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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



Find a time & come!!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES Circle Bible studies happen in the church parlor the third week of the month and will be restarting in September. All women are welcome and encouraged to join in. Choose a time that works for you and then plan to attend:

Monday, Septemer 16 -- 7:00pm

Tuesday, September 17 -- 9:30am

Thursday, September 19 -- 1:30pm


Planning meeting this Tuesday!
The Gathering will start a new year offering free meals to everyone who want to join us. Our first meal of the season will be Thursday, October 10. Please join us on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:45pm in the church parlor for a planning meeting. Bring your great recipes and ideas of how we can include more people. Please consider joining us for this meeting!


Beginning This Week!
Choir and Bell Choir will begin rehearsing on Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Choir on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, starting on September 16. Bells on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month starting on September 25.


Thursday, September 19
Pastor Jen will lead a membership information in the church parlor on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm. If you’ve been thinking about joining Bethany or are just curious about membership – please come to this session.


Saturday, September 21 -- Join Us!!

This fall across the country, nearly 9,300 congregations will engage in service work to make
a positive change in their communities, deepen relationships, and share God's love. Please mark Saturday, September 21, 2019 on your calendar and plan to be a part of the God’s Work - Our Hands service day at Bethany Lutheran Church – to show love to our neighbors and help make our community a better place!

We will begin at 8:30am with a quick gathering worship and picking your project, and will finish up around 11:00, when we meet back at Bethany for some fellowship and a light lunch. 

Multiple service projects will be offered, so everyone, of every age, can participate.  We have projects to help Bethany, to help our community, and to help our world.  Some of those are:

  • A yard work team to go out and help rake, pick up sticks, clean out flower beds and other light work for those unable to do so. 
  • Assembling kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  • Assembling fleece blankets for foster kids.
  • Nursing Home visit with a craft project to do with the residents.
  • Baking Cookies at Bethany and delivering them to our community public servants.
  • Laundromat Blessings
  • Cleaning and Organizing the Sunday School Art Room upstairs.
“God’s work. Our hands.” is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Mark your calendar, dig out your gold “Bethany Lutheran God’s work our hands” t-shirt, and be prepared to fill your heart and the hearts of others!!


Join us for Rally Sunday -- Sept 22!

All are welcome to worship at Bethany! We currently have one service on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Gather to sing praises, hear God’s word, grow in faith and connect with others. This Sunday is Rally Sunday with our worship and activities being planned for outdoors. Join us on the church lawn at 8:30am. Bring a blanket or chair if you are able. If weather is an issue we will move indoors. Thanks!!


Supply Drive -- Sept 22
Parish Ed will be holding an Operation Christmas Child supply drive on Sunday, September 22nd during our church wide Rally Day. The Sunday School classes will be putting together boxes to send to their neighbors around the world as part of their fall service project. Our goal is to fill 110 boxes by November. You can help by bringing supplies or giving a cash donation at Rally Day! We thank you in advance for your generosity! Supply lists can be found at the Welcome Center or online at .


Thanks for your support!
Many thanks to everyone who supported our September Food Drive for the UDMO pantry with a gift of food and hygiene items or a cash donation. We appreciation your ongoing support of this crucial mission to help those in our community who are in need. God bless you for your kindness and generosity!!


Planning Meeting-9/23

There are lots of ways to be involved! Sign up to help at the Welcome Center and then come to our next planning meeting on Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm in the church parlor. If you have questions prior to the meeting please contact Sue Boblit at 262-8244 or via email at: Thanks!


September 25

Summer is winding down but Bethany programs are gearing up! An essential orientation for confirmation students in grades 7-10 and their parents will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor at Bethany Lutheran Church. (Please note change from previously published date). 


September 29
As a part of Bethany’s milestone ministries on Sunday, September 29 all students in our third grade Sunday School class will receive a new Bible. REMINDER to third grade families, Bibles will be available on Rally Sunday (9/22) to personalize with a note inside the cover and mark favorite verses. Then be sure to be here on Sunday, September 29 for the presentation.


For Grades 3-4
Third & fourth grade students will have an opportunity to attend a series of classes to help become familiar with using the Bible. Classes are Wednesdays,  October 2, 9, 16 & 23 after school at 4:30pm.Kids are welcome to come early at 4pm for fellowship and a snack. If you have any questions, please talk to Tasha Rutter (363-2202) or Jalyce Storley (363-5100).


