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2019-09-22 Bulletin


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UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, September 29th 

Pastor Jake wraps his series on the 3T’s by reflecting on Luke 18:18-30, Treasure. What does your treasure chest look like, what is it filled with? When it comes down to it, is the treasure you’ve collected and stored in your lifetime even yours? What does good treasure even look like? We will be exploring these questions and more next week. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper.

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: He, who goes to God in prayer, must believe that He is. Toby Mac sings of this in his song Undeniable: There are moments that I doubt You....but the evidence is piling up, You change my heart isn't that enough? You give me life that I can't take credit for. Call me to walk through an open door… God is undeniably real, alive, true, faithful, all powerful, loving. Consequently, we can always go to Him in prayer! And when you pray please remember those in difficult circumstances; those persecuted; those in prison and those held prisoner by long term disease, or emotional, and mental problems.

Thank you to Pastor Jake and the Bethel Church family for your prayers, visits, soup and meals while I was recuperating from a fall. It is all so much appreciated, very thankful for our church family.
Doreen Kits

Shirley Bos, Deanna Keller (Shirley’s daughter) covets your prayers as Deanna’s son Justin Gouw and wife Melissa welcomed a son Cohen, on September 15th. Baby Cohen was born very premature and currently weighs 1 lbs 11 ounces. He has a long road ahead and the family asks for prayers for the baby, the parents, Justin & Melissa. May the Lord grant the family peace and strength throughout this time.

Bethel News

Service Schedules: 

Schedules have been delivered into your mailboxes this week. If you are unable to do your service PLEASE find your own replacements

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.

Basics of the Christian Faith Class: 

Pastor Jake will be starting a 7-week class on the Basics of the Christian Faith on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9ish p.m. beginning on October 10th and going till November 28th, skipping October 31st. We will be using the Francis Chan video series, Basic as our guide. Pastor Jake & Joyce will be hosting this study in their home at 6 Pickwick Lane.

A New Members Class 

will be offered Sunday, November 3rd after the morning service over a soup & bun luncheon. Pastor Jake will explain why membership I important for you and for Bethel. We will look at what it means to be a part of the Reformed family of churches, a history of Bethel Church, what the mission and vision of Bethel I and what membership means. We will also discuss the process of becoming a member of the Bethel Church family. There will be a sigh-up sheet a little closer to November 3rd. so we can plan for how much soup to make.

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.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Fall is in the air. The harvest is underway. Gardens are emptying. The newsletter team are starting work on the October newsletter. Thanksgiving is the theme. If you have a contribution you would like included, please have it in to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof, or in the newsletter mailbox in the foyer by next Wednesday, October 2nd.

Living Members 

will be Sunday September 29th at 7 pm at the home of Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke. We will be studying Lesson 5 of Discover James .

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 Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. 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.

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.

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!

Lacombe Life Chain October 5th 

Join us as we participate with thousands across Canada. In over 200 locations Canadians gather to stand up in a peaceful witness against abortion. This is a peaceful, prayerful demonstration. We meet around 1:45 p.m. on the green space between Hwy 2A and No Frills (Woodland Drive). We stand from 2 p.m. till 3 p.m. Signs are provided. Visit the Campaign Life Coalition for more details, https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/life-chain Join us in Red Deer on October 6th, visit https://lifecollective.io/red-deer/events for more details

Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet

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 5:30 p.m. with the Main Event beginning at 6:00 p.m. 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.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Communal Gathering: 

This evening 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.

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

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.

Pray, "Your Kingdom Come!" 

Come join us on Saturday, November 9th at Trinity CRC, Edmonton from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to learn about prayer and to pray together. The disciples asked Jesus, “Teach us to Pray” and Jesus taught them what we now call The Lord’s Prayer. We will be looking at 2 parts of this prayer, Intercession and Spiritual Warfare, as taught by Pete Greig in “The Prayer Course”. And then we will pray for God’s Kingdom to come in our churches, in our Classis and in the areas in which we live. This prayer event is sponsored by Classis Alberta North. Our day will be facilitated by Pastor Anne Vander Hoek, Pastor of Prayer at mosaicHouse Church, where she is mobilizing people to pray. Lunch will be provided at no cost to participants. Contact Pastor Rich deLange, Classis Prayer Coordinator, to register (revrichdelange@gmail.com) and please advise him of any food allergies you may have.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Cuba: 

The current situation in Cuba has deteriorated as the government has increased its tight grip on pastors and unregistered churches. For the first time in many years pastors have disappeared without a trace. Food shortages causing hunger have increased greatly due to renewed US embargos against Cuba. Please pray for the missing pastors, those imprisoned, the churches affected and for the Kingdom of God to continue its advancement across the island.

Food for Thought: 

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me? The first line of the song the praise team sang for us. Who are we that the highest King would welcome us? That gives pause for thought...all because of Jesus, His Son. Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed... Who You Say I Am Hillsong Worship

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