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2020-11-22 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

The offering for today is for Lacombe and District VolunteerLink which is a registered charity that offers assistance to many people in our community. They provide help in many ways to support those in need.

The offering for next Sunday, November 29th is for the North America Indigenous Ministries – serving with First Nations to reach all Nations. This offering is a ministry support for Sean and Becky Folkerts and their multicultural family as they minister to the Louis Bull Cree Nation near Maskwacis. Through His amazing grace, God has put in Sean & Becky’s hearts the burning desire to share their lives and more importantly, His love with these amazing people! They feel they are merely a tool used for His Kingdom work!

Future Church Offerings:

  • December 6thTuition Relief for Lacombe Christian School
  • December 13thBudget
  • December 20thTuition Relief for Central Alberta Christian High School
  • December 25thLacombe Food Bank
  • December 27thMission Support for John & Marian Vandermeer

Past Church Offerings:

  • October 25th – Mission Support for Leah Ebens
  • November 1st - World Renew
  • November 15th – Fuente De Vida, Ensanada, Mexico
  • November 22nd – Lacombe and District Volunteer Link

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, November 29th 

Is the first Sunday of Advent! This year we are going to enter into the season of Advent through a series on Luke: A Saviour Made Known. We will begin by reflecting on Luke 1:26-38, Gabriel Announces. God sends the angel Gabriel to let Mary know that she has been chosen to be the mother of the coming Messiah, the Son of the Most High God. Gabriel tells Mary that her son will sit on the throne of David and his kingdom will never end! How can a child born to a virgin from a small town over throw the greatest empire the world has ever known? How can this child be called the Son of God? So many questions! We also will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together.

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 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:

  • Please remember Jennie Bajema as this Wednesday she will be moving to Wilkie, Saskatchewan to be closer to family. May our Lord comfort and guide Jennie as she starts a new chapter in new surroundings.
  • Our condolences to Joanne van Gyssel and her family as this week her sister in law, Alice van Gyssel of Drayton, Ontario passed away at the age of 90. May the peace of our Lord strengthen and comfort you.
  • Several Bethel families are walking alongside family members and friends who are struggling with health issues, some in palliative care situations. Please pray that the Lord will be with us and use us to bring strength, hope and peace to each other.

Bethel News

Council Highlights:

· We had a short time of questions for invited individuals who had experience at Kings University to help inform later discussion.

· Council reviewed highlights and challenges from the different committees.

· After lengthy discussion Council agrees to withdraw ministry share support from King's University. A letter to King's University and Classis Alberta North detailing this decision will be made available to the congregation.

· The congregational meeting is postponed until the New Year, and the budget will be distributed in the near future.

The Congregational meeting on November 25th has been postponed until the New Year, and the 2021 budget will be distributed by email for review by the congregation. Your district Elder will contact you to review any questions or concerns you may have and to give you an opportunity to vote. All votes are required to be submitted by December 13th.

Pastor Jake has relocated his study to Wolf Creek Community Church 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. Drop on by for a chat.

Every Man a Warrior: we are looking to start up men’s ministry again in January when we are able to be in our own building again. We are looking at beginning Men’s Breakfast, but Pastor Jake is also looking for 5 men with a heart for being trained as leaders in a ministry for and to men called Every Man a Warrior. To learn more about Every Man a Warrior, you are encouraged to check out their website at https://everymanawarrior.com/ Pastor Jake has arranged with one of their trainers to train 5 men in the program. From the website: We all exchange our lives for something, and there is nothing more fulfilling than exchanging your life to help other men become the men God wants them to be. In leading this course, you will have the opportunity to take men through a series of studies that can change their lives forever. It could also potentially affect future generations as these men become better husbands to their wives and fathers to their children.

Weekly Prayer Time: Tuesday Prayer Time 11 a.m. at Henry and Joan Eisses. Everyone welcome! "O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! Accept my prayer as incense offered to you. I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord's mercy and pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles" Psalm 141 + 142. Prayer was David's constant avenue of survival and conversation with God. We also have this avenue available to us, a place to run to with all our cares and concerns, to a God who cares and hears us in the deepest valley and on the highest mountain top. God help us be a praying people!

