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2013-12-29 December 29 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

Today’s offering is for Back to God Ministries International.

The offering on New Year’s Eve is for the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen. 

Loaves and Fishes work with staff, volunteers, and other agencies in the city of Red Deer to provide services, programs and solutions to minimize the suffering that is associated with addiction, homelessness, crisis trauma, abuse (be it physical, mental or substance related), and loneliness. Some of the issues affecting the hungry, physically and mentally abused, drug/alcohol afflicted, homeless, poor and disadvantaged are providing sufficient nourishing food, safety from oppression and discrimination, counseling, shelter, justice and education. Loaves and Fishes does this through a School Lunch Program, Hot Meals, Outreach, Pastoral Counseling, and Fine Options.

The offering on New Year’s Day is for the Canadian Food Grains Bank. 

The Canadian Food Grains Bank raises money here in Canada by growing crops that are harvested and sold. With additional funds from the Canadian International Development Agency CFGB works with World Renew and purchases grain and other food supplies in disaster affected countries and makes these things available to people in need.

Next Sunday’s offering is for Shalom Counselling in Red Deer.

This time of year, with Christmas and the New Year upon us, our lives are full. There are family and friends coming to visit, meals and celebrations to plan and prepare for and the increased hustle and bustle that this season tends to create. The deacons hope that your Christmas was full of joy and happiness. The sad side of things is that there are some families who endure tremendous burdens and sorrows. This year the deacons are working with numerous families, exercising the gift of benevolence. Our support for these families has been in the form of encouragement, guidance and financial support. It is for this reason that the deacons are asking for congregational support. With the amount of financial support we offered so far and foreseeing more in the New Year, our resources are unable to sustain the level of financial support some of these families require. We ask that you prayerfully consider this need for our upcoming offering for the Benevolent Fund on January 12th. And most importantly, your diaconate is in need of your prayers. The burdens we have helped bear have been very emotionally draining for those directly involved. Thank you for all your support thus far. In His service, your Bethel deacons.

UPCOMING SERVICES

There will be no 4:00 p.m. service today but do join us for our New Year’s Eve service on Tuesday, December 31st at 7:00 p.m. and our New Year’s Day service on Wednesday, January 1st at 10:30 a.m.

Next Sunday, January 5th 

we begin a series on the Gospel of John as it declares in rich and meaningful ways that Jesus is the “I AM,” the true God who comes in powerful ways to renew us in faith, hope and love as we trust in him. We begin with John 8:58 where Jesus says “Before Abraham, I AM.” There will be no evening service. Pastor Mike will lead our worship

The next WE Event 

will be held on January 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. We will have our event first and end the evening with a potluck supper. Watch for more details coming in the New Year.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember those young and old with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles.

Congratulations to Jake and Agnes Prins with the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. May God be with you and your family in the years to come just as he has been faithful in the past 60 years. In honor of this special occasion, cake will be served by the family in the fellowship hall after the morning service today.

Congratulations to Helena Kits and Jenny Bajema with the celebration of their birthdays on January 3rd. We pray that both of you will have a special day on your birthdays and that you will feel the nearness and blessings of God in the year to come.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Tony Middag, Grace Spelt, Lena Spelt, Ernie Stebner, Grace Vander Veen and Ann Vander Wal in prayer.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Christmas Baking: 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team would like to invite the congregation to share some of their Christmas baking with each other. We hope to serve oliebollen on New Year’s morning. If you are willing to make some of this special treat for that morning – it will be gratefully accepted and enjoyed by all.

Bethel Cadets

On Saturday January 4th from 9 a.m. -12 noon, the Cadets will be collecting bottles and batteries. The drive will take place at Alen Scholing’s potato storage. Take Hiway 12 east of Lacombe past Pentagon Farm Centre to 34th St. Go 2 ½ miles south. It is on the west side of the road. Don’t wear your Cadet uniform for sorting bottles. Wear old warm clothes and bring a pair of gloves. So phone your friends, neighbours and family and collect as much as you can and bring them with you or get them dropped off Saturday morning.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Classis Alberta North Prayer Summit: 

Join us on Sunday, January 5, 2014 for a full day of prayer interspersed with worship, testimonies, and teaching around the theme, “Lord, Hear Our Prayer.” This event is being hosted at Trinity CRC, 13427 57 St., Edmonton. There will be five sessions, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and three meals. We hope and pray that members of every church in classis will be encouraged in their prayer life and return to their home church with a new zeal for prayer and ministry. Register for the full day or a half day. Breakfast $10, lunch $15, supper $15, or all three meals for $35. For more information and to register, go to www.discovertrinity.net, see our event on Facebook: Lord, Hear Our Prayer: CAN Prayer Summit 2014 , call Trinity CRC at 780-475-2662 or email prayersummit2014@gmail.com. Childcare will be provided.

Financial Peace”

On January 7th from 7 to 9:00 p.m. we at Wolf Creek Community Church hope to begin the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace” course. This 13 week course is for everyone interested, helping all people manage their money more efficiently. Many people have taken the course and share that it has helped them not only get debt under control, but also save money. The course costs $100 per family unit. If you have questions, please call or email WCCC at office@wolfcreekchurch.ca or call Margaret DeVries 403-782-2538. Each participant will get the text book, the work book, the tapes, and some other helpful items.

Youth For Christ's Annual Comedy & Dessert Night 

will be held on Friday, January 24th featuring comedian Bob Stromberg. Tickets are $30 each or $225 for a table of 8. Tickets are available until January 12th through YFC 403-755-7825, or Chelsea Bos 403-782-9392. This event would make an excellent Christmas gift as Bob Stromberg is a comedian that is suitable for old and young alike !

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Iraq

Two bombs, targeting Christians, exploded in Bagdad on Christmas day, killing 37 people. Early in the morning a bomb went off in a market in a Christian area of the city, killing 11 and wounding 21 people. Later that day while Christians left a church after a Christmas service, a bomb exploded nearby, killing 26 and injuring 38 people. The Christian community in Iraq has suffered deliberate and senseless targeting by terrorist for many years. Many Christians have fled the country. Pray for comfort and perseverance for those who lost loved ones and for recovery for the them who were injured. May they be able to forgive and reach out to their attackers. Pray that Christian witnessing may reach those who do not know the love of Jesus Christ and harass His followers.

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