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2020-05-17 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, May 24th 

We will be continuing our series based on 2 Corinthians 4:7 Jars of Clay. We will be reflecting on 2 Samuel 11, David: Lust and the Murderer.'The heart wants what it wants.'" Emily Dickinson wrote that. Depending on your age, you might connect this quote with Woody Allen or Selena Gomez instead. This is also what David might have said about his relationship with Bathsheba; the problem is, God is calling for our hearts to want God more than anything else.

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.

Prayer Requests: 

please remember Steve & Caroline Ogi and Jordan & Amy Van Stryland. May our Lord continue to grant strength, peace and guidance through your ordeals this week.

Tuesday Morning Prayer: 

As regulations around the pandemic are being loosened and non-essential business resumes, what do we see as we look into the rear-view mirror? A few things observed: the pace of life slowed down, life felt simpler, and much less traffic on the highways, more waves and friendly smiles. Though we were separated in distance, we felt closer in spirit. The temperedness of things became revealed. Our faith has been strengthened as we lean more heavily on the Rock that is secure. He is with us! Let our prayers be for the sick, those who are enduring ongoing hardship, and for those facing unemployment and financial loss. Above all, let us ask God for "his will to be done”, and his kingdom to come”, both in this world and in his body, the Church. Have we not been praying for God to bring renewal in the church and renewal in all our hearts to bring us back to him, our first love? "Spirit of God, dwell thou within my heart. Wean it from earth through all its pulses move. Stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art. And make me love thee as I ought to love." (394 in Blue Hymnal). Since we are not meeting in person, pause wherever you are. Tuesday morning join together in prayer from 10 – 11 a.m.

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 and Bethel website
  • 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.
  • Sunday Sermon written version, will be posted Pastor Jake’s Blog: Jacob's Musings, 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.

Zoom Sermon Study on Jars of Clay 

will be cancelled for this week and resume next week Monday, May 25th.

Due to the May Long Weekend

the church office will be closed on Monday, May 18th. Pastor Jake will be in his office Tuesday, May 19th and Dana will return on Wednesday, May 20th.

Front Porch Conversations

Pastor Jake would like to swing by your homes and have a short Facebook Live conversation with you as a way to keep us all connected with what is happening in each other’s lives. Facebook Live runs straight from Facebook and allows us to video live on our church Facebook page. I'm calling this Front Porch Conversations and I stand outside your door on the front porch or steps 6 feet away and we then have a brief conversation while I video it through Facebook. I usually ask things like: how is everyone doing, is there anything interesting going on, and would you like to say 'hi' to someone. It's about 5-6 minutes long, most people don't watch much longer than that. The video is then on the church Facebook page and anyone who is on Facebook sees it as it's happening, while others can then watch it later and leave greetings and comments. You can either call, email or text Pastor Jake to set up a time or Pastor Jake will give you a call over the upcoming weeks.

From the Renovation Team: 

With much thought and consideration the renovation team have decided to begin the fundraising process for Bethel’s renovation project. We will begin by sending each member a brochure outlining different options of payment, where funds can be dropped off, as well as a brief outline of the renovation project. We will also send out the same information through e-mail. If you do not receive this information within the next week please contact a renovation team member (Grant Zuidhof, Ed Stol, Donna Vandenborn, Pete Heidelberg, or Herman Scholing). After a time of reflection, a team member will contact you to discuss any questions that you may have.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Susan MacDonald, the Director of Lacombe FCSS, 

has asked for masks for their clients. They need 200 of them by June 1st. These masks should be delivered to the College Heights Church. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.). On Fridays the office is open just 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The local ministerial is coordinating the effort, so if you could let Pastor Jake know if you can make a few, he will pass it on to the FCSS. Thank you

Lacombe Christian School Auction: 

LCS invites you to their Annual Fundraising Auction which will be happening online on June 5th with VJV Auction Co. from Ponoka generously hosting. (More information to follow). All auction items are donated by local community & businesses. *New Items will be accepted until May 25th, noon. All proceeds go to the Lacombe Christian School. There will be a picture catalogue available and an opportunity to walk through the gym to look at all the items on May 28 & 29. We hope that you will be able to join us! Any questions, please contact: Karri Folkerts 587.876.8295 or Alison Niemeijer 403.318.8336 or Carina Tenbrinke 403.505.7950

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Considering Ministry? 

Classis Alberta North’s Student Support Committee invites those considering full-time ordained or non-ordained ministry in the Christian Reformed Church to apply for a forgivable loan to support their graduate studies. Application forms and further information can be found at the Classis Alberta North website: http://www.classisalbertanorth.ca/student-support-team.html . The application deadline is June 5, 2020. Questions and completed forms can be forwarded to outgoing Student Support Committee chair Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning (jonathan.nicolai-dekoning@kingsu.ca) .

Dear Classis Alberta North:

This week was spent in the very first, fully online COD meeting! Delegates from across North America joined for all day zoom meetings, which were (surprisingly) productive! Stanley Jim, the Council of Delegate for Classis Red Mesa shared with us the struggles of our CRC brothers and sisters in the Navajo Nation due to Covid-19. This Classis is experiencing unique challenges, as a hotspot for this viral disease: increase in domestic violence and addictions, very limited technology or internet access, along with poverty and even a curfew that is strictly enforced by police. Added to these sufferings, they are experiencing difficulties accessing essential food items and accessing the most basic of human needs, clean water. As your COD representative, I challenged all Classis across North America to respond to the great need of our brothers and sisters in Classis Red Mesa. Pastor Harold Roscher of the Native Healing Center has been in contact with Classis Red Mesa through Naschitti CRC on the Navajo reservation and confirms the hardships the people are experiencing during the pandemic. World Renew Disaster Response Services is keenly aware of these needs and is on site responding. The link to the website for World Renew where you can donate to World Renew’s COVID-19 responses

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Tuesday, May 19th 

10:00 a.m. Prayer at Home

Thursday, May 21st 

5:00 p.m. Circle of Friends Community supper

Cooks: Jeanne & Betty

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria

Many people have been praying with the Sharibu family ever since Leah was kidnapped. This week Leah turned 17 years old. Since February 2018, when Islamic extremists attacked the school and carried off her and more than 100 others Leah has lived in lockdown. When other girls were released through backchannel efforts, Leah was the only one who did not return home because she refused to say the Muslim prayers. Pray that God will use Leah's faith to stir the spirits of her captors to see who the True Ruler is. .Pray with Leah's parents, and other families, as they wait for their loved ones to return. Pray that God would intervene in the violent situation in West Africa, since kidnappings and attacks are rising to new levels in Nigeria.

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Donald Wildeboer,
May 16, 2020, 3:27 PM
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