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2008-09-21 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 28th

We begin a series of sermons on “Discipleship” concentrating on the area of prayer. The preaching ties in with a devotional booklet you can take along that offers daily insight and closer communion with God in prayer. In the evening service we continue reading through the Bible by looking at the Book of Leviticus and “Holiness.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

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

The flowers this week will go to Lorraine Havinga as we celebrate with her the gift of new life. Lorraine was blessed with the birth of healthy twin great-grand-sons & we praise God with her for the gift of new life.

Early Friday morning, September 19th, a beautiful baby boy by the name of John was born to proud parents James and Marilyn Kralt. John weighed 9 lbs and 3oz - mom and baby, dad & sisters are doing very well. Congratulations!

Mrs. Jackie Hartenhof fell ten days ago and is not doing so well. She is getting weaker and the doctors feel the end is near. We will keep her and the family in our prayers as they hold to the comfort and hope of the love of Jesus, our Lord.

We would like to express our deepest thanks for your support by way of prayers, cards, words of comfort, food, flowers, and donations to the Foodgrains Bank, following the recent passing of our father and grandfather, John Oudman. Your kindness and support has been greatly appreciated.
Jack, Ann, Brian and Michael Oudman, Karen and Dale Hofstra

Thank you: A big thank you to all who made my 85th birthday celebration so special! Thank you for coming out, for phoning, and all those wonderful cards with words and prayer, that came my way. Talk about heartwarming! What a gift you have given me. Thanks once again, from the bottom of my heart. You are all so dear to me. May the Lord bless you all, praise the Lord, we are His! Lies Boskers.

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 Fellowship Ministry Leadership team

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

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 today, September 21st, 2008. Thank you. August Luymes

Prayer Meetings

will start up again this Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Sluys's home. Our frequency has changed however and we plan to meet every other week instead of every week. If you are so inspired to join us, you are very welcome to offer your praise, thanksgivings and intercessions with ours as we will bring these before the Lord.


it's time for the Seniors' Club to start again! Keep Tuesday, September 30th open for the first meeting here at Bethel. We start at 9:30 a.m. and meet every other Tuesday for fellowship, great speakers with interesting topics and of course refreshments.

Bridal Shower

All ladies and girls are invited to a miscellaneous bridal shower for Angela

Van Stryland on Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Angela & John de Regt Jr. are planning to be married on Saturday, October 18th here in Bethel. Come for a time of fellowship and fun!

October Newsletter

Time to get busy on the next edition. The streets are turning to gold as the "Master Artist" uses His paintbrush to give us the beautiful scenery all around us. Our Fall Newsletter will focus on Thanksgiving as well as devote some special time to our seniors. We look forward to hearing from some of the seniors and learning about their activities and how they spend their days. Some of them keep pretty busy. We always like to include some short reports from the various Ministry Leadership teams and other groups that meet during the week here in Bethel. Please keep us informed as to how things are going - and how we can continue to lift you up in prayer. And of course, we will introduce a few more families. If you are among those who are especially asked to contribute, please say yes, and help us make this next edition informative, interesting and fun to read for all ages. Anyone is free to hand in contributions for the Newsletter. They are always most appreciated. Our deadline for your contributions is September 30th. We will be producing our Newsletter later that week and it will be in your mailboxes the first Sunday in October. Feel free to be in touch with any of the team - Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer and Anita Geldof.

GEMS Fundraiser

Regal and Home & Gift Collection

Catalogues along with order forms (separate order form for each) have been placed in your mailbox. Please place your order promptly so the catalogues can be recycled and reused. Place orders along with payment in Judy Hazelhoff’s mailbox. Cheques can be made to Bethel GEMS. When you are finished with the catalogues, please place them in the box supplied underneath the mailboxes. Contact Judy @ 403.782.7976 if you have any questions. Thanks again for your support! BETHEL GEMS CLUB


CACHS Catering will again be making home-made fresh apple, apple crumb, blueberry and cherry pies for $8.00 each. You can place your order by filling out the order form which will be in your church mailbox or by contacting (your church contact person) before October 2nd, 2008. Pies will be made on October 9th at the school and can be picked up from the school between 10:30 and 3:30. Contact Joan Eisses at 403-782-2345 or Barb Vandyk at 403-782-0744 for more information.

