In person gatherings at Bethany will resume in October. Find details in our newsletter!
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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



Join us this Sunday!
Sunday, September 27 is Rally Sunday at Bethany! We’ll have worship at 9am outdoors on the on the front lawn at Bethany. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Social distancing will be observed and be sure to have a mask on hand. Afterwards to kick-off the new program year, there will be some fun cross generational activities for all to enjoy. Rally Sunday this year will be filled with messages from “On Earth as It Is in Heaven”, our previously planned VBS program. We hope you will join us! As a reminder – if you are not comfortable coming out yet, the services will be live streamed on-line, as well. Find links on our Facebook page or go to and search Bethany Lutheran Church-Spencer, IA. Services are rebroadcast courtesy of Spencer Municipal Utilities on SMU on channel 2 at 5pm on Tuesday evenings and at 10am on Wednesday mornings. One way or another, worship with us!


Via Zoom with Pastor Jeff
Join Pastor Jff via Zoom this Saturday morning at 8am for a study of the coming Sunday’s Gospel reading. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is feeling led to delve into the scriptures. Share insights and discuss the word prior to hearing it in worship. All are welcome to participate in this study. Zoom links are provided in our Weekly on Wednesday (WOW) E-Blasts.


For grades K-6
We will not be having our traditional Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings at this time. For now we are just looking ahead a couple weeks and planning on doing some after school sessions, on Wednesdays, September 30 & October 3 from 4-5:30pm for students in Kindergarten-Grade 6. We are using our VBS curriculum “On Earth as in Heaven”. It will be helpful to know if your kids will be attending these after school sessions. Please give a call to the church or email Lynn ( to let her know. 


Will not meet on October 1
Zoom with Jen at 10 will not be happening on Thursday, October 1. Sessions will resume on Thursday, October 8. Join Pastor Jen in a Zoom discussion at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to this open visit.  From general conversation, to reflections and sharing on timely topics – you are welcome to join the conversation! Find details and the Zoom links in our WOW E-Blast. We hope you’ll find the time to participate!


Register by October 1
Students in grades 6-8 are invited and encouraged to attend a day-long retreat at Lakeside Lutheran Camp on Saturday, October 10 from 9AM - 8 PM. The day will include team-building games, zip line and low ropes course, worship, and other group activities. For details or to get registered, call Lynn Egesdal (262-2327). If possible, please let us know by October 1. Thanks!


Catch the latest news here...

During this time of separation we are sending out an “e-news blast” with time sensitive announcements, items of interest and information pertaining to the upcoming weekend’s worship service. Look for these in your email box every Wednesday. If you are not receiving them, we don’t have a current mail address for you. Please send an email to to let us know your email address. Get signed up – these are a great way to stay tuned to current happenings!


Sunday, October 4
The first Sunday in October is a festival remembering St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals. Let’s join in that celebration: On Sunday October 4, 9:00am weather permitting, worship will be on the front lawn of the church. BRING ANIMALS SO WE CAN BLESS THEM! Better yet, dress as your favorite animal! (I’m sending an invitation to Tigger…) Even more better, wear your favorite animal mask!!! Many thanks to Franciscan Brother John Syvertson for assisting in this special day. In case of rain, there will be no outdoor worship—but it will be live-streamed as we’ve been doing. We won’t let the rain prevent the blessing of the animals. Instead, with luck, we will set up a covered station in the parking lot so there can be drive-by blessings.


Resuming in October
If you are able, please plan to join us on Thursday, October 8 for Fun and Fellowship in the church-dining hall. We will be working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief missions from about 9am ‘til noon. There will be no potluck. We will follow COVID-19 protocols, maintaining the recommended social distance, wearing masks as needed, and having hand sanitizer available. Please consider joining in this vital mission work of the Women of Bethany.


Farewell to Pastor Jen & Jerry
Sunday, November 22 will be Pastor Jen & Jerry’s last day of worship with Bethany. Following the service that day there will be a time of remembrance of their 22 years of ministry together and a celebration of their upcoming retirement. Plans for the day are underway and more details will be coming soon, so stay tuned. One of the special ways of remembering involves you! There will be a ‘memory box’ available for you to share a favorite memory from their time here at Bethany. This box will be sealed with the contents being for Pr. Jen & Jerry only. Please take time to write a special memory that you have of them and drop it in the box (or in the mail). Also, be sure to mark November 22 on your calendar and plan to be here as we remember and celebrate the ministry of Pastor Jen & Jerry Henry!


