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2019-09-15 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 never cease to pray for those you know. Those who are in your sphere of influence, your neighbors, co-workers, your Facebook friends, anyone! They all need your prayers very much right now.

Congratulations to Lies Boskers as she celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends! J

Our condolences to Jennie Bajema as her daughter Dorothy Winia was taken home to her heavenly Father this past week and the funeral was held yesterday, Saturday September 14, 2019. May the Lord bless Jennie and her family. May He grant you peace and comfort.

Bethel News

Dana will be preparing hospitality schedules this week. 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: 

What are your goals for this year? Have you made any plans on how you want to grow deeply in our faith, closer in your relationship with God and to become more like Jesus? The Deacons can help you with this. On September 29th you will find a Personal Faith plan in your mailboxes and on the foyer table for each person to fill out. There will be two Faith Plans for each person, one to give back to the Deacons, unsigned if you wish, and one for you to remind you of the goals and plans you have made for the upcoming year. You will be asked questions like, “Which part of your relationship with the Holy Spirit do you need to/desire to work on this year?” or “Which Spiritual Disciplines do you need to/desire to grow stronger I this year?” or “What would you like to study this coming year to help you grow in your faith?” and “What are some ways you need to/desire to serve this year?” We ask that these Personal Faith Plans be handed back on Sunday, October 6th.

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.

You are invited to join the Lacombe Reformed Seniors' Club on their Fall Bus Tour on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Highlights of the day include: Travelling through the countryside to see the beautiful autumn colors, a visit to Pine & Pond and Fir Evergreen Tree Farm, both north of Crestomere, a delicious lunch at the Huckleberry Cafe in Wetaskiwin, and the IMAX production of Great Bear Rainforest in Edmonton. We will be leaving Bethel CRC in Lacombe at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 per person and include everything! For more information and to book your ticket, please call Judy at 403-782-5960, Cindy at 403-748-2824 or Frances at 403-782-3327. Tickets are available on a first come/first serve basis and must be prepaid by September 25, 2019 to book your seat on the bus.

Picture Wall: 

Several Families on the board are in need to be updated. Please check your picture, talk to Pauline Bos if you would like her to take a new picture. If you prefer, submit a pic, text your choice to Pauline at 403-505-2759. Please include names of the family members.

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 this 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

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

has a job opening in the Maternity Home. Job posting is located on the foyer bulletin board or feel free to contact Lisa Smith at lisa@pregnancycare.ca with any questions.

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.

The Mustard Seed, Bowl for Bellies: 

We are hosting a soup cook off where 15 different restaurants in the city will be bringing their best soup to The Mustard Seed. Tickets are $50/ adult and include a hand painted bowl, children 12 and under are free. The event takes place between 1-4 pm on September 29, 2019. Money raised from ticket sales will help support our school lunch program and hot meal program. For more information locate the poster on the foyer bulletin board.

Praise and Harmony Weekend at Rimbey CRC

There are still 5 practices left if you are still interested in joining us for this event. Come to as many (or as few) as you can in order to participate in the choir. A 'Community Presentation' has been added on the Saturday evening so that all those who would like to hear the songs that have been learned can come out to enjoy and sing along. It will be held Saturday October 19th, at 6 p.m. Desserts will be provided. To receive the sound tracks to learn the songs contact Darlene Buist at darlenebuist@msn.com

We invite you to join the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for our Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet at the NEW Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer. This year we are expecting 600 guests as we celebrate the past year and we look ahead to the future. We will hear stories from individuals whose lives have been directly impacted by the work of the Centre. The Banquet doors will open at 5:30pm with the Main Event beginning at 6:00pm. Please RSVP by October 11, 2019. Visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events, email event@pregnancycare.ca or call 403-343-1611 to reserve your seat at no cost for this opportunity to financially support the CAPCC.

Save the Date! Jeremy Benjamin

and his family are coming to Woodynook CRC on Friday, October 25th as part of his new Wonderlove Tour. Come on out for an Evening Concert at 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new album, Wonderlove, which includes the thousands of voices recorded for the song I Am Not My Own, as well as to hear new music and stories from Jeremy, his wife and children. Stay tuned for further details!

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

Interested in Becoming a Spiritual Director?

The Studion School for Spiritual Direction is now accepting applications for our next cohort of students. This 2 year, part-time program begins in March 2020. Application forms and more information can be found at thestudionschool.com. We are hosting an online information session for those who want to learn more. The one-hour online session is Wednesday, September 25 8:00 p.m. To register, or if you have questions, email thestudionschool@gmail.com.

Silence, Spirit, Scripture, Soul: 

INTERMISSION SILENT RETREAT will be on November 1-3, 2019. Come away to rest and reconnect with the God who keeps inviting us to a deeper and richer life. InterMission happens at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. Two nights’ accommodation, five meals, spiritual direction, group gatherings for prayer and all the amenities of the retreat centre. Cost for this event is $375 and to register visit thestudionschool.com or email rev.klok@gmail.com Registration Deadline is October 20th

Thursday, October 24, 2019. Location: St. Albert CRC, 12 Gate Ave., Time: 7:00 pm. All are invited to an evening of reflection and mutual support as we approach the 25th anniversary of synod’s decision to allow the ordination of women in the Christian Reformed Church. This opened a door to wider use of women’s gifts in participating churches. Denise Posie, director of leadership development for the CRCNA in Grand Rapids, will be our guest, among others. Further details to follow. If you would like more information, please contact Ria Cook, maria-cook@shaw.ca 

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

Russia

A church community was barred from using its place of worship, even though it has done so for two decades. Authorities claim that churches are using residential buildings in ways they were not intended, even though a 1997 law permits religious worship on residential premises. The officials also claim that the buildings do not always meet necessary safety and planning regulations. The construction permits of buildings designated for worship are being denied and the efforts of those affected by this opposition are refused. The church's leadership has appealed the decision and intend to continue presenting this case to the courts, as far as necessary; they are prepared to take this matter to the European Court of Human Rights. Pray for wisdom and direction for this church and others that are attempting to navigate through the maze of Russia's most recently imposed legal regulations. May Christians be able to freely meet for worship throughout Russia without any governmental hindrance or opposition.

Food for Thought: 

What if your blessings come through raindrops, what if your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near...what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise? Psalm 55:1, Listen to my prayer, O God....hear me and answer me. And verses 7 and 8: Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest- I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.

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