Bethany Evangelical

Lutheran Church

Ishpeming, Michigan Est. 1870

Welcome 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.
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.

Bethany Exterior Repairs Bid Information - Download PDF

Pre-bid Addendum#1, dated 6 Mar 18 - Download PDF



Sunday 10:30 a.m.


Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor


Bethany Lutheran Church

715 Mather Avenue

Ishpeming, MI 49899




Contact Us


Member of the

Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS)
of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)




Pastor's Reflections

(Updated Monthly)


Dec 2017-Jan 2018 -

It was before Halloween that I saw my first Christmas ad for this year on TV. Then it wasn’t long until pretty much every ad (except the ones for drugs) had a holiday theme. Along with that have come the pre-Black Friday sales, Black Friday first having crept backwards into Thanksgiving Day, now in some ways becoming a season unto itself.... More


Previous reflections in the Outlook newsletter

Officers & Boards

(Updated Annually)


January 2017


Executive Director
 † Robert Nadeau


Assistant Executive Director
 † Ted Swanson


 † Rev. Warren Geier



Sermon Archive

(Updated Weekly)


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


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.

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


Eden Lutheran,
Munising, MI, Tuesday,
April 25, 2017




Faith Active in Love


Bethany Lutheran, Ishpeming, MI, Wednesday, April 26, 2017





Contact Us

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.


Worship Sunday at 10:30

Bethany Evangelical Luther Church

715 Mather Avenue

Ishpeming, MI 49849


Phone: 906-486-4351

Fax: 906-486-9640



Rev. Warren Geier - Pastor

 one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes 
not me 
but the one who
sent me.”

Website designed and maintained by Superior Book Productions