Special Congregational Meeting – June 10, 2018

The purpose of the special congregational meeting is to vote on whether or not to call Daniel Pell to become the pastor of the congregations of Bethlehem Lutheran and St. Mark Lutheran Churches.  A compensation is also presented.  A two-thirds vote is needed from each congregation in order to extend the offer of call with the agreed upon compensation package.  Below is a summary from the two Call Committees on their review, interactions, and recommendation of Daniel Pell, as well as the compensation package proposed by the Councils of BLC and SMLC.

Call Candidate and Recommendation to Council and Congregation

Definition of Compensation Benefits and Responsibilities of the Pastor – Daniel Pell – May 2018


Overview of The Call Process – Status – updated May 9 2018

Click on the title above to see the latest progress of the call process at Bethlehem Lutheran.  Click on the title below to access the Ministry Site Profile submitted for Bethlehem’s call process.

Ministry Site Profile for Bethlehem Lutheran – 2018

Ministry Site Profile for Bethlehem Lutheran – 2017


The Constitution and Bylaws for Bethlehem Lutheran have been reviewed and updated by committee members who met in September of 2017.  The revisions have been presented to the Council and were approved during the November Council meeting.  The congregation will vote whether to accept the proposed changes at the annual meeting.  Members are encouraged to review the changes and ask any questions they have, directing them to Council members.

Congregational approval will be sought at the Annual Meeting in January 2018.

       Bethlehem Constituion 2016 plus revisions proposed 10-15-2017



We extend a welcome to our Interim Pastor, 

Rev. Anna Peck



Pastor Anna Peck began serving as Bethlehem’s new part-time interim pastor in late November 2017.  She originally hails from the Cedar Rapids – Springville area and returned in May of 2017 after the 25th anniversary of her ordination.  She served all 25-years within the South Dakota Synod, with four calls to small congregations in small towns, all of which were multi-point parishes.  Being called to ministry was her second career, after initially working for RCA Record Company in New York City while she took private voice lessons for opera.  After working in the editorial department with RCA, Pastor Anna moved to Denver and worked in classified advertising for a news paper, followed by four more years in Des Moines, and eight more years in Dubuque, both within the classified advertising departments.  She resides on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids, allowing her to be closer to family, including her sister in West Amana, her brother in Galena, and other nieces and nephews in the area.  We welcome Pastor Anna and thank her for serving with us here at Bethlehem Lutheran!