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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…

Annual Corn Roast and Campfire

Our Annual Corn Roast and Campfire will be on Saturday, September 14th at 5:30 pm.  We thank the Smith Family for again hosting the event at their farm on McCowan Road.  Along with fresh corn on the cob, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs.  This event, which has been part of our social calendar…

Cake and Bake Sale

Bethesda is holding a Cake and Bake Sale on Saturday September 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in conjunction with Doors Open Markham. The church will be open for guided tours. The bake sale will be outside under a tent beside the parking lot. A selection of cakes, cookies, squares, and other goodies will…

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…

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…

Flowers Flowers Flowers

Do you have flowers in your garden that you would like to showcase? The Altar Guild would appreciate donations over the summer months for the Altar. Please contact any member of the Altar Guild if you wish to donate your own fresh flowers or if you wish to sponsor flowers for some Sunday of personal…

Community Awareness Events

Bethesda is hosting a series of community awareness events open to all in the community.     The next event is June 25th on the topic of Keeping Our Neighbourhoods Safe and is in collaboration with the York Region Police Community Engagement and Well Being Bureau.  Please see below the details of this event: Topic:…