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2008-09-14 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.

Next Sunday, September 21st

We continue our reading through the Bible with the Book of Exodus where we see that God comes Near to his people. In the evening we look more closely at Exodus 1 and Gods Throne room. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

Please keep Wayne & Jackie Bouwman and their family in your daily prayers this week.

We remember in prayer Mr. Len Stol who has been struggling with cancer for some time. Aspects of treatment have run their course and now the effort is mainly pain control. We entrust him and his family to Gods gracious care to provide strength for each day.

Please keep Ruth & Pastor Peter Sluys in your prayers. Ruth met with the cardiologist and was told the hole in her hearthasprobably beencaused byloosening of stitches of the valve and is ofa shapewhich has not yetbeen tried to berepaired bya non invasive procedure.He decided that it is too risky to try it yet. Ruth will stay on the oxygen and be checked every 4 months. Ergo: we will not stray far from home since she tires very soon. Pray for God's healing , whatever way He chooses . We both trust in Him! (Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys)


The flowers this week will be delivered to Mrs. Lies Boskers to celebrate with her on her 85th birthday. We praise God for His faithfulness and thank Him for Lies and the ministry she is doing here amongst us at Bethel. We take this opportunity to thank her for her loving home-made notes of encouragement that many of us have received.

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.

From the Treasurer:

It is now September and soon will be October when the 2009 budget is to be prepared. I'm requesting that ALL Leadership teams have their proposed 2009 expenditures in my mailbox by September 21st, 2008. Thank you. August Luymes

Grades 3 - 6 Sunday School

will begin today, Sunday, September 14th. 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.

At this time the Bethel youth are gathering at the Bar Harbor Camp for their church service.

Please remember their time together as youth, leaders, and helpers. We ask for a blessing on their involvement in this evenings worship service and pray for Fred as he delivers the message this morning at the retreat and this evening in the service. This weekend is a kick off for all the youth activities, such as Tuesday Night Youth, Young Peoples, and Junior Youth. New leaders and new elders will have an opportunity to meet the students and fellowship together. As leaders we ask that you pray for friendships, new and old, to connect and grow as the year progresses.


Coffee Break and Story Hour begins this Wednesday, September 17th, from 9:30 -11:30. We meet in the church fellowship hall and then the last half hour we will meet in our study groups. Elijah and Elisha: Prophets with Power is our first study material. All are welcome. The coffee will be on!


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. Anyone who is interested or curious or thinking about becoming a Cadet counselor we would like to get together after the morning service in the craft room downstairs. There will be an organizational meeting for Cadets on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. here in the church.


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 Thursday, September 18th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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.

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 thats okay too.) If you have any questions please contact Ron deVries (Youth Ministry Consultant) at 780-987-0415 or email mdevron@telus.net.

**** If any one is interested in attending this event, please contact Dana to line up a car pool to head north.

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team

would like to invite the congregation to a BBQ on Sunday, September 21st. This event will take place at Upper MichenerPark from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 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 together.

Bethel Youth News

Hey, you teenagers out there,

did you enjoy the show You are probably asking, what show Well, on Sunday, September 28th at Ottewell CRC in Edmonton, there is going to be an opportunity to find out. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. and the service starts at 6 p.m. Got questions Talk to your youth leaders. Come on out and enjoy free food, music, worship and fun.

Junior Youth is back,

it will be held on Saturday October 4th! We will be going Paint balling & we plan to leave at 3:30 P.M. from Bethel and arrive back at around 7:30 P.M. More info will be in next weeks bulletin once everything is confirmed.

Day of Encouragement:

If you havent seen the brochure yet, check with your deacons or call the NADC office at 780-423-0456. You dont want to miss this wonderful opportunity to grow, stretch, & learn about many different opportunities for ministry. Saturday, November 8th at The Kings University College make sure youve got your calendars marked.



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.

Lacombe Pentecostal Church is hosting a Sound Clinic on Saturday, September 20th from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Clinic is open to anyone interested in learning how to run sound equipment and is being facilitated by Shane Painter. The cost is $40/person.


Over the past few months there have been numerous articles about the benefits of Choral singing! It has been proven that it releases tension-stress, and singing develops good breathing practices, which is good for he heart & lungs. Joining a Christian Men's choir has added benefits, as you will receive a blessing praising God in song. Come and join the Parklands Men's Choir, we sing in churches Seniors Homes and do a concert ones a year. Our practices are at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church on Monday evenings. We practice form 7:30-9:30 pm. For more information contact Allen Stolte at 403-885-4379.

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.

Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre

Our mission at the Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre is to offer support and education in a loving Christian environment to individuals and families impacted by pregnancy. We have a small staff and rely on our volunteers for much of the work this ministry requires. All our peer counselors and receptionists are trained volunteers and we would like to offer this opportunity to more Christian people in our community. We provide volunteer training twice a year and our next training session will be taking place October7-9, 14,15, & 18th.

