Bethesda Christmas 2016 – 2017

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

 4:00 P.M.                       Family Eucharist with the Blessing of the Crech

10:00 P.M.                      Music of the Nativity

10:30 P.M.                      Solemn Eucharist with the Great Procession

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

8:30 A.M.                        Morning Prayer

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist with Hymns

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 1

8:30 A.M.                        Morning Prayer

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist with Hymns

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Friday, January 6

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist

Bethesda Newsletter – December 2016

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

Decorate the Church for Christmas – December 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, December 18, to decorate the church for Christmas.  We will be gathering in the sanctuary after the children’s Christmas Pageant that follows the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  (Approximately 1:00 p.m.)  Help is needed to erect the tall trees, place garland, greens, flowers and arrange the beautifully newly restored creche.  Special thanks go to Betsy Cummins and Lewis Bruce for their work on this project.  Bruce Solenski will be coordinating the decorating and has asked people to bring donations of evergreens to the church on the 18th.  If you are able to join us please bring your pruners and contact Mark anspach to volunteer your services.

Christian Education 2016 – 2017

Printable version of the Christian Education Schedule

All Saints’ Term

December 4, 11                                          Classes

December 18                                              Christmas Pageant

January 1                                                     No classes

Epiphany Term

January 8                                                     Classes

January 15                                                   No classes

January 22, 29, February 5, 12               Classes

February 19                                                 No classes

February 26                                                 Classes

Lent Term

March 5, 12, 19, 26                                    Classes

April 2,9                                                       Classes

Easter Term

April 16                                                        Easter Egg Hunt

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.

 

Bethesda Christmas 2016 – 2017

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

 4:00 P.M.                       Family Eucharist with the Blessing of the Crech

10:00 P.M.                      Music of the Nativity

10:30 P.M.                      Solemn Eucharist with the Great Procession

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

8:30 A.M.                        Morning Prayer

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist with Hymns

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 1

8:30 A.M.                        Morning Prayer

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist with Hymns

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Friday, January 6

9:00 A.M.                        Holy Eucharist

Bethesda Newsletter – December 2016

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

Decorate the Church for Christmas – December 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, December 18, to decorate the church for Christmas.  We will be gathering in the sanctuary after the children’s Christmas Pageant that follows the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  (Approximately 1:00 p.m.)  Help is needed to erect the tall trees, place garland, greens, flowers and arrange the beautifully newly restored creche.  Special thanks go to Betsy Cummins and Lewis Bruce for their work on this project.  Bruce Solenski will be coordinating the decorating and has asked people to bring donations of evergreens to the church on the 18th.  If you are able to join us please bring your pruners and contact Mark anspach to volunteer your services.

Christian Education 2016 – 2017

Printable version of the Christian Education Schedule

All Saints’ Term

December 4, 11                                          Classes

December 18                                              Christmas Pageant

January 1                                                     No classes

Epiphany Term

January 8                                                     Classes

January 15                                                   No classes

January 22, 29, February 5, 12               Classes

February 19                                                 No classes

February 26                                                 Classes

Lent Term

March 5, 12, 19, 26                                    Classes

April 2,9                                                       Classes

Easter Term

April 16                                                        Easter Egg Hunt

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.

 

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.

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