The congregation of Bethesda-by-the-Sea has over the last century created a magnificent landmark structure and grounds which bless not only our own members; but also open to residents and visitors alike for worship, reflection, and peace. Creating and maintaining this remarkable physical plant requires capital investment. Special campaigns have been held over the decades to build, restore, and improve the buildings and grounds at Bethesda.
The main focus of capital funding is on the restoration of the exterior façade, necessitated by more than 90 years in south Florida’s salt air, and on creation of an endowment fund dedicated to ongoing preservation. Below is a video explaining the work that is being done.
The Current Restoration Project: More than $3.3 million committed toward $5 million need
Bethesda-by-the-Sea is structurally sound, but 90 years of proximity to the ocean caused serious leakage in the façade, with a breach in 2011 causing water to seep down the south wall of the nave. Restoration work began at once thanks to the generosity of several parishioners who banded together, created a $1 million challenge. Together we have received to date $2.7 million, with an additional $595,280 pledged to be received for this effort by 2016.
Leadership of this major gifts effort is continuing to support ongoing restoration. Believing strongly that funds must be on hand to pay for restoration before the work is undertaken, Bethesda is seeking $600,000 in current gifts to complete the cloisters, Parish Hall, and office wing, the last third of the restoration effort. If restoration must be suspended for a time, then additional costs may be incurred by having to re-install scaffolding and having to reassemble the current professional artisan team or having to put a new artisan team together. The good of the project and the stewardship of this remarkable landmark are best served if we are able to continue unabated and complete the full-face restoration process without interruption.
Nearly $1.5 million already committed toward a $10 million endowment need
Essential to long-term maintenance and repairs for the physical plant, and to the ability to direct significantly more operational dollars to mission and ministry, is the achievement of a $10 million vision for the Preservation Endowment at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Over $1.4 million in commitments have already been received, with more than $1 million of those commitments in hand and invested. Parish members not only are making generous current contributions for this purpose, they are also exploring planned giving options, ranging from bequests to trusts. These gifts secure the future of our mission and ministries and ensure the preservation of this extraordinary local landmark.
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Contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about ways of contributing to The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and the varied ministries here that your charitable gifts can support.