Bethesda Newsletter – April 2017


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

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.


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.

Memorial – Thank Offering Opportunity

We all enjoy the beautiful altar flowers! Please telephone the Parish Office if you would like to make a memorial or thank offering.


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