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2020-03-22 Bulletin


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UPCOMING WORSHIP

Next Sunday, March 29th 

Is the fifth Sunday of Lent. We will continue our Lenten series by reflecting on Leviticus 23:33-44 and John 7:37-43, The Feast of Tabernacles. It’s also Palm Sunday. The Feast of Tabernacles remembers the time Israel spent in the wilderness in temporary dwellings. When you journey or wander through the wilderness, especially for 40 years, thirst is a constant companion and Israel needed to depend on God to provide enough water for the entire nation every day of those 40 years! In the New Testament, Jesus invited anyone who is thirsty to come to him and drink, implying to the people at the festival, that he is from God who satisfied the thirst of their ancestors, but Jesus will provide generously: rivers of living water.

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

Happy Belated Birthday to Clarence Kits! 

We pray that your day was wonderful, special with family and friends. May our Lord continue to bless you into your new year! J

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team 

thanks all the members of Bethel, who generously donated food for the Classis meeting, which was held on March 13th. The big pans of soup, the delicious cheesecakes and the variety of all the baked goods were much appreciated by all attending the meetings. We were overwhelmed with your generosity and this all made the FMLT work so much easier, THANK YOU. Since Classis was cut short by a day the extra food is being used for Circle of Friends, which is providing takeout meals on Thursdays during the pandemic. Please remember to pick up your pots, dishes and containers from the church during office hours.

From Council

For those who have not yet filled out a nomination form for new council members, please email your nominations to Paul Prins, (paulprins@lacombebethelcrc.org) or Peter Prins, (peterprins@lacombebethelcrc.org). You may drop your nominations into the Clerk’s mailbox in the foyer during office hours. Please have nomination forms returned as soon as possible. Thank you.

From the Pastor: 

During these trying times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected when we are asked to practice social distancing. How does Bethel do this? The following is what Pastor Jake will be implementing over the next few days. Please be advised that all of these ideas are being learned as we go. Thank you for your patience.

  • A Daily Devotion will be posted on the Bethel Facebook page (Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Lacombe, AB) and website (www.lacombebethelcrc.org).
  • Facebook Livestream: Pastor Jake will be hosting a Friday morning meeting on Facebook. Like us and share so your friends and family can hear some reassuring words.
  • Sunday Worship Services will be videotaped and posted on Sunday mornings on the new Bethel YouTube channel. You will be notified when this will start.
  • Sunday Worship Services will continue to be recorded audio only and posted on the Bethel website.
  • Sunday Sermon, written version, will be posted on Pastor Jake’s blog (Jacob's Musings @ http://jacobboer.blogspot.ca/) and on the Facebook page.
  • Sunday Sermon & Bulletin: A hard copy of both papers will be delivered to a number of our seniors at their place of residence. An envelope with your name will be dropped off at the front desk for you to pick up.

From the Office:

Bulletin Announcements

Please send your bulletin announcements to bchurch2@shaw.ca. The email you receive your Sunday bulletin every Friday afternoon is used strictly for Council communication and mass emails. For me, there is less chance of missing a last minute bulletin announcement. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mass Emails: 

Communication is more important than ever before. Do you know someone who is not receiving the bulletin and emails and would like to? Are you not on the list and want to be? Help Dana and contact her at bchurch2@shaw.ca to have your email added.

Office Hours: 

Starting Monday, March 23rd Dana will be in the office at 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. This will be added to the Wednesday and Friday.

Prayer: 

We will be meeting at the church on Tuesday, March 24th at 10 a.m. Let's pray for wisdom for Pastor Jake and Council as they chart the course ahead for us. Let us pray for our Seniors to stay healthy and strong. Pray with us at the church, or wherever you are, as we bring our requests before Him and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3. The Lord is our strong tower.

Pastor’s Spring Class: 

This spring Pastor Jake will be leading a study in the area of Growing in Our Faith. 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. We will be setting dates for this class once we have some clarity on when it will be safe to gather together again.

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.

Circle of Friends: 

Be advised of the following changes in the coming weeks for Circle of Friends. Due to the severity of the spread of COVID-19 we will be serving dinner as a TAKEOUT ministry. Simply arrive at the usual time, Thursdays at 5 p.m. and the servers will be handing out takeout meal containers to you at the door. We pray that you enjoy the meal and hope that you continue to stay healthy.

Cancelled classes and groups

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus the following is a list of cancelled classes and groups until further notice.

  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth class
  • Seniors’ Club, Friendship, Men’s Breakfast
  • Tuesday Nite Youth, GEMS & Cadets
  • Stepping Stones
  • Neighbourhood Life on March 25that the Red Deer Museum
  • 7 Mile Story with Ross Breitkreuz on March 29th, at Sonrise CRC
  • The Bible Study Tools Seminar with Bill Nieuwenhuis on April 4th at Bethel.
  • Ministry Dessert Evening with Sean & Becky Folkerts on April 3rd at Woody Nook CRC

BETHEL YOUTH

CALLING ALL GIRLS! 

