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 April 23, 2017 The 2nd Sunday of Easter

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

Bethesda Newsletter – April 2017

turtle

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 April 23, 2017 The 2nd Sunday of Easter

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

April 16                                                       No classes

April 23, 30                                                 Classes

May 7, 14, 21                                             Classes

May 28                                                        No classes

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

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.

 

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