is a free service offering online and/or phone medical appointments for the entire state of Iowa! Available in English, Spanish, Arabic and French and patients do not need insurance. Services offered include general health education, medication refills, discussion of COVID concerns, Social Work appointments, and connecting people with mental health counseling offered every day. In order to sign up, patients just have to call or text (319)-535-2684.

DON'T FOR GET TO LET US KNOW

We want to keep in touch!
The Internet customers of Spencer Municipal Utilities with an smunet.net email address have been notified that SMU will discontinue hosting email in June 2021. We want to remind you – when you change your email address, please don’t forget to let Bethany know your new email address. We want to keep in touch!!

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!

Be sure to check Bethany's calendar for other activities! Calendar