Bethel Women


Women of Bethel Lutheran Church

  • are committed to studying the Word of God
  • are supportive of one another
  • participate in a variety of activities that carry out the mission of all who are called Christians

Mission Statement

To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

Women of the ELCA Purpose Statement

As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.


2024 Bethel Lutheran Women’s Board

  • Co-Chair: Tiffany Olson
  • Co-Chair: Courtney Holz
  • Secretary: Kathy Tri
  • Treasurer: Kathy Gustafson
  • Publicity: Sharon Northouse
  • Mission Action co-secretary: Jean Rysavy
  • Mission Action co-secretary: Jan Scheid
  • Mission Growth secretary: Mary Hunt
  • Council Representative: Dave Brandt
  • Pastoral Advisor: Pastor Byron Meline


Bethel Lutheran Women: WELCA Pin Nomination

Up to eight (8) pins are given each year to women/men of Bethel who have served the congregation in various ways. Over the years, numerous women have been recognized with a pin as individuals who are living their faith and making contributions to Bethel Lutheran Church and their community. Fourteen special men have also been recognized.

Nominations need to be received by the Mission Growth Secretary by the first Monday of April. Nominations that have been approved by the Bethel Women Board will be awarded the pin at the Spring Coffee event. Nomination forms are available through the button below or on the Bethel Women bulletin board in the narthex along with the list of people who have received a WELCA pin.

Monthly Missions

Bethel Women highlight a different charity or mission project every month.  These may change from year to year.

The following is a list of some of these missions: Gift of Life transplant Houses, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Women’s Shelter and Support Center, Running Start for School, Dorothy Day House, and Lutheran World Relief Kits (Baby Care Kits, School Kits, Personal Care Kits).

Information about each project is communicated to the congregation and all are encouraged to participate.

Join Our Bethel Lutheran Women Bible Studies!

Leah Circle

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m., room 115.

Contact: Mary Hunt, (507) 421-8801

Lydia Circle

Meets 3rd Monday of the month, 1 p.m. at Bethel.

Contact: Co-Chairs, Carol Lambert, (507) 282-8897, or Sharon Oliver, (507) 288-5828

Ruth Circle

Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at member’s homes.

Contact: Janet Scheid, (H) (507) 285-9309, (C) (507) 316-1506

Sabbath Women

Meets 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m., room 115 from September thru May.

Contact: ART Larson, (507) 282-7322

Sarah Circle

Meets 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at member’s homes or at Bethel.

Contact: Co-chairs, Alice Ryba, (507) 208-2120, or Christine Kolling, (507) 282-5358