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2008-10-19 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.

Contents

  1. 1 Next Sunday, October 26th
  2. 2 Our Church Family
  3. 3 A big THANK YOU
  4. 4 Highlights from the council meeting of October 15th:
  5. 5 Classis Alberta North
  6. 6 Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.
  7. 7 The next Newsletter
  8. 8 Adult Mission Trip:
  9. 9 Christmas is Coming!
    1. 9.1 The 2008 Christmas Gift Guide
  10. 10 Bethel Youth News
    1. 10.1 Young Peoples
    2. 10.2 Tuesday Night Youth
    3. 10.3 To all Youth in Grades 10, 11 & 12 and Young Adults: Mexico Mission Trip:
  11. 11 Announcements
    1. 11.1 Break Forth 2009:
    2. 11.2 Citizens for Public Justice
    3. 11.3 “Hockey Night at CACHS”
    4. 11.4 Christmas at Sea
    5. 11.5 Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast
    6. 11.6 Camp Work Bee: Rehoboth Camp
    7. 11.7 Orphaned Pews: Rehoboth Camp
    8. 11.8 Shalom Counselling Centre of Alberta presents Shalom’s FriendRaiser & Silent Auction:
    9. 11.9 Central Alberta Senior Tea
    10. 11.10 Joyful Noise Choir
  12. 12 High’s Harvest Fest 2008
    1. 12.1 Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2008 presents: “Don Cherry”.
    2. 12.2 Lacombe Christian School
    3. 12.3 What’s New in What’s Old
    4. 12.4 Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border
    5. 12.5 Jesus for President: Faith, Politics, and Why Americans Can’t Keep Them Apart
    6. 12.6 Day of Encouragement
    7. 12.7 Join the Celebration with Ken Medema, Rehoboth Christian Ministries
    8. 12.8 Riseup Ministries
    9. 12.9 The Panic Squad
    10. 12.10 Sabbath, Solitude, Silence, Scripture, Spirit, Soul, Intermission
  13. 13 King’s University College
    1. 13.1 King's View Friday
    2. 13.2 The King’s Guild Annual Christmas Gift Sale
    3. 13.3 The King's University College Concert Choir
  14. 14 Denominational News
    1. 14.1 BACK TO GOD MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL:
    2. 14.2 WHY DO DOUBTS ARISE?
    3. 14.3 CLOSER THAN A BROTHER:
  15. 15 Persecuted Church
    1. 15.1 Mosul, Iraq
  16. 16 SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – October 19th
  17. 17 SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – October 26th
  18. 18 Weekly Calendar
    1. 18.1 Sunday, October 19th
    2. 18.2 Monday, October 20th
    3. 18.3 Tuesday, October 21st
    4. 18.4 Wednesday October 22nd
    5. 18.5 Thursday, October 23rd

Next Sunday, October 26th

In the morning, Pastor Mike exchanges with Pastor Peter Tuininga from Ebenezer CRC in Leduc. In the evening we look at the “Problems of Prayer” that we face as disciples. Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Our Church Family

We are thankful Rob de Regt was able to return home this week and we pray for God’s gift of healing as he rests and recovers.

Congratulations to John and Angela de Regt who were married in our church yesterday. May God bless and keep you in his love and grace and fill your life together with joy.

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.

A big THANK YOU

To all of you who joined us in raking leaves in the church neighborhood and donated soup for lunch last Saturday, October 11th. Approximately 35 people came out and helped rake 175 garbage bags full of leaves. Thanks again from the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team.

Highlights from the council meeting of October 15th:

  1. Classical church visitors will be coming to meet with council on January 14, 2009 to conduct a standard church visit.
  2. District elders’ lists were reviewed and updated – the new list is in your mail box.
  3. Council reviewed the 2009 proposed budget which will be presented at the congregational meeting.
  4. Date for the congregational meeting is tentatively set for November 28th at 7:30 pm.

Classis Alberta North

meets in regular session on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21st - 22nd in Rocky Mountain House. The delegates are Pastor Mike and Elder Peter Prins. There will be several examinations at Classis: Mr. Ken Van Dyk as pastor of Fairview CRC; Mrs. Karen Norris as Pastor at West End CRC Edmonton; Chaplain Rick VanMannen from the University of Alberta. Classis will also deal with the separation agreement between Wolf Creek Community Church and Pastor Andy Geleynse. There will be discussions on Safe Church policies and other ministry reports from classical and denominational agencies. As always we trust in our Lord’s leading in the work and uphold it in prayer.

Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.

We will meet again on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. for the small group discussion on Session 3 – Praying the Psalms.

