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2007-11-18 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.

Our Church Family

Carol De Waal fell and broke her ankle recently. She will have to rest for several weeks. We remember her and Albert at this time.

Mrs. Margaret Bos is experiencing the effects of her cancer. She has very little pain but is quite tired. No specific treatments will be given to her anymore. She is kept comfortable in the care of her family and is at peace with the Lord.

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

Christmas cards for our missionaries

Marja Vander Vlis will be in the Fellowship Hall today with Christmas cards for our missionaries. Please take the time to sign your name and wish them a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

Highlights from the Church council:

1. We finalized the agenda for the congregational meeting, to be held December 6th. Check your mailbox for an agenda and the Budget for 2008.

2. Pastor Mike and Elder Wildeboer gave a brief report on the last Classis meeting. " The River", a church plant in Edmonton became an organized church in the CRCNA. Ron deVries has been hired as the Youth Ministry Consultant for Classis Alberta North. Pastor Victor Ko has been hired by Home Missions as a church planter, and he will be doing a one year residency at "The River". During that year a determination will be made as to the location of the church planting project that he will head up. Pastor Kirk McNeil requested, and was granted honorable release from the ministry of the Word.

3. We received the summary report from the council retreat, where we spent our time discussing "Outreach". We will review this information, and proceed further next month.

To any of our members in Bethel:

For the past three years I have taken the intuitive to coordinate a Junior youth activity night once a month. The task of this has been most enjoyable but due to taking on the secretary position along with Cindy Prins, I find I can't continue. What I'm asking is that people pray and seriously consider this worth while ministry. If you have any questions please call Dana at 357-1770/783-2367 or email at john.dana@xplornet.com. Thank you

From the Education MLT

Please keep all children off the stage. There are Sunday school classes meeting in the rooms under the fellowship hall after the service on Sunday mornings. These classrooms are not soundproof and the thumping noises of children jumping drowns out the voices in the classroom and is very distracting to the students and teachers. Your help is most appreciated.

Are you handy?

The EMLT needs a few signs made. Please call Jan Zuidhof at 885-5263 if you can help out. Thank you.

Mr. & Mrs. Club

Will sing at the Seniors’ Lodge on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. Please study Mark 9:30-50 for the Bible study afterwards.

Poinsettia and Christmas Cacti

Order forms are due by November 25, 2007. Please place your orders in Gerry Prins’ mailbox. Thank you.


Thank you kids, for all the hard work you did on the drama this past week! Practices for the Kids Christmas Worship Service on December 16th have been going very well with the next one being this Tuesday, November 20th right after school till 4:45. I am amazed at all the expression the kids have put into repeating their lines. Please memorize your lines as soon as possible so that we can focus on the acting parts. All those who are participating in this service will be dressed as early Israelites wearing robes, shawls, sandals and sashes in earth tones. Gaylene and Jenny are looking after the preschool to Grade 2 and Laura Duckett will help with the actors and actresses. We are still looking for artwork that will be shown on the Powerpoint as we begin worship. Have your Christmas picture in Gaylene Tenbrinke's mailbox by November 25th and include your name on the back. We would also like to ask our young musicians to play a song or two before the service begins while the art work is being shown. If you would like to do this, or have any questions or have cookies to offer as snack after school, please talk to Harriet after church or at 782-2572. We covet your prayers as we prepare to tell the story of Jesus birth.


Another month has flown by and it is time to get the next NEWSLETTER ready for your mailboxes. If anyone has articles or updates about their groups, ministries or Ministry Leadership Teams that they would like included in the December NEWSLETTER, please give them to either Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes, by Monday, November 26th. If you receive a request for a write up to go with your picture for the NEWSLETTER, please do your best to write up something. It doesn't have to be long. We try to put the write ups in the NEWSLETTER during the month that your picture will be shown so there is a little consistency, but things do change. We look forward to introducing the family of Bethel in this way - a few each month. Thanks to all those who have given their time and talents so far. It makes for very interesting reading!!


Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on December 1st, 2007. Our fun filled day will start at 10 a.m. with games and contests for young & old. There will be a table with baked goodies, so you can stock up on your Christmas needs. Lunch will consist of Dutch items such as pea soup, Dutch meatball soup, croquettes, roggebrood, krentje brei, etc. All funds raised will be used for the Young People mission trip to Mexico. Come out for a day of fun and fellowship.


We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry 782-4170 or Trudy 782-7378 or you may drop them off in the kitchen. Please mark that it is a donation for the bazaar.

Do you have spare cups & saucers taking up room in your cupboards?

Jeanne Ebens is looking for cups & saucers for a GEMS project. Please give her a call at 784-2340.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

North Korea:

In September, the National Security Service of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced the arrest of several "foreign spies" and "native citizens working for a foreign intelligence service." The Voice of the Martyrs has learned that those arrested were in fact Christians and not spies. The names of all those arrested are not yet known. However, VOMC partners have identified the following nine Christians who have disappeared and are believed to have been arrested by government authorities: Mr. Chul Huh, Mr. Chun-Il Jang (39), Mr. Myung-Chul Kim (36), Mr. Young-Su Jin (32), Mr. Nam-Suk Kang (48), Mr. San-Ho Kang (36), Mr. Suk-Chun Suh (29), Ms. Mi-Hae Park (30), Ms. Young-Yae Lee (37). The whereabouts of these individuals is unknown. It is possible that they have already been tried and executed. Pray that the loved ones of those arrested will find peace in the fact that God works all things for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Pray that North Korea's leaders will come to repentance and faith in Christ (1 Timothy 2:1-4).


