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2007-12-23 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

Tuesday is Christmas Day

We come together to celebrate our joy at 10:30 a.m. for a time of worship and praise. Our theme is “Transformed from Guilt to Wonder”. For the children’s message we need some Christmas bells. If you have a bell that you could bring, please place them on the front bench before the service. Please remember to pick them up again following the service. Thank you for your help!

December 30th

There will be no evening service on December 30th as we get together the following evening, Monday, December 31stat 7 p.m. to end the year with the Lord. We will be meeting in the fellowship hall once again and there will be opportunity to share highlights from the past year, so be ready to give God the glory for his goodness and grace to you in the year 2007. Tuesday, January 1st at 10:30 a.m. will be our New Year’s Day service as we begin the new year with our Lord.

A word of thanks

To all the children who did such a good job performing the Christmas story for us last Sunday night. It was awesome! Thanks for all your hard work memorizing your lines so well. Also a big thank you to Harriet and all her helpers in putting the program together.

Grades 3-6 Sunday school children

We would love to have you sing “One Small Child” for the Christmas Day service. This was one of your songs from last Sunday evening’s service. If you will be here on Christmas Day, please plan on singing this song with Amberly and Kayleen. Thank you!

Our Church Family

This week please remember Ernie & Willie Stebner in your prayers.

Our condolences go out to the family of Mrs. Winnie (Ralph) Prins who died last week Sunday. We especially think of her sisters, Ann (Simon) Swier, Dorothy (Gerrit) Meindersma and Helen Kits as well as Jake and Agnes Prins with the passing of their sister-in-law. In the assurance of faith we give thanks for her life and are comforted in the hope of eternal life.

We are thankful Mr. Klaas Boskers could return home from the hospital this week. We thank God for his healing grace and trust things will continue to go well.

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.

Remember our missionaries around the world as they spend Christmas far from their families.

 

A Church council Christmas social

Is planned for Friday, January 4th beginning at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner followed by some games and fellowship.

Christmas Baking

We would love to serve some homemade goodies following the Candlelight service this evening and on Christmas day. If you have some Christmas baking to share, it would be greatly appreciated! The baking can be left in the fridge in the kitchen – please label it – thank you!

Please Note:

The secretaries will be in the church office this week on Thursday morning, December 27th and Friday, December 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next week’s office hours will be Thursday morning January 3rd, and Friday, January 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bethel NEWSLETTER

It is time again to think of getting your articles ready for the next NEWSLETTER. It is set to be printed the week of December 31st and in your mailboxes on January the 6th. If you have a monthly report for the NEWSLETTER, please have it printed and handed in to one the NEWSLETTER team by December 31st. If you have an article that would be suitable as we begin a new year we would love to include it. Thanks so much from the Newsletter editors, Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof, Harriet Luymes, and Ann Wildeboer.

Urgent Need

The Grades 3 - 6 Sunday School program is still in need of one Sunday School teacher for the Grade 3-4 class that is starting in January. Do you have 13 hours to spare in your spring schedule? Is spending time giving back to your church something you're interested in? Do you like to work with children? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe this is the opportunity for you. It is only a 13 week program, with up to 45 minutes allowed for class time each week, as well as your prep time at home. All materials are included as well as lesson plans. So, how about it? Please call Laura Duckett at 784-3270 as soon as possible if this is something you are interested in. Thank- you!!

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

The Truth Project.

For any Young Adults who have not yet signed up, you can still plan to be a part of The Truth Project study group starting in the New Year. If interested, please call Henry or Liz Stad at 782-3444. We will be starting this study in January and are planning on meeting 2 times per month. The evening of the week is yet to be determined. Why not start the year seeking God to transform your life! Please prayerfully consider attending.

Mexico Mission Team:

The next Mexico Mission meeting has been changed to January 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm (not January 7th as previously stated). There is a schedule of all the meetings prior to the mission trip in your mailbox. Please attend all the meetings.

The GEMS Counselors have more IN DEY GO cookie dough available for sale.

If you missed out on the first order or are in need of more, we have the following flavors available:

  • Chocolate Chunk
  • Oatmeal Coconut
  • Chocolate Chunk
  • Oatmeal Raisin Spice
  • Ginger Snap
  • Sugar Cookie.

