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2015-02-01 February 1 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 Els Ebens with the celebration of her birthday tomorrow. May you feel God near on your birthday and in the year to come.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please 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.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, February 8th 

we continue our series of sermons entitled “Celebrations of Faith.” Reading from Matthew 17 where Jesus peaks of “Faith that can move mountains.” In the evening we take another sermon request “How do you know what God’s will is for your life?” (DV - the Lord willing). Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Living Members 

will meet at Ralph & Pauline Bos today after the evening service. We will study pages 18 to 25 from the book "Disciples - Follow me".

Note to Council members:

A council social will be on Friday, February 6th for council members and their spouses. Meet at the bowling alley at 7:00 p.m. in Lacombe. There will be some fellowship time to follow at the home of Herman & Betty Scholing. Please bring a snack to share afterwards.

Youth Mission to Victoria, B.C. 

Our team is complete! The Lord willing the week of March 27th to April 4th a group of 10 youth and 4 leaders will be leaving for Victoria, B.C. Please keep the Youth Mission team (Patrick Bouwman, Wayne Bouwman, Mark DeWit, Russell Ebens, Brooklyn Forsyth, Nathan Hazelhoff, Cora Hoekstra, Kyle Scholing, Jadyn Scholing, Anita Swier, Kayla Swier, Jenna Ubels, John Ubels & Riley Vandenborn) in your prayers as they prepare for this exciting trip.

GEMS CAMP 2015 

Hello Gems and parents! Normally, this is the time of year when preparations begin for GEMS Camp. As many of you may already be aware, the facility that we rent each year is owned by Rehoboth Christian Ministries. This summer, Rehoboth is undertaking a complete rebuild of their kitchen/dining hall facilities at the camp location. Because of this, they have made the decision to not make their facility available for rent. After scouting unsuccessfully for an interim facility in which to hold GEMS camp this year, we have had to make the difficult decision to not offer a GEMS camp for the summer of 2015. We know this will be a disappointment to the girls that are already excited to attend, and especially for the oldest girls who would be missing their last year of camp. We have decided to extend the age limit by one year for the 2016 GEMS Camp to accommodate these girls. GEMS Camp will resume the week of August 8-12, 2016.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will not be in session, as the leaders will be meeting.

Exciting things are in store for Missions Fest Alberta 2015

which will take place on February 20th – 22nd at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. For more details please take a look at the poster located on the youth bulletin board!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Cycle to End Poverty! 

Registration is now open for the 10th anniversary ride of the Sea to Sea Bicycle Tour. Join other cyclists this summer for a 6-day ride in Ontario or a 10-day ride in Alberta, and raise money for the fight against poverty. Proceeds will fund ministry by World Renew, Partners Worldwide, International Justice Mission, and local poverty initiatives in communities along the route. Volunteers are also urgently needed to assist with both rides. For information or to register, visit seatosea.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Jordan

Two sisters, who converted to Christianity, were forced to flee their village recently after their brother threatened to kill them for leaving Islam. Traditionally, Christians have had few difficulties in Jordan, and "quiet" evangelism has been allowed. However, there are followers of Christ in this country who have faced persecution from their families, employers and other members of society. With Islamist movements sweeping across the Middle East, Jordanian believers are concerned that similar developments may potentially occur within their own country. Ask the Lord to comfort and encourage these two young women, especially as they have been forced to leave their home, family and friends. May God bless them with the support of a strong Christian community. May they be used powerfully as God's agents of grace and love to others who are seeking to learn more about the Christian faith. Remember the country of Jordan, praying that peace will reign within the homes and communities , and for the protection of its entire people, including the great influx of refugees from Syria who themselves are seeking safety from the terror of severe persecution.

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