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2019-10-06 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, October 13th 

we will be reflecting on Luke 9:18-27, Who Do You Say Jesus Is? Some people say Jesus is a great teacher. Others say that he had a special relationship with God and is like a prophet. While others say that Jesus is God, the Son of God, the Messiah. Who we see Jesus as makes a difference in how we respond to Jesus, because if he’s simply a teacher or prophet, we can pick and choose what we want to accept from what Jesus says. If he is God, the son of God, then our relationship with Jesus completely changes.

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: Are you sometimes discouraged in prayer? Wondering about God’s help? This is what God Himself tells you: Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. I will go before you and will turn all my mountains into roads and my highways will be raised up. Isaiah 40:4, 45:2, 49:11. Have you been to the Rockies lately? Our Creator who made the mountains can level them if that would be good for you! Trust Him to undertake for you.

Over the past few weeks Peter Zuidhof had a proactive ultrasound, due to family history, which led to an urgent CT scan. When visiting with the family doctor to discuss the results of these scans he explained that Peter had a mass of about 4 cm in his abdomen. Peter has a consultation on Monday, October 7th with a doctor at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary to discuss a treatment plan. This has caused much uncertainty and apprehension. We put our trust and confidence in the GREAT PHYSICIAN and we covet your prayers on this uncertain health journey. Shalom, Peter & Jan Zuidhof

Thank you for the abundance of love and care shown to our family in the passing of our son and brother Nathan. It has truly been a blessing to hear the many stories and memories that people have shared with us. Thank you for the many acts of kindness extended to us, just when we needed it most! We are also thankful for your prayers for God to uphold us and carry us in our grief. Our hearts are grateful for all of the support from the Christian community! Love from, Paul, Melonie, Audrey, Samuel and Hendrik Linker So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5.

Bethel News

Please take note: 

Be advised that starting on Monday, October 7th from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. the Elms on the boulevard along 51 Avenue (in front of the church) are scheduled for maintenance, barring inclement weather. The Lacombe Parks Department are asking us not to park on the street but park in the parking lot behind the church.

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. Last week you will found a Personal Faith plan in your mailboxes and on the foyer table for each person to fill out. We ask that these Personal Faith Plans be handed in TODAY. For those who did not remember to bring them in, we will be collecting them again next week.

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.

Lacombe Christian Seniors Club 

will begin on Tuesday, October 8th at Bethel in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m. We hope you can attend, bring a friend or two, for our fun and informative sessions. We look forward to meeting you!

Truck & Treat: 

in the spirit of connecting with our neighbourhood and building relationships with our neighbours around the church, we are looking at coming together on October 31st at Bethel to hand our treats to the neighbourhood children. For those who have few or no children come to your door on Halloween, you are invited to bring your candy here and we will hand out “treats” from our “trunks” This allows us to meet the children and parents of those who live close to our church and share a time of fun with them. We would need to know how many Bethel members would be willing to participate to see if this worthwhile doing. We will have a sign-up sheet on the foyer table. If we have enough members sign up, we will print up invitations to spread out into the community to let them know that we would love to meet them on October 31st.

Youth Ministry Leadership Team

is looking for someone who would be willing to help plan out a monthly service project for our youth group. YMLT is looking to do a service project each month instead of the Sunday evening meeting. This is to help us to learn the joy of serving others in our community as we follow Jesus and love others. This will also give up opportunities during the church year to practice sharing our faith. If you are interested in helping plan these service projects, please contact Andrew Tenbrinke, Jenny Tenbrinke, Adam Eisses, Jen Zuidhof or Pastor Jake.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Essay Contest: 

The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies proudly announces our 28th annual High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest. This year’s topic is Calvin and the Biblical Patriarchs. Deadline for submission id February 3, 2020. Winners will be awarded scholarships to one of several Reformed Colleges and Universities, as listed on our website. Details: calvin.edu/centers-institutes/meeter-center/fellowships-scholarships/high-school-seniors/

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

NADC

is seeking members to be on the executive committee that guides the work of the ministry. Have you experienced the work of the church and the care provided by those with a diaconal heart? Might you be interested in sharing your experience and passion by joining the NADC executive committee? Committee members do not have to be current deacons but more importantly are interested in leadership and the overall picture of deacon work. Contact yournadc@gmail.com for more details.

Day of Encouragement

Workshop details and presenter information is available! The full brochure is available now on the foyer bulletin board or at www.classisalbertanorth.ca/nadc where you can see and download it. Or email yournadc@gmail.com and they will send it to you as an attachment. Register at www.regonline.ca/doeedmonton2019

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria: 

The militant Islamic group Boko Haram released a video on September 22nd showing the execution of Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham. These two Christian men had left their homes in Abuja and travelled to Maiduguri in order to help build shelters for those displaced by recent violence. In the video, one of the three terrorists vowed to kill every Christian they captured, saying it would be done in revenge for Muslims who were killed in the country's past conflicts. It is unclear from the video exactly when the slain men were executed. Please remember these slain men's families and friends as they mourn their terrible loss. Ask the Lord to provide greatly needed ministry and protection to all the Nigerians suffering persecution; the same applies to those who are trying to assist them. Pray that Nigeria's authorities will receive needed wisdom, strength and help as they work tirelessly to restore peace and security.

Food for Thought:

 The song You Are My All In All has been sung rather often in the past few weeks. This line stays with me: You are the treasure that I seek; You are my all in all. Seeking You as a precious jewel Lord to give up I'd be a fool… Is that true for me? For you?

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