The cost is $12.00 per tub. The cookie dough is available immediately, so if you are interested please contact a counselor or call Judy Hazelhoff @ 782-7976

Cadets

Our annual bottle and battery drive will be held on January 12th at Herman Scholing’s shop so please save your bottles and batteries for that day . If you would like someone to pick them up sooner please phone, either Roger Swier at 782-5722, Grant Zuidhof at 782-4002, Bryan Noordhof at 885-2715 or 403-466-0287, Trent Scholing at 782-5456.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nigeria

On December 11th , 2007 in Bauchi State, ten people were killed and several Christians were seriously injured while Muslims burned homes and churches on a brutal rampage. The violence occurred after unidentified people pulled out two blocks from the foundation of the mosque under construction at a School in Kagadama shortly after construction began on the building on December 2. The Muslim students believed that Christians had done the damage and threatened to attack local believers. Although the school principal and staff thought that they had diffused the tension, nine days later Muslim students stormed out of a classroom and converged at the mosque site chanting "Allahu Akbar." They then began to attack Christians with knives and daggers. The violence eventually escalated into a town-wide riot. Three churches were set ablaze and sustained damage. At least a dozen Christian homes were destroyed in the attack. At last report, only one of those killed has been identified. The identities of the other nine have been kept secret by the government and their bodies were given a swift burial in a common grave. Pray that the Lord will fill Christians with His peace and strength as they recover from this brutal attack. Ask God to comfort those who have lost loved ones. Pray that Christ will be exalted through this tragedy and that people in this area will continue to be drawn to Him (Phil. 1:20).

Shalom Counseling Centre of Alberta is looking for new board members.

As a church we support their work of Christian counseling and appreciate the good work they do. If you are interested in serving as a board member or to learn more about this opportunity to serve, call Ralph Wold at 342-0339.

Schedules for December 23rd, Christmas Day, December 30th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – December 23rd

Offering: Volunteer Link

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Peter & Cora Hoekstra, Ray & Eleanor Merkus

Coffee: Clarence & Doreen Kits, John & Teena Stol, Randall & Sue Wildeboer

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Harriet Luymes, Lisa Tenbrinke, Kayleen Ebens, Ryan Noort, Aaron Swier, Erin Vandenborn
p.m. Judy Hazelhoff, Brittany Brander

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Kristin Van Stryland
4 & 5 yr. olds: Madelyn deRegt

SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY – December 25th

Offering: Loaves & Fishes

Ushers: Trudy Salomons & Murray Wiersma

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound:a.m. Scott

Power Point:a.m. Kristen

Greeters: Henry & Anita Geldof and Hans & Grace Spelt

Coffee: Worship MLT

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Amaris Wildeboer, Maddy deRegt, Sara Stad, Justin Noort, Meagan Scholing, Ryan Swier

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – December 30th

Offering: Benevolent Fund

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound:a.m. Travis p.m. No service

Power Point:a.m. Veronica p.m. No service

Greeters: Frank & Debby vanIperen and Ralph & Pauline Bos

Coffee: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, Pete & Cora Hoekstra, Paul & Cindy Prins

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m.
Joan Eisses, Steven Szelekovsky, Justin van Gyssel, Heather Van Stryland, Stephanie Hoekstra, Brett Vandenborn
p.m. No service

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

SCHEDULE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE – December 31st

Offering: The Back to God Hour

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:p.m. Wayne

Power Point:p.m. Stephanie

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
p.m. Sherry Tenbrinke, Veronica Bouwman, Thomas Geldof, Martha Stad, Courtney Brander

SCHEDULE FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY – January 1st

Offering: The Back to God Hour

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound:a.m. Henry G.

Power Point:a.m. Marcella

Greeters: Ernie & Willie Stebner and Herman & Betty Scholing

Coffee: Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer, Ken & Trudy Salomons

Nursery:
M.O.M. Sarah
a.m. Carina Tenbrinke, Meryl Wiersma, Kendra Scholing, Brianna Venhuis, Taylor Duckett

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, December 23rd

7:00 p.m. Candle Light service

Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 a.m. Christmas Day service

Upcoming Services:

Sunday, December 30th

10:30 a.m. Church service – Grace Through Every Generation

No evening service

Monday, December 31st

7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve service – we share memories of the past year

Tuesday, January 1st

10:30 a.m. New Year’s Day service – we begin the new year with the Lord

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