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2019-12-15 Bulletin


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: In the song "Meekness and Majesty" we read, “Lord of infinity, stooping so tenderly, lifts our humanity, to the heights of His throne." That is the amazing work of the High Priest! To whom we may go at all times with all that is in our hearts. If He did that for us, what will we do for others?

Marvin Ebens will be going for DBS, Deep Brain Stimulation surgery tomorrow, Monday, December 16th. This surgery will help with Marvin’s Parkinson’s symptoms. Please pray the surgery will have the desired results and remember Jeanne and the rest of their family as they assist Marvin in his recovery.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Pita Doornenbal who celebrates her birthday on Tuesday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends! J

Bethel News

Nursery Clean Up! 

It’s time to clean the nursery toys again Tuesday December 17 at 10 a.m. We are looking for two people to come help us out, contact Melanie Biel or Mel Zuidhof for more information.

Old Piano: 

There is a new to us piano in the Fellowship Hall. You may have noticed the old one is still there. We would like to move this piano out of the church. Is anyone interested in having it for the wood or for a project? Do you want the whole piano, or just part of it for the wood? There are a number of woodworkers in the congregation, if you are interested, please call Anita Geldof at 403-782-2817.

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 will be hosting a time a couple of times a month where, as guys together, we can begin building guy relationships of trust and safety where we can share more of who we are and be encouraged and built up by each other while also being held accountable in a safe and trusting environment. We will look to the men of the Bible and their struggles and how God worked in and through them to build them up as men, husbands, fathers, and friends. We are planning our first meeting for early January when we can begin talking about what our gatherings will look like and what we are looking for in such a group. We will also look at holding a grandfather/father/son/grandson monthly get together as well, 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. We need volunteers for 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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

See you there!

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 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.

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive’s 

goal for this year is set at $125,000. So far this year’s drive has resulted in donations totalling $39,886. Thank you to all those who have donated so far, your support is very much appreciated. If you would still like to donate there is still time to do so and we ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. To receive a 2019 charity receipt please donate before Dec. 31, 2019. You may mail your donations directly to CACHS, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G7. If you would like to drop off your donation at the school please note we will be closed for Christmas break from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, but you may leave your cheque in the mailbox outside the front doors as we will be picking up the mail during the break. Please contact Candace at the school, 403-782-4535, if you have any questions.

Lacombe Stepping Stones: 

We are excited to announce the re-launching of the Lacombe Stepping Stones program with Youth Unlimited/YFC in January 2020. Stepping Stones is a program that provides support and the hope of Jesus, to young pregnant moms and their children. The Stepping Stones Program will run on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. starting January 8, 2020 at Bethel Christian Reformed Church. Volunteers are needed for mentorship, teaching children and providing a hot breakfast! Please connect with Cora Fossen at 403-803-3052 or cora.fossen@cayu.ca for more details!

The Volunteer Link Board 

thanks your dedicated Volunteers for their continued service being the hands and feet of Christ in 2019. (At this time 6 people from Bethel are registered volunteers with Lacombe and District Volunteer Link). If you wish to volunteer for this amazing organization please call Sheila at 403-786-0110 or call Ann at 403-782-2061 for more info.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Bloggers Wanted:

Are you a writer, blogger, or discussion starter? If so, your friends over at The Network (crcna.org/Network) would love to add your voice to the site! Simply head over to The Network and click "Add Your Post" or email network@crcna.org and we will post it for you.

Rick Hiemstra with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

and co-author of the Renegotiating Faith report regarding young adult faith formation in Canada will soon be speaking at Kings University. This special event will be on January 15th from 7-9 p.m. More details will soon follow. Please mark your calendar now so as to not miss this important event.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Sources in Colombia 

are calling for urgent prayer, as organizations endeavour to ban Christian evangelization among Indigenous communities. Christians have encountered significant persecution, with little or no recourse. A group from within the Paez community of Huila are in the capital city of Bogota fighting for a law to ban evangelization and give the Paez people complete control over education. The proposed law would then prevent the operation of Christian schools in Indigenous communities. Pray for the ongoing work of ministries as they reach out with the love of Christ among the various people groups residing in the country. Ask the Lord for His intervention in the current legal battle in Bogota, so that the resolution to ban evangelization will not be passed, and thus hinder the proclamation of the Gospel. Pray that all who seek to stop the spread of Christianity will instead be enlightened to the truth of God's saving grace in their own lives.

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