About us

Welcome to bethany

Welcome to the Bethany Lutheran Church website. We hope you'll be inspired enough to come try us out and make Bethany your home of worship and spiritual growth. Bethany's been around a long time on the island, but newcomers like you are essential to sustain God's work to serve the unfortunate and disenfranchised. In return, we offer you a community in which to worship, and an opportunity to build your faith. We are an inclusive church, where everyone is welcome, no exceptions. We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran church body in the nation. We also are a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation, where all persons are welcome, no exceptions.

What to expect

A good place to start is to join us for worship. Bethany has two services. One is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Smaller and more casual, this 45-minute worship time is a good fit for some people's schedules. One the second Saturday of the month, we sing the beloved Holden Evening Prayer service. After worship, we enjoy relaxed fellowship with good conversation, wine, cheese and light fare. Come as you are; we are so glad you joined us. And look to the testimonials on this site of other newcomers' experiences.

The larger Sunday-morning worship is at 9:30 a.m. This hour-long service features traditional liturgy and beautiful music from the Bethany Choir, led by Sylvia Cauter. Children listen to a children's message before heading to Sunday school. Many stay afterward for an adult-education hour. Coffee fellowship follows worship. Dress as you will; we're just glad you're here.

Regardless of which worship service you choose, you will be welcomed and your presence cherished.

Bring the children, no matter how young. We always have a staff nursery. Our facility is handicapped-accessible.

how to hook in

Talking with Bethany's pastor, Paul Stumme-Diers, pictured here, will get you on track. Together, you can discern what path you'd like to take at Bethany. Here's a list to get you thinking:

Adult education: Pastor Paul Stummer-Diers,

Advocacy Team: Bruce McCain,
and Alice McCain,

Altar Guild: Barbara Swartling,

Bethany Brass: Dick Heine,

Bethany Choir: Sylvia Cauter,

Boy Scout Troop 1565, Dan Miller,

Buildings and grounds: Rachel Pritchett,

Confirmation: Pastor Paul Stummer-Diers,

Council: Lynn Nordby,

Helping refugees: Dick Heine,

Helping the homeless: DeMar Sather,

Men's Bible Study: Jess Browning,

Men's annual retreat: Mark Byl,

Property Utilization Task Force: David Swartling,

Quilting: Carol Fenner,

Rachel Circle: Carol Fenner,

Smoother Movers: Jim Rohrscheib,

Stewardship: Jim Rohrscheib,

Sunday school: Kathy Dudgeon,

Vacation Bible school: Allison Pringle,

Women's annual retreat: Kathy Dudgeon,

Women's Bible Study: Pastor Sonja Selboe,

Youth: Tamara Siburg,

Grow your faith

By patterning yourself after Christ in worship and serving the poor, watch yourself grow in faith. You'll be amazed. Welcome.