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January 22 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.

We express our condolences to Cindy and Paul Prins and the family with the death of Cindy’s father Cor Nienhuis on Monday Jan 16 in Red Deer. He was 90 years old. The funeral will be on Monday at 1:30 at the First CRC in Red Deer with Pastor Gary Bomhof officiating. May God comfort us in our grief with the assurance of his loving care in Jesus our Lord.

Chelsea Bos has been experiencing some health concerns over the past weeks. The medical details remain uncertain at this time. We pray that God will provide answers through the tests that are being done. We remain certain of his constant care in our lives.

A big thank you for your warm welcome to me both at your council social and when I came to speak at Bethel on Sunday. Your willingness to support this new work in Uganda is encouraging! I'm honoured to work on your behalf. Blessings from Diana Boot

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

Update from Pastor Mike 

These are the plans for the next few months.

Having accepted God’s call to minister in Welland, I do want to “finish well” here. That means

1. Preaching: Complete the Renewal Sermon Series on being church based on Acts 2:42-47.

Complete our remembrance of our Lord’s suffering during Lent and Good Friday

Celebrate the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 16th.

2. Teaching: The Grade 12 Tuesday Night Youth class. The program ends April 25th.

The Profession of Faith Class.

3. Renewal Lab: Attend the intensive training event February 5th – 8th

Implement ideas at the full training day for Renewal Teams February 11th.

Work out the next steps at Renewal team meetings March 4th and April 8th

4. Classis Alberta North: Attend the March 1st & 2nd meeting in Neerlandia.

Fulfill my final Classical appointment April 23rd at First CRC Edmonton

5. Full Council: Help get things set for the time of vacancy at Bethel.

Final meeting April 19th.

6. Ministerial: Work with various levels of Government regarding the sudden suspension of 10

Hospital Chaplains in our region.

My final meeting will be April 6th at Bethel.

7. Coffee Break: Barb can finish leading her group.

8. Family: Barb’s parents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 24th.

9. House: Complete the process of selling here and buying in Welland.

Bethel Council has confirmed that my final farewell Sunday will be April 30th. Grace Council in Welland understands that I will begin my work with them in May. I feel this time frame allows me to finish well here before moving to take up the work in Grace CRC Welland.

Highlights of the January 11th Executive Meeting:

  1. Executive discussed the SWOT Analysis report from the congregational meeting and these will be further discussed at the Renewal Lab.
  2. We are excited that Diana Boot is coming to share with us her work as our new missionary. She will come to the Council Christmas part on Friday night as well as Sunday January 15th.
  3. We discussed the importance of a possible Prayer Room and will ask GALT of provide some options.
  4. We went through the various Ministry Leadership team reports.
  5. We discussed the next steps for Bethel now that Pastor Mike has accepted the call to go to Welland Ontario on May 1st. His last sermon will be on April 30.
  6. We blessed Pastor Mike by filling in the ecclesiastical credentials as he accepts his new calling. We have been truly blessed by Pastor Mike and Barb over these last ten years at Bethel.

Highlights of the January 18th Full Council Meeting:

  1. Council will ask retiring pastor Gary Bomhof, Red Deer First, to be our Church Counsellor during the interim when Pastor Mike moves to Ontario in May. It is also possible that he may assist us with our Renewal Lab team once Pastor Mike is gone.
  2. Council will take the opportunity to apply for a summer seminary student.
  3. We discussed the idea of a possible “transition team” that will help in the process of organizing a Pastoral Search Team as well as ensuring our church is cared for in the interim.
  4. There will be a farewell service for Pastor Bob DeMoor at West End CRC on Feb. 26th for anyone who would like to attend.

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

Our Renewal readings help us listen to God speak to us through his Word. The readings are shorter enabling us to take a little more time to reflect on the daily question.

Week 2: God’s power at work within us and our response - January 23rd – 27th

Day 1: Ephesians 3:14-21 Q: Who is the power behind the church?

