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2019-12-29 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

New Year’s Day Service

To begin the year 2020, we will be gathering together as a church family to reflect on Romans 12, Being the Body of Christ Together. This is a time to dream forward into the New Year and reflect on who God is calling us to be as his church and his children.

Next Sunday, January 5th

Is the first Sunday of 2020 and we will begin the year by looking at a number of Spiritual Disciplines as we focus this year on growing our relationship with Jesus. The spiritual disciplines are spiritual practices the Church has developed over the centuries to help us develop our relationship with Jesus, to grow stronger in our faith and to intertwine what we believe with how we live. We are beginning our journey through the spiritual disciplines by reflecting on Luke 11:1-13, The Discipline of Prayer. Prayer is the gift of communication the opportunity to share with God what is going on in our lives and a time to listen for his quit gentle, or not so gentle leading in our lives.

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.

Happy Birthday to Helena Kits & Jennie Bajema! 

Both ladies will be celebrating their birthdays on Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends.

A big thank-you to the congregation for all the prayers offered up for Marvin’s surgery. The support and encouragement strengthens us and reminds us that we rely so much on our heavenly father.

Marvin & Jeanne Ebens

Thank you 

for your prayers, cards, phone calls, visits and words of encouragement as Peter, Jan and their family wait for Peter’s scheduled surgery this coming Thursday, January 2nd at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. We ask for your continued prayers for God’s peace for Peter, Jan and their family as they anticipate this surgery and for God’s blessings upon the surgeons and the surgery and for a successful outcome and good recovery. We put our trust and confidence in the GREAT PHYSICIAN and receive our strength from God’s Word, Psalm 27.

Bethel News

Pastor Jake and Joyce 

would like to invite each of you to stop by our 20th annual open house on New Year's Day from 2-4 p.m. You can find us at 6 Pickwick Lane here in Lacombe. We love beginning the year by welcoming our church family over for a bit of food and fellowship with those who have welcomed us into their lives. May you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Living Members 

will be meeting on January 5th at 7 p.m. at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos. Please study lesson 7 of James.

Bethel Cadet Bottle & Battery Drive: 

Cadets will be collecting bottles, cans, milk jugs etc. and car batteries for our annual fundraiser on January 11, 2020 at Herman Scholing’s garage. You can drop them off your items at his place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or give Grant a call for pick up at 403- 896-2856

Christmas Office Hours

Dana will be in the office of Friday, January 3rd from 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. Cindy will be in the office on Friday January 10th. Please have all your announcements in by 9 a.m. Regular Wednesday and Friday office hours will resume on January 15th.

Service Schedules:

In your mailboxes last week were the schedules for the coming three months. If you are unable to do your service PLEASE find your own replacements. If you have any questions or concerns please let Dana know for the next schedule in the New Year.

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? We are planning our first meeting for Saturday, January 11th for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the church, when we can begin talking about what our gatherings will look like and what we are looking for in such a group. 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 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. We will be looking to men of the Bible and their struggles and how God worked in the through them to build them up as men, husbands, fathers, and friends.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Celebrate with Rimbey CRC: 

Rimbey CRC has a new Pastor! You are welcome to join us for the installation service of Pastor Ken Vanderploeg on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Rimbey CRC Church at 10 a.m. Hope to see you there.

Faith Formation: 

"According to psychologist Erik Erikson, identity is formed when an individual negotiates a role in a community. Emerging adulthood often finds young adults living away from family, their home church and other Christian communities at the point in life where they are negotiating these roles.” Please join us as we welcome Rick Hiemstra, co-author of the Renegotiating Faith report who will be at Kings University on January 15th from 7-9 p.m. to share about this very important research. He will then be joined on stage with a panel to discuss the implications for the local church in its many settings. Who is this for? Church leadership teams, Councils, Youth leaders/pastors/directors, Young adults Parents/Grandparents. There is no cost and is hosted by, Kings University, Classis Alberta North Youth Ministry, Edmonton Central Baptist Church and Faith Formation Ministries (CRCNA). For more information, contact Ron DeVries at 780-619-6566 or rondevries@crcna.org.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

During the Christmas season, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus, the 'Prince of Peace', who came to earth to demonstrate God's will that His love, peace and joy be shared among all humankind, his beloved creation. And yet for millions of Christians around the world, Christmas is often not a time of peace and tranquility. In fact, their faith-based celebrations have frequently been marred by persecution and suffering. While reflecting back on 2019, reports have revealed increasing incidents of opposition against Christians in various areas of the world. We think in particular of intensified government oppression in China and the ongoing problems with militant Islamic groups in western Africa and the Middle East. We encourage you to remember these persecuted believers and others around the world, praying that they will experience the 'peace of God, which surpasses all understanding’, regardless of the circumstances they face. 'May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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