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2019-06-16 Bulletin


Last week we celebrated Pentecost and the sacrament of baptism. Both of these are special moments that are connected with dreaming and hope. The Bible talks about the power of visions and dreaming. These being signs of life and hope in places like Joel 2. Pastor Jake would love to hear from you. What are you dreaming about for your life? And Bethel? Please consider writing some of your dreams and visions down and placing them in the offering plate today. Papers are located on the back table in the foyer, or email your thoughts to Pastor Jake at jacobhboer@gmail.com. He will then share some of these dreams (without names) in next month’s Bethel newsletter as he will be reflecting on the power of a dream for our church.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, June 23rd we will be celebrating Appreciation Sunday! 

During the service we will be taking some time to simply say Thank You to all of you who faithfully volunteer and give of your time, talents, treasures and heart to help Bethel be the beautiful family of Jesus followers that we are. Without you, there would be no Bethel Church. We will also be servicing cake after the service as a sweet treat to remind you that we appreciate everything everyone does.

Pastor Jake will be beginning a 4-week series on the book of Jonah. We so often focus on the big fish, but there is so much in this prophet’s take about God’s grace and mercy and his justice and righteousness. We will begin by reflecting on Jonah 1, Can You Run From God? Maybe another way of considering Jonah 1 is asking, why would we run from God?

Jonah: 

Our schedule of worship services for the next month:

  • June 23, 2019: Jonah 1, Can You Run From God?
  • June 30, 2019: Jonah 2, A Fishy Prayer
  • July 7, 2019: Jonah 3, Unexpected Grace
  • July 14, 2019: Jonah 4, Angry At God
  • Bethel BBQ Potluck Luncheon: 

    After the morning service on June 30th the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team invites you to join us with our next Bethel Potluck. Please bring a Salad AND a Bag of Chips. The Dessert, Burgers, Buns and all the fixings will be supplied. We look forward to starting up the Summer BBQ season with you! 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 Henry Geldof and Steve Ogi. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer, Dave Reitsma 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.

    Earlier this week an email went out to our members about Pastor Jake’s daughter in law, Andrea’s Father, who had emergency open heart surgery. Sadly her father passed away the day after. We remember Andrea & Jacob Boer and the rest of Andrea’s family during this difficult time. May the arms of Jesus comfort you and grant you peace

    Dave Reitsma has moved to the Rimbey Hospital & Care Centre yesterday afternoon. Emma & Dave are looking forward to having a place open up closer to home when one is made available. Please remember them in your prayers, asking for the transition be easy and that patience be granted.

    Congratulations to Dorothy Meindersma as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and our Lord’ rich blessings. J

    Pastor Jake is in Grand Rapids this week for Synod 2019. If you need to contact him, you can email or message through Facebook Messenger, as he will not have phone service. If there is an immediate need, please contact one of Bethel’s elders or Dana at the church office.

    Please remember Pastor Jake and all delegates for Synod 2019, in their travels and their time in the meetings. May our God bless everyone attending!

    Prayer: "Lord, grant that we all as one come boldly before Your throne and pray much for each other-so we all will be one, as You are one." Let's never be too tired or too burdened to pray. And if we know that someone among us is tired, or weary, let's double our prayer time and include them when we approach our heavenly Father.

    Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

    Bethel News

    Executive Council Highlights from June 11, 2019:

    • We set the Agenda for the full council meeting on June 26th. This will be the transition meeting for retiring and new office bearers.
    • We received minutes and were updated from the all the Ministry Leadership Teams’.
    • Pastor Jacob will be doing some training and equipping for each Council Group coming up in September.

    From the Office:

    Due to the CACHS graduation ceremonies and Canada Day long weekend Dana would like the congregation to know that the deadline for the Sunday, June 30th bulletin will be Thursday, June 27th at 9 a.m.

    To finalize the nursery schedule, I am looking for 2 more ADULTS to help. Please consider serving Bethel this way. It would be nice to have a complete schedule without repeating anyone’s name in the three month rotation.

