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About Bethany Village

For over 100 years, Bethany Home Association has empowered seniors creatively, spiritually, and emotionally to do what they do best. In recognition of our growing range of senior living options, we’re proud to embrace the name Bethany Village.

Our Mission

Whether you’re newly retired and seek a worry-free lifestyle, need just a little assistance, or require long-term care, you’ll find a life rich in friends, creativity, culture, and community here at Bethany Village. Our talented residents, staff, and the rich arts and cultural life in Lindsborg bring unique opportunities to tinker, craft, garden, make music, quilt, or simply enjoy creativity in others.
The campus includes our 100-bed Bethany Home long-term care and rehabilitation residence, 20 full-service senior apartments at Sunflower Terrace, and 49 independent living residences called The Cottages.
We are a social ministry of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and we accept private insurance, long term care insurance, Medicare and Medicaid We’re also endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Let’s live life together with purpose.
Join us in the art of living.

Faith Life

As a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America, Bethany Village is privileged to offer spiritual support to the residents and staff through a full time Chaplain, Phillip Hett.

Opportunities to gather for worship include:

Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 2:15 p.m.

For Receiving Holy Communion:

The third Wednesday of the month: 2:15 p.m.
The first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month: 1:30 p.m.

Daily Devotionals:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.

For Study of God's Word:

Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. in the chapel

Assisted Living:

Worship service on the second and fourth Sunday of the month: 4:00 p.m.

For Visitation:

The chaplain visits with the residents regularly. Local clergy are also invited to visit residents.
Family and friends are invited to join Bethany Village residents for worship.

History

For more than 100 years, Bethany Village has provided care and services to seniors and has been a vital part of Lindsborg and the Smoky Valley community. Bethany Village honors the traditions that have helped make Lindsborg the vibrant community it is today. Swedish ancestors laid the groundwork and foundation upon which Bethany Village was built and the mission of caring for “needy old people” continues today. For many in the community, Bethany Village symbolizes dignity, respect, and a sense of security for the future. Bethany Village has “always been here” and will be here for many more years to come.
The first Bethany Village building was constructed in the early 1900s following a substantial donation from a local community member. Initially, the donor wanted the money to be used to construct an orphanage. However, after seeing a greater need to care for the aging, the donor approved his donation to be used for the construction of the area’s first nursing home. Construction began in 1907 on a quarter section located where the home stands today. In November of 1911, the home welcomed its first 9 residents.
The need for more rooms was realized almost immediately. So, in 1928, the previous Bethany Church parsonage was purchased and relocated to just north of the original Bethany Village. The new structure, which housed an additional 10 residents, was updated and connected to the original nursing home with an enclosed passageway. At that time, residents were very involved with chores and responsibilities around the home such as caring for the grounds and gardens, tending to the cows and chickens and helping with meals.
By 1947, requests for an “invalid home” could no longer be ignored. Construction soon began on Pioneer Memorial; a two-story building that is still in use today, although the second floor is no longer used for resident quarters.
Fifty years after the original Bethany Village opened, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what is now known as Golden Annex. The Pleasant View addition, located north of Elin, was dedicated in 1966 and was originally used as an infirmary.
For decades, the two structures met the needs of the elderly population but aging buildings and new building codes and regulations forced the need for a new facility. Elin Manor, located on the west side of the block, was completed in 1973 and residents were moved from the old parsonage to the new, more practical space.
Construction on the chapel began in 1975 followed by the demolition of the original Bethany Village structure in 1976. With the completion of Hoglund Manor, the home reached its current capacity. In 1980, an expanded kitchen and dining room was completed to better accommodate the growing Bethany Village population, and in 1985, the activities center opened on the north end of the Bethany Village building.
Through the years, the association has grown and expanded to incorporate independent living and most recently, assisted living options. The independent living Cottages were built in three phases, all in the late 1970s. The duplex and triplexes were added in the late 1990s to accommodate those wanting a larger living space. The Assisted Living was completed in March of 2014 and offers customized services and supports.

Board of Directors

Bethany Village is a social ministry of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A Board of Directors oversees the association, providing direction and leadership to administration and staff.
The following individuals currently make up the Bethany Village Board of Directors:
Eric Anderson
Rev. Tim Carey
Connie Dorf
Debbie Jacobson
Rev. Tim Leaf
Mike Losik
Judy Murphy
Jean Rowland
Jim Ruble, Vice-Chairman
Rev. James Strasen, Chairman
Galen Swenson
Rev. Amy Truhe
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