October 4-5
Love and Compassion are the theme of the Tri-Synod Fall Retreat hosted by the SE Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization on October 4-5. Ladies from Western IA Synod and the NE Iowa Synod are invited to enjoy a tour of Riemann Gardens on Friday and then a day of fellowship, Bible study and learning on Saturday. Look for more info at the Welcome Center!


Teacher's Supply Drive
This month’s project “Teachers Deliver” is geared toward teachers, and how fitting with school just underway! Teachers do more than just teach – they inspire, encourage and motivate our kids! Often budgets for classroom supplies are limited so “Loving Spencer” September is focusing on this need. To find out how to help, see p. 5 in the September issue of The Bethany Herald or log on to Thanks!


Please Consider a Donation to Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people everywhere whose lives have been disrupted by disasters. Your gifts make it possible for this church to provide fast and effective support to communities in need, whenever and wherever a disaster may strike and 100% of your gift is used for the disaster that you specify. Please consider making a donation to Lutheran Disaster Response. A table has been set up in the church parlor with fun items and a container for donations to Lutheran Disaster Response. Give a gift to support LDR, then choose an item from the table – as a small token of our thanks for your support of this ELCA mission.


You Can Help!
If you shop rummage sales, please look for items needed in Lutheran World Relief baby care kits such as: cloth diapers, receiving blankets, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters (up to 24 mos.). Also, “back-to-school” sales are a great time to pick up items for school kits. Most needed at this time are: pencil sharpeners, scissors (blunt-tip), crayons (24-pack), pens, and notebooks. Other kit items needed include: nail clippers, hand towels (dark), and bath-size Ivory soap. Many thanks to all who support these missions. The Fun & Fellowship work group will meet on Thursday, August 8 at 9:00am to continue their world mission efforts. A potluck dinner is shared at noon. All are welcome!


An Opportunity to Vision for Bethany's Future
Many thanks to all who attended a strategic planning “cottage meeting” this month. The meetings were an opportunity for the Bethany congregation to join in conversation as we vision into Bethany’s future. A huge thank you to all who helped with the meetings as hosts, leaders and recorders. For those unable to attend, look for a postcard in today’s bulletin and use it to share responses to questions from the devotional (copies in Narthex) used at the meetings. Place card in offering plate or leave at church office. Watch for a summary of thoughts shared coming in September.


Transportation Needs -- Are you able to help?
On occasion at the church we receive calls for help with rides. It may be from a member who has driving restrictions from a recent surgery, from a community member needing help with transportation to medical appointment or someone in need of a ride to worship. The Faith-in-Action team is compiling a list of drivers whom we could call upon to help when the need arises and of drivers who could help share a ride to worship. If this sounds like something you would like to help with, look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. Thanks!


Seeking Committee Members
You may have noticed that we have not announced a scholarship this year for graduating seniors. The committee apologizes for this. Just so you know, the funds for this need to grow so that we can continue to offer scholarships in the future. We need two people to serve on this scholarship committee. Would you please prayerfully consider this and contact the office to volunteer.


Through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In July 2017, Joel & Rachel Watters visited Bethany to share about their call to ministry in Costa Rica through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Shortly after the Watters’ and their three children moved to southern Costa Rica, Central America, to evangelize and disciple students on several college campuses. Periodically we receive updates from them and most recently learned that their family has grown with the birth of a new baby girl, Elsie Eve. Look for their correspondence on the bulletin board by the church office! If you would like to support their mission visit:



Are you able to help?
Office Volunteers are needed to help answer the phone during our Tuesday afternoon staff meetings and to cover some other times coming up in the next few weeks. This would involve light office work, greeting visitors and answering the telephone. If you are able to help please look over the schedule at the Welcome Center and sign up to help as you are able. Thank you!


Keep alert for more on this...
You may have noticed the AED in the hallway by the church offices. This device was received through a grant opportunity made possible by Clay County Emergency Medical Services. So– just what is an AED? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Recently some of our council members received training on how to use an AED and in the coming weeks there will be opportunities for others to learn. Watch for more details coming in the newsletter and bulletins.


Sign up for a Sunday in 2019
Many thanks to everyone who provided flowers to beautify the altar in 2018. The flower chart for 2019 is 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.


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


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!!


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!


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.


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