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



Sunday Mornings, 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.
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. Come for worship! Fellowship hour is held between services from 9:45-10:45am. Join us for coffee, donuts & lively conversation.


Tuesday, June 27

Women’s Summer Bible Study: Join your sisters in Christ at Bethany for a Bible study on Tuesday, June 27 (was incorrectly noted as June 26 in the June Herald) in the church parlor at 9:30am. Priscilla Circle will host and Pastor Jen will lead the study, entitled All Anew: Ready or Not- “Say Goodbye to Nice”. Copies of the study are available at the Welcome Center. Bring your bible, invite a friend --all women are welcome!


July 17-20, 2017

Friends from Lutheran Lakeside Camp will be back at Bethany this year to lead evening vacation Bible school sessions. It will be a fun-filled week for the kids, Monday through Thursday, July 17–20 from 5:30–8:30 pm. The VBS kids will be singing at our outdoor worship service on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. VBS registration forms are available at the Welcome Center. Pick some up today and get the kiddos registered. Also, be sure to take a reminder magnet with pertinent details, so you don’t forget! Friends are welcome at VBS -- Invite someone to come with you! Also, we need volunteers. There are opportunities for students and adults to help with VBS. Look for sign-up sheets at the Welcome Center and on the Youth bulletin board. Thanks for helping!!


Share a program with the residents

Bethany is scheduled to help with "Friday Fellowship" at Longhouse during the month of July. This is an opportunity for all ages. Do you have something of interest to share? Show and tell about a hobby or collection; reminisce on farming, a special trip, or topic of interest; share a talent; perform a skit. Chances are any program you would like to share will be of interest to the residents. Programs start Friday afternoons at 2:30pm in the North Unit of Longhouse, with coffee served at 3pm. Sign up below to claim a Friday in July.


For Cherish Center in Milford

Sunday, June 18 concludes our Baby Bottle Fundraiser for the Cherish Center in Milford, IA. Please return bottles with donations in the collection basket at the Welcome Center. Many thanks to everyone who took a baby bottle to fill with loose change, bills or a check in support of this mission. Small change truly can make a big difference!


Art Supplies for Camp Autumn
A new month means a new “Loving Spencer” project! June’s outreach mission is collecting art supplies for Autumn Center’s “Camp Autumn” a therapeutic day camp for special-needs kids aged 4-12. A variety of supplies are needed and you can help! See a complete list in the June Herald (copies available at the Welcome Center). Bring donations to Bethany throughout the month of June and leave in the specially marked basket at the Welcome Center. Thanks!


Sundays at our 8:30 or 11:00 Service

Did you know there is a new way to sign up to help as a worship volunteer at our Sunday services?  Yes – check it out at! A schedule for summer services (June through Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 3) is posted and ready for volunteer sign-up. Follow this link to  the Summer Volunteer sheet: There are spots for greeters, readers, communion servers,  ushers, recorders and projectors. When you sign up it will ask for your email address. An email reminder will be sent to you.


Shop for LWR Missions

As you shop the sales, look items needed for the baby care kits that we assemble for Lutheran World Relief Missions, such as: Size 6-24 months sweaters, sweatshirts-jackets; sleepers (no feet) or pajamas and cotton shirts. Also diapers, diaper pins, mild bar soap, receiving blankets (lightweight cotton), and hand towels. Thanks for helping collect these supplies for Women of Bethany outreach missions!


Blessing Bags

Faith In Action is collecting supplies for Blessing Bags that the youth will take on their mission trip to Denver. If you’d like to help, supplies needed to fill the bags, are as follows: travel size toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, travel size shampoo, travel size conditioner, travel size hand lotion, travel size soap, travel size deodorant, small-pack Kleenex, small hand sanitizer, comb, Chapstick, Band-aids, trail mix, gum, and bottled water. Take a bag, purchase supplies, fill it and return it to church -or- purchase any supplies you choose. Supply list is on our bulletin board in the east wing. Please bring filled bags or supplies to the collection box at the Welcome Center.


New Procedure at Hospital
The Spencer Hospital is currently evaluating their policy with regard to access to information. During this process the patient census will not be accessible to clergy and lay visitors. If you become a patient at the hospital and wish to be visited you will need to personally reach out to the church and provide us with your contact/room information as it will not be available at the front desk. Patients who request clergy outreach will be assisted by hospital staff to make contact with either their regular clergy or another authorized clergy member.


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. The MOB just purchased a case of new Lutheran Men in Mission Study Bibles. If you are interested in purchasing a study Bible, please talk to Francis Hiemstra or another member of the MOB. 


At Johnson & Fairview Elementary Schools

Spencer School free summer meal program kids under 18 (everyone qualifies) has begun. Meals are served at Johnson & Fairview schools, Monday-Friday, June 5--June 30 and July 10–August 11, breakfast from 8-9am & lunch from 11:15am - 12:30pm.


Looking for volunteers!

Being situated on Grand Avenue makes Bethany a highly visible church in the Spencer community. A large churchyard and lots of landscaped areas requires much maintenance to keep it looking nice. We need help in keeping up our “curb appeal”! Could you claim and care (weed/trim) for an area of the landscaped beds around the church grounds? Many hands make light work! Be on the lookout for an “Adopt-a-Plot” display in the Welcome Center area and sign up to help where you are able. Thanks!!


You can help!

Elderbridge Agency on Aging needs help with their meal delivery program, Spencer Home Delivered Meals. Bethany is taking on the month of July to help with this program. Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center coming soon. However, additional volunteers are needed year round. If you are able and would like help deliver meals, please call Jean Bolton at 260-9603 to get signed up. Not comfortable driving? There are other opportunities to help. Volunteers are needed to serve Meals at Dinner Date and to package the meals for delivery. Thank you for considering helping with this program!!!


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!


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

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