The next Newsletter

will focus on our church life with also some mention of Remembrance Day. We are looking for a short report from all the Leadership teams letting us know of your goals, plans, highlights and struggles. We would like to hear from the various Bible study groups, Gems, Cadets, Coffee Break, Friendship, Men’s Life, Seniors and any other group not mentioned. Let us know what your group is studying, when you meet, if you are looking for new members, planned projects, prayers of thanksgiving and prayer requests. Send us clear pictures! Our goal is to keep each other informed of the activities in our church so that we might pray for each other and encourage each other. Have you read a good book from our library and thought that everyone should read it? Write a short book report to let us know. If you would like to write something that will help us to focus on Remembrance Day, please feel free to send it in to one of the Newsletter staff either in our mailbox (3rd box from the left at the bottom) or send it by e-mail to one of the Newsletter staff. The deadline for any articles, reports or even activity pages, is October 28th. Thank you from the Newsletter staff.

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.

Christmas is Coming!

The 2008 Christmas Gift Guide

from your mission agencies is in your mailbox today. The guide enables you to give gifts that support vital projects in missions and development on behalf of family members and friends. Please place your orders before December 1st.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will have a social this evening after the PM service at the Noort’s, 5701 48th Avenue.

Tuesday Night Youth

for Grades 7 -12 is this Tuesday, October 21st from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

To all Youth in Grades 10, 11 & 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.

Announcements

Break Forth 2009:

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 today, October 19th. Check the brochure for early group registration rates.

Citizens for Public Justice

invites you to join them for an evening of reflection and discussion about the unprecedented level of development in the north of our province. CPJ’s new Executive Director, Joe Gunn, will address us on “Excavating the Oil Sands with Public Justice” and Dr. John Hiemstra, Political Science Professor at TKUC will speak about the results of his recent research and writing about the “Sands”. The meeting takes place on Monday, October 20th, 7:30 p.m. at The King’s University College, 9125 50 St., Edmonton.

“Hockey Night at CACHS”

requires friends of the school to fill mini hockey bags as table centers for Harvest Fest. They can be filled with anything from scrapbook supplies, chocolates, candies, tools, candles, books, movies, if it fits, go for it. Mini hockey bags can be picked up at the school and can be returned to the school or on the day of the Harvest Fest to the LMC. If you need it picked up please

call the school and a committee member will deliver it.(403-782-4535). Someone will be at school during teachers’ convention.

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.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

meeting will be held this coming Saturday, October 22nd 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.

Camp Work Bee: 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, 2008.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.

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!

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.

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!

High’s 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!

Lacombe Christian School

will be presenting an information evening on the topic of “Bullying” with guest speaker, Dr. Pauline Kamps on Monday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the LCS west campus common area. Refreshments will be provided – bring a friend and your questions!

What’s New in What’s Old

The Lacombe Christian Women’s Club invites all ladies to a Dessert Evening on Tuesday, November 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Kozy Korner, 5024 53 St. Bring a collectable or antique along with a short story about it. There will be a display, and Candice Campbell from “& Everything Nice” may be able to enlighten you about your treasure. “Glory Bound” from Camrose will present Ageless Melodies and Frieda Isaak will speak on New Beginnings. $8 inclusive, per person, includes dessert & refreshments. RSVP to Connie at 885-4653 or Joyce at 843-0025 by Friday, October 31st.

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>

Day of Encouragement

Saturday, November 8th, Did you know the day includes keynote speaker Andy Ryskamp, Director of CRWRC, USA; Jim Gurnett of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers; Steve Kabetu of Race Relations, Burlington and more? Check out the brouchures, and get yourself registered. Check with your deacons for a group registration.

Join the Celebration with Ken Medema, Rehoboth Christian Ministries

invites you to participate in a unique concert celebrating the work of the Joyful Noise Choir with Rehoboth over the past 30 years. Featured artist for the concert is American songwriter and composer, Ken Medema whose music also forms part of our church hymnal. Ken hears with his heart, stories from people and sings the stories back to audiences of all ages. The concert will take place at West End Christian Reformed Church on November 8th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each with proceeds going to Rehoboth Camp. Reserve your tickets by calling Linda Rosendal at 780-963-4044 or e-mailing linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca

Riseup Ministries

is offering a one day seminar, with a vision to educate and empower leaders and laypersons within the Christian community to respond effectively and compassionately to those affected by the devastation of domestic abuse; Saturday, November 15th, 2008 at Taylor Seminary, 11525-23 Ave, Edmonton, AB from 9:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. The cost of $40.00 includes lunch. Register before November 11th by contacting Joanne at 780-986-1368 or by emailing riseup@xplornet.com.

