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2020-02-02 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, February 9th 

We will be celebrating our Friendship Ministry. We will be reflecting on Mark 5:21-43, Face to Face with Jesus: Touching Our Lord. This is the story of a young girl who is so sick her father comes running to Jesus to heal her, and while on the way, another woman who has been sick for a really long time touches Jesus, hoping for healing. We will be reflecting on Jesus as a healer, but also on asking some hard questions like: why doesn’t Jesus heal me; am I not healed because I don’t have enough faith; How can I find peace even when I don’t get healed by 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.

Prayer: In Luke 18, Jesus told His disciples that they should always pray and not give up. So we, too, should not cease to pray. It brings honour to our God, and God will bless us with His answers. Pray for peace in the world, for Israel, for the salvation of many throughout the world. Pray for justice and righteousness to prevail, for the ministries of our congregation, our Elders and Deacons, and our Pastor.

We praise and thank the Lord for the good visit with the surgeon this past Tuesday. Everything looks good and the lab report came back saying the mass was benign so the prognosis is very good. Thank you for all your prayers, cards, and visits, either in person or by phone. Peter Zuidhof

Congratulations to Peter Mooy as he celebrates his birthday tomorrow. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends. J

Bethel News

Found:

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.

Book Club: 

There will be a Book Club meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7.30 p.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. The book we will be discussing is Birdie by Tracey Lindberg. The refreshments will be by Caroline Ogi.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will NOT be meeting this Tuesday, February 4th. See you next week!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Thank You from World Renew

World Renew would like to extend our appreciation to Bethel CRC for your gifts of $12,013.15 in Fall 2019 to our Program Fund, World Hunger, and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Thank you for serving as Christ's followers and extending the kindness of Jesus to vulnerable communities around the world. May you continue to live into Christ's calling in Colossians 3:7, "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Join us in praying for World Renew's community development and disaster response work at worldrenew.ca/pray.

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.

Please be aware that these two sessions won’t have a dominant view or defense/explanation of one view in particular. The sessions will be focused on what many have agreed has been an omission since the ’73 Report to Synod. Peter Rockhold will be leading these sessions and the intended focus is to hear/understand what it has been like for people and families living with the reality of gay orientation. The first session will be presentations by Peter on that, looking at the shame, prejudice and loneliness that have been a part of this as well as working to understand what 5 different perspectives are. The second session will be a panel presenting what it has been like growing up in the church and living with this. We hope to see some of you at Covenant this Sunday evening.

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VBS Night 2020: 

Kennedy’s Parable Red Deer invites all to preview and learn about the many different VBS kits that are available for the coming season. Currently Bethel does not have a coordinator but if you are interested or thinking about this wonderful program for the summer please consider looking at the materials. You must rsvp by email (manager@kennedysparablereddeer.com) or phone (403-342-7477) for this event. Date of viewing is Tuesday, February 4th at 7 p.m.

Brrrrr, it’s cold out there. 

The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for The Mustard Seed as we serve the hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community. Walk with us on February 22, 2020! For more information look for the poster on the foyer bulletin board or visit cnoy.org/location/reddeer

Missions Fest 2020: 

Use your gifts, abilities, and talents to serve the Lord, Be Thou My Vision Conference. Will take place at the West Edmonton Christian Assembly, Edmonton. For more information, look for the information poster and resource magazine on the foyer bulletin board.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Bangladesh: 

Three Christian families were attacked in a Rohingya refugee camp this past week. These families were actively involved in ministry within the camp and have faced significant opposition due to their Christian faith and testimony. In the attack, a pastor and his daughter were abducted. The kidnappers plan to forcibly marry the pastor's daughter to a Muslim man. This is to happen very soon. Ask God to mightily intervene in this critical situation. Pray that these plans will be thwarted, and that the kidnapped pastor and his daughter will be safely returned to their concerned family. God states in His Word: "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV. Let's take hold of God's promises as we intercede on behalf of His persecuted people.

Food for Thought: 

Remember the little note with the prayer request that was found last week?

It would not leave me alone. This is what came of it: Is it our dream and vision to be such a member of God's kingdom that when tried and our light be found true it is of the same essence as of the King of Kings, the One greater than purity? And for ourselves, are we willing to toe the line, set firmly like wrought iron, by our God?

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