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2018-02-11 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 Lorraine Havinga and Ella Land as you celebrate your birthdays on Friday and Saturday. We pray for continued blessings from our Lord and love and laughter with family and friends. 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.

BETHEL NEWS

New Church Directory:

An up to date directory is in the works and we need your help. If your information in the current directory is incorrect, please email your corrections to our office at bchurch2@shaw.ca or place a note in our secretaries’ mailbox in the foyer. The deadline for sending us corrections is Sunday, February 25th as we are planning to print the new church directory by the end of February. Thank you from the Church secretaries!

Bethel Alpha: 

Thank you for praying for Alpha! So far we’ve had from 6 to 12 guests attend. This week we are moving to our 3rd session. Each week we move into a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. There is still time to invite a guest to Alpha. Be courageous and ask God to make you aware of someone who could benefit from this kind of format. We are sowers scattering seeds in God’s harvest field. Even one seed that grows can make a huge difference. Mother Teresa said: “I do not know what success will be but, if the Missionaries of Charity have brought joy to one unhappy home, made one innocent child from the street keep pure for Jesus, one dying person die in peace with God, don’t you think it would be worthwhile offering everything for just that one?” There are still more invitation cards on the table in the foyer. We ask for your continued prayers that God would prepare hearts to receive the truth and pour his blessing on imperfect offerings of our service to him.

A note from the General Administration Leadership team: 

We are asking the various church groups who use the Fellowship hall regularly to please make note of this request – the area in front of the Emergency doors located in the south west corner of the Fellowship hall MUST be kept clear at ALL TIMES. This means that no items or furniture should be left in this area. Chairs should be stacked along the NORTH wall of the Fellowship hall under the windows. Thank you!

There is a need for child care for the Refugee family: 

Mohammed attends kindergarten two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday and alternate Fridays. He needs to be picked up from school at 11:20 a.m. and watched for approximately an hour until his mother is finished her English Class. On Monday and Wednesday and the alternate Fridays he needs child care for the morning while his mother attends English classes. Also during the week of February 19 to 23 all the children will be out of school and will require child care while their mother has English classes. If you can help out with this need would you please contact Ella Land at 403-782-2425.

A Vacation Bible School 

meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. We hope to discuss dates, material and format. If you have been a part of VBS in the past and would like to be part of this ministry, we would love your input. For more information contact Harriet Luymes at 403-782-2572 or 403-357-7617.

Coffee Break: 

On Wednesday, February 14th, we will begin our morning with a Potluck Breakfast! We will aim to start the breakfast around 9:30 a.m. at the latest.

Craft Day: 

Ladies, on Saturday, February 17th, there will be a Craft Day again. From 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Lunch, coffee & tea served. Please let Margaret at 403-782-4506 or Caroline Ogi at 403-596-2258 know if you are planning to attend, or need transportation. Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome.

Join the Conversation: a Multi-Generational Bible Study 

will be held after the morning service on Sunday, February 25th, at the home of Margaret Roolker. We will begin with a look at Psalm 139. Lunch will be served. Everyone is welcome!!

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Prayer Retreat

Members of the churches of Classis Alberta North are invited to a one day prayer retreat. This is a time to grow stronger in your walk with the Lord as you learn more about prayer and then take time to pray. The theme from Psalm 139 is Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart. Pastor Ron Klok will lead participants in three different sessions. This retreat starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24th at Ebenezer CRC, Leduc and will wrap up by 3:00 p.m. Refreshments and lunch are included. There is no cost but you must register before February 20th by emailing the Classis Alberta North Prayer Coordinator at revrichdelange@gmail.com.

Neighbourhood Life

is currently shooting a short video for casting the vision of loving neighbours, and how the role of our NL travelling trailer BBQ, Espresso Trike and Good Neighbour Coffee, along with various other tools, can make this enriching. We will be having a release date for this video later in February at the Good Neighbour Coffee House. This is also the month in which World Renew people and the Honduran coffee farmers are harvesting the upcoming crop. We are offering the opportunity to sponsor a jute bag (152 lbs.) of harvested green beans. One bag will include a harvest celebration when the coffee beans arrive. Multiple bags will include a visit to the Olancho farmers in central Honduras. For more information contact Pastor Rick at 403-505-9897 or at rickabma@gmail.com. Red Deer and county will also be using the services of NL for the 2018 year as they expand into the city and the county, raising leaders to respond to the call of our Lord to love our neighbours. For the most part, this year will be focused on disciplines/practices as listed in our book, "Neighbouring for Life”.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

“The gifts we receive from our supporting community are profoundly important for us. We are incredibly thankful to all the members of this church for confirming the value of the work being done at King’s by giving generously. We continue to use the resources with which we have been blessed in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Your commitment to our students and King’s mission to provide university education that inspires and equips learners to bring renewal and reconciliation to every walk of life as followers of Jesus Christ, the Servant-King is deeply appreciated. On behalf of the entire King’s community, we would like to express our sincere gratitude.” ~Dr. Melanie Humphreys, President, The King’s University

Teen Challenge, Alberta Men’s Centre Gala Banquet & Silent Auction 

Will be held at the Fist Alliance Church in Calgary on Friday, February 23rd, 2018. For details look for the poster on the foyer bulletin board.

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.

Swing into Spring Family Fundraiser: 

Central Alberta Christian High School would like to invite you and your family to a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, March 1st from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This is a FREE dinner for you and your family to raise money for new computers and the Industrial Arts Building. There will be a Dessert Silent Auction, a movie and popcorn for the kids, and we will hear an update on the new Industrial Arts Building. To reserve your seats, or a table, please phone the school at 403-782-4535. Please come out and support our school!

Job Opening at First CRC Red Deer: 

First CRC Red Deer is in search of a summer student to be employed from May through August of 2018 as a music/worship and summer program coordinator (full-time) to minister to children. The objective of the student position is to assist with organizing, teaching and leading worship for various children’s ministries such as Summer Sunday School (JAM time), Vacation Bible School (VBS) and other children’s programs as required. Please visit www.firstcrcreddeer.ca for a full job posting with required qualifications and directions on how to apply. Application deadline is February 28th, 2018.

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/YFC 

is looking for an individual or couple to serve as a House Parents in the YU-Turn Home in Lacombe. The YU-Turn Home is supportive independent skill development program. Successful candidates will exhibit a strong commitment to live a Christ-centered life, will have proven relationship development skills, have strong communication skills and be a team player. The House Parent will make the YU-Turn Home in Lacombe their full time residence. Remuneration is room and board. Alternate employment or schooling during the regular office hours is encouraged. Closing date for applications is February 20th, so please prayerfully consider this position at Central Alberta Youth Unlimited! For more information about the home or to apply, please contact Melissa Kuipers at 403-318-7857 / 403-789-CAYU or melissak@cayu.ca.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Kenya

On the night of January 23rd several students at a high school beat and stabbed fellow classmates for refusing to convert to Islam. Tensions had been growing for weeks at the school in Nairobi due to the Muslim students complaining of discrimination. The conflict escalated when some militant Muslim youth began speaking in defamatory terms and tried to force Christian students to recite the Islamic creed for conversion and undergo cleansing rituals. This led to an attack in which knives and machetes were used. Several students and the principal required hospital treatment for stab wounds and dislocated bones. Please ask for God's wisdom and peace to reign in this troubled Nairobi community, as school leaders, authorities and parents seek to resolve the conflict. Pray that all the injured will receive needed physical and emotional healing; and that all will experience relational reconciliation through the power of Christ's love.

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