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2020-03-29 Bulletin

Offerings, Tithing & Budget Collections at Bethel: 

Your Deacons encourage each member and family to continue giving regularly, so our church can continue to financially support the causes that are important to our church family. We will post the specific offering each Sunday in the bulletin with a short description of this ministry. You can decide to transfer your offering electronically immediately or write a cheque to Bethel Christian Reformed Church with the cause in the memo line. Cheques may be dropped off at the church during office hours. Place donation in an offering envelope (located on the foyer table) and leave in the Treasures Mailbox. We are repeating some of the causes we were collecting for in March that due to not meeting together were not collected. Our April 5th offering will be for the Lacombe Christian School and we pray that you will continue to give generously so that our church can continue to support these ministries on a regular basis during this difficult time.

Next week 

Sunday, April 5th our offering is for Lacombe Christian School. LCS believes Christian Education to be an extension of the church, where Alberta Educations’ Curriculum is taught with a biblical perspective. Since we are a parent-led school, both students and parents grow in their faith. We trust that through our association we may grow in understanding the truths contained in God's Word and in His creation and prepare our children for a life of service in the Kingdom of God.

Bethel Now Accepting Donations through E-transfer: 

To make donations email the transfer to donations@lacombebethelcrc.org Please make sure you specify what cause you will be donating to. If you have any questions please contact August Luymes, Treasurer.

Bethel Now Accepting Donations through the GIVE function on the Bridge App. 

The GIVE function currently allows for credit card donations, and will soon support debit and recurring giving to a list of the many worthy causes that Bethel supports regularly. Please Note: Upon making a donation, a receipt will be issued immediately by email. Please hold onto these for tax purposes. They will NOT be reissued at the end of the year.

* If you do not have the Bridge App, you may proceed to donate online through their system. If you have any questions contact Dana. https://crc.etadvance.com/churches/bethel-crc-lacombe/donate


Next Sunday, April 5th 

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.


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.

From the Renovation Team: 

With all that has been happening around the world, as well as here at home, we look to the future with some uncertainty. As of right now we do not know the lasting effects this pandemic may have on our lives. Saying this, the renovation team has decided to postpone the church renovation until further notice. Our hope and prayer is that our lives will return back to normal in the not so distant future, where we can look forward to the beginning of a newly renovated church facility. As we move forward, the renovation team will proceed with our fundraising drive in the near future. We will be sending out a pamphlet with information regarding the renovation, as well as information regarding finances. We put our trust and hope in the Lord that he will guide us moving forward. Praying that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy through these uncertain times! The Renovation Team

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 are currently being offered to you. If you are in need of assistance to view or obtain hard copies of sermon or bulletin, contact Pastor Jake or Dana.

  • 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 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 the new Bethel YouTube channel. A link will be emailed to you Saturday when the video is ready for viewing.
  • 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 entrance for you to pick up.

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.


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

  • Seniors’ Club, Friendship, Men’s Breakfast
  • Tuesday Nite Youth, GEMS & Cadets
  • Stepping Stones
  • 7 Mile Story with Ross Breitkreuz Sunday, 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


Bridge App

Stay more connected with all things that are happening here at Bethel Christian Reformed Church with the app from the CRC entitled “The Bridge App”. Check out all of the unique features of the app by visiting the website: thebridgeapp.org. You can download the app directly from this site. It only works if you download the app today.

Our current church directory, with photos, is on the APP. Our upcoming events with details are on the APP. Our bulletin will be on the APP. Our prayer requests are on the APP. Past sermons are on the APP. The Bible and Today devotional are on the APP. Direct access to donate to our local church or other designated causes are now on the APP.… and MUCH more! If you have any questions about The Bridge App, contact Dana in the church office.


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 Mustard Seed - Red Deer: 

We are opening an Overflow Shelter at one of our dear partner churches who offered their building to us to care for the often-overlooked and ignored, so we could honor the Minister of Health’s request that our guests can have safe social spacing in sleep and fellowship. Just like in our main overnight shelter, we want woman and men of Christ that are being called to serve during these days to send in their resume and cover letter and we will trust God together that He will continue assembling his team at The Mustard Seed. We are looking at hiring about 6-9 fulltime 3-month contracts and likely another 4-6 casual relief staff to help us during this time. We are a small team of 20 part/full-time people who are bent for the overlooked and often ignored. What a joy it has been to show the love to our people made in God’s image whom we call guests at The Mustard Seed. To apply please look for us online at: https://bit.ly/TMS-RedDeer

PS- If you have trucks, vans and willing bodies we will need you for an amazing partnership that we will unveil soon!! We want to deliver hope to our community. So let’s join forces and bring hope to their front step. In Christ Jesus, Byron Bradley, Managing Director – Central Alberta

A Much-Changed World at the U of A

As the Christian Reformed campus minister at the U of A, Pastor Rick Mast is witnessing how the outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted our 40k students (including 7,800 international students from 151 countries), nearly 4K faculty and 15k staff. Some of the current ways he is serving the campus community is outlined on the Classis Alberta North website. Please visit http://www.classisalbertanorth.ca/campusnews


In light of the global crisis we are facing at this time, the minds of many people are centred on the pandemic. But for persecuted Christians around the world, the threat carries added difficulties. Despised by governments, and even their neighbours, infected believers may be denied the medical care they so desperately need. Christian communities also face the prospect that their oppressors could use this time of uncertainty to spread their agendas while the eyes of the world are looking elsewhere. As you address the danger of COVID-19 in your prayers, take the opportunity to particularly intercede for your persecuted brothers and sisters.

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Donald Wildeboer,
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