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2008-10-12 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.

 

Thanksgiving Day Service

Tomorrow after the GEMS breakfast we have our special Thanksgiving Day service at 10:30 a.m. Remember to bring your reverse offering items for the Food Bank. You can place them at the front of the sanctuary. We read from Deuteronomy 8 and reflect on how we need to "Nurture Grateful Hearts." Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast:

The Gems will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., with the Thanksgiving service afterward. The cost is $2.00 per person. All proceeds will go to the Call to Africa project which supports special housing for orphans, supports their basic needs, and helps Gems clubs in Africa.

Next Sunday, October 19th

We continue our theme of prayer as Disciples of Christ and the practice of “Praying the Psalms.” In the evening we turn to the Book of Numbers and “The Army of God”. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

Robbie de Regt flipped his quad last weekend and sustained some fairly serious injuries. We are thankful for God’s grace to him that he is recovering well.

Mr. Len Stol died this past Monday. Our condolences go out to Ed Stol and Irene Fraser and their families with the death of a dear father, and to John Stol and the family with the death of his brother. The funeral was this past Friday. May God bring comfort and strength in this time of sadness and loss, through our hope in Jesus victory over sin and death.

The congregation is invited to the marriage ceremony of John de Regt Jr. and Angela Van Stryland this coming Saturday, October 18th at 4:00 p.m.

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.

Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.

There will be no small group discussion of the prayer devotional material this week Thursday. We will meet again next Thursday.

Adult Mission Trip:

Over the past years our church has sent many youth groups on mission trips. We have seen the changes in their lives as they have shared their experiences with us. Are there any adults interested in going on a mission trip? I would be very willing to organize an adult mission trip. Please give Gerry Prins a call at 782-4170.

Mr. & Mrs. Club

Will sing at the Seniors’ Lodge this Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. with a meeting to follow at the home of Bill & Audrey Noordhof.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

for Grades 7 -12 is this Tuesday, October 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

To all Youth in Grade 10, 11 and 12 and Young Adults: Mexico Mission Trip:

Plans are underway for a Mexico Mission Trip during spring break 2009. We will be working with the YWAM organization in either Tijuana or Ensenada. While there we hope to build a house for a needy family and to witness to the people in Mexico. If you are interested in participating in this mission trip, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. There will be an information meeting for interested youth, parents and young adults on Monday, October 20, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the council room at our church. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry Prins 782-4170 or Trudy Salomons 782-7378 “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” Mark 16:15.

Do you know what Youth Unlimited is?

Did you know that we as Bethel are partners with this organization? Youth Unlimited is committed to seeing the local church youth ministry succeed in reaching youth with the dynamic power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Youth Unlimited realizes that volunteer and professional youth workers are critical instruments that God uses daily to reach today's youth. But Youth Unlimited also realizes it is difficult to carry out effective ministry alone. This is why Youth Unlimited steps forward, offering a variety of resources, service opportunities, special events and leadership training. All of Youth Unlimited's services are shaped through seeking God's vision for
ministry interpreted through a Reformed perspective in diverse social and ethnic contexts. With this information, starting this month the Youth Unlimited newsletters will be posted on the Bethel Youth News board for your enjoyment. Please take note of the Missions 2009 – Serve and Encounter events in the October Bethel Newsletter. If you would like any information about YU or any future events contact Dana and she will get you connected.

All Alberta Senior High Retreat is happening October 24, 25, 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 TODAY, October 12th. Registration for Bethel YPs is $85.

Announcements

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.

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.

Christmas at Sea

As one way of showing Christ’s love, the Ministry to Seafarers distributes gifts to the crews of the cargo ships that frequent our ports during December. However, we depend on church members like you to supply these gifts. Some suggested gift items are posted on the bulletin board. If you find shopping for and wrapping a gift is inconvenient, you may make a cash donation instead. Your cheque, made payable to the Ministry to Seafarers, should be sent to Christmas at Sea, Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. On the memo line of the cheque, please write Christmas at Sea. Volunteers will use the funds received to purchase items and make up gifts for distribution.

Interchurch Curling League:

We are now taking registrations or the 2008-2009 season. Teams, individuals, and families are welcome to come our for an evening of fun and fellowship at the Red Deer Curling Centre on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Deadline for registration is October 18th with season starting on the October 25th . For more information or to register call Skip or Darlene Murphy at 403-885-4464

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 Conference 2008 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. Registration forms can be found on the table in the church foyer. 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.

