This Week At Bethel
We continue our fall sermon series, “Flourish: Life by the Spirit,” by reflecting on the first aspect from the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which is love. Love is an unsurprising but an essential dimension of what takes place in our hearts as we draw nearer to Jesus. However, this is not where we begin. Our lives are shaped by imperfect and broken expressions of love. In truth, it is God’s love alone which initiates our journeys of healing towards a better way of loving well because we have been loved perfectly by Jesus.
Our message will focus on John 13:31-35, 15:13, “Flourish through Love.”
Following the message, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
For those attending in person, we will invite you to come forward to receive the elements at the front. You can then eat and drink the elements individually as you receive them. If you are not able to come forward, please raise your hand and they will be brought to you.
For everyone online, the practice will be familiar. Please have communion elements ready at home (bread, juice/wine) to join with us in sharing the meal.
We look forward to celebrating Christ’s meal of grace with you Sunday. Please prepare you hearts for this time of remembrance and repentance in light of our forgiveness through the cross.
Our Sunday Offerings:
Bethel Mission and Ministries: This offering supports the ministries and programs of Bethel.
Edmonton Native Healing Centre: This organization empowers individuals to grow stronger and creates vibrant community relationships while honouring our culture through Spiritual development centered in the heart of the Creator.
Our giving options are:
Debit card transactions
Join Push Pay for a one-time donation or for recurring donations
Drop off your cheque donations during office hours which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday
E-transfer firstname.lastname@example.org (No security question).
If you have any questions about our giving options, please contact Sara at email@example.com
Church Family News:
Please pray for JILL SNEEP as she recovers from surgery this past week.
Please continue to pray for CURTIS COENEN, ELEANOR PROKUDA, GRACE VELSINK, WILLY VROON and ANNETTE WEGREN.
OASIS WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Join us for a bible study on Wednesday mornings here at the church. On September 28, we will be starting a five-session study called Free of Me, by Sharon Hodde Miller. Childcare is provided-we have a bunch of committed women who take great care of our kids.
BETHEL YOUTH: We are meeting at Bethel tonight, September 23 at 6PM to head to the Edmonton Corn Maze where we will get lost in the maze and roast hot dogs alongside other Edmonton CRC youth groups.
Cost: $15 (for admission and bus). Feel free to bring additional cash for snacks or drinks at the concession stand. For more information and to register got to www.Bethelyouth.com
There is no Youth next week.
BETHEL TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE: All reconciliation comes from God and is only possible through Christ. We are a new ministry initiative at Bethel that is working to better understand our role in God's great story of reconciliation with Indigenous people and equip Bethel for how to participate in this journey of healing.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation takes place this upcoming Friday (September 30). We see this as an opportunity to remember and lament the harms of residential schools to Indigenous people. We encourage you to wear an orange shirt on that day and attend a local event. For more information, find us at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday. Not sure how Truth and Reconciliation fits with Christianity? OR why we have shared Land Acknowledgments on certain Sundays? Join us at Bethel Friday evening (September 30) at 7:00 pm to learn more, spend some time in lament, share some of your stories/experiences and hear good news!
Also, we want feedback! Please reach out to us by email (TRC@discoverbethel.com) with any questions or thoughts you have.
SAVE THE DATE: Our next congregational meeting is being held on November 23, please mark your calendars.
MEAL’S MINISTRY: Are you gifted in the kitchen or just want to bless someone with a store-bought meal? Meal’s ministry is looking to put a list together of volunteers who might want to bring a meal for those in need. Please note that this is not signing up for a meal, it is just getting on the list to be notified when a meal train is happening. If you are interested in being on this list, please email Laura Meidl at LJBoskers@hotmail.com or contact her at (780)221-1350
CANDLE LIGHTING: Are you or your children interested in being involved in our Sunday worship service? We are looking for volunteers to light the candle at the beginning of each service, please let Lisa know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORSHIP MINISTRIES: We are looking for additional singers who have a heart for worship. Singers must be able to sing harmonies. Please message email@example.com for more information.
WELCOME MINISTRIES: Our welcome ministry is made up of many volunteers and we are looking for people willing to greet and welcome people at the beginning of the service each Sunday, as well as a few more people to tend the Membership and Welcome Desks after the service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the Hospitality Team!
KINDRED HEARTS CAMBODIA FOUNDATION: Please join Kindred Hearts Cambodia Foundation (KHC) at its 8th Annual Wine and Cheese evening on Friday, October 28th, 2022. Leanne and Patrik Foff founded KHC in 2011, which has been providing free medical care and mental health support services to the people of Stung Treng, Cambodia for over a decade. There will be a live and silent auction, as well as food from Dutch Delicious bakery! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.ca or contact Leanne at 780-278-0603 for more details.
INTERMISSION SILENT RETREAT: Come getaway to be fully present to the presence of God, the only food that can feed your soul. It will be held October 28-30 at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St Albert. The cost is $450 and includes meals, 2 nights, up to 3 sessions of spiritual direction, and access to all the amenities of the Centre. Preferred method of payment is e-transfer: please use password klok4740 and send to email@example.com.
KHAIR FOR ALL FOOD BOXES: In partnership with the bannerman community we are introducing this program that allows you to order weekly affordable fruit and vegetable boxes. Small produce boxes are $25.00 large produce boxes are $50.00. There are options for pick up or delivery to your door. To order a box or learn more got to Khair for All.
The goal of this event is to raise money for the unpaid teachers, but also to raise awareness and to remind the next Karen generation not to forget their background and those left behind in the camps. Please join us!
INVITATION TO U OF A FLOURISHING LIFE ON CAMPUS: In Person on Campus at the University of Alberta? Meet with other students interested in faith & spirituality from all walks of life and many other countries. Meet, eat and a book study (and sometimes board games) every Tuesday 6-8 PM HUB 169 Chaplains' Centre. Contact Rick Mast for more details at 780-554-6397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE KING’S HARVEST BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION: You’re invited to join The King’s University on Saturday, October 1 from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. to celebrate God’s goodness with an evening of dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction in support of student scholarships and bursaries. Please contact the King’s Development Office at 780-465-8314 for more information or visit www.kingsu.ca/banquet to get your tickets at early bird prices today!
Our Weekly Calendar
SUNDAY, September 25
10:00 a.m. In Person & Live Stream
MONDAY, September 26
7:00 p.m. Prayer (Zoom)
TUESDAY, September 27
5:00 p.m. Taekwondo
WEDNESDAY, September 28
6:30 a.m. Prayer In person & Zoom.
9:30 a.m. Oasis
8:00 p.m. AA
THURSDAY, September 29
5:00 p.m. Taekwondo
7:00 p.m. Worship Practice
FRIDAY, September 30
1:30 p.m. Food Bank
7:00 p.m. TRC Event
SATURDAY, October 1