At Bethesda, we strive to enrich all aspects of life for those we care for, including body, mind and spirit. The Mission of Chaplaincy, through Christian faith, is to foster hope and integrity in residents 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. While their ministry work has changed during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they continue to offer spiritual care to residents, tenants and staff.
Bethesda strives to achieve a well-rounded ministry with our residents and tenants. Given the Minnesota Department of Health restrictions Bethesda must follow, the chaplains have thoughtfully adjusted their approach to ministry and modified how they bring quality spiritual care to Bethesda.
Instead of leading Worship each Sunday with several hundred people gathered in Carrie’s Chapel at Bethesda Grand, Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill lead worship from a distance. Each week, they record a worship service that is shown at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on Bethesda’s Facebook page and shared to Bethesda’s public YouTube channel for residents, staff and the community to view. The worship service and other 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. In addition, bulletins are distributed weekly to each Bethesda residential unit.
Join our pastors for Worship on Sunday, or any day of the week that works for you, by clicking on a date below:
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 30-40 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 to watch Pastor’s Corner:
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.”
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. Join Pastor Bill in song with his collection of Hymns of Bethesda. 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:
As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, in-person pastoral care and some forms of ministry are resuming at Bethesda. Our chaplains are working to stay in touch with residents and tenants, and are increasing their ministry in new ways to provide spiritual care to all those who seek it.
- Both Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill continue to have visits withe residents, checking in with them and offering Scripture, prayer and devotional materials. Our chaplains are able to visit with residents and tenants in-person, as well as by telephone and FaceTime, to address concerns, to pray, or for Bible study.
- Bethesda distributes “Our Daily Bread” devotional books to each resident who desires one.
- Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill are working both at Bethesda and from home. For pastoral information or assistance, please contact our chaplains by email at email@example.com, 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 24 area churches including Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist. To learn more, visit our Member Churches page.Contact us for more information