Privacy Policy

Last updated: October 1, 2010

At Bethesda Lutheran Communities (“Bethesda”) we respect your privacy and want you to feel comfortable using our site as a method of communication with us. The purpose of this privacy policy is to explain how we use the information collected on our site and to assure you that any information you submit to us will be used only for its intended purpose.

We will never sell or disclose any personal information to anyone outside of Bethesda.

Information Collected on the Public Site

When you visit our public site, our servers automatically store the following information about your computer in log files:

  • Your IP address
  • Your browser and version
  • Your operating system
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The site from which you came (If you came from a search engine, the search words you used to find our site are also stored.)  

This information cannot be used to identify specific individuals, and is only used for:

  • Anonymous user analysis
  • Research and development

Information Collected on the Bethesda Community Site

We collect personal information when you register with the Bethesda Community, when you use Bethesda Community services, and when you visit Bethesda Community pages including the Advocacy Action Center page hosted by CapWiz. When you register we ask for information such as your name, email address, birth date, address and preferences information.  When you register and sign in, you are not anonymous to us.  Bethesda collects information about your activities on the Bethesda Community pages.  Bethesda uses information for the following general purposes: to customize content you see, to fulfill your requests for services, to improve our services, and to conduct research on improving the Bethesda Community.  We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information.  We have physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information about you.


When you use the online shopping cart in our Staff Development and Special Religious Education catalogs our site stores a temporary cookie in your browser's memory. The cookie acts as an ID tag to let our server know who you are so it can manage and remember your information (i.e. the items you have put into your shopping cart) while you shop.

The cookie simply tells our site where to locate your temporary information on the server. No one can examine the cookie in your browser's memory to find your personal information. When you exit your browser, the cookie is automatically expired and your information can no longer be accessed.

If you are using a public computer and are concerned about the privacy of your information after you are done shopping, make sure to exit the browser when you are finished. This will insure that your information will not be available to the next person to use the computer.

Security of Credit Card Information

When you order items from our site using a credit card, your credit card number is accepted and processed by VeriSign. All transactions between customers and VeriSign occur over connections that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts the information submitted. We do not reveal credit card numbers when confirming orders on our site or through e-mail.

Information You Submit

When you place an order, make a donation, register for a workshop, request information or submit a resume on our site, we do not sell or disclose your personal information to third parties. We do not add your e-mail address to any of our e-mail lists unless you specifically request that we do so.

E-mail Lists

E-mail addresses collected from subscriptions to Bethesda E-mail services are not sold or disclosed to any third parties.

The e-mail addresses collected for Bethesda E-mail services are only used by Bethesda to send out the subscribed E-mail service. 

As a subscriber to a Bethesda E-mail service you will not receive any e-mails you did not request.  You can unsubscribe from any Bethesda E-mail service at any time by clicking the User Email Preferences link at the bottom of every Bethesda E-mail.

Children's Privacy

Currently, we do not collect any personal information about visitors to the Youth section of our site.


As we add new content and functionality to our site, our privacy policy will be revised to include details about the use of any new information being collected. Any revisions to our policy will not reduce the amount of protection offered to visitor information collected in the past.  Please review our policy frequently to ensure that you have the most current information.

If you have any questions about this policy please contact us at:

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc.
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094

Phone: 1-800-369-4636