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2020-12-20 Bulletin

As we worship together 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. The video of the Sunday service will be available at approximately 12 noon on Sunday.
  • On Sunday morning as you enter Wilson’s Funeral Chapel 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.
  • Wearing a mask is required, they are provided. This is to protect others around you!
  • Family groups may sit together but we do ask others to maintain physical distancing in the pews.
  • Please note: Please bring your printed emailed Order of Worship with you to the service. There will not be copies available.

    Dear Bethel, This past week, the health situation in our province has caused our government to place new restrictions on how we gather together as a church. Council has discussed these new restrictions and believe that it is important to be able to worship together in-person while following the new rules, so we are restricting our numbers to 40 members at our worship services and are asking you to sign-up through the sign-up form located here: https://reopen.church/r/lbvbjhjP

    The government has also hi-lighted the importance of masks and we are asking that while wearing your masks, to please ensure that it covers your nose and mouth the entire time. Every little thing helps to keep each other feeling safe and comfortable as we worship together.

    Thank you for your patience as we adjust again to continually changing circumstances and guidance from our provincial government. We are looking forward to making it through this time and to being able to worship again in our own renewed beautiful building sometime early in the New Year!


    The offering for today is Central Alberta Christian High School. The role of Christian Education at CACHS is to acknowledge God in all areas of life. This education is centred on the teachings of Jesus Christ and students see and emulate the model of service He demonstrated.

    The offering for Christmas Day is for the Lacombe Food Bank. During this difficult COVID time, The Lacombe Food Bank appreciates your help assisting those who have experienced tighter budgets.

    The offering for next Sunday, December 27th is for mission support for John & Marian Vandermeer. John & Marian are stationed in Africa for Wycliffe Canada. They are providing media-related support to the Bible translation teams. This includes both training and working with the teams in recording audio, video creation, film dubbing, and creating phone apps and such. In language communities where traditionally information was passed through stories, proverbs and songs, media can be a tool to aid the local church in communicating their translated Scriptures.

    Future Church Offerings:

    December 20thTuition Relief for Central Alberta Christian High School

    December 25thLacombe Food Bank

    December 27thMission Support for John & Marian Vandermeer


    Christmas Eve Service: Lessons & Carols will be held at 6:30 p.m. This will be candlelight service where we will read through the Scriptural promises of a coming Saviour and sing the songs of faith of the season.

    Christmas Day Service will be reflecting on Luke 2:25-35, Simeon Blesses. Simeon points us to Jesus as the light of the world, salvation has arrived for all people including the Gentiles, But Simeon also warns Mary that the light is coming into the world is also going to bring pain to her as his mother.

    Next Sunday, December 27th 

    Is the first Sunday after Christmas, the time of Epiphany and we will be wrapping up our series on Luke: A Saviour Made Known. We will be reflecting on Luke 2:36-40, Anna Worships. Anna is a prophetess who gives thanks to God and talked to everyone about this child Jesus who has come to redeem Jerusalem.

    Monday morning an email will be sent out opening up signup for the upcoming services for the week. Due to limited seating in-person, we are asking you to sign up for the different services. We are also asking you to please consider others who would like to worship in-person and sign-up for only one or the other services, but please, not both. Christmas Eve is a Lessons and Carols Candlelight service where we will hear the promises of a Messiah read from Scripture, the readings will be each accompanied by carols, there will be no sermon. The Christmas Day service will be a more traditional service with the message based on Luke 2:25-35 Simeon Blesses. Thank you for your understanding


    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 she has moved to Wilkie, Saskatchewan to be closer to family. An email came in this week to report that Jennie is doing well and is getting used to her new surroundings. She is looking forward to receiving her weekly bulletin in the mail again and hopes to listen to services soon. May our Lord continue to comfort and guide Jennie as she starts this new chapter.
    • Pastor Lawrence Sackmann, had surgery this past Friday. Please remember him, his wife Annette and family during the recovery period.
    • Several Bethel families are walking alongside family members and friends who are struggling with health issues. Please pray that the Lord will be with them and use us to bring strength, hope and peace to each other.

    Please note address change for Jennie Bajema: Wilkie & District Health Centre, P.O Box 508, Wilkie, SK, S0K 4W0.

    Pastor Jake and Joyce would like to wish our Bethel family a very Blessed Christmas and all God’s blessings in the New Year. It is a joy to be a part of Bethel and we are blessed to have each of you in our lives! May the Lord be with you all and bless you, may the Lord use us all to be a blessing in the year ahead.

    Bethel News

    Pastor Jake has relocated his study to Wolf Creek Community Church. Feel free to stop on by for coffee, tea and a chat. I am in my study most mornings Monday through Thursday this week. Drop on by for a chat.

    Reading the Bible: Pastor Jake is be reading through the Bible, beginning with Genesis, on Friday mornings on Bethel Church’s Facebook, live from 10am until 10:30 am, 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. Over Christmas, Pastor Jake will not be reading online on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day and will resume reading on Bethel Church Facebook on Friday, January 8th.

