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2020-08-23 Bulletin

As we move to worshiping together again on Sundays, we ask that you remember to do the following to keep everyone safe during the pandemic:

  • If you are not feeling well please stay home and worship with us on the Bethel YouTube channel. We are now live-streaming the Sunday services starting at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday!
  • On Sunday morning as you enter the church you are asked to maintain Physical Distancing (6 feet or 2 meters from each other.)
  • Please use the hand sanitizer and sign in on the sheets provided in the foyer. Wipe the pen with the wipes provided when you are finished.
  • Wear a mask if possible – they are provided. You must wear a mask if you would like to sing during the worship service. This is to protect others around you!
  • Family groups may sit together but we do ask others to maintain physical distancing in the pews.
  • Following the worship service, we will exit the sanctuary from the front with those sitting nearest the front exiting first.
  • Those who need to use the elevator are asked to remain in their seats until everyone else has exited and then proceed to the elevator.
  • Please note: Please bring your printed emailed Order of Worship with you to the service. There will not be copies available.

    Worship: singing and music are important parts of worship and in this time of COVID, anxiety, ongoing change, government regulations and more, Pastor Jake felt a need coming back from vacation to make a decision to hold off on singing in our services until the entire worship committee has had an opportunity to reflect on our worship services and singing by seeking out Scriptures words on worship, on our response to government guidelines, to the health and makeup of our congregation, and to the current health situation in our community. We plan on holding our meeting in the next couple of weeks as we return from vacations and look ahead to our fall worship season. We ask for your prayers and for God’s wisdom as we seek to figure out our way forward as a worshiping family looking to honor God in all we do.

    Renovation Worship Space: as renovations are scheduled to being soon, we will have a new place to call home for our worship services during that time. Wilson's Funeral Chapel is graciously allowing us to use their chapel until our renovations are done! This means that our worship service time will remain the same: Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. There will be no interruption of live streaming and continue for those who worship at home. We will have our first worship service at Wilson's on Sunday, August 30th.

    News from the Reno Team: This week will be our last week in our current building. Pastor Jake has moved over to Wolf Creek Community Church and Dana is working from home. Permits are almost complete and we hope to swing the first hammer the week of August 24th. The design team has met and they have some wonderful plans.

    Thank you to everyone that helped out with the garage sale. Many items were purchased and will be repurposed in a variety of ways. We will use all the money collected from the garage sale toward the cost of the renovation.

    As we begin demo more items will become available. We will contact the congregation through email when these items are ready to be sold.

    We look forward to keeping you up to date and the renovation moves forward. The Reno Team


    Offerings, Tithing & Budget Collections at Bethel: There are several options available to make your gifts, offerings and donations to Bethel Christian Reformed Church. If you are worshipping in person, the collection plate is placed in front of the sanctuary and you may drop your donations off as you exit after the service. For those of you that are enjoying worshipping at home, you may write a cheque to Bethel Christian Reformed Church and mail it, use e-transfer or the Bridge App. "Let each one give as he/she has decided in his heart, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7

    Donating though e-transfer is now available! You may send your e-transfer to giving@lacombebethelcrc.org. Please leave a note in the message line stating where you would like the funds to go and they will be distributed accordingly. May the Lord bless you in your giving.

    Giving to our Church through the Bridge App: The Bridge App can now accept donations made from your bank account, and with no fees being charged to the church. To use this feature, launch the app on your phone or tablet and go to the ‘GIVE’ feature. By choosing ‘Payment Methods’ and ‘Add Payment Method’ you can now add a Bank Account. You can also set up ‘Recurring Donations’ for items like the church budget. If you have any questions please contact Dana.

    The offering for today is for Youth Unlimited/Dynamic Youth MinistriesYouth Unlimited helps churches challenge youth to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform this world for Him. Youth Unlimited is a non-profit, non- denominational Christian ministry organization that focuses on assisting local congregations in their youth ministry through short-term mission trips and youth conferences. They strongly believe that the local church is the tool God created to use to reveal himself to the world. Youth Unlimited is one of four ministries incorporated in an organization called DynamicYouth Ministries:

    · GEMS Girls’ Club is a ministry for young girls.

    · Calvinist Cadet Corps is the companion ministry for boys.

    · The Esther School is a Christian day school in Nyangwena, Zambia.

    The offering for next Sunday, August 30th is for Ministry Support for the Pattersons’.

    Dear Bethel Friends, as the academic year is about to begin with no sign of the door opening for visas and travel, it looks as though we will be spending the next few months here in Lacombe. While we are happy to be a part of this community for a bit longer, we do long to be "on the ground" with our students. However, we still will be fully engaged with our students through online classes and activities. Mark will be teaching 120 students via pre-recorded videos and live interactions on the internet. We feel very strongly that this time of investing in students and serving the university community from afar will pay off in huge dividends once we're able to return. Sowing seeds of trust, support, and friendship will undoubtedly yield a harvest of meaningful relationships in the future. With gratitude, Mark, Selina, and Levi

    Today we will witness the installation of our new office bearers. The following were selected by drawing of lots:

    · Youth Elder: Jan Rodenburg

    · Elder: Wayne Bouwman, Marvin Ebens and Craig Van Stryland

    · Deacon: Darren Vreugdenhil and Grant Zuidhof

    Thank you for your service! We want to thank those who have completed their term of service:

    · Elders: Peter Prins, Herman Scholing and Rod Venhuis.

    · Deacon: Peter Heidelberg.

    We pray that God will continue to bless you in different areas of interest in Bethel.


