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January 24 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

Today’s offering is for Mission support for Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst. Albert is currently working with the Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLT) through CRW Missions and Calvin Seminary. In the past year TLT has trained more than 2500 people who do not have access to Bible school or seminary in over 30 countries. The Strydhorsts rely on ongoing support from churches such as ours as they carry on this training work based in Grand Rapids.

Next Sunday’s offering will be for World Hunger Sunday. Something fishy is happening right now in our congregation and around the world. Through your Peter Fish bank contributions, you are helping to fight global hunger and give families the training they need to overcome poverty, disaster, hunger and injustice. World Hunger devotionals were placed in your church boxes last week. On one side is a 14 day Family Devotional and on the other side is a 7 day Adult Devotional. Please continue to read the World Hunger “Fish for Change” stories at your supper tables this week. Then bring your Peter Fish banks to church next week as we celebrate World Hunger Sunday.

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.

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 31st 

We read from Luke 9:11-17 as Jesus feeds the 5000. It is also World Hunger Sunday. In the evening we read from Titus 2 as “God’s Grace teaches us.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Piano

There has been a request from those members 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!

Bethel Prayer Ministry: 

Council at its visioning morning decided to enhance our prayer ministry in our worship service. Two changes will begin on February 7th.

1. Pastor Mike will be asking for prayer requests before the congregational prayer. In this way we can better bring the needs of our fellowship before our gracious God.

2. For those prayer needs that people do not prefer to mention publicly, there will be an office bearer available at the front of the church immediately after the service so you can share your concern in confidence with him/her and he/she will offer a specific prayer to our heavenly Father for that concern.

Highlights of the Bethel CRC Full Council meeting of January 20, 2016:

· Pastor Mike opens, all council members bring forth prayer concerns.

· Motion regarding the cancellation of Bethel’s second service is discussed and voted on.

· The evening worship service is now cancelled effective February 7, 2016.

· Alternatives and options for Sunday afternoons and evenings are discussed:

1) WE events will be scheduled for the first Sunday of each month.

2) The third Sunday of each month is suggested to be a “Guess who’s coming for Coffee” evening.

3) New Bible study groups will be encouraged to form.

· A council member will now be available after the worship service for a private and personal time of prayer.

· Brad Lewin presented a report on his research about how to “Build the Church Biblically.”

· Henry Eisses offered the book, “Messy Grace” for council members to read and share.

· Delegates are selected for the Classis Alberta North meeting on March 9-10 in Ponoka – Pastor Mike & Henry Eisses will attend with the alternate being Marvin Ebens.

· The Spring Congregational meeting is set for March 17, 2016.

· Pastor Mike presented the details for the inaugural Canadian National Gathering to be held in May at Waterloo, Ontario.

· Membership transfer requests: Krista Prins to 1st CRC in Vancouver, Curt & Amy Dowling & family to Woodynook CRC and Jan & Jolyn Rodenburg & family to Cornerstone CRC in Chilliwack, B.C.

· Ministry Leadership Team reports are reviewed and questions answered.

· The next Full Council meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2016.

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.

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.

New Worship schedule for February & March: 

If you are involved in the Worship services in any way – Music, Sound, PowerPoint, Song leaders, Bible readers, etc. please look in your church mail box for a Revised Worship schedule for the months of February and March. Due to the cancellation of our evening worship services (effective February 7th) we will be following this schedule instead of the one you received previously.

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!

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer next Sunday, January 31st after the evening worship service. We will study Lessons 17 & 18.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young People’s 

will be meeting tonight at the Scholings’ for a Bible study.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Canadian National Gathering May 6 – 8, 2016: 

To inspire the local church, regional missions, and denominational ministries in Canada. To share mission and ministry stories and set priorities as we imagine the ongoing work of the Christian Reformed Church in Canada. Place: Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Cost: Covered by Classis. Who can go? 12 representatives (from each classis). The Gathering is expected to have about 200 attendees from across the CRC spectrum. If you are a GEMS or Cadet counselor, youth leader, musician, nursery attendant, usher, greeter, young adult, senior, or anyone else who is passionate about ministries in Canada, then the Canadian National Gathering is for you. Go to the website www.crcna.org/gatherings/canadian-gathering-2016 and fill out an application. The deadline is February 12, 2016.

Save the Date! GEMS Camp

is a “go” this year, so save August 8th – 12th, 2016 if you plan to attend. As camp was not held last year, the age restriction will be moved up one year (this year only) to finishing Grade 8. Applications will be available from your GEMS counsellor in April. Questions can be emailed to Cindy Grebely at cindygrebely@gmail.com or Chrissie Nauta at chrissie.nauta@gmail.com

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.

Are you one of these…

Ever wondered if you are the only one who does not have a Will and POA in place? Studies show that over 50% of Canadians do not have a current Will and 71 % do not have Power of Attorney documents! We want to help you! Join us for a free WILL CLINIC at Woody Nook CRC on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. Learn why you need a Will, what should be in your Will and ways to protect your beneficiaries and support the charities you care about in this important document! RSVP to Deb/Karissa at Woody Nook CRC at 403-885-4427 woodynookcrc@gmail.com or Shirley at 1-800-267-8890 x217 info@csservices.ca

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Iran

There are approximately 90 Christians remaining in Iranian jails after Pastor Saeed Abedini was recently released. Pastor Saeed is a Muslim background believer with dual American-Iranian nationality. He had been arrested in September of 2012 while visiting an orphanage he was building with government approval. He was sentenced to an eight-year prison term on charges of "threatening national security" due to his involvement with house fellowships. While imprisoned he endured torture, death threats and pressure to renounce his faith and was denied medical treatment for the internal injuries sustained during repeated beatings. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage the Christians who are still in jail in Iran. Pray for believers and illegal fellowships within the country. Thank and praise God for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini. Pray that he will be able to fully experience physical, emotional and spiritual healing as he reconnects with his young family. May his Christian witness among former inmates and prison guards continue ministering to hearts so that many more Iranians will receive God's gift of salvation.

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