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2007-10-07 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.

Sunday School Readers:

Immediately after this morning’s service the six Thanksgiving readers will practice with Marvin Ebens at the front of the church sanctuary for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving service.

From the Education Leadership Ministry Team

After the commissioning service on Sunday, October 7, the Education Leadership Ministry Team would like a short meeting with all teachers, leaders, and helpers of Sunday School, Youth ministries, GEMS, Cadets and Coffee Break/Story Hour. Please remain in the sanctuary for the meeting. Thank you.

Cadet Counselors

Following this morning’s service there will be a meeting of cadet counselors and anyone who is willing to help out on Wednesday evenings on a regular basis.


Cadets will begin on Wednesday October 10th. If you are in grade 4 to 7 you are welcome to join us at cadets for bible lessons, crafts, and exciting activities.


We are beginning a five week series on discipleship. It is a follow up to the 150th Anniversary services we had. God has blessed us for 150 years. Now we rededicate ourselves to being disciples of Jesus Christ. In the preaching over the next five weeks we will see what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We begin today with Matthew 7:24-29 - Constructing a Life. Along with the preaching there are also daily devotional books available that help lead in a daily walk with the Lord. The devotions are written by Pastor Peter Slofstra and Peter Schuurman, the same Pastors who wrote the Sea to Sea devotional books. Please take one copy of the devotional book per household. It can be used for devotional reading at meal time. Along with the preaching and devotional reading there is also a weekly discussion/Bible Study time that ties in to the sermons and the daily readings. For anyone who is interested, Pastor Mike will lead that discussion on Saturdays from 7:30 - 9:00 beginning this Saturday, October 13th and continuing for the five weeks.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Pastor Mike

Church Family

Congratulations to Randy and Sue Wildeboer with the birth of Jayda May last week Tuesday. We give thanks for this gift of life and praise God for his wonderful blessings.

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

Our missionaries around the world continue to covet our prayers.

Thank You

Ria & John like to thank all who supported us during Ria’s illness. We have felt that many have remembered us in their prayers. Also many thanks to those who provided us with meals, sent cards, visited or phoned us. God bless you all. Ria & John Jager

New Address

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

North Korea is the most closed country in the world. Residents are not allowed to worship other gods than their dictator. It is assumed that many -more than already known- North Korean citizens are detained in the many labor camps. Some camps, as large as villages, are hardly recognizable in satellite images. Among the detainees are about 100,000 Christians, which is assumed to be 1/4 of North Korean Christians. Life in the camps is extremely rough, very seldom does anyone return alive. Many North Koreans try to escape the country into China. Lately the government is trying to close the porous border by fences, cameras and fall pits with bamboo spears. Chinese authorities try to round up the refugees and send them back. Christians among them can expect to be sent to a camp, or to get the bullet. These are scary days for refugees in China and their Chinese helpers. Because of the danger only Christians, often with help from western organizations, dare to give shelter to refugees. Many of the refugees come to accept Christ through the witness of their rescuers. Please pray daily for the refugees, for their rescuers, for the people in the camps, for the helpers from western organizations. Pray for a change in the regime, for freedom of religion. Pray that the witness of new Christians, sent back into North Korea, may be used to bring many people into eternal freedom with our Savior Jesus Christ.

Urgent Need

So far, no one has come forward to apply for the position of Secretary. Anita was finished as of September 30th. We do need someone who is willing to serve in this way in Bethel. Please prayerfully consider becoming involved in the ministry of Bethel in this part time role. Cindy Prins will be doing the bulletin for the month of October so you can talk to Cindy about your announcements. Please continue to send announcements by email to the church or place them in the folder on the desk in the secretary’s office or in the secretary’s mailbox.


Young Peoples Grade 10-12

We are having our first get-together of the year on Sunday, October 7 after the evening service!!
It is going to be a twisted version of capture the flag and a bonfire at Steve and Carmen McKerrow's place. Bring warm clothes and be prepared to have some fun!! We are also going to take some time to plan the schedule for the upcoming year. If you have questions or need directions, call Phil Tenbrinke (782-7951) or Carmen (885-0127). Hope to see you there!

Attention: ALL members of the congregation

Would you like to host a Young People's social at your home?
We need approximately 8 volunteers (one per month). These will be on Sundays for a few hours before or after the evening service for a group of anywhere from 10-30 people. If you are interested please talk to Carmen or Phil sometime before Sunday evening, October 7th.


On October 26-28 there will be an All Alberta Retreat for Sr. Highs. It promises to be a fun filled weekend with youth from across the province coming. This is the first time for an All Alberta, usually there is North and South Retreats so it could fill up fast. Get your registrations in early. It will be held in Halkirk - a little over an hour away. Registration forms are on the back table and can be returned to Wayne Bouwman.

