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2019 Sharecropper Project

The beans are in the ground and growing.  Bethesda Lutheran Church in its 225 year is again sponsoring a Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project thanks to Galten Farms and the Schickedanz Family. This will be the 18th year for our project. It has been a slow start because of the delayed spring planting season but…

No Scents Make Sense

The sign was placed in a prominent placed where only the most distracted or unobservant could miss. It said “No Scents Make Sense”. The sign was displayed at a public forum. It was a plea on behalf of people who are asthma and migraine sufferers. Scents trigger adverse health effects for these people in ways…

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…

Christ’s Death And Resurrection And Ours

On March 27th the strains of “Alleluia” will fill the air of churches around the world as Christians celebrate the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The message “He is risen” will sound forth in sermons, songs, scripture readings, and Easter greetings.  The celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead is one of the…

Lent – An Opportunity For Spiritual Renewal

Perhaps no other season in the church’s liturgical calendar offers opportunities for spiritual reflection as Lent does.  The joyous Alleluias of Christmas and Easter are more conducive to a spirit of celebration than reflection; though the two are not, by any means, mutually exclusive.  Pentecost day brings its own excitement with sounds of mighty rushing…

A Generous Church

Bethesda is a small congregation by any measure. Our membership on paper does not exceed two-hundred and twenty-five.   Our active membership is about one hundred and thirty. Technically, an active member is anyone who communes at least once a year.   In any six weeks period at least one hundred and fifteen of our members would…

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…

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…

Anniversary Ordination Reflections

The wonderful privileges of the pastor Being a pastor and working in the context of a parish is truly a wonderful thing. Without a doubt the ministry is filled with challenges, and has its fair share of trials and tribulations. This is equally true for every other area of work. The difference is that the…

Creating Good Memories

Memories are some of the best gifts life gives us. Memories, especially good ones, like good restaurants, are places we return to over and over because of the pleasure they give. When we gather with family, good friends, long-time work colleagues or childhood neighbours conversations somehow revolve around memories of the “good old days”. Memories…