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2007-09-02 Bulletin

We are God's Children—gathered by Him in love—to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage one another.  We do this in obedience to His Word.

Church Family

Ria Jager remains in the Lacombe hospital. She continues to do well. Praise the Lord!

Remember our shut-ins as well: Tena Ellen, Ann Swier, Margaret Bos, Theresa Salomons, and Jackie Hartenhof.


An Update from the Sluys’

Ruth has been in the Lacombe hospital since last Monday when she was close to congestive heart failure. She has improved and was sent home on Thursday in better condition than before. However, she may not walk or move much since she will have to wait for the surgeon's consultation on October 30. Too many worse than she is are on the waiting list. Meanwhile all involved physicians are alert to move her priority if conditions worsen. Pray that Ruth's condition will not worsen, and that she may have the procedure for her heart soon.

We both wish to thank all of you who have provided us with dinners during the last weeks. We are so happy about these your caring gestures. We praise the Lord for you!

Pastor Peter and Ruth Sluys


Prayer for the Persecuted Church


In Jijiga on August 5, a church service was disrupted by an explosion in one corner of the building. Thankfully no one was injured and the church resumed their service later that day. Again a church building was set on fire and bombed during a worship service on August 15, now in southwest Ethiopia. The roof was set on fire and a large explosion interrupted the prayer service being conducted in the compound. The church building and the houses of three evangelists were destroyed in the explosion. The police apprehended several Muslims who lived outside of the area in connection with the incident. Local Christians had previously received warnings that Muslim militants were plotting to attack the church. Thank the Lord that no one was harmed during these attacks. Pray that these Christians will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23). Pray for them as they rebuild after the bombings.

Bethel Youth

2007 Bethel Youth Retreat

On Sept 14-16 we will have our kickoff retreat for Tuesday Night Youth. If you are in grades 7-12 you are invited and encouraged to come out for this exciting weekend. We are at the Bar Harbour Camp on Buffalo Lake. Our theme is “Discover your Gifts.” There will be times of praise and worship, various youth leaders will speak and we will enjoy group games and other fun activities (based on the weather). To check out the camp go to barharbourcamp.com; there are also registration forms on the table in the foyer.

Plans are coming together for the Youth Retreat. To help reduce costs we would ask you to consider reducing our grocery costs by donating an item or two for our hungry young people. See the list on the cemter page of the bulletin.

PreSchool Sunday School

Begins their new season on September 9th.

Children in Worship – Grades 1 & 2

Will begin their season on September 9th. They are asked to leave the sanctuary at the same time as the preschool Sunday school classes.

Grades 3 - 6 Sunday School

Will also begin on September 9th. Grades 3 and 4 will be having classes together , meeting in room # 6 (the old library) and will be led by Mr. Marvin Ebens. Grades 5 and 6 will be having classes together, meeting in room # 12 (next to council room) and will be led by Mrs. Ann Wildeboer. Please be reminded that teachers will leave during the first verse of the song of response and the children will leave during the last verse , and will be finished classes approximately 45 minutes after leaving the sanctuary.

Coffee Break:

Coffee Break starts in September and ends in April. We are looking for a few more leaders. We lead in pairs and take turns each week or month so that way, we have more freedom with our schedules. You may find your own partner or pair up with one of our "experienced" leaders. We are also looking for some helpers for Story Hour and Little Lambs. Please talk to Debby van Iperen.

GEMS Area 8 Workshop

A reminder that all Area 8 Club Coordinators and Counselors are encouraged and invited to attend the Fall Workshop at Ebenezer CRC in Leduc on the 15th of September! We will be sharing our theme for this year, providing training, displaying resources, and connecting with other counselors. For more information, contact Jolette Kooger at 780-470-0097 or jolette@tbwifi.ca


We will be having our Summer to Winter change-over on Monday, September 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. Come and join us for a couple of hours of fun or for the whole day. We need your help, so if you can spare a couple of hours, please put this date on your calendar and enjoy some great company, some free coffee and bite to eat for lunch.

Many of our volunteers have helped out for lengthy terms and some have had to move on so we are in need of some new volunteers who could especially help out on Fridays. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all our present and past volunteers as without their help this venture would not be possible.

Thank you from the Board

Keys to Young Parenting program

Are You Looking for A Volunteer Opportunity and love to cuddly babies and play with toddlers

The Keys to Young Parenting program at the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre is seeking Volunteer Childcare Providers, once per week on Wednesday afternoons for 15 weeks beginning October 3rd. We are also looking for Transportation Providers to bring parents to and from the program. This free program provides parenting and life skills to young parents in a supportive Christian environment. We are also now taking pre-registrations for parents up to 25 years of age who are interested in taking the program. Please call Alice Beuker at 343-1611.

