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2015-02-08 February 8 Bulletin


Next Sunday, February 15th 

We continue our series of sermons entitled “Celebrations of Faith.” We will be reading from Matthew 18 where Jesus speaks of “Faith to Forgive.” We will also be partaking of the Lord’s Supper, remembering that God in Jesus forgives us. In the evening we read from 2 Samuel 7 and “David’s humble prayer.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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.

Our family of the week is Gerald & Nelly Keitel. We thank the Lord for them and will keep them in our daily prayers. Nelly recently went through shoulder surgery on Friday. We pray for healing and comfort in the coming weeks.

Today we say farewell to Mark and Selena Patterson and their sons, Luke and Levi as they are returning to China this week. We give thanks for the months that they could be with us and we ask for God’s blessing on their travels and on their continued work and life in China.

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. 

PRAYER ITEMS

*Local Church: First Baptist – Pator Rob Klingbiel

*Classis Alberta North: St. Albert CRC – Pastor John Luth

*Denominational: Urban Aboriginal Ministries in Edmonton. The Edmonton Native Healing Centre is thankful for new staff who have breathed some new energy and love into its programming. Pray for strength, courage, love, and hope as staff work within the urban Aboriginal community in Edmonton to bring the gospel through meals, counselling, physical fitness, and healthy community development.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples: 

We will be going skating at Jayden’s today from 2 to 4 p.m. Please bring your helmets and dress for the weather. If you have any questions please talk to Gayle or Jan.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting on Tuesday, February 10th 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!

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!

YC 2015: 

Hey all youth in grades 7-12, if you want to come to YC this year please give a $75 deposit to one of your youth leaders by Sunday, February 15th. There will be more information to come.

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.

Shalom Counselling Centre 

is looking for volunteers to help with our annual Spring Dessert Gala on Saturday, April 25th. Positions include: Poster Distributors, Silent Auction Pick up, Set up and Monitors, Dessert Pick up, Dessert Hostesses, Kitchen Assistants and Greeters. Applications and more information at info@shalomcounselling.com or 403.342.0339.

Neighbourhood Life Celebration Night: 

February 21st at Duggan Community Hall. Join us for potluck, stories, discussions, sharing, prayer and reflections around life in the neighbourhood, 5-8 PM. The whole family is welcome! For more information, contact Karen Wilk - karen.wilk@forgecanada.ca

Neighbourhood Engagement Weekend

March 6th to 8th at Camp Nakamun! We invite you to consider the art of neighbouring for the sake of God’s mission: What does it mean to be present in our neighbourhoods? How do we love our neighbours in real and concrete ways? What practices can we begin so that we can better engage and serve our neighbours in faith and hope? Join us for learning, fun, fellowship, food and family time... This is a great event for us to be better equipped and empowered as God’s people right in the midst of where God has placed us. $125/Adult - $58/Teen under 18 - $29/Child includes accommodations, meals and all activities. To register, contact Rick Abma- rickabma@gmail.com or 403-505-9897.

Classis Prayer Summit 2015: 

OnMarch 15th the churches of Classis Alberta North are invited to gather for a day of worship, prayer and praise. The CAN Prayer Summit will be held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church. Please visit the Prayer Summit website: http://www.discovertrinity.net/CANPrayerSummit. Or visit us on facebook (The Better Thing: CAN Prayer Summit 2015), for information on this special and important event. Register now on the website or call Trinity CRC at (780) 475 2662, until March 9th. Register early and register many! Hope to see you all there!

Summer Internship Opportunity: 

The CRC Ministry to Seafarers is seeking someone for a 3-4 month internship this summer. The position would include ship visits to reach seafarers, and to care for their spiritual, moral, and physical needs. Work will primarily be done in the Port of Vancouver - downtown, with some time spent at Deltaport. This is a great opportunity for a seminary student or someone looking for experience in ministry work. Please send resume by March 31st c/o: david@dpelcga.com, or fax to: 604-585-8525.

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria: 

Pastor Joshua Adah, a Christian father of two young children was slain on January 23rd in Taraba State by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram members, after visiting several villagers as part of an evangelistic outreach. Kenya: A Christian 25 year old man was shot just outside a church gate in Mombassa after he was mistakenly identified as the church's pastor. The pastor had been followed over the past months and is in hiding now. Assailants are members of an active Islamic terror cell. Indonesia: On January 15th a militant Islamic group in Sulawesi killed three Christian men in separate attacks. Pray for all these grieving families. May God somehow use these senseless attacks for His glory and higher purposes, drawing many others, especially young people- to faith in Him. Pray that loved ones -and we- may be able to forgive and intercede for the militants.

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