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…

No Parking Zone

The City of Markham has recently made some changes to street parking around the Bethesda neighbourhood.  The eastern side of Union Street and the north side of Euclid Avenue are now no parking zones.  This was done to allow easier access for emergency vehicles in the area. Some of our members park in those locations…

Fall Leaves

Growing up in Guyana we became acquainted with the season of autumn through the British education system. Autumn is called fall in North America, for obvious reasons. Called by any name it is beyond debate that it is a most beautiful season, some would say the most beautiful one. Many things make fall the beautiful…

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…

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…