Scrawls and scratchings from Bethel’s Pastor, Bruce Adema.

Faith Surely Matters

“It must be nice to have a job that only makes you work one hour per week!” If I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, my wife and I would be enjoying a really nice vacation somewhere warm this winter. I know that people say that to us ministers in…

Calling All Poets, Artists & Mystics

A few weeks ago I preached a sermon about the challenge of being a complete follower of God. We are to use our heads, I said, and understand the truth that has been revealed to us. We are to use our hearts, I went on, and accept this good news while incorporating it into the…

Words on a South African Bus

Today the seniors of Bethel Church (and me by virtue of being the pastor) were treated to a South African luncheon feast, put together by some members who came to Canada from that country. After the meal another of the seniors who just returned from a guided tour of South Africa showed slides of his…

Present Imperfect

Whenever people commit to a common cause, structures and procedures must be agreed upon. Being a pastor and close follower of many things ecclesiastical, I’m quite familiar with this reality as it exists within a particular denomination, the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). The CRC has a “Church Order” that defines its understanding of ordained ministries,…

Hockey Gold for Canada’s Men’s Team?

The Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team certainly made things interesting with its thrilling victory on Thursday afternoon. Now we wonder: will the men’s team have similar success? If our guys defeat the United States on Friday, Canada will play for the gold medal on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. Should that be the case, we…

Two Ontario Boys

Rob Ford is in the news today. His drunken, profane performance at an Etobicoke restaurant resulted in renewed head shaking and tongue clucking by exasperated Toronto city counselors (for turning municipal politics into a circus), grateful reporters (for making their jobs so easy) and horrified citizens (for lowering Toronto’s reputation on the world’s stage). Justin…

Bethel’s Youth Came to the Council Meeting

A bunch of Bethel Youth dropped in on the Council meeting this week. This is becoming a wonderful annual tradition at Bethel Church. After treating us to a fancy dessert, they asked me and the elders and deacons several questions. “What is it that you do, exactly?” “How old do you have to be to…

Merry Christmas from Pastor Bruce and Joanne

Preparing for the activities of Christmas at Bethel Church has been a lot of fun.  There has been a youth group Christmas party, a dinner with OASIS (Older Adults Sharing in Service) and another dinner with the Friendship Club (food is a theme at Bethel!), a Candlelight Service featuring Bethel Church’s choir, and serving hot…

Welcome to our new website!

We’re happy to welcome you to our new website, just in time for Christmas! There are a few things we’d like to point out when you “unwrap” the new site. 1. A new URL. Notice that we now have a simpler URL – www.bethelcrc.ca. 2. New staff e-mail addresses. Lizette has a new email address…