Bethel Youth News

All youth, Grades 7 to 12 – Tuesday Night Youth (TNY)

 starts this coming Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:30 9:00 p.m. Doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. See you all there!

“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.

Bethel Jr. Youth Paint Ball

will be on Saturday October 4, 2008 . We will meet at the Church at 3:30 p.m. and will arrive back at the church at 7:30p.m. The cost of rentals is $40.00 per person. If you have your own gun it is $32.00 for 500 balls. We will also be going out for supper so please bring extra money for that. Please call to confirm if you are coming or not because there is only a limited number of rentals available. Remember that a liability form from Ponoka Paintball and the Church will be needed to attend this event so pick them up at the table in the front foyer.

Call Carina at 403-782-7903 or 403-505-7950.

On Saturday October 4th AT 6:00 p.m. Junior and Senior High Youth

from all the Central AB Christian Reformed Churches are invited to meet at the Lacombe Corn Maze for a BBQ supper and a chance to get lost in the Maze. Cost for supper and going through the Maze is $10.00. Let one of the youth leaders know if you and your friends plan to come out for this great time so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone who attends!! Hope to see you at the Corn Maze at 6:00pm on Sat October 4th.



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.


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 from 7:30-9:30 pm., starting, September 22nd. For more information contact Allen Stolte at 403-885-4379.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, September 27th 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.

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. 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 Cadet Council - International Camporee

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 let’s hope it does not rain!

The Lacombe Christian Women’s Club

extends an invitation to ladies of all ages and their friends to our "Country Fair" Annual Silent Auction. This event will take place on October 7, 2008 at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Donations of baking, crafts, produce, gift baskets, etc are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off starting at 6 p.m. Come early & browse before the bidding begins. Enjoy "A Country Girl Comes Home" with guest speaker Fran Hanson, from Granum, a teacher who loves to walk, read, and volunteer. Cost of $8 includes dessert & refreshments. Please reserve by Friday October 3rd. Call Connie at 403-885-4653 or Joyce at 403-843-0025. Sponsored by Lacombe Christian Women's Club.

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.

Martin Mans, Renowned Dutch Organist

returns to Central Alberta. Martin Mans will be performing on the Casavant Pipe organ at the College Heights SDA Church., Lacombe, AB. The program will consist of Martin Mans style Improvisations on Classical, Scared and Gospel music. Also included in program will be, organ/piano duets performed by Debra Bakland and Wendy Markosky of the music faculty at the CUC. Date: October 9, 2008, Time: 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Place: College Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church (on the campus of CUC, north end of Lacombe, west of C&E Trail) Admission at the door is $5 for ages 6-15, $10 for ages 16 & over. Net proceeds will be for S.T.A.R.S. For more information call 403-748-4702 Email: gdpikk@telus.net, www.martinmans, www.cauc.ca

Group life

is the heartbeat of the church. And just as water and oxygen are essential for human life, so community is essential for the human heart. You’re invited to join us at Covenant CRC on October 17-18 for a simulcast of Willow Creek's Group Life Conference 2008, Essential for the Human Heart. Presentations from top small group experts will inspire, challenge and encourage us to rediscover the Kingdom-advancing principles of Biblical community: Group Life Conference 2008 is not just for small group leaders -- it's for everyone in your congregation who belongs to a small group, is thinking about starting or joining a small group, or just wonders what small groups are all about.

You can check it out on their website

Group Life Conference2008 Simulcast on October 17th

starts at 6:30-:9:30 p.m. On October 18th seminars begin at 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. at Covenant CRC. This event is sponsored by The River and CRHM Regional Team, Western Canada. Cost will be $59 or $49 for 10 people or more. For more information, call 780-483-8064 or email kwministry@shaw.ca. We would love to have you join us as we explore together the importance of group life and how to do it well!

