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2018-01-21 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.

Please pray for Jenny Bajema as she has moved out of the Lodge into the Lacombe Hospital while she awaits a bed in a care facility, hopefully in Red Deer.

We remember Darran & Gayle Vreugdenhil and their family in prayer as they deal with the diagnosis of Darran’s mother, Arlene Vreugdenhil (also sister of Dorothy Wildeboer & Paul Prins) with terminal brain cancer. Arlene is currently receiving care in the Foothills hospital in Calgary.

Congratulations to Shirley Bos as she celebrates her birthday today. Wishing you a wonderful day with the Lord’s richest of blessings in your new year! J

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, January 28th 

We welcome Pastor Tony Maan from St. Albert CRC as he focuses on “In the School of Temptation” from Luke 4:1-13. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as well.

Congregational Prayer Gathering: 

We are God's people, called by His name. If we humble ourselves, go to Him and call upon Him, He may hear us and heal us and continue His work among us. We will have another Congregational Prayer Gathering on Sunday, January 28th, at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in prayer for the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit among us. Corporate prayer is needed for the Search Committee, the Renewal Lab, our Youth ministries, and many other things. We are still looking for a way to make it possible for all who come to participate and especially to hear, so please come and help us find that particular solution that will work for all involved.

Bethel News

Bethel Newsletter:

January is marching on and the newsletter team is gearing up for the February edition. We of course love to have contributions from the congregation. February is the month of Valentine’s day and love. February is also Heart Month so if you have tips for healthy hearts, we would love to hear from you. Perhaps you have suffered a heart attack and have a story of recovery and life changes to share. Maybe you have written a poem for Valentine’s day that you are willing to share with your Bethel Family. Please have your contributions in to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Wednesday, January 31st. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here are the highlights of our council meeting of January 17th:

1. Bethel received a letter of intent for a summer in service student pastor, Steven Berkenpas. Council feels blessed by this application and will actively discuss with Steven the summer’s plans.

2. We discussed the various ministry leadership teams’ work.

3. Our fellowship hall has been newly fitted with sound baffles. Fewer echos, echos, echos... Thank you to Peter & Gerry Prins for constructing the baffles and to Peter, Gerry & August Luymes for installing them in the fellowship hall.

4. We briefly discussed our policy in regards to the nomination and calling of elders and deacons.

5. The spring congregational meeting has been set for Thursday, March 8th. Please save the date! We would love to hear how all the programs, ministry leadership teams and bible study groups are going so please come with a short report for each.

6. We approved a request of transfer of membership of James & Angela Wildeboer and family to Wolf Creek Community Church, our daughter church!

Pastor Search Committee: 

We have a wonderful group taking turns meeting at each other’s houses. We are still listening/watching sermons online. Technology is a wonderful thing! Several Pastors and graduating students have responded to our ad. We will consider all of them keeping in mind what we are looking for according to our Congregational Survey. If you know of a pastor you would like us to look into, please fill out a form from the table in the foyer. Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer Meeting: 

If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to pray for the congregation and the upcoming Prayer Gathering on January 28th, please join us on Tuesday, January 23rd, at 10 a.m. at Margaret Roolker's. Let us not grow weary to continue before the Lord in prayer for each other. It's the most intimate and direct act of worship.

Bethel Alpha: 

Next week Thursday, January 25th we begin the Alpha program. Alpha is a series of sessions that explores faith and provides space to discuss some of life’s big questions. If you are interested to come please take a card off the table in the foyer for more information and come Thursday night for a free meal at 5:15 p.m. and join us for Alpha afterwards. We’d love for you to come. How can every man, woman and child from Bethel be part of this? Pray for Alpha. Pray at meal times. Explain to your children what Alpha is about and let them participate with their precious prayers at bed time. An Alpha card is in your mail box. Take this home and let it serve as a reminder to pray. Pray Isaiah 61:1-3 and be confident of God’s will. Pray expectantly. Pray that many will come. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s working to prepare hearts to find answers to life’s biggest questions and receive the good news of God’s amazing grace. Pray for the Alpha team that we will be good hosts and for wisdom in facilitating the discussions.

The Alpha team is: Walter and Ella Land, Jan and Cootje Voorbji, Craig Van Stryland, Adam and Heather Eisses, and Joan and Henry Eisses. If you would like to help out please contact any the team. The Alpha cards are self-explanatory and easy to hand out. Please take some with you – there are plenty on the foyer table. Someone may come to mind that you can share the invitation with and invite them to come. Thank you for being willing to be part of Alpha!

Church Renewal Lab: 

Team members, Read the book, The U Turn Church, before Saturday, January 27th when we meet at 8:30 a.m. at August and Harriet's place. Henry has 3 more copies of the book if anyone needs one.

