Bethany in outreach, hospitality, and spiritual growth

Welcome to Bethany

Welcome to Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and thanks for visiting us on the web. At Bethany, we seek to do God's will through joyful outreach near and far, hospitality toward all, and spritual growth that amazes. You'll find details about us and our ministries on this site.

Bethany is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a Reconciling in Christ community. All are welcome to join in worship and in service to the Lord. If you're thinking of joining us at worship for the first time, you'll find some useful information under the Visiting tab.

Thanks for visiting us on the web, and we hope to see you soon face to face.

Daily Bible Verse

Today's Bible Verse from the ELCA

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Genesis 46:3-4

‚ÄčThen [God] said [to Jacob], "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; and Joseph's own hand shall close your eyes."

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18 through 25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Resources are available from the World Council of Churches, sponsor of the event.

Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25

Bethany's annual congregational meeting is this coming Sunday, January 25. We will review our work of the past year, elect new members to the church council, and approve the 2015 ministry plan and budget. Worship at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10:30 (no potluck).

The 2014 Annual Report, including the 2015 ministry plan and budget, is now available for review.

Apply Now for Mission Endowment Funds

Mission Endowment Fund

The Endowment Committee is now accepting applications for funding from our Mission Endowment Fund. The committee plans to award $10,000 to causes nominated by members of the Bethany community that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Creating and sustaining new and expanded ministries.
  • Maintaining buildings and grounds and making long-range capital improvements at Bethany.
  • Reaching out to support local agencies and institutions.
  • Supporting the larger church through global missions and international outreach.

Get the application online and submit your request to the office soon for consideration by the committee.