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This Week At Bethel

This Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: We will be worshipping together through one service in person and over live stream at 10:00 a.m. To join us online, go to Bethel’s home page and click on the button that says: Worship Online with Us.

The message this Sunday will focus on "Rest in a Crazy World." 

In an anxious world, how do we experience restfulness?   What will help us connect with God and experience peace, and how will what we read in scripture orients us around choices that move us closer to God rather than further away?

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, sharing them together as a group. If you are not able to come forward, please raise your hand and the elements will be brought to you. Gluten-free bread is available for those who desire this option. 

For everyone online, please have communion elements ready at home (bread, juice/wine) to join with us in sharing the meal. You can partake of the elements at home while they are being served in the sanctuary. 

We look forward to celebrating Christ’s meal of grace with you Sunday. Please prepare you hearts for this time of remembrance and celebration in light of our forgiveness through the cross.

Our Sunday Offerings:

  1. BETHEL MINISTRIES AND MISSION: The ministries and programs of Bethel

  2. BENEVOLENCE FUND: Provides help to those in need in the congregation and community.

Please visit discoverbethel.com/give to see the ways that you can donate and support our different collections.​ If you have any questions about our giving options, please contact Sara at accounting@discoverbethel.com

Church Family News:

Please keep the MYSCHUK family in your prayers, as Fred’s mom MARY MYSCHUK passed away last week. The family gathered this Friday (Nov 24th) to remember and celebrate her.

Please continue to pray for CALVIN BRUINSMA, CURTIS COENEN, MARCEL CROCKER, MIKE JACKSON, PAULINE LENDEIN, JENNY PENFOLD, DON & ELEANOR PROKUDA, JANE SHULTZ, CELINE SIGVALDASON, JILL SNEEP.

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Announcements:

YOUTH GLOW IN THE DARK HIDE AND SEEK: Hide and seek but in the dark with an absurd amount of glowsticks. Do you think you could stay hidden? We invite junior & senior high school students to join us for this epic game of hide and seek and other glow stick games on Friday, November 24 from 7-9:30PM.

YOUTH MUSIC AND MISSIONS:  As a result of the great response to band camp, we have decided to continuing meeting together. We invite all youth (Grades 7-12) to join us on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30PM,  November 28 and December 12 (and continuing into the new year). For the first hour we will enjoy snacks, games, and devotions and for the second half we break out into two groups – music for those interested in band and worship ministries, and missions for those interested in serving the community in a variety of ways.  For more information visit discoverbethel.com/youth.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:  Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. This will be an in-person meeting but viewable via livestream. For those who need to join online click here.  For more details and the meeting package, including the agenda and year-end financials, check the email sent November 16. 

Packages are also available at the Welcome Desk.

GREATER EDMONTON CHURCH DIRECTORY: It is time to update the CRC of Greater Edmonton Church Directory.  For the next 1-2 Sundays there will be tables in the back of the sanctuary with directory information.  Please check that the spelling of names is correct and confirm your address and contact information.  We are requesting email addresses so that we can update Bethel’s own records.  These will not be printed in the directory.  We also ask that as you update your information that you indicate whether or not you give permission to have it printed in the directory.  If you don’t see your name please add it to the list and we will ensure it is included.

NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY: Just a reminder to come browse in our library for some great books.  We mentioned some of these books in a previous bulletin announcement, and here are more new additions.

We have 3 new books by Joel C. Rosenberg -The Persian Gamble, The Kremlin Conspiracy, The Libyan Diversion as well as several of his former books.

The book ‘Jesus and John Wayne’ by Kristin Kobes Du Mez explores how white evangelicals have influenced politics and culture.

There are 3 new autobiographies on the lives of Beth Moore, Yosely Pereira and Phillip Yancey.

For the Youth we have the first three books of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series as well as the humorous book called Average Boy’s Above-Average Year. There is an interesting easy-to-read picture book about the life of John Calvin.

There are two books on Indigenous Culture which explain what it means to be Aboriginal and Christian.

We have a number of beautiful, new picture books which will be appealing for the younger readers including a book by Christy Thomas called Quinn Says Goodbye

CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR IS BACK!  Our first practice was on November 23rd but it is not too late to sign up. Join us at our next practice on November 30 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. as we prepare for our Christmas Eve Service. To sign up for our choir or to receive further information please email lisa@discoverbethel.com

ADVENT CANDLE SETS: For those who have ordered Advent Candle Sets you can find them at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday following the service for pick up.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING -- and so is your opportunity to bless the Bannerman community. The annual Christmas hampers & gift program needs Bethel’s support. Last year, we blessed families and children with gift cards for groceries and gifts. This year, we are providing gift cards for hampers and physical gifts for families -- and you, your family, or your small group can play a special role in a few different ways:

  1. First, please forward names of families within our Bethel community or the Bannerman community that would be blessed by receiving a Christmas hamper.

  2. Make a financial donation to “Christmas Hampers and Gifts” through all the usual Bethel giving methods.

  3. On December 3, visit the Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary, choose a gift tag (or multiple tags!) and purchase gifts to bless kids in the Bannerman community. Each tag has the age and gender of a child in need of a present, as well as a number. Pick the gift tag, fill out the attached info card, and leave the information card so we know which gift you are buying.  Please bring all gifts & the attached gift tag to the church before Sunday, December 17th.

Please contact Marjean at mgv.eirene@gmail.com if you have any questions or need more information.  Thank you for blessing the Bannerman community!

