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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
336 Franklin St. West Reading, PA 19611
Phone 610-375-7163 Fax 610-375-9771
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Interim Pastor Rev. Robert G. Argot, Jr.


Our mission is to know Christ and to make Christ
known through Word and Deed.
Look what's happening at Bethany!
Sunday morning worship at 10:15AM, Sunday School at 9:00AM.

Summer worship services 9:30AM Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Food Pantry distribution for residents in the 19611 zip code is held the third Wednesday of each month 9:30AM - 12:00PM.

Family Music Classes! The 2016 winter semester begins the week of January 25th. Some class times are already filled - Please contact the church office to register.

Christmas Eve Services! 7:00PM and 11:00PM
Both services will include communion and candle lighting ceremony. The 7:00PM service will include a drama, Sr. Choir, Sunday School children, handbells and instrumentalists.

Service of Lessons and Carols! Sunday December 27th

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 - ONE service at 7:00PM, no morning service will be held.

Bethany Lutheran offers traditional and contemporary worship services. We also have a puppet ministry.

Our Sunday morning worship services are held at 10:15AM. Sunday School is at 9:00AM.

Summer Worship is held at 9:30AM Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Sunday School!
The Sunday School children have lots of fun learning about Jesus and the Bible. We also make crafts and have music time.

We have a prayer garden on the bulletin board in the overflow room. There are extra leaves in the sanctuary - people can add their prayer request to the garden and the Sunday School children will include them in their prayers.

The Sunday School children participate in the ELCA Good Gifts program. The children decide together each year how to use their weekly offering to help others in need in foreign countries. They have purchased farm animals and donated funds to help provide medical aide.

Confirmation class for youth grades 5+ Sunday's 8:45AM - 9:45AM.

Some of the children having fun after decorating their Jesus t-shirts!

Sunday School Prayer Garden!
Food Pantry!
Food Pantry distribution for residents in the 19611 zip code is held the third Wednesday of each month 9:30AM - 12:00PM.

The Greater Berks Food Bank delivers food for our pantry the second Thursday of each month at 1:00PM. Volunteers are greatly appreciated to help with the food deliveries.

Our pantry is also supported with donations from the members of Bethany as well as other local church's and private donations. THANK YOU for supporting this much needed community outreach program!

If you are not a resident in the 19611 zip code please contact the Greater Berks Food Bank at 610-926-5802 to find a food pantry in your area.

Attention High School and College Students! You can earn community service hours by volunteering with Bethany's food pantry. Please call the church office for information or just come on a scheduled pantry delivery or distribution day.

Family Music Classes!
Music & Movement Classes for children ages 6 months to age 5!

Our program provides a creative environment for making music through the exploration of singing, playing instruments, listening, movement and imaginative play. Parents (or a caregiver) and children participate together in the classes.

Classes are offered Monday's and Thursday's:
Monday Classes:
9:15AM - 9:45AM
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:45AM - 11:15AM

Thursday classes:
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:45AM -11:15AM

The winter semester begins the week of January 25th.

Registration is required. Families can join the classes anytime - please call first to check available class times as some class times are filled. Pre-registration is highly suggested as class sizes are limited.

Our music instructor is Carla Seidel. Carla founded this program in 2002 as an outreach program. Carla has received certification through Musikgarten, the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and Music Rhapsody. In addition, Carla has more than 20 years experience as a Church musician directing various choirs for children, teens, adults, handbells and instrumentalists.

There are no instructor fees. Suggested class donation/fee $25.00 per child/per semester, $10.00 additional child registered. Donations in any amount accepted, funding is also available. All fees/donations are applied to the cost of instruments and materials used in the classes.

Please contact the church office for more information or to register for the classes. (Click icon below for the registration form).

In the event of inclement weather, class cancellations will be listed on and channel 69 under "Bethany Lutheran - West Reading Family Music Classes".

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Family Music Class Registration Form!
Please send registration forms to:
Bethany Lutheran
attn: Carla Seidel
336 Franklin St.
West Reading, PA. 19611

Forms can also be submitted the beginning of each semester.

Choir Rehearsals!
All ages are welcome to join us! If you enjoy singing, playing your instrument, would like to learn how to ring handbells come and join us! You don't even need to know how to read music to ring bells or sing in our choir!

Rehearsals are held September thru May:

Senior Choir (teens and adults): Sunday's 9:00AM - 9:45AM

Rehearsals for our Handbell Ensemble (adults and teens): alternating Sunday's at 9:45AM.

Rehearsals for our Intergenerational Handbell Choir (grades 4+, teens and adults): Sunday's as scheduled.

Instrumental Rehearsals as scheduled. (youth and adults)

Music with Sunday School Children - alternating Sunday's at 9:45AM (singing and playing instruments).


Our 2015 Easter bag outreach project for the young children in the Learning Center at Opportunity House! Working together to share the joy of Easter with the young children, we filled 131 tote bags for the infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We also filled several hundred plastic eggs with candy so the children could enjoy an egg hunt.

Line of volunteers waiting to fill the Easter bags!

Easter Sunday at Bethany!

Christmas Eve drama with the children!

Youth and Adult Instrumentalists - May 10, 2015 Mother's Day!
Directions to Bethany
Bethany Lutheran is located at 336 Franklin St. in West Reading - one block off Penn Ave. (Please use West Reading for GPS).

Coming from 422E or 422W - exit at the Penn Street Bridge towards West Reading. At the first light (gas station on the right), turn left onto 4th Ave. Go one block then turn left onto Franklin St. The church will be on the right. NOTE: Detour starting August 2015 - can not turn left onto 3rd or 4th St., turn left onto 5th St., then first left onto Franklin St., 2 blocks to Bethany. NOTE: Current detour - no left turns onto 3rd or 4th Ave. Turn left onto 5th Ave. at the light, turn left at the next light onto Franklin St. go 2 blocks to Bethany.

From Penn Ave. coming through Wyomissing: Turn right onto 4th Ave. (gas station on the left). Go one block, turn left onto Franklin St. The church will be on your right.

Enter the church through the double glass doors on Franklin St. You can also enter the church in the rear from the alley (Grape St.) between Franklin St. and Chestnut St. - across from the Wyomissing middle school, up the steps through the double red doors.

Unfortunately, we do not have a parking lot.

Cancellation Information
In case of inclement weather for church closings - please check cancellation information on channel 69 WFMZ news or, or WEEU.

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