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2008-11-23 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, November 30th

We begin the four Sundays of Advent, preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Our readings this year are from the Gospel of Mark and our theme is “Living in Advent.” We begin by reading from Mark 8 “Be followers of Jesus.” In the evening we welcome the Parkland Men’s Chorus as they present their Christmas concert. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family


In celebration of Lena Spelt’s birthday there will be goodies to have with your coffee today after the morning service. Come and share in this wonderful occasion!

Thank you all so much for the flowers, we received this past week. This was really an encouragement and made our day bright. With our love, John and Shirley Bos

Please take note of a change for your phone directory, John & Angela deRegt. The phone number is 784-0005. Mailing address is R.R. #2, Clive, AB, T0C 0Y0.

Greetings from Grand Rapids! We've had a busy fall here in Michigan! As many of you have already heard, we had an addition to our family. John Elwood Joost Kralt was born on Sept. 19. After much prayer, we decided to accept the call extended to us by East Paris CRC. James sustained his classical examination on Oct. 21, and he is to be ordained this Sunday morning, Nov. 23, D.V. Thank you so much again for all your prayers and support. We still hope God will bring us back to Alberta again, but it seems he has other plans for us for now. May he bless you all in our church family back in Lacombe. In Christ, James, Marilyn, Evelyn, Anna, and John Kralt

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Christmas Cards for our missionaries

Marja Vander Vlis will be in the fellowship hall after the morning service today, with cards that she will send to our missionaries for Christmas. Please take the time to sign the cards and send Christmas greetings and blessings to our missionary families.

Congregational meeting

Just a reminder of our Fall congregation meeting this coming Friday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. here in the church. Bring your Agenda/budget sheet and come for a time of discussion and fellowship. See you there!

Christmas Newsletter:

Time to start getting your contributions for the December Newsletter together. The months move by quickly and it is already time to start planning our next edition. We will be focusing on the wonderful gift of our Savior and all contributions whether art, or poetry or stories or fun pages for young and old are greatly appreciated. If you had planned to get a report about your group or ministry in for the November edition but didn't quite get to it, we would still love to have your report. Our aim is always to keep the congregation informed and up to date on the happenings in our church so we can pray for and encourage one another in meaningful ways. We would like to encourage the congregation to plan ahead so your contributions are ready for the team by November the 30th at the latest. We need some time to put all things together in an organized fashion so the Newsletter is easy to read. We are also hoping to help the secretaries keep the bulletin down to a reasonable size so pass your announcements along ahead of time and we can have a page or two of announcements for your information in the newsletter. These would include announcements that would normally run for a few weeks in the bulletin and that pertain to our community at large - both in the church and in the town of Lacombe. We look forward to what God has in store for all of us in this Christmas edition of the Bethel Newsletter.


We have booked a trip to visit our brothers and sisters in Christ in Cuba for December 8-15, 2008. The need in Cuba is again greater as last year: the hurricanes have destroyed much of this year’s crops. Food is scarce and items we take for granted (soap, razors, matches etc.) are hardly available. It is advised not to take food along in the suitcases, however we hope to be able to go to stores and help them with buying extra portions. All the money available in Cuban families is spent on food rations, but the need for other basics is also urgent. Unfortunately we can only help a couple families; we know: they are good in sharing what they receive. Last year Bethel reacted generously when we made known the needs in Southern Cuba. That’s why we feel free to give an opportunity again to send small gifts along. The same items as last year are needed: underwear – all sizes; vitamins; Tylenol\ or Advil; toothbrushes and paste; soap; pens etc. There are requests for some more expensive items, which we are not able to buy, but you might have some used ones to donate: a laptop; a digital camera; Christian DVD movies (Spanish). Until November 30th, there will be a suitcase in the main foyer of church where you can drop off your gifts. In name of Cuban Christians: Thank you so much in advance for your generosity. The closing sentence of their latest e-mail was: Well, dear friends, it is all now, please give our greetings to family and members of the Church, please ask them too, pray for our situation.

Mexico Mission Trip:

On November 24th at 7:30 pm there will be a meeting about the Mexico Mission trip. As of today we do not have a complete team. We will be discussing what our next step is. If there is no mission team going we will still have the Sinterklaas Bazaar fundraiser. All youth (Grade 10 and up) interested in fund raising for future mission trips are invited to help us with this fundraiser. We ask that you also attend the meeting. Questions call Gerry 782-4170 or Trudy 782-7378


Poinsettia and Cyclamen orders are due by November 30, 2008. Please place your orders in Gerry Prins’ mailbox. Thank you.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this coming Tuesday, November 25th. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Young adults and Youth

You are invited to join a luncheon with the CRC chaplains of the U of C and U of A at Wolf Creek Church. On Sunday, November 23rd, Paul Verhoef from the University of Calgary will be leading the service at Wolf Creek and will be sharing about his work at a luncheon after the service. On Sunday, November 30th, Rick Van Manen be there (same time - same place). If you are thinking about attending these universities, these men would love to make a connection with any prospective students. (Service starts at 10:00 / luncheon between 11:30-12:00).


