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2020-03-08 Bulletin


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UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, March 15th 

is the third Sunday of Lent. We will continue our Lenten series by reflecting on Leviticus 23:9-14, The Feast of First Fruits. This is a feast that calls us to a deep trust in God. By offering God our first-fruits, we are saying to God, “We trust you that you will provide for us and send the rain and sun as needed so our crops can grow, be harvested and our people will be able to eat.” This is also a festival of anticipation and excitement as the hard work of harvest is beginning and the fruit of the people’s labours are being realized.

Bethel News

Highlights from the Executive Council, March 4, 2020:

  • We received the memberships of Jacob and Joyce Boer along with Mellissa and Réal Pelky from Hope CRC in Stoney Plain. We received the memberships of Jan and Jolyn Rodenburg along with their children Grayson and Kesler from Cornerstone CRC in Chilliwack. David Hoekstra's membership was sent to Medicine Hat CRC some time ago but was never reported on.
  • The congregation has voted in favor of a renovation. The vote has been confirmed and ballots have been destroyed. The renovation team will provide updates on timelines when available.
  • The nomination process is underway. We pray for God's guidance as we seek new leadership for Bethel.
  • Classis is coming up on March 13th and 14th here at Bethel. Elder Delegates are August Luymes and Pastor Jacob Boer and Peter Prins as alternate. Deacon delegates are Pete Heidelberg and Ina Jackson.

From Council: 

It is time again to be thinking about who you would nominate for Council positions for the coming year. We require three Elders, one Youth Elder and two Deacons to be added as part of Council for the next three years. Completing their terms this year are Elders Peter Prins, Herman Scholing and Rod Venhuis and Deacon Peter Heidelberg.

Who is eligible for nomination? 

The present council members are Adam Eisses, Pete Heidelberg, Ina Jackson, August Luymes, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing, Andrew Tenbrinke, Arnie Tenbrinke, Ben Van Essen, Rod Venhuis and Ann Wildeboer. All office bearers are given a two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore excused eligibility are Bryan Noordhof, Trudy Salomons, Terry Vandenborn and Rick Wildeboer. Women are eligible for the position of Deacon. You do not need to speak with each person to nominate them and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach the nominees.

Please prayerfully consider nominating those members you feel are gifted to serve as office bearers. A nomination form will be handed out prior to the offering being taken on the Sunday March 8th worship service. Forms will be collected as you leave the sanctuary that morning. For those who cannot be present on March 8th, nomination forms are available now, from any Council member. Please have all nominations turned in by Sunday March 15th to either Peter Prins or Clerk Paul Prins. In these weeks preceding nominations, we seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration in this matter.

From the Office: 

Schedules for Hospitality, Nursery and Ushers/Transportation are being finalized this week. If you would like your name added, please contact Dana at the office by phone or email. There is always room to add more helpers.

Living Members

will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the home of Pete & Jan Zuidhof. Please study lessons 2 of Psalm 23.

Tuesday Morning Prayer:

 Let us pray on March 10th at 10 a.m. for Jan and Cootje as the travel to Cuba on Tuesday. Pray for favour as they go through customs, for a car to rent and an uplifting time as they meet with pastors and others, to bring encouragement and hope in Jesus name! Let us also pray for the Coronavirus situation, for doctors and medical staff and that this disease can soon be curtailed. Psalm 65:5a, You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth 

meets on Sunday evenings at the church from 7:30-9ish. This week we are looking at chapters 9 & 10 The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel and The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel. For next week Sunday, please read chapters 11 & 12.

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.

VBS

It’s that time of year again; we’re looking forward to summer! We’re putting together a team for Bethel/Wolf Creek Vacation Bible School. Everyone interested in being part of this exciting team is invited to come to our next meeting on Thursday, March 19that 7:30 pm at Bethel.

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!

A BIG Thank You! 

To Harry and Dorothy Wildeboer for giving our kitchen a spring cleaning, along with Hilda, Martha, Gerry and Jan they worked hard to clean ovens, stove tops, refrigerator, counter tops, sinks, cupboards, drawers and organized all the storage spaces to make sure everything is back into its designated place. Your hard work to make our kitchen sprinkling clean is much appreciated! Everyone using the kitchen is encouraged to clean up spills and spots and return all used items back into the cupboards and drawers where they belong. Our kitchen is a communal space from where many meals and snacks are served to family and friends; so let's together work at keeping this space organized, clean and sanitary.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

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

Calling all Grade 8 & 9 Students

You’re invited to our High School ‘Sneak Peek’ afternoon. CACHS is hosting the Jr. High visiting day on Thursday, March 12, 2020. This day is always a great way to experience what CACHS has to offer. The afternoon will begin at 12 noon with lunch, followed by an assembly and 3 sessions. We anticipate the afternoon coming to a close around 2:30 p.m. If you attend a school that does not send their students to this event and are interested in attending please RSVP by calling Candace at the school, 403-782-4535 or by email: developmentdirector@cachs.ca. We would love to have you!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Turning Down the Heat on Climate Change: A Community Conversation:

