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2011-01-02 January 2 Bulletin


Our Church Family

We rejoice with Adam and Tessa Weenink and the family with the birth of Isaac at home on December 23rd. We thank our God for the wonder of this gift of new life and trust his gracious care for Isaac.

Congratulations to Helena Kits and Jenny Bajema as each will celebrate their birthday on Monday. Helena will be 76 and Jenny will be 83. Wishing you both a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings!

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Ann Vander Wal,

Tilly Biel and Lea Dykstra

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, January 9th

We welcome Pastor Peter Sluys to lead the morning worship and August Luymes to lead our evening worship. Pastor Mike is in Ontario visiting his mother.

Intentional Giving

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Proverbs 3:9.

Today, you will find a pledge card in your mailbox to help you review your giving to the church for the coming year. We ask that you take the time to go over your intentional giving for 2011, keeping in mind the blessings that God has given. Thank you from the Deacons

Coffee Break & Story Hour 

begins again this coming Wednesday, January 5th at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. With the new year, we begin a new study from the Old Testament on Judges. If this is the year you resolve to get back into your devotional routine, then this is the perfect time to get into a weekly Bible study. Encouragement, love, and fellowship from other women is what you will experience. See you Wednesday and the coffee will be ready!

Ladies, there will be a Craft day 

this coming Saturday, January 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Council room downstairs. Ladies attending may call Laura Duckett at 403-784-3270 by Thursday. Thank you!

Bethel Cadet Bottle and Battery Drive:

The Bethel Cadets will be holding a bottle and battery drive on Saturday, January 8th. If anyone would like to donate your bottles or batteries to us, you can drop them off at Herman Scholing’s shop on January 8th after 8:30 a.m. or make arrangements with one of the Cadet counselors for pick up service before this date. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Grant Zuidhof. Thank-you for your support.

Bethel Youth News

The next Youth Mexico Mission 

meeting will be on Thursday, January 6th at 7:00 pm. You should have received a schedule of all the meetings prior to the mission trip via your e-mail. Please attend all the meetings.

Denominational News

Prayer Guide 

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."—Colossians 4:2: A printable version of the January Prayer Guide for the agencies of the CRC is now available to download at www.crcna.org/pray.

myCRC Question of the Week

“Is being part of a denomination important? Why or why not?” This is just one of five questions on myCRC, a project to capture stories, experiences, and perspectives on being Christian Reformed. So far, we’ve collected some interesting responses on why denominations are or aren’t important today. See what others have written and share your responses at www.crcna.org/myCRC.

Announcements

Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited (Youth for Christ) 

Is looking for a person with bookkeeping/accounting skills, who is proficient in QuickBooks, Excel, Outlook and the use of web based software. This position is part-time - two half days per week in the Lacombe office with the potential opportunity to expand to half time with added administrative responsibilities. Must be organized and detailed, and able to work independently. Closing date is January 14, 2011. Please submit your resume to info@wolfcreekyfc.com or mail it to Box 5392 Lacombe, AB T4L 1X1.

The Persecuted Church

Nigeria 

At least 38 people were killed in deadly bomb attacks in northern and central Nigeria over the Christmas weekend. On December 24th, four explosions went off in two Christian neighbourhoods in the city of Jos, Plateau State. More than 28 people were seriously injured in the blasts. Christians were also attacked in Borno state on Christmas Eve when heavily armed militants set a church on fire. The church's pastor and four elders were burnt to death. The Islamists also shot and killed three church members outside the building. Islamists had reportedly been threatening to disrupt the Christian celebrations in Jos. On December 28th, members of the Boko Haram Islamist group posted a statement on their website, claiming responsibility for the attacks. Both regions of Nigeria have seen deadly violence between Muslims and Christians in recent years. Ask God to comfort those affected by these attacks. Pray God's peace will reign throughout Nigeria. Pray Christians will respond with Christ-like love, not retaliation to these attacks and Nigerian Christians will draw near to God and rely on Him to equip them to stand for Him, even in a climate of violence.

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