The Cadets Bottle and Battery Drive

will be held on January 10. If anyone has at any time bottles or batteries that you would like cleaned up don’t hesitate to call any of the Cadet counselors and we would be happy to collect whatever it is that you have.


You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on December 6th. Our fun filled day will start at 10 a.m. with coffee, games and contests for young & old. We have lots of games and prizes for families with young children. There will be a table with baked goodies, so you can stock up on your Christmas needs. Lunch will consist of Dutch items such as pea soup, Dutch meatball soup, croquettes, roggebrood, krentje brei, etc. All funds raised will be used for the Young Peoples mission trip to Mexico. Come for a day of fun and fellowship!!


We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry at 782-4170 or Trudy at 782-7378.

Christian Women’s Club

of Lacombe invites all ladies to come out and have a fun evening at the Kozy Korner on Tuesday, December 9th, 7 til 8:30 p.m. Christmas Festivities is the title for the evening with guest speaker Flora Ducharme from Lethbridge, AB. and special music from Laura Siebenga. Tickets for this event will cost $8 and will need to be purchased ahead of time. For reservations call Connie at 885-4653 or Joyce at 843-0025 by Friday 5th.

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive

is now underway until December 15th. This year’s goal is $140,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary, and request that she mail, fax or email you a copy of the form. During the evenings, you may also contact Jaap Domincus (783-6848) or Wendy Barnes (885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes, or they may be handed in to any of the area representatives in a sealed envelope. Thank you!

Dessert With Romeo Dallaire!

You’re invited to attend a very special evening with Lt. General Romeo Dallaire (United Nations commander during the Rwandan genocide) on November 27th at 7 P.M. as he speaks on “Conflict, Children and Youth”. Tickets are only $30. Contact serve@rivercommunity.ca or 780-461-6261 for tickets. Hurry! 80% SOLD OUT!

The Canadian University College/Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union will present their annual Christmas concert, a full-stage drama entitled, “A Christmas Carol in Bethlehem” in the CUC church on Friday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 29th at 4 p.m. Come out and enjoy the blessing of the Christmas season. A freewill offering will be taken.

Dordt College has the gift of a lifetime for your parents or spouse: a tour of the Netherlands May 11-20. Make memories at medieval castles, the homes of Anne Frank and Corrie Ten Boom, the Rijksmuseum, and at a Dordt Concert Choir performance in Dordrecht. Dordt professors Leendert van Beek and Hubert Krygsman will be your tour and devotional guides on this 10 day motor coach tour. For more information, contact Dianne De Wit at ddewit@dordt.edu or 712-722-6029 or see full details at www.dordt.edu/events/netherlands/

Denominational News


Do you have an addiction? Does something outside of you control your life? Drugs and alcohol are well-known possibilities for addictions. But pornography, work, or a bad relationship are other possibilities. Is it possible to break free from your addiction? Find out on the Nov. 30 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Liz has to choose between the Iguanas or his friendship with Morrie. Which will he choose? And how does Morrie become the good Samaritan? Getting ready for Christmas? Kids Corner has an Advent calendar that will help you and your family prepare your home and your hearts for the coming of Jesus. Check it out www.kidscorner.net.

Persecuted Church


On October 30th, house church leader Pastor Zhu Baoguo was sentenced to one year "re-education through labour" on charges of being an "evil cult" leader. Pastor Zhu and four other leaders were detained by authorities during a church gathering in Dushu village, Henan province on October 12th. While the other four leaders were sentenced to five days of administrative detention, Pastor Zhu was sentenced to 15 days. Two days after Pastor Zhu's release from detention, he was sentenced and taken to a labour camp in an unknown location. There is considerable concern for his health as he suffers from heart disease. Pray for protection of Pastor Zhu in the labour camp. Pray that he will be a bold witness for Christ there. Pray that the persecutors of Christians in China will open their hearts to the love of Christ (Acts 9:1-19).

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – November 23rd

Offering: Volunteer Link

Ushers: Peter Prins & Rod Venhuis

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Steven p.m. Travis

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

Greeters: Craig & Marcella Van Stryland, August & Harriet Luymes

Coffee: Clarence & Doreen Kits, John & Teena Stol, Pete & Cora Hoekstra

M.O.M. Gayle
a.m. Trudy Salomons, Ed Stol, Justin van Gyssel, Stephanie Hoekstra, Erin Vandenborn
p.m. Chelsea Bos, David Hoekstