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

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. Please join us for worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 & 11am.


Register the kiddos today!!
This fun-filled event is just a week away starting Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26! Lakeside Lutheran Camp staff will be here to lead our “campers” through a week of fun, bible study, games, worship, crafts and more. Pre-Kindergarten through grade 6 (note addition of pre-K aged kids) are invited to attend evening sessions from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Don’t delay!! Get the kiddos registered today! Look for more information and registration forms at the Welcome Center! (Or click on the "forms" tab above to download a registration form.)


Submit items now!

The deadline to submit articles/information for the August edition of our newsletter, The Bethany Herald, is this Friday, August 20. Email or leave at the church office. Thank you!


All are Welcome!
The topic of study is prayer – this session looking specifically at the practices of prayer. Copies are available at the Welcome Center. Pick one up and plan to attend the July summer bible study, led by Pastor Jen, this Thursday, July 19 at 1:30pm in the church parlor. All are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there!


Consider a donation today!
“Room at the Table” is this month’s focus for “Loving Spencer”. This local mission effort began at Bethany in 2012 providing milk at Johnson School and over the years has evolved to encompass holiday meals and meals for families in crisis, too. Monetary donations for “Room at the Table” are accepted year-round but this effort will be a boost to the mission as the start of school just around the corner in August. Thank you for considering a donation to “Room at the Table”!


Sunday, July 29 at 9AM
On Sunday, July 29 join us at the East Leach Park Bandshell at 9:00am for a special outdoor worship service. If you’re able, please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. The Vacation Bible School kids will be singing at this service. We’ll enjoy food and fellowship following worship. If it’s raining we will move to the Sanctuary at Bethany for this service. Mark your calendars–one service–July 29, 9am.


Contact the church office!
We’re in the process of proofing a copy of our upcoming pictorial membership directory. The directories include a section of addresses and phone numbers. Do you have a particular phone number that you prefer to have included in this area? If so, please let us know at the church office by July 31. Thank you!


Nursing Home Mission Partnership
Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes for July BINGO at St. Luke. A special thanks to Sylvia Moore, Onalee Wright, Pat Spenst, Connie Heien & Sherrie Green for assisting with BINGO at St. Luke on Friday, July 6. Thank you all for your continued support of our nursing home ministry partnership with St. Luke Homes!


130th Anniversary Celebration
Be sure to take out your calendars now and mark Sunday, August 19 to save the date for Bethany’s 130th anniversary celebration. You won’t want to miss our special worship services that day. And, the fellowship and food! Word has it that this is going to be a Jell-O-Bration!! Watch for more details to come!


A part of your story...
You’ve probably noticed over the past several months we’ve had some pictures of various happenings interspersed in the Sunday on-screen announcements. For the remainder of the summer we’ll feature some snapshots provided by you! If you have a favorite shot that you’d like to share, please email it to: or bring it to the office and we will scan a digital image. Thanks!


Check your SPAM Folder!
We have had several people let us know that email messages from Bethany are going into their SPAM folder. If you receive the Bethany Herald (or any other correspondence from Bethany) via email and are no longer finding it in your email inbox, be sure to check your SPAM folder, it could be there!


Can you Help?
Many thanks to the folks at Bethany who have signed up to assist Elderbridge Agency on Aging on Thursdays and Fridays in July with their meal delivery program, Spencer Home Delivered Meals. We appreciate the spirit of volunteerism shown at Bethany! Thank you all!


Fridays in July
A huge thank you to those who have signed up to provide programs for “Friday Fellowship” at Longhouse in July. The residents will enjoy your company! Reminder: programs are Friday afternoons at 2:30pm in the North Unit of Longhouse. We only have July 27 left to fill! To claim it, sign-up at the Welcome Center!!


Many hands make light work!
Heaps of thanks to the helping hands who’ve signed on to share in the task of keeping Bethany’s flower beds and landscaped areas trimmed and weed-free during the growing season. Many hands truly do make the work light and we so appreciate your hard work and commitment!!


Mark your calendars!

An orientation meeting for students and parents has been set for Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm. Watch your mailbox toward the end of this month for a letter with additional information for Confirmation families regarding the 2018-2019 class year.


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!


Share them for Altar Flowers at Bethany!
The Bethany Altar Guild extends an invitation --- if you have garden flowers that you would like to arrange and share as altar flowers, feel free to do so. Please check the “flowers chart” in the narthex to make sure no one has already signed up. Fill out a card with information for the bulletin and leave it at the church office.


Pick yours up while here for worship!
The free 8x10 photos of your directory pictures have started arriving. They are filed alphabetically in a box near the Welcome Center. When you pick up your picture, please find your name on one of the packing lists at the front of the box and place your initials and date received in the space provided. Thank you!


To Lutheran World Relief Missions
Give during the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Summer Matching Gift Challenge and help more families around the world who have suffered from natural and man-made disasters. Gifts give to support LWR missions during the Summer Matching Gift Challenge, between now and July 24 will be matched – up to a total of $106,285.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


Please help if you are able
We are in need of volunteers in the office to answer the telephone on Tuesday afternoons during our staff meeting. The 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.


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. 


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: 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  REMINDER:  If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!


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