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  bethany@bethluthspencer.com

Announcements

A CHALLENGE FROM THE GATHERING

Help Get the Word Out!
We will serve dinner for The Gathering, our free community outreach meal, on Thursday, October 10 from 5-6:30pm and would like you to be a part of it! If you would like to help prepare, serve, clean up, or make a delicious apple crisp for our meal please talk to Sandi Witt (580-9593). Look for a sign-up sheet and recipe at the Welcome Center. Also, we challenge you to invite someone to join us for dinner. Pick up an invitation in the Narthex. Thanks for your help!!

COME TO WORSHIP AT BETHANY

All are welcome in this place!!

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


SUNDAY SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

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 start a new program that is service based and student led that will focus on ways to help our church, community and world! Check it out!!

NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Please welcome them!!
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members at Bethany: Elina Ozolins as Director of Music and Worship and Lynn Egesdal as Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family ministries. When you have an opportunity, please introduce yourself and extend a hearty welcome to them.

MUSIC REHEARSALS IN SESSION

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!

ONE SWEET OUTREACH MISSION

Join Us On Halloween!
Bethany Lutheran Church is hosting the “Sweet Stop” again this year on Halloween night. This is a growing ministry and a great opportunity to share the Light and Love of Jesus with others in our community. Join us on Thursday, October 31 from 5-7pm! Please consider donating candy or setting up a treat station this year and join us in bringing smiles and laughter to children and their families in our community this Halloween!

A NEW MINISTRY AT BETHANY?

Come to hear and learn more
Gary Wilson, from Life Changes Sober House (605 S Grand), will be speaking at a Faith-in-Action meeting on Tuesday, October 8, at 6 pm. Gary will share how the Life Changes Sober House began and how it operates. We will also learn about ways that Bethany Lutheran Church can help with this local mission. If you are interested in learning more about the Life Changes Sober House, please join us for this informational meeting!

MUSIC REHEARSALS

Beginning This Week!
Choir and Bell Choir will begin rehearsing on Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Choir on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, starting on September 16. Bells on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month starting on September 25.

BIBLE ADVENTURE CLASSES

For Grades 3-4
Third & fourth grade students will have an opportunity to attend a series of classes to help become familiar with using the Bible. Classes are Wednesdays,  October 2, 9, 16 & 23 after school at 4:30pm.Kids are welcome to come early at 4pm for fellowship and a snack. If you have any questions, please talk to Tasha Rutter (363-2202) or Jalyce Storley (363-5100).

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF MISSIONS

You Can Help!
If you shop rummage sales, please look for items needed in Lutheran World Relief baby care kits such as: cloth diapers, receiving blankets, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters (up to 24 mos.). Also, “back-to-school” sales are a great time to pick up items for school kits. Most needed at this time are: pencil sharpeners, scissors (blunt-tip), crayons (24-pack), pens, and notebooks. Other kit items needed include: nail clippers, hand towels (dark), and bath-size Ivory soap. Many thanks to all who support these missions. The Fun & Fellowship work group will meet on Thursday, August 8 at 9:00am to continue their world mission efforts. A potluck dinner is shared at noon. All are welcome!

STRATEGIC PLANNING COTTAGE MEETINGS

An Opportunity to Vision for Bethany's Future
Many thanks to all who attended a strategic planning “cottage meeting” this month. The meetings were an opportunity for the Bethany congregation to join in conversation as we vision into Bethany’s future. A huge thank you to all who helped with the meetings as hosts, leaders and recorders. For those unable to attend, look for a postcard in today’s bulletin and use it to share responses to questions from the devotional (copies in Narthex) used at the meetings. Place card in offering plate or leave at church office. Watch for a summary of thoughts shared coming in September.

GOD'S WORK -- OUR WHEELS

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!

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

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.

MISSIONARY PARTNERSHIP

Through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In July 2017, Joel & Rachel Watters visited Bethany to share about their call to ministry in Costa Rica through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Shortly after the Watters’ and their three children moved to southern Costa Rica, Central America, to evangelize and disciple students on several college campuses. Periodically we receive updates from them and most recently learned that their family has grown with the birth of a new baby girl, Elsie Eve. Look for their correspondence on the bulletin board by the church office! If you would like to support their mission visit: https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/RachelJoelWatters

 


SEEKING OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

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!

BETHANY HAS AN AED

Keep alert for more on this...
You may have noticed the AED in the hallway by the church offices. This device was received through a grant opportunity made possible by Clay County Emergency Medical Services. So– just what is an AED? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Recently some of our council members received training on how to use an AED and in the coming weeks there will be opportunities for others to learn. Watch for more details coming in the newsletter and bulletins.

ALTAR FLOWERS

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.

JOIN THE MOB - IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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


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 bethany@bethluthspencer.com.  REMINDER:  If you are submitting items for the Herald, please deliver them to the office by the 20th of the month. Thanks!!

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!

ELCA ADVOCACY

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!

FOREVER YOUNG

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.

LIFE'S SPECIAL OCCASIONS

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.

SOLES FOR SOULS PROJECT

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