To all Youth in Grade 10, 11 and 12 and Young Adults:

Are you interested in sharing your love for Jesus and helping a needy family? Plans are underway for a Mission trip to Mexico during Easter Break 2008. We will be working with the YWAM organization in either Tijuana or Ensenada. While there we hope to be building a house for a needy family and to witnessing to the people in Mexico.

If you are interested in participating in this mission trip, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us.

There will be an information meeting for interested youth, parents and young adults on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 7:30 in the council room at our church. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry Prins 782-4170 or Trudy Salomons 782-7378

From Sound People:

We are planning to switch the recording format of the worship services from tapes to CDs in the near future. If there are any concerns about this, please feel free to talk to Wayne Bouwman.

The Seniors’ Club

Will have their first meeting of the season this Tuesday, October 9th at 9:30 a.m.


Is in need of two more people to help with the 2007-08 season. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry and what kind of time commitment would be involved, please phone Cora at 782-5107

GEMS Counselor Fundraising

Bethel GEMS Counselors are initiating a few different fundraising projects throughout the 2007-2008 year. Monies raised will go toward counselor training, namely GEMS 50th Anniversary Conference to be held July 2008 in North Carolina.

The first fundraiser is selling IN-DEY-GO cookie dough. Please check your mailbox for details surrounding this along with the order form.

Regal catalogues are on their way!

There are two catalogues from which to order from, Fall and Christmas. If you would like to view a catalogue or place an order, please contact one of the following counselors and we will ensure you receive them.

Judy Hazelhoff 782-7976 Betty Scholing 782-2701

Jeanne Ebens 784-2340 Cora Hoekstra 782-5107

Michele Noort 782-0059 Wannetta Brander 782-2290

Kayleen Ebens 784-2340 Veronica Bouwman 782-4273

Amberly Venhuis 783-5154

Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast

GEMS will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast starts at 8:30 am to 10:00 am on October 8th with the service afterward. The cost is $2.00 per person. All proceeds will go to the Call to Africa project which supports special housing for orphans, supports their basic needs, stats GEMS clubs in Africa and many other things.

Bible studies

Thanks to all who came out to organize Bible studies for the fall. There are two Bible studies starting this fall.

One group will be studying the DVD “Love and Respect.” This study is will be headed by Terry and Donna Vandenborn. For any that are still interested in joining this study, give them a phone call.

The second group will be studying “The Truth Project” put on by Focus on the Family. This DVD series is not available until the end of November. For those interested in joining this group, please phone Peter and Jan Zuidhof.

Pastor Mike will be preaching on the series dealing with discipleship coming out of the 150th anniversary. There is also a Bible study/discussion to go along with the sermons. These studies will be open to whoever wants to join in the discussion starting October 13. Check the bulletin for further details.

The Ponoka Christian School

Will be celebrating it's 25th Anniversary this year. We have seen God's gracious hand in sustaining the school and have many reasons to celebrate. You are invited to join in our celebration on Friday, October 12, 2007. Open House 1-4 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct.13 we will host a volleyball tournament in the PCS gym. A sign-up sheet will be available Friday evening. Please RSVP by Sept. 10,2007 PCS phone:403-783-6563 fax:783-6687 ponxsch@telus.net

Wycliffe Bible Translation

Come join us for dessert and hear what God is currently doing at Canada Institute of Linguistics in Langley, BC. Hear from Neil Anderson, former translator from Papua New Guinea, about the life changing impact of translated Scriptures. Thursday, Oct 18, 2007, 1:00 pm at Bethel Christian Reformed Church Need more info? Contact Eleanor @ 782-1490.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

Is planning a fall volunteer training seminar. If you have a passion for this life-altering ministry, are non judgmental and willing to give 4 hours a week of your time, please contact Anneloes, client Services Director at 343-1611 or by email client-services@pregnancycare.ca. Dates for the training are: October 20,23,24,25,30 &31. (approximately 20 hours of training).

Shalom Counseling Centre

Is holding their Friend Raiser Dessert Evening & Silent Auction on Friday, October 19th at 7 p.m. at Balmoral Bible Chapel. The event features cowboy poet & humorist, Ben Crane and delicious desserts. Contact Harriet Luymes for tickets and information.


Have you seen the brochure? This exciting day of workshops, information sessions, display booths, worship times and fellowship is being offered by NADC on Saturday, November 3rd The King's University College. Make sure you register in time for the early bird rate! Talk to your deacons for details, or call the NADC office at 423-0456.

Stand Up for the Unborn

Today, Sunday, October 7, we have the privilege of sending a silent message of opposition to the easy access to abortion in Canada. Join the Pro-Life Chain along the road by the Sports Hall of Fame, east side of #2, from 2 to 3 pm. (Take the overpass south of it.) Signs will be provided. It's a good way to express our thanks for our lives!


