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2007-12-09 Bulletin

For to us a child is born, to us a son 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

Next Sunday, December 16th

We continue our Christmas Advent series. Our theme this year is “Advent Transformations”. We will see how Christmas transforms Joseph from Self-directed to Obedience.

In the evening we welcome our children as they present, “Born For You and Me: A Christmas Play for Children” by Laura & Robert Keeley.

Our Church Family

This week please remember Phil & Lisa Tenbrinke and their children in your prayers.

Klaas Boskers was in hospital this past week with pneumonia. He is doing better and we trust he can return home soon.

Do remember our seniors in prayer during the difficult cold winter months.

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

 

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.

PRE SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL

We will have a short practice in the sanctuary today after the service to go over our songs for the Kid's Christmas Worship Service.

This should only take about 15 minutes. Enjoy a coffee with some friends and we will bring your little ones to you in the fellowship hall when we are done.

Just a little reminder to have your little ones at Church by 6:45 p.m. on Dec 16th.

We will need a few minutes to get them into their costumes. The children will be sitting up at the front for the service so you do not need to save a spot for them. Also, if you still have sandals that fit, bring them along that night.

A BIG THANK YOU

To all who came and supported our Sinterklaas Bazaar on December 1st. The food, games and fellowship was enjoyed by many. Even in their busy schedule Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet made time to visit us. We would like to thank all the parents who helped with either serving, baking or cooking. We had many winners; please check out the posters by the kitchen for the results. Thank you for supporting our Mexico Mission trip!

Mexico Mission Trip Update

Out team is complete! The Lord willing during the week of March 22nd, 2008 our young people and their leaders will be working with YWAM in Ensenada, Mexico. While there they hope to build a home for a needy family and to serve the Lord. The team consists of: Veronica Bouwman, Brittany Brander, David Hoekstra, Chris Klopstra, Ian Prins, Sarah Stad, Michael van Iperen, Steven van Iperen, Paul Vandyk, Amberly Venhuis and leaders Wayne Bouwman, August Luymes, Valerie Luymes, Cindy Prins and Henry Stad. Please keep the Mexico mission team in your prayers as they prepare for this exciting trip.

Note: Next Mexico Mission meeting will be on January 7, 2008 at 7:30. Please attend.

Signs

A big thank you goes out to Terry and Donna Vandenborn for making the signs that you see in our church.

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Tuesday Night Youth on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Jr. & Sr. High Students:

For the evening of Friday December 21st at 7:30 p.m. you are invited for a Christmas Party and Hay Ride at the home of Marvin & Jeanne Ebens. Keep in mind the weather and snow, so dress appropriately. As in years past we will be collecting for the local food bank. Specificitems we are requesting are household toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap oreven feminine products. Remember to bring a small snack to share as well. If you are in need of a ride to the Ebens’ home please meet at the church at 7 p.m. and we will be back in town around 10 p.m. Any questions for this evening please call Dana at 357-1770/783-2367 or Jeanne Ebens at 784-2340

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 is a lot of energy in the church on Tuesdays after school as we meet to rehearse for our Kids’ Christmas Worship Service to be held on Sunday December 16th at 7 p.m. Our final rehearsal is this Tuesday, December 11th after school till 5 p.m. I hope to practice without our scripts, so you are encouraged to memorize those last few lines, if possible.

From the Deacons

This year the Bethel deacons have committed to hosting the annual Community Christmas Banquet to be held at the Lacombe Legion on Christmas Day from noon until 3:00 PM. This means that you, the good members of Bethel, have the opportunity to use your time and talents to bless members of the larger community by serving up a delicious dinner on Christmas Day. We need help in the following areas:

  • Dec. 24 Set up, initial meal preparation at the Legion
  • Dec. 25 Meal Preparation, Servers, Greeters and Mixers,
  • Kid’s Entertainment, Cleanup

If you would like to be involved in one or more of these tasks, talk to Pete Hoekstra at 782-5107.  

Living Members

We will be meeting tonight at Ken & Trudy Salomons this evening. We will be studying lesson 3.

“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!

“All Our Paths Lead to Bethlehem”

This year’s Christmas program will be held on December 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the CUC Seventh Day Adventist church. Lacombe Christian School is excited to share this program with you as we celebrate Jesus’ birth together as a community!

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Uzbekistan 

The leader of a small, unregistered Baptist church in Khalkabad, Uzbekistan, Nikolai Zulfikarov, has been sentenced to two years of "correctional labor." He was ordered to pay twenty percent of all of his earnings for the next two years as a fine. Zulfikarov was convicted of "teaching religious doctrines without special religious education and without permission from a central organ of administration of a religious organization, plus teaching religion privately." Zulfikarov had hosted worship services in his house for the small church consisting of only five adult members. It is yet unknown if he will appeal the sentence. Pray for wisdom, strength and provision for Nikolai and members of this church in Uzbekistan.

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.

On behalf of the Bethel Deacons and our Volunteerlink coordinator

We would like to say thank you to those who came out on November 26th for our sign up evening, as Vounteerlink volunteers. It is wonderful to see so many of you willing to help out those in our community that need assistance in some way. We pray that through your commitment doors may open, making it possible for us to spread Christ’s’ love through us. If becoming a volunteer may be of interest to you, or you need more information please contact Herman Scholing at 782-2701, or Judy Hazelhoff at 782-7976

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – DECEMBER 9th

Offering: Strydhorsts

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound:a.m. Wayne p.m.

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – December 16th

Offering:
a.m. Deaconal Ministries Canada
p.m. Free a Family

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

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

Power Point:a.m. Michelle p.m. Paul

Greeters: Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma and Clarence & Doreen Kits

Coffee: Ed & Cora Stol, Henry & Liz Stad, Alex & Ann Wildeboer

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Donna Vandenborn, Rick Wildeboer, Jordan Van Stryland Alana Ebens, Adam Eisses, Daniel Venhuis
p.m. Eleanor Wildeboer & Erin Wiersma

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 10th

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

7:30 p.m. Parkland Men’s Chorus practice at Woodynook

Tuesday, December 11th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break leaders meet

7:30 p.m. Tuesday night Youth

7:30 p.m. Education MLT meets

Wednesday, December 12th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break & Story Hour

7:30 p.m. Full Council meets

8:00 p.m. Praise Team practice for December 16th am service

Thursday, December 13th

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

“All Our Paths Lead to Bethlehem” at the CUC church

Advance Notices:

Sunday, December 16th

7:00 p.m. “Born For You and Me: A Christmas Play for Children”

Friday, December 21st

7:30 p.m. Jr. & Sr. Christmas Party and Hay Ride at the Ebens

Sunday, December 23rd

7:30 p.m. Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Service

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