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2019-11-03 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, November 10th 

We will continue our 5-week series on the Canons of Dordt by reflecting on John 3:1-21, Whoever Believes. Jesus’ death for our sin washes us clean from the dirt of sin on our souls sand hearts and makes us right with God. But not everyone is washed clean; there are those who reject Jesus as their Saviour and choose themselves as ruler of their lives and so Jesus’ sacrifice is not applied to them, even though it is capable to washing away all the sin in the world.

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. 

Prayer: Please keep up praying, none of us can do without, and the Lord knows that. He told us, through the apostle Paul, "Pray without ceasing." But there may be some who are so down, they think God won't listen to them, so they don't pray. There may be some who are so overwhelmed; they don't know what to pray for anymore. So we need to uphold these suffering brothers and sisters, and pray for them. Just as Christ prays for His Church.

A Prayer Request: At Rod's routine drivers medical the doctor noticed an unusual mass in his right side. After an ultrasound and scans and further blood tests, it was determined there was a cancerous growth attached to Rod's right kidney. It has stayed localized to the kidney so both will be removed on November 14th in Red Deer. We ask for your prayers and we trust in God's provision and His guidance of the urologists as we are on this journey of surgery and recovery. May we all praise God from whom all blessings flow. Rod and Barb Venhuis and family

Pastor Jake, Joyce along with Melissa and Réal would like to thank the Bethel Church family for all your cards of blessing and appreciation. You have welcomed us deeply into your homes and lives over the past 7 months and are thankful that the Lord has led us here to become part of the Bethel Church family

Thank You! The children of Arlene Vreugdenhil would like to say thank you to all friends and family who have helped, visited, cried and laughed with Arlene, and with us, throughout the last 20 months. We deeply appreciate the time of sharing stories and memories, both at the memorial and in the future.

The Vreugdenhil family

Bethel News

Refugee News: 

Khadija Zein Edden and her children, Mohammed (13) and Marwa (11) are finally cleared to come to Canada on November 19th! Please pray for travel safety and open airport in view of the civil unrest and violence in Beirut. For the next two months they will live with Bashar, Naema and family. In February we hope to have a rental place for them. We are still in great need of warm winter wear for Marwa and Khadija. Please check your closets to see if you can help. Contact Ella Land for how you can help or donate.

From the Deacons: Operation Christmas Child: 

The Christmas boxes to be filled for Samaritan's Purse will be available TODAY! All filled boxes need to be returned by November 17th.

From Pastor Jake: 

The New Members class will be held today after the morning service over a soup & bun luncheon. Pastor Jake will explain why membership is 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, and what membership means. We will also discuss the process of becoming a member of the Bethel Church family. Join us today!!

Basics of the Christian Faith Class: 

Pastor Jake started a 7-week class on the Basics of the Christian Faith in the evenings from 7:30 to 9ish p.m. and going till November 28th. 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.

Woodynook CRC Morning Break Ladies 

would like to invite all the ladies of Bethel to join us on Wednesday’s from 9:30-11:30 as we study God’s word and build relationships with one another. Nursery for children ages 0-3 and Story Hour available for kids 3 years and older. Any questions, please call Cheryl Ekkel at 403-872-8508 or Kate Luymes at 403-782-6377.

The GEMS Dutch Cheese Fundraiser has started! 

Many of you may have already received phone calls or been asked in person. (The girls that sell the most cheese win prizes so please put the name of the GEM on the form if they asked you) There are cheese papers in your mailboxes today, please return forms by November 7th. If you have any questions please call Carina Tenbrinke at 403-505-7950 Thank you, from the GEMS leaders.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will NOT be meeting this Tuesday, November 5th.

Calling all Junior Youth!! 

Bowling Night on Friday, November 8th! Meet at Ambassador Bowling for an evening of fun and fellowship while playing two games of bowling. Cost for this event is $13.50 (shoe rental included) Please pick up a letter of consent, located on the foyer table and have your parents sign it out. For more information contact Jenny Tenbrinke. Remember to invite your friends!!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Virtual Tour of the Synod of Dordt: TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m

You are cordially invited to attend a special seminar celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dort lead by guest speaker Dr. Don Sinnema and his wife Carla who will take you on a virtual tour of The Canons of Dort. This event will be held at The Redeemer United Reformed Church in Lacombe. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. This presentation will be a great way to introduce, familiarize and give a broader context to this time in Reformed church history. Hope to see you there.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

is seeking a suitable applicant for the position of Business Administrator for the 2019-20 school year. A candidate for this part-time position must demonstrate and articulate their personal faith and commitment to Christian education. In addition to demonstrated expertise in financial planning and oversight, the applicant must possess strong interpersonal, communication, computer and organizational skills. A detailed job description is available upon request. Please submit a cover letter and resume electronically to Phil Tenbrinke at finance@cachs.ca. Deadline to receive applications is 5 pm, Nov. 18/2019. Please direct any questions to Phil Tenbrinke at 403-782-7951.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

It is with joy and thankfulness that Loretta Stadt will be ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church on Sunday November 10, 2019. The service will be held at Avenue CRC at 10:00 am at Parkdale Cromdale Community League 11335-85 St. You are invited to join us for this celebration of God’s blessing.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Sunday, November 3, 2019

"Pray for us..." is the cry of persecuted Christians around the world. Today across the earth, more than 245 million of them are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. Each year, fellow believers in over 130 countries stand in prayer with our persecuted brothers and sisters through the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church (IDOP). Please join with us in the prayerful remembrance of those experiencing persecution for declaring Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord.

Food for Thought: 

Sometimes people will surprise youby saying something that you "didn't see coming". Most of us are familiar with the theologian and author, R.C. Sproul. He made a statement that struck me forcefully. I hope this may never be said of our congregation. This was his statement: "The biggest problem in the church today is that we don't know who God is."

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