    Next Sunday, August 30th we continue our 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 be reflecting on 2 Kings 5:1-19a, Washing in the River. This is the story of the great General Naaman who almost misses out on being healed because his pride tells him that the Jordan River is not large enough to heal him and his own rivers back home are much better. How often does our own pride and sense of importance prevent us from experiencing healing and hope from Jesus?


    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 and Bill Wildeboer. 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:

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

    · Pray for all those involved in heading back to school next week. Principals, teachers, staff, students and parents all hold different degrees of excitement, worry and anxiety as school begins again. Parents have extra choices and decisions to make this year in terms of schooling and we ask that you keep our schools, faculty, and families in your prayers.

    Bethel News

    Pastor Jake has relocated his study 

    To Wolf Creek Community Church for the next few months while our Bethel Church building undergoes renovation. Feel free to stop on by for coffee, tea and a chat. I am in my study most mornings Monday through Friday. See you soon.

    Do you have a desire to grow in your faith, explore who God is and who you are, reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus who makes more followers of Jesus? Are you willing to commit yourself to an 11-month journey with a small group to walk this journey? Pastor Jake will be hosting a small group of 3-4 people who will meet monthly to discuss God, faith, discipleship and more, who will commit to praying for each other, meet together at least once each month to pray for and encourage each other, and who will commit to hosting a similar small group within 2 years. If the Holy Spirit is leading you to walk this journey, speak with Pastor Jake and your elder and ask your elder for a letter of reference.

    From my Home Office: I have made the move, I am now working from home. Seniors can still expect their Friday afternoon bulletin deliveries. Everything will be business as usual, email all bulletin announcements to bchurch2@shaw.ca, call or text my cell, 403-704-9032 if you need anything. Please remember my office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. These are exciting times and I look forward to serving you the best I can. Dana

    The Fellowship Committee would like to host a Co-Vid friendly wedding shower for Brett Vandenborn and his fiancé Tessa Detillieux. This event will take place on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Herman and Betty Scholing’s. WHAT to BRING: a gift or gift card, a lawn chair for yourself, a pen and paper to play a game. NO snacks please, we will provide strawberry shortcake for all! If you cannot make the shower, and would still like to provide a gift/ gift card, you can either drop it off at church in the basket under the mailboxes marked “Tess’s Shower” or you can arrange drop off at the Scholing’s by contacting Betty on her cell 403-391-8247

    Tuesday Morning Prayer: Psalm 42:8 "Each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon us, and through each night we sing his songs, praying to God who gives us life." Let us pray for one another and the world around us this month. We will begin meeting again on Tuesday, September 1st at 10 a.m. Enjoy the summer days of August and pray for a favourable harvest weather so the bountiful crop can be brought in! The Prayer Team.


    Calling all Youth! Mark your calendars!!

    · BETHEL YOUTH RETREAT will be on Saturday, August 29th from 1:00-9:30 pm as a kick off to our youth season. The youth leaders will host a free fun youth day at Anderson Park, Gull Lake with games, beach time, good food and a whole lotta fun! All those in grades 7-12 are invited to attend and please bring your friends. A letter of consent will need to be filled out and can be found on the Youth Facebook page or from Jen Zuidhof. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 26th to Jen Zuidhof if you are able to attend.

    · TUESDAY NIGHT YOUTH will start on Tuesday, September 8th for grades 7-12. More details to follow

    Heading off to campus? As you study, experience a multitude of perspectives and worldviews, and develop new relationships, why not also be part of a diverse community that gathers together to grow in faith and to engage God’s world? There are over 35 CRC Campus Ministries on campuses across North America, comprised of students, faculty and staff. To find out if there is one on your campus please check this map: resonateglobalmission.org/campusmap. No campus ministry at your school? You can also locate a nearby CRC at crcna.org/church-finder. For more information about our unique ministries, please contact us at campusministry@crcna.org


    Looking for something to do for a little R & R? Come to Shalom Counselling Centre’s Drive–by Book Sale on Friday, August 28th or Saturday, August 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5515 27 Ave, Red Deer). Proceeds used to offset the cost of counselling for individuals, couples and families accessing counselling through our Red Deer and \olds offices. For just $20 per box (exact cash only) you can select from a variety of categories from children, teen, adult, fiction, non-fiction, Christian, self-help and more. Call Bonnie at 587-877-1121 for more information.

    Living Truth Christian School in Mirror, Alberta is seeking a Half-time and/or Full-time Educational Assistant for the 2020-2021 school year. Applicants must agree with the school’s statement of faith. Successful applicant will be required to submit a recent RCMP criminal record and vulnerable sector check. For more information or to submit resume and personal testimony please contact Laurie Jefferies, Principal Email: principal@livingtruthchristianschool.ca. Additional information about the school can be found on our website: www.livingtruthchristianschool.ca

    The King’s University will be offering, starting this September, online and live-streamed courses to the public at a significantly reduced rate, only $155.00 each! Experience Edmonton’s Christian University without the stress of assignments and tests, and in a format that easily adapts to your schedule. Register

    for classes today at kingsu.ca/public-courses.


    Thursday, August 27th 

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

    Cooks: Pauline & Diane

    Saturday, August 29th 

    1:00 p.m. Bethel Youth Retreat Dayat Anderson Park, Gull Lake



    37 Christians killed so far this month. May the Church's outcry for justice in the world bring comfort and encouragement to our Brothers and Sisters in their suffering. Let's pray continually for this part of the Christian Family.

    Donald Wildeboer,
    Aug 22, 2020, 12:46 PM