Sunday morning worship is at 10 o'clock, with Sunday School at 9 am for children and adults, including confirmation.
The church also offers the following regular events to minister to the congregation.
Men's Lenten Breakfasts: Through Lent on Wednesday mornings at 6 am, a delicious breakfast is prepared by men of the church for the men of the church and community. The menu consists of regular pancakes, potato pancakes, smokey sausage, apple sauce, milk, juice and coffee. After the meal, there is a short devotion and a closing prayer. It's a great time of fellowship. Then it's off to work we go!
Hope Circle meets the second Wednesday of each month except for the months of June, July and August. They move their meeting night to Tuesdays during Lent to accommodate the Wednesday evening services. They meet and work through various devotional books to grow in faith and understanding together. They host special events throughout the year such as a Confirmation reception for confirmees, a Graduation reception for the high school graduates of the church, a Soup Supper held during Lent, and a VBS brunch following the VBS program. In the fall, they host the Harvest Dinner in thanksgiving for our many blessings and in December they adopt one or two families, and purchase and wrap gifts to give them for Christmas.
WIC (Women in the Church) meets on the first Monday of each moth. This group organizes and oversees the funeral serving groups, women's treasury, Mission Fest meal, prayer chain, visitation schedules, annual church cleaning and recently, the Hanging of the Greens Sunday service. Each spring they host a “Cafe Latte” morning event, in outreach to the communities and to women in our church. A light brunch meal, lattes, teas, and a devotional speaker will present a message to the women. It's a great time of fellowship and outreach and it grows each year.
Widows Support Group meets monthly, except during the winter. It's a time of fellowship, discussion of everyday life matters, and a time of helping and supporting each other.
Youth Mission Trips are part of life at Bethany. The church has taken the youth of the church and their friends on summer mission trips for about 15 years. We have gone to the TeenServe Youth Mission Trips, set up across the Midwest. The youth have the opportunity to serve the people of the host community, painting, repairing house and building friendships with the residents and their work crews. They work each day, spend time in devotions, discussion, listening to Christian speakers and worship each night, finding time for a day away from work, one day during the week. God has blessed these trips and has changed hearts and lives.
Easter Sunrise Service/Breakfast/Easter Service: The youth of the church do an Easter devotional reading, telling the story of Jesus leading up to his death, crucifixion and resurrection, at 7 am.The parents of the youth provide a Sunrise breakfast following the Sunrise service, at 8 am.The regular worship service gets moved up to 9 am for this Sunday, to allow for people to stay and not have a one hour gap in the time of services.
VBS (in June) is a ministry not only for the children of the church but for children of the surrounding communities. The children meet during the week of VBS to learn Scripture, skits, songs, games, share meals and grow in their faith. The children put on the VBS program for family and friends on the Sunday following the week. A meal follows the program, giving everyone a chance to encourage the children and volunteers.
Song Fest (first Sunday evening in August) is a night of praising God in song. There are several individuals who come and share their talents with us. The congregation also sings several hymns throughout the evening. After the evening of singing, everyone is welcomed to stay for coffee, bars and fellowship. The offering taken that evening goes to our local food shelf.
Mission Fest (September) features a special speaker during the Sunday school hour and worship service. There is an evening service, which will feature a musical group and the congregation joins in to sing. The evening program is followed by coffee and bars. The offering that we receive is used for Missions.
Christmas Eve Program is held on Christmas Eve at 6 pm. The program presents the Christmas story, involving young and old. Many of the favorite Christmas hymns are sung throughout the service and it's a joyful evening together. It's one of the highlights of the year.