Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM.

Join us after worship for coffee and fellowship in the Parlor.

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 Thursday, Nov 14!
We will serve dinner for The Gathering, our free community outreach meal, on Thursday, November 14 from 5-6:30pm. All are welcome to join us in the Dining Room on the lower level. Invite a friend to come, too! Many thanks to all who are helping and to those who have provided pumpkin bars for this meal.


November 16 -- 9 a.m.
We have another Christmas at Bethany baking day coming up on November 16 at 9am. Pastor John Syvertson will have ingredients and tools on hand to make Krumkake and Fattigman. Come to help make these items for our biennial Christmas at Bethany event – coming up on Saturday, December 14! If you have tools that would be helpful in making these items, please bring them. Questions should be directed to Pastor John at 260-7637. Thanks!


November 24 -- after Worship!

There will be a special congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, November 24th. The only item on the agenda is First Call Pastor.


Sunday Mornings at 10:15 am
A variety of activities are offered for Pre-K (ages 3-4) through grade 12 from 10:15-11:15 AM. Pre-K/Kindergarten meet in their classroom upstairs. Grades 1-12 meet for fellowship in the parlor with their families before they begin activities. We are excited to announce “Spark Rotation”, a new curriculum for 1st–6th grade. Each Sunday offers new activities you won’t want to miss! And BYG students grades 7-12 meet for GIFT -- Growing in Faith Together -- a program that is service based and student led with a focus on ways to help our church, community and world! Check it out!!


All are welcome in this place!!

All are welcome to worship at Bethany! We gather on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to sing praises, hear God’s word, grow in faith and connect with others. Afterward we join in fellowship with coffee and goodies. Hope to see you this Sunday!!


Be a part of the Festival of Lessons & Carols
The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held in Spencer on Sunday, December 8, 3pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The community is invited to this annual program of music and the Christmas story. All singers in the community are invited to join one of the two community choirs with rehearsals being held on Sunday or Thursday nights, choosing which choir fits their schedule or singing in both. Rehearsals begin November 3 or 7 at 7pm and will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rehearsals continue weekly until the event. For more information visit “Spencer Messiah” on Facebook.


Growing In Faith Together
GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) is a new group of 7-12th graders, who meet on Sundays after worship. Student led group with an emphasis on service projects, their first project is collecting food for the Spencer Middle School food pantry, through December 18. If you’d like to help, look for a donation bin near the Welcome Center. Thanks for your help!


Foster Care Blanket Project
Bethany’s Faith-in-Action team invites you to help warm the heart of a child in the foster care system through the support of their year-end outreach project– “Blanketed in Faith” How can you help? Purchase fleece, bring it to church throughout October and November and leave in the specially designated collection basket at the Welcome Center. A blanket-tying social will be held on Thursday, December 12 and blankets will be given to Kaden’s Kloset and Lutheran Services in Iowa for foster kids.


Attend an Orientation
Lutheran Services in Iowa is holding an orientation for folks who may be interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to find out more information about it. A meeting will be held in Spencer on Monday, November 18 (other locations, too–see poster on bulletin board by church office). For more details and to register call 712-263-9341 or log on to


Consider joining a group!
Choir and Bell Choir rehearsals are in session on Wednesdays at 6pm. Choir on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and bells on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Ukes continue to meet at 7:30pm at Toad’s Coffee Shop on Wednesdays. All musical groups welcome new members!


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.


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!


Sign up for a Sunday in 2019
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.


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