Special Calendar Notices

Sunday 12/17 ~~ Children's Program
Children and youth of the congregation have been preparing a Christmas-themed play with music, which they will present during the 9 am service.

Wednesday 12/20 ~~ Las Posadas
Rather than the usual 6 pm pizza dinner followed by assorted Bethany group meetings at 7, there will be a special Las Posadas Worship service at 7 pm which includes a fresh-cooked tamales meal.

Sunday 12/24 ~~ Christmas Eve Services
Advent IV Worship at 10 am., and Christmas Eve Worship at 4 (Interactive Family Service), 7 (Traditional Service), & 10 pm (Lessons & Carols).

Sunday 12/31 ~~ New Year's Eve Service
Worship at 10 am.

Sunday 12/31 ~~ December Family Fun Day
Since the fourth Sunday is Christmas Eve, we're holding our family event the following New Year's Eve Sunday!  The tentative plan is afternoon roller skating, but stay on the lookout for details!

Welcome to Sunday Worship!


You can join us online at 9, and in-person at both 9 and 10:30!

Please join us on our YouTube channel (or via Facebook)!

You can follow along with a digital bulletin!


Sunday School begins at 9:00 am, for ages 3 through 5th grade.  Students meet their teachers in our lower-level Sunday School wing.  Click here to register your child.

Youth Choir (for any age) meets from 10:15-10:45 in the Drama Room.  Grab a quick treat after Worship and head on downstairs for some singing!

Wednesday Evenings at Bethany


Complimentary Pizza and Salad Dinner from 6-7pm

Suggested donation: individual $5 / family $15


Activities for every age group at 7pm
~ see below for details & signups ~

Wednesday Evenings at Bethany

Activities for every age group

Bethany Kids (elementary age): 7-8pm

Activities to build faith and friendship with God and one another.

Confirmation (grades 6, 7, 8): 7-8pm

Faith formation for middle schoolers, culminating in Affirmation of Baptism.

Bethany Choir (adult & teen): 7-8:30pm

Offering song to support the congregatio during worship twice/month.  Newcomers welcome; prior experience unnecessary.  Bethany Kids will informally extend to 8:30 for parents in choir.

Downtown Destination & Dialogue (f.k.a. Take a Breath) (adult): 7-8pm (4th Wednesday only)

Activities to encourage relaxation and fellowship for busy adults.

Other Regular Events

Sunday Family Activities

Worship (all welcome): 9 & 10:30am (second service beginning Sept. 17)

Sunday School (age 3 thru grade 5): during 9am worship service  [[ click here to sign up ]]

Youth Choir (any age): meets in the Drama room from 10:15-10:45

High School Youth Group: 2nd Sundays following the 10:30 worship service with a meal and activity.  This season's themes are Service, Adventure, Connection, and Consistency!


Always credit the artists, no matter the medium!  Photos from Unsplash.com

Pizza by Georgia Z  ~~  Snowfall by Dillon Kydd  ~~  Icy Leaves by Kajetan Sumila  ~~  Donuts by Patrick Fore

Land Acknowledgement

Bethany Lutheran Church is located in Crystal Lake on the original and ancestral homelands of the Peoria, Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Myaami) (Miami), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Hoocąk (Ho-Chunk), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) peoples, and we give thanks for their presence here since time immemorial. We also wish to recognize and honor all our Indigenous siblings who have and continue to call this land their home.

Learn more about the work of Indigenious Ministries and Tribal Relations at the ELCA.