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Welcome! We're so glad you're here.

Welcome to Bethesda Lutheran Church – where all people are respected and valued.

When you enter through our doors, you can expect to be greeted by people who are glad to meet you. No matter your age, race, gender, orientation or faith background, we invite you to join our community and share in God's abundant grace.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about this phenomenal faith community. We hope to see you soon!

Service Times

5:30 pm Saturday Modern service
9:30 am Sunday Traditional service
6:30 pm Wednesday Living Water service

Staffed Nursery for infants through preschool aged children
Click on links for additional service and programming info

What To Expect

to be respected

In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA, leadership is open to all people, regardless of gender or orientation. Women and men serve as bishops, priests, deacons, lay ministers, and acolytes.

what we believe

to be nurtured

We encourage our children to grow in their faith, using art, theater, games, and music to teach the Bible in a variety of fun, uplifting, and age-appropriate ways.

youth & family

to be inspired

We want the messages you hear at Bethesda to be relevant. Each service, you’ll gain insights that apply to everyday life.  And when you're away? Access weekly messages online, right here.


to be relaxed

Our Saturday evening modern service begins at 5:30 pm and features a high energy praise band. Come as you are! We're chill like that.

saturday worship

to be timeless

Our Sunday morning traditional service begins at 9:30 am and features hymn-based worship and liturgy you know and love. Come as you are! All are welcome.

sunday traditional

to be renewed

Our short Wednesday evening service begins at 6:30 pm with a mix of praise music, timeless hymns and a homily; perfect for a midweek pick-me-up.

wednesday midweek renewal

to be connected

There are all sorts of things going on at Bethesda you can plug into, from events to ongoing groups, to ministries to special celebrations. Click here to learn more and get connected!


to feed Story County

Bethesda is proud to be home to one of the largest Food Pantries in the county for those struggling with food insecurity. Get involved by donating non-perishable items or volunteering your time!

food pantry

to clothe Story County

Bethesda is one of the only places in the area to offer clothing -- for free -- to anyone that can use it. Get involved by donating your gently used clothing or staffing the store!

clothing closet