Servicelink's fall hotlist of volunteer opportunities with the CRC has arrived and is posted on the bulletin board or you can get it by emailing volunteer@crcna.ca or by calling Carol Sybenga at 1-800-730-3490. There are opportunities to serve in the areas of finance, medical service, and Learning Teams (building churches, pastor's homes and more). Is God calling you to overseas ministry? Then maybe there is something for you on this list.

Urgent Notice

Several ladies from Bethel and Woodynook church have been cutting rags for the Bible for Missions Thrift Store at the garage of Earl and Evelyn Austin. They are moving to Red Deer. We are now looking for a heated space where we can cut on Tuesday afternoons and where we can store our chairs and bags. Over the last 12 years the cut rags have contributed about $75000. for Bibles. If anyone has space where up to 10 ladies can work, please phone Alice Scholing at 782-4355 or Dorothy Meindersma at 782-2620.

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2007

presents: “Jacob Von Hammer”. Gery Schubert will be the entertainment for the night at the Lacombe Memorial Center on Friday, October 26th. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm. with Dinner at 7:00 pm. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or phone school for pick up. Also donations can be dropped off on Friday October 26th at the LMC by noon. So mark your calendars HARVEST FEST FRIDAY OCTOBER 26TH STARTING AT 6:30 P.M. TICKETS ARE $20.00 AND ARE AVAILABLE FROM ANN AT SCHOOL 782-4535 OR Barb Vandyk 782-0744 or Marcella Van Stryland 784-3545. See You There!

Harvest Fest 2007,

How would you like to put your imagination to work and fill a small toolbox or an empty 1 Gallon paint can for our table centre pieces? Here are some examples: scrap booking supplies, tools, candy, beads for crafts, craft supplies, fishing stuff, a movie night supplies, sewing supplies, anything you might like, let your imagination go to work. Phone the school at 782-4535 to reserve a pail can or tool box . They will be available for pick up by October 12th , remember the school will be closed the 17th, 18th & 19th.

Enjoy! Harvest Fest Committee


Offering: The Back to God Hour

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound:am. Travis pm. Ian

Power Point:am. Kristin pm. Paul

Greeters: Ed & Cora Stol, Gerry & Pita Doornenbal

Coffee: Brad & Vivian Peterson, Craig & Marcella Van Stryland, Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke

Nursery:M.O.M. Gayle
a.m.Pauline Bos, Rod Duckett, Paul Vandyk, Brittany Brander, Alanna Ebens, Jessica Bouwman
p.m. August Luymes, Kayleen Ebens

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds. - Meaghen Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds. – Brittany Brander


Offering: Gifts to the Cause of Your Choice

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound:am. Henry E.

Power Point:am. Ian

Greeters: Jake & Agnes Prins, Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof

Coffee: Come to the Pancake Breakfast put on by the GEMS before the service

Nursery:M.O.M. Gayle
a.m.Vivian Peterson, Ken Tenbrinke, Thomas Geldof, Taylor Duckett, Erin Vandenborn, Jordan Van Stryland,


Offering: Leadership Endowment Fund

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound:am. Henry G. pm. Travis

Power Point:am. Veronica pm. Thomas

Greeters: Brian & Ina Jackson, Scott & Irene Fraser

Coffee: Ralph & Pauline Bos, Peter & Gerry Prins, Rod & Laura Duckett

Nursery:M.O.M. Gayle
a.m.Anita Geldof, Curt Dowling, Maddy deRegt, David Hoekstra, Adam Eisses, Heather Van Stryland
p.m. Art Hazelhoff, Sarah Stad

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds. - Stephanie Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds. – Sarah Stad

Weekly Calendar

Monday, October 8

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day service

7:30 p.m. Parkland Men’s Choir Practice at Woodynook

Tuesday, October 9

9:30 a.m. First Seniors meeting of the year

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break Leaders meet

7:30 p.m. Bethel Youth

7:30 p.m. Education ministry Leadership Team meets

Wednesday, October 10

9:30 p.m. Coffee Break/Story Hour

7:00 p.m. Cadets first meeting of the year

7:30 p.m. Full council meets

Thursday, October 11

7:00 p.m. GEMS

7:00 p.m. Praise Team practice for the October 14th AM service

Saturday, October 12

7:30 p.m. Discipleship Bible Study series

Advance Notices:

Sunday, October 14

Living Members at Pete & Jan Zuidhof

Tuesday, October 16

Classis Alberta North meets

Wednesday, October 17

THANKFULNESS POTLUCK SUPPER: All adults in the congregation are invited to celebrate the goodness of our God with a Thankfulness potluck supper on Saturday October 27 at 6:00pm. We will have great food and a time of sharing God's goodness to us as well as a time of fun. If you would like to join us for a fun evening out there is a sign up sheet on the table in the foyer. We look forward to a great evening together. Fellowship Leadership Ministry Team