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2020-05-31 Bulletin


Next Sunday, June 7th 

We jump back into our series on Jars of Clay by reflecting on Exodus 4, Moses: Uncertain and Unwilling. Have you ever felt that God might be calling you to do something, take up a new challenge, perhaps take on a leadership or mentoring role but felt unprepared or not capable of following through on the sense of calling? Moses is being called to lead, a role that he was trained to as a child in Pharaoh’s palace, but after 40 years tending sheep, he no longer felt able to do what God is calling him to do. Does God really give up what we need when we feel his calling, or do doubts keep us from listening or following through? Lots of questions come up in Moses’ story, not all easy ones either.


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.

Prayer Requests:

  • Henry Geldof is home again after having been in the hospital due to a heart condition. He is tired and will be working with the doctors to determine next steps forward in managing his health.
  • Steve & Caroline Ogi as Steve continues to undergo treatment for an infection in his leg.
  • Jordan & Amy Van Stryland as they await the arrival of their baby.
  • Please remember the nomination process for Elders & Deacon’s at Bethel.

May our Lord continue to grant strength, peace and guidance throughout your trials and treasures this week.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Margaret Roolker as she celebrates on Thursday. May our Lord continue to bless you on your special day and into your new year! J

From Council:

 It was good to get together as full council this past week. We tried to keep the agenda short and manageable. Most of our meeting was spent working through the nominations for office bearers. We now prayerfully reflect for a couple of weeks, asking God to guide us in this process of who will be receiving a letter of call for Youth elder, Deacon, and Elder. Council asks for the entire Bethel community to remember this in your times of prayer. Full Council will meet again on June 10, 2020 to finalize this process.

Putting together a plan to open up fully again with in person worship is a work in progress and will be for a while yet. Although churches are allowed to get together in groups of no more than 50, the restrictions that are still in place make it a very cumbersome affair. For the foreseeable future we will continue with video services. Executive will be meeting this coming week to talk some more about how to move forward and the planning will continue at our Full Council meeting on June 10th.

Our Bethel community has been blessed by the many ways that people have used to stay connected. Because we have many seniors in our church community and others with health concerns, we will be moving forward slowly and with caution. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers.

Bethel News

Zoom Sermon Study: 

If you are interested in a Monday evening sermon reflection time, we will be continuing our study tomorrow Monday, June 1st. Please contact Pastor Jake through email, text, or cell to receive a ZOOM invite, or click here to go to the meeting.

Tuesday Morning Prayer: 

Thoughts on John 6:16-21, Jesus Walks on Water, the disciples were afraid. Jesus called out, "Don't be afraid, I am here!" Then John says, “they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!" Where do you turn when the gales of life sweep down on you? When rowing becomes exhausting and your destination is not getting closer? What gale are you facing today? What situation is troubling you? Whether big or small, Jesus is walking on the water towards you saying, "Don't be afraid, I am here!" Trust him today! His promise is peace! Ask him to come into your boat today. And then ask him to come into your neighbors' boat, our country’s', our leaders', our community’s' and our churches' boat. Whatever you are busy with this Tuesday at 10 a.m. pull over, stop what you are doing if you can and join together as we take time to pray and walk closely with our Lord. Corrie Ten Boom knew something about prayer. She challenges us today, "Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?"

June Newsletter: 

June is the month of Graduation, Father’s Day, Seniors Week and the beginning of summer holidays. All these things are going to look a little different this year but we don’t want to forget them. We want to honor all those who graduate from grade 9, grade 12 and higher education. Please send a photo and a little write up of plans for next year to Harriet Luymes at haraug@gmail.com so we can include that in our next newsletter. If you have something regarding our Seniors or Father’s Day we would love to receive that as well. Please have your submissions in to either Harriet or Anita Geldof at ahgeldof@telus.net by 12 noon, Wednesday, June 3rd so we can put it all together and have the newsletters in your boxes for Sunday, June 7th. IF you are in need of a large print copy please contact Anita or Harriet as soon as possible. Let’s stay connected, send in your submissions.


