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2008-08-24 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.
No August 24 Evening Service as there will be a special Central Alberta Christian Schools Dedication service at Woodynook CRC at 7:00 p.m.

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Next Sunday, August 31

Pastor Peter Sluys will lead our morning worship as we consider the “Work of our Hands.” In the evening August Luymes will lead the service focusing on the use of numbers in the Bible and their special significance in expressing the truth of God to us. Pastor Mike will be with the Vander Veen family as they celebrate Grace’s 100th birthday together.

No Prayer Meeting

There will NOT be a prayer meeting this Tuesday.

Our Church Family

This week, keep Lillian Mercier in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

The flowers this week will be delivered to Lillian as a reminder that we are praying for her; thanking God for her and praying that He continues to be near her daily.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mrs. Alice Kraay who passed away peacefully on Thursday morning. She was 84 years old. May God comfort the family in their sadness with the assurance of his blessing through her life and our eternal hope through Jesus Christ. The funeral for Mrs. Kraay will be held here in Bethel on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

We share the happiness of Bryan and Yvonne Noordhof as their son Josh and Joylyn were blessed with a baby girl, Justyce Breeze, on Wednesday. At almost the same time Jared and Cheryl Geldof were blessed with a baby boy, Colby William. The baby’s, their parents, grandparents and great grandparents are all doing well.

Address change:

Carla Geldof has moved, please change the information in your directory as follows, 324 Jane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3Z4. The new phone number is 416-546-6089.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Jackie Hartenhof, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

The church secretaries

will be in the office on Thursday morning and all day Friday this week.

Service of Dedication:

The Christian Schools of Central Alberta, including Gateway Christian, Lacombe Christian, Ponoka Christian, Rimbey Christian and Central Alberta Christian High, will be holding their annual "Service of Dedicatio" to recognize the start of a new school year tonight, Sunday, August 24th at 7:00 P.M. at the Woodynook Christian Reformed Church. We invite you to join us in worship this evening.

September Newsletter:

Here we go! It’s time to gear up for the next edition of the Bethel Newsletter. The Newsletter team is excited about the next edition and hearing from all the Ministry Leadership teams. What a great way for each of you to inform the congregation of your plans for the new church year as well as your needs and any prayer concerns. Please be sure to get a short report in by the deadline of August 26th. In September we remember Labor Day so we are looking for some of our members to tell us about their joys and challenges in the work force. Whether you are starting your very first job after graduation, or have just changed jobs or are working at the same place in a long time career - we would love to hear from you and encourage you to get in touch with us - write up something - a paragraph, a poem, whatever - help us make the newsletter something that encourages one another in daily life. We are always looking for poetry and other artistic contributions from our members - we know you are capable - please share with the congregation. In our last Newsletter, there was a call for addresses from our young adults and students away from home. To date, we have had no response. Please take the time to fill in the form included in this next Newsletter and give the congregation the opportunity to stay in touch with you and be encouraged. Looking forward to hearing from you: Laura Duckett - rlduck@platinum.ca, Harriet Luymes - haraug@telus.net, Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com and Anita Geldof - ahgeldof@telus.net.


is getting ready to start the new year. We are looking for a few new Counselors. If you might be interested you can contact Wannetta Brander at 403-782-2290.

Leadership training

There will be a training seminar for all those who are involved with teaching or leading Bible studies in Bethel. This event will take place here at Bethel, in the fellowship hall on September 9, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. All leaders, helpers, or anyone just interested, are encouraged to come out for an evening that will help them prepare lessons, gain confidence, and aid them in focusing on their group's needs. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Mark it on your calendar now!

