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2019-12-01 Bulletin


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UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, December 8th 

Is the second Sunday of Advent, a time where the church slows down and reflects on the gift of Jesus who came to earth to become human like us. This Advent season we will be journeying through selected passages from the Book of Revelation: Angels, Help Us to Adore Him. We will continue with Revelation 3:14-22, Lukewarm Christians. This passage is a letter to the church in Laodicea. It’s so easy when you’ve been in a relationship for a long time to take the other person for granted. It’s not that you love them less, but you stop showing it, you allow other things to take your time and attention away from the other person, and you slowly begin to drift apart, allowing your love to grow less hot. This creates lukewarm relationships, even with God. The challenge is how to revive a lukewarm relationship again.

This season of Advent & Christmas 

we are looking at Angels, Help Us to Adore Him. Our schedule of worship services for the next month includes several special services. Here is look at what will be happening:

  • December 1st Wake Up! - Revelation 3:1-13, HOPE
  • December 8th Lukewarm Christians - Revelation 3:14-22, PEACE
  • December 15th - Falling Down in Worship – Revelation 4, JOY
  • December 15th, Blue Christmas Service Light Overcomes the Darkness – John 1:1-5
  • December 22nd Who Is Worthy – Revelation 5, LOVE
  • December 24thGood News – Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:8-20, CHRIST
  • December 29th – Heaven & Earth Together Again – Revelation 21:1-7, Lord’s Supper
  • January 1st Being the Body of Christ Together – Romans 12

Advent

We invite everyone to share some of their Christmas baking (bought goodies are welcome too) during the Advent Sundays in December for our fellowship time after the morning services. Please put your marked goodies on the counter in the kitchen and the Fellowship Team will arrange it on trays to be served with the coffee.

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.

Prayer: 

Romans 8:34: "Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." If Christ Himself is interceding (and praying) for us, shall we not pray for each other? If Jesus lived and gave His life for us, can we spare a few minutes each day to pray for each other?

Congratulations 

to Gerald Keitel as he celebrates his birthday on Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends.

Sincere Condolences:

It’s with great sadness that we inform the congregation of the recent passing of Elyce Ten Hove. Elyce was taken home by her Savoir late Thursday evening from a heart attack. Please remember her husband Dick, her daughter Joan, Henry Eisses and families. Memorial has yet to be determined.

Our thoughts and prayers 

for Nelly Keitel’s sister and brother-in-law, Pryna and Ed Koberstein. Ed fell this past week and broke his femur. The doctors feel his hip may also be compromised as he had hip replacement a few years ago. Ed went for surgery on Friday, November 29th at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary.

Bethel News

From the Office: Be mindful of the mailboxes! 

Last week the boxes have been cleaned up and shifted. You may have moved, please make sure the contents you pick up are yours.

New Photocopier! 

Last Friday morning we received our new copier. All codes remain the same and operation of the machine is basically the same. If you are in need of instruction please contact Dana, she will be happy to help you out.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures 2019 

have been delivered into your mailboxes last week. General Administration Leadership Team asks that you review it with you family and talk about what would happen in case of an emergency during a worship service. All Youth groups, GEMS, Cadets, Circle of Friends, Seniors Club and ALL Ministry Leadership Teams who get together for meetings, Please Review in your meetings what would you do in case of an emergency. If you have any questions or concerns please contact any GALT member. (Bryan Noordhof, August Luymes, Grant Zuidhof, Ian Jackson or Dana van Gyssel)

Jesse Tree: God's Big Advent Story: 

Last week there were packages available of materials for making a Jesse Tree Advent Calendar. A model can be seen at the front of sanctuary, on the organ. If you would like one, email Dana to make arrangements for receiving one.

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.

2019 Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. It will be held in the Centennial Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Would you be willing to hang up some posters around town? We need volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Would you be willing to help?

We will also need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks such as playing music, decorating the tables, serving the food, clearing the tables after people have eaten or leading a fun game. Please phone 403-782-5107 or talk to Pete or Cora Hoekstra if you would be willing to help with any of these tasks. It is always a joy and a blessing to be involved with this event.

Community Christmas Dinner – Desserts

Are you willing to make a cheesecake, trifle, or pie for the Christmas Day Dinner? Please let Cora or Pete Hoekstra know if you can help out in this way.

Book Club: 

There is no Book Club meeting in December. We will get together again on January 9th, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Margaret. January's book is by Jane Kirkpatrick, A Tendering in the Storm. Refreshments are by Martha.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will not be meeting this Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you again on December 10th!

Attention ALL Sr. Youth! 

Your December Service Project will be making desserts on Tuesday, December 17th and then helping the Circle of Friends Community Dinner on December 19th. We look forward to having you help out and spreading some Christmas love to those in our community!! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jake and the Youth Ministry Team leaders

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament 

will be held December 20th and 21st. Teams must consist of no more than two non-alumni. Cost is $125 per team. Deadline to enter is December 13th. For more information or to enter please contact Colleen at 403-302-2659 or email lc.shee@gmail.com

Important Message from the Lacombe Christian School Board: 

Alberta Education has released a parent survey on the topic of School Choice. The Survey deadline is December 6th, 2019. The Government of Alberta is exploring the development of legislation in relation to its commitment to bring forward a proposed Choice in Education Act. This proposed Act will refine the Education Legislation to affirm parents' rights as primary decision makers in their child's education, and, support the range of choice in the current education system. Your feedback will be used to guide the development of this proposed Act. We ask you, before December 6th to: Click on the link located on our website: www.lacs.ca. It will take you to the survey questions, which should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Any questions? Please contact Martin Folkerts 403-782-6531 or Pete Hoekstra 403-782-4535.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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!

Seeking a Full-time Church Planter 

to plant a gospel-centered church in Lynden, Washington. For more information, please visit https://www.sonlightchurch.com/church-planting. Thank you for your help in this matter and I am willing to attempt to answer any questions you may have. Brent Lenssen, Chairperson for Sonlight CRC Church Planter Search Team

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

A 41 year old evangelist had arrived in Turkey earlier this year and was pastoring a small congregation of Christians. According to reports, he was murdered. Kim had a wife and a child. A 16 year old was arrested on suspicion of murder. Another Turkish evangelist, who was on the receiving end of a death threat just a day after the murder, insisted that the attack was religiously motivated. Martyrdom is not normal in Turkey and this incident sadly shows just how much the country has changed. Pray for comfort for Kim’s wife and family. Pray for courage for the evangelists and Christians in Turkey.

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