Sharecropper Project Crop Blessing

A few members of the congregation gathered at the site of our crop of wheat on Wednesday, July 8 to share a blessing by Pastor Roy for a good harvest.  It is anticipated that the crop will likely be harvested in about two weeks, depending on the weather.  Our Sharecropper Project supports the work of…

Did You Know #7

It is hard to conceive that our congregation has been serving the Unionville/Markham community for 225 years. It was exactly this time of year, “just before Christmas we got under way to our land”, that the founding fathers of our congregation moved onto their new lands in Markham Township. It was not easy but our…

Did You Know #6

It was a great event when Bethesda was able to dedicate its new and renovated facilities on October 31, 1993 after three years of construction. The supervisory roll was handled by a committee of three: Gerhard Schickedanz was the chairman and negotiated all of the construction contracts, Lionel Dawson was the onsite construction supervisor as…

Did You Know #5?

2019 is Bethesda’s 225th Anniversary! Following the end of WWII, in the early 1950’s, Bethesda saw an influx of Lutherans from Europe. In fact Bethesda supported several German speaking immigrant families who came to the Markham/Unionville community. Membership was on the rise and Bethesda was encouraged by the Eastern Synod in the 1960’s to consider…

Did You Know #4?

2019 is Bethesda’s 225th Anniversary! After Rev. Fishburn retired in 1879 the congregation was served by a series of short term pastors:  Rev. Rebir, Rev E. Ritter, Rev. J. F. Bruch, Rev Schumann, Rev Stauffer and Rev. Jacob Mauer.  It is believed that, in order to attract a longer term minister, a new parsonage was…

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…

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…

Celebrating 15 Years of Support

  Shown here is the writing of the cheque to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the 2016 Sharecropper project of Bethesda Congregation.  Arthur Schickedanz of Galten Farms, Unionville on the left, Lorne Smith, Project Co-ordinator and Glenn Schaeffer, Chairman of the Church Council are preparing a cheque for $35,515.74 that has been sent to CFGB….

Corn Roast and Campfire a Success

Our Corn Roast and Campfire was a great success.  The weather was wonderful, and the food plentiful and delicious, the entertainment enjoyable and the fellowship great.  The event was postponed from the scheduled date of Saturday, September 10 because of bad weather predicted, to Sunday September 18 at 4:00 pm.  The attendance was approximately eighty…