Shalom Counselling Centre of Alberta presents Shalom’s FriendRaiser & Silent Auction:

This is your opportunity to hear about the work of Shalom, and to make a donation to help families receive needed counselling and a fresh start. On Monday, October 27th at 7 p.m. at the New Life Fellowship the Hunter Family will be the special guests, to bring life and music that has been enjoyed by many. A silent auction will take place. Donations of goods or services are still needed for this event as well. If you need more information or if you would like tickets please contact Harriet Luymes at 403-782-2572.

Orphaned Pews:

Rehoboth Camp has received a generous donation of used pews from St Albert Christian Reformed Church. As a result of this we have approximately a dozen wooden pews that would look wonderful on someone’s porch or around a fire pit! If you want to adopt an orphaned pew they are available at Camp … come pick one up!

Rehoboth Camp

is looking for volunteers to assist with the modernization of the Camp Washroom Building. The first step in this process is to prepare the building for the sub-contractors by removing and demolishing the washroom area. The project dates are October 23, 24 and 25. Bring your demolition tools and your truck to assist us with this project! Also if anyone has access to a sandblaster and materials it would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to come out for an hour or for a day or two meals and accommodations will be provided. Call 780-968-8488 and leave a message if you are able to participate in this project or call Kelvin at 780-968-8475 to get more details on the scope of the work.

Central Alberta Senior Tea

Woodynook CRC - November 1, 2008. The Joyful Noise Choir in association with Rehoboth Christian Ministries is pleased to invite seniors from Central Alberta to come together at Woodynook CRC on November 1st for tea, dessert, fellowship and some great music from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Space, by reservation, is limited to 100 persons on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge but donations for Rehoboth's Camp ministry at Gull Lake will be gratefully received. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. The children look forward to having you join them in celebrating the choir's 30th Anniversary! To reserve your space, please call Grace Stolte at 403-885-4235 – or you can email Linda Rosendal at Rehoboth – linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca

Joyful Noise Choir

The Joyful Noise Choir is looking for families to host 2- 4 choir kids in their home on the evening of Saturday, November 1, following the Senior’s Tea which will be held that Saturday afternoon at Woodynook CRC. The children will be taking sleeping bags along with them, so if you have the floor space, let us know. You will be asked to provide Saturday evening supper, and Sunday morning breakfast for the children. Please contact Grace Stolte – 403-885-4235 or email Linda Rosendal at linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca . Thank you for your help!

Harvest Fest 2008

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2008 presents: “Don Cherry”. Gery Schubert will be the entertainment for the night at the Lacombe Memorial Center on Friday, November 7th. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm. with Dinner at 7:00 pm. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or phone school for pick up. Also donations can be dropped off on Friday November 7th at the LMC by noon. So mark your calendars Harvest Fest Friday November 7th Starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and are available from Ann at the school, 782-4535 or Barb Vandyk at 782-0744 or Cindy Prins at 782-5268. See You There!

Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border 

Fascinating to some, troubling to others, the intimate relationship between faith and politics in the United States is well known. What is the nature of this relationship and what benefits or dangers does it provide for our Canadian context? Should the border between faith and politics be crossed? On November 4th, well-known writer and authority on Evangelicalism and U.S. politics Molly Worthen will address these issues in a public forum where she will be joined by a panel of experts from a variety of faith traditions. While America elects its new president, we shall peer over the border and discuss what everyone, and no one, is talking about.Join us Tuesday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. for Molly Worthen’s keynote address: Reclaiming Culture for Christ: Intellectual Renewal in American Evangelicalism, 1947-2008 The address will be followed by lunch, an interfaith panel discussion and break-out sessions. The cost for the forum is $50 ($25 for students) and includes lunch. Tuesday, November 4th, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Maple Leaf Room, Lister Hall University of Alberta, Edmonton. To register for the forum please visit the Chester Ronning Centre at www.augustana.ca/ronning.

