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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…

Hymn Fest

The Music and Worship Committee will host its next Hymn Fest on Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 pm. These sing-a-longs are informal affairs at which we sing hymns, especially the old ones and gospels.  Interesting snippets of background information is shared of the hymns, their composers, tunes and tune writers.  These are pleasant evenings of…

2019 Sharecropper Dinner

Bethesda’s annual Sharecropper Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 3 at 5:00 pm, following our 225th Anniversary Service.  Special envelopes will be available to make your contribution to the Sharecropper Project fund.  All funds raised in our Sharecropper Project are sent to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank where they are matched by the Canadian Government…

225th Anniversary Service

Bethesda will hold a special service to celebrate its 225th anniversary.  The service will be on Sunday, November  3 at 3.00 pm.    Rev. Dr, Michael Pryse, Bishop of the Eastern Synod of ELCiC will be our guest preacher and special guest. Please note, there will be no morning service at Bethesda this Sunday and…

Confirmation Sunday

We congratulate three young people, Nolan Isa, Larissa Smith, and Ella Wang, who will be confirmed this Sunday, October 27 at the 10:30 AM worship service. This is also Reformation Sunday. Don’t forget to wear something red.

Special Women’s & Men’s Fellowship

There will be a special fellowship event this Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker is The Reverend Eric Schultz, Chaplain at  South Lake Hospital. The topic will be on “Loss and  Grief”. Everyone is invited to attend.   

Crop Harvested

Our Sharecropper Project crop of soybeans was harvested on Monday, October 14, Thanksgiving Day. How appropriate! Stay tuned for details on the crop yield. We are also thankful to our Sharecropper Project partner St. John’s United Church in Oakville for their generous donation of $9000 towards the project.

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…

Women’s Fellowship Potluck

The Women’s Fellowship will resume their meetings for the fall season on Tuesday, September 24th with a potluck dinner.  The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm in the church hall. All women of the congregation are invited to attend this social event.

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…