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Ash Wednesday

When one thinks deeply about it, it is indeed an amazing sight to behold. Babes in arms, infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly come before the altar and ash is placed on their foreheads.  As the cruciform ash is put on the foreheads the words, “Remember, from ash you are and to ash you…

Of Snow and Sunshine

The new year breaks with frigid temperatures sweeping across the country. Thankfully, so far, the first days of the new year also were for the most part bathed in bright sunshine and blue skies.  In a symbolic way these two things foreshadow what 2018 holds for most people.  The year stretches before us with its…

2017 Sharecropper Project Update

Once again we have had a successful growing project with Galten Farms. Located at Warden Avenue and Stouffville Road the 50 acre soft red winter wheat crop was harvested at the end of July and generated 152.74 tonnes or 112 bushels per acre. Great crop considering the spring and summer growing seasons we had. At…

Bethesda Participates in Doors Open

Bethesda church and cemetery will be on show in the 2017 Doors Open Markam event.  This is not the first time Bethesda will be part of this important cultural event which gives people from near and far the opportunity to visit and learn about important entities which have historical and cultural significance because of their…

Women’s Fellowship Potluck

The Women’s Fellowship will resume their meetings on Tuesday, September 26 with a potluck dinner.  The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm in the church hall. All women of the congregation are invited to attend this social event.

Post Easter Concert

Bethesda is hosting a post Easter Concert on Saturday, May 27th at 7:00 pm.  The concert will feature the musical talents of members and friends of the congregation, including many of our young people.  There will be a time for those attending to participate in a sing along.  Following the concert, we will retire downstairs…

Refugee Sponsorship Info Night

There will be a presentation on refugee sponsorship on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm.  This presentation will take place at the Women’s Fellowship meeting.  An organization which works with refugees will make the presentation.  It promises to be an informative and interesting event.  The women invite everyone to attend.  Many congregations in the ELCIC…

Bethesda Opens Its Doors To Another Church

Stewardship is one of the cardinal principles of the Christian faith.  Good stewardship is exercising responsible management of the things with which God blesses us.  God blessed Bethesda with a beautiful church building.  The congregation strives to exercise good stewardship over its property by maintaining it well and making optimal use of it.  At present…

Markham-Unionville Ecumenical Lenten Services

The Markham-Unionville Ministerial will once again hold their Ecumenical Lenten services on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm during the season of Lent.  This year’s services will have the general theme of “The Sola Power of the Christian Faith”.  The theme is tied in to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Some watchwords emerging out of…

Some Sober Reflections

Annual Congregational Meetings (ACM) are important events in the life of any congregation.  They are times for taking stock of past performance and charting the way forward.  These are challenging times for churches.  Changing cultural values, expectations and priorities are influencing peoples’ commitment to church.  Culture is not only competing with church for peoples’ time,…