Stained Glass Window Restoration

Protective glass and better ventilation for our priceless Tiffany and other stained glass windows was installed May 8 – 10, 2017 on the north (Washington Street) side of the church. Lamb Studios’ craftsmen worked diligently Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to complete this project, which was supported by last August’s Building Fund party.

The narthex was the site of the work table, stencil-making, glass cutting, taping and staging. Scaffolding was erected above the front steps, and craftsmen Jay and Joseph executed the project with great care and expertise.

Many thanks to all who supported last August’s fundraiser, and who continue to support Bethesda’s Capital Campaign. And thanks be to God for the gift of craftsmanship and artistry that has enhanced our worship here for nearly two centuries.

Partial view of a Tiffany window showing ventilation aperture created week of May 8 by Lamb Studio crew.

 

 

New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House – May 20 and 21

Bethesda is part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.  The theme  of the tour is Stained Glass and Bethesda will be open on Saturday May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for tours. Worship services on Sunday are at 7:30, 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

The “Sacred Sites Open House Weekend”  Celebrates the Art, Architecture, and History of New York’s Diverse Houses of Worship.

The Landmark Conservancy’s seventh annual “Sacred Sites Open House” is when religious institutions throughout New York State open their doors to the public, giving visitors a glimpse inside many of New York’s remarkable churches and synagogues and an opportunity to view the artistic treasures housed in these wonderful sacred sites. Over 170 religious sites statewide will participate in the weekend. Congregations will also showcase the cultural and social service programs they provide to the wider community with special tours, concerts, food fairs, and other events. This year’s theme, Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next will highlight the extraordinary works of American stained glass masters, as well as prominent European artists and studios that can be discovered in these magnificent houses of worship.

Just this month, six of Bethesda’s finest stained glass windows, including three signed Tiffanys, were expertly restored and secured. On-site volunteers will be able to show these fascinating restoration features to visitors and media during the designated times.

 

Preservation Foundation Historic Homes Tour

Bethesda volunteers greeted 226 visitors during Saturday’s Historic Homes Tour, organized by the Preservation Foundation. Special guests included SSPF director Samantha Bosshart, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and Christopher Flagg, director of historic sites for NYS. We gave everyone lots of information about our history and our future.

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.

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.

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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