Lacombe Christian Women’s Club

Women are invited to a fashion show by the "Bluffton Boutique" Tuesday September 11th, at the Lacombe Kozy Korner, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Guest speaker Lynne Schneider encourages us with "Bright Hope for Tomorrow" & music by Laura Siebenga. Call Cora at 782-6233. Cost $8.

The Christian Labour Association News:

National Representative, Co Vanderlaan is retiring after 40 years of service. In recognition of God’s faithfulness to Co and CLAC we will be hosting a banquet celebration at the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2007. Cost for the dinner is $15.00/ person. To RSVP tickets call: Grace Rietema at 748-2237 or Anna Vanhaastert at 843-6523.


For ages 17 and up. Mar. 3–14, 2008. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host Pastor Peter Tuininga and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea) while receiving spiritual and historical insights. For complete information, cost and registration call or write: Peter Tuininga, 71 Mohawk Cres. Leduc, AB, T9E 4G4, (780 980-1133) or e-mail: ptpastor@telus.net.


Look out—mud is about to flow right though Liz’s town. What should he do? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kids-corner.org for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.


Please pray for Rev. Guillermo Serrano and The Back to God Hour Spanish ministry team as they lead pastor training and communications workshops in three key cities of Mexico this month. Pray that these events will open the door to more broadcast in Mexico, and better equip local pastors and church leaders to share the Gospel.

150th Anniversary Celebration:

On Sept. 30, at 11am at New Life CRC in Red Deer, the CRC churches of Central Alberta are gathering for a celebration of remembrance and recommitment on the occasion of the denominations 150th Anniversary. God has been and is good. The church continues to serve our Lord in our communities. We have much to celebrate. Plans include a worship service (11-12:30), lunch, and Jason & Troy (check out happythedog.com). Dr. Plantinga )(President – Calvin Seminary) will be preaching. Join the celebration.

Join the 150th Celebration Choir:

a reminder that there will be a choir practice on Wednesday, Sept 19th & 26th at 7:30 at Red Deer First. Everyone welcome.

From the Worship Ministry Leadership Team

We need you!

Power Point Programmers

Putting together power point presentations for the worship services. Can be done at church or from a personal computer - training is available.


All ages; play piano, organ, guitar, drums or any kind of instrument during services, offertories, pre-service singing, special occasions and for praise teams.

Children’s story leaders 

Providing a short children’s message during the morning service; the theme and story ideas will be provided by the pastor.

Song leaders 

Sselect songs and lead the congregation in singing at the beginning of worship. Minimum age is Grade 5.


Reading scripture, litanies or special readings.

Power Point projector operators

Operating the computer & projector for Power Point presentations during the worship services. Minimum age is Grade 9 - training is available.


All ages; for praise teams, special choirs, solo or duet teams - to provide leading in worship or special music.

Watch for the form coming out during the worship services on September 16th. Pray with your family for how our great and awesome God would have you complete the form to share your gifts and talents at our church.


Offering: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound:am. Henry E. pm. Travis

Power Point:am. Kayleen pm. Kristin

Greeters: Henry & Anita Geldof, Hans & Grace Spelt

Coffee: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer, Gerry & Pita Doornenbal

Nursery:M.O.M. Judy

a.m.Cora Hoekstra, Travis Ebens, Jennifer Stol, Jordan Van Stryland, Corinna Prins

p.m. Sherry Tenbrinke, Blair van Gyssel

PreSchool Sunday School Teacher and Helper: Amberly Venhuis, Kendra Scholing


Offering: Lacombe Christian School

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound:am. Henry G. pm. Scott

Power Point:am. Steven pm. Stephanie

Greeters: Frank & Debbie van Iperen, Ralph & Pauline Bos

Coffee: Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Peter & Cora Hoekstra, Ken & Trudy Salomons

Nursery:M.O.M. Judy

a.m.Eleanor Wildeboer, Madeline deRegt, Michelle Hoekstra,

      Robert Fraser, Philip vanIperen

p.m. Amy Dowling, Stephanie Hoekstra

Weekly Calendar

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 p.m. Council executive meets

Thursday, September 6

7:30 p.m. General Administration Leadership Team meets

Advance Notices

Sunday, September 9

Living Members will be at August & Harriet Luymes’

Wednesday, September 12

7:30 p.m. Full council meets