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January 17 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.

Congratulations to Shirley Bos as she celebrates her birthday this Thursday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with family, friends and our Lords richest blessings. J

Thank you to our family and friends for your prayers, love, support, food, flowers, and cards for Kevin’s funeral. A special thank you to Pastor Mike for your help and guidance and for bringing us God’s Comforting Word. A big thank you to the Coffee Break ladies for serving the lunch.

Clarence and Doreen Kits & family

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, 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, January 24th 

We read from Luke 7:33-50 as Jesus shares a meal with “Simon and the Alabaster woman.” We will share the sacred meal of the Lord’s Supper together. In the evening we center our worship around the Letter of Titus as it stresses that we know what we believe. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Fellowship Hall Piano

There has been a request from those of our congregation who are hard of hearing that children refrain from playing the fellowship hall piano during our time of fellowship after the morning worship service. Parents, it would be greatly appreciated if you would remind your children that the pianos and drums are off limits after the morning service. Thank you!

Christmas Tree Ornaments

The tree has been taken down and the remaining items are in the basket on the table in the foyer.

Profession of Faith

Pastor Mike will again be offering a pre-confession class for all those who feel called by the Spirit to confess their faith in Jesus as their Lord and savior. (Romans 10:9-10). Contact Pastor Mike and we will set up convenient times to meet.

Guess Who's Coming for Coffee? 

It's time for another round. J If you would like to be a part of the fun in mid to late February, please sign up today! Whether you were a part of it last time, or you couldn't make it last time, sign up again. Only those on the new sheets will be contacted. Sign up today or next week, and wait for a call or text to set something up for February.

Bethel Newsletter: 

A new year begins and the newsletter team is ready to tackle the newsletter again. We plan to have the newsletter ready for printing by January 29th. If you have anything you would like to contribute to this edition, please have it in to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Tuesday, January 26th to give us time for layout and planning. Thanks so much. We look forward to serving the congregation in this way again.

Ladies - Craft Days are here again! 

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, January 30th. It's from 10:30 a.m. till 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, please let Anita or Margaret know, so we can plan our lunch. Hope to see you all!

January 13, 2016 Executive Meeting Highlights:

· Pastor Mike opens.

· Tentative ideas and options for the second service discussed; further discussion will follow at full council meeting.

· Available Ministry Leadership Team reports reviewed.

· Pulpit supply: February 21st Pastor Mike will be at New Life Fellowship in Red Deer.

· Membership transfers

   -Megan DenOudsten (Scholing) transferred to Mosaic House

   -Jordan Van Stryland transferred to Parkland Reformed Church

   -Sarah Basuric (Stad) transferred to Mosaic House

· Full council meeting agenda items discussed

· Time line and structure of nomination process started

· Spring 2016 congregational meeting tentatively set for March 17th

· Funeral service team serving protocol made

BETHEL YOUTH

Youth Changed by God 

will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lacombe Pentecostal Church. Special speaker will be Donna Abma.

Young Adults 

will meet for Bible study at the Noorts’ home this evening.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

A Neighborhood Life Celebration Night will take place on January 23rd 

at the Central Baptist church in Bonnie Doon. Please join us for a neighborhood tour at 4:00 p.m. and then potluck, stories, discussion, sharing, prayer and reflections around life in the neighborhood from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m.. The whole family is welcome! For more information, contact Karen Wilk – kwilk@crcna.org

Ordinary People...Praying! Classis Alberta North Prayer Summit 2016: 

Mark your calendars! Our Classis-wide annual Prayer Summit will be Sunday, March 13, 2016. We're pleased to offer 2 Prayer Summits simultaneously this year: the Edmonton Prayer Summit, hosted by Trinity CRC and the Central Alberta Prayer Summit in Lacombe, AB, hosted by Wolf Creek Community Church. More details for this wonderful day of prayer to follow. In the meantime, plan to attend and save the date!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Refugee Family Benefit Concert: 

January 30th at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church. Featuring Lacombe’s own Flat Iron Jazz band and also some musical guests like “Flash Back Freddie”, C.J. and Kim Berube, Randi Boulton and Mattie Dewald. Tickets are $25.00 each. Come out and support our Lacombe Community Refugee effort.

Lacombe Christian School is now accepting Kindergarten Registrations! 

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, 2016 will be eligible to attend the 2016-17 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.

The Inter-Church Curling Bonspiel and Banquet 

will be held at the Red Deer Curling Centre on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The cost for this fun and fellowship event, which includes three games, the banquet and some great prizes, is just $200.00 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

Missions Fest Alberta 2016 “The Road to the Whole World” 

will be taking place on February 19th – 21st at West Edmonton Christian Assembly, Edmonton. For a more detailed layout for the weekend please look for the poster and newsletter posted on the foyer bulletin board or the youth bulletin board.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Uganda 

Pastor Bongo Martin was killed on December 23rd when he and other members of his church resisted local Muslims to take over their land. The 32-year-old church leader was attacked after a fence had been put up on part of the church's land. The opposing locals had complained that the church was not far enough away from their mosque. Just days prior to this, five Christians had died after eating food laced with pesticide following a Bible study meeting in a predominantly Muslim village. The leader and host is in a coma. Four of those who died were his relatives, and the fifth was a pregnant woman. Prior to the poisoning he had been reprimanded by an imam for distributing Bibles in the community. Pray for Pastor Bongo's wife and two children as well as his congregation. May God sustain these believers in their time of shock and grief. May another spiritual leader be appointed soon for ministry and reach out to the community with the Gospel. Also, pray for Hajii, who needs God's intervention and healing touch after the poisoning incident, and for consolation for those affected by the loss of the Bible study group members. May the militants responsible for both of these crimes come to repentance, recognizing their own need of God's mercy and salvation.

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