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2019-01-27 Bulletin


Food for Thought: 

Do you ever wonder what life is all about? Why you are actually born and what you should do? Micah 6:8 has the answer: He has shown you, O Man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Next Sunday, February 3rd 

We welcome Rick Abma from Neighbourhood Life as he leads us in worship. All are welcome!

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to pray for John Bos, Shirley Bauer, Henry Geldof and Steve Ogi. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer and Rena DeRuiter. 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.

Steve Ogi is at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. His surgery went well and the future looks bright. Praise God for his wonderful provision!! Due to the recovery process, Steve will be looking at a few weeks at the hospital going through a rehabilitation program called Restore. Steve would very much appreciate visitors to brighten his day.

Thank You! The family of Ray and Patti Ames would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church for all of their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. The time spent by members with personal visits, running errands, dropping off meals, kind words, condolences, flowers, and all around kindness and generosity has not gone unnoticed and is truly appreciated by all. God bless!

Thank you to the Bethel Congregation for your ongoing concern, care, prayers, cards, and meals. This has made such a difference to myself and my family! Thank you! We are grateful for the excellent care that John continues to receive in hospice while his health continues to significantly decline. John longs to go home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we pray towards this end. I have a bright blue oven dish without a lid that belongs to someone who kindly brought over a meal. Please call me at 403-782-7325 if this is yours.

Thank you very much as well for your prayers for my great- grand daughter, Mabel Wagner, who is 5 years old and who was in ICU in Calgary for three weeks. Mabel has been recently moved to a regular ward at Children’s Hospital in Calgary and shows signs daily of small, incremental steps towards improved health. The Bos and Wagner family thank you for your prayers for them all. Please continue to pray for full restoration of robust health, for little Mabel.

With appreciation, Shirley Bos and Family

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Bible Study:

Tonight we will get together at Bethel for the first time for the study, Biblical Foundations, from Ligonier Ministries (R.C. Sproul), at 7.30 p.m. This series of studies is highly recommended, and everyone is welcome!!

Neighbourhood Life

in Central Alberta is spreading its wings in 2019. January 18-20 we were invited to be part of Missionfest in Vancouver as the Resonate team highlighted the work they do globally and on the home front. We have also been requested to present our local ministry at this years prayer summit in Los Angeles, April 1-3, 2019. We are also grateful that Burman University in Lacombe extended an invitation for us to participate in the Centre for Peace and Justice. And as the excitement builds for this next year, we ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our ministry (send all donations to Wolf Creek Community Church, Box 5072, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1W7, marked “Neighbourhood Life”) or consider hosting a neighbourhood gathering. For more information, text or call Pastor Rick Abma (403) 505-9897.

Bethel Newsletter: 

The newsletter team took a little break between Christmas and New Year but we are ready to get going again. Our next newsletter is planned to be in production for the 3rd of February. We will be working on gathering items and contributions over the next two weeks. If you have something you would like in the newsletter, please have it to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by the 29th of January. If you have an article that you would like us to just copy and include, and you put it in our mailboxes, PLEASE DO NOT WRITE ON IT. Put a sticky note or send us an email, or put it in an envelope with a note. If you write on the paper, we end up having to retype the article so as not to have your handwriting across it. Thanks so much for helping us to produce an interesting, informative, Bethel family newsletter.

Coffee Break: 

On January 30th, we will have a Potluck Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. After that we will welcome Rose Minde, who will talk to us about our First Nations neighbours. Everyone is welcome! On February 6th we will start a new study, The Commands of Jesus.

Special Invitation to the Congregation: 

On Wednesday, January 30th, Coffee Break welcomes Rose Minde, from Ermineskin, who will talk to us about First Nations people, their lives, and especially their need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone interested is more than welcome to join us that morning around 10am.

Living Members Bible Study 

will be held at Harry & Dorothy's on February 3rd at 7 p.m. Please review Lesson 1 in the Discover James study booklet.

