When Father James Harlan accepted the position as rector at Palm Beach’s historic Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, he thought he’d be spending more time talking about God than money. And he does. Barely.
The church is a business and like any business — even one that attracts A-listers like Michael Jordan, who was married there April 27, and fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer, who was eulogized there the week before — the last few years have presented unique financial challenges.
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The Episcopal Church Bethesda-by-the-Sea
Where: 141 S. County Road at Barton Ave., Palm Beach.
Services: 8, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. The 11 a.m. service is broadcast live online each week.
Weekday services: 8 a.m. Tuesday and 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Church Lecture Tours: 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Newcomer Orientation: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, in the Guild Room. To sign up, call Marjo at 561- 655-4555, Ext. 32, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office and garden hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Info: 561-655-4554; bbts.org