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

Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30am or 11:00am! 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. 


Sunday, September 23
The H.U.G. (Hands Unto God) Puppet Team will be at Bethany for Rally Day – next Sunday, September 23!! Come for fellowship after (or before) worship in the Dining Room downstairs from 9:45-10:45am. Register the kids for Sunday School and see the Puppet Team perform a variety of acts. Fun for all ages! We’ll celebrate a faith milestone (see below) and, at our 11am service the Bethany Youth Group is leading worship. Be here for this special day!


Volunteers Needed
Next Sunday, September 23 is our opportunity to help with “round-up” at St. Luke. A few more volunteers are needed to help get the residents to their Sunday morning worship. Want to help? See details and sign up at the Welcome Center!


Join in a day of service!
Bethany Lutheran has set a “God’s Work – Our Hands” date for Saturday, October 20 (mark your calendar)! Plan now to join us in day of this community service. Custom T-shirts will be available for all participants to purchase and wear. Shirts are yellow in color with the words “God’s Work. Our Hands.” on the front and “Bethany Lutheran Church” on the back. Look for order forms at the Welcome Center and turn yours in by Weds. September 26.


Third Grade Bible Presentation
As a part of Bethany’s milestone ministries, next Sunday (9/23) at our 8:30 worship service all students in our third grade Sunday School class will receive a new Bible. REMINDER to Third Grade families: please plan to meet in the parlor on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30pm to personalize your child’s Bible with a note inside the cover and mark favorite verses. Then be sure to be here on Sunday, Sept. 23 for presentation. Bible Adventure classes for the kids will be held at 4pm on Wednesdays in October.


Sunday, September 23
A fundraiser omelette breakfast to benefit Kim McCune happens next Sunday, September 23 from 8am-1pm at the American Legion Hall (2320 Hwy Blvd). In February Kim’s husband, Bill, passed away from cancer and shortly after Kim found out that she was also battling cancer. Please come and show your support for Kim and her son, Jess. All are welcome!


NOW is the time to join a music group!
Be on the lookout for a music rehearsals schedule at the Welcome Center. Choir, bells, ukes, and weeknight music kids are back in action for the 2018-2019 program year. New members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please speak with Bethany’s Director of Music, Stephen Baker.


September 9-16
Many thanks to everyone who made donations for our September food drive for the Upper Des Moines Outreach pantry. We appreciate your continued support of these efforts to help those in need in our community!


Teachers needed
We are in need of Sunday school teachers for grades 1-4 for the 2018-2019 program year. Substitute teachers are also needed. Parents and other adults – please consider signing up to teach. If you have questions about this or are interested in helping out, please speak with Katie Hare, Director of Youth and Family Ministries.


Have arrived!!
The 2018 Bethany Lutheran Church pictorial membership directories have arrived. Please stop by the church at your convenience to pick up your copy. Thank you!


Sunday, September 30
We have a brand new milestone this year for our 11th grade students. On Sunday, September 30th at the 8:30 AM service, we will celebrate a life milestone for these students: a driver’s license. We’ll have a blessing & gift to celebrate this milestone for students.


Sunday, September 30
Join a team or as an individual, take steps for a world without Alzheimers at this annual fundraiser event to educate, advocate, raise public awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research and support services. The local walk for the cause is next Sunday, September 30 at Leach Park. Registration begins at 12:45pm with a ceremony at 1:45 and the walk starting at 2:00pm. Can’t walk–consider a donation. Log on to


You Can Help $2
The “you can help $2 (too!)” fundraiser for Lutheran Disaster Response continues. Look for a table in the parlor with items for sale for $2. Buy some items to help toward this cause. Your donations can bring God's hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. 


Confirmation and BYG begin this week!!

A confirmation orientation meeting for students and parents was held on Wednesday, August 29 -- if you were unable to attend, please call or stop by the church office to pick up important information regarding the 2018-2019 program year. Confirmation classes for grades 7-8 begin on Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm. Bethany Youth Group (BYG) for students in grades 9-12 begins that evening also at 7:45pm. Neither group will meet during Fair Week but both will resume on Wednesday, September 19. Looking forward to a great year ahead!!


Relax and Rejuvenate!!
There are plenty of opportunities coming up to relax, rejuvenate and just take a break from the routine. Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp offers a variety of recharges and retreats in the fall. Log on to their website to see what’s coming up and to get registered. Also, the Western IA Synod Women’s Organization (WISWO) has a women’s retreat planned for September 29 and invite you to join them for a relaxing day of fun and fellowship. Look for registration forms at the Welcome Center!


Classroom School Supplies
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!


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 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: or bring it to the office and we will scan a digital image and have it “on the big screen”. Thanks!


Share your extras!!

Got some? Need some? Take or leave some–on the table in the Narthex!


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!


Share your time & talents!!
Bethany is still in the process of forming an archive committee. 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 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!


"Three Sides" Launches in August...

Typically it’s said that there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or third side of a story is revealed providing another side to consider. Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together Three Sides presents diverse voices from across the ELCA. Log on to and click on “Podcast” and listen as unique stories from across this church are shared. 


Keep in touch!!
Your church family wants to keep in touch with you! We’d love to know when and where you’ll be heading back to school, what you’re up to and to pray for you throughout the school year. Send an email to Bethany’s Director of Youth & Family, Katie Hare: or a text with your contact information (address, email, etc.) where you’ll be this year!


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. 


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!!


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!


Pick yours up while here for worship!
The free 8x10 photos of your directory pictures are filed alphabetically in a box near the Welcome Center. Please remember to pick yours up while here for worship. 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!


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!


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!


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