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Thinking the Future

Many congregations in the ELCIC, and this is true for the mainline churches, face an uncertain future. In fact the only future many congregations face is that they have no future. They will die. These congregations were once vibrant centres of mission and ministries. Now for various reasons they will cease to exist. There are…

Lucky Money

In 1998 the Markham Village Conservancy(MVC) was formed with the express purpose of having the Markham Train Station restored. They needed to raise a large sum of money to begin this project. Don Reesor, an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, came to a meeting of the York Chapter of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society (He…

Flowers For Worship

Have you ever wondered about the flowers on the altar for worship services?  There are three faithful altar guild people who supply the flowers every week.  A suggestion was put forward at the Annual Congregational Meeting that others may be desirous of contributing flowers for the worship services.  Well here is your opportunity. A fund just…

The Fountain of Youth

It was a youth fellowship meeting evening. I sat at the computer as they trickled in, first one, then another and then…. I made small talk with them about the freezing weather and school. Other youths arrived and the buzz of conversation increased. The excited conversations continued with words and exclamations that are understandable only…

Shining in the Darkness

Falling trees, broken branches and blown transformers conspired to deprive us of electricity at the church from Sunday, 22nd to Thursday, 26th December. Those were cold, long days and dark nights. Service was cancelled for Sunday, 22nd December. That was the day our Sunday Church School planned to put on their pageant. So the pageant…

It’s A New Year – So What?

It is a new year, and it is a big deal, that is what. Many people do not place much significance to the dawning of a new year. As far as they are concerned it is just the inevitable result of the inexorable ticking hand of the clock. Therefore, the day that ushers in a…

New Year’s Greeting

From Pastor Roy and Council Greetings for a blessed, peaceful, healthy and happy New Year to all members and friends of Bethesda. Despite the power outages, Christmas was great. There were opportunity for worship, ample food, time with family and friends, and by God’s grace, His comfort, presence and strength for those who were and…

2013 Sharecropper Project Report

Bethesda can be proud of its support of the 2013 Sharecropper Project.  A total of $41,642 has been sent to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank headquarters in Winnipeg!  Many thanks to Arthur Schickedanz (Galten Farms), St. John’s United Church in Oakville, Faithlife Financial, the private donor and all members who contributed.  This $41,642 translates into over…

A Christmas Message

A Christmas Message Dear Friends, It is with great joy, inspired by the spirit and meaning of Christmas, that Alice and I extend to you and your family greetings for a blessed , peaceful and joyous Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is undoubtedly one of joy, goodwill, peace, hope and generosity. It is palpably evident…

Sound System

Bethesda will shortly install a sound system in the church.  The sound system will address certain situations that have become evident for a while now.   A few of our members find it difficult to hear everything that is said in the service; whether it be the sermon, reading of the lessons, the liturgy or announcements….