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2007-12-02 Bulletin

For to us a child is born, to us a child is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

First Sunday of Advent: Hope.

At home, read the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 15:1-6 and Genesis 21:1-3. This is a story of hope. God promises a son and even though it takes a long time, they continue to hope and God keeps his promise. As a family share a time when you had hope in God when you felt helpless and powerless.

Next Sunday, December 9th

We continue our Christmas Advent series. Our theme this year is “Advent Transformations”. We will see how Christmas transforms Zechariah from Incredulous to Submissive. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper together in the morning service. In the evening we welcome the Parkland Male Chorus as they lead us in worship and song.

Congregation Meeting

We will be meeting together to discuss next year’s budget and some other important items on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship hall.

Advent

You will notice the sanctuary has been decorated for Advent. We ask parents to inform your children to not touch the tree or the displays at the front of the church. Thank you from the Worship MLT!

Christmas Baking

Over the next few weeks we will be having some special services in our church. We would love to serve some homemade goodies following the Candlelight service on December 23rd and on Christmas day. If you are starting your Christmas baking, please keep the church in mind and perhaps bake an extra dozen or two for these times of fellowship.

Our Church Family

This week we will remember Henry & Anita Geldof and their children in prayer.

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

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Young Peoples

There is a Young Peoples Bible study at the van Iperen’s home following the evening service tonight.

West Edmonton Water Park

For all those who will be cruising up the QE2 toward the West Edmonton Water Park on Friday December 7th, your money is requested today! I need to get the bus paid for and your tickets need to be purchased. If you find that you cannot take this trip at the last minute, PLEASE FIND YOUR OWN REPLACEMENT!!!!!! If you don’t, you will still be charged the $20 for your bus seat and gate admission.

BE IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT BY 5:15 P.M. THE BUS LEAVES PROMPLY AT 5:30 P.M.

We will be arriving home 12 - 12:30a.m. Make sure that supper is taken care of by bringing a bag lunch for the trip, or have money to purchase food in the park. NO food will be allowed to enter the gates. To the congregation: please pray for our group as well as the WCCC group. We will be travelling together. May we have a safe and pleasurable trip!

Inside your mailboxes today is a consent and liability form. Before you board the bus your parents must sign it and hand it in to Dana TODAY.

YOUNG ADULTS 

(those who are out of high school) are invited to the Stad's on December 15th at 7:30 p.m. for an ice cream social. We will also be discussing the possibility of starting a Bible study in January on the "Truth Project" Please call Liz or Henry at 782-3444 to confirm your attendance, or your interest in the Bible study if you cannot attend the Saturday social. Hope to see you all there.

Kids’ Christmas Worship service

There are 2 practices left till the Kids’ Christmas Worship service on December 19th. We are having a lot of fun and work very hard to memorize and act out our lines for the drama. This Tuesday, December 4th we will begin dress rehearsals. Kids, please take your costumes along if you have them and be prepared to go through the whole play. Practice will begin as usual right after school and will need to go till 5:00PM. Thank you to the Zuidhofs for the wonderful snack last week. If you have any questions or would like to provide snack, or would like to play a song before the service begins, contact Harriet Luymes 782-2572.

“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.

How to Be a Christian at a Secular Institution

A presentation by Pastor Jack Hielema which will include a video, handout and discussion. All students, teachers, parents and educators are kindly invited. First CRC – 6:00 p.m. on December 2nd.

“An Evening in December” -

Dessert Concert presented by the Chancel Choir and musicians of First Church Red Deer – December 15th and 16th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/person and are available by calling 346-5659 or visiting www.firstcrcreddeer.org.

SINGING IN GOD’S EAR 

Join us on December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at First CRC in Red Deer as we sing Christmas songs in Dutch, Afrikaans, French and English. There will be a collection for the Salvation Army and a short meditation by Pastor Jack. All singers come out and glorify God!

CRWRC:

World AIDS Day is December 1st. On December 2nd, CRWRC will launch its two-year Embrace AIDS campaign to raise money, awareness and advocacy for people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Let's join hands and commit to Embrace AIDS together. For more information about CRWRC's AIDS work and the Embrace AIDS campaign, visit www.embraceaids.org .

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Turkmenistan

Within days of being released from prison, Baptist pastor Vyacheslav Kalataevsky and his wife were summoned by officials for a "conversation." According to a November 21st report from Forum 18, Kalataevsky was presented with a pre-written statement to sign saying that he would not meet with other believers. He refused to sign the statement. At the end of the meeting, the imam present promised Kalataevsky an "unpleasant fate" if he continued his religious activities. Pray for a continued steadfast faith and hope for Kalataevsky and his wife in the midst of opposition they face.

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Debt Drive

Is underway. This year’s goal is set at $140,000.00. So far, this year’s drive has resulted in donations totaling $42,714.00. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. Please contact the canvasser in your area, Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) 782-4535 or Jaap Dominicus (Board Treasurer) 783-6848 if you have any questions or need assistance. You may also mail your donations to C.A.C.H.S. 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7 attention Wendy Barnes.

Christmas at Sea

Thank you for your participation in the Christmas at Sea gift project. Our seafarers will be encouraged by your generosity and we pray, will be pointed to the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. If you haven't had a chance yet to wrap a gift or two, and you'd still like to participate, you may mail a money donation to Christmas at Sea, Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. Please include Christmas at Sea on the cheque memo line. Both the Ministry to Seafarers and the men (and women) who will be the recipients of these gifts say “Thank You!” and wish you a blessed Christmas.

Next Week is Communion Sunday:

Suggested ways to live in anticipation:

  • Ask God to heal your resentments
  • Acknowledge where you are wrong and then apologize
  • Work on relationships that are strained
  • Work for clarity on disagreements and misunderstandings
  • Study next Sunday's Scripture Texts and pray for our gathering. Invite someone to our Worship service
  • Reflect on 1 Cor 11:17-34

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – December 2nd

Offering: Tuition Relief

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound: a.m. Henry E. p.m. Wayne

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

Greeters: Teus & Marja Vander Vlis and Harry & Hilda Van Stryland

Coffee: Scott & Irene Fraser, August & Harriet Luymes, Henry & Anita Geldof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Trudy Salomons, Pete Hoekstra, Brent Venhuis, Robert Fraser, Courtney Brander, Timothy Rosendal
p.m. Dana van Gyssel & Joseph Geldof

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Meaghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Brittany Brander

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – DECEMBER 9th

Offering: Strydhorsts

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Bill Noordof

Sound: a.m. Wayne p.m. Parkland Men’s Choir

Power Point: a.m. Justin p.m. Steven

Greeters: Peter & Jan Zuidhof and Gerald & Michelle Noort

Coffee: Henry & Joan Eisses, Murray & Annette Wiersma, Peter & Jan Zuidhof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Amy Dowling, Brad Peterson, Jennifer Stol, Brianna Venhuis, Taylor Duckett
p.m. Doreen Kits, Kendra Scholing

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 3rd

7:30 p.m. General Administration MLT meets

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

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

Tuesday, December 4th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak leaders meet

9:30 a.m. Seniors meet

7:30 p.m. TN Youth Leaders meet

Wednesday,December 5th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak & Story Hour

7:30 p.m. Cadets

Thursday, December 6th

3:45 p.m. GEMS

7:30 p.m. Congregational meeting

Advance Notices:

Sunday, December 9th

After the morning service Deacons and Widows Luncheon

7:00 p.m. Parkland Mens’ Chorus

Thursday, December 13th

7:30 p.m. Lacombe Christian School Christmas program

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