Worship Sunday at 10:30

Bethany Evangelical
Lutheran Church

Ishpeming, Michigan † Est. 1870

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In person worship has resumed for up to 50 people but services will continue to be available here: Bethany Facebook Videos | Service Video Link Archive

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Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor

Bethany Lutheran Church

715 Mather Avenue

Ishpeming, MI 49899



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Member of the

Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS) of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


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.


Since 1870

Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, was founded in 1870 by immigrants who came to work in the area’s mines.


Tradition & Reformation

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.


Interpreting the Bible

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.









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Read and/or Listen to Sermons

Read and/or listen to sermons delivered at Bethany Ishpeming from March 2006 to the present.

ELCA Lectionary

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.

Mark 11:11



Church Life

Pastor's Reflections

(Updated Monthly)

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

Executive Director  † Tom Perry

Assistant Executive Director  † Mark Slown

Pastor  † Rev. Warren Geier





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.

Organ Music Sample | Re-dedication concert excerpt


"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.





Bethany Lutheran Church
715 Mather Avenue
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Phone: 906-486-4351
Fax: 906-486-9640

Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor

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welcomes me, and whoever
welcomes me welcomes
not me
but the
one who
sent me.”


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