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.
The Bethesda congregation was once made up mainly of members involved in agriculture and farming. The growing project this year was a fifty acre field of soybeans on Warden Avenue and Stouffville Road. Arthur Schickedanz and Galten Farms are the last of the farmers in the Bethesda Congregation. The crop profits were supplemented by donations from two congregation events this fall: a BBQ and Corn Roast at the Smith home and a Sharecropper Dinner at the church. Also, the project receives support from St. John’s United Church in Oakville, a major private donation and members of the congregation.
This is the fifteenth year of supporting the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Over this period the Sharecropper project has donated a total of $379,797. With the matching Government of Canada funding this represents $1,892,000 of aid to those in need around the world.
Bethesda Lutheran Church and friends are proud supporters of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.