For grades 4-12
Fall recharges at Ingham-Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp (IOLBC) are happening in October and November! Although the current pandemic has caused the camp to “remix” their recharges. Kids in grades 4-12 have options – a one day event or weekend retreat! The theme this year is “HAPPY-Nehemiah 8:10”. God wants us to be happy, but what does that look like? Many people wrestle with fear, anxiety, and depression on a daily basis. Is happiness just an unrealistic fantasy? The fall recharges at IOLBC will help youth find out what God has to say about happiness and how the “Joy of the Lord” can be a source of great strength. If interested, please inquire with Lynn Egesdal, coordinator of children, youth and family ministries at Bethany.


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!


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 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, use the button below. Thanks for your support!


You can help!
The Thrivent Member Network of the Greater Iowa Region is offering three ways to help folks in need following the August 10 storm that impacted Iowa. To find out more on how you can help with this effort visit: Donations must be made through Thrivent's online giving platform in partnership with InFaith Community Foundation. Donations raised through this campaign will go directly towards the Greater Iowa Derecho Disaster Response.


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.


Wednesdays at 7:30pm

As a reminder, it’s not too late to join this study of the book: Bad Girls of the Bible and what we can learn from them. If you want to participate, contact Sue Geiger ( or Sue Boblit ( so they can help you get a book. Then plan to join the conversation via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. Look for the Zoom link provided in our Weekly on Wednesday E-Newsletter.


Moving toward in-person worship...
We are looking forward to in-person worship in the coming months as the council determines it is safe to do so. As we consider what worship will look like, the committee has discussed some of the volunteering changes that will need to take place. These will include the need for additional volunteers for varied tasks in the church. Some training will be necessary. We ask that you prayerfully consider the possibilities of helping in a new way through the age of the COVID Pandemic. Stay tuned to the announcements and newsletter for more details.


We miss you!

You may have noticed that we are updating the pictures in our Sunday morning power point presentation. We are also looking for new pictures of the kids for the Children’s Sermon. We miss seeing everyone during these times of separation. If you are able, please email a picture to Thanks for your help!


Pick one up today!
Our yard signs are quite popular. The Synod office is having some made up with their logo. Show your inclusivity faith value with a Bethany social justice yard sign! The message is: “Every gender, every race, all are covered by God’s grace”, with the Bethany logo in the corner. These signs are available now for $10 - call the church office to arrange for payment and pickup. An Evangelism Committee member would be happy to deliver your sign.


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!


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 apart 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. Please watch for some upcoming outside activities for families in the near future!!


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!!


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 or 712-662-8071 to schedule a date. Thanks you!


Consider sharing a musical offering at worship
We are looking for special music for our live-stream worship services starting on July 19. If you would like to share a favorite worship song -- vocal or instrumental -- let us know. You can record your selection at home and we will work it into the taped live service. Contact Elina at or 712-662-8071 for more information or to schedule a date. Thanks!


Resources with you in Mind
Our drive up devotional box is restocked with readings inserts and children's bulletins for the next three weeks. Also included is the July-September 2020 issue of the Christ in Our Home devotional booklet. A copy of the upcoming Sunday's bulletin will be available there, too -- look for it on Friday afternoons.

Although we cannot gather for worship, mission work & fellowship, we think of you all often! Our goal is to keep you encouraged and strengthened by providing meaningful on-line worship services, devotional materials, ZOOM meetings and other ways to keep in touch in other ways.


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.


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.


We want to keep in touch!
The Internet customers of Spencer Municipal Utilities with an 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!!


Sign up for a Sunday in 2020
Many thanks to everyone who provides flowers to beautify the altar. Look for the flower chart posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you are interested in providing altar flowers for a service in this new year, please fill out a yellow card and leave it at the church office or in the offering plate.


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!


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!

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