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Did You Know #3?

2019 is Bethesda’s 225th Anniversary! Following the experience with Rev.V. P. Mayerhoffer in 1837, the church was only occasionally visited by Lutheran clergymen for the next eleven years. In 1846 a letter was addressed to the Ohio Synod in the USA, stating that “the field had been vacant for many years and the people were…

Annual Corn Roast and Campfire

Our Annual Corn Roast and Campfire will be on Saturday, September 14th at 5:30 pm.  We thank the Smith Family for again hosting the event at their farm on McCowan Road.  Along with fresh corn on the cob, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs.  This event, which has been part of our social calendar…

Cake and Bake Sale

Bethesda is holding a Cake and Bake Sale on Saturday September 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in conjunction with Doors Open Markham. The church will be open for guided tours. The bake sale will be outside under a tent beside the parking lot. A selection of cakes, cookies, squares, and other goodies will…

Did You Know #2?

2019 is Bethesda’s 225th Anniversary! Following a successful 9 year term that included the building of three churches, Rev. John D. Peterson left for Waterloo in 1828 because he did not get paid his full stipend. Thus the St. Phillips congregation was left without a German speaking pastor.  The congregation appealed to Bishop Strachan, Bishop…

Did You Know?

2019 is Bethesda’s 225th Anniversary! William and Charlotte Berczy led the first 67 families from Germany to Markham in 1794.  Christian (George) Sigmund Liebich came with them to minister to their spiritual needs.  This is the beginning of our Bethesda Congregation.  Pastor Liebich returned to Europe in 1802.  Several German speaking itinerate pastors served the…

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