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2020-06-28 Bulletin


Next Sunday, July 5th 

We are beginning a summer series focused on the many references to rivers in the Bible. Rivers and water hold deep meanings in many passages and often point us to different aspects of who God is. We will begin by reflecting on Psalm 46, River of Gladness. God’s grace and blessings flow from his sanctuary to his people, bringing peace and hope.


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:

· Joan Eisses underwent hip replacement this past Tuesday. Pray that her recovery will go smoothly and well.

· Gerald Keitel had surgery a couple of weeks ago to replace the plate in his foot. Pray that his recovery will go well and smoothly.

· Steve Ogi and Caroline are grateful for your prayers for healing and strength for Steve. The infection is healed!

· Grace Roolker will be going in to have her wisdom teeth removed. Please pray for success and a speedy recovery.

· Craig and Marcella Van Stryland continue to ask us to pray for their son Jordan and his wife Amy and their family as they are expecting a child. Pray for healing and God’s strength and peace for the family.

· Continue to pray for Henry Geldof and Anita as he continues to work on regaining his strength and health.

· Please remember the nomination process for Elders & Deacon’s at Bethel.

Happy Birthday 

to Audrey Noordhof as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday! May you have a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends!! J

Pastor Jake vacation dates: 

Pastor Jake and Joyce will be taking vacation this year from July 12th to August 3rd. I will be back in my study again on Tuesday, August 4th.

Office hours 

for the next two weeks will be Fridays only. Please have your bulletin announcements in by 9 a.m. Cindy will be in the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Bethel News

In-Person worship 

Has arrived again! We are holding in-person worship services at Bethel again while also still doing Worship at Home. We will start gradually by inviting 2 elders’ lists each week to gather for in-person worship. This week’s elder’s guest lists comes from Rod Venhuis & Arnie Tenbrinke. Our overall plan is to hold smaller worship services for 3 weeks so we can iron out the bugs in our new practices. Our prayer is that we can hold a worship service where everyone who feels comfortable to attend in person, can all gather together on July 12th rather than being invited by elders’ lists.

We know that each of us is at a different place when it comes to our health and comfort level in gathering together in person so we will be continuing our Worship at Home services as well, especially since it is also now a part of our broader outreach ministry. Council has approved installing new video equipment that will enable us to do live-streaming of our worship services and once that is arranged and installed, we will move to live-streaming our services so we will all be able to worship together live as a church family. Since our live-streaming is also a recording, the service will also be available for those who are unable to gather together at 10:30 a.m. If you are a member of Bethel Church, you will have received a document that outlines with in-person will look like and it is also available on our website and Facebook page for those who did not receive the email. May the Lord bless us and be with us as we worship Him!

Council has been praying for new Elders and Deacons for Bethel Church and listening to the nominations that you have sent in to council. A number of members have been chosen to receive invitations to allow their names to stand for various council positions and letters of invitation will be extended to them in the next week. Council is asking all members to pray for these servants whom God is calling as they reflect on their call and make a decision to accept or not accept God’s call at this time. Thank you.

Today Devotionals 

Are now available for pick up. Please help yourself!

Book Club: 

Ladies, a reminder that there will be a book club meeting on Wednesday, July 8th, at Martha Warner's place. If the weather will not cooperate we will have our discussion in the Fellowship Hall. The book for this month is Sins of the Fathers by James Scott Bell. Refreshments will be taken care of by Ann Wildeboer


Canada: Youth Ambassador Virtual Journey of Reconciliation: 

Join other young adults who are interested in the role of reconciliation and learning more about Canadian indigenous history. It is our hope that this program will better equip non-Indigenous CRC young people with the tools and opportunity to act as bridges between their church community and a local Indigenous community. Check out this link: https://worldrenew.ca/youth-ambassadors-of-reconciliation


Dear Businesses of Central Alberta, The Small Business Centre at Burman University wants you to know that we are here for you! During this pandemic our local businesses have taken a big hit. A Small Business Facebook page has been created to help you spread the word! Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/Small-Business-Centre-Burman-University-101003401634272/about/?conf_code=35087&email_id=smallbusinesscentre%40burmanu.ca like our page, send along an ad or a little blurb about your business and we would be happy to advertise for you on our Small Business Page. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are all in this together! Stay safe, stay healthy! Almyra Hodder, Burman University School of Business Small Business Centre


GEMS leaders, ministry friends, and all women 

are invited to join GEMS for their Online Conference this year. The event will occur on July 30th & 31st. Together we will explore what it means to confident in God's Unshakeable Kingdom amidst a season of uncertainty and confusion. Worship, breakout sessions, the debut of the Friended. Curriculum, online coffee chats, and connection await! Keynote speakers include Bob Goff, Annie F. Downs, Arlene Pellicane, Lynn Cowell, Bruce Martin, Lenae Bulthuis, and Cindy Bultema. The registration rate is $99 USD/$133 CAD and includes access to view the event for up to 2 weeks following July 30-31. Find out more and register at gemsgc.org/events/onlineconference/.



