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2019-11-17 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, November 24th 

We will wrap up our 5 week series on the Canons of Dordt. We will continue our study of the Canons by reflecting on John 17, Protected and Kept Safe. In John 17 we find Jesus’ prayer for his disciples and followers. Jesus prays to the Father for protection for them from the evil one, asking the Father to sanctify the people God has given him. Jesus mentions how he protected and kept safe the ones God has given him. This directs us to the last point of doctrine in the Canons of Dordt: Perseverance of the Saints.

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 continue to pray for those in need. As it grows colder, pray for the homeless. Pray also for Israel, for the conversion of the people there, and for peace. For those in prisons and those persecuted for their faith. We are all one body, not just here in Bethel, but also with our brothers and sisters worldwide.

Rod had a successful surgery. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as he begins the journey of recovery. Rod & Barb Venhuis

Bethel News

In your mailboxes last week was the proposed 2020 Bethel Budget. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with it and attend the Bethel Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m.

From the Deacons: Operation Christmas Child: 

All filled boxes need to be returned as the deadline is 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. This week we are talking about Prayer.

Men 

are you lonely, afraid to share the things you wrestle with in the deep of the night? Do you wish there was another guy, or guys, you could trust to share some of this stuff with in a safe place. Where you aren’t afraid of being shamed or looked down on, but who would understand and care about you? Pastor Jake is thinking about hosting a get together, a couple of times a month, where guys can gather, and begin building guy relationships of trust and safety. A place where we can share more openly of who we are, to be encouraged to build each other up, while being held accountable in a safe and trusting environment. We will look to the men of the Bible and their struggles, study how God worked in and through them to build them up as men, husbands, fathers, and friends. The hope is to begin this in January, so if you are interested, text, email, or talk to Pastor Jake. His info is in the bulletin and on the church website.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CACHS Fall Drive: 

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive is now underway! Our goal this year is $125,000. Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support our school and help us to continue providing transformative education within a Christian community. You will receive a form in your church mailbox and may be contacted by a canvasser in your area. If you do not receive a brochure, please contact Candace at the school, 403-782-4535, or send your donation directly to CACHS: 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7 or donate online by clicking the Donate button at the top of the school website: www.cachs.ca. We thank you so much for your support of the school! “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” 1Timothy. 4:12

Days for Girls 

is an organization dedicated to giving DAYS of school and income back to girls and women by making and distributing reusable sanitary hygiene kits and reproductive and hygiene education. Our team at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church will meet again onTuesday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Come to sew or chat, all day or half an hour. We have many non-sewing jobs to do as well! Soup and buns will be provided for lunch. Talk to Joanna Luna at 587-877-3400 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

How can Lacombe become a more Dementia friendly community? 

On Wednesday, November 20th from 1 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. join Sharon Cornelius and Lisa Gilchirst from West View Dementia Collaborative Committee to learn about how Spruce Grove, Stoney Plain and Parkland County are working to support people living with dementia and their care partners. This information afternoon will take place at the Best Western Plus, Lacombe Inn & Suites. More information is located on the foyer bulletin board.

Day of Remembrance: 

Bereavement brings with it the challenge of facing family celebrations without your loved one. As we enter into the Christmas season, The Lacombe Palliative Care Society invites you and your family for a Day of Remembrance on Sunday, December 1st, 2019, at The Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 – 50th Avenue, Lacombe, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (30 minute time of remembrance followed by refreshments and fellowship). If you have any questions, you may call Marg at 403-782-1887.

CACHS Drama 

10/20/30 students as they present Crumpled Classics. With first year teacher Mr. Collin out sick, a quirky cadre of students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class. The students, however, decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences, with hilarious results! It’s a comedy treat sprinkled with outrageous takes on some very familiar characters. This event will be on December 17th & 18th in the CACHS gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, available at the CACHS office, 403-782-4535.

Charis Village: 

The December Newsletter will contain a collection of your stories and memories about Christmas. If you have a Christmas story that you want to share, please phone at 403-506-0051 or email info@charisvillage.ca or drop by for tea and a chat. The office is above the Lacombe Registry, and will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Fellowship CRC 

is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on November 30th and December 1, 2019. We will celebrate God’s goodness on Saturday, November 30th at 7 p.m. with a reception and program. On Sunday, December 1st at 10:30 a.m. we will hold a special worship service, followed by a pot luck lunch. All events will take place in the Atrium at The Kings University. Tickets for the reception are $25 and available by calling Trudy Spaling at 780-554-6076 or emailing her at: tspaling@hotmail.com. Tickets must be purchased by November 20th. All are cordially invited to attend these events and celebrate with us!

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols For Advent & Christmas 

Winspear Centre, Monday, December 2nd , at 7:30 p.m. The Interfaith Chaplains at the University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus & the University of Alberta and The King’s University Departments of Music present, Robert de Frece (Director) and organists Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger. The pricing for all seats is $20 (plus service chg.). Buy your tickets and come early - get the best seats in the house for just $20! Call the Winspear Box Office: (780) 428-1414. The sponsors of this event are the U of A Interfaith Chaplains & the Mixed Chorus, U of A and The King's University Departments of Music. This is a benefit concert for the U of A Student Support. With the recent increase in tuition fees, many students desperately require this assistance. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank 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

Ministry to Seafarers: 

As the Christmas season approaches, we here at the Ministry to Seafarers are once again purchasing items for packaging up as gifts for seafarers. Good news - cheques may now be made payable to either "Ministry to Seafarers" or "Classis BCNW". Write "Christmas at Sea" on the memo line. Those wishing to contribute to this cause, please send cheques to: Ministry to Seafarers

401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9, Canada. We're also still short on toques, so please send any you can. Thank you from Rev. Gary Roosma, Ministry to Seafarers Vancouver

Institute for Christian Studies Fall Newsletter

Perspective is ready for your reading pleasure. You may find the newsletter online at https://tinyurl.com/perspective-fall2019 or you can find a copy on the foyer bulletin board.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Christians in Iran face constant danger when living out their faith. This is particularly true for those who convert from Islam. For many, faith in Christ leads to torture and imprisonment. Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, who has been a Christian for 40 years, was taken into custody on charges of propaganda against the state. Five other Iranian Christians were scheduled to have their appeals heard on November 13th. A previously hearing scheduled for September 3rd was postponed when the judge failed to appear. All five of these believers are facing sentences between five and fifteen years for "acting against national security." As we await the results of the November 13th hearing, please pray that all five of the believers involved in this most recent case will experience God's peace and grace regardless of the outcome. Pray that the Lord will also minister in wonderful ways to Ismaeil, who is facing another court hearing in the future.

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