Giving

The Vestry of Bethesda endorses the Scriptural concept of a Tithe and asks that parishioners endeavor to give back to God a portion of their income as a means of expressing gratitude to God and furthering His work among us, the community and the world.


Memorials and Thank Offerings

Altar Flowers

Altar flowers may be given either as a memorial or a thank offering.  Flowers may be placed on the altar at any time except during Lent and Advent Sundays. The Posie Peddler is the official florist of Bethesda Church.  The cost for two vases at the High Altar is $60.00; requests for special flowers may increase your offering.  Two donors may share the expense.  Noon on Wednesday is the deadline for requesting Sunday or Holy Day arrangements. Flowers may be arranged by calling the parish office at 518-584-5980.

Eucharistic Elements

Memorial or thank offerings for bread and altar wine are usually given on a monthly basis and cover such expenses both at Bethesda as well as the Homes of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs and Wilton.  A gift of $25.00 is requested.  Please notify the parish office no later than one week before the end of each  month.

Candles

A way to remember a loved one near the anniversary of his or her death is to purchase the Aumbrey Candle in memory of the deceased. The Aumbrey Candle is kept alight at all times and represents the presence of God in the Church. The Aumbrey Candle burns in the sanctuary of the church near the Aumbrey, which houses the reserved sacarament. For more information on making a memorial donation of the Aumbrey Candle, please call the parish office: 518-584-5980.

Flowering of the Pascal Candle

Another way to remember a loved one near the anniversary of his or her death is to purchase the flowers that surround the Pascal Candle at Eastertime in memory of the deceased. For more information on this memorial, please call the parish office: 518-584-5980.

Advent Wreath

Another way to remember a loved one near the anniversary of his or her death is to purchase the Advent Wreath in memory of the deceased. For more information on this memorial, please call the parish office: 518-584-5980.

Wills & Society

If you would like to leave a gift in your will to Bethesda, please contact the office at (518) 584-5980.

Thomas T. Parke Music Fund

Rev. Canon Thomas T. Parke
Photo by David Elias

The Rev. Canon Thomas T. Parke was Rector of Bethesda Episcopal Church from Epiphany 1968 through Epiphany, 2012.  In recognition of the music program he helped build, a fund was established in his name to help further the musical growth of the Schola Cantorum, Treble Choir, Concert Series and other music in the church.

Donations may be made to the Music Fund by contacting the church office at (518) 584-5980.