• Sunday School Opportunities in 2020!

    We recently adopted a new approach to Sunday School at BLC.  The whole idea: "engagement."  This new approach engages the Sunday lectionary while at the same time engaging BLC's young people... and the broader Bethlehem community.  There are opportunities available now to become an adult leader or helper in 2020.  You can volunteer for the remaining 2020 academic year or for a single Sunday!  To add your name to our list of volunteers, visit our SignUp page, and thanks for supporting Bethlehem's mission to teach the faith. 

We are Travelers on a Journey.

We're neighbors and friends... recent transplants and old-timers.  We're travelers on the journey of faith, and we're better together.  Welcome to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Slater, Iowa.  With more than 140 years of history, we continue to welcome, worship, serve, and live in the name of Jesus Christ for the sake of God's world.


We are

A Community in Christ.

We celebrate ancient stories and sacraments regularly here.  In doing so, we celebrate God's faithfulness in the midst of every day's brokenness.  At Bethlehem, we're small enough to know you by name, and just old enough to remember some history.  For generations, this community has gathered to learn, grow, and share in the good news of Jesus Christ.  Bethlehem is today a vibrant, authentic community of faith where there's always room for one more :)

Sunday Services:

Worship                   9:00 a.m.

Sunday School        10:15 a.m.


"One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”  Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  

There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31

We're Gifted and Gathered

by Grace.

"We are beggars; this is true."  Luther's last words point to grace, and God's eternal tendency to move first in everything.  The Holy Spirit gathers us on Sundays around the Word.  We share in the holy meal, and are reminded again of our true identity (as God's own people).  Renewed and re-centered in Christ, Sunday worship sends us back into our daily lives to love and serve others in Christ's name.


We'd Love to Meet You.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located in Slater, Iowa.  We're just south of Ames and just north of Ankeny.  Our community serves neighbors in need throughout Sheldahl, Ankeny, Polk City, Ames, Slater, Huxley, and Cambridge.  For more information, join us for worship, stop by the office, or call.  Bethlehem proudly supports the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its affiliated congregations.