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Divine Service Schedule

School Year (Sept-May) Schedule

      Divine Services: 8am and 10:30am Sunday morning
      Bible class and Sunday School:  9:15am, Sunday mornings

The Lord's Supper is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month (and the preceding Wednesdays during the summer schedule) as well as on many festival occasions.

Summer Schedule (Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend)

      Divine Services:  Wednesday (7pm) and Sunday (9am) -- begins May 24/28

Seasonal Services for 2017
  • Ash Wednesday, March 1, 7pm
  • Midweek Lenten services, Wednesdays, 7pm (March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7pm
  • Good Friday Tenebrae, Friday, April 14, 7pm
  • Easter Dawn, Sunday, April 16, 7:30am (followed by a breakfast)
  • Easter Festival, Sunday, April 16, 9:30am
  • Festival of Ascension, Wed/Sun, May 24/28, 7pm, 9am
  • Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, Wed/Sun,  June 21/25, 7pm, 9am
  • Festival of the Reformation, Sunday, November 5, 8/10:30am
  • Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 22, 7pm
  • Midweek Advent, Wednesdays following Thanksgiving (Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13), 7pm
  • Children's Christmas Eve Service, Sunday, December 17, 4pm
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 6pm
  • Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 10am
  • New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31, 8/10:30am

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). WELS began in 1850 when three German pastors met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today WELS has grown to over 1,200 congregations and almost 400,000 members throughout North America. Bethel has been proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ on the west side of Sioux Falls for almost twenty years.
At Bethel we believe and teach that:
  •  there is only one God and that He reveals himself as Triune, that is, "three in one," Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  •  the Bible is the inspired Word of God, God’s unchanging and inerrant message to people of all times;
  • God created mankind holy and without sin, and that Adam and Eve, the first human beings, by their disobedience brought sin on the whole human race;
  • all people are sinful by nature and transgress God’s holy will each day with sins of thought, word and action;
  • the wages of sin is death and damnation in hell, a place of eternal agonizing separation from the kindness and goodness of God;
  • God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world;
  • Jesus paid for all sins of all people with his holy, precious blood when he suffered and died innocently on the cross, and that his resurrection from the dead is God’s guarantee that all people have been justified or "declared not guilty";
  • whoever believes this glorious truth has the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, but whoever does not believe it will be condemned;
  • the faith to believe this good news is a gift of God which the Holy Spirit works in the heart through the gospel in the Word of God, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion;
  • by this faith in the atoning work of Christ alone we are heirs of eternal glory in heaven, but while on earth this faith will show as we live lives of love for God who first loved us;
  •  upon death our souls are taken to be with our Lord in heaven and on the last day he will raise our bodies from the grave and we will inherit the full glory of everlasting life with Christ in heaven.
  • For more about what Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church teaches, you can read the confessions of faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord, which contains the three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian), the Augsburg Confession, the Apology to the Augsburg Confession, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, the Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord.