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2018-12-23 Bulletin


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember John Bos, Shirley Bauer, Ray Ames, Henry & Anita Geldof and Steve Ogi. Pray also for those who struggle in silence with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3

Please note that Pita Doornenbal has moved from suite 203 to suite 403 at the Royal Oak.

Dear Bethel Congregation, I would like to thank you for all the love, prayer, food, phone calls, cards and visits over the last while. It has been much appreciated. I will be spending Christmas with my daughter in Athabasca. May you all have a blessed Christmas and the best for the New Year! Shirley Bauer

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us. Please keep Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer and Rena DeRuiter in your prayers. Also continue to pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Food for Thought:

At this time of the year we are reminded of Jesus' birth. Who was He, born in that lowly stable? Jesus, the King, God's Son, the Savior, Jesus, the Sun Who is risen with healing in His wings, Malachi 4:2. Who doesn't need healing? This is why the same Jesus said: Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened....and you will find rest (healing) for your souls. Matthew 11:28

Prayer: 

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, members of one 'household of the faith', let us not forget to pray for one another. This is both a busy and a wonderful time. But it can be a heartbreaking time as well. Many need your prayersThink especially of those in prison, those persecuted for their faith, the many grieving and the suffering. If we are one Body on Christ, please remember your brothers and sisters in the household of faith.

Hope in the Messiah

“Nevertheless that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.”

Isaiah 9:1,2

2019 Church Directory: 

Looking into the New Year, Dana would like to deliver a new and updated directory. In your mailboxes last week you found a print out of what is currently in the last edition. Please take a few moments and look at your information. If there are corrections to be made, write out what you would like to be seen in the new edition and place in the secretary mailbox on the lower left side of the mailboxes. If there are no corrections to be made, simply discard the paper in the recycling box under the mailboxes. Projected date of delivery will be for January 6, 2019.

Church Mailboxes: 

Please note in the New Year, Dana will be rearranging the mailboxes in alphabetical order for your convenience.

Nursery & Hospitality Schedules: 

Currently looking for more adult volunteers for the nursery (Must be 18 yrs old). We are also in need of more Greeters and Coffee Attendants. Please email or call Dana to add yourself to these lists. Remember, we all should take part in making our services a more welcoming atmosphere for all, especially our guests. Please consider serving Bethel this way.

Service Schedules:

In your mailboxes today are the schedules for the coming three months. If you are unable to do your service PLEASE find your own replacements. If you have any questions or concerns please let Dana know for the next schedule in the New Year. Note that the Nursery schedule is incomplete, when new volunteers are available, a new schedule will be delivered.

Spiritual Growth Survey

Thanks to all who filled out the survey and handed them into Margaret’s mailbox. If you haven't filled one out yet there’s still time to hand in your completed copy. Please deliver in as soon as possible. If you have questions please contact Margaret, Craig or Henry. Thank you!

ANNOUNCMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive 

goal for this year was set at $125,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $50,300.00. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. Please contact Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) at 403-782-4535 or Phil Tenbrinke (Board Treasurer) at 403-782-7951 if you have any questions or need assistance. You may also mail your donations directly to C.A.C.H.S. 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7 Attention Wendy Barnes. The school will be closed for the Christmas break from December 21st to January 7th, if you would like to still donate you can drop off your cheque in the mailbox outside the front doors, we will be picking up the mail during the break or give Wendy a call at 403-885-5187. A deposit will be made on noon Friday December 28th. We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive.

Come out and join the CACHS drama class

 for a fun evening of laughs and audience engagement. This evening will include the one act comedy; This is a Test by Stephen Gregg along with other skits and performances that showcase the talents of the performers. This is a Test is a play about a young high school student, Alan, who cannot seem to stop daydreaming long enough to write his test. It seems like everything is against him, his teacher, classmates, and especially that voice stuck in his head. This lighthearted comedy is relatable to anyone who has ever been in school or had to take a test. You can purchase tickets in advance by calling 403-782-4535 or at the door, if any tickets are remaining. This is one evening you will not want to miss! Cost for this event is $10 per person, on Thursday & Friday, January 17th & 18th, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. at CACHS Gym.

Maintenance Person Needed! 

Central Alberta Christian High School the Maintenance Committee of Central Alberta Christian High School is seeking a “handy-person” to fill a paid position, and who would be able to spend up to 20 hours per month doing some maintenance work, minor repairs, and general odds and ends in and around the school. This person would work closely with the maintenance committee and our janitor in completing these various tasks. If you are interested in this position or would like more information, please contact our Maintenance committee chairman, Ted Vander Meulen, at 403-885-4749.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Iranian Christians are requesting prayer for four Christian converts who have been detained in the city of Ahvaz since December 2nd. Two sisters were taken for interrogation and were physically assaulted; later they were transferred to one of Iran's prisons, known for its cruel and brutal treatment of prisoners of conscience, on bail of $444.00 for each woman. The whereabouts of two other detainees are unknown. In the last month more than 150 Christians have been arrested in an attempt to 'warn' against sharing their faith. Pray that the Lord will strengthen and encourage these four Christians and enable them to answer their interrogators wisely. Pray for the release of all four, and for care and protection for families and friends. May the Iranian officials, responsible for the violation of the religious rights of their citizens, treat those in detention justly, respecting their dignity.

RIGHTNOW MEDIA WEEKLY FEATURE

Kids & Christmas:

Learn all about the history and meaning of our favorite Christmas traditions, and how they all point to the real reason for the season: JESUS! Follow along for 5 minutes a day to celebrate Christmas in a whole new way. Your family will love the fun videos, discussion questions and prayer prompts for each episode. Take a look and have some fun discovering all the goodies RNM has for your family throughout the holiday season! For this study and others, look in the Rightnow Media site or the App under the Bethel CRC library and then the Weekly Feature. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Dana.

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