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2019-09-08 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: 

Please remember those who are mourning among us, and those who have ongoing struggles with health, physical or otherwise. As brothers and sisters in the Lord, we have a holy duty to pray for one another, and to help lighten the load others are carrying. It will draw us closer together, and it pleases our heavenly Father.

Congratulations 

to Teena Stol as she celebrates her birthday on Monday. To Carol Hosmer as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday. Wishing you both a wonderful day filled with lots of love and our Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends.

Thank you 

to the church family for your prayers and support in these past weeks. You have made us feel welcome. God’s promise of eternal life is so comforting. Emma Reitsma and Family

Bethel News

Dana will be preparing hospitality schedules in the coming weeks. Always looking for more help in the nursery, coffee servers, greeters, ushers and lift operators. If you would like to add your name to any of these lists, contact Dana at the office. Please consider serving Bethel this way. Let’s all take part in making our worship services a more welcoming atmosphere for all, especially for our guests.

From Pastor Jake: 

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.

Women’s Ministry/Coffee Break Coaching Conversations: 

For those thinking about Women’s Ministries/Coffee Break leadership, here is a wonderful opportunity to join in the conversation with Marian Lensink from Resonate Global Mission. To kick off the new season, She is planning a series of on-line Coaching Conversations. She invites you to join her and others, for a monthly video call, on your computer. Topics for Discussion:

  • September: Beginning a New Season: Fresh ideas for opening day, inviting and welcome new women, etc. Share your first day plans, learn some new ideas.
  • October: Engaging the Bible study: New tips and ideas for leading the Bible study. How to engage seekers and believers alike.
  • November: Keeping the Evangelistic Perspective: Renew your group's passion for evangelism.
  • December: Leading through Challenges: Dealing with challenges, conflict, women who are hurting.
  • For more information look for the email notice on the foyer bulletin board or contact Marian Lensink at mlensink@crcna.org, Global Coffee Break at www.crcna.org/CoffeeBreak

    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!

    Calling all Ladies!! 

    You are invited to a Miscellaneous Bridal Shower for Diana Hoekstra on Wednesday, September 18th at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come and join us for an evening of fellowship and fun to shower Diana with our blessings for her upcoming wedding on Saturday September 28th to Mitchell Miedema. Please bring something to share for our luncheon, coffee and juice will be provided.

    VISION Team:

    The first meeting of the new season will be on Saturday, September 21st at 8.30 a.m., location yet to be determined.

    HELP! 

    Looking for someone to complete a history information survey from World Renew. This survey is about our Bethel CRC building and construction of it. Give Dana a call in the office to get a copy of the survey.

    BETHEL YOUTH

    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

    Charis Village Senior Housing 

    is a not for profit, locally based, Christian group of volunteers with something to share! Condo apartments and duplexes are currently being leased on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on your chance to live in a village of caring and grace! You are invited to a free informative meeting at the Lacombe Memorial Centre County Room. Meeting will be held for 4 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on September 25th at 7 p.m. Call 403-506-0051 for details.

    From the Deacons:

    The Good Samaritan Society is hosting a Spiritual and Wholeness Workshop on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. More information and registration for this work shop for "Restoration for the Restorers" is available on the website at www.gss.org and there are also pamphlets available at the bulletin board by the kitchen.

    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

    Communal Gathering: 

    On September 22nd at 7 p.m., West End CRC will gather together with the Classis Alberta North sub-committee to look at matters of sexuality. This is an evening of information and discussion with Dr. Jeffery Weima. The evening will include a brief overview of the sub-committees work and goals along with an introduction to the context in which these discussions come; an address by Dr. Weima on “Same-Sex Sex: What Does the New Testament Say?” And round table discussion asking what we are hearing and understanding, and what do we need in looking ahead. Dr. Weima is a Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and Co-Chair of the synodical committee on “A Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality” The committees interim report is available online at htts://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/human_sexualiity_interim_report_2019.pdf

    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 16th to November 2nd. We look forward to meeting you!

    Paul's Missionary Journeys In Greece 

    (April 2-14, 2020): Travel by motor coach (8 days) and cruise ship (3 days) to sites connected with Paul's 2nd and 3rd missionary journeys, as well as visit other major sites of biblical, archaeological, and cultural interest. Jeff Weima, Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading Pauline scholar (who grew up in the Canadian CRC!), hosts this inspirational tour. For more information, visit www.jeffreyweima.com or contact Dr. Weima at 616-328-3110 or weimje@calvinseminary.edu

    THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

    Indonesia 

     The state of religious freedom was brought again into the spotlight when local authorities broke up a Sunday service at a Indonesian Pentecostal Church on August 25th. The church had been meeting in a building that also served as the pastor's home since 2014. This congregation faced opposition from some neighbours. After news of the incident was released on social media, including video footage, a meeting was held . The outcome of that meeting mandates that these Christians travel eight kilometres to the nearest established church building in order to worship. This incident is not unique; several similar cases have taken place in recent years. Remember the members of this congregation, as they face the challenges of representing Christ within their community. Pray that those who are opposed to the church will witness the love of God demonstrated in the lives of the Christians around them. May laws be established to bring true religious harmony in Indonesia.

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