Multi-generational Bible Study: 

We will have our first meeting on January 28th, after the morning service. It will be at the home of Margaret Roolker. We will prepare lunch and eat together while we get to know each other better and talk about the things of the Lord. Should you feel a desire to join us, even last minute, you are very welcome!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

today will be a social at Hailey's from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Please bring skates if you have them, and dress warm for some sledding behind our quad. Supper and games to follow...see you there! Our regular scheduled bible study will be on Sunday, February 4th at the Vandenborns’ at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, January 16th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

SAVE THE DATE! GEMS Camp 

will be August 6 – 10, 2018, at the Rehoboth facility on Gull Lake. Applications will be available from your GEMS counsellor in March. Questions can be emailed to Cindy Grebely at cindygrebely@gmail.com

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

To the congregation of Bethel CRC, Lacombe: 

We are grateful for your gifts of $12,865.25 to World Renew received in the Fall of 2017. Your donations are making an impact through our program fund (where needed most), World Hunger campaign, Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects, and more. In 2017, World Renew served in 33 countries responding to disasters and providing long-term community programs to change the story of poverty for 600,000 individuals. It is through the support of church members like you that this work is possible. "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16). Thank you, Bethel CRC, for doing good by sharing with others and supporting God's people in need. Visit worldrenew.net/ministryreport to learn more about how God is changing the story of poverty through World Renew.

Coffee Break and Small Group Workshop: 

Monday, January 29, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at West End CRC, 10015 - 149 St. Edmonton. Marian Lensink of Coffee Break (CRCNA) will lead this workshop, as we engage scripture together, discuss small group dynamics, leading the Bible study and the practice of prayer. Cost is $35 to be paid at the workshop. Anyone involved in a small group of any kind is invited to attend. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Please register by sending an email to mlensink@crcna.org or contact Diana Vanderwal-Krikke at 780-454-8151. Please register by January 26, 2018.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Board and Staff of Central Alberta Christian High School 

would like to thank everyone who donated to the Fall Drive/Capital Campaign. The school is truly blessed by your support financially and prayerfully. As of January 15th we have received $178,958.50 for the combined drives. If you would still like to contribute, please send your contribution to the school: Central Alberta Christian High School, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe AB, T4L 1G7, Attention: Wendy Barnes.

A reminder to all qualified trades’ people who are interested in plumbing, electrical and commercial heating for the new Industrial Arts Building to please contact Dennis Hann 403-357-9543 (cell) at Eagle Builders by January 31, 2018.

Thank you so much for supporting the Mustard Seed 

in Red Deer in 2017. Your generous spirit of compassion is an inspiration to others. You are invited to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk – February 24th. The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family friendly fundraiser for hungry, homeless, and hurting individual families in Red Deer. All proceeds go to the Mustard Seed. This is not your normal walk. This is a walk of awareness and empathy. This is an opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of the most vulnerable. A meal will be provided at the Mustard Seed at the conclusion of the Walk. Please register a team from your church at https://cnoy.org/location/reddeer to help us raise our goal of $25,000. Your participation will make a significant difference in the lives of men, women and children in need. Last year your belief in our work helped us serve over 17,000 dinners and 53,000 lunches via the school lunch program, while providing spiritual care. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17

All of us at Samaritan’s Purse are grateful for your participation in the Operation Christmas Child program

The support of compassionate Canadians like you will touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the weeks and months ahead. God has used Operation Christmas Child to make a difference in Peru, Africa, and dozens of other regions in the developing world. Additionally, many shoebox gift recipients are now progressing through The Greatest Journey, our Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Visit our impact stories pages to learn more about the impact your gifts have on the lives of the children who receive them. Thank you for being a part of this vital ministry! Randy Crosson, National Director, Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse Canada.

Do you have a heart for young women? Are you compassionate, nonjudgmental, and have life experience to share? Have you ever considered being a mentor, walking alongside others?

Alongside, it means together and in cooperation with. This is what we do at the CAPCC Maternity Home and we’re looking for someone to do it with us! We’re looking for women who have a heart for pregnant or parenting young women, and are at a place in life where she has the freedom to volunteer at the Maternity Home. If you are interested in volunteering your time in the CAPCC Maternity Home, please contact Brenda at 403.343.1611 or by email at brenda@pregnancycare.ca

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Burma/Myamar 

A blockade enforced by the Burmese military has caused suffering to numerous Christians. The military has been restricting deliveries of rice and fuel into the town for months. The impact has been felt most by internally displaced people who were fleeing political clashes elsewhere. They are staying at churches and must now rely on local donors for support. The blockade was meant to target rebel groups involved in a conflict with the government. However, during the conflict, soldiers have destroyed churches and committed human rights violations against innocent civilians - the majority of whom are Christians - including the rape and murder of women. May the "Prince of Peace make His comforting and healing presence known. May His people also be reassured of the fact that although they have been forced to flee their earthly residences, they are truly royal citizens of a more lasting eternal home in the Lord's Heavenly Kingdom which far surpasses anything this world has to offer (Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 13:14).

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