    The New Year is coming quickly and Pastor Jake is planning out classes and Bible studies for January and February. Once we are back in our church building again, Pastor Jake is going to be offering a 6-7 week overview of the Heidelberg Catechism on Sunday evenings. We will look at the Catechism through its teaching on Comfort, Sin, Who God Is, The Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and the Sacraments.

    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.

    From the Office: Due to Christmas Day landing on a Friday, I will be finishing and delivering the bulletins on Wednesday, December 23rd. Please have all bulletin announcements in by Wednesday, December 23rd at 9 a.m. For the January 3rd edition of the Bethel Bulletin, the due date will be Wednesday, December 30th at 9 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by email, bchurch2@shaw.ca or my cell. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and New Year season.

    It has come to my attention that some members are not on the mass email list and have been missing out on bulletins, orders of worship and news from our council. If you know of someone who would benefit from this service, please talk to them to contact Dana to get the list updated.

    Today Devotionals for the months of January & February will be available starting today at the Sunday services. If you choose to worship at home and would like a copy, please contact Dana to arrange one to be delivered to you. For those who have the Bridge App, you will find the devotional at your fingertips.

    Weekly Prayer Time: You are welcome! Please join us for prayer Tuesday Morning 11 a.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church. As Paul tells us: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12


    Tuesday Night Youth: We look forward to meeting again on January 12, 2021. Remember that your youth leaders continue to pray for you and are available any time you would like to chat.


    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.

    Starting in January, The King’s University will offer new online and live-streamed courses to the public at a significantly reduced rate of only $155.00 each! Fill your mind without the stress of assignments and tests and in a format that adapts to the demands of your schedule. Classes begin January 5, 2021. Register today at kingsu.ca/public-courses.


    The Christian Reformed Church's northern Alberta churches are seeking a part-time campus minister for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to joyfully serve the NAIT community as a visible presence of the CRC church and God's kingdom. The job description is available on the Classis Alberta North website. Questions and applications can be directed to Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning (jonathan.nicolai-dekoning@kingsu.ca), co-chair of the classis Campus Ministry Committee.

    Town Hall for Christian Reformed Canadians: Recording: The recording of the virtual Town Hall led by Chris Bosch from Chisel Consulting, and Canadian Ministries Director Darren Roorda on November 21st is available for you to view at www.network.crcna.org/ministry-canada This recoding is shared discussion and feedback about compliance with the Canadian Revenue Agency and the work of the Canadian Restructuring Team.

    Automated Donations to Your Local Church: The Bridge App is a mobile app developed specifically for CRC churches. A feature of the app is the ability to make donations with the causes being set by our local church, by way of a credit card or automatic debit from your bank account. The ability to make recurring donations is now available and is managed by the donor. One-time or automatic recurring offerings through The Bridge App are the most affordable, regular, and manageable way to steward your gifts to our local church. There is a 3% charge for credit card donations and NO FEE for debit donations. Year-end donations can be made quickly and efficiently through The Bridge App. To learn more about using The Bridge App to make donations, speak to Dana OR contact The Bridge App at bridgeapp@crcna.org.

    January Series: Coming this January for the 34th year, Calvin University presents the 2021 January Series – the award winning free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekly, lunchtime lectures. This year the series begins on January 6 and continues weekdays through January 26 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST with topics ranging from the future of the Supreme Court, climate change, the era of intelligent technology, civil discourse, racial tensions, the arts as a healing balm and so much more by top experts in their fields. And access to the award-winning lecture series will be easier than ever. This year, due to the realities of COVID-19, the January Series will have a completely virtual audience. Attendees will be able to watch and listen to the 15 presentations on their own personal devices, in their own locations, or gather at small remote sites available across the continent. For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and to register for personal viewing, visit our website at www.calvin.edu/january

    Online Worship Learning: You are warmly invited to register for a free online learning experience held January 6-26, 2021, on key themes in worship and the Christian life. Register for free at worship.calvin.edu/symposium/. This experience is designed for all kinds of learners: students, artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, teachers, worship leaders and planners, and all worshipers around the globe. Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching


    China: Authorities in Wenzhou City have recently mandated that all teachers must sign a "Public Pledge Form." The document forbids educators from professing any religious beliefs and also demands that they agree not to engage in any practice or propagation of religion. Along with these enforced requirements, they must also support Marxist socialist principles. Please pray that despite the implementation of this unconstitutional document, the youth in China will be given opportunities to hear the message of Christ in their homes and communities. Remember the Christian teachers who are trying to cope with the present demands and the prospect of losing their employment positions because of their faith.


    Tuesday, December 22nd 

    11:00 a.m. Weekly Prayer Time at WCCC

    Thursday, December 24th 

    6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service

    Friday, December 25th 

    10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Service

    Donald Wildeboer,
    Dec 18, 2020, 1:16 PM
    Donald Wildeboer,
    Dec 18, 2020, 1:16 PM