Our History

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…

225th Anniversary Concert

This year marks the 225th Anniversary of Bethesda Lutheran Church.  The first event planned to celebrate this milestone is a special music concert on Saturday May 4 at 7:00 pm.  The concert will feature the Men of Note Male Voice Choir and soloist Susan Ryman.  Also performing is a student quintet called Zero Gravity.  The…

Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday is October 28th.  On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg.  In his ninety-five theses Martin Luther brought to the attention of the church and general public the errors that plagued the church 500 years ago. This date, October 31st, is regarded as the…

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…