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2020-02-23 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, March 1st 

Is the first Sunday of Lent. Sarah Phillips reminds us that Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with our human condition. We spend our time running away but Lent brings our need for a Savior to the forefront. It is also a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper. Good Friday and eventually Easter comes. It is not just another day at church, but an opportunity to receive the overflowing graces of God. Lent is an intensely penitential time. We examine our sinful natures and return to the God through our own rebelliousness and hurt, time and time again. This Lenten season we will be reflecting on the Feasts of Israel. We will be looking at each of the feasts God calls Israel to celebrate found in Leviticus 23. We begin next Sunday with the Feast of Passover, Leviticus 23:4-5. The Feast of Passover remembers the exodus of Israel from slavery under Egypt and how the angel of Death passed over the houses of those Israelites who painted their door frames with the blood of a lamb. A sign that the freedom of those in the home were purchased through the blood of an innocent lamb. The beginning of Israel claiming a new identity, one found in God rather than as slaves.

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.

Henry & Anita Geldof ask for your prayers as Anita struggles once again with the migraine related debilitation. It has been three weeks since the symptoms first began and we look forward to seeing them heal again but that is always difficult to wait for. We ask that you pray with us to trust the Lord’s timing and healing.

Congratulations to Hans Spelt as he celebrates his birthday on Tuesday! May our Lord continue to bless you daily throughout your new year! J

Hans invites the congregation to an open house for his 80th birthday at the Kozy Korner on Saturday, February 29th from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bethel News

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. Signed absentee ballots will be accepted at this meeting. 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.

Absentee Ballots for the motion of a possible renovation at Bethel CRC are available upon request. These are for anyone who is unable to attend the congregational meeting on February 27th. Please contact a member from the Renovation team for a ballot. Grant Zuidhof, Ed Stol, Donna Vandenborn, Pete Heidelberg, and Herman Scholing.

Living Members will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Alex and Ann Wildeboer. Please study session #1 of Psalm 23 by Matt Chandler from Rightnow Media.

Tuesday Morning Prayer: Join us at the church, or wherever you are, Tuesday morning between 10 and 11 a.m. This week we will focus on prayer for our Pastor, Council and all those who serve and share their gifts in leadership at Bethel.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth course meets on Sunday evenings at the church from 7:30-9ish. This week we are looking at chapters 5 & 6The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use and Acts: The Question of Historical Precedence. For next week Sunday, please read chapters 7 & 8 The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions and The Parables: Do You Get the Point

Bethel VBS: It’s that time of year again; we’re looking forward to summer and putting together a team for Bethel Vacation Bible school!! Everyone interested in being part of this exciting team is invited to meet with Pastor Jake after worship next week Sunday, March 1st.

Pastor’s Spring Class: This spring Pastor Jake will be leading a study in the area of Growing in Our Faith. For this 5-week class beginning Sunday, April 19th and going to May 31st with a 2-week break for Mother’s Day and Victoria Day weekends. We will be studying The Prodigal God by Tim Keller and reflecting on our image of God as a Father and the power of grace.

Profession of Faith Class: Pastor Jake will be holding a class for all those interested in doing Profession of Faith this June. These classes will be held Tuesday evenings from May 5th to June 2nd. For those who took the Membership Class last fall and are from non-Christian Reformed backgrounds, this is also a good time to take the last step in becoming a full member by having a visit with one of the elders or Pastor Jake and formally joining the Bethel Church family on the Profession of Faith/New Member Sunday this June.

From Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team: Bethel will be hosting the Classis Alberta North Classis meetings on March 13th & 14th. There will be several meals and breaks and the FMLT committee is looking for some help from the congregation. We are in need of baking for coffee and tea times, soups and desserts. We need to start our planning early, if you can commit to providing baking, we would greatly appreciate it. There will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer. Thank you!

Bethel Newsletter will be printed this week. Thanks to those who have already sent in their reports for this month’s newsletter. Please forward your reports to either Harriet Luymes at haraug@gmail.com or Anita Geldof at ahgeldof@telus.net. We hope to print the newsletter on Friday night so we would love to have your reports by noon on Wednesday if at all possible. We look forward to hearing from all the different groups and ministries that happen in our Bethel family.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth meets this Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Mark your calendars now for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Ministry to Seafarers! We will be gathering on Sunday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. at the New Westminster Christian Reformed Church. Details to come but plan now to join us if you are able. We hope many of you can come.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre currently has an employment opportunity as a Finance Manager. A poster of specifics can be viewed on the foyer bulletin board or can be found on their website: https://www.pregnancycare.ca/support-us

Crossroads Family Services: We are always looking to speak to individuals and families that may be interested in opening their hearts and homes to foster children. There is a current need for foster homes in the central region of Alberta, Red Deer and north. As such we are hosting a FREE Foster Care Information Session that all who are interested, may attend. The information session will take place at the Wolf Creek Community Church on Tuesday, February 25th at 11 a.m. More details of this meeting can be found on a poster on the foyer bulletin board.

Call to Prayer: A group of individuals have invited you to gather at the Kozy Korner on March 1st for a time of Prayer at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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

Pakistan: A 14-year-old Christian girl named Huma was kidnapped from her family's home. A few days later, her family received official conversion papers and a certificate of marriage to her kidnapper. The parents took the matter to court. In a disturbing decision, the Sindh High Court took only five minutes to rule that men are permitted to marry under-aged girls who have commenced menstruation. This ruling was based on an interpretation of Sharia law, despite the country's contradicting civil law. Huma's family was also prohibited from seeing their daughter. Please intercede for Huma and the many other girls in Pakistan who have been forced into marriage or prostitution. Ask God to mightily intervene in each situation, rescuing these precious young lives from further assault on their dignity and well-being.

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