The Panic Squad

Need a Laugh? Come and see The Panic Squad for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and hilarious, clean comedy on Saturday, November 15th at First Christian Reformed Church, Red Deer. All the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. - doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for general seating. This event is open to everyone who has a sense of humour! Tickets are $20 each but space is limited so book soon! Call Cathy Tilstra at 403-346-5659 or email at cathyvanessen@shaw.ca to purchase your tickets! This event is sponsored by Central Alberta Youth League and all profits will be donated to Loaves and Fishes an organization that assists in providing food, clothing, and transportation for those in need in Red Deer.

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.

King’s University College

King's View Friday

November 21st. Come discover King's on a Friday and see everything we have to offer! Attend real university classes, tour our great campus, and chat with King's students and professors. You can even stay overnight in our residence and take in an Eagles game. To experience King's first hand, register online at kingsu.ca or call 1.800.661.8582.

The King’s Guild Annual Christmas Gift Sale

will be held on Saturday, November 29th at The King's University College. Vendors are invited to register for a table for the low cost of $25. Please call Jenny Van Belle at 780-440-4661 before November 1st or Nellie Admiraal at 780- 634-1846 after November 1st until November 7th. Register early as space is limited.

The King's University College Concert Choir

Chamber Choir, and Community Chorus, under the direction on Dr. Melanie Turgeon, invite you to their upcoming concert, "Awake Psaltery and Harp!" on Monday, December 1st at 8 p.m. at the Winspear Centre, 9720-102 Avenue. Guest artists include the U of A Concert Choir, Duo Majoya, and ESO harpist Nora Bumanis. The program will include works by Bach, Bernstein, Monteverdi, Susa, Verdi and others. Tickets are available at The Winspear Box Office (428-1414), as well as from the King's Bookstore (780) 465-8306.

Denominational News

BACK TO GOD MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL:

Pray for the Indonesian children’s ministry team who are sponsoring a children’s festival in Central Java on Saturday, October 25. One thousand children are expected to attend this event. Pray that God will use this festival to help Indonesian children learn about Jesus and be challenged to live for him.

WHY DO DOUBTS ARISE?

We all read the same Bible and know the same stories about Jesus. Yet many of us still struggle with doubts in our faith. Some of our doubts are similar, but some are not. Since we each have our own life experiences, we can’t always address doubts in the same way. Can knowing the source of our doubts help us overcome them? Find out on the Oct. 26 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

CLOSER THAN A BROTHER:

Have you ever had kids act mean to you for no real reason? Help Lucille decide how to handle this situation 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

Mosul, Iraq

A Christian music store owner, Farques Batool, was killed and his nephew injured when gunmen stormed into his store in the city of Mosul on the evening of October 11th and opened fire. The murder was the latest in a series of recent deadly attacks on Christians in the city. Batool had reportedly refused to join other Christians who were fleeing the city under threat of violence from Islamist militants because he needed to care for his wife, daughter and mother, as well as the family of his dead brother. His family has since fled Mosul in fear for their lives, leaving his wounded nephew in the hospital. Over the past week, approximately 325 Christian families have fled Mosul. Armed Muslims entered local churches and homes and told believers that they would be killed if they did not vacate the city. Several Christians have sought refuge in relatives' homes, churches and monasteries in the six Christian villages that make up Telkep County and in the predominantly Christian county of Mahmoudiya. Pray that the Batool family will find strength and comfort in the refuge God provides (Psalm 127). Pray that the faithfulness of Iraqi Christians will be a light that draws others to Christ.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – October 19th

Offering: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – October 26th

Offering: Christian Reformed Home Missions

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

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

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

Greeters: Scott & Irene Fraser, Ralph & Pauline Bos

Coffee: Frank & Debby van Iperen, August & Harriet Luymes, Peter & Jan Zuidhof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Sue Wildeboer, Terry Vandenborn, Brianna Venhuis, Candy Ebens, Courtney Brander
p.m. Betty Scholing, Maddy de Regt

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

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 19th

8:30 p.m. Young Peoples at the Noort’s

Monday, October 20th

7:30 p.m. Mexico mission meeting

7:30 p.m. Friendship group

Tuesday, October 21st

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth studies

7:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting at Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys’

Wednesday October 22nd

No Coffee Break & Story Hour for this week

7:30 p.m. Deacons meet

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT

Thursday, October 23rd

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

7:30 p.m. Small group discussion on Prayer – Praying the Psalms

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