Lacombe Christian School Auction: 

LCS invites you to their Annual Fundraising Auction which will be happening online on June 5th starting at 5:30 p.m. with VJV Auction Co. from Ponoka generously hosting. We hope that you will be able to join us! You can view the items online at vjv.auctionmarts.com on Wednesday, June 3rd, register, and pre-bid on items. Physical catalogs are available for pickup Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Any questions please contact: Karri Folkerts 587.876.8295 or Alison Niemeijer 403.318.8336 or Carina Tenbrinke 403.505.7950. All auction items are donated by local community businesses and individuals. All proceeds go to Lacombe Christian School.

Information from Shalom Counselling Centre: 

Isolation, stress, anxiety, fear, depression, and relationship breakdown are among the issues being faced by many individuals and families during this difficult time. Shalom Counselling Centre does not want anyone to feel that they have to face these situations alone. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from talking to one of our Red Deer or Olds counsellors you can arrange a phone or ZOOM session. Individual or family counselling is available by calling our office at 403.342.0339 to arrange an appointment at either location. Shalom’s services are offered on a sliding-fee scale, making them more affordable for everyone. Please don’t wait – Good Mental Wellness is for Everyone!


would like to invite all members to the 2020 AGM on June 20th at 10:30 a.m.; hosted as a webinar through ZOOM. AGM agenda and information on how to participate can be found online at: https://www.rcmflourish.ca/2020-agm-agenda/

Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ Central Alberta: 

Each year we host a charity Golf Tournament. Unfortunately, it won’t be happening like usual this year, but we won't let that put a "wedge" in our fundraising! We've decided to do an online fundraiser, where we "Walk the Course" together. It's not as awesome as walking the real green together, but in this time of isolation, it'll have to do. Introducing Hope & Wholeness, we are going to walk the course to ensure no young person, family or community gets left behind in the pandemic. Visit https://golf.cayu.ca/#h.5z2aoxdvynhl to participate with us!


The Staff at Christian Stewardship Services are pleased to announce a series of Virtual Webinars and are delighted to invite you to join in. Since Christian Stewardship Services is partnered with the CRCNA, there is no charge to listen in or receive the personal follow up that is available. Our current webinars topics are: Planning or Reviewing a Will, and Tools of Gift Planning. Planning or Reviewing a Will: Learn the basics, dispel the myths (June 2nd at 7 p.m. EST or June 4th at 7 p.m. PST) Tools of Gift Planning:, Maximize your gift, save more Tax (June 9th at 7 p.m. EST, or June 11th at 7 p.m. PST) You can register for any upcoming Webinar on our EVENTS page at http://www.csservices.ca/events.php or simply email info@csservices.ca to register. Hope to see you there!

A Christian's Guide to a COVID-Shaped World

The world’s been radically shaped by COVID-19, and it’s difficult to know how to think—and what to do. Calvin University, the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship (CICW), and Calvin Theological Seminary, have put together a series of online courses that welcome learners from different cultures, generations, and career experiences. These 3-week courses are offered from June 1 to July 31 and will give you a vision for how to think and act. Sign up for a course today! https://calvin.edu/academics/global-campus/christian-witness-during-covid/

Loving Your Neighbor Conference (Online)

Calvin Theological Seminary invites you to its third biennial Loving Your Neighbor Conference, which will be held online July 6-8, 2020. This year's conference theme is Loving Your Neighbor: Forming Citizens of God’s Kingdom in Prison and Upon Re-entry. Our keynote speaker will be Reverend Dominique DuBois Gilliard. We invite pastors, ministry leaders, and lay members to this conference. For more information and to register, visit www.calvinseminary.edu/lyn2020.

The Banner: 

With so many of us staying at home and having extra time on our hands, The Banner would love to send you our weekly update. It’s free and you can cancel at any time. The Banner Update is a weekly email (sample here) sent on Mondays to anyone interested in getting the latest news from the Christian Reformed Church straight to their inbox. Once a week, they include links to news, features, online-extra content, Their Shared Ministries articles, and reviews of books, movies, and TV shows readers might be interested in. It gives a sneak-peek of all the new articles posted in the past week at http://www.thebanner.org. Currently there are copies of the magazine on the table in the foyer for anyone to take. If you currently do not receive the Banner and would like to, contact Dana in the office and she will have you added to the list to receive a copy through the mail.


Monday, June 1st

7:30 p.m. General Administration Leadership Team

Tuesday, June 2nd 

10:00 p.m. Prayer at Home

Wednesday, June 3rd 

7:30 p.m. Executive Council

Thursday, June 4th 

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

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