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 are always welcome and 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. We currently are offering an in person worship service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. This service typically includes a children's message, and is followed by coffee fellowship. The coffee fellowship is suspended for the month of January. We also typically offer an in person worship at 5:00pm Saturday evenings, followed by wine and cheese fellowship. This service is suspended for the month of January
Vaccination for those eligible and masks for all are required for in-person worship. A "drive-in" option is available on Sunday mornings for those who are not vaccinated, are not feeling well, or who are not comfortable with an indoor setting. You can listen to the worship service from the safety of your car by tuning to 87.9FM. A bulletin and communion elements will be available on a table under the bell tower. Out of love and a concern for the health and safety of our youngest children, the nursery will remain closed for now. Our facility is handicapped-accessible.
The 5:00pm Saturday service is smaller and more casual. This 45-minute worship time is a good fit for some people's schedules. One Saturday in 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 10:00 a.m. This hour-long service features traditional liturgy and beautiful music from the Bethany Choir, led by Sylvia Cauter. A special message for children will take place at both services. Coffee fellowship and occasional adult education offerings follow worship. Dress as you will; we are glad you are here!
Regardless of which worship service you choose, you will be welcomed and your presence cherished.
Saturdays 5:00 p.m. with wine and cheese fellowship
Sundays 10:00 a.m. with COFFEE HOUR FELLOWSHIP
at the very core
"To seek to do God's will through joyful outreach near and far, hospitality toward all, and spiritual growth that amazes."
We try to be like Christ, and believe his death and resurrection reconciled us to God. Bethany belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran church in the nation. We are a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which is an affirmation of welcome that specifically names people of “all gender identities and sexual orientations.”
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:
Advocacy Team: Bruce McCain,
and Alice McCain,
Bethany Choir: Sylvia Cauter,
Buildings and grounds:
Confirmation: Pastor Paul Stummer-Diers,
Council: Doug Love,
Men's annual retreat: Mark Byl,
Property Utilization Task Force: David Swartling,
Quilting: Carol Fenner,
Smoother Movers: Jim Rohrscheib,
Stewardship: Jim Rohrscheib,
Women's Bible Study: Pastor Sonja Selboe,
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE WITH YOU
Bethany's roots on the island reach back to 1913, when a small group of Swedish people built the church on Pleasant Beach. You can spot the original church today on the left on your way to Fort Ward Park. Today, about 200 people from all walks of life worship and serve weekly at our location at Sportsman's and High School roads. Come shape the journey into the future.
Grow your faith
See you here!