Welcome to Bethel

Bethel Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are located in University City, MO on the northwest corner of Big Bend and Forsyth Blvd.

COVID update, January 2022

The recent coronavirus surge in the St. Louis Region has prompted changes in Bethel’s worship. We strongly encourage everyone to attend on-line worship. We understand some individuals may have a personal desire for in-person worship or are unable to attend on-line. Bethel is limiting in-person attendees for worship to 30. If you would like to attend, please sign up using this link. If you need additional assistance, please call the church office at (314) 863-3112. If you plan to attend, please adhere to our current protocols:

  1. All individuals must remain masked at all times
  2. Do not attend if you have cold or flu symptoms or have been exposed to COVID
  3. Dress warmly as windows will be opened.

For information on attending Sunday School, please contact the church office (office@bethelstl.org) or Deb Grupe (deb.grupe@gmail.com) if after 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Please direct questions to Covidquestions@Bethelstl.org 

Online worship info

You can attend online via Zoom conferencing and Facebook Live. See https://bethelstl.org/listen-live/ for details. Zoom information is distributed to members and friends via email.

About Bethel

We are called to heal the world through Christ’s love. In support of our goal of being a caring, inclusive, Christ-centered community, we care for God’s creation, promote the non-violence of Christ, care for those who suffer, and participate in the Spirit toward a global religious community.

Believing in the real presence of Christ in the holy meal, this church practices Eucharistic hospitality — we invite all to share in the Holy Eucharist.

We are a Reconciling in Christ (a welcoming ministry to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities) congregation. We are in covenant with Lutheran Campus Ministry. Just like all ELCA congregations, we are in full communion with Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church (USA), Moravian Church in America, and United Methodist Church.


Bethel’s Fundraiser with SERRV – Still Going!

Bethel’s Christmas Bazaar moved online for 2020 at SERRV International, an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty through fair and ethical trade. The best part of going online is that sales/donations can continue throughout the year!

Use Bethel’s custom link (serrv.org?a=XmasBazaar) and 20% of the sale will be given to the Bethel Youth Group. Please share the link with friends! 

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