Stained Glass Window Restoration

Protective glass and better ventilation for our priceless Tiffany and other stained glass windows was installed May 8 – 10, 2017 on the north (Washington Street) side of the church. Lamb Studios’ craftsmen worked diligently Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to complete this project, which was supported by last August’s Building Fund party.

The narthex was the site of the work table, stencil-making, glass cutting, taping and staging. Scaffolding was erected above the front steps, and craftsmen Jay and Joseph executed the project with great care and expertise.

Many thanks to all who supported last August’s fundraiser, and who continue to support Bethesda’s Capital Campaign. And thanks be to God for the gift of craftsmanship and artistry that has enhanced our worship here for nearly two centuries.

Partial view of a Tiffany window showing ventilation aperture created week of May 8 by Lamb Studio crew.

 

 

Preservation Foundation Historic Homes Tour

Bethesda volunteers greeted 226 visitors during Saturday’s Historic Homes Tour, organized by the Preservation Foundation. Special guests included SSPF director Samantha Bosshart, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and Christopher Flagg, director of historic sites for NYS. We gave everyone lots of information about our history and our future.

Bethesda Newsletter – April 2017

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Click here to see our latest newsletter – The Voice April 2017

Building Committee News

Bonacio Construction, Inc. has been engaged as the parish’s construction manager for development of the New Parish House and Community Center.  This decision was made by the Vestry, on recommendation of the Building Committee.  Along with building many successful commercial projects, Bonacio has successfully assisted local non-profits, including Universal Preservation Hall, Caffe Lena, and AIM Services with great success.  We are delighted to have them join forces with Bethesda.

Bonacio will work closely with the Building Committee and our architects to assure that we keep costs within budget, without compromising quality.  If cost estimating, leasing and financial milestones are attained in the coming weeks, we may hope for groundbreaking this year.

To follow this process, please keep an eye on the Bethesda Facebook page and on the parish website.  Questions may be directed to Senior Warden Darren Miller, Gordon Boyd, Building Committee chair, or to any member of the Vestry.

Hearing Loop installed

In keeping with the Vestry’s goals of both updating and restoring our historic church building, Bethesda has installed a hearing loop to make it easier for those with hearing aids to hear all elements of our services. Some with a suitable hearing device may turn to Channel T and receive better audio. Others may use headphones, available from the ushers.

Once you have tried these new hearing assists, please let us know the results. The loop was installed throughout the church except for several pews to the left of the Gospel-side aisle toward the rear. All other areas of the nave are covered. The contractor was Metro Sound Pros of Washingtonville, working with our architects, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, of Albany. Dean Vang, the Wardens, Vestry, Building Committee, and all of us are grateful for the parish’s support of last August’s fundraiser, which made this improvement possible. Thanks be to God!

Stained Glass Window Restoration

Protective glass and better ventilation for our priceless Tiffany and other stained glass windows was installed May 8 – 10, 2017 on the north (Washington Street) side of the church. Lamb Studios’ craftsmen worked diligently Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to complete this project, which was supported by last August’s Building Fund party.

The narthex was the site of the work table, stencil-making, glass cutting, taping and staging. Scaffolding was erected above the front steps, and craftsmen Jay and Joseph executed the project with great care and expertise.

Many thanks to all who supported last August’s fundraiser, and who continue to support Bethesda’s Capital Campaign. And thanks be to God for the gift of craftsmanship and artistry that has enhanced our worship here for nearly two centuries.

Partial view of a Tiffany window showing ventilation aperture created week of May 8 by Lamb Studio crew.

 

 

Preservation Foundation Historic Homes Tour

Bethesda volunteers greeted 226 visitors during Saturday’s Historic Homes Tour, organized by the Preservation Foundation. Special guests included SSPF director Samantha Bosshart, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and Christopher Flagg, director of historic sites for NYS. We gave everyone lots of information about our history and our future.

Bethesda Newsletter – April 2017

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Click here to see our latest newsletter – The Voice April 2017

Building Committee News

Bonacio Construction, Inc. has been engaged as the parish’s construction manager for development of the New Parish House and Community Center.  This decision was made by the Vestry, on recommendation of the Building Committee.  Along with building many successful commercial projects, Bonacio has successfully assisted local non-profits, including Universal Preservation Hall, Caffe Lena, and AIM Services with great success.  We are delighted to have them join forces with Bethesda.

Bonacio will work closely with the Building Committee and our architects to assure that we keep costs within budget, without compromising quality.  If cost estimating, leasing and financial milestones are attained in the coming weeks, we may hope for groundbreaking this year.

To follow this process, please keep an eye on the Bethesda Facebook page and on the parish website.  Questions may be directed to Senior Warden Darren Miller, Gordon Boyd, Building Committee chair, or to any member of the Vestry.

Hearing Loop installed

In keeping with the Vestry’s goals of both updating and restoring our historic church building, Bethesda has installed a hearing loop to make it easier for those with hearing aids to hear all elements of our services. Some with a suitable hearing device may turn to Channel T and receive better audio. Others may use headphones, available from the ushers.

Once you have tried these new hearing assists, please let us know the results. The loop was installed throughout the church except for several pews to the left of the Gospel-side aisle toward the rear. All other areas of the nave are covered. The contractor was Metro Sound Pros of Washingtonville, working with our architects, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, of Albany. Dean Vang, the Wardens, Vestry, Building Committee, and all of us are grateful for the parish’s support of last August’s fundraiser, which made this improvement possible. Thanks be to God!

Weekly Service Bulletin

Weekly Service Bulletin for June 25, 2017 The 3rd Sunday After Pentecost

Service bulletins can also be found here

Annual Parish Meeting – January 31st

The Annual Parish meeting was held on Tuesday, January 31st at 7pm in the church following the 6:30pm service.

Revised Parish Bylaws will be discussed

Overview of Bethesda Parish Bylaws

Bethesda Parish Bylaws

Christian Education 2016 – 2017

Printable version of the Christian Education Schedule

Easter Term

June 4                                                         Classes

June 11                                                       Recognition Sunday

 

New Vestments

These beautiful new vestments were blessed, sanctified and consecrated on August 14, 2016.  The Dalmatic, Tunicle and Stole are given in memory of Ruth A. and Mitchell I. Solenski.

New Vestments

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

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