Ministry at Bethany



At Bethany, we believe that one of the most important values of our church is our mission to serve the peoples of the world. It begins in our community and spreads overseas to every nation. Just as Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations, all members of Bethany are welcome and encouraged to participate in one of the many ministries that we offer.

Bible studies are offered to both men and women of our community twice a month. Women meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and men meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the local coffee shop in town. All people are welcome to attend the bible studies regardless of your denomination. A new topic is discussed each time so regular attendance is not required to participate.
Bethany is one of 8 local churches that make up an organization called God’s People Serving, or GPS for short. Our goal is to fight hunger in our community by hosting monthly food distributions. On average, more than 500 families visit the GPS food distribution every month. The GPS hosts an annual 5K marathon, Run Down Hunger, in which all proceeds go directly to benefit the program.
Each June, the Bethany E-Team hosts their annual clothing share in the church basement. All clothing is donated to the share and the E-Team lovingly sorts, organizes, and lays it all out on tables. The clothes are offered to anyone free of charge. This ministry has really grown since we began 8 years ago, with almost 150 people visiting this year.
The Grantsburg Food Shelf is an important asset to our community. Local churches help the staff at the Food Shelf by volunteering their time each month. Twice a year, Bethany is responsible for helping to staff the Food Shelf by accepting food donations, stocking shelves, and distributing food to local people that visit the shelf. A member from Bethany also serves as a representative on the Food Shelf Committee. We host a church-wide food collection on “Souper” Bowl Sunday every year. On average, we collect over 300 food items for the Food Shelf.
The Stewardship Committee heads up a toy and supply drive each Christmas that benefits the local shelter. The shelter helps men, women, and children who are suffering from domestic abuse. We gather gently used or new clothing, coats, hats, mittens, toiletries, and toys and deliver them to the people at the shelter. Our donations are always received warmly and with open arms.
Since 2005, our church has had our own Relay For Life team, The Bethany Trackers, that participate in the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life helps to raise money to fuel the fight against cancer. TRACKERS stands for To Run Alongside Christ Keeps Each Runner Strong and we firmly believe that. We host an Ice Cream Social in May to help kick-off our fundraising. All proceeds raised by the Trackers goes directly to the ACS chapter of Burnett County.
Three times each year, Bethany leads worship services at the area nursing and assisted living homes in our town. Members are encouraged to participate in the services by reading, singing, or visiting with the residents. The women’s group, WELCA, hosts the monthly birthday party for the residents at both nursing homes each March.
We believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer and our church is made up of a body of believers. Bethany has implemented the use of a Prayer Chain when a member of our congregation, community, or world is in need of prayer support. We use an email and phone-tree system as well as weekly bulletin requests. If you need to start the Prayer Chain, please contact the chair of your circle, Pastor Jay, or leave a written request in the prayer box in the narthex.
Bethany has teamed up with area churches to help support the Salvation Army’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program ensures that children are not hungry over the weekends when school breakfast and lunches are not available. Each Friday, participating families receive a pre-packed backpack of food and a coupon for a gallon of milk. Fundraisers are hosted in the community throughout the year with all proceeds going directly to the program. Our Sunday School has chosen the Backpack Program as their Lenten Mission by raising money on behalf of Bethany.
For more information on what services our local chapter of the Salvation Army provides, visit:
The Red Kettle Campaign is the most successful fundraiser for the Salvation Army. It success depends on volunteers who staff the Red Kettle sites by overseeing donations and ringing bells outside local businesses during the holiday season. Each year, Bethany members volunteer their time by accepting shifts in our community. To donate to the Red Kettle Campaign, visit:
Wild Rivers Habitat was formed in 1997 and serves the Burnett and Polk County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope and locally eliminating substandard housing. Together with help of the community, Wild Rivers has built more than 30 homes and helped with rehab projects for at least 200 more. Bethany has volunteered many man hours to this program by helping to build, paint, and clean new home sites in our area. For more info or to apply for a Habitat home, visit:



In support of the efforts to spread the ministry of God around the globe, Bethany actively sponsors two missionaries, both financially and in prayer, through the ELCA.
The Bencke family;
Patrick,Jacqueline, and their two 
daughters live in Kumamoto, Japan where Patrick serves serves as an English teacher at Kyusho 
Lutheran College and Jackie serves as an assistant with music programs. Both of them work with the Lutheran church community, serving two parishes with music ministries and related support work. Bethany has supported the Bencke’s since 2006.
Reverend Alex LaChapelle serves
as a County Coordinator for the
young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program in Southern Africa. He mentors, guides, and facilitates young adults through a year of international faith-based service.  Bethany has supported Reverend Alex since 2016.
For more information on ELCA missionaries, visit:
Bethany supports church-wide efforts to aid in the fight against world hunger. We participate in the ELCA Good Gifts Program, which allows our donations to be used to purchase items such as animals, supplies, vaccinations, or drinking water and gets them in the hands of the people that need them the most. We also support the ELCA Disaster Relief Program which aids in the repair of global tragedy.
The Bethany Women of the ELCA, or WELCA, has proudly sponsored a child in India for many years. We do this through the Lutheran Partners in Global Mission. Our sponsorship helps Lutheran churches in India to provide education to more than 1800 sponsor children by furnishing necessary supplies, building schools, libraries, and supporting a small mission hospital with resources and updated equipment.  We are always excited to receive letters from our child throughout the year. 

BETHANY QUILTERS                                          From January to March, a devoted group of women gather in the church basement every Wednesday and stitch together quilts. They take donations of scraps of fabric and turn them into beautiful creations that provide warmth and comfort to those in need. Some ladies even meet throughout the summer to assemble tops and backs in preparation of the busy upcoming quilting season. Each September, the quilts made that year are displayed on the pews in the sanctuary. Members are asked to place their hands on them in prayer as we bless them. While some quilts will be kept at Bethany for local people in need, most of them are boxed up and sent to Lutheran World Relief where they will be distributed to people in the world’s poorest communities. This year over 180 quilts were blessed and sent to Lutheran World Relief.

Mission Possible takes place at church one day, usually in the fall, every year. Volunteers in our congregation come to assemble kits for Lutheran World Relief and share a meal together. From the donations we receive, dozens of personal health kits, school kits, and baby kits are carefully assembled, tied together, and shipped along with the quilts. These kits will eventually reach people in areas that are severely poverty stricken, proving this to be a very good mission made possible by the blessings that God has entrusted us with.


Music is an important ministry at our church. We use the talents that God has given us to spread joy to our congregation. Our choir performs weekly during service in the months of September through May. Our “Joyful Noise” Choir, where all members of Bethany, children included, are encouraged to participate by singing or playing an instrument, performs several times a year. We also have special musical performances throughout the year performed by friends of Bethany.
The 4th Friday of every month, the church basement is transformed into a scrapbooker’s paradise! All are invited to come and spend an evening scrapbooking from 5-10 p.m. Bring your supplies, a snack, and a friend, the fellowship provided! There is plenty of work space, WiFi is also available for digital scrapbookers.
On Wednesdays during the 5 week season of Lent, we gather for a soup and sandwich supper and time of fellowship. A special Lenten service follows the Soup supper. 
Throughout the year, Bethany offers many fun activities for the whole family! We host game days where we set up many different board games and bring snacks for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and friendly competition! We also host movie nights where we gather in the Outdoor Worship Area (weather permitting) for a movie on the big screen. A fun hayride and family day and Trunk or Treating is a major attraction in the fall along with our annual Fall Harvest Concert.