Central Alberta Cadet Council

As some of you may know, Central Alberta Cadet Council has submitted a invitation to the Cadet Corps head office to host the next International Camporee. Dick Broene and Mike Vandermeer will be coming out on October 1st to look over the site and to meet the people that may be involved with the camporee. We are hoping to have as many people as possible come out to a meeting at Woodynook at 7:30 to show support for the bid for the camporee. Anyone interested in helping out in any way should plan to attend this meeting as there is another group interested in hosting it as well and the more people that show support, the better our chances should be. If you have any questions, please call Frank Kuipers at 403-782-5490 or Keith Vaandrager at 403-782-3778. Thanks for your support and lets hope it does not rain!

Kings University College

Fall Interdisciplinary Conference

The Kings 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 Kings

The Kings 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 Kings University College at 9125 50 street.

Denominational News


Christian Schools in Nigerin mid-August, the government of Niger granted official status to Cornerstone, an association of Christian teachers in Niger. Cornerstone has a vision to start Christian schools all across this West African nation and the governments decision paves the way for the first school to open in the fall. The potential for impact in the lives of children and families is amazing. Please pray for continued vision and unity during this exciting time of ministry.


Have you ever had to bite your tongue instead of saying what you really wanted to say to your husband or wife Why is it that the person you love the most is also the person with whom you have the most heated arguments What about your children or close friends How do you address conflict in a healthy way Find out on the September 21st Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Have you ever had something really rotten turn out to be something really good Check it out on this weeks Kids Corner. Then check out the new look at the Kids Corner web site www.kidscorner.net


Is it a committee An attitude Or could it be your churchs way of living within its larger community Partners, a resource from Diaconal Ministries Canada, will challenge you to redefine hospitality in the context of Jesus death, and re-apply it as a means of grace. Log on to www.diaconalministries.com to read the September issue.

Persecuted Church


The violence against Christians in Orissa, India has continued into its second week with no immediate end in sight. The Christian death toll has reached 42. Relief camps in Orissa have been targeted by militants attempting to poison water supplies. Six Christians became ill in a relief camp in the town of Raikia after drinking poisoned water and there have been reports of similar attempts in other state camps. Several reports of Christians being threatened with violence if they refuse to convert to Hinduism have also been received. As members of one Body, please remember India's Christians in your prayers. Pray that, as sufferings overflow, their comfort in Christ will be more than enough for them (2 Corinthians 1:5). Ask God to bring peace and restoration to this area.


Offering: Lacombe Christian School

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof, Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound: a.m. Travisp.m. Steven

Power Point: a.m. Michellep.m. Marcella

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

Coffee: Rod and Laura Duckett, Marvin & Jeanne Ebens, Craig & Marcella Van Stryland

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

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


Offering: Gideons

Ushers: Rod Venhuis, Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound:a.m. Scottp.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Stephaniep.m. Kristen

Greeters: Peter & Jan Zuidhof, Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma

Coffee: Terry & Donna Vandenborn, Ralph & Pauline Bos, Roger & Anita Swier

M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Ina Jackson, Dana van Gyssel, Phillip Szelekovszky, Courtney Brander, Paul Vandyk
p.m. Jenny Tenbrinke, Jordan Van Stryland

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds:
Meaghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Maddy DeRegt

September 14th Sermon outline

Genesis reading Genesis 12:1-9

Gods covenant faithfulness through the Generations


Denominational emphasis on Discipleship includes Bible Knowledge.

How many books are there in the Old Testament

When was the last time you bought a new Bible for yourself

A. Basic details:

1. Who wrote Genesis Ex 33:11

2. Why is the book called Genesis

3. When was it written

4. What do we believe about the first 11 chapters of Genesis

B. Central themes:

1. Where did everything come from. This world Social structures like marriage.

Where did evil come from Where did different languages come from

All answered in the context of Gen 1:1 basic understanding there is a God.

2. Where does Gods saving plan begin

Gen 3:15 The serpent will be crushed.

Gen 8 - Noah and his family are saved.

Gen 12 Gods covenant with Abram that will bless the whole world with salvation.

The covenant promises of God worked out through Gen 12:1 A land. 12:2 A

people. Gen 15:2 A child Isaac. Gen 22 who would be sacrificed.

As we read Genesis we see the importance of the one child Jesus child of God.

3. How is that saving plan received By grace alone.

Structure of the Book of Genesis 10 generations accounts.

2:4 Account of heaven and earth; 5:1 Account of Adam;

6:9 Account of Noah; 10:1 Account of sons of Noah Ham, Japeth;

11:10 Account of Shem; 11:27 Account of Terah/Abram;

25:12 Account of Ishmael; 25:19 Account of Isaac

36:1 Account of Esau 37:2 Account of Jacob Joseph story

Each one has struggles but God is gracious keeps working with them.

Sin affects all. Ruins all. But God is gracious. Over and over, again and again.


Gods covenant faithfulness through the generations even to us and our families.

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, September 16th

7:30 p.m. Education MLT meets

Wednesday September 17th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break and Story Hour, Little Lambs begins

7:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club will meet at the Lodge Meeting will follow at the church

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT meets

7:30 p.m. Cadet counselors meet

Thursday, September 18th

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

7:00 p.m. GEMS meets downstairs7:30 p.m. Bethel MLTs will gather in the Fellowship hall

Sunday, September 21st

1:00 p.m. Church Bar B Q at Upper Michener Park