Links to Handy Resources on Our Website
During this time when worship is on hold, please check the bottom of our website for devotional materials. There are links to “Godpause” which is a devotional provided by Luther Seminary. Also, from Luther Seminary is the website Enter the Bible which can help with studying the Bible. There are also links to WELCA and the Center for Action and Contemplation. We have added links for the Life of Faith Initiative, put together by the ELCA and devotion and daily worship materials from Forward Movement, a site from the Episcopal Church. Hopefully these resources will help us stay connected to God and one another.
CHANGES AT BETHANY
Look for us on You Tube!
We have changed our worship service “broadcast” method to You Tube. Below is a link that you can use to access the Wednesday, March 25 service.
Search for Bethany Lutheran Church Spencer IA on You Tube and subscribe. Be sure to click to receive notifications, then you will be alerted of new videos, and can join livestreamed videos with just a click. Be ready for our Sunday, March 29 worship broadcast!
Sunday service will continue to be rebroadcast on SMU Channel 2: Tuesdays at 5pm and Wednesdays at 10am.
Applications due April 19
Bethany Lutheran Church is offering scholarships to this spring’s graduating seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary educational program at a university, community college or trade school. Scholarship applications may be picked up at the church office. Completed applications that are returned to the church office by Sunday, April 19, 2020 will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.
SUSPENSION OF WORSHIP & ACTIVITIES
In response to COVID-19
Bethany Lutheran’s Church Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The agenda included discussion and planning with regard to the current COVID-19 situation. These decisions were made:
1) Per the Iowa Governor’s statement, all worship services will cease until after April 13;
2) Beginning on March 18, there will be no activities or face to face gatherings;
3) We will maintain normal office hours, however admittance to the building will be by appointment only.
A mailing will be sent to the congregation soon. Watch for further communications as this situation unfolds.
HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER SERVICE
On BLC Facebook and SMU Channel 3
In the midst of all that is going on we are excited and happy to announce that our Wednesday evening service of Holden Evening Prayer will be broadcast on SMU channel 3 at 7pm for the remaining Wednesdays in Lent (March 18 and 25 & April 1 and 8) and it is available on our Facebook page -- Bethany Lutheran Church, Spencer IA - ELCA. Our worship leadership team recently recorded the service to be aired. Although we cannot gather together for our Midweek Lenten suppers and worship, we can lift our prayers to God and be together in spirit as we watch and participate from our homes. May God grant you peace in these unsettled times!
MIDWEEK LENTEN ACTIVITIES
At Bethany Lutheran Church
Due to rising concern around the spread of COVID-19, our Wednesday evening Lenten activities at Bethany have been canceled. Please tune in to SMU Channel 3 at 7pm on the remaining Wednesdays in Lent to participate in a recording of the Holden Evening Prayer Service. Also, continue to use your devotional materials and stay tuned to our social media site for inspirational messages as we move forward in our journey to the cross.
COMMUNITY LENTEN LUNCH & WORSHIP
Canceled for this Lenten Season
The Community Lenten Lunch & Worship services for this Lenten season are canceled.
SOLES FOR SOULS PROJECT
April 26 -- Last Day for Collection at Bethany
For many years we have accepted donations of shoes to help support the “Soles 4 Souls”, a program offered through Village NW Unlimited in Sheldon. Earlier this month we received word that they will be discontinuing their participation this program as of May 1. We will make one last deliverty to them in the last week of April. If you have shoes that you've been thinking about bringing for this mission, please bring them to the church by Sunday, April 26 and leave in the designated basket at the Welcome Center. Thank you!
ATTENTION: THRIVENT MEMBERS
Direct your 2020 Choice Dollars!
The Thrivent Choice® program allows eligible members to recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. There are several organizations that can benefit from Choice $$, including Bethany Lutheran Church. March 31, 2020 is the deadline for members to designate their 2019 Choice Dollars. Be sure to allocate your dollars before the deadline, as all undesignated Choice Dollars are lost.
THE BETHANY HERALD
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 email@example.com
. REMINDER: If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!
FUN & FELLOWSHIP FOR LWR MISSIONS
April Work Day Canceled
Our April workday for Lutheran World Relief missions has been canceled. We will look forward to the next time that we can get together to work on kits and quilts. Decisions will be made with regarding to the packing and shipping of our completed mission kits and quilts. Please stay tuned to the Bethany website, social media sites and your mailbox for updates on this. Thank you.
LOOKING AHEAD TO VBS
Can you help?
Our 2020 VBS program is called “On Earth as in Heaven” and is set for July 6-9, 2020 from 5:30-8:30pm. Planning meetings have already started, and we need YOU! We are seeking volunteers to help with all areas of VBS. Our biggest need is a leader for Story Time and Simulation Station rotations. Please contact Lynn Egesdal, Tasha Rutter or Jalyce Storley for more information about being a leader!
A REMINDER OF OUR WEATHER POLICY
Handy info to know in case of pending weather...
Bethany’s snow and cancellations policy is as follows: Regarding weekday activities or meetings, if the Spencer School system cancels classes, all events at the church will be cancelled for that day as well and the church office/building will be closed. Regarding weekend activities, if the weather becomes such that it may be unsafe to travel, activities may be cancelled. If so, cancellations will be announced on the KICD radio stations and posted on Bethany’s social media sites and the Bethany website: www.bethluthspencer.com
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.
ARCHIVE ROOM & COMMITTEE
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!
ROOM AT THE TABLE
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!
CALLING ALL "TECHIES"
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: https://www.elca.org/Resources/Advocacy
and let your voice be heard!
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.
Be sure to check Bethany's calendar for other activities! Calendar