Come and See

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.

VBS Arrives July 21 thru 25!

"Camp Firelight" debuts this summer as Bethlehem hosts a light-hearted VBS experience with our friends at Slater Sheldahl UMC!  The registration is free, and you can register online here.  All kids Pre-K to 5th grade are invited to join us!

Now Hiring

BLC is blessed by the gifts of faithful folks who share their time and talent in service to Christ's mission in the world. We are currently looking to fill a music director / accompanist position.  For a a full job description, just click the link.


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 our 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 the good news of Jesus Christ is not only preached, but practiced.

Worship Services:

In-Person                                     9:00 a.m.

Sundays via YouTube                      11:30 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 nature 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 see you Here.

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, Madrid and Cambridge.  For more information, join us for worship, stop by the office, or call.  Bethlehem proudly shares in the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its congregations.