Founded in 1897 by Swedish immigrants, Bethesda Lutheran Church has been one of the most-involved churches in the Morrison, Illinois, community. From the MOB (Men of Bethesda) to the Wednesday Quilters, and for everyone in between, we at Bethesda aim to improve the lives of individuals as we spread God's word within our communities and around the world.


For more information on how to get involved, please contact the church office, or any member of the group you are interested in. 

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Bethesda Lutheran Church

Thank you for visiting our website!  Bethesda Lutheran Church is a spiritual home for about 380 individuals and it is also a community centered around worshiping God and serving our neighbor as the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ. We welcome you to become a part of our faith community of people who make us all feel like family. As you navigate our site, you will learn more about the rich history of this 123-year-old congregation.
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Dear Disciples of Jesus of Bethesda Lutheran Church,


It is with great joy that we are able to inform all our members that our restrictions have once again been updated to Phase 4. Due to the current allowances of the number of people allowed to gather under the Illinois state mitigation guidelines is now up to 50 in total (or 50% of your total capacity, whichever is less), so we are now able to hold worship services IN PERSON every Sunday. (*EDIT: due to inclement weather predicted on Jan. 31, in-person worship will resume on Sunday, February 7).

We will, of course, still be required to mask and those entering will be screened with thermometers to check temperatures. (See attached guidelines that we used last Fall when we obtained Phase 4 status).  All these same practices and rules will apply beginning immediately. Holy Communion will be celebrated weekly by utilizing pre-packaged & sealed communion cups. They will be given to participants as they leave the sanctuary space. We ask that you take and commune after you leave the building. (*Please note: members who wish to pick up pre-packaged and consecrated communion elements to participate from home during the live stream worship are welcome to do so any time during the week during regular office hours.)


Due to Covid restrictions, we will unfortunately not be able to host a fellowship hour with coffee or refreshments, but members are certainly welcome to stay and visit within social distancing guidelines and enjoy a time of visiting with other Bethesda family members. Please feel free to contact the church office if you have any questions.

Support our Ministry

For members or friends wishing to make a financial contribution to support the on-going ministry of our church, please go to our Stewardship page, and follow the instructions to utlizie our online/digital giving resource tool, ""



Sunday Worship

9 AM & via Facebook LIVE


Fellowship Hour

Follows every service


Special Services

Wednesdays in Lent

7 PM (with Holden's Evening Prayer)


Maundy Thursday - 7PM (in-person and Facebook Live)

Good Friday - 7PM (in-person and Facebook Live)

Easter - 7 AM (in-person only) & 9 AM (in-person and Facebook Live)

Thanksgiving Eve

7 PM 


Christmas Eve

6 PM

© 2016 Bethesda Lutheran Church

301 West South Street,

Morrison, IL 61270

(815) 772-4896