Reading the Bible on Facebook Live: Reading the Bible is an important part of our faith formation, and reading large sections of the Bible at a time helps us to see God at work in lives and events in clearer ways. The Bible was also written to be heard. Many times, elders who had memorized the stories of Scripture would gather the people around the campfires at night and tell the stories to the people as a community. Beginning this month, Pastor Jake is going to be reading through the Bible, beginning with Genesis, Friday mornings on Bethel Church’s Facebook, live from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to help us hear the Word in large sections. Helping us to make more connections between the stories on who God is and how God works in and through the lives of his people.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Night Youth on November 24th for grades 7-12: The leaders ask that you be dropped off at the home of Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke until our church reno is finished. Please arrive by 7:30 p.m. fs or games with classes from 8-9 p.m. TNY will take place EVERY Tuesday unless there is no school that day. If you have any questions, please call Andrew.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School in Lacombe, Alberta is looking for a dynamic Christian leader to become the next Principal effective August 1, 2021. The ideal candidate will be passionate about leading, nurturing and empowering a dedicated staff to educate students in our Christ-centered community. The role of principal would include roughly 30% teaching time. For more information, email Steve Wildeboer, boardchair@cachs.ca. Application Deadline: December 11, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is found

CACHS Fall Drive - Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive is now underway! Our goal this year is $175,000 with funds going towards running, building, and sustaining the new Special Education Program and enhancing the CACHS learning environment. This program ensures that students of all abilities can be supported in their learning here at CACHS and that they too can receive an education within a Christian community. Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support our school and help us to continue providing Christ centered education to all our students. You will receive a brochure attachment on the church bulletin email, or contacted by Mel Wildeboer. If you do not receive a brochure, please contact Candace at the school, 403-782-4535. Donations may be handed to Mel Wildeboer, sent via etransfer to business@cachs.ca or sent directly to CACHS: 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7. You can also donate online by clicking the Donate button at the top of the school website: www.cachs.ca. We thank you so much for your support of the school! “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” 1Tim. 4:12

Shalom Counselling is pleased to announce our Christmas Fundraiser: We are offering a beautiful Christmas CD, created by Brenda McKenzie (vocal) with Jabin Stevenson (guitar accompaniment) for a suggested donation of $20. You will be delighted with the gentle sounds of Christmas while supporting Shalom Counselling’s fee subsidy program. Shalom believes that all who desire counselling be able to experience it regardless of their financial status. None are ever turned away for financial reasons.

To order your copy or for more information please call (403)342-0339

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

A reminder that we at the Ministry to Seafarers will be distributing Christmas gifts again this year for the annual Christmas at Sea gift giving campaign. If you would like to support this cause that brings joy to so many seafarers each year, please send your donations to: Ministry to Seafarers, 401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. Cheques can now be made payable to "Ministry to Seafarers." Write "Christmas at Sea" on the memo line. Thank you, Rev. Gary Roosma

Prepare Your Heart: Starting December 2, 2020, World Renew, Resonate Global Mission, and the CRC Office of Social Justice will distribute a free email devotional to your inbox during Advent. Don’t let Christmas presents overtake the Christmas Presence. Sign up to receive reflections on this year’s theme of He Will Be Our Peace every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Christmas Day. Join us as we journey through lamenting injustice to looking forward to the coming of the Prince of Peace using the book of Micah. Go to justice.crcna.org/advent to sign up today!

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Please pray for the citizens of Burkina Faso heading for the polls this Sunday, November 22nd. Amid continuing insecurity as a result of an Islamic militant insurgency. Voters will be electing a president and national legislators. More than 1 million people have been displaced in the insurgency, many of them Christians, and most of them will be unable to vote due to lost ID documents.

· Pray that voting will proceed freely and as fairly as possible within these complexities.

· Pray for wisdom and dedication for the incoming government as they seek to restore stability.

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Tuesday, November 24th 

11:00 a.m. Prayer meeting at the home of Henry & Joan Eisses

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth at the home of

Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke

Thursday, November 26th 

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

Cooks: Ann & Louise

Friday, November 27th 

10:00 a.m. Reading the Bible on Facebook Live

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Donald Wildeboer,
Nov 20, 2020, 2:47 PM
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