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2019-02-10 Bulletin


Next Sunday, February 17th 

We welcome Pastor Bryan Lanting from Calgary as he leads us in worship.

After the morning service on February 17th the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team invites you join in fellowship to our next Bethel Potluck. Bring a Pan of Soup OR Buns and Dessert. Please remember to bring enough food for your family plus some extra.

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 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.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of our members, John Bos. John passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3rd with his wife, Shirley, and daughter, Lucy, at his side.

We thank you as friends and family in the Lord, for your prayers, visits, support, words of encouragement, and love during these past few months of John’s illness. The vibrant love you have extended to our family, especially to our mom, Shirley, is a testament to your life in Christ and the communion of the saints. You are all warmly invited to celebrate the life of John Bos on Friday, February 15th at 12:00 noon here at Bethel. Please join us for a light lunch which will follow the funeral service. With appreciation, The Bos Family.

Shirley Bauer is now in palliative care in the Lacombe Hospital. We continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she struggles with cancer.

Happy Birthday to Lorraine Havinga! She will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday. We wish you a wonderful day with family and friends. May our Lord continue to bless you into your new year!! J

Prayer: Please keep praying for the many who need it. At Coffee Break we heard someone speak about people crying for relief among the First Nations. They are not far away from us. Please pray for them, as well as for those who minister among them.

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

From the Pastor Search Committee and Bethel Church Council: 

It is with great joy and excitement that we announce that Pastor Jacob Boer from Hope CRC in Stony Plain has accepted the call to be our pastor here at Bethel! Praise be to God!

Bethel Cadets 

would like to thank everyone who donated bottles and batteries to help with our fundraising this year. Our club appreciates the support!

Foundations Bible Study 

will be held tonight here at church at 7:30 p.m. We will be studying Lesson 2 entitled Scope and Purpose of Theology. Everyone is invited and welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Coffee Break: 

We have started our new study, The Commands of Jesus. Wednesday, February 13th will be our second lesson. If you are interested, please feel free to join us. Do you want to be a blessing to others? Bring someone along!

Book Club: 

Ladies, our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. The book we are studying is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Vision Team: 

We will be meeting on Saturday, February 23rd at 8:30 a.m. at the home of Craig and Marcella Van Stryland.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Young Peoples 

will be meeting on February 24th at the Vandenborns’. Aiden will bring the snack.

DEMONINATIONAL NEWS

Prayer Retreat

On Saturday, February 23rd you are invited to enjoy a day of growing in prayer personally and corporately. This is an opportunity to rest in our Lord, commune with Him and gain tools for a stronger prayer life for yourself and your church. Spiritual Director and man of prayer, Len Thompson of Urban Sanctuary will look with us at the life of the prophet Daniel and guide us in prayer. We'll learn about:

  • Session 1: Developing a Bullet-Proof Prayer Habit
  • Session 2: Daniel's Prayer Focus
  • Session 3: When Prayer Shakes You...Then What?
  • Session 4 The Character Change Prayer Made in Daniel

There is no cost to attend. Also refreshments and lunch are provided. This will take place at Trinity CRC, Edmonton from 9 a.m. to 2:30/3:00 p.m. as part of the Classis Alberta North Prayer Ministry. Please indicate that you are coming by emailing revrichdelange@gmail.com by February 20th or call 780-475-2662. Come and be blessed and equipped. If you're coming from out of the city and want lodging on Friday evening, please let us know.

Calling all Deacons

Past, present and those who have a heart for benevolence. Diaconal Ministries Canada and Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference is hosting a Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence workshop on Wednesday, February 27th from 7 - 9 pm, at Woody Nook CRC. This workshop addresses in practical ways, how to engage in poverty alleviation, and helping those who come knocking on our doors when making ends meet is a challenge. For further info please contact Lucinda (DMC) at 780-242-5676 or lklapwyk@yahoo.ca , Jesse (NADC) at 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com , or Brad Prins at 403-341-9570

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DAYS for GIRLS 

is an organization dedicated to giving DAYS of school and income back to girls and women by making and distributing reusable sanitary hygiene kits and reproductive and hygiene education. Our team at Woodynook CRC will have our next meeting on Wednesday, February 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There WILL be child care in the morning ONLY. Whether you sew (please bring sewing machine/serger/iron/fabric cutters if able) or not, we have a job for you! Soup and buns will be provided for lunch. Please contact Joanna Luna at 587-877-3400 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

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 

currently has a job opening for a Part time Receptionist in our Red Deer office as well as a unique volunteer opening as a Live In Mentor in our Maternity Home. For more information about both positions they can be found on our website: www.pregnancycare.ca/staff-volunteer-opportunities/.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Iranian 

Christians are requesting prayer for 65 year old Ruhsari Kamberi. Following her arrest in December, Ruhsari faced ten days of intensive interrogation. Authorities had also searched her home where they confiscated her phone, Bibles and Christian materials. After eventually being released on bail, Ruhsari was brought before the prosecutor in mid January to answer charges of "acting against national security." During the court hearing, she was ordered to meet with an Islamic religious leader to be "instructed" and offered the opportunity to return to Islam. There were at least 114 arrests in ten different cities during the first week of December alone. While most of these arrested believers were released after a few hours, they had been forced to write down details of their faith related activities and ordered to have no contact with other Christians. Please prayerfully uphold our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in Iran who are experiencing heightened incidences of persecution. For all who are serving time in prison for their faith, specifically pray that God's protection and encouragement will enable them to patiently endure, all the while sensing His presence and ongoing ministry as He works sovereignly on their behalf.

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