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2014-01-26 January Bulletin


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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.

Mr. Ernie Stebner will be having an operation on Tuesday to remove his prostate. We trust that the procedure goes well and that Ernie can feel better soon.

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. 

Highlites from the Full Council meeting of January 15th:

1. We had good discussion with Church visitors Gary Bomhof and Herman Salomons.

2. We reviewed the minutes of previous meetings of Full Council, Council executive, Pastoral Elders, Deacons and the Ministry Leadership teams.

3. The spring Congregational meeting is set for March 13th.

4. We discussed casting lots and will bring that item to the Congregation meeting.

5. Peter Prins and Pastor Mike will attend Classis on March 5th and 6th.

6. We transferred the memberships of Rients & Jannie Palsma to Brooks CRC.

Profession of Faith Class

We are again looking to offer a class for those who feel called by God to publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The class ensures that you have a good grasp of what you believe (Faith as a noun) and a certainty that you believe it (Faith as a Verb). It also includes preparing your personal testimony. If you have any questions or are interested please contact Pastor Mike.

Bethel Newsletter: 

A new year is well under way and it is time to start again with the Bethel Newsletter. February’s newsletter will be out in a few weeks. We will be focusing on the heart. We invite you to submit articles that speak about heart health whether that be physical, emotional or spiritual. In this month that celebrates love and we see hearts made out of candy and paper and snow and anything that you can think of, we wonder about the deeper things of the heart. Many of our members have had heart attacks and surgeries. We would love to have some information about keeping your heart physically healthy and happy. We look forward to hearing from you. Please have your contributions in to the either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by tomorrow, January 27th. Thanks so much and blessed New Year to all of you. We look forward to working together for you again in order to keep the congregation informed, up to date, and perhaps, a little entertained.

Hearty Meals 

is a program of the Fellowship MLT where meals are delivered to those in the congregation as needed. Have a new baby? Moving? Someone in the hospital? Struggling to keep up? Our church family does not always have too many options in being helpful, but meals are always a good start and so appreciated. A number of ladies help out in this area. If you would like to be part of this ministry please get in touch with Cora Stol, the new coordinator. If you know of a need, please let Cora know.

There are copies of the updated Emergency Evacuation procedure 

in your church mailboxes. Please take the time to read over this document and make sure that all your family members are familiar with the evacuation procedures as well.

The 2014 Yearbook of the Christian Reformed denomination 

is now available. If you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 to $15 please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net before February 9th.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will be meeting tonight after the afternoon service. We will be gathering at the home of Pat Bouwman. Dinner will be served so come out for some fun and fellowship. For more information contact Amaris and Curt.

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, January 28th. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and our evening begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Starting this week in honor of the Sochi Olympics we will be competing in our own Mini Bethel Olympics! Sledge Hockey (minus the spikes!) will be our game and the challenge is getting enough skateboards and mini sticks. If you have any to loan us we would greatly appreciate it. We have four classes so it will be Pastor Mike’s and Dana’s class against Wayne’s and Andrew’s.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

The Wolf Creek Community Church (WCCC) is holding the installation of Pastor Rick Abma today

 January 26th, in their morning service. Pastor Rick will be installed as "Neighborhood Pastor" of a neighborhood church plant in Central Alberta. We keep Pastor Rick and his family in our prayers as he begins this new chapter of his ministry.

Please pray for:

1. Churches of Classis Alberta North - Barrhead CRC - vacant

2. World Missions/World Renew work - Thailand - unrest

3. Back to God Ministries International - Russian – Rev. Sergi Sosedkin - Ukraine - printed – Olympics

From the Ministry to Seafarers’ Christmas at Sea project:

As you can see, your generous contributions were much appreciated by the seafarers we came in contact with. Here is one of the many thank you e-mails we received:

“Good day Sir, Appreciated very much for the gifts we received. For all the blessings and prayers you have shared! We wish you all a peaceful Christmas and healthy New Year 2014! God Bless! Best wishes and regards, from Officers & Crew of MV Sky Jade.”

Greetings, Ernst de Vries, Seafarers Chaplain.

The Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference 

is looking for someone from Central Alberta who might be interested in being a Board member at large for World Renew. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Roy Berkenbosch at roy.berkenbosch@kingsu.ca

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Widowed Support Network 

is a group of people who connect with others who have lost their spouse through death. We meet the first Friday of every month at the Black Knight Inn restaurant in Red Deer at 6 p.m. and the third Friday of every month at First CRC in Red Deer at 7 p.m. Look for the info poster on the bulletin board in the foyer 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.

Mission Fest Alberta, 2014 

The 20th Anniversary is February 21 – 23, "Declare His Glory Among the Nations" The Keynote Speakers include Donna Boone - Children's Ministry, Setan Lee - Transform Asia, Danny MacKay - I Am Second/e3Partners, Mohan Maharaj - Global Christian Ministries and Refined/Undignified. Exhibit Hall (local, national & international mission organizations, camps, Bible colleges and universities); Variety of ethnic music, drama & dance on the Festival Stage and at Sing to the Nations; Seminars: MFA Store; and much more...Family Conference - No General Registration, Free Administration, will accept Free Will Offerings. Poster on the bulletin board in the foyer and youth bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

The 51st Annual Inter-Church Curling Bonspiel: 

The Inter-Church Curling Bonspiel and Banquet will be held at the Red Deer Curling Centre on Saturday, March 8th. The cost for this fun and fellowship event, which includes three games, the banquet and some great prizes is just $200 per team. Space is limited to 24 teams. Don’t be disappointed – Register today! For more information or to register a team please contact Darren or Adriana LaGrange 403-347-0225 or lagrang@telus.net

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN: 

In the midst of ethnic and political tensions, Christians in Sudan and South Sudan are facing great risk and opposition. This area of the world is also coping with such issues as ongoing internal conflict, poverty, hunger and natural disasters. In Sudan, followers of Christ are under pressure from a regime that wants to extend a strict form of Sharia or Islamic law. Property has also been seized from churches on the pretext that it belongs to South Sudanese who are no longer citizens of the country, while other churches have been bulldozed. Many Sudanese have been displaced, and now live as refugees with inadequate access to food, water and shelter. God is using the church to spread His light amid violence and uncertainty. Pray that the church in South Sudan will be able to take a lead in shaping their country, the world's youngest nation. Ask that the Lord will make a way for those Christians in Sudan who are still trying to get to South Sudan, granting peace along the border between these two countries. Pray for the suffering members of the church...that they will stand strong, serving as powerful examples of God's grace and forgiveness.

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