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2008-09-07 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.

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Next Sunday, Sept 14

We have the “kickoff” service for the ministries of our church asking God’s blessing on the ministry work we do as a church. The message will be on the Book of Genesis and “God’s Covenant Promises through the Generations.” In the evening we will have a youth service as our youth return from their retreat. Fred Knip, who is the keynote speaker at the retreat, will bring the message at the Youth service.

Our Church Family

We share the happiness of Tony & Henny Middag and Ina & Brian Jackson with the birth this week of a great granddaughter Aliana June. Parents Jori and Matt Bates are excited and doing well. What a rich blessing to receive a precious child.

Our condolences go out to Jack & Ann Oudman and the family with the death of Jack’s father John. He was 86 years old. The funeral was this past Tuesday. May God comfort the family in their sadness with the assurance of his blessing through his life and our eternal hope through Jesus Christ.

Grace Vander Veen hopes to celebrate her 100th birthday  There will be a special celebration at the Lodge from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. As a family we give thanks to God for the gift of long live he has granted her.

The flowers will be delivered to Mrs. VanderVeen this week, as she will be celebrating her 100th birthday. We praise God for His faithfulness in her life and the contributions she and her family have made to the Bethel congregation over the years. We pray that the Lord will provide her with good health and happiness as she continues to live here in Lacombe.

 

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 Wednesday afternoon and all day Friday this week. A special note to the congregation that a day change will take place for the secretaries, instead of Tuesday mornings the ladies will be working Wednesday afternoons.

Children and Worship

Grades 1 and 2 are welcome to join us today, September 7th to begin our year together. We will be listening to the stories of God, responding to them with songs and activities, and talking to God in our worship time together. The children will leave during the worship service with the pre-school children.

Grades 3 - 6 Sunday School

Will begin today, Sunday, September 7th. Grades 3 and 4 will be having classes together, meeting in room # 6 (the old library) and will be led by Mr. Marvin Ebens. Grades 5 and 6 will be having classes together, meeting in room # 12 (next to council room) and will be led by Mrs. Ann Wildeboer. Please be reminded that teachers will leave during the first verse of the song of response and the children will leave during the last verse, and will be finished classes approximately 45 minutes after leaving the sanctuary.

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 9th 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!

Cadets

would like to start a new season but in order to have a productive year we need at least three counselors to join us this year so if you have been considering this please let Bryan Noordhof know as soon as possible. If we get counselors then info about our start up date will be in the bulletin in the coming weeks. You can reach Bryan at 403-885-2715 or on his cell at 1-403-466-0287

GEMS

Will be starting our season again. So come along and Walk the Micah Road with us. We will be holding our registration evening, downstairs, on September 18th at 7pm - 8:30pm. Come and ask some of your friends to join us as well. Also we are missing a GEMS/CALVINETTE photo album from the 80's. If anyone has seen let Wannetta Brander know at 403-782-2290.

Attention all Ministry Leadership teams & church programs:

To help plan the upcoming church calendar year for the various church programs and ministry leadership teams, we would like to have a planning meeting on Thursday, September 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. If each ministry leadership team and church program could send a delegate or two to this meeting, we could work together to make sure the church facilities are available for all the programs & ministries that our church is involved in. It would be helpful if each group could have their tentative plans in place and bring them to this meeting.

Jeff Kruitof, Executive Director of Youth Unlimited

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

BBQ Sunday September 21

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team would like to invite the congregation to a BBQ on Sunday September 21. This event will take place at Upper Michner Park from 1:00-4:00pm. In order for us to plan this event we would like to have those interested sign up on the sheet on the table in the foyer. We are asking each family to bring a salad big enough to feed your family. We will be providing Burgers, Hotdogs and drinks. In the case of bad weather we plan to BBQ here at the church and will still have time to fellowship.

Bethel Youth News

All students in grades 7-12

are invited to the Bethel Youth Retreat at Bar Harbor Camp on September 12-14, 2008. Registration is due today, please make sure that your forms are handed in to Phil. 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. If you need more information contact Phil, Dana, Pastor Mike or Carmen.

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.

Attention to all Young Adults

the BBQ at the home of John and Wendy Taekema will take place today, September 14th at 1 p.m. rain or shine. If you need more information for this event please get in contact with the Taekema’s at 780-986-2199

Announcements

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.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

meeting will be held this coming Saturday, September 13th at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7:00 a.m. Come for a time of sharing and encouragement by hearing others’ reflections on God’s goodness in our lives. Bring a friend. For more information call Henry Eisses at 782-2345.

WomenAlive Conference:

a life-empowering experience to lift your spirit and refresh your soul. This event will take place at the Coast Edmonton East Hotel is Sherwood Park, Alberta. On October 17th and 18th there will be speakers, worship times and just plain fellowship are offered. Early bird cost is still in effect until September 15th. For more information about this conference please take note of the poster in the foyer.

Group Life Conference 2008

The River is hosting the awesome event in Edmonton, On October 17th through the 18th. For more information see poster in the foyer.

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.

LET'S "MAKE ROOM" TOGETHER! 