Jesus for President: Faith, Politics, and Why Americans Can’t Keep Them Apart

During the 2008 presidential race, Americans have cared as much about where candidates worship and whether they end their stump speeches with a heartfelt "God bless America!" as about their plans for the economy or the war in Iraq. How did American politics become so unabashedly religious? A survey of the history of religion's place in the American public square illuminates how conservative evangelicals have transformed politics over the past thirty years--and the important transformations afoot in the wake of a Bush presidency that angered many religious conservatives nearly as much as it did secular liberals. Join us Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. for a public lecture by Molly Worthen. Admission is free. A donation of an imperishable food item for the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank will be appreciated. Tuesday, November 4th, 7 p.m., TELUS Centre for Professional Development University of Alberta, Edmonton For further information please contact: Rick Van Manen, Christian Reformed Campus Minister University of Alberta Interfaith Chaplains’ Association (780) 492-5327 <rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca> David J. Goa, Director, Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life (780) 679-1104 <david.goa@augustana.ca>

Sabbath, Solitude, Silence, Scripture, Spirit, Soul, Intermission

is a 2 ½ day silent directed retreat sponsored by Centrepointe Community CRC, Edmonton, November 14-16 at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB. $275. To register call Annemarie at 780-454-1936 or email info@centrepointechurch.ca.

Denominational News

CRWRC:

Give thanks for God’s bounty on Monday, October 13 with a gift to CRWRC’s Free A Family® program, and help families learn sustainable ways to end the cycle of poverty and hunger. Then on Thursday, October 16 join Christians across Canada in a day of fast and prayer for those who hunger. For more information visit www.crwrc.org.

IS IT DOUBT OR SOMETHING ELSE?

Doubt seems to go hand in hand with faith. It’s natural to question or wonder about things that are beyond our experiences. But are questions necessarily doubts? And what about fears? If you fear because something’s unfamiliar, does that mean you doubt God? Find out on the October 19th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

A GOOD NAME:

Liz is getting teased because of his name. Help him figure out the value of a good name on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

Persecuted Church

Eritrea

While we do not have contact with them regularly, still there are more than two thousand Christians imprisoned in Eritrea; some of them for 6 years already; some of them are held in sea-containers. A number of prisioners have died while in prison. Lately a prayer request was received from Teame Weldegebriel, an evangelist who was detained in 2006 in a high security institution. Prisoners are treated badly there; Teame's treatment is still worse because of his witnessing in prison. For more than a year already his family is not allowed to visit him. He says his life is like hell for him. Taeme asks: "Tell the brothers to keep praying for me. I do not know whether I will ever see them again". Pray for Pastor Weldegebriel; pray for all prisoners for Christ in Eritrea. Pray for better treatment. Ask God to soften President Afewerki’s heart - that he will release the prisoners.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – October 12th

Offering: Leadership Endowment Fund

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound:a.m. Scott p.m. Travis

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

Greeters: Henry & Anita Geldof, Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer

Coffee: Walter & Ella Land, Hans & Grace Spelt, Bill & Audrey Noordhof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Mel Wildeboer, Paul Prins, Amberly Venhuis, Paul Vandyk, Breanne Ebens
p.m. Sherry Tenbrinke & Michelle Hoekstra

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

SCHEDULE FOR THANKSGIVING – October 13th

Offering: Thanksgiving offerings

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Ken Salomons

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:a.m. Henry E.

Power Point:a.m. Marcella

Greeters: Frank & Debby van Iperen, Ernie & Willie Stebner

Coffee: Steve & Carmen McKerrow, Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke, John & Mar-Deb de Regt

Nursery:
M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Carina Tenbrinke, Pete Hoekstra, Brett Vandenborn, Kayleen Ebens, Colin Duckett

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – October 19th

Offering: CRWRC

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

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

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

Greeters: Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof

Coffee: Jim & Wannetta Brander, Gerald & Michele Noort, Henry & Anita Geldof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Amy Dowling, Rick Wildeboer, Justin Noort, Thomas Geldof, Corinna Prins
p.m. Eleanor Wildeboer, Ryan Noort

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, October 13th

8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, October 14th

9:30 a.m. Seniors Club

7:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth Studies

Wednesday October 15th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break and Story Hour, Little Lambs
Study lesson 4 from Elijah and Elisha, Prophets with Power

7:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club sings at the Seniors’ Lodge

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Full Council meets

Thursday, October 16th

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. Praise Team practice for October 19th AM service

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