Bethesda Newsletter – April 2016

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Click here to see our latest newsletter – The Voice April 2016

New Facilities Capital Campaign

The capital Campaign for the New Parish House is in progress.

For news and information, visit the Bethesda Capital Campaign website

View From Across the Street

You May Pledge Online:  Parishioners and friends can now make a pledge securely on line by visiting the Capital Campaign Website Pledge Page

Building Committee and Capital Campaign News

Capital Campaign Leadership: Dean Vang and Wardens Mark Claverie and Darren Miller have asked Mary Withington and Gordon Boyd to co-chair the Capital Campaign.  Other members of the congregation will be recruited to serve on the Leadership Team, alongside all members of the Vestry and the Building Committee.  Volunteers are welcome for the most important job: gift workers.  Please speak to Dean Vang, Mark, Darren, Mary or Gordon if you would like to serve.  Activities will begin in earnest in mid-January and continue until after Easter.  The Congregational goal was set at $330,000.

Music Training Center:  The Building Committee has reviewed and approved a proposed reallocation of space in the New Parish House, providing for a music training center for the choir and other musical activities.  The plan provides improved space for the choir(s), and ready access to the music library as well.

 

Design Review Commission Approval

The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission (DRC) heaped praise upon and unanimously approved our New Parish House plans this week. At DRC’s regular meeting Wednesday November 18, 2015, Shannon Brown, our architect with John G. Waite Associates, presented detailed information about the overall look, materials, mass and scaling.  Dean Vang, Building Committee Chair Gordon Boyd and Vestry member Catherine Berheide attended.  One Commissioner called our plans “stunning work”, and the Chairman likewise had high praise for not only the look of the project and its sensitivity to the existing historic church, but the occupancy plans as well and Bethesda’s future service to the community.  Once specific exterior building materials are selected, brick, mortar, slate, etc., they will be subject to DRC review and, it is expected, prompt approval.

 

New Parish House Sign

New Parish House Sign

Mark Anspach and Geoff Delbridge installed the sign at the future site of the new parish house.

Christian Education at Bethesda 2015 – 2016

Click here to access the calendar for Christian Education offerings for 2015 – 2016

Easter Term

May 1-8-15-22, 2016 – Church School Classes

May 29, 2016 – No classes

June 5, 2016 – Church School Classes

June 12, 2016 – Recognition Sunday

 

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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Bethesda Newsletter – April 2016

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Click here to see our latest newsletter – The Voice April 2016

New Facilities Capital Campaign

The capital Campaign for the New Parish House is in progress.

For news and information, visit the Bethesda Capital Campaign website

View From Across the Street

You May Pledge Online:  Parishioners and friends can now make a pledge securely on line by visiting the Capital Campaign Website Pledge Page

Building Committee and Capital Campaign News

Capital Campaign Leadership: Dean Vang and Wardens Mark Claverie and Darren Miller have asked Mary Withington and Gordon Boyd to co-chair the Capital Campaign.  Other members of the congregation will be recruited to serve on the Leadership Team, alongside all members of the Vestry and the Building Committee.  Volunteers are welcome for the most important job: gift workers.  Please speak to Dean Vang, Mark, Darren, Mary or Gordon if you would like to serve.  Activities will begin in earnest in mid-January and continue until after Easter.  The Congregational goal was set at $330,000.

Music Training Center:  The Building Committee has reviewed and approved a proposed reallocation of space in the New Parish House, providing for a music training center for the choir and other musical activities.  The plan provides improved space for the choir(s), and ready access to the music library as well.

 

Design Review Commission Approval

The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission (DRC) heaped praise upon and unanimously approved our New Parish House plans this week. At DRC’s regular meeting Wednesday November 18, 2015, Shannon Brown, our architect with John G. Waite Associates, presented detailed information about the overall look, materials, mass and scaling.  Dean Vang, Building Committee Chair Gordon Boyd and Vestry member Catherine Berheide attended.  One Commissioner called our plans “stunning work”, and the Chairman likewise had high praise for not only the look of the project and its sensitivity to the existing historic church, but the occupancy plans as well and Bethesda’s future service to the community.  Once specific exterior building materials are selected, brick, mortar, slate, etc., they will be subject to DRC review and, it is expected, prompt approval.

 

New Parish House Sign

New Parish House Sign

Mark Anspach and Geoff Delbridge installed the sign at the future site of the new parish house.

UNANIMOUS PLANNING BOARD APPROVAL FOR BETHESDA NEW PARISH HOUSE PROJECT

Bethesda received the unanimous backing, along with compliments, for our plans for the New Parish House at the Saratoga Springs Planning Board meeting September 9, 2015.

The Board approved both the environmental impact statement and site plan at the same meeting, which advances the project past a major milestone.  Next will be the Design Review Commission, possibly in October.

Thanks are due to our design team, especially Shannon Brown from John G. Waite Associates, and Mike Ingersoll from the LA Group, for steering the project through the approval process.  Their skill, patience and flexibility has been of great value to the parish.

Christian Education at Bethesda 2015 – 2016

Click here to access the calendar for Christian Education offerings for 2015 – 2016

Easter Term

May 1-8-15-22, 2016 – Church School Classes

May 29, 2016 – No classes

June 5, 2016 – Church School Classes

June 12, 2016 – Recognition Sunday

 

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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