Break Forth 2009:

The brochures are in! If you are interested in going to this conference full of music and good speakers and if you want to meet with fellow Christians check out www.breakforthcanada.com, the back table in the foyer for a brochure, or call Cindy Prins for more info @ 403-782-5268. For those of you who are planning to go, your registration needs to be in by October 19, 2008. Check the brochure for early group registration rates.

Denominational News


Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike brought battering winds and washed floodwater upon hundreds of communities damaging roads, businesses, and thousands of homes. CRWRC and its partners are responding in Haiti, to provide shelter, blankets, and food. CRWRC-Disaster Response Services has volunteers in Texas and Louisiana, beginning clean-up and helping local recovery organizations develop long-term relief plans. To donate, send your check marked “Hurricanes Caribbean 2008” or “Hurricanes US 2008” to 3475 Mainway, P.O. Box 5070, LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8. Or call 1-800-730-3490, or go to www.crwrc.org.

Christian Reformed World Missions:

Did you know that there's a new Bible printing facility being built that will be the largest in the world. It will be able to produce 12 million Bibles a year, 23 Bibles a minute. Where? China! This is just one example of how fast the world is changing and how the majority of the world’s Christians live outside of North America and Western Europe.

Back to God Ministries International:

“For many years the Gospel was not available in Eastern Block communist states,” notes Rev. Sergei Sosedkin, Russian ministry leader. “Even today Biblical teaching is not widely available. Although people have freedom, they are still searching for truth.” Pray that through our Russian broadcasts, people will find true freedom in Christ.

Back to the Garden: Intimacy in Marriage:

Does intimacy make you uncomfortable? Intimacy can mean different things to different people. Often it refers specifically to sex and marriage, but is that all? What else does it encompass? What is God’s plan for human intimacy? And how can you be sure to maintain healthy intimacy within your marriage and close relationships? Find out on the Sept. 28 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

A Good Name:

Liz wants to change his name. But will a new name give him a good name? Find out 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.

Persecuted Church

The following report is written in such a way as to hide the location and identity of those involved. Usually, we would not publish such vague prayer requests but the urgent nature of this situation requires that we suspend our usual practice. Reporting and working on behalf of persecuted Christians is often dangerous work, even in countries where it is not technically illegal. The authorities in many countries sometimes view such activities as unpatriotic, portraying their country negatively. This is certainly the case in one African country where The Voice of the Martyrs is actively working and where one of our co-workers is in need of urgent prayer. Our co-worker has been threatened with having his/her work exposed to the security forces of the country. In this particular country, even the accusation of such activities could result in imprisonment. Pray for courage and safety for our co-worker and his/her family at this time. Pray that the one making these threats will come to repentance and that the threats will come to nothing.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – September 21st

Offering: Gideons

Ushers: Rod Venhuis, Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Scott p.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Stephanie p.m. Kristen

Greeters: Peter & Jan Zuidhof, Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma

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

.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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – September 28th

Offering: Bible League

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

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

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

Greeters: Clarence & Doreen Kits, Ray & Eleanor Merkus

Coffee: Rick & Mel Wildeboer, Teus & Marja Vander Vlis, Jan & Jolyn Rodenburg

M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Jan Zuidhof, John deRegt, Aaron Swier, Daniel Venhuis, Erin Vandenborn
p.m. Amaris Wildeboer & Kristen Van Stryland

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, September 22nd

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT meets

7:30 p.m. Outreach MLT meets

Tuesday, September 23rd

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth begins

Wednesday September 24th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break and Story Hour, Little Lambs begins
Study lesson 1 from Elijah and Elisha, Prophets of Power

7:30 p.m. Elders & Deacons meet

Thursday, September 25th

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

7:30 p.m. Praise Team practice for the Sept 28th service