Bethel Mennonite Church Newsletter – January, 2021
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. ~1 Corinthians 12:4-6
To Our Bethel Church Family,
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021! 2020 was uniquely challenging, to say the least, but looking back I can say that God has not ceased to be faithful to us. Looking forward into the coming months and year, I am confident he will continue to be faithful into 2021 and beyond.
As we’ve been told innumerable times, this is an uncertain season. There are many things we cannot do, and many things we can do but must do differently. The above verse from 1 Corinthians reminds us that there are different kinds of gifts, service, and working, but it is the same God working in all of them and in everyone. This verse has been a challenging encouragement to me to consider how God is still at work, even when we are limited. Although the gift might look different, the service might be different, or the work might be different, we can be confident that God is still active in us as individuals and as a church family.
I have been speaking to a number of people from our church family as well as from other churches, and there is a consistent theme: God is at work in His church. It looks different, but God has not stopped, and this fills me with great hope. We are still the church and God is still inviting us to join him in the work of building His Kingdom. What does this look like for you? How has God uniquely called you, equipped you, provisioned you, or positioned you in this season? Although it looks different, what can you do these days as a follower of Jesus? Perhaps it is in prayer, perhaps by baking something for someone, giving someone a call or writing a letter, or inviting someone to go for a safely distanced walk, or something else altogether.
Our God is a good God and He is still at work in His church and in the world. How can we join Him in this?
In person Services: We will continue to suspend all In-Person services until the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. However, we are connecting weekly at 10 AM on Zoom for 30 minutes. It’s not the same as in person, but we would love to see you there!
Online Services: We invite everyone who can join us for our online services which are available on our website at bethelmc.ca.
Sermon Series: On January 10th we began a series on “The Rest of God”
January 10 The Rest of God
January 17 The Rest of Work
January 24 The Rest of the Week
January 31 The Rest of What We Do
February 7 The Rest of Jesus
February 14 The Rest of Faith
February 21 The Rest of Fasting
February 28 The Rest of Repentance
March 7 The Rest of Us
-Congratulations to Audrey Epp and Mark Holmlund on their engagement. We pray for God’s blessings on them as they prepare for their marriage and life together.
-Our condolences to Bert & Cari Warkentin. Bert’s uncle John Neufeld passed away on January 11th, 2021. John was a member at Bethel in the early 1950’s and although he hasn’t lived in BC for many years he was still well known to our congregation.
Note: We send out a weekly bulletin via e-mail that contains congregational updates, announcements, and prayer requests. If you are on the list, please take a moment each week to review it. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please let the church office know!
Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday March 7. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we anticipate holding this meeting via Zoom. We will send meeting details closer to the end of February.
If you would like to be part of the meeting but don’t have a computer or haven’t used Zoom, we would like to try to help you with that. Please call the church office as soon as possible so that we can work on a solution.
-Jake Sawatsky has been diagnosed with diabetes and Jake and Linda would very much appreciate our prayers as they navigate this new phase of their life. His pancreas shut down and he spent six days in the hospital as they stabilized his blood sugar. He’s glad to be home but doesn’t look forward to self injecting insulin.
-Henry Redekop has recently been diagnosed with cancer. He and Joyce would be very grateful for our prayers.
-Thank you for praying for Luiza Marten’s sister. Anelore is doing much better.
-Please keep the eight students listed below in your prayers this season. They have a substantial need for Jesus in their lives (school and home). All of these students are bright, creative, and very loved by their leaders. These eight face greater challenges than most and we would be very thankful if you would pray for them diligently
Youth 1: This youth has expressed interest in Jesus. She has witnessed harmful treatment towards people by Christians. Please pray that she is surrounded by people who reflect the character of Jesus well; that she encounters the Holy Spirit and knows the love of God.
Youth 2: This youth has expressed feeling overwhelming amounts of anxiety and depression. Her home life is stressful, and she's neglected most of the time. She struggles with self-harm and substances. Please pray for Jesus' healing in her life and that she would know how much she is seen and loved by Jesus.
Youth 3: Please pray that this student’s curiosity for Jesus grows and that they accept Jesus into their heart.
Youth 4: This student has explained that they have struggled with depression and loneliness. Please pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for this student and that they are surround with the love of God.
Youth5: This youth battles an eating disorder and loneliness within the household. Please pray that this student sees themself as God does. Please pray that they receive strength and grace from God when in those difficult moments.
Youth 6: This student struggles with self-harm and an eating disorder. They are often isolated and left alone. Please pray that Jesus comforts them and gives them peace. Pray that they will come to know Jesus as their savior and lean on Him during the pain that they face.
Youth 7: This youth has a history of violence in different forms. They struggle to see their worth and motivation in life. Pray that they know that their worth is in Christ and that they will encounter the Holy Spirit.
Youth 8: This youth is facing a lot of bullying in school and because of that, has severe anxiety. Please pray that they know the peace of God and that they would feel His presence during school days.