    Service Schedules: 

    Over the course of the next two weeks summer schedules will be delivered into your mailboxes. If you are unable to do your service PLEASE find your own replacements

    In an effort to stay in touch over the summer months and create better community, starting Friday, July 5th the Bethel Bulletin will be emailed to all members on the mass email list every Friday afternoon. If you are not on that list and would like to add yourself, contact Dana. A little something to look forward to before the weekend starts!!

    Bethel Bridge App 

    It’s my great pleasure to announce that the Bethel Bridge App is up and running with the new directory now installed and ready for your use. Soo many great things are located on the handy tech tool. All that is required of you is to download (The Bridge App for iOS OR Android), discover and use! The directory lists your information, such as phone number, email address, birthdate etc. A feature on the app when using information like addresses, when tapped opens to a map option. The phone number, when tapped, opens directly to a call or text for Android phones option. And the email, when tapped, opens directly to the send an email option. You may also choose to update your information and install a photo. Monthly in our Bethel Newsletter I plan on keeping you informed about all things Bridge App. I will focus on the different features for you to discover. I’m excited to go forth, use and discover the many great things we get to use. Please feel free to email or call me to request information at any time during the day, or contact the church during office hours.

    Double Wedding Shower Time!! 

    Wedding bells will be ringing for two young couples this summer, and we would like to bless them with a double church shower. Grace Roolker will marry Bradly Smallboy and Ashley Matejka will marry Justin van Gyssel. The shower will be Tuesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. and all ladies and girls are invited to attend. Our theme will be “Your Favourite Recipe”, written out on recipe cards and gift cards. Please bring a snack to share. See you there!

    Bethel Newsletter: 

    The summer newsletter is in the planning stages. Have you got something regarding summer that you would like to share? Or an informative article? We love to have contributions from our Bethel family. Please have your contributions to Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes by Wednesday, June 26th. We look forward to hearing from you. There will not be a newsletter in August. Look for the next one just before September. Look around this summer for what might be interesting to the rest of the family.

    Lacombe Days Parade Float: 

    This year we are putting together a float for the parade and Pastor Jake is looking for energetic, excited volunteers to help plan. We need people who would like to ride along, others to help with materials, all to share Bethel Church with our great community Lacombe. Please touch base with Pastor Jake, so we can get this float on the road for July 27th!!!

    DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

    Neighbourhood Life in Central Alberta 

    is now an official missionary partner with Resonate, which means I am recognized as a full time missionary in Central Alberta. Neighbourhood Life continues to grow. We have signed on for another 2 year commitment with the city of Red Deer in training people unique and powerful ways of loving your neighbour. We are currently in the middle of another full block party season, of which 50% of the neighbourhoods engaged are repeats from last year, with an additional 50% new neighbourhoods experimenting with neighbourhood initiatives. And Neighbourhood Life is building a hospitality wing alongside a new Good Neighbour Coffee roasting facility, slated to be operational in the fall of 2019. We are thankful to know many people in various neighbourhoods who desire the Kingdom of God, although they struggle to demonstrate it in everyday living. Continue to pray for Neighbourhood Life, and consider supporting the ministry via Resonate or Wolfcreek Community Church. For more info call/text 403 505-9897. Sincerely, Pastor Rick

    PERSECUTED CHURCH

    Eritrea: 

    In the days leading up to Eritrea's Independence Day celebrations during the month of May, authorities arrested more than 140 Christians; In early June, more than 30 Christians were arrested by security forces. Officers raided three private homes in the capital of Asmara where devotees of this "unrecognized religion" had gathered for prayer. According to one report, the believers were promised release only if they disavowed their faith. In recent months, pressure has also intensified as authorities seek full control of all religious organizations, including schools, medical clinics and orphanages. Please remember these arrested believers and the many other prisoners who are being held for their Christian faith, often in horrific conditions. Pray that needed spiritual and physical provisions will be made available to strengthen and sustain them, as well as for their concerned family members. May the Lord be glorified through the testimonies of faithfulness and hope being demonstrated through His people.

    Food for Thought: 

    Be Thou My Vision,That’s an old hymn we sing regularly. "Naught be all else to me, save that thou art..." Getting back to that question: What is our vision? The place Jesus holds in our hearts will influence our dreams and visions for Bethel and ourselves. Does He fill our horizon? Then our vision will automatically include others, that is, society.

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