Youth Unlimited - Jeff Kruitof

On Saturday, September 20th, Jeff Kruitof, Executive Director of Youth Unlimited will be in Edmonton meeting at Centrepointe Community CRC located at 5940 159 Avenue beginning at 1:00 p.m.. We invite all Youth Leaders, ministry leaders, Deacons and those interested in hearing about Youth Ministry to attend. Jeff will be sharing about what is happening within Youth Unlimited and what that means to us here in Classis Alberta North. (Refreshments will be provided and if you just come for the snacks, well that’s okay too.) If you have any questions please contact Ron deVries (Youth Ministry Consultant) at 780-987-0415 or email mdevron@telus.net

Bethel Youth News

Summer Series for Women

will be meeting this Thursday August 28th at 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and gripping discussion. Come out and have some fun, invite a friend, she’ll be glad you did! For more information about this last meeting please contact Carmen McKerrow at 403-885-0127

All students in grades 7-12

are invited to the Bethel Youth Retreat at Bar Harbor Camp on September 12-14, 2008. This weekend will kick off the new season of our youth programs. Come out to hear our special guest speaker Fred Knip and enjoy fellowship with one another. Cost for the whole weekend is only $30. Bring a friend, there is lots of room. More information will follow in next week bulletin about food donations and theme. Brochures are located on the table in the foyer. Please make sure that registration forms and money is given to Phil or just place it in his mailbox. If you need more information contact Phil, Dana, Pastor Mike or Carmen.

All Alberta Young Peoples Retreat

It’s time to start thinking about the All Alberta Young Peoples Retreat. This year we are looking at utilizing the gifts of our own members. We are planning on putting a worship team together made up of youth from the Lacombe area. If you would like to be part of this team please call Wayne Bouwman at 782-4273 or 348-7214.

Special notice: Youth Service at Ottewell CRC

will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2008. Details will follow later so keep this date in mind.


Part-time Preschool Teacher needed:

Fingerprints Playschool in Rimbey is looking for a teacher - someone who loves God and has a desire to work with children. Job requirements include, but are not limited to, a level 2 ECD or equivalent and current First Aid/CPR level C. Application deadline: August 30, 2008. Please submit resumes by mail or email to Diane Weening, R.R. 1, Bentley, T0C 0J0, weening6@mac.com

The Lacombe Christian Women’s Club

invites all ladies to a dessert evening “Flowers with Flair” on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kozy Korner. Enjoy a special presentation by Sharlene Bjorge from Sunset Meadows Lily Garden, special music by Rosealie Den Oudsten, and guest speaker Elva Kenyon from Whitecourt, discussing “Finding Security in an Insecure World”. The cost for this evening will be $8 per person, but you must RSVP by Friday, September 5th to Connie at 403-885-4653 or Joyce at 403-843-0025.

The Lacombe Hospital & Care Center

is holding an 8 week program beginning September 9, 2008 for adults who are experiencing grief. The deadline for registration is August 25, 2008. See the poster on the bulletin board for more information.

Golf Tournament for King’s Athletics

The first annual On Wings of an Eagle Benefit Golf Classic in support of the Athletics Program at The King's University College tees off Friday, September 12 at RedTail Landing. Please note the date and location change. $180/golfer includes 18 hole green fees, cart, prizes, food, Christian fellowship and a $50 charitable tax receipt. For more information or to register contact Dorothy at King's (780) 465-3500 ext 8091.

New Singers Welcome!

The King’s University College Choirs invite you to join them for an exciting year including two Winspear Centre performances. No previous choral experience is necessary. Auditions and voice placements will occur at King’s (9125-50 St.) in F-107 on Thursday, August 28; Friday, August 29; and Tuesday, September 2 (or on an alternate date, if necessary). To book a time and for more information, contact Melanie Turgeon (465-3500 ext. 8028 or melanie.turgeon@kingsu.ca). New membership deadline is Sept. 10. Auditions for new members wanting to join The King’s University College Concert and Chamber Choirs for the Fall Term will occur on Thursday, August 28, Friday, August 29, and Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in F-107. Contact Dr. Melanie Turgeon for more information, and to book an audition time (465-3500 ext. 8028 or melanie.turgeon@kingsu.ca).