In December 2018, raids on the Early Rain Covenant Church resulted in the detention of more than 100 Christians. All have since been released except for Pastor Wang Yi, who is serving a nine-year sentence, and elder Qin Defu, who was sentenced to four years in prison for "illegal business operations." Qin's wife, Xiao Hongliu, has written a letter, pleading for fellow Christians to remember her family in their prayers. Since the end of March she lost all contact with her husband. May the Lord touch the many Christians who are imprisoned for their faith, as well as their loved ones who miss them and fear for their safety. Pray that Qin will experience God's protection and be granted permission from prison officials to contact his concerned family soon. Remember the millions of Christians throughout China who are facing uncertainties and danger because of the policies posed by President Xi's harsh regime.


Tuesday, June 30th 

10:00 p.m. Prayer at Home

Thursday, July 2nd 

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

Cooks: Pauline & Diane


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.
  • The Bethel Library 

    will be open during office hours. If your 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 is lots of good reading to choose form.

    Have you checked out RightNow Media, Share Faith Kids, 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.


    This devotional is different this week as it includes more activity sheets and puzzles. Click the picture or the link to be directed to a Dropbox folder that contains all materials for you to use. Wishing you and your family a great time discovering more about Jesus!

    To teach children how to pray using the example Jesus gives in Luke 11. 

    Prayer includes worshiping God because He is holy and there is no one like Him. Prayer is the essential means by which we seek God’s will and ask Him to reveal His Kingdom. Through prayer we ask for provision, forgiveness, and protection and deliverance from temptation and evil.



    Family Fire - Family Fire

    is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

    Groundwork: Consoling the Suffering: 

    Sometimes our attempts to console suffering friends and loved ones with biblical truths do more harm than good. Join Groundwork in studying Job 32-34 to discover where we might run into trouble, how we can more faithfully represent God, and more lovingly comfort the suffering. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes.

    Prayer and Action: 

    Check out our children’s programs at www.kidscorner.net. In this week’s episode, “Prayer and Action,” Grandpa wants the church school class to learn the connection between prayer and action, so he challenges them to go out and find prayer stories! Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes. Download the Kid Corner puzzle and game giveaway Summer Fun Bible Activity Book. https://kidscorner.net/activities

    Seeking God in Suffering: 

    “Seeking God in Suffering” is a four-week, inspirational devotional series from Today. How do we respond when faced with difficulties? Let stories of grief, healing, and community inspire you to seek God in trials. Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/seekinggod.


    At-home Faith Formation Tip: 

    The Examen is a helpful daily prayer tool that Christians have used for hundreds of years to review their day in a godly way. This is a great bedtime practice for people of all ages. A simplified Examen looks like this: First, pray that God will give you insight. Then ask yourself two questions: “What was I most grateful for today?” and “What was I least grateful for today?” Close in prayer, thanking God for the blessings of the day, and asking God’s help with your shortcomings. (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)


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    In response to His disciples' request on how to pray, Jesus gave them what has become known as the Lord's Prayer. In reality it could be called the Disciples' Prayer, since it was given directly to them. Some have been taught it is a prayer that we are supposed to religiously recite word for word. Some even treat the Lord's Prayer as a mantra that will ensure God's blessings. However, when we study this prayer, we realize that Jesus is far more interested in our hearts when we pray, than in the words we use.

    In this 7-week Life Group series titled "Teach Us How to Pray," we will be dissecting the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Each phrase from this prayer has divine direction that not only connects us with our Heavenly Father, but also allows the Holy Spirit to shape our hearts and minds to His will and image.

    Through this study and discussion, we will learn that the Lord's Prayer can be understood as a pattern of how to pray. It gives us the fundamental components that can go into our prayer time as we converse with God. As we learn how to pray from Jesus' teaching, we see that He perfectly addresses all areas of life that must be developed in order to allow the Holy Spirit to mold and shape us into the men and women He created us to be.



    Does prayer really work? 

    Prayer is a frequent theme in Scripture, but students often struggle with questions about the purpose, practice and power of prayer. Is this invisible God just a magic genie in heaven who gives me what I want? Does God really want to hear from me, and if so, how does He talk back? If God already knows everything, what's the point of praying? Why doesn't God always answer my prayers? Over four powerful sessions, we'll explore these tough questions and hear students share how prayer impacted the tough situations they were facing. Francis Chan will unpack what the Bible has to say about prayer, helping teens understand how they should pray, what they are called to pray for, and why God invites them to communicate with Him.

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