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2020-01-05 Bulletin


Next Sunday, January 12th

We continue our exploration of the spiritual disciplines by reflecting on Philippians 4:8-9, the Discipline of Study. Many people study the Bible as an interesting book of wisdom from an earlier time. The Discipline of Study seeks to learn to know God better and in knowing God better, we learn more about who He has created us to be. The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to then shape us more and more into who we are created to be as image bearers of God and followers of Jesus.

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.

Thank you 

for your prayers and thoughts this week. We praise the Lord for Peter Zuidhof’s successful surgery on Thursday. We pray his recovery continues to go smoothly.

Congratulations 

to John Stol as he celebrates his birthday on Saturday. We pray for a wonderful day filled will our Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends. J

Condolences

Ria Jager passed away early in the morning of Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Ria is survived by John, her husband of 67 years, 7 children, 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many friends. Ria and John were members here at Bethel for many years. They are the parents of our former Pastor Ed Jager. Please remember the Jager family in your prayers in this time loss. A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel CRC in Calgary. Church address is 3020-51st SW.

Bethel News

Living Members 

will be meeting tonight 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

Office Hours

Dana will not be in the office of Wednesday, January 8th but 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.

Men: 

We will be gathering together this Saturday, January 11th for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at eh 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 also begin building those 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/nephew/guy monthly get together. We will be looking 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. If you are interested, text, email, or talk to Pastor Jake also let Pastor Jake know if you are planning to attend so that we can have enough food.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Are you passionate about planning and designing worship services? Do you have a heart to connect the people of God with God in worship? First Christian Reformed Church of Edmonton is looking for a part-time Worship Coordinator who will aid in the design of weekly worship services while coordinating and engaging our members to use their talents and abilities in worship. Organizational and administrative skills are a must, musical and creative skills are desirable, as well as a knowledge of new music and classic hymns. Salary dependent on education and experience. Please submit resume and cover letter to pastorbrian@fcrcedm.ca

Communal Gathering: 

On the Sunday evening of January 26th and February 2nd at West End CRC and Covenant CRC respectively, together with the Classis Alberta North sub-committee formed to look at matters of sexuality, are hosting next steps in information and discussion on matters of sexuality, specifically LGBTQ2+. The evening will be under the theme, Walking Alongside, and will look at Walking Alongside LGBTQ2+ Christians, Biblical Perspectives on LGBTQ2+ Issues and Growing up LGBTQ2+ in the church. Please mark these dates; details to follow.

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

Nigeria - In a video released on December 26th, ISIS shows the murder of eleven Christians, claiming that it was committed in retaliation for the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader who died during a raid in Syria by U.S. Special Forces in October. The producers of the video claim that all of the slain victims had been captured in Borno State in recent weeks. The voice-over commentary contained the following announcement: "This message is to the Christians in the world. Those you see are Christians and we will shed their blood as revenge." Pray for the concerned families and friends of all those captured in Nigeria, some of whom are now faced with the uncertainty of whether their loved one is alive or not. Ask God to grant the country's authorities wisdom, assistance and guidance in their attempts to stop the rampant violence in Nigeria. Continue to remember the victims who are remaining in captivity.

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