Rehoboth's Board of Directors has designated September as "MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN MONTH." Annual Association Membership Fees of TEN dollars are renewable in September, PLUS donations of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated. Our budgeted goal this year is to reach a membership base of 5000 and receive donations of $125,000 for a total of $175,000. Your $10.00 Membership Fee (per person) and supporting donations insures the continuation of quality services provided in the Lord's name. Again this year, we are encouraging each person in a family to become a member. Children under the legal age of 18 will be non-voting members. A strong membership base is a great benefit to Rehoboth when negotiating funding for the services we provide. If a Canvasser does not contact you, please send your tax deductible membership fee and donation directly to: Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 3920 * 49 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2J7. Remember to include your full name, address, postal code, and the name of the church you attend, for our records. Thank you for your faithful support of Rehoboth Christian Ministries.

King’s University College

Fall Interdisciplinary Conference

The King’s University College invites you to attend the fall conference entitled, Invisible Dignity. Featured speakers include Dr. Richard Middleton, Dr Calvin Seerveld, Dennis Edney (legal counsel for Omar Khadr), artist Gerald Folkerts and many more. All lectures and workshops are open to the public at no cost. The conference takes place September 17 and 18, beginning at 9:00 AM. Visit www.kingsu.ca for more information and a complete schedule.

Art Exhibit at King’s

The King’s University College invites you to the opening of the Invisible Dignity art exhibit. The exhibit features work of many artists from across Canada and draws attention to the beauty of people whose dignity is often obscured by their marginalization, suffering and abuse. These beautifully rendered portraits make visible the lives of those who are often invisible to us and stir our imaginations to hope, move us to love mercy, and impel us to seek justice. The evening includes brief addresses by Dr Calvin Seerveld and artist Gerald Folkerts. Join us at 8:00 PM, Wednesday September 17, 2008, in the Atrium of The King’s University College at 9125 – 50 street.

Denominational News

CRWRC:

Hurricane season has started again with Hurricane Gustav - and tropical storms Hanna, Ike, and Josephine are on their way. CRWRC staff and volunteers are assessing needs in Louisiana, and CRWRC has released $10,000 to begin relief work in Haiti. You can help CRWRC respond to those affected by these storms. To donate mark your check “Hurricanes 2008” and mail to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8. Or call 800-55-CRWRC, or go to www.crwrc.org.

BACK TO GOD MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL:

Pray for a new follow-up ministry which is ready for launch in Haiti. This is a combined work of Back to God Ministries International and Christian Reformed World Missions. Pray that this center will be used effectively to disciple those who contact us in response to broadcast ministry in Haiti.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS:

We have relationships all around us—family, friends, coworkers…but so often, we find dissatisfaction in many of them. In romantic relationships, things seem to go well for a long time, then suddenly, you begin to notice quirks and flaws. Do we bring healthy expectations into our marriages and relationships? Or are these expectations misplaced? Find out on the Sept. 14 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

THE CHAMPION:

Which is tougher? Winning a game on TV or forgiving a friend who really hurt you? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Be sure to listen and then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

Persecuted Church

Laos

The family members of three men detained for "believing in Jesus and worshipping God" on August 3rd were pressured by police to renounce their faith. On August 24th, the three detained men, Pastor Sompong, Boot and Khamsavan, received a visit from their families. When they arrived, officers tightened the handcuffs and wooden stocks restraining the detained believers, causing them severe pain. They told the visitors: "This is the consequence of not signing documents to renounce your faith. We have already given you three opportunities to do this, but you have refused." A few days later, the village chief ordered the families of the men to sign documents renouncing their faith. The believers refused to do so. In other regions of the country, authorities are cracking down on churches. In mid-August, twenty-two families were reprimanded by authorities for holding worship services in a private home after their church building was torn down by officials in January. At last report, however, they were continuing to meet together in a church member's home and their requests to rebuild have been denied. On August 25th, the chief of Donphai village fined local Christians for holding a worship service during local animistic ceremonies. The Christians refused to pay the fine and are continuing their weekly worship services. Pray for the release of Pastor Sompong, Boot, and Khamsavan and their families. Pray that Christians in Laos will be emboldened to obey God regardless of what man says (Acts 5:29).

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – September 7th

Offering: Rehoboth Christian Ministries

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

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

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

Greeters: The Joyful Noise Choir

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

Nursery:
M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof, Meaghan Noort, Colin Duckett, Timothy Rosendal
p.m. Jeanne Ebens & Brett Vandenborn

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds:
Sarah Stad
4 & 5 yr. olds: Kendra Scholing

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – September 14th

Offering: Lacombe Christian School

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof, Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound: a.m. Travis p.m. Steven

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

Greeters: Teus & Marja Vander Vlis, Gerald & Michelle Noort

Coffee: Terry & Donna Vandenborn, Marvin & Jeanne Ebens, Craig & Marcella Van Stryland

Nursery:
M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. JackieBouwman, Henry Geldof, Michael Szelekovszky, Corrina Prins, Brianna Venhuis
p.m. Joan Eisses, Jessica Bouwman

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds:
Michelle Hoekstra,
4 & 5 yr. olds: Stephanie Bouwman

Weekly Calendar

Monday, September 8th

7:00 p.m. Volunteer Link meeting

7:30 p.m. General Administration LT meets

Tuesday, September 9th

7:30 p.m. Leadership Training

Wednesday September 10th

7:30 p.m. Full Council

Thursday, September 11th

5:00 p.m. Circle of Friends community supper
Contact Jeanne Ebens at 403-784-2340 for more information

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