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2014-01-12 January 12 Bulletin


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 Lawrence Sackmann as he celebrates his birthday today. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest of blessings.

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.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, January 19th 

We read from John 2:1-11 where Jesus turns water into wine and demonstrates “I AM” the Miracle worker. Will he do a miracle for you? In the afternoon we answer the question “Who is in charge of your life?” We admit that we ourselves are not actually in charge. So who is? Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Hilites from the Council executive meeting of January 8th

* We had a shortfall of our budget expectations, but all of our obligations have been met.

* The minutes from all the Leadership teams were reviewed.

* The Agenda has been set for the Full Council meeting this coming Wednesday which will include the Church visitors. (See note.)

* The membership of Adam & Tessa Weenink and family was transferred to the Brooks CRC.

Note: 

Church Visitation is the regular practice of Classis Alberta North that each church in Classis be visited by two regional pastors to see how things are going and to offer encouragement and advice. Bethel plans to welcome Pastors Gary Bomhof (First CRC Red Deer) and Herman Salomons to the January 15th Full Council meeting. Along with meeting with Council, the church visitors are available to meet with any member of the congregation who would like to seek advice from them. Any member wishing to meet with the church visitors is required to let Council know and to briefly explain the substance of their concerns before meeting with the church visitors.

Circle of Friends cooks & cook’s helpers 

will have a meeting this coming Thursday, January 16th after the Community supper at 7:00 p.m.

The Saturday Night Bible study 

will again on January 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Gerald and Michele Noort. New members are welcome. We meet the third Saturday of each month. Email Michele for study material at mnoort@lacs.ca

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, January 14th. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and our evening begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

To all TNY students! 

For this upcoming Tuesday we will be playing a game called “Space Team”. So bring your phones, ipods or ipads. You must download the game prior to the evening. The game is offered for Android and Apple products. If you need more information contact Wayne, Andrew or Pastor Mike. Sorry, Dana can’t help you - apparently she’s all business being a BlackBerry user. J

Young Peoples 

will be meeting for a Social on January 19th after the afternoon service. Location will be announced at a later date. For more information contact Amaris and Curt.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth For Christ Dessert Night with Bob Stromberg

tickets are still available until Sunday January 19th. The event will be held on Friday, January 24th. Please contact YFC at 403-788-7825 or Chelsea Bos at 403-782-9392 for more information.

Lacombe Christian School will begin accepting Kindergarten registrations January 13, 2014!

Registrations must be accompanied with the child’s birth certificate (or landed immigrant status).

All children who will have attained their 5th birthday by December 31, 2014 will be eligible to attend the 2014-15 school year. Registration forms may be obtained from the school office or down-loaded at www.lacs.ca Note: the date applications are received has no bearing on placement.

Search process for a Canadian Ministries Director

The search process for a new Canadian Ministries Director has begun. A Search Committee has been appointed and it hopes to identify a candidate for appointment by the Board of Trustees in May of 2014, for ratification by synod in June of 2014. Please pray for this process and nominate a potential applicant. For more information on the position profile, timeline and the search process go to the website www.crcna.org/CMDsearch. You can send your nomination to the search committee chairperson, Yvonne Schenk, at cmdsearch@crcna.org.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

IRAN: 

On Christmas Eve, a group of believers were arrested when security authorities raided their Christmas service, seizing all Christian books, CDs and laptops, the satellite TV receiver. Neighbours were warned by officials not to speak with anyone about what they had seen. In recent years, Christians have faced increased pressure during the Christmas season. Many have even celebrated Christ's birth while in jail. One such believer, Farshid Fathi, has been incarcerated since 2010. In a recent note to fellow believers, he wrote: "Dear brothers and sisters, we are celebrating Christmas in prison with honour and unexplainable joy in Christ. 2013 is going to end and we are very thankful to the Lord for everything we were given this year. I had called 2013 'the year of revelation.' Now I am very excited because I am calling 2014 'the year of God's presence.' God calls us to walk before Him and be blameless, as He said to Abraham. So far, walking before Him is very sweet and so exciting. It is filled with great endurance, afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, sleepless nights, hunger, purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech and the power of God. So my dear brothers and sisters, if you read this, be ready for a very exciting journey in 2014. Thank you so much for remembering me in your prayers after 1,100 days. With blessings in Christ, your brother, Farshid." Please do remember our brothers and sisters who continue to languish in prison for their faith in Christ. May they trust their unknown future to our God. Intercede on behalf of the recently arrested believers that they may soon be freed from prison. Also ask the Lord to bless Farshi, and other incarcerated Iranian Christians.

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