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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.

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…

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…