At Bethesda, spiritual care is an important part of the care we provide, as we strive to enrich all aspects of life for those we serve, including body, mind and spirit. The Mission of Chaplaincy, through Christian faith, is to foster hope and integrity in residents, tenants and staff by attention to Word, sacrament and visitation in partnership with staff, families and parishes.
Bethesda employs two non-denominational, pastoral care chaplains, Pastor Mary Hovland and Pastor Bill Miller, who are trained, certified, and called by the church for work in a long-term care setting. The chaplains work in partnership with residents, tenants, their family and parish.
Pastoral ministry at Bethesda
While the chaplains’ ministry work has changed during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they continue to offer spiritual care to residents, tenants and staff. To read about the role our chaplains serve in the overall healthcare Bethesda provides, click here.
Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill record a weekly worship service in Carrie’s Chapel at Bethesda Grand that is shown at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on Bethesda’s Facebook page and shared to Bethesda’s public YouTube channel for the community to view. The worship service and other spiritual care videos also are available for Bethesda residents to watch on Channel 900 on their own TV. Each pastor preaches two times a month, sharing God’s Word through scripture readings and song. Bulletins are distributed weekly to each Bethesda residential unit.
Click on a date below, to watch a Sunday worship service:
Pastor’s Corner: Bible study and music
During Pastor’s Corner, our chaplains spend time studying the Bible and delving deeper into God’s Word. These videos, which include prayer, scripture readings, reflection, and hymn singing, are about 40 minutes.
The Pastor’s Corners listed below, and previously recorded ones, are posted publicly on Bethesda’s YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy.
Click on a date below, to watch Pastor’s Corner:
Christmas Hymns of Bethesda
Pastor Bill and Pastor Mary are recording packets of Christmas hymns, singing songs from Bethesda’s hymnal. Each packet is a collection of Christmas songs with a common theme, as we wait and prepare during this Advent season for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 21: The Prophets
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 22: The Angels
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 23: The Baby
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 24: Story 1
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 25: Story 2
- Christmas Hymns of Bethesda 26: General
Music is an important and integral part of ministry and worship. Many residents, tenants and their family members enjoy singing hymns, whether it’s new ones they haven’t heard or old favorites that they love. Pastor Bill has recorded 20 packets of hymns from Bethesda’s hymnal. Listen to, watch, and sing along with each collection of hymns (there are 20 groups of hymns in all) by clicking on a link below:
- Hymns of Bethesda 19
- Hymns of Bethesda 20
- Hymns of Bethesda 21*
- Hymns of Bethesda 22*
- Hymns of Bethesda 23*
- Hymns of Bethesda 24*
- Hymns of Bethesda 25*
- Hymns of Bethesda 26*
If you need a pick-me-up for the day or if you haven’t heard a good Ole and Lena joke in a while, Pastor Bill shares funny (clean) jokes and amusing stories titled, Holy Humor. Each video is about 10 minutes. Click on a link below to watch the video on our YouTube channel, and chuckle along with Pastor Bill, who demonstrates that laughter is good for the soul. Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine.”
Our chaplains stay in touch with residents and tenants, and they provide spiritual care to all those who seek it.
- Both Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill continue to visit with residents and tenants, and lead them in prayer and Bible studies in our different neighborhoods and buildings.
- Bethesda distributes “Our Daily Bread” devotional books to each resident who desires one.
- For pastoral information or assistance, please contact our chaplains by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (320) 214-5671.
Bethesda is a social ministry organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, affiliated through Lutheran Services in America and encourages individuals from all faiths and denominations to be a part of our center. Bethesda is supported by an ecumenical group of 25 area churches including Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist. To learn more, visit our Member Churches page.Contact us for more information