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2020-01-26 Bulletin


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, Diana Boot, Margaret Njuguna, Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst and John & Marian VanderMeer.

Prayer: Please continue to pray. This world is filled with needs, whether we look to ourselves, our congregation, our community, or the world at large. Pray for those struggling with spiritual disciplines, those who find it hard to change busy schedules, for those who haven't opened their Bible in a long time. Please bring them to the Lord, for whom nothing is impossible.

Please remember Rod Venhuis, Peter Zuidhof and Marvin Ebens as they recover from recent surgeries.

The Cadets would like to thank the congregation and Bethel Cadets supporters for the donations of bottles and batteries during our recent bottle and battery drive. Thank you for your continuing support for the club, where we can help boys grow more Christlike in all areas of life.

Thank You! I want to give a big thank you for your warm welcome and all the furniture, food and household items. These things are a great help in starting a new and free life in Canada.

Khadija, ZeinEddin, Mohammad and Marwa.

Bethel News


A pair of black rimmed reading glasses have been found in the pews. To view they can be seen on the desk in the church office. If they are yours, contact Dana to claim.

Prayer Meeting: 

Join us this Tuesday, January 28th at 10 – 11 a.m. as we pray for the Seniors by name. For more information contact Henry Eisses.

Bethel Newsletter: 

February is approaching. February is the month of love but also family. We would love to have some stories from you about family. How do you grow your faith as a family? Is there a devotion book that your family has used that was a blessing and might be able to bless the next family? Do you have activities for developing strong family ties? Tell us your story. Would you be willing to share some of it with the rest of the Bethel family? These don’t have to be long pieces, just a short paragraph. If five families would share a paragraph, we would have a page of encouragement and celebration for families. Please think about what you might be able to share. Our deadline for receiving these will be Wednesday, January 29th. We hope to produce the newsletter on Friday the 31st. If you have any submissions, please note the Wednesday deadline. Thanks so much for helping us produce a newsletter that is informative, fun to read and a way of blessing the family. Your staff, Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof.

The Bible 

is the most important book we read and study as followers of Jesus, but it is not a book like any other, it is actually 66 different books written by many different authors over a long period of time, all gathered together to create what we call the Bible. These 66 books are written in different styles and genres and so it is helpful to learn the differences and what that means for how we understand what the different authors were getting at. Pastor Jake will be hosting a 7-week course on reading the Bible based on the book How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth 4th edition by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart so that we can learn how to read, and even interpret, the different genres of books found in the Bible. We will meet Sunday evenings at the church from 7:30-9ish beginning February 9th and going until March 22th or 29nd, depending on March break. You can purchase the book from Google Play, Kobo, Kindle and other e-readers, or you can order it from Amazon or Kennedy’s Parables. You can even download earlier editions as pdfs from online if you wish.


Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. See you there!

Woody Nook Winter Fest 

will be held on TODAY! Sunday, January 26th at 3:30 p.m. This event is for Youth in Grades 7 to Grade 12. Meet at the ABC Christian Store parking lot in Lacombe at 3:30 p.m. at 1 - 5230 College Avenue. Bring sleds and warm clothes for downhill sledding. At around 4:45 p.m., students will be bussed to Woody Nook CRC for supper. There will be a Worship Service at 6 p.m. led by Pastor Chad Vandervalk. Parents can pick up their kids by 7 p.m. at Woody Nook CRC (or join us for worship at 6!) Please sign the waiver form and bring it along to the event.


Communal Gathering: Please note a change of dates! 

On the Sunday evenings of February 2nd and February 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Covenant CRC and West End 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 evenings will be under the theme, Walking Alongside. The first evening at Covenant CRC will look at Walking Alongside LGBTQ2+ Christians and Biblical Perspectives on LGBTQ2+ Issues. The second evening at West End CRC will be a panel discussion on Growing up LGBTQ2+ in the church. Please mark these dates and consider joining us for these presentations and discussions.

Classis Prayer Retreat: 

Will take place on Saturday, February 22nd at Trinity Church Edmonton 13427-57 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. This event is open to anyone at no cost and includes lunch. Pastor Anne Vander Hoek from mosaicHouse Church will be facilitating our learning, using some of the basics from Pete Greig’s Prayer Course. We’ll explore why we should pray and prayers of adoration. The most powerful thing we can do is to pray to our heavenly Father who builds a strong relationship with each one of us. The best way to learn is by doing, so there will be ample time to pray throughout the day. Look for the "Prayer Retreat" registration at trinitycrcedmonton.org or email trinitychurchedmonton@gmail.com or Pastor Rich deLange, the classis Prayer Coordinator at revrichdelange@gmail.com

Celebrate Easter in Zambia with EduDeo:

Join an EduDeo HANDS Team to Zambia from April 6 – 18, 2020. While sharing in some light duty school upgrading, we will also have the opportunity to celebrate our Lord’s death and resurrection with our Zambian brothers and sisters. Come and be a part of this unique cultural experience that will last a lifetime! For more information, contact John Huizinga 289.527.0003 or jhuizinga@edudeo.com

A heartfelt thank you 

to all who donated this year to the Christmas at Sea Fund, helping to provide Christmas gifts for seafarers. These gifts encourage them as they are far from home, and also provide an opportunity to share the love of God in Jesus by blessing them with gifts and sharing the Christmas story in print. So thank you for financial donations and for your prayers. You can see photos at thechattychaplain.wordpress.com, or look for them in the next spring newsletter.

Rev. Gary Roosma, Chaplain

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The Lacombe Community Refugee Effort 

will be featured in an inspirational presentation from Game Changers Canada called Living with Hope. This will take place on Monday, February 10th at Wolf Creek Community Church at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Lacombe Library, from a committee member, or at the door. Please consider attending this uplifting message by Pastor Marco Ste. Marie.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

is excited to present “Walk With Me…Seven Miles to Emmaus”, a new Easter dramatic musical production. This is a fundraising event for the CAPCC Maternity Home which provides a nurturing home, supporting healthy pregnancy and positive parenting. If you love to sing or play an instrument, YOU are invited to join us. Performance dates are April 9th – 11th, 2020 at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. Rehearsals times for the Adult Choir on Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning January 15th. Children’s Choir (grades 1-5) on Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. beginning January 26th. Orchestra will be on Monday evenings 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning January 27th. All rehearsals will be held at Deer Park Alliance Church. For more information contact Sharon Nielsen at 403-307-0379 or sharon.nielsen@ymail.com.

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