This annual fundraiser will be held Thursday, December 5 from 5-7pm. Stop by for dinner before heading out to the Victorian Streetwalk. Proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged teens in our community.
The Service League is hosting its ANNUAL POTLUCK SUPPER Saturday, October 26th at 5:30 to be held in Bethesda’s Parish House for the final time. To acknowledge all the good times and wonderful memories our parish has enjoyed through years in this meeting place, we are asking people to lend pictures of events held in …View full post
The annual meeting will begin after a Holy Eucharist at 6:30pm. Elections for new vestry members will be held. December 3, 2013 at 6:30pm.
The Service League is hosting its ANNUAL POTLUCK SUPPER Saturday, October 26th at 5:30 to be held in Bethesda’s Parish House for the final time. To acknowledge all the good times and wonderful memories our parish has enjoyed through years in this meeting place, we are asking people to lend pictures of events held in the Parish House. These pictures will be used in a slide collage that will be presented during the potluck dinner.
Do you have photos of past talent shows, spaghetti suppers, Bishop receptions, potluck suppers, fund raisers, Christmas pageants, Christmas bazaars, prayer shawl workshops, vestry meetings? If so, and if you would like them to be part of the presentation, please write your name on the back of the pictures and give them to Kathleen Anspach or Tom Moeller by October 12th. Tom will be creating the collage for us. If you have the ability to forward your pictures digitally to him at firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be helpful. If you have more than a few to share, Tom can also take CD or DVD images. This year’s Pot Luck Supper will be quite special. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an evening of reminiscing and fellowship.
The document below contains a meeting summary, including some slides and reference information, for the May 1 Parish Meeting. Dates for more smaller meetings are included on the last page. Please contact the church office if you would like to attend one of the meetings in a private home for location and directions.
My Dear People and Friends of Bethesda:
Holy Week begins and ends with a fanfare of joy and triumph: the entrance of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his eradication of sin and death at his Resurrection. Reflecting with our mind’s eye upon those who inaugurate this most sacred time in the Church Year is an exercise worthy of every effort. For there we see ourselves in varieties of expression. Curiosity seekers. Those in a hurry to be the first to see what people are saying. Doubters, tag-alongs.. Worshipers, frequent and infrequent alike, seeking a sign. Visitors, tourists. Do you see yourself?
Between March 24 and March 31, we, at Bethesda, will make together five processions, each with unique distinction:
- bearing blessed branches of palm, Hosanna;
- accompanying Our Lord on his way to Calvary;
- witnessing the transfer of his Body to a place of repose to pray and watch with him;
- coming one by one to kiss the feet of the Crucified;
- and announcing to the community of Saratoga Springs and the world that Christ is risen.
These are more than simply liturgical niceties. They unite us with the saints in heaven. In his reflections, Saint Bernard once expressed, The holy living creatures will drop feathers from their wings, and the four and twenty elders will cast their crowns before the throne of the Lamb; and all the angelic powers will ascribe and attribute to him wholly, whatsoever they possess of honor and glory.
Holy Week is no time for passivity or nonchalance. Approach it with a commitment of dedication and renewal for the battle won for you and for me by the Lamb that was slain. Psalm 42 is helpful:
As the deer longs for the water-brooks,
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;
when shall I appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my food day nad night,
while all day long they say to me,
“Where now is your God?
I pour out my soul when I think on these things:
how I went with the multitude and led them into the
house of God.
With my blessing,
The Very Reverend Marshall J. Vang