GEMS Camp is scheduled for Aug. 17 - 21, 2020 at the Rehoboth facility on Gull Lake. Registration forms are now available from your GEMS counsellor (registration deadline is May 1st). Come and enjoy crafts, activities, great food, singing, campfire, worship, and sharing the love of Christ together. If you are going into grades 5 through 8 in the fall of 2020 and wish to have a great summer experience, this is for you! Girls entering grade 9 who wish to learn leadership skills and discover their gifts for serving at camp can register for our Transition Year. Girls entering grades 10 - 12 are eligible to register as a CIT (Counselor in Training). Are you interested in volunteering as a camp cook or cabin counsellor? Questions? Contact Bonnie Bennik at 403-652-1078 or email gbbennik@platinum.ca.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society Annual General Meeting 

is scheduled to be held on March 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. We are still planning to meet but because Woodynook CRC is now closed to large gatherings, we will be changing location. If you are planning to attend, contact Cindy Siebenga at 403-304-6242 or Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380 and we give you more information.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria: 

A civil society organization claims that no fewer than 350 Christians have been killed across the West African country since the start of 2020 and estimates that about 11,500 Christians have been killed since 2015. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, who live in constant fear for their life. Pray for comfort and courage for those who lost loved ones.

FAMILY CORNER

During this very crazy time, what are you and your family doing to keep busy? There are many different things one can do to keep entertained. Bethel Library will be open during office hours. If you’re family is looking for something to read, you’re more than welcome to come and pick out a few books for yourself and your children. There a lots of good reading to choose form.

Have you checked out RightNow Media, Focus on the Family, or CRC the Network and Faith Formation Ministries? Located on these sites are many different opportunities to learn and to have fun. The following are some ideas for you to check out.

RIGHTNOW MEDIA

Dana has recently sent out invitations to the many who have not accepted their invitations. Simply accept and continue with the login. To make sure you are being sent an invitation, please email Dana at bchurch2@shaw.ca. Know someone who would benefit from having RNM? Send me their email. The following can be found on the site or app. Take a look and have some fun today!

MISS PATTYCAKE (ages 0-3)

Using songs that both teach and praise God, Miss Pattycake gives parents songs that can help them to talk with their children about God in an age appropriate way. Drawing from experience as a mother and a worship leader, Miss PattyCake's motto is, “We have two hands to clap, one heart to love, a voice to sing, and every song can give thanks and praise to God!"

GENESIS 7 (ages 8-10)

In the tradition of The Magic School Bus, this adventure-filled series educates young space cadets about the solar system as it follows the Genesis 7 spacecraft and its lander fondly known as "Little G." Piloted by Lt. Donton Andrews under the command of his uncle, Captain Enoch Andrews and the captain's niece, imaging specialist Priscilla Andrews, the craft embarks on a year-long examination of the solar system. Throughout their fact-finding mission, communications specialist Lt. Abby Jennings and her ground crew work hard from Genesis Command to ensure their success.

VEGGIETALES: ULTIMATE SILLY SONG COUNTDOWN (fun for all ages)

The wackiest, the funniest, and the most singable silly songs from the VeggieTales vault of fun

CRC NETWORK

35 Tech Free, Faith Forming, Fun Activities for Families to Do at Home: Here you will find a list of activities to do together to keep you and children busy. It’s tech-free, faith-forming, and fun! This site can be located here:

https://network.crcna.org/childrens-ministry/35-tech-free-faith-forming-fun-activities-families-do-home

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

  • 50 Questions to Ask Your Kids at the Dinner Table
  • Kids of Integrity Lessons

These can be found on the Focus on the Family website: www.focusonthefamily.ca

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES

Each week located on the Bethel Facebook page and on our Bridge App Dana has been posting Family Faith Formation tips on Sundays. There you will find little activities and lessons that you and your family can share together. You can find all their activities on the CRCNA website under Faith Formations Ministry. www.crcna.org/FaithFormation

A Note about the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and our Faith Community:

As we continue to listen to the ongoing stories of COVID-19 around the world, we as a community want to respond with a balance of reflecting fear and racism which run counter to the Christian story and with the recognition of taking responsible action when necessary for the benefit of those who are vulnerable.

Keeping in mind, we want to ask that when you attend church and church events you practice smart hygiene - wash your hands thoroughly (with soap for 20 seconds), avoid touching your face while at church, and staying home if you are experiencing a cough or fever. Please also follow Canadian guidelines for self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve travelled outside the country. If you are a volunteer and experiencing illness please find someone to sub for you.

Given our call as Christians to protect and care for those who are vulnerable, if you’re wondering how you might respond with the peace of Christ in the season, perhaps you could keep an eye on and pray for those who are most at risk. This could include those who might struggle to access health care or food, friends with weakened immune systems, the elderly, those with recent surgeries, and supporting businesses and people who are being excluded as a result of the virus and where it started.

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