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2019-09-01 Bulletin


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. 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. Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world, Diana Boot, Margaret Njuguna, Mark, Selina & Levi Patterson, Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst and John & Marian VanderMeer.

Prayer: Let us not grow weary of praying. How could we? Little children never grow tired of walking after you, calling out with their many questions or their talk. (Perhaps you are like me, and you sometimes wished they would?) God wants to hear from us, He Is Our Father! Go to Him.

Congratulations to Eleanor Wildeboer as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday. Wishing you a fabulous day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends! J

Jennie Bajema’s daughter, Dorothy Winia is in the Red Deer Hospital battling cancer. Please remember Dorothy and Jennie during this difficult time. May our Lord comfort the family.

Remembering the Reitsma, Klopstra and Busaan families with the recent passing of their loved ones Dave Reitsma, Scott Klopstra and John Busaan. May our Lord comfort them and grant them strength and peace during this difficult time.

Bethel News

Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, August 28, 2019:

  • We were excited to get the Church year started again and are thankful for a small break in the schedule.
  • The Acts of Synod are now available on the CRCNA website.
  • Meeting schedule for all council meetings is started and it is still a work in progress.
  • We would like to remind all Ministry Leadership Teams to review and update their mandates with a date if necessary.
  • Save the Date!! Congregational meeting tentatively set for November 27th.
  • We Received the Pastors Report from Pastor Jacob. He is really enjoying his time here so far as well as a break to learn the area around Lacombe. He really appreciates being here and so far the move has been a blessing to his family as well as all of us.
  • Reminder to Council Members to return the Handbooks so they can be refreshed.
  • The Reno Team has met a few times over the summer. Currently working on pricing a new building to compare with a renovation.

From Pastor Jake: 

The dog days of summer are on us right now. It’s a time for vacations, back to school shopping, last trips to the beach and mountains. But it is also a time for ministry leaders to start thinking and planning for the beginning of the church year again! As part of planning for the upcoming church season, Pastor Jake is asking you to let him know if you are a leader of a small group and its name. The goal is to put together a complete list of small groups for people to become a part of and to invite their friends, neighbours, fellow students and co-workers. If you are willing to take a challenge of becoming a leader or co-leader in one of Bethel Church Ministries as we seek to Follow Jesus, Love Others. Serve Our Community and Share Our Faith. Pastor Jake would appreciate an opportunity to sit down with you to explore how he might support you; see what training and resources you might need, so that we can start off strong after Labour Day. Pastor Jake is available to discuss with you how and where God is working in your life, as part of the Bethel Family. We ask that you pray about where God may be calling you to participate in the ministries of Bethel for Him.

Book Club: 

Ladies, soon we will start meeting again. Our September meeting is on Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Margaret Roolker. The book is Educated by Tara Westover. This is a book that made a great impression on many readers as an international bestseller, and is in high demand at bookstores and libraries everywhere. It looks like a promising start for our new season!

VISION Team: 

The first meeting of the new season will be on Saturday, September 21st at 8.30 a.m., hosted by Henry and Joan Eisses.

Education Ministry Leadership Team: 

The Sunday school program for ages 3 to grade 2 is looking for teachers and helpers for the next season. If you are willing to serve in this exciting program with a great group of kids, please contact an EMLT member, Jessica Heidelberg, Jackie Bouwman, or Jan Zuidhof.

BETHEL YOUTH

*** BETHEL YOUTH RETREAT ON SEPTEMBER 13-15 HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

Due to a scheduling error at the camp. Instead, we will be hosting a free, fun, Youth Beach Day on Saturday, September 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with games, beach/boat time, good food and a whole lotta fun! All those in grades 7-12 are invited to attend and please bring your friends. Please meet at the church parking lot at 9:15 a.m. we will be driving to Sandy Point, Gull Lake for our activities. At dinner time we will be driving out to the Luymes’ for a wiener roast. Make sure you bring extra clothes and towels. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 5th to Jen Zuidhof. If there is inclement weather, the event will still happen indoors at the LCS gym. For those who registered and paid for the retreat, your money will be refunded and a new letter of consent will need to be filled out. . Consent forms can be found on the foyer table before entering the sanctuary or on our Bethel Youth Facebook group page. (You need to be a member on the site to download it.)

Tuesday Night Youth 

will be starting on Tuesday, September 17th for grades 7-12. Doors open at 7 p.m. with games from 7:30-9 p.m. Bring a friend; they’ll be glad you did!! It’s going to be a great season, hope to see you there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rimbey CRC 

Is hosting a musical event in the fall, on Saturday, October 19th and the Sunday morning service on October 20th. The focus is primarily on Accapella Worship, all 4 parts in harmony, and you are invited to join us. The songs have already been chosen and are available to anyone interested in learning them, some old and some new. There have been several practices during the summer and starting on September 8th the practices will be weekly. For those who want to gather as choir before the workshop weekend in October, practices will be held on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. so that all participants may attend their own church services. There will be a light lunch offered before for anyone interested, please RSVP. The cost of participation in the weekend event is $35.00. If you are interested in singing in this 'one time only' choir, please email Darlene Buist at darlenebuist@msn.com for all the vocal tracks to practice with. All are welcome and all ages too! For more information call Grace Bennik at 403.783.1957 or email your questions to sygrab@gmail.com . To get a taste of what it might sound like, go to 'YouTube praise and harmony' and listen to a number of different songs.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

First CRC in Rocky Mountain House 

would like to invite all Classis Alberta North churches to our installation service, of Pastor Ken Douma, on Sunday, September 8th at 10 a.m. There will be a potluck and time of fellowship following the service.

CRC Community Address with Dr. Jeff Weima: 

Please reserve Sunday, September 22, 2019 for a communal gathering at West End CRC, Edmonton. (Time to be determined). Dr. Jeffrey Weima, a Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary will speak on Sunday evening to the broader CRC community on Same-Sex Sex: What Does the New Testament Say?

The 2019 Day of Encouragement Registration 

website it up and ready for you to secure your spot at the cheapest price! The date for the DOE is Saturday November 2, 2019; Remember November. www.regonline.ca/doeedmonton2019 Super Early Bird registration is $40 and will go until September 9th, Early Bird will be $50 from September 9th to October 16th, and Regular Registration at $60 from October 16 to November 2nd. We look forward to meeting you!

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Eritrea: 

A recent wave of raids against Christians has taken place, with at least 150 arrested in the past two months. 70 believers were taken to the Ashufera prison which consists of a series of tunnels in a remote area where they are forced to dig more tunnels when additional space is needed. Six Christians refused to renounce their faith before court, saying they would not "negotiate their faith". 80 more Christians were taken to a police station where they are still being held. Praise God for the testimony of these believers who are standing firm in the midst of trials. May their faith and endurance be a source of encouragement to other Christians and a testimony to those in need of salvation, including their captors. Ask the Lord to minister to the many Eritrean Christians suffering deplorable prison conditions.

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