Sundays at 8:45 AM
307 3rd St. NE
Elkader, IA 52043
Tuesday & Thursday 1-4 pm
Worship at Bethany
WORSHIP AND COMMUNION
At Bethany Lutheran we worship weekly with a lively, low-pressure service on Sundays at 8:45 am. It usually lasts around an hour. We celebrate open communion every Sunday, which means anyone who has been instructed can take communion, no matter what type of church you associate with.
We have a great pastor, and great music leaders, and we always sing loudly. We do not always sing well. New voices can only improve the situation, so join us.
Bethany is an open, accepting congregation that promotes social justice and welcomes everyone regardless of racial, sexual, or gender identity. This is a small town church—we're more interested in who you are than how you are labeled.
If you have trouble getting around, that's alright. Our worship and fellowship area is entirely handicap accessible. The front door is wheel chair accessible, and the back door has a stair lift to the sanctuary.
We also have headphones for the hearing impaired and large print worship materials.
You can call ahead if you have any questions or would like help getting around. Our ushers will be happy to give you a hand.
You can read this guide for specific logistical advice on getting into the building and participating in worship if you have physical limitations. The guide also includes info for parents with young children.
FINDING THE CHURCH BUILDING
Bethany is situated on the top of a hill on the north side of the Turkey River, and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking for it. There is a gravel parking lot behind the church, or you can park on the street in front.
Pastor Susan Friedrich
cell phone: 563-422-7882
home phone: 563-422-6242
Vicar Amalia Vagts
Elaine Diers, Secretary
office phone: 563-245-1856
President - Julie Duff
Vice President = Carolyn Yanda
Secretary - Marie Weber
Treasurer - Steve Clausen
Executive Board Council Member - Keith Garms
Council Member - Ron Bossard
Council Member - Tim Heller
Council Member - Marjorie Taylor
LAy Worship Leaders
Accompanists - Sandra Bahls, Martha Bauder, & Kathy Garms
Choir Director - Kathy Ruhser
Pastor - Susan Friedrich
Parish Secretary - Elaine Diers
Financial Secretary - Connie Ruhser
Custodian - Tracy Nemechek