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2008-10-26 Bulletin

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.



  1. 1 Next Sunday, November 2
  2. 2 Our Church Family
  3. 3 Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.
  4. 4 The Seniors Club
  5. 5 The Christian Reformed World Missions Calendar 2009
  6. 6 Classis Report
  7. 7 The next Newsletter
  8. 8 Bethel Youth News
    1. 8.1 Tuesday Night Youth
    2. 8.2 Mexico Mission Trip:
    3. 8.3 The Youth Unlimited enewsletter
  9. 9 Announcements
    1. 9.1 “Hockey Night at CACHS”
    2. 9.2 Christmas at Sea
    3. 9.3 Shalom Counseling Centre of Alberta presents Shalom’s FriendRaiser & Silent Auction:
    4. 9.4 Central Alberta Senior Tea
    5. 9.5 Lacombe Christian School
    6. 9.6 The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre
    7. 9.7 Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2008 presents: “Don Cherry”.
    8. 9.8 What’s New in What’s Old
    9. 9.9 Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border 
    10. 9.10 Jesus for President: Faith, Politics, and Why Americans Can’t Keep Them Apart
    11. 9.11 Nov. 8th NADC Annual Day of Encouragement “How Big is Your Family?”
    12. 9.12 Join the Celebration with Ken Medema, Rehoboth Christian Ministries
    13. 9.13 Riseup Ministries
    14. 9.14 Need a Laugh? Come and see The Panic Squad
    15. 9.15 Sabbath, Solitude, Silence, Scripture, Spirit, Soul, Intermission
    16. 9.16 SOS (Signs of Scripture) Fall Bible Conference.
    17. 9.17 Fall 2008 Hot List is in!
    18. 9.18 Full-Time Administrative Assistant Required
    19. 9.19 Music Director – Bridge Community Church
  10. 10 King’s University College
    1. 10.1 King's View Friday
    2. 10.2 The King’s Guild Annual Christmas Gift Sale
    3. 10.3 The King's University College Concert Choir Chamber Choir, and Community Chorus
  11. 11 Denominational News
    1. 11.1 WORLD MISSIONS:
  12. 12 Persecuted Church
    1. 12.1 Afghanistan
  13. 13 SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – October 26th
  14. 14 SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – November 2nd
  15. 15 Weekly Calendar
    1. 15.1 Monday, October 27th
    2. 15.2 Tuesday, October 28th
    3. 15.3 Wednesday October 29th
    4. 15.4 Thursday, October 30th

Next Sunday, November 2

We conclude our study on prayer with “Ways of Praying.” In the evening we turn to the book of Deuteronomy and “Covenant Renewal.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family


To all the congregation, Our heartfelt thanks for all the prayers, cards, support, and love shown to Len and all of us, during Len’s illness and passing. It was very much appreciated. Thank you. Theresa Stol, children, grandchildren, and relatives.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Disciples – Year 2 – Prayer.

We have our final meeting on Thursday October 30 at 7:30 p.m. for the small group discussion.

The Seniors Club

is planning a one day bus trip on Tuesday, November 4th. The bus is not full, so more seniors of the congregation and friends are welcome to join in. Cost for the trip is approximately $60.00 per person. If you are interested please call Simon Swier at 403-782-2395.

The Christian Reformed World Missions Calendar 2009

is in your mail box today! Please remember the missionaries, the people they serve and the ministry in prayer. If you are in need of extras check the table in the foyer.

Classis Report

from Pastor Mike and Elder Peter Prins

Classis met Tuesday and Wednesday at First CRC, Rocky Mountain House. Pastor Bill Nieuwenhuis from Rimbey did an excellent job as Chairman. Of the 60 delegates from the 30 churches of Classis, 11 were there for the first time. Some highlights:

1. After significant concern and discussion Classis agreed to the separation agreement worked out

between Pastor Geleynse and Wolf Creek church.

2. Candidate Karen Norris sustained her examination and was granted ordination as a minister of the

Word and sacrament in the CRC. She will serve at West End Edmonton as “pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach.”

3. The examination of Candidate Ken Van Dyke was canceled due to concerns raised regarding his

readiness for ministry at this time. Classes worked out a procedure by which he can address the


4. Classis appointed Pastor Harry Valstar (recently retired from Fort McMurray) to a 1/3 preaching

and pastoral care position at WCCC to assist in this time of vacancy.

