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January 31 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 Els Ebens as she celebrates her birthday on Tuesday. Wishing you a lovely day filled with our Lord’s richest blessings.

Address notification: Jan & Joyln Rodenburg, #2 – 8502 Unity Drive, Chilliwack, BC, V4Z 1K6. Phone number: 1-604-217-4134.

Mark, Selina, Luke & Levi Patterson will be returning to Lacombe to stay for several months. As a way of welcoming the Pattersons back to our church family, we invite you to help fill their pantry and fridge/freezer! Food items can be brought to church on Sunday, February 7th. Coolers and boxes will be in the church Fellowship hall to place your food items in. If you have any questions, please contact Marcella Van Stryland (403-784-3545), Ann Wildeboer (403-782-2061) or Erin Lewin (403-789-7995). Thank you!

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

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.

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.

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.

Living Members 

Will meet at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer today after the evening worship service. We will study Lessons 17 & 18.

Mexico Mission team: 

There will be a meeting this Thursday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m. Please bring your passport if you haven’t done so already so that copies can be made.

Book Club 

time is coming up. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 11th at the home of Margaret Roolker at 7.30 p.m. The book is "Snow on the Moon" by Keith Heller. It will be Cootje Voorbij’s turn to bring some refreshments. See you all there!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will be meeting tonight at the home of Kyle & Erica Van Stryland for a Bible study.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet NOT on Tuesday, February 2nd due to a leaders’ meeting.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Canadian National Gathering

Would you be interested in going to the first Canadian National Gathering (CNG) May 6-8? It is meant to inspire local, regional, and denominational ministries in Canada. Those going will share ministry stories and set priorities for the work of the CRC in Canada. Place: Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Cost: Covered by Classis. Who can go? 12 representatives (from each classis). If you are a GEMS/Cadet counsellor, youth leader, musician, young adult, senior, or anyone else who is passionate about ministries in Canada, then the CNG is for you. Go to the website www.crcna.org/gatherings/canadian-gathering-2016 and fill out an application. 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

Lacombe Leadership Prayer Breakfast: 

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Center. The Speaker is Eric Rajah, leader of “A Better World.” He will share his vision for humanitarian work internationally and his concentration this year on helping right here in Lacombe. Tickets are $25 from our secretaries.

How do we learn to steward if effectively?

Your Story, Money and Life all have something in common! It all is from God and belongs to God, How do we learn to steward if effectively? Gain peace of mind as Christian Stewardship Services presents a FREE Will Clinic on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. A great opportunity to understand the necessity of a Will and Power of Attorney document plus learn how to use what God has blessed you with both today and in the future! RSVP to Deb/Karissa at Woodynook CRC at 403-885-4427, woodynookcrc@gmail.com or Shirley at 1-800-267-8890x217 infor@csservices.ca

PERSECUTED CHURCH

PHILIPPINES: 

Surprisingly, the Philippines, known to be a Christian majority nation, has seen a rise in attacks against believers by Muslim militants. During the month of December alone 14 people were killed due to a terrorist attack in which a chapel was hit with explosives; and an additional nine died when 200 gunmen raided Christian villages in Mindanao. The rise of Islamic radicalism has placed believers in different parts of the world - whether representing a religious minority or majority -- on high alert. Please pray for the loved ones of those victimized by the raids that took place recently in the various villages of Mindanao. May the family and friends not pursue any form of retaliation, acknowledging that vengeance belongs to God alone - the Righteous Judge. Ask that they instead be granted His grace and strength to not only forgive the perpetrators but to also intercede for them. Let's join them by praying for a mighty outpouring of God's love and power to take place throughout the Philippines, compelling many more to seek repentance and salvation, for only then can His righteousness and justice prevail.

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