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2008-09-28 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, October 5th

We have the privilege of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We will have the second in a series of sermons on “Disciples and Prayer: “Trinitarian Prayer.” In the evening service we read from the Book of Numbers as it describes “The Army of God.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

Please keep Jenny Bajema in your daily prayers this week.

We give thanks to God that Mrs. Jackie Hartenhof is doing quite a bit better since last week. She is eating and has regained her strength. The flowers this week will be delivered to her and we pray she may feel God’s comfort and his love during this time. May God keep her and our other senior members in his care.

Steve Szelekovszky is leaving today for a YWAM worship DTS in Australia. We wish him safe travels and the Lord’s blessing on his ministry training there.


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.


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.


Will once again start on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. Boys from grades 4 to 7 are welcome to join us. Dues this year are $30 and our first activity will be a Rebels game sometime in February. Boys are expected to come to the meetings in their full uniform and have it properly worn.

Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.

On Thursday, October 2nd at 7:30 p.m. we will have the small group discussion of our daily devotional material on prayer. All those interested are welcome to meet at the church for an hour of reflection on the first week’s readings on the Lord’s prayer. The actual outline for the evening is in your devotional book (pages 37- 42).

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!

It’s time! Time to start Friendship Group for another year!

When? Saturday, October 4th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Lacombe Corn Maze, starting off with a wiener roast. Our first regular meeting will be at Bethel CRC from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information call Sherry Tenbrinke at 782-7950.

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

Circle of Friends needs your help!

Who are we and what do we do? We are a group of people from Bethel and through the Outreach MLT we are providing a supper meal every Thursday to those who are in need in our community. We start setting up at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall and we require help with serving the meal and cleaning up afterwards. All ages are welcome to come help and fellowship together with each other & members of our community. Call Jeanne Ebens at 403-784-2340 for more information.


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. 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.

Rake & Serve

The Outreach MLT is planning on giving back to the community by organizing a neighborhood leaf raking party. Every Sunday we take it for granted that we may park in front of neighboring homes while we worship and praise our Lord. We believe that with fall upon us we can offer our thanks to our neighbors while demonstrating God’s love, by raking their leaves. We plan to do this serve project on Saturday, October 11th. The day will be divided in two. The morning crew will be assembled and hopefully raking by 9 a.m. From noon until 1 p.m. we will stop for soup & buns. The afternoon will continue until around 4 p.m. In order for this event to be successful and fun, we need volunteers to rake & bring soup. There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer for you to register. You may put your name down for either the morning or afternoon or you are welcome to stay the entire day. Regardless, lunch will be provided. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the OMLT members: Jeanne Ebens, Jen Zuidhof, Maddy de Regt, Pastor Mike or Rod Duckett.

Bethel Youth News

Youth Service

Hey, there’s a youth service for all you Senior and Junior high students on Sunday, September 28th at Ottewell CRC. The band leading worship is from Lacombe and they are “Catalyst Cry”. 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. If you are in need of a ride, or would like to follow behind, to this event please contact Wayne Bouwman.

It’s Chicken Pickin’ time again at the Van Stryland’s.

On October 1st at 7 p.m. we will start, but if you are in need of a ride please be at the church by 6:30 p.m. as we will be leaving promptly at 6:40 p.m. Remember that this is a fundraiser for you for future mission trips. For more information please contact Dana at home, 403-357-1770/783-2367 or by email, john.dana@xplornet.com.

Bethel Jr. Youth Paint Ball

will be on Saturday October 4th. We will meet at the church at 3:30 p.m. and will arrive back at 7:30 p.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 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.

All Alberta Senior High Retreat is happening October 24, 25 and 26 at Circle Square Ranch, Halkirk.

All high school students are invited to this Alberta wide retreat – register soon because spaces are filling up. Brochures are on the table in the foyer. Contact Wayne Bouwman for more information. Money & registration needs to be in to him by October 12th. Registration for Bethel YPs is $85.



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.

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!

