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2015-01-25 January 25 Bulletin


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.

Our family of the week is Ralph & Pauline Bos. Please remember them and their extended family in your daily prayers.

Do remember our seniors and shut-ins: keep Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Lillian Mercier, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 


*Local Church: St. Andrew’s United Church – Pastor Ross Smillie

*Classis Alberta North: Ponoka Sonrise CRC – Pastor William Delleman

*Denominational: Canadian Ministries – Centre for Public Dialogue. As soon as we think of another human being or another group of people as less valuable or worthy, we open the door to evil. The CRC is digging into the Doctrine of Discovery, a set of church declarations that called Indigenous people and anyone outside of the Christian faith less than human. Abba, help us to be alert to the ways we deny your image in our sisters and brothers. Teach us to love our neighbors.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, February 1st

We continue our series of sermons entitled “Celebrations of Faith.” Reading from Matthew 16, Mr. Wayne Bouwman will lead us in worship as Pastor Mike has a Classical Appointment in New Life CRC in Red Deer.

In the evening we share our praise and thanks to God in light of Psalm 104. Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Highlights from the Full Council meeting of January 21st:

1. We reviewed the council nomination procedure and timeline.

2. The Spring Congregational meeting is set for March 12th.

3. The Denomination Prayer Summit will be held in Edmonton on March 15th.

4. The Council New Year’s Social is set for February 6th at 7:00 p.m.

5. Reviewed minutes from all the Ministry Leadership teams.

The Banner 

is the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church and it is available free to every church member. Are you getting your copy? It is filled with stories of how the CRC is ministering here in North America and around the world. There are also interest and opinion pieces plus theological reflection. If you do not receive The Banner please let our church secretaries know and they will get you signed up to have it mailed to your home.

The Bible, Homosexuality and the Church Community:

 The conversation in the church surrounding homosexuality is one of controversy and sensitivity. What is it? How does Scripture speak to us about it? How can we as congregations have conversations together? How do we live together as communities embracing all whom Christ redeems? On Thursday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Neil De Koning will join us here in the fellowship hall as we look at the various aspects of the discussion in order to have better conversations and common life as congregations.

Living Members 

will meet at Ralph & Pauline Bos next Sunday, February 1st. We will study pages 18 to 25 from the book "Disciples - Follow me".


Young Peoples: 

We will meet this evening after the worship service at Kayla’s. Please bring your Bibles. If you have any questions, call Gayle or Jan.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m. Remember doors will open at 7 p.m. and if you have any questions please contact your youth leader. See you there!

Youth Mission 2015 Trip: 

The next meeting will be this Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. See you all there!


Neighbourhood Life Update: 

Over the Christmas season there were many more open doors among neighbours. Simple stories of praying for neighbours or intentionally walking over to neighbours has been very encouraging for those participating in Neighbourhood Life (see more at www.rickabma.com). You are invited to join the many leaders from various neighbourhoods throughout Alberta on retreat at Camp Nakunum (NW of Edmonton), March 6-8. For more info text/phone 403-505-9897.

Prayer Summit: an Invitation! 

You are invited to join a choir that is forming to sing at the Classis Prayer Summit March 15th, during the final service at 4 p.m. All ages are encouraged to come and lift their voices together in praise and prayer to our God! Rehearsals will be held Sunday evenings at Trinity CRC (13427 - 57 street, Edmonton)from 7:40 - 9:15 p.m. February 1st to March 8th. If you would like to join us, or have any questions, please connect with Dawn Vriend at 780-952-4024 or email at arrowheadnurseries@gmail.com.


2015 Lacombe Leadership Prayer Breakfast 

will be held on Thursday February 19th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre at 7 a.m. Special guest speaker is Howard Lawrence, Neighborhood consultant, ordained minister and neighbourhood consultant for the City of Edmonton’s Abundant Community Initiative. Tickets are $25 and are available from the church secretaries. A poster is located on the foyer bulletin board.



Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang and his associate pastor, were attacked with bricks and rocks by five men near their Bible college on January 18th. After collapsing they were kicked relentlessly. Pastor Quang sustained broken ribs & facial wounds, including a broken nose and injuries to his teeth and jaw. He was transferred to hospital for treatment and observation. No arrests have yet been made. Pastor Quang and his Bible college have been targeted multiple times within recent years. Please pray fervently that the Lord will heal and restore these pastors. As they recover, ask God to strengthen their resolve to stay committed to their ministry work, granting them and all those affiliated with the Bible college divine protection from further attacks. Remember the perpetrators of this crime, asking the Lord to extend His mercy and bring them to sincere repentance.

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