Christians in Eritrea live with the constant threat of persecution. Yet, when Talib and Habibah heard the Gospel for the very first time through The Back to God Hour Arabic radio program, they joined a Bible study group. Pray for them as they grow in faith. Pray also for their safety as they feel called to witness to family members.

Wolf Creek Community Church

As you know, we at Wolf Creek Community church are working away at renovating the Lacombe RV building so that we can use it for a worship center. After a slow start, we are now moving along nicely. It is a big project for a small group and we are attempting to complete it mainly with volunteer help. We will need to move in soon as our current location will be rented out starting December 1st. One job in particular that we are having difficulty with is finishing our stage. We think it would be best to cover it with carpet but we have no one with carpet experience to give us advice or to do the work. That right now is our biggest hurtle, of course if there is any one interested in general help we would welcome them with open arms. Some of the things we need to complete yet are laying tile, sewing curtains, painting and audio video installation. Any offers of help would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers can call Clarence Verveda at 391-6772 or email him at ida@platinum.ca

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive

Is now underway until December 15th. This year’s goal is $140,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary, and request that she mail, fax or email you a copy of the donation form. During the evenings, you may also contact Jaap Domincus (783-6848) or Wendy Barnes (885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: attention Wendy Barnes, or they may be handed in to any of the area representatives in a sealed envelope.


Babysitters for CoffeeBreak at New Life Fellowship CRC in Red Deer on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Need work experience? A morning out? Hugs and snuggles? Our little ones need you! Please call Michelle at 782-9534 or Angela at 885-2825 if you feel called to this service.

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Tuesday, December 4, at the Lacombe Kozy Korner, 7 - 8:30 p.m. “Christmas Treasurers" featuring antiques from "& Everything Nice" in Lacombe. "Christmas Celebrations" guest speaker, Pearl Parker from Cochrane, AB. Enjoy "Christmas Melodies" with Shirley West, Sandra Anderson and Merrigold Long. Cost of $8 includes dessert & refreshments.

Please call Connie to reserve by Friday November 30th at 885-4653. Sponsored by Lacombe Christian Women's Club.

Christmas at Sea

Time is fast running out for you to participate in this year’s Ministry to Seafarers’ Christmas at Sea project. If you’ve not already prepared your gift for a cargo ship crew member, it’s not too late. Your gifts can still be brought to church for collection and shipping to Vancouver. Or, if you prefer, you may send a cheque directly to Christmas at Sea, Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. Please be sure to mark Christmas at Sea on the memo line of your cheque. Your contribution will be used by BC Lower Mainland volunteers to purchase gifts on your behalf. Either way you will be spreading the love of Christ to a “neighbour.”

King’s Concert

Enjoy “Generations of Love,” an evening of music with The King’s University College Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Melanie Turgeon on Friday, November 30th at 8 p.m. at West End Christian Reformed Church (10015-149 Street). Special Guests include Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia. The program includes works by Elgar, Moses Hogan, Jacobus Kloppers, Joseph Lai, James MacMillan and others. Tickets are available at the door or at the King’s Bookstore (780) 465-8306. For more information contact Dr. Melanie Turgeon at (780) 465-3500 ext. 8028.

Christian School Consultant Needed

CRWM is seeking a Christian School Consultant to serve in Latin America. Responsibilities include consulting with Christian schools on issues of curriculum development, organizational capacity, and sustainability. For a list of requirements and a detailed job description for this and other CRWM openings, visit www.crwm.org.


Celebrate with the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Ecumenical Council of Nigeria who together spread the Gospel and promote peace. Pray for those in Nigeria who will walk for peace November 19-29 and for the rebuilding of a school as a peace project by a local community. For more information, read Bulus Ali’s February 2007 newsletter on the Nigeria page of www.crwrc.org


Offering: Coffee Break Ministries

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Bill & Audrey Noordhof and Gerald & Nelly Keitel

Coffee: Herman & Betty Scholing, Bill & Audrey Noordhof, John & Mar-Deb deRegt

M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Gaylene Tenbrinke, Marvin Ebens Justin Noort, Jennifer Stol, Philip vanIperen, Corinna Prins
p.m. Anita Swier, Nicole Stol

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


Offering: Rehoboth Ministries

Ushers: Trudy Salomons & Murray Wiersma

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

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

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

Greeters: Rod & Laura Duckett and Murray & Annette Wiersma

Coffee: Jim & Wannetta Brander, Pastor Mike & Barb Vandyk, Frank & Debby vanIperen

M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Cora Stol, Herman Scholing, Michael vanIperen, Michelle Hoekstra, Jessica Bouwman, Brett Vandenborn
p.m. Paul Prins, Michelle Hoekstra

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Kristen VanStryland
4 & 5 yr. olds: Madelyn deRegt

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, November 18

8:30 p.m. Living Members meets at Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke’s

8:30 p.m. Young Peoples social at the deRegt’s

Monday, November 19

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

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

Tuesday, November 20

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak leaders meet

3:45 p.m. Kids’ Christmas Drama practice

7:30 p.m. Bethel Youth

Wednesday, November 21

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak & Story Hour

7:00 p.m. Cadets

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

7:30 p.m. Praise Team practice for November 25th AM service

7:30 p.m. Youth Ministry Leadership team meets

Thursday, November 22

7:00 p.m. GEMS

Advance Notices:

Thursday, December 6

7:30 p.m. Congregational meeting