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Building News

Welcome to Building News center, where you will find information about Bethesda’s new parish house and community center.

The new parish house, to be located adjacent to the church on Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, will be a center for parish fellowship, study, administrative offices and music ministry.

We will also welcome and provide a housing resource for members of the wider community, in keeping with Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, when you have done it to one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.”

To that end, the Vestry has authorized the incorporation of Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc., a non-profit organization that will coordinate and manage accommodations for 40 or more individuals in need. Our plan is to partner with locally-based organizations that need housing for individuals who are suffering from various disabilities, including alcohol or substance use disorders, mental illness or developmental disabilities, as well as race track backstretch workers needing recovery and recuperation. More information about Mercy House can be found at

We are not at the finish line yet.  Our partnerships are in place.  Mercy House is being established, and a board of directors will be appointed and organized.  A capital funding appeal is planned, reaching out to the community to allow others to support the Mercy House mission.

Building Committee Minutes provide a chronological account of the parish’s progress.

Capital Campaign news  will keep you up to date on our funding progress.

December 26, 2019 – Mercy House

Memo to the City of Saratoga Springs Zoning Officer regarding Mercy House

September 19th, 2018 – Vestry Resolution for Mercy House Bylaws

Vestry Resolution accepting Mercy House Bylaws

August 19th, 2018 – Address to the Congregation

Address to Bethesda Church’s Congregation by Sr. Warden Darren Miller

Building Committee Minutes

Minutes of the Building Committee Through September 2018, the Building Committee carried out the policies and directive of the Vestry concerning both the restoration of the church and also the development of the New Parish House and Community Center. Minutes of its meetings are below. In October 2018, the Vestry established Mercy House of Saratoga, …