From April 6th newspaper article written by Terry Bryant:
It all began on April 9, 1921, when an organizational meeting was held in Siren's Swedish Mission Church. From that meeting, an application was made by that small yet determined group of worshippers for membership in the Augustana Lutheran Synod. The name chosen for their new Church was Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. There were 46 names on the new congregation's membership roster including infants. The first pastor was paid $12 a month. To help the new congregation, the Ladies Aid sold lunches to the community. The Ladies Aid loaned the Luther League $25 to purchase a piano. They also helped pay the pastor’s salary. And so began 100 years of grace and growth that is still known today as Bethany Lutheran. The start of Bethany’s centennial celebration will be acknowledged by Pastor Emily Stelling at the April 11 10:30am worship service. A festive celebration is planned for this fall, the weekend of October 2 & 3. Many of those founding members became life-long members of Bethany including Leroy Beckmark and Violet Blom who were the first couple of be married at Bethany in 1943 and who remained members until Leroy’s funeral in 2008 followed by Violet’s in 2016. Violet’s life-long dream was to live to see Bethany’s 100th anniversary and she almost made it. Her legacy of faithful service lives on through Bethany’s commitment to serving God and this community. If you’d like to be a part of this vibrant, growing congregation as we move forward with our next 100 years, please contact the Church office: 715-349-5280.