Stand Up for the Unborn

Next Sunday, October 5th, we have the opportunity of sending a silent message of opposition to the easy access to abortion in Canada. It's open season on the unborn! Join the Pro-Life Life Chain along the road by the Sports Hall of Fame on the east side of QE2 from 2 to 3 p.m. Signs will be provided. We stand well back from the highway, so it is safe to take your children along.

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 7th at 7 p.m. to 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.

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 October 7-9, 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 9th, 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 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 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!

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. For more information about this conference please take note of the poster in the foyer.

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 19th. Check the brochure for early group registration rates.

Denominational News


Hundreds of thousands of people from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest will be recovering from the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike for some time to come. CRWRC Disaster Response Services (DRS) clean-up crews are already at work in Texas, while others assess flood damage throughout Midwestern states. More volunteers are needed to help clean up, rebuild, and restore hope for disaster survivors. Will you help? Call CRWRC-DRS at 800-848-5818.


Emotional and mental hurts are inevitable in close relationships! We want to be healthy participants in relationships, but often get stuck in resentment and bitterness and it simmers under the surface and will not go away. What can we do to restore a hurting relationship? Find out on the October 5th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


It’s All Grace: The Best of Eppinga is a delightful new collection of favorites from author Jacob D. Eppinga’s popular column “Of Cabbages and Kings,” published in The Banner magazine for 40 years. With wit and wisdom, Eppinga offers extraordinary insights into ordinary things, places, and events that point him—and us—to the grace and goodness of God. Read a sample chapter at www.FaithAliveResources.org or call 1-800-333-8300 to order.


Have you ever had to be the new kid at school? Have you ever wanted to welcome the new kid but didn’t know how? Help Liz figure it 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.


Team Leader for Constituency Relations (CORE) Team. The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has a full time opening for a Team Leader for the Constituency Relations (CORE) Team. This position is responsible for all fund raising, donor development and constituency relations including constituency transformation. For more information regarding this position or to apply, please visit www.crwrc.org or www.crcna.org. Application deadline is October 31, 2008.

Persecuted Church


A Christian man, Rayan Nafei Jamooa, was killed by a group of armed militants in Mosul, Iraq on September 10th. The murder occurred only two weeks after his Christian father, Nassar Jamooa, was kidnapped and killed by unidentified assailants. Although there are often financial motivations behind the kidnapping of Christians in the country, a local clergyman noted that ransom money was not requested in either case and maintains that these men were targeted strictly because of their faith in Christ. The situation for Christians in Mosul is hard lately. While the safety in the city improved by militairian actions, violence against Christians is 'normal' and police does hardly react on it. Pray for those who are grieving the loss of Rayan and Nassar. Pray that their killers will come to know Christ's love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of God's people in Iraq (Romans 12:14, 21).

SCHEDULE THIS 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


Offering: Tuition Relief Fund

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound: a.m. Steven p.m. Wayne

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

Greeters: Rod & Laura Duckett, Pete & Cora Hoekstra

Coffee: Jan & Cootje, John & Dana van Gyssel, Herman & Alice Scholing

M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Lisa Tenbrinke, Don Wildeboer, Aaron Swier, Kristen Van Stryland, Adam Eisses
p.m. Marcella Van Stryland & August Luymes

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

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, September 30th

9:30 a.m. Senior’s Club begins

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth

Wednesday October 1st

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break and Story Hour, Little Lambs
Study lesson 2 from Elijah and Elisha, Prophets with Power

7:00 p.m. Cadets meet

7:00 p.m. Chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s

Thursday, October 2nd

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

7:00 p.m. GEMS

7:30 p.m. Small Group discussion – Disciples - Prayer

Friday, October 3rd

7:30 p.m. Bridal shower for Angela Van Stryland

Saturday, October 4th

12 noon Friendship wiener roast at the Corn Maze

Sunday, October 5th

8:30 p.m. Living Members meet at Ken & Trudy Salomons Study Lesson #1