Employment at King’s

Please see kingsu.ca for more information on these positions. Lead Security Guard, Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Registry Information Coordinator,Human Resource Manager


There's still room for you to be part of Dordt College's new learning vacation to the Netherlands on May 11-20, 2009. Travel with Dordt Professor Leendert van Beek and Dr. Hubert Krygsman who will share their expertise on Dutch culture and history. A trip highlight will be meeting up with the touring Dordt College Concert Choir for their concert in Dordrecht. This 10 day motor coach tour includes, medieval castles, the homes of Anne Frank and Corrie Ten Boom, and the Rijksmuseum. You'll visit tulip gardens, cheese farms, and Delft shops. Cost includes airfare, motel accommodations and many meals. For more information, contact Dianne De Wit at ddewit@dordt.edu or 712-722-6029 or see full details at www.dordt.edu/events/netherlands

Youth Unlimited and Gull Lake Centre

have come together to present the Timothy Trek, a partnership fundraising event to help both organizations continue investing in youth. Race day is September 27th at 11:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Run, jog, or walk over your choice of courses: 10k, 5k, 2.5k. Every trekker will be given a Timing Chip device to accurately record your time with a t-shirt at the start and lunch at the finish-line. There will be an early bird draw for a bike, (value $500) so register by August 31st. Last year with 150 Trekkers we were able to raise over $20,000 and this year our goal is to raise $25,000! To rind out more about the Timothy Trek or our organizations, visit us on line at www.timothytrek.com, www.gulllakecentre.ca or www.wolfcreekyfc.com.

Denominational News

World Missions

School Bells: With pencils sharpened, it’s already the start of a new school year for some students and teachers overseas. As with Christian schools at home, classrooms for CRWM missionaries give a unique opportunity to present the Gospel. “It was my teacher who first taught me about Jesus,” says a girl from the Dominican Republic. As you pray for education programs here, remember your missionary teachers overseas.

The Gift of Freedom:

Everyone loves freedom. It means doing whatever you want, whenever you want. For some of us that means getting up late and doing only the things we enjoy. But life is full of rules and regulations. Even God seems to have a lot of commands. Can these rules really accompany freedom? Or are we really no longer free? Find out on the Aug. 31 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

The Seventh Commandment:

Do we really need to follow the 10 Commandments today? Why? Join Liz as he discovers the truth behind the 7th Commandment on this week’s Kids Corner. Kids Corner is a member of the HisKids.net alliance—working together to provide quality entertainment for kids that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Visit HisKids.net to find more great Christian programs for kids.

Campus Ministries:

Leaving Church for a Secular Campus? Home Missions hopes that this is not the end of a connection, but the beginning of a journey into a new, larger Christian network. If you, or one of your young adults are going to a public university this fall, send us your contact information and we will forward it to the CRC campus ministry at that university or if there is no campus ministry, to the closest CRC church. For more details or to send contact info e-mail Angela VanArragon at avagh@rogers.com or see our directory of ministries at www.crcma.com.

Persecuted Church

Saudi Arabia

A young Saudi woman was recently killed by her father after he discovered that she had converted to Christianity. The father took his daughter life following a heated debate about religion. In an online blog entry written a few days before her death, the woman mentioned how her family had begun to suspect her religious beliefs. Her father is reportedly being investigated for an honour related crime, which carries a significantly lesser sentence than murder. Pray for the family of this young woman and ask God to work in their lives. Pray also for the other Christians in Saudi Arabia; pray that their passion for Christ will be the light that draws others to Jesus (Matthew5:14-16).


Offering: Missions for the Patterson’s

Ushers: Rod Venhuis, Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Paul

Greeters: Ernie & Willie Stebner, Gerald & Nelly Keitel

Coffee: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, Theresa Geldof, Rod & Barb Venhuis

M.O.M. Carina
a.m. Chelsea Bos, Art Hazelhoff, Kayleen Ebens, Amberly Venhuis, Ryan Noort

Pre-school teachers: Michele & Meaghan Noort


Offering: Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Bill & Audrey Noordhof, Harry & Hilda Van Stryland

Coffee: Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, Els Ebens

M.O.M. Carina
a.m. Gaylene Tenbrinke, Herman Scholing, Maddy deRegt, Breanne Ebens, Ryan Swier
p.m. Dorothy Wildeboer, Jennifer Stol

Pre-school teachers: Dana van Gyssel, Stephanie Hoekstra

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, August 24th

7:00 p.m. Central Alberta Christian Schools dedication service at Woodynook CRC

** Living Members will gather at the home of Pete & Jan Zuidhof after the evening service

Thursday, August 21st

5:00 p.m. Circle of Friends community supper
Contact Jeanne Ebens at 784-2340 for more information

7:00 p.m. Summer Series for Women

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