5. Pastor Victor Ko reported on the first service held at the Mosaic House church plant in Edmonton.

32 people from various ethnic backgrounds attended.

6. Classis agreed to create an official position of “Regional Consultant” to take over the work of Pastor

Melle Pool who is retiring. Pastor Melle’s position was funded through various grants but that has ended so Classis has agreed to take up the cost of the position.

7. Classis approved the Annual Pastor Spouse conference for the weekend of May 2-3, 2009.

8. The Classical treasurer gave a positive report on the financial matters of Classis. Through some

added commitments of Classis there will be an 11% increase in ministry share this year to $67.45 per confessing member.

9. The Student Fund Committee reported supporting 6 pastors in training. The average support is

$8000 per year. Our own Bernard Vander Vlis was one who received support.

10. Classis affirmed the need to have and to follow a “Safe Church Policy.” We at Bethel are doing so.

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 groups 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.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

for Grades 7 -12 is this Tuesday, October 28st from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Mexico Mission Trip:

Plans are underway for a mission trip to Mexico during Spring Break 2009. If you are interested in being part of the team, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. Talk to Gerry or Trudy for information and/or a commitment form. Deadline is November 16, 2009. Our next meeting is on November 24th at 7:30 pm. Please be there as we will be planning the Sinterklaas bazaar fundraiser. Questions? Call Gerry 782-4170 or Trudy 782-7378.

The Youth Unlimited enewsletter

is in and hanging on the youth bulletin board. Check it out as the Serve and Encounter missions list and explanations on what Serve and Encounters actually are. The Fall 2008 Hot List is up for you to look at as well. Take a look!

Any youth who are interested in the Panic Squad event on Saturday November 15th, and would like to get tickets, please get in contact with Wayne at 403-782-4273.


“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

Yes, the Ministry to Seafarer’ preparation of Christmas at Sea comes early as it takes a lot of time to get ready for another successful event. And that’s where you come in. By supplying a gift, (or sending us your cheque, clearly marked for Christmas at Sea), you can help share Christ’s love with those who work on cargo ships and are often far from home and family for months at a stretch. At Christmas time these small gifts we distribute help point to the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ, in whose name the gifts are presented. For some suggested gift items, see or exciting new website: www.ministrytoseafarers.com

Shalom Counseling 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 counseling 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. Families who would like to bring your children for the 3 p.m. concert to join their grandparents are most welcome. 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

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!

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

is hosting their “20th Anniversary Fall Fundraising Banquet at the Red Deer Lodge on November 6th at 6:30. The cost of the tickets are $30/person or $200/table of eight and can be purchased at the CAPCC (403-343-1611). The evening will be filled with testimonies from past clients, live auction items, good food, great company, and an opportunity to financially support the CAPCC. Enjoy a special evening out and support the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre! If you have any questions, please contact Katie Hansen, Executive Assistant, at 403-343-1611.”

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!

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>

Nov. 8th NADC Annual Day of Encouragement “How Big is Your Family?”

is filled with exciting workshop leaders that will share their expertise on a wide range of subjects. Steve Kabetu of CRC Race relations talks about diversity in the family; Andy Ryskamp, Director of CRWRC USA will share how community transformation happens by being community; Jim Gurnett of the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers speaks about enfolding refugees into the community; Christie Thomas leads us in understanding how parents are spiritual leaders to our children; Harold Roscher shares how we can build a new relationship with aboriginal peoples. They are some of the 9 workshops offered in the morning and 9 workshops in the afternoon, and are geared for anyone interested in these various church-based ministries. Have you registered yet? Brochures and registration forms are available from your church administrator, or the NADC office. It’s almost time! Email nadmc@telus.net, or call 780-423-0456 or check out the registration form at

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.

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 Wayne Bouwman at 403-782-4273 or Cathy Tilstra at 403-346-5659, 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.

SOS (Signs of Scripture) Fall Bible Conference.

