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January 15 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.

Ralph Prins, brother to Jake Prins, passed away last Sunday morning. He was 96 years old. The funeral was this past Friday in Woodynook CRC. We express our condolences to Jake and Agnes and other family members in this time of sadness.

Steve Ogi’s father did return home briefly but then needed hospital care again. He has a variety of medical struggles. We pray for God’s nearness in his life every day.

Congratulations to Shirley Bos as she celebrates her birthday on Friday. Wishing you the Lord’s blessings with family and friends in your new year. J

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 today. As the readings are shorter, do take a little more time to reflect on the daily question.

Week 1: The Good News of God’s Grace for all – January 16th to 20th

Day 1: Ephesians 1:1-14 - Q: How does the knowledge of the sovereignty of God and being

chosen by God affect listening?

Day 2: Ephesians 1:15-23 - Q: How can prayer shape a community?

Day 3: Ephesians 2:1-10 - Q: How does the knowledge of God’s grace shape our congregation’s mission?

Day 4: Ephesians 2:11-22 - Q: How should Ephesians 2:13 shape our view of those outside our church?

Day 5: Ephesians 3:1-13 - Q: Humility drives ministry (Ephesians 3:8). How can we develop humility?

Council of Delegates of the CRCNA (COD) 

Classis Alberta North has been asked to nominate a member to serve as Classis delegate on the Council of Delegates. This Council, which will be the main governing body of CRCNA ministries, will replace the Board of Trustees, as well as the Boards of Home and World Missions and the Board of the Back to God Ministries International. Anyone in our church interested in serving as the delegate for our Classis should speak to Pastor Mike. Nominations need to be in by February 14th. More information on the COD is available on the CRCNA website.

Profession of Faith Class 

We are again offering a profession class for those who feel God’s call on their lives to publicly profess their faith in Jesus and become full members of the church. Prayerfully consider this important step of faith. We will meet next Sunday, January 22nd after the morning service to set the time for the classes. Any questions talk to Pastor Mike.

The Worship teams 

would love to have more singers and musicians join them as they help to lead the worship service through praise and song. If you are interested in this ministry or would like more information, please email Cindy Prins at bchurch2@shaw.ca or phone at 403-748-2824. Thank you!

Living Members

will meet at Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke’s home on Sunday, January 22nd. Soup and buns will be at 6:00 p.m. with the lesson to follow at 7:00 p.m. Lessons 33 & 43 from the orange “Follow Me” book will be our topic for the evening. Hope to see you there!

Craft Days: 

Ladies, there are Craft Days planned for January 28th and February 25th. Please bring a friend! Everyone is welcome, young and old. Let Margaret Roolker (403-782-4506) know before Thursday, January 26th if you are attending on January 28th as we would like to plan the lunch.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet for a Bible study tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle Scholing.

Young Adults 

Bible study will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle & Erica Van Stryland.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, January 17th 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

GOT PHOTOS? 

Do you have photos of your church living out its mission as a family of believers? Share them with your wider Christian Reformed Church family! We'd love to see photos of your church in action: potlucks, worship services, mission trips, fellowship, fun activities, neighborhood service...anything that makes up the life of your church. Send your high-resolution, diverse, beautiful photos to communications@crcna.org. Remember to get permission from any people whose faces are visible.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mission Thrift Store: information evening: 

Your local Bibles for Missions thrift store is now known as the Mission Thrift Store. Our Red Deer store is just one of many that cross our country from Victoria to Halifax. There are 48 stores in total. This growing organization also has an investment branch called Bibles for Missions Holdings. They offer investment opportunities that are aligned with the Christian values and purposes these stores embody. Through a promissory note program, they provide you with the opportunity to invest in the continued growth of our stores’ mission as well as an excellent return on your investment. If you are interested, BFM Holdings is hosting an information evening in Red Deer at the Black Knight Inn on January 25th at 7:00 p.m. You can also contact the Red Deer store manager, Bob Riley for more information at 403-340-2522.

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

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

Uganda

On Christmas Eve of 2016, Peninah and her three children stood helplessly by as they watched militants tear down their home -- all because they had turned to Christ. The family is now left homeless. Angered by Peninah's conversion, the militants had written several letters warning her that her days were numbered. Pray that the Lord will provide a home and needed resources for Peninah and her children. Ask Him to protect this suffering family, and all others in Uganda who have submitted their lives to Christ. May the enemy's attempt to thwart Christianity cause the number of believers to multiply, despite the threat of persecution.

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