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 and staff.
Changes in pastoral ministry at Bethesda
Our chaplains strive to provide the same services they provided prior to COVID-19; however, they are serving people in a different manner. While they would prefer to minister in person, they are devoted to bringing quality spiritual care to our residents, tenants and staff in new ways. As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, the chaplains are resuming some of their in-person ministry with residents and tenants.
Instead of leading Worship each Sunday with several hundred people in the chapel, Pastor Mary and Pastor Bill lead worship every Sunday to the community at-large. Each week, they record a worship service that is shown at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on Bethesda’s Facebook page and shared on Bethesda’s public YouTube channel for everyone to watch. Bulletins are distributed weekly to each Bethesda residential unit. To worship with our pastors on Sunday, or any day of the week, click on a date below:
Pastor’s Corner & Bible Study
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:
- Pastor Mary: July 13, 2020
- Pastor Bill: July 6, 2020
- Pastor Bill: June 29, 2020
- Pastor Mary: June 26, 2020
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 laugh along with Pastor Bill.
Hymns of Bethesda
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 returning. Our chaplains are trying to stay in touch with residents and tenants, and increase their ministry in new ways to provide spiritual care to all those who seek it.
- Our chaplains are conducting in-person visits with residents and tenants, as well as visits by telephone and through FaceTime for scripture readings, prayer, Bible study, and to share devotional materials.
- 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 the time being. 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.Contact us for more information