Youth Mission Trip to Harrisburg, PA – 7/26 through 8/1

Four teens and three adults will travel to Harrisburg, PA on a YouthWorks mission trip July 26th through August 1st.  YouthWorks exists to connect teenagers to God, each other, and communities through life-changing Christ-centered mission trips.  The Bethesda team will work alongside other youth groups as they partner with local organizations to meet the ongoing needs of youth, families, and the elderly in the community.  They will also serve others through painting, cleaning, yard work, or other work projects.  The goal is to spend a week away from the familiar and step out, by faith, into the world to love and serve God by loving and serving others.  Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:40b)

Annual Bethesda Building Fund Gala – August 3rd 6:00 pm

The Annual Bethesda Building Fund Gala, hosted by Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, will take place on Monday, August third, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.  Please reserve the date.  Invitations have been sent out.  If you have not received yours or wish additional invitations, please contact Bruce Solenski or pick up additional invitations at the rear of the church.

First Holy Communion Preparation

Classes to instruct children in grades 1 and 2 are being planned for September and October.  If your child has not received such preparation, please contact Dean Vang or the Parish Office.

Use of ACO Lot for Parking Discontinued

Beginning July 1, parishioners will no longer be able to park in the ACO lot on the corner of Washington and Federal Streets.  We have parked there for more than a year, for free, thanks to the generosity of ACO.  But the property is being sold, and the new owner has development plans that preclude our use on Sundays.  This is regrettable, but was foreseen when we initially made these arrangements with ACO.  Many thanks to Alan Oppenheim for his community-minded generosity.  We all will have to make alternative parking plans on Sundays now.

Memorial – Thank Offering Opportunity

We all enjoy the beautiful altar flowers! Please telephone the Parish Office if you would like to make a memorial or thank offering.

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Harvest Dinner memories

Gail, Daisy and Daryle

Gail, Daisy and Daryle