About

Dean Marshall J. Vang
Interim Rector

Rector’s Greeting

Extending the Resurrection remains at the heart of the Christian faith and life. You are about to open a doorway to a myriad of ways in and through which Bethesda could bring you closer to the Lord of heaven and earth. Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Saint John, welcomed all sorts and conditions of humanity to a pool where a current of refreshing water would both soothe and restore.

It is in this spirit of refreshment and community that we invite you to Bethesda Church. Worship is most important to us. Founded before the official establishment of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, this parish fostered worship and mission distinguished by its incarnational character. Whether it be before the High Altar on Sunday morning or upon the streets of Saratoga Springs, Jesus’ taking of our humanity upon himself, clothing us with his divinity, serves to define our ministry and purpose.

This house of mercy, the translation from the Greek of the word Bethesda, welcomes you to share our love for Christ and each other. Please enjoy this website. I am certain there is something contained herein that will draw you nearer and nearer to the Author and Giver of Life. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang, Interim Rector

 

Contact

Please feel free to contact our clergy or office staff with your questions or concerns.

Mission

As members of Bethesda, our responsibility is to live and proclaim the word and deed of the Gospel. In the tradition of the Episcopal Church, we share and bear out witness to Christ; we seek to restore all people to unity with God and with each other by providing an environment which is positive, fertile, …

Join Bethesda

Becoming a member of Bethesda requires regular attendance and support of the church. If you are interested in becoming a member, either contact our office at (518)584-5980, notify an usher or greeter after church, or fill out the online form below. Once you become a member, we will add you to our mailing list. I …

Vestry

The vestry is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry has fiduciary responsibility for budgeting to achieve these plans and goals and for taking care of the building and grounds.  The group meets monthly to discuss the goals and programs of the church and to …

Vestry Minutes

2017 October 18, 2017 Vestry Minutes September 20, 2017 Vestry Minutes August 16, 2017 Vestry Minutes June 21, 2017 Vestry Minutes June 21, 2017 Capital Campaign Analysis May 17, 2017 Vestry Minutes April 19, 2017 Vestry Minutes March 29, 2017 Vestry Minutes 2017 Budget January 31, 2017 Annual Meeting January 19, 2017 Vestry Minutes 2016 …

Bylaws

The Parish Bylaws define the rules of governance by which we work together in Christian community. Bethesda Parish Bylaws adopted January 18 2017

Visiting Bethesda

There is no on-site parking at Bethesda, however free parking garages and street parking are available. See here for a list of parking options in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Toward a Third Century

Bethesda: Toward a Third Century In the early 19th Century, Christian residents of Saratoga Springs began meeting as the Society of Protestant Episcopalians using forms of worship authorized by the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States. Within several years, this witness was affirmed with the incorporation in 1830 of Bethesda Episcopal Church. In the …

Newsletter Archive

The Voice Newsletter April 2017 Newsletter February 2017 Newsletter December 2016 Newsletter October 2016 Newsletter August 2016 Newsletter June 2016 Newsletter April 2016 Newsletter February 2016 Newsletter December 2015 Newsletter October 2015 Newsletter August 2015 Eleison Archive Christmas Parish Newsletter 2015 Easter Parish Bulletin 2015 Lenten Parish Newsletter 2015 Christmas Parish Newsletter 2014 October 2013 …