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.


Sign up today!
The September-November worship volunteer sign-up forms are out. Look for them at the Welcome Center or click on this link: to sign up on-line. Thanks for being a worship volunteer!!


Planning Meeting - September 18, 6pm

It’s time for another planning meeting for our upcoming biennial celebration of Christmas at Bethany, Yesterday and Today, which will happen on Saturday, December 9. Those who are planning to be involved and those who are thinking about being involved should attend this meeting on Monday, September 18 at 6pm in the church parlor. Hope to see you there!


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. 


Nourish your Faith!

Circle Bible studies meet in the church parlor at these times:

Ruth –Monday, September 18 – 7:00 p.m.
Priscilla - Tuesday, September 19 - 9:30 a.m.
Miriam – Thursday, September 21 – 1:30 p.m.

All women are welcome! Find the time that works best for you and come! Bring your bible and bring a friend! Also, women are welcome to join in at the Spencer area “Stonecroft Bible Study”, an interdenominational group of women that meet at Bethany on Monday afternoons at 1:30pm. They will be starting a new study on Monday, September 25. For more information about the Stonecroft Bible Study, call the church office.


Wednesday, September 20
Parents of third grade students, please plan to meet in the church parlor on Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30pm for information about our Bible presentation on Sunday, Sept. 24. You will have the opportunity to personalize your child’s Bible with a message and highlight favorite Bible verses. Also, at that time, information will be given about midweek classes, coming up in October, to help introduce the students to their new Bibles and teach them how to use it. If you’re unable to be here for the parents meeting on September 20, please contact Katie Hare at the church – 262-2327.


Informational Meeting
The ELCA National Youth Gathering is a triennial event that will happen next year – June 27 through July 1, 2018 – this time in Houston, TX. Will a group from Bethany attend? Interested parties should come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 6pm in the parlor to find out about travel, costs, fundraising, and more. If you’re interested but unable to attend the meeting, talk to Bethany’s Youth Director –Katie Hare.


September 24, 2017
Join us as we launch a new Sunday School year at Bethany on Sunday, September 24! At our 8:30am service we celebrate a faith milestone as third grade students receive a new Bible. At 9:45am we’ll have some fun outdoor activities (with a few surprises) and fellowship time. Get the kids registered for Sunday School and take time to catch up with your church family after a busy summer. Come for worship at 8:30am and stay for Rally Day festivities or come at 9:45am for Rally Day festivities and stay for worship at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome – invite a friend to join you at Rally Sunday!!


Saturday, September 23

The Brains Together For A Cure (BTFAC) 5K Fun Walk/Run Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, September 23! Don't miss the opportunity to help support a great cause. This event will be held at the Spencer High School (800 E Third St), and features a 5K walk/run, post-walk refreshments, a bake sale, silent auction, raffle, kid activities and more! Registration begins at 9:30am with the Walk/Fun Run starting at 10:00am. All funds raised will go to support brain tumor research.


Festival Event at Bethany
This fall marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Several Lutheran churches are planning special celebrations for this event. At Bethany we will celebrate the 500th anniversary milestone on Reformation Sunday, October 29 with a special festival of new church music. Singers are needed to join in the choir that day. Talk to Bethany's Director of Music, Stephen Baker, for more information.  Also, check out the “Martin Luther” bulletin board in the Narthex for more information about other Reformation events happening at other churches in the area.


No Gift is 2 Small

You can help $2! Look for a table in the church parlor with assorted items for sale--- all for $2 each. Last year such a table raised $122 for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) to assist with flooding in Louisiana. This year Bethany’s donations will again go to support Lutheran Disaster Response. Funds will be forwarded to LDR with the note to be applied where most needed. Check it out!!


Saturday, October 7
All women are welcome and encouraged to attend the "Hands to Work, Hearts to God" mini-retreat being held at Bethany Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 7 from 9:30am to 3:00pm. The day will include a Bible study, led Pastor Jennifer Henry and Nancy Raska from Design Masters will speak about the benefits of aromatherapy and massage. Other activities will include making bath salts to enjoy at home and putting together Personal Care kits for Lutheran World Relief ministries. Come for a day to relax and renew! Registration fee is $10, which includes lunch. Please RSVP to or call 712-262-8244 by Saturday, September 23.


Your help is needed!

School has started and Fall is quickly approaching. And with Fall comes Halloween! Bethany Lutheran Church is once again hosting the “Sweet Stop” for the children and families in our community. This is a wonderful community outreach opportunity to share the Light and Love of Jesus with others. Do YOU have some fun ideas for the Sweet Stop? A “Sweet Stop” committee is being formed, and we want YOU to be a part of it! Look for a sign-up sheet on the Faith-in-Action bulletin board, along with information regarding our first meeting date. If you have any questions, contact Jamie Blume!


"Teachers Deliver"

It’s back-to-school time! What a perfect opportunity to perform a random act of kindness! This month our theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to our students —inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. We would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.

Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Teachers are straight-up awesome! Unfortunately, their classroom supply budgets are not. Rather than let their students go without basics like pencils and notebook paper, many teachers spend their own money on school supplies for their classrooms.


  • Purchase school supplies to donate to a teacher, class or school. Examples would be as follows:

Clorox Wipes                       Crayons

Kleenex                                Markers

Hand Sanitizer                     Colored Pencils

Pencils                                  Whiteboard markers

Erasers                                  Two pocket folders

Notebooks                           Glue/Glue sticks

Loose-leaf paper                Binders

  • Take items directly to your child’s teacher, to a classroom, school office, or a guidance counselor.
    In Spencer, there are three elementary schools: Johnson (724 West 9th Street), Fairview (1508 5th Avenue East) and Lincoln (615 4th Avenue SW), and Spencer Middle School (1400 10th Avenue East) and Spencer High School (800 East 3rd Street).
  • Pray for teachers, administrators, support staff & students as they begin the 2017-2018 school year.

Let the September Kindness Explosion Begin!


Notification of Hospitalization
REMINDER: Spencer Hospital’s information policy is being evaluated. During this process the patient census is not accessible to clergy and lay visitors. If you become a patient at the hospital and wish to be visited you 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.


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


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