Prayer: 

Please continue to bring your fellowship saints before the Lord in prayer. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, .... God hears the prayer of the righteous, and of those who intercede for others. Our next prayer meeting will be Tuesday morning, February 5th at 10 a.m. at Margret's.

The Mexico Mission Team 

invites you to join them for their Mexican Fiesta on Saturday, February 9th at CACHS. Join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship. Tickets are available from each team member for $20. We will also be holding a silent auction once again, if you have something you would like to donate contact any team member and we will arrange for drop off or pickup. This year’s team members are: Brooklyn Wildeboer, Torey Tenbrinke, Kassidy Tenbrinke, Erica van Gyssel, Conner Heidelberg, Connor Wiersma, Zander Wiersma, Kyler Bajema, Amber Tenbrinke, Paige Kuipers, Elena Siebenga, Keagen Salomons. Leaders for this year’s team are Dana van Gyssel, Carina Tenbrinke, Pete Heidelberg, Brian Bajema, August Luymes.

Wolf Creek Community Church will be hosting Alpha 

at the Good Neighbour Coffeehouse on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. starting February 12, 2019. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, or would like more information, please contact Brian Yoshida at 403-782-1173, Mary Ann Kolkman at 403 597 4516 or Gary Barnes at 403 885 5187.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Young Peoples 

will be meeting on February 3rd at the Vandenborns’. Emily will be on snack.

ANNOUNCMENTS

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ 

has two job opportunities available. Details are located on the bulletin board in the foyer.

February 6, 2019: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. LCS West Campus Library: 

Please join our prayer group which meets once a month to lift our school before our Lord. This will not be an information session on current issues; rather we seek to join together in Christian community, in hope and in grace, to support our administration, teachers, board and students in these challenging times. We want to welcome all Christian education supporters, from parents to grandparents and anyone in between. We appreciate your willingness to serve in this way. Please text Janis Butcher at 403-357-9195 or email westof17@gmail.com if you are interested. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Psalm 71:5

The Mustard Seed Red Deer, Coldest Night of the Year: 

This is an event to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing poverty and homelessness in Red Deer. This is a national walk and will be held on February 23, 2019. The Start and the end of this walk will be at the Mustard Seed. There is a 2, 5 or 10 km walk. With the Canada games happening at that time, we would like to ensure that we get the word out to as many folks as possible. For more information please go online at CNOY.org

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

is excited to present More Than Just a Man, a new Easter dramatic musical production. This is a fundraising event for the CAPCC Maternity Home which provides a nurturing home, supporting healthy pregnancy and positive parenting. If you love to sing or play an instrument, YOU are invited to join the adult choir or orchestra. (There are many other areas where help is needed as well!) Performance dates: April 11th – 13th, 2019, Red Deer Memorial Centre. Choir rehearsals times: 7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning January 8th at Deer Park Alliance Church. Orchestra rehearsal times: Monday evenings at Deer Park Alliance Church. For more information contact Sharon Nielsen at 403-307-0379 or sharon.nielsen@ymail.com.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Aid and Trade with the Global South:

Join World Renew on March 23rd at 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Covenant CRC (19010 87 Ave., Edmonton) to learn how small business development and just trade can empower communities to improve their lives. We will be featuring a global marketplace, Central American cuisine, and keynote speakers Daniel Jean-Louis (author of “From Aid to Trade”) and Doug Seebeck (Partners Worldwide). Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family and are available at wrtraid.eventbrite.ca, or in person from Marg Hoogland (587-377-0422) or Ray Prins.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

China: Ten years ago, unregistered churches in China’s “house church” movement enjoyed a measure of acceptance by the government. However, today things are much different. In February 2018, a new religious regulation led to increased government restrictions on unregistered churches. This has resulted in the forceful closure of hundreds of churches, the arrest and detainment of pastors and church members, and the prohibition of online sales of Bibles. If church leaders refuse to join the government, controlled church, false charges are filed against them. It is illegal to teach religion to anyone younger than 18 years of age. Pray for the many new Christians in China and for the secret distribution of Bibles to them.

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