Bethesda Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a community of God’s baptized people gathered, called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ throughout greater New Haven. Centered in the grace of the Word and Sacrament received in our worship life, we commit ourselves to be a hospitable community, which nurtures learning and growth in faith and service. Through our life together we are encouraged and strengthened to offer our finest gifts as a daily witness to God’s reconciling love in Christ.Reconciling in Christ Bethesda welcomes gay and lesbian Christians and encourages their full participation in the sacramental and general life of our congregation.