Bethel Lutheran Church Sutherland IA

51058-7621

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We exist in order to preach the Gospel and deliver the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through the means of Word and Sacrament, while serving our neighbor, in Sutherland and the surrounding area.

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Bethel Lutheran Church
502 Ash St
Sutherland, IA 51058-7621
United States
Phone: (712) 446-3630

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Rev Brett Witmer
Rev Brett Witmer
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502 Ash St
Sutherland, IA 51058-7621
United States
Phone: (712) 446-3630

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Lutheran Church



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Pastor Witmer was born and raised in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. Duncannon is a small town about 20-25 minutes north of the state capital, Harrisburg in south-central Pennsylvania.

Pastor Witmer graduated from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, in 2003, with a degree in Geography, concentrating in Geographic Information Systems (GIS - computer mapping). After college, he worked for an engineering firm, Gannett Fleming Inc. He supported the engineers in doing computer mapping and spatial data analysis. After 8 years, he made the decision to attend Concordia Theological Seminary, in Fort Wayne, IN.

Pastor Witmer’s home church is Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, and his home pastor is Rev. Luke Zimmerman. During the summer after his first year at seminary, he did a summer vicarage in Baltimore, MD, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and enjoyed the time with the people there. Pastor Witmer spent his full vicarage year (the third year of seminary education) serving at Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran in Neligh and Elgin, NE, respectively.

Pastor Witmer graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in May of 2020 and accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was ordained and installed at Bethel Lutheran on July 19, 2020. In his spare time Pastor Witmer enjoys reading, fishing, and fountain pens.   Edit
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Po Box 20
Sutherland, IA
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Bethel Lutheran Church Service Times

This Week Schedule

Wednesday July 26 2023: 9:00 am Prayer Service
Thursday July 27 2023: 9:00 am Prayer Service; 7:00 pm Bible Study
Friday July 28 2023: 9:00 am Prayer Service

Next Sunday July 30 2023: 9:30 am Holy Communion; No Bible Study

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Upcoming Bethel events

July 29-Aug 3 2023: Pastor at Synod Convention
August 9 2023: Council Meeting @ 8:00 pm
August 7-10 2023: VBS @ 5:30-8:00 pm
August 13 2023: Outdoor Worship Service @10:00 am - Dog Creek Sutherland
August 16 2023: Concordia League @ 6:00pm @ Paullina Lake Concession Stand   Edit


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Bethel Lutheran Church History

Our congregation’s beginnings start back in 1891. Pastor H. Schwenk, serving Mill Creek Lutheran Church, would come and preach in Sutherland. At that time, no congregation was able to be organized. Later, in 1934, Pastor E.L. Wittkopp, serving in Marcus, Iowa, held divine services in Sutherland. In September of 1934, Candidate Clarence Pauling was called to be the first resident pastor. On Sept. 25, 1934, Bethel Lutheran Church was officially organized and joined the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Services were held in the American Legion Hall for a time. On August 23, 1936, a chapel (what became the former parsonage), was dedicated. In 1943, Pastor Elmer Greene was called as the second resident pastor. Under his pastorate, a fund for a new and larger church building was started. Pastor Walter Link became the pastor in 1952. Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new church building on May 16, 1954. On Nov. 21 of that same year, Pastor Fred A. Elze was called as pastor. The current building was completed and dedicated on Oct. 2, 1955. Then, Pastor Leroy Riemer was called and installed as pastor on August, 9, 1970. Bethel was blessed with a long period of service by Pastor Riemer, as he served God’s people at Bethel Lutheran for 49 years before he retired. Our current pastor, Pastor Brett Witmer, was called from the Fort Wayne seminary, and on July 19, 2020, he was ordained and installed.

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The power of Christian prayer Light of the World
Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth... may we begin to see the world in the light of understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
Bethel Lutheran Church listing was last updated on the 25th of July, 2023
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