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2007-10-14 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.

Next Sunday, October 21st

We plan to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. There is a small note in preparation in your mailbox. We read from John 10:1-21 as we think about being disciples of Jesus our good Shepherd. In the evening we think about “The good we do” and the place it has in our life of faith. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

New PowerPoint operators:

Please meet in the sanctuary by the sound booth after this morning’s worship service for a short training session.

Discipleship Series

Last Sunday we began a five part sermon series on discipleship. It comes out of our 150th Anniversary celebrations where we rededicated ourselves to serving our Lord Jesus, following him as his disciples. The series includes a devotional book with daily readings. There are a few left. If you did not get one ask Pastor Mike.

It also includes discussion times. These will be every Saturday evening from 7:30 – 9:00.

We will go over the devotional readings and the sermons, answering any questions and encouraging each other as disciples of Christ. Everyone is welcome.

Church Family

This week we will be praying as a church family for Craig & Marcella Van Stryland and their children.

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

Urgent Need

We are still looking for someone who is willing to serve Bethel as the church secretary. Please prayerfully consider becoming involved in the ministry of Bethel in this part -time role. Talk with Pastor Mike if you are interested in this position. Cindy Prins will be editing the bulletin for the month of October. 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.

Highlights from the Council meeting on October 10th:

1. A council retreat is planned for November 10th, which will be a half day event for all council members.

2. A congregational meeting will be held on December 6th ; one of the agenda items will be the 2008 budget that the council is recommending to the congregation.

3. After meeting with Andrew and Corrina TenBrinke, and Gordon and Chelsea Bos, who gave their testimonies, the council accepted them as full members. They will make public profession of their faith on Sunday, November 11th in the morning service.

4. Bill Wildeboer and Pastor Mike will be our delegates to Classis, which will be held on October 16th & 17th. Pastor Mike gave a brief overview of some of the agenda items.

Bethel Newsletter: Time to start thinking! If you have anything you would like included in the next issue of the newsletter, please have your articles in to the NEWSLETTER TEAM by Monday, October 29th. Thank you from the team: Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof, Harriet Luymes, & Ann Wildeboer.


Is your son or daughter away from home? College, job, mission work, etc.? Please forward their address to the secretary’s mailbox. A list of addresses will be compiled and included in a future NEWSLETTER. This would make it possible for members of the congregation to stay in touch and send a note of encouragement. Please send their address on to us as soon as possible.

From the 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.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


In April the office of the Palestinian Bible Society was bombed by Muslim militants. The manager of the Christian bookstore -owned by PBS- regularly received anonymous death threats from people angered by his work. Most likely there were religious motives behind it. On October 6 this manager, Rami Ayyad (30), was shot in the head and stabbed multiple times. His pregnant wife Pauline and two little boys (George, aged 2 and Wisam, aged 9) survive Ayyad. Pray for this family. Pray for the heavily intimidated Christian community in Gaza. Pray that the bookstore will be opened again, and for the remaining workers. Pray that the Christian community will find ways to be a witness of the Christian hope for this region. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Cadet counselors

Due to circumstances we are in need of Cadet counselors. If you are interested in spending Wednesday evenings bringing boys to a closer understanding of what it means to live for Jesus and if you have some spare weekends to enjoy some fun filled activities, then Cadets is the place for you. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Cadet counselor and phone Bryan Noordhof at 885-2715 or on his cell at 466-0287.



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

Attention high school students!

Be a student for a day at The King’s University College King’s View Fridays 2007-2008

October 19, November 2, January 25, February 29, March 14

Register now! 1-800-8582, web – kingsu.ca, e-mail – kvf@kingsu.ca

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Club

Will sing at the Seniors’ Lodge at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th with a meeting to follow here in the church.

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 27th at 6 p.m. 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. From the Fellowship Leadership Ministry Team


CACHS Catering will again be making home-made & fresh, apple, apple crumb, blueberry and cherry pies for $8.00 each. You can place your order by filling out the order form which will be in your church mailbox or by contacting Joan Eisses - 782-2345 or Barb Vandyk - 782-0744 before November 1st. Pies will be made on November 8th at the school and can be picked up from the school between 10:30 and 3:30

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.


By now you have probably read the yellow brochure placed in your mailbox about the Day of Encouragement scheduled for November 3rd in Edmonton. You don’t need to be a deacon to go! If you’re interested, contact Rod Duckett at 784-3270 and he will register you which enables you to enjoy the day at a reduced congregational group rate. If you don’t have a brochure, don’t hesitate to contact one of the deacons for more information.

Christmas at Sea:

As one way of showing Christ’s love, the Ministry to Seafarers distributes gifts to the crews of the cargo ships that frequent our ports during December. However, we depend on church members like you to supply these gifts. Some suggested gift items will be in the next church NEWSLETTER. If you find shopping for and wrapping a gift is inconvenient, you may make a cash donation instead. Your cheque, made payable to the Ministry to Seafarers, should be sent to Christmas at Sea, Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. On the memo line of the cheque, please write Christmas at Sea. Volunteers will use the funds received to purchase items and make up gifts for distribution.

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: Leadership Endowment Fund

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound: a.m. Henry G. p.m. Travis

Power Point: a.m. Veronica p.m. 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


Offering: Missions for Mark & Selina Patterson

Ushers: Trudy Salomons & Murray Wiersma

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:a.m. Wayne p.m. Scott

Power Point:a.m. Stephanie p.m. Kayleen

Greeters: Klaas & Lies Boskers and Rod & Barb Venhuis

Coffee: Marvin & Jeanne Ebens, Curt & Amy Dowling, Walter & Ella Land

Nursery: M.O.M. Gayle

a.m. Mar-Deb deRegt, Terry Vandenborn, Steven Szelekovszky, Nathan Noordhof Stephanie Hoekstra, Meagan Scholing

p.m. Annette Wiersma, Justin van Gyssel

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds . - Veronica Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds. – Nicole Stol

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 14

8:30 p.m. Living Members at Pete & Jan Zuidhof

Monday, October 15

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

7:30 p.m. Mexico Mission 2008 information meeting

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

Tuesday, October 16

7:30 p.m. Bethel Youth

Classis Alberta North meets

Wednesday, October 17

9:30 a.m. NO CoffeeBreak

7:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club sings at the Seniors’ Lodge

Classis Alberta North meets

Saturday, October 20

7:30 p.m. Discipleship Bible Study series

Advance Notices:

Saturday, October 27

6:00 p.m. Thankfulness Potluck Supper