 Saturday November 15, 2008. Lacombe Memorial Centre.Special Speakers: Art Sadlier (www.soundthetrumpet.ca); Larry Mitchell (Friends of Israel www.foi.org); Tom Smith(www.discern.ca). For more information contact: Zoran 403-783-3137 or Dale 403-588-7253 or Jan Voorbij 403-782-6703

Fall 2008 Hot List is in!

Check out the CRWRC volunteer opportunities that are available for all to enjoy. If you have the time, they have the perfect job for you. Take a look at the list on the bulletin board in the foyer or the youth board in the fellowship hall.

Full-Time Administrative Assistant Required

The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) is growing again. We are currently looking to fill 2 full-time Administrative Assistant positions and 1 part-time position.

Position 1 - is for a full time customer service specialist in our Western Benefit office. The applicant should be someone with excellent communication and phone skills and a strong eye for detail as well as an ability to learn database work. Good organizational skills are an asset to this position, some experience in administration or computer work is also preferable.

Position 2 – is for an entry-level Administrative Assistant for our Regional Office, primarily for our Dispatch and Referral office. Duties include: filing, photocopying, some telephone relief and some data entry. Good computer and organizational skills and asset.

Position 3 – is a part time position (about 20 hours a month) for the Regional office, doing some janitorial and custodial duties. These would include some minor repairs, recycle centralizing and some additional cleaning in the CLAC building. Applications deadline is November 4, 2008 with work commencing as soon as possible. Resumes may be submitted to the: Edmonton CLAC office (14920 118 Ave) Or may be faxed to: 780-451-3976 or e-mailed to: edmonton@clac.ca. For further information contact Carol Noppers at 780-454-6181 for the Regional office and Crystal VanderSchaaf at 780-454-6181 for the Benefit office

Music Director – Bridge Community Church

Are you inspired by using music to assist fellow believers in experiencing meaningful and authentic Christian worship? Does the opportunity to provide leadership in the music ministry of a contemporary church stir your spirit? The Bridge Community Church in Langley, BC, is searching for a part-time director to provide key leadership and training in our Music Ministry. Visit our web site at http://www.bridgelangley.org/musicdirector/ for details. Applications will be accepted until October 31.

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


Muslim-Ministry Coordinator Needed in West Africa. Serve to encourage, support, and mentor individuals and organizations who are engaged in Muslim evangelism throughout West Africa. For a list of requirements and a detailed job description for this and other openings with Christian Reformed World Missions, visit www.crwm.org.


Do you struggle with doubt? Throughout life, doubt plagues Christians and non-Christians alike. For some the struggle is constant, for others it creeps in from time to time. What can we do about it? How do we keep doubts from coming back? Does the Bible give any ideas on what we should do with our doubts? Find out on the Nov. 2 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Is taking something that isn’t yours always stealing? Why? Help Liz figure out the big deal with stealing on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.


Please pray for and support your CRC University Chaplains and ministry teams who passionately present the whole gospel from a distinctively Reformed perspective on more than 30 campuses across the United States and Canada. For more information on the CR-CMA and your local Christian Reformed Campus Ministry, check out www.crcma.com

Persecuted Church


Gayle Williams (34), a dual South African-British citizen, was shot to death by two gunmen on a motorbike in Kabul on October 20. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing, saying that she "came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people." Williams worked with SERVE (Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprise), a Christian organization that helps the disabled. Thank God for organizations like SERVE that demonstrate Christ-like love to their communities. Pray for comfort for those grieving the loss of Gayle. Pray that those in militant groups come to know Christ's love in their lives.


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

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

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


Offering: CRWRC World Hunger

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Ken Salomons

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Herman & Betty Scholing, Jake & Agnes Prins

Coffee: Scott & Irene Fraser, Herman & Betty Scholing, Henry & Joan Eisses

M.O.M. Gayle
a.m. Angela Wildeboer, Andrew Tenbrinke, Brittany Brander, Megan Scholing, Daniel Venhuis
p.m. Angela deRegt, Stephanie Bouwman

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds:
Meghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Maddy deRegt

Weekly Calendar

Monday, October 27th

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT

7:30 p.m. Friendship group

Tuesday, October 28th

9:30 a.m. Seniors Club

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth studies

Wednesday October 29th

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

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Elders meet

Thursday, October 30th

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 on Prayer – Praying the Psalms