(Climate Hope Edmonton) At our last sessions we discussed the science surrounding Global Warming and Climate change, as well as Canada’s global and national response to this. Our upcoming session will be on the topic of Policies and Technologies for a Just Energy Transition. We have two very interesting and noted speakers for the evening, namely David Dodge from Green Energy Futures, and Dr. Jim Sandercock, Chair of Alternative Energy Technologies from NAIT. There will be opportunity for discussion as well as refreshments. Date: Sunday March 15, 2020, 7-9 p.m. at Bethel Community CRC (14204 - 25 Street). Our last session will be held on Sunday 19th of April 2020 on the topic of: Life-style Choices and Living with Integrity. Mark these dates on your calendar. Please feel free to checkout our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/780climatehope/.

7 Mile Story with Ross Breitkreuz: 

March 29th, 6 p.m. at Sonrise CRC. Enjoy a captivating night getting lost in a single story, and journey through the entire Bible in a single evening. Experience the Bible like never before with an event that will entertain the whole family, ignite passion for God’s Word, and give you a Bible encounter like never before. Do you want to read the Bible and understand it better or know someone curious about faith & the Bible? Do not miss this event. Tickets are $5 online or $7.50 at the door. Children 18 & under are free and childcare is provided. For more info or to buy tickets, visit www.rossbreitkreuz.com.

Be Courageous!!! 

That’s the theme for Rehoboth Camp Ministry this summer! RCM provides a one-week camp experience for persons with developmental disabilities and is a life-changing and faith-building week for campers and volunteers. Come and be a special friend to someone with a developmental disability and show them the love of Christ, and at the same time enjoy our beautiful camp facility. We are looking for counsellors for the following weeks: R&R (a more relaxed week from June 28 – July 3), Adult 1 (July 4-10), Adult 2 (July11-17), Independent (July 18-24), and Youth (July 25-31). Right now we really need nurses/LPNs at all of our weeks and a cooking crew for Adult 1. Check out our website at www.rcmflourish.ca/camps for descriptions of the weeks and more information. Anyone age 14 and up is welcome to apply. No experience is necessary and full training and support is provided. Bring a friend! For more information, please e-mail camp@rcmflourish.ca. With your help we can flourish in the land. See you at camp!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lacombe and District Volunteer Link Annual General Meeting 

will be held on March 10th at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Our guest speaker will be Michael Marien. He will be speaking on the topic; Who is my Neighbour?

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, March 17th & Wednesday April 15th at 11 a.m. More details of this meeting can be found on a poster on the foyer bulletin board.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

is excited to present Walk With Me…Seven Miles to Emmaus, a new Easter dramatic musical production. An inspiring dramatic musical for the Easter season. Walk With Me is an original production that follows two men as they walk home to Emmaus on the first Easter morning. A ‘stranger’ joins them and the men unknowingly meet the risen Jesus. Travel the road to Emmaus with us and experience the greatest story ever told. This is a fundraising event for the CAPCC Maternity Home which provides a nurturing home, supporting healthy pregnancy and positive parenting. This event takes place on April 9th -11th at 7 p.m. & April 11th at 2:30 p.m. in the Red Deer Memorial Centre. There is rush seating and tickets are required. It is free to attend, thanks to the generous event sponsors. Tickets are available now at 53rd Street Music, Kennedy’s Parable and Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre or reserve by calling 403-343-1611. For more information visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events/

Lacombe Christian School

is accepting applications for a new Kindergarten Teaching Position commencing August 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. The closing date for this position will be Friday, March 20, 2020. We are looking for teachers with a passionate walk with Jesus Christ, and a developed Christian worldview. To learn more about our school visit www.lacs.ca. Applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid Alberta Teaching Certificate. Please forward cover letter, current resume, statement of faith, and three references to: Martin Folkerts, Principal, Lacombe Christian School, 5206 - 58 Street, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G9 or mfolkerts@lacs.ca.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

North Korea 

(#1 on World Watch List 2019) - The primary driver of persecution is the state. For three generations, everything in the country is focused on idolizing the Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile to be eradicated. Kim Jong-un has maintained tight control over the populace, and dissent or worshiping anything else is not tolerated. Pray that new diplomatic efforts will lead to softening of the North Korean government towards its people. The situation for Christians is vulnerable and precarious. They face persecution from state authorities and their non-Christian family, friends and neighbors. Pray for their protection; for strength and courage for Christians who suffer in prisons, labor camps and remote areas.

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