Day 2: Ephesians 4:1-16 Q: How can we develop a church that is unified in mission and

vision?

Day 3: Ephesians 4:17-5:20 Q: Do our actions as a church match what we say is true?

Day 4: Ephesians 5:21-6:9 Q: As the bride of Christ, how can we as a church serve God?

Day 5: Ephesians 6:10-24 Q: How can we train soldiers and equip them with the armor of

God?

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 tonight, 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.

February Newsletter

Heart month, Valentine’s Day, Family Day. We are looking to put together the next newsletter on Friday, February 3rd. We are always eager to have contributions from the congregation. This could include a cover page photo, a written contribution, such as a poem, essay, book study even memories. As always, we want to make the newsletter something interesting, fun, and something that covers all ages. We want to pray and encourage one another, but to do that, we need to communicate. This is the place. We look forward to hearing from you. When you do send us something and it gets lost in the shuffle, please accept our apologies. Give us a reminder and we will make it right. Please have your contributions to Meaghan Noort, Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Tuesday, January 31st. We do need a few days to get things in order for printing.

Our Mexico Mission Team is now complete! 

Our team consists of Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, August Luymes, Pete Heidelberg and Amaris Wildeboer as leaders. Youth are Nathan Baong, Emily Folkerts, Aiden Heidelberg, Paul Hoogenboom, Eric Oddssons, Alissa Tenbrinke, Lucas Tenbrinke, Raya Tenbrinke, John van Iperen, Adam Warner, Coltin Wildeboer, and Hailey Wildeboer. Please pray for the team as they prepare for this Mission trip!!

A Country Affair Dinner and Silent Auction

Come out and support the Mission Team by attending this next fundraiser!! This event will take place on Saturday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Alberta Christian High School Gym. Tickets are $20.00 each and are available from any of the team members or Betty Scholing (403) 782-2701 or Trudy Salomons (403) 782-7378.

BETHEL YOUTH

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 24th 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!

Jr. & Sr. Youth, Young Adults! 

On Sunday, January 29th we are going to once again be doing the "Competitive Hayride"! Youth and young adults alike are welcome. We will be meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the deBoons. If you don't know how to get there, meet at 4:15 p.m. at Woody Nook, and you will be directed to the deBoons (there will be some rides available as well for those getting dropped off). Supper will be provided at Woody Nook at 6:15 p.m., with a youth service to follow at 7 p.m. We have special guest Roy Berkenbosch from King's University coming to speak to us, along with Peter Bulthuis from World Renew. They will speak for about 15-20 minutes each, with a time of Q&A afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

will be hosting a Swing into Spring Family Dinner Fundraiser in support of the Shop Program. Students, parents, families, alumni and all CACHS community supporters are invited March 2nd from 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the CACHS gym for a free dinner catered by CACHS Catering with a Dessert Silent Auction. There will be a movie with popcorn for the kids. Please call the school office at 403-782-4535 to reserve your seat or table.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Yemen 

Tom Uzhunnalil, a Christian missionary worker from India, was kidnapped on March 14, 2016 during an attack on a Christian nursing home in Aden. Gunmen burst into the facility and went from room to room, handcuffing staff members and volunteers before executing 16 of them. Workers from India, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Yemen were killed. The facility cares for 80 poor, elderly and disabled Yemeni citizens, none of whom were physically harmed during the attack. On Christmas Day, militants released a video of Tom pleading for help and stating that he was kidnapped because he was working for "the Christian religion and the church”. Pray that theLord's presence and peace will continue to surround the abducted believer, sustaining him with a clear certainty of the Holy Spirit's presence throughout this ordeal. May Tom's dedicated life and testimony serve to reveal the power of the living God to those who are holding him captive. Uphold all who are still grieving the loss of the residential workers due to the March 2016 attack. Pray that the facility will be able to continue caring for the nursing home residents, Yemen's most vulnerable citizens, without the threat of further attack.

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