Thirteen persons met to take the first steps toward forming a German parish
The Presbytery formed the parish and received the name:
"Erste Deutsche Presybterianischer Kirche zu Bethanien, Oregon"
(First German Presbyterian Church of Bethany, Oregon)
Land was donated upon which the church was built. A cemetery was established behind the church.
Jacob Wismer became first official Elder
Land was donated to the church. The first manse was built on this land.
Ladies Aid and Missionary Society was organized
Dedication Service for the new church
Retired the remaining debt on the new church. Announced to Presbytery that the congregation had become self-supporting.
A new barn was built
The congregation celebrated its 50th anniversary
The Frauenverien (Ladies Aid and Missionary Society) presented the Church with the Silver Communion Pitcher and Chalice, which are still used today
Congregation voted to discontinue the use of the German language
An addition was built onto the first manse
Electricity arrived in Bethany
A drilled well and pressure water system was added to the church and manse
Construction on the new manse was completed his is the manse that is located just west of the third church
The church was remodeled to enlarge the rostrum and auditorium
Automatic oil heating systems were installed in both the church and manse
An electric range and water heater was installed in the manse. The Wurlitzer organ and Maas Cathedral Chimes were installed in the church.
Church’s 75th anniversary
New sanctuary was designed and built
Ladies Aid and Missionary Society changed its name to Bethany Presbyterian Women
A hurricane storm hit the church badly. The steeple, containing the 450-pound church bell, was blown off the second church. An earthquake toppled the chimney from the manse. Other than some frayed nerves, no other damage was noted.
Bethany reached its 90th year
A fire destroyed the upper portion of the second church that had been used as an educational unit for the preceding eight years
New education wing was dedicated
Bethany Youth Groups began traveling to churches throughout the western United States and Mexico
Bethany celebrated its 100th Anniversary
The building fund debt on the Education Wing had been retired
Bethany formed the Logas program
Ground was broken for a new Christian Education Building
The church bell was moved from the second church to its new home in the bell tower, which stands proudly in the courtyard of the third church
The church celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary
The Christian Education Building was dedicated to the memory of Rev. Henry Dickman
Sato Elementary, named after a family who attended Bethany Presbyterian prior to WWII, is opened to students. For more information about their story, please click
First Church ~1900
Current Bell Tower ~2021
Current Sanctuary Building ~2021