Ishpeming, Michigan † Est. 1870
If you are looking for a church home or just visiting the beautiful Upper Peninsula, please join us for worship!
Our worship is traditional in style, as in word and music and sacrament we seek to make God’s presence known. We take the Bible seriously but not literally, reading and hearing it as God’s word of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We are a church centered on God’s saving grace for all people. We welcome you wherever you are on your faith journey, questions, complexities and all.
Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, was founded in 1870 by immigrants who came to work in the area’s mines.
We are proud of our Lutheran heritage and the tradition it represents but we also understand ourselves to be a church that is always in a process of reformation as we proclaim the gospel message of salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ.
We interpret the Bible as the living word of God so we seek to understand what it is saying to people today about issues relevant to 21st century life.
Each month Pastor reflects on the season, the church and subjects of interest.
Read this month's Reflections.
Previous reflections in the Outlook newsletter
Officers & Boards
† Robert Nadeau
Assistant Executive Director
† Bob Clark
† Rev. Warren Geier
Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple;
and when he had looked around at everything,
as it was already late, he went out to
Bethany with the twelve.
Bethany's Schuelke Pipe Organ
Bethany's pipe organ was dedicated in June 1886, number 44 of 160 produced by the Schuelke Organ Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The organ was stored in the 1950s when the church was relocated and was refurbished by the Levsen Organ Company in the 1990s.
"Let the children come unto me"
In 2005, Roger Junak, a local artist, was commissioned to paint a mural on the north wall of our fellowship hall.
He did a most excellent job!
Communion Bread Recipe
From Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
Sift dry ingredients together three times:
2 C whole wheat flour
1 C white flour
1 & 1.4 tsp baking powder
1 & 1/4 tsp salt
Stir in 4 tsp oil. Set aside.
Mix wet ingredients together until dissolved.
3/4 C plus 2 TBS very hot water
3 TBS honey
3 TBS molasses
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Dough should be slightly sticky. Do not knead.
Divide into four balls and flatten each into a 1/4 inched thick disk.
With a knife, score the top of each loaf into eight pie-shaped sections, so that the sections can be more easily broken off while serving. Alternatively, you could score a cross onto the loaf.
Lay the loaves on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the tops of the loaves with oil. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes. Let cool.
Yield: four 8 oz. loaves. Each loaf serves 60-70 people, depending upon the size of the piece given. The loaves freeze well.
Reformation 500 Guest Speaker
Dr. Kurt Hendel, Professor Emeritus of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, was our guest speaker for two talks:
Luther on the Hidden and Revealed God
Munising, MI, Tuesday,
April 25, 2017
Faith Active in Love
Bethany Lutheran, Ishpeming, MI, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Worship Sunday at 10:30