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2020-02-09 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, February 16th 

We will return to our series on Spiritual Disciplines and wrap up the series by reflecting on the Discipline of Worship by looking at Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1-26. Here Jesus tells her that a time is coming when we will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth. What does this mean? How can we worship in the Spirit and in truth and how does this show us who Jesus really is?

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: "O, You who hear prayer, to you all men will come." Psalm 65:2. More than 7 billion people on earth, and God tells us He will hear our prayers. Your prayer will be heard: "Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear." Isaiah 65:24; Jeremiah.33:3

Earlier this week Pat Bouwman experienced to a large seizure. He is home and recovering well. Continue to keep Pat in your prayers as he has a multitude of tests in the near future for a diagnosis.

Bethel News

February 5, 2020 Full Council Highlights:

· The renovation team has a proposal ready for the congregation. A congregational meeting has been set for February 27th a 7 p.m. The motion that will be on the table can be found in your mailboxes. More information to come.

· We made some preparations for our meeting with Marlene Humphries, the President of Kings University. Council had some concerns with the way the university has dealt with LGBTQ issues. We are scheduled to meet with her this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for our full council meeting. The congregation is invited to join and listen to the discussion. Our discussion is based on the 1973 report Homosexuality and 2002 report Pastoral Care for Homosexual Members, SYNOD. Reports can be found at CRCNA.org

From Council: 

A Congregational meeting is planned for the evening of February 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM (note time). We will be hearing reports from the Ministry Leadership Teams and dealing with a motion to be brought forward regarding the renovation of our building. We hope to vote on the motion at this meeting. The motion and grounds for it are in your mailboxes today. All Bethel groups that meet, including MLT's, Bible study groups, Cadets, Gems, Youth, Seniors etc., please send a written report to the newsletter team for inclusion in the Bethel newsletter. Everyone, please plan to attend this important meeting.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth study begins tonight!

 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. 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 tonightand going until March 22th or 29nd, depending on March break. For next week Sunday, please read chapters 3 & 4, The Epistles: Learning the Think Contextually and The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions

We Gather for Prayer: 

"Morning by morning, o Lord, you hear our voice; morning by morning we lay our requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3. On Tuesday, February 11th at 10 a.m. we will meet at Bethel Church to pray. Last time we met we prayed for each of our 47 seniors, mentioning each one by name. This Tuesday we will pray specifically for each of our missionaries, as well as our church and community. Join us at the church, or wherever you are, as we call on the Lord together.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

NADC

Regional meetings will be featuring Christian Stewardship Services (CSS), who will be presenting a pilot project of churches to come alongside them. The Executive Director, Maynard Wiersma is going to give those presentations, along with our area rep, Paul Stehelin. This is a joint pilot project developed by CSS, Diaconal Ministries Canada and our denomination. This is an exciting new opportunity for Deacons and Churches to focus on areas of stewardship and it would be great if we could have representative from as many churches as possible. Dates for these events are Wednesday, February 12th at Red Deer First CRC at 8 p.m. and then again on Thursday, February 13th at Leduc Ebenezer CRC at 7:15 p.m. For more information please contact Pastor Jake or any of the Deacons.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Swing into Spring Family Fundraiser: 

Central Alberta Christian High School would like to invite you and your family to our spring fundraiser! Come enjoy a FREE dinner prepared by CACHS catering, and then bid on your favorite locally made desserts. There will also be a movie and popcorn for the kids! All this takes place on March 5th at 6:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. We ask that you reserve your seats, or a table of 8, by phoning the school at 403-782-4535 or by emailing Candace at developmentdirector@cachs.ca. Please come out and enjoy some fun, fellowship and tasty desserts in support of the school!

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

As of February 1st, new regulations on religion were released by the government. The restrictions require all religious leaders and organizations to demonstrate complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party. Religious symbols are being removed, replaced by flags and pictures of President Xi. Christian organizations around the world have been working to provide medical supplies to help China's battle with the coronavirus. The supplies were confiscated and the Christian who received the shipment was invited to "have tea" -- a euphemism for interrogation and intimidation. Despite the threats, Chinese Christians in Wuhan have been seeking ways to bring a message of peace and hope in the midst of the medical crisis. Some have been giving out facemasks on the streets while sharing their faith with passersby. Others have broadcast encouraging messages through video and audio recordings. Please pray for the ongoing efforts to spread the Gospel of peace and hope during this time of heightened religious oppression. Pray that members of the government will realize the futility of their efforts to oppose the work of God. Pray for wisdom on behalf of church communities that are having to deal with these tightened restrictions.

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