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2014 Sharecropper Project Report

Bethesda can be proud of its support of the 2014 project.  A total of $38,526 has been sent to 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 $38,526 translates into $192,630 of aid…

Quilting Group Did It Again

The group of dedicated women who gather at the church every other week to make quilts recently sent a shipment of their handiwork to CLWR headquarters.  CLWR sends them to parts of the world where they are needed the most. Quilting is hard but pleasurable work.  The women who gather to quilt are really engaged…

Yellow Brick House Donations

With the facilitation of Pat Neuman, Bethesda was able to donate a quantity of toys to the Yellow Brick House.  Bethesda has chosen the Yellow Brick House as its local outreach partner.  This organization does very good work among women and children who find themselves in urgent need of a safe and secure environment because of…

Old Tyme Christmas Parade

Bethesda participated in Unionville’s “Old Tyme Christmas” Candlelight Parade on Friday, December 5, 2014. This is the first time that Bethesda has participated in the winter evening parade.  We have participated in the summer parade for several years now. Bethesda, along with its sister congregation, St. Paul, presented a float depicting the Nativity of Our…

“We Care” Bags

Once again, Bethesda rose to the occasion and filled 50 “We Care” bags.  These bags are filled with school supplies and a toy by our members and will be distributed to children in various parts of the world, that are not as fortunate as ours.  This is a program of Canadian Lutheran World Relief.  We…

Stewardship

Say stewardship in the church and many people automatically think money. Stewardship is about money – but it is significantly more than just about money. The association of money primarily with stewardship has done a great disservice to this rich biblical concept. This association is perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the church…

EMIC SUNDAY

Bethesda will hold its third Every Member In Church(EMIC) Sunday service on November 23rd. This service is an occasion we hope will gather most, if not all, our members together in one service. For several and various reasons many of our members are unable to attend worship services as often as they wish. On the…

The Reformation—History, Our Story

Every year as October comes around it seems almost natural for Lutherans to let their minds turn to thoughts of the Reformation. Though the Reformation did not begin and end with Martin Luther, nor was he the only reformer, his is the figure that stands out when one thinks of the Reformation. This is especially…

Doors Open At Bethesda

In September’s Banner we reported that Bethesda would participate in this year’s Markham “Doors Open”. On September 27 the church was opened to the public between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. In that time one hundred and forty(140) people visited Bethesda. They were given a guided tour of the church. Also, they were given a…

Maintenance Works Continues

Bethesda places much emphasis on maintaining its property. This is good stewardship. In the past weeks the Property Committee was busy meeting, planning and effecting work on the church’s property. At present work is going on at the western side of the church. Water was seeping into the church hall from this area. The water…