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2020-04-19 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, April 26th 

We are starting a new series based on 2 Corinthians 4:7, Jars of Clay. When you stop and think of it, it’s pretty amazing that Jesus trusts us with the Gospel News; with sharing the Good News of Jesus with the world. He especially uses those of us who have been broken and cracked by life; hurt and weak, often strange and odd to the world, to reveal the power of the Gospel in our lives and to invite others to accept Jesus’ love and heart renewal for themselves. We will begin this series by reflecting on 2 Corinthians 4, Jars of Clay, and Paul’s statement that ‘We have this treasure in jars of clay.”

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.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Ben Van Essen! Wishing you a wonderful day on Thursday, may it be filled with the Lord’s rich blessings! J

Craig and Marcella Van Stryland ask for your prayers as their son, Jordan and his wife, Amy recently found out that there may be some brain developmental issues with the baby they are expecting. Pray that Jordan and Amy will remain strong in their trust in our heavenly Father and for peace as they go through this difficult time.

Bethel News

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 notes or bulletins, 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 Live: Pastor Jake will be taking moments on Facebook to chat and pray. Like us and share with your friends and family.
  • Sunday Worship Services will be videotaped and posted on the new Bethel YouTube channel. An Order of Worship will be emailed to you Saturday when the video is ready for viewing. The Order of Worship can also be found on the Bridge App and on our Bethel Facebook page.
  • Sunday Worship Services will continue to be recorded audio only and posted on the Bethel website and Bridge App.
  • Sunday Sermon written version, will be posted on Pastor Jake’s blog (Jacob's Musings @ http://jacobboer.blogspot.ca/) the Bridge App and on the Bethel 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. Please let Dana know if you require a large print for easy reading.

Dear Bethel family

due to the COVID 19 situation, Council will be delaying Council Elections until this fall. We believe it is wise to not change our leadership in such a time as this. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Zoom Sermon Study on Jars of Clay: 

if you would be interested in a Monday evening sermon reflection time beginning Monday, April 27th, please contact Pastor Jake through email, text, or cell. This will be a 30-40 minute time to go a little deeper into being Jars of Clay and how God uses our weaknesses for his kingdom.

Pastor Jake will be holding a Profession of Faith class for all those interested in doing Profession of Faith. These classes will now be rescheduled for the fall.

Pastor’s Spring class

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. These classes will now be rescheduled for the fall.

Tuesday Morning Prayer, a call to pray! 

This Tuesday at 10 a.m. we gather once again to exercise the wonderful gift of prayer our heavenly Father has given us. We hope to use the same format as last week on line through the Zoom connection. The Link will be sent to your email. If you wish to join with us on-line e-mail Henry at hjeisses@gmail.com and he will send you the Link. Don’t be afraid to join us in this new way. The more we become familiar with this way of connecting and staying in touch with each other the more we will be able to realize its benefit. Please join us in prayer regardless of the format you choose.

This week please pray for the health of the baby Jordan and Amy Van Stryland are expecting as there are concerns. Another family to pray for is Allan and Katie Eisses as they are expecting a possible early delivery of their baby due to possible closure of some maternity wards. As we begin our prayer time Tuesday morning, we will take a few moments to share together any other thoughts or prayer concerns and thanksgivings.

Thoughts on Prayer

What do we think is the meaning and purpose of prayer? Collins Dictionary says prayer is, “Thanks or appeal to God, or earnest request.” What effect do our prayers really have? What happens when we pray? Revelations 8:3-5 “Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the alter from where the angel had poured them out.” There was a powerful display of God’s power on the earth: “thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.” God instructs us to pray. He has a plan and orchestrates that plan. Our prayers are a key component to the building of God’s kingdom. Something essential would be missing if we didn’t pray. Something significant happens when we do pray! God calls us to engage in his work through prayer. He very much wants to include us in his bringing his kingdom to earth. We pray with David Psalm 141:2 “Accept my prayer as incense offering to you.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Lacombe area, a few of the local churches are sewing cloth face coverings and donating them to people who would like to wear them. These homemade masks will be distributed through the Lacombe Food Bank (5225-53 Street) starting next Tuesday April 21st. The masks should be delivered directly to the Food Bank. Hours of operation are Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Thursdays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays 1 p.m. 3 p.m. The contact person at the Food Bank in Millie Snow, you can contact her at 403-782-6777

Rimbey Christian School: 

Due to COVID-19 the Rimbey Christian School will be holding their Annual Spring Fundraising Auction online with Montgomery Auction Services Ltd. Bidding will start on May 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. Closing Date will be May, 2020 at 7 p.m. Items will be posted as they come in. Please visit www.montgomeryauctions.com to support a worthy cause. This auction is to help Rimbey Christian School meet its budget needs for the 2019-20 school year.

April CACHS newsletter is now on the website (www.cachs.ca). 

With everything that was happening in March and then with the March break, we did not send out a March newsletter but just did up the April one a bit early. I have sent out a handful of newsletters by snail mail to some of our senior (and not so senior) supporters. Also if people would like to be put on our email list for the newsletter could they please email the school at office@cachs.ca and let us know their email address.

Kids in Action during COVID-19 

Kids Corner wants to create an encouraging and fun video to tell the stories of real kids doing God’s work in the world during COVID-19. Know a someone 18 or younger creating great sidewalk art to cheer up neighbors? A family sewing hospital masks for the local ER? A kid who's leading online worship with music? Send us your videos and pictures and help us tell their story. We’ll compile stories and create a video to share the good news of kids serving God during this difficult time. To start, check out the KC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/kidscornertv to see past Kids in Action videos and get an idea of the way we tell stories. Then check out kidscorner.reframemedia.com/kids-in-action-during-covid-19 for video tips and to learn how to send us your story.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Azerbaijan: 

The Baptist community in Aliabad understands what it means to wait patiently. For 25 years, these believers have sought legal status but were repeatedly ignored or denied. Police have regularly raided their church meetings and seized religious literature. Despite the opposition, the church continued to gather for teaching and worship while attempting to get official status. In late January, the Pastor received a letter. While official status has not been granted at this point, the committee stated that they had "no objection" to the church community meeting for two hours each Saturday morning. The pastor expressed praise to God for this decision which is now allowing them to legally gather together, hopefully without any further opposition. Join with this congregation in praising God for this decision. While it was quickly followed by restrictions related to COVID-19, pray that these believers will be able to meet together without any further governmental opposition as soon as the global health concern subsides. May the situation give them increased opportunities to assist others of their village, so that more people in Azerbaijan will experience Christ's compassion and place their faith in Him.

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Donald Wildeboer,
Apr 18, 2020, 1:30 PM
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