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2020-12-06 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

The offering for Tuition Relief for Lacombe Christian School. LCS believes Christian Education to be an extension of the church, where Alberta Education’s Curriculum is taught with a biblical perspective.

The offering for next Sunday, December 13th is for the Bethel Budget. Currently we need $25,000 more for ministry shares and $15,000 for operating expenses for December. August Luymes

Future Church Offerings:

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

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, December 13th is the third 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 be reflecting on Luke 1:67-79 Zechariah Speaks. It’s the day Zechariah and Elizabeth’s son John is being named and all Zechariah can prophesy about is Mary’s son and how God is bringing salvation to his people. John’s role is to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!

Blue Christmas Service: On Sunday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. we will be holding a Blue Christmas service for those who have gone through difficult times, and are finding it hard to celebrate Christmas with sadness and worry weighing heavy in their hearts. We will reflect on Matthew 11:28-30 Come All Who are Weary. We will be holding this service at Wilson’s Chapel.

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:

  • Brian Jackson’s mother went home to the Lord last week, it has been a difficult month for Brian and Ina as Brian’s father went home to the Lord at the beginning of November. May the Lord be with you and fill you with his comfort and strength.
  • Andrew Tenbrinke went into the hospital this past week with possible leptospirosis.
  • Polly Mooy cancer has returned. Currently she and Pete are talking with doctors about the next steps to take. May the Lord comfort and strengthen Polly & Pete during this difficult time.
  • Please remember Clarence & Doreen Kits, each having a sibling that are struggling with serious health issues, please pray for the Lord’s presence.
  • 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

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 Fellowship at 11 am. Please contact Henry at 403 350 8777 for location. Much to give thanks for! Healthy families and marriages. Children, young and older. The elderly. Liberty and freedoms. Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses. Health Care. Church family. A Caring Pastor. Christmas! Be sure to add your items of gratitude. Specific prayer items. Wisdom for government leaders. For parents. Schools. Businesses. Justice. Those being persecuted unjustly. The Youth. Patience for all. Completion of church renovations. To mention a few. This week’s scripture: "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon." Philippians 4:4 NLT.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Night Youth: We are so thankful that we were able to meet in person as a youth group for nine weeks this fall! A big thank-you to Andrew and Carina for opening up their home to all of us. Because of current restrictions on gatherings, it has been decided that we will postpone Tuesday Night Youth until January 11, 2021. Remember that your youth leaders continue to pray for you and are available any time you would like to chat.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Administrative Assistant position opening at Shalom Counselling Centre, Red Deer, AB. For job details or to submit a resume to Kathleen Dubas, Office Manager, Shalom Counselling Centre, 5515 – 27 Avenue, Red Deer T4P 0E5. 403.342.0339

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive’s goal for this year is set at $175,000. So far this year’s drive has resulted in donation’s totalling $57,109. Thank you to all those who have donated so far, your support is very much appreciated. If you would still like to donate there is still time to do so and we ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. To receive a 2020 charity receipt please donate before Dec. 31, 2020. Donations can be e-transferred to business@cachs.ca or by clicking the donate button at the top of our website, www.cachs.ca. You may also mail your donations directly to CACHS, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G7. Please contact Candace at the school, 403-782-4535, if you have any questions.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Dear Bethel Congregation, Thank you for your recent gift to support my work with Resonate Global Mission. I am currently still working from my home in Oshawa and anticipate continuing to do so for the next few months, given the travel restrictions put in place by the denomination.

Please keep Uganda in your prayers at this time. The official COVID numbers are quite good, but do not tell the whole story based on reports from folks I know in the communities. The national election is scheduled for January 14th, and already there have been deaths due to election violence. Schools have been closed since March and most students continue to sit at home, causing lots of challenges for families. As we enter this time of advent together, may we give thanks that the Prince of Peace speaks to our hearts regardless of our circumstances. Blessings, Diana

Calvin University January Series: Each year Calvin University provides a publicly accessible series of speakers on various topics related to the Christian life and worldview. This year the series runs from January 6 through 26, 2021 and because of COVID-19 is offered to us in the safety and comfort of our homes. They are offering an impressive lineup of speakers and topics. The series is free of charge but you need to register to watch it. More information on the content, speakers list, and registration details can be found at www.calvin.edu/january .

Advent has started. Is your heart ready? Celebrating Christmas isn’t a day; it’s a season. Orient your Christmas season with Advent devotions from World Renew, Resonate, and the CRC Office of Social Justice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in December leading up to Christmas. Join us as we journey through lamenting injustice to looking forward to the coming of the Prince of Peace using the book of Micah. To sign up, go to justice.crcna.org/advent

Healer of Our Every Ill: A new twist on a favorite Calvin University tradition! The Campus Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Capella have professionally recorded five sessions, which will debut on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s YouTube channel at 7 p.m. EST each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Each service is 30–40 minutes long and contains songs, Scripture, and prayer. worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria: November 2020: Boko Haram terrorists invaded the village of Takulashi; they shot everyone in sight. Burning and looting homes during the rampage. When they left the area two hours later, 12 members of the primarily Christian village were found dead, three women and four children were taken hostage. In another incident, Rev. Johnson Oladimeji's body was found in his car along the side of the highway. The assailants were waiting in the bush and shot at his vehicle as he drove by. Two days later, militant Fulani herdsmen raided two predominantly Christian villages. Seven Christians were killed in the attacks; and two children, named Rebecca and Clement, were kidnapped. Please remember to pray for God's strength and protection to be upon the believers in West Africa who are faithfully proclaiming the message of Christ. Intercede for the victims who have been kidnapped, asking that they will be safely released. Also uphold the families of those who have suffered and died in these recent attacks. Pray that there will be a miraculous resolution to these ongoing human rights violations, for none of Nigeria's challenges are greater than our Almighty God.

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Monday, December 7th 

7:30 p.m. Worship Ministry Leadership Team

Location to be determined

Tuesday, December 8th 

11:00 a.m. Prayer meeting, location to be determined

Thursday, December 9th 5

:00 p.m. Circle of Friends Community Dinner

Cooks: Martha & Diane

Friday, December 10th 

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

Sunday, December 13th 

10:30 a.m. Third Advent Sunday Service

6:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service

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Donald Wildeboer,
Dec 12, 2020, 2:41 PM
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Donald Wildeboer,
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Donald Wildeboer,
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