CHRISTMAS PARTY IN BANNERMAN: Save the date and join the party planning! On December 9th, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. we will gather to celebrate with our neighbours at the church. We would love to see you at this year’s party – having fun and serving the community. Please sign up here.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Instead of Sunday morning worship, which is on Christmas Eve this year, we want to emphasize worship at our Christmas evening services at 4 and 6 p.m.

A SENIORS MOMENT: Calling all seniors over 65 years of age but young at heart. You are invited to the Vleemings home for a Christmas open house on December 17.  Please save the date, there will be more details to come.

WINTER COATS COLLECTION:  There is a need in the local community for winter clothing.  Please bring in gently used winter coats, snowpants, boots, and other warm gear.  Items should be in wearable condition, clean and without holes.  Please bring in a labelled bag and place under the mailboxes for the Deacons to collect.

BANDCAMP ADULT SESSIONS: Do you have a desire to dig deeper into questions like: why do we worship? Why is God worthy of my worship? How does what I believe about God impact the way I play with my band members? BandCAMP is a 4-session program run by Melanie Salte occurring bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM exploring questions like these and more. Every session will include time to connect, explore worship in Scripture, and worship through making music together. The heart of BandCAMP is to create a space for you to grow a heart and skill for worship. The dates we will be running are January 16, January 30, February 13, and February 27. To sign up please message lisa@discoverbethel.com

FINANCIAL UPDATE: Our Mission and Ministry: Thank you for the offerings received in October of approximately $67,000.  As of the end of October our income is approximately $19,000 less than our expenses.  Please continue to pray and discern how God is calling you to commit financially to the mission and vision of Bethel this year.  We are trusting in God’s provision through the generosity of His people.

Other Giving: The deacons gratefully acknowledge the following receipts for other collections taken in October:

                Ministry Shares:                $              1,665.00              

                Edmonton Food Bank:    $              1,790.00

                Disability Concerns:         $                 945.00               

                World Mission Vision:      $                 585.00

                World Hunger:                  $              1,320.00

                Other Causes:                   $              3,060.00

Community News:

EMMANUEL HOME UPCOMING EVENTS: Our Online Auction will be held this year from November 27 - December 1 at www.32auctions.com/EmmanuelHome2023. Check out the great selection of items and create an account so that you are ready to start bidding on Monday, November 27! Our annual Christmas Market will be held at Emmanuel Home on Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 – 2:00 pm with Christmas crafts, good eats, and fun fellowship. All proceeds will be used for the care and support of our residents. For more information contact Emmanuel Home at 780-442-3122 or fwoudstra@emmanuelhome.ca.

MUSTARD SEED FAMILY GIFT CENTRE: Each year, the Mustard Seed does a pop-up shop for families in need, to provide them with the opportunity to come and purchase gifts for only $2! It’s a great event with lots of opportunities to get involved. We are currently seeking donations (both monetary and of new toys) and volunteers! Posters with more information are posted on the bulletin board at the church. If you have any questions or would be interested in partnering with The Mustard Seed this season to make this event possible, visit Family Gift Centre 2023

KING’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT: The King’s University’s Chamber Singers, Cantorum, and Community & Alumni Chorus present their annual Christmas concert, this year titled “Gloria!”. Join us on Sunday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (10025-105 Street). $20 General, $15 Senior/Alumni/non-King’s Students, $5 children under 12, King’s students are free with valid ID. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting gloria.eventbrite.ca.

QUANDARIES: ALLYSHIP IN AN AGE OF APPROPRIATION: Quandaries, a public lecture and podcast series at The King’s University, approaches contemporary moral dilemmas with wisdom in an age where we tend to react or withdraw too quickly. On Tuesday, December 5 from 7:30-8:30 pm at King’s, Cheryl Whiskeyjack from the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society will share stories from her travels in Treaty 6 and reflect on how one can demonstrate allyship in an age of appropriation. Visit kingsu.ca/quandaries for more info or to register.

 

STEVE BELL IN CONCERT: Featuring stories and songs from Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany as well as Steve Bell classics and favourites.  Join him Sunday, December 10, 2023, at Sherwood Park Alliance Church (1011 Clover Bar Road).  Tickets are $26.00 and are available here.

PREGNANCY CARE CENTRE IS RECRUITING NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Are you ready to embark on a fulfilling journey that combines your passion for Christian service with meaningful impact? The pregnancy Care Centre invites you to become a part of our dedicated Board of Directors. We are seeking those who want to lend their skills and expertise to help govern effectively. Please click here for more information.

CRC NEWS: Check out what’s happening in the CRC community here.

CRCNA ANNOUNCEMENTS: Connecting church members with the ministries of the denomination.  Find out more by visiting the website here.

Our Weekly Calendar

 THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 

SUNDAY, November 26

10:00   a.m.    Worship - in person and live stream

MONDAY, November 27
7:00   p.m.       Prayer (Zoom)

TUESDAY, November 28

5:00     p.m.      Taekwondo

6:30     p.m.      Youth Band

7:00     p.m.      Cadets

WEDNESDAY, November 29

6:30   a.m.       Prayer - in person and Zoom
9:30   a.m.       Oasis
6:30   p.m.       Young Adults

7:00   p.m.       Congregational Meeting

8:00   p.m.       AA

THURSDAY, November 30

12:30   p.m.    Food Bank

5:00     p.m.    Taekwondo
6:00     p.m.    Choir & Worship Practice

FRIDAY, December 1

SATURDAY, December 2

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