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January 8 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.

Tilly Biel died peacefully on Monday morning, January 2nd at the Lacombe hospital. She was 83. She had been living at Royal Oak Manor for some time. A funeral service for family and friends was held a Wilson’s Funeral Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6th. May God comfort the family in this time of sadness.

Congratulations to John Stol as he celebrates his birthday on Wednesday. Wishing you a wonderful day with the Lord’s richest of blessings.

Celebrating 60 years of God's faithfulness, the children of Herman and Mini Woltjer invite you to attend an open house in honour of this special occasion on Saturday, January 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. here in the fellowship hall at Bethel. No gifts please.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Acceptance of the Call to Grace CRC in Welland Ontario 

I am thankful that God answered prayer and made it clear over the past few weeks that I accept the Call to serve as pastor in Welland. Having spoken with many of you, I truly appreciate your prayerful insights regarding the Call. Between opportunities here in Bethel and the needs in Grace Church the Holy Spirit made it clear in many ways that though I would love to stay here, it is time to go and help there. I will be working out the details of the transition process with Council over the next few weeks. Pastor Mike

Church Renewal Lab Scripture Reading Guide Quarter 2: Ephesians and Colossians.

As we start the New Year we continue on the Renewal Journey by listening to God speak to us through his Word from the Letters of Ephesians and Colossians. For the next four weeks we are invited to read through these important faith building Letters to the New Testament church and let them speak into our understanding of who we are as church and where our Lord Jesus is leading. You will find a copy of the reading guide in your mailbox next week.

The Council Christmas Social 

is planned for this Friday, January 13th at the church at 6:30 p.m. Elders and Youth Elders are asked to bring a main course dish while Deacons are asked to bring a salad. Desserts will be provided. Come out for an evening of fun and fitness. Questions - call Barb at 403-550-3318.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. If you have friends who would like to join in on all the fun, please invite them. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Mission Team Meeting 

will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 p.m. If you are on the team please be there.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

The Studion School for Spiritual Direction presents: Curl Up with the Classics. 

Do Friday differently. Curl up with a Christian spiritual classic. Hear a bit about the historical setting in which it was written, hear about the author (maybe watch a video), read, listen and prayerfully reflect on what these classics have to say to us today. This event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday to 12 noon Saturday and be led by Pastor Ron Klok. Live-in: $100. Commute: $45. January 27th & 28th: Augustine, Confessions. March 24th & 25th: Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. To be held at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. Register at: 780-459-5511 or reception@starofthenorth.ca

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help Another Nation Develop Schools: 

A hands on opportunity to serve and learn with EduDeo Ministries. Would you like to travel to another part of the world, experience a different culture, and meet others serving Christ? Would you like to make a real difference in the life of a child at the same time? EduDeo Ministries’ HANDS teams provide an opportunity to both learn and serve. Bernie Kolkman from Lacombe is an experienced team leader and familiar with the Dominican Republic and he is hoping to lead a team to the D.R. from March 3 to 12, 2017. There is still room for you to experience this exciting opportunity to see first-hand the difference that Christ-centred education makes in developing countries. By assisting with a school construction project, you’ll be able to learn from and serve with indigenous workers, teachers and students in the Dominican Republic. To discuss this opportunity and find out more details contact Bernie Kolkman at 403-357-6853 or e-mail him at kolkman@telus.net. Learn more about EduDeo Ministries at www.edudeo.com

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Here is an encouraging message from the Middle East. 

Despite the mass exodus of many Christians, the church is far from empty in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. God has been very faithful. There are strong Christian believers remaining and tremendous growth is taking place in the lives of new believers who were Muslims. The presence of the church is vitally important. People are desperate and see very little hope, but the fact that there still is a church gives them encouragement and hope. Historically, Middle Eastern Christians have made significant contributions for the good of society, especially in Syria and Iraq, going all the way back to the first century. Their contributions include working in the areas of health, literacy and the translation of the Bible into Arabic. They were among the first to introduce charitable works and work with missionaries and NGO workers. They are often recognized as the most honest when it comes to business and trade. In the future, Christians will be vital to maintain diversity and ensure sustainable peace and lasting stability in the Middle East. There are thousands upon thousands of people coming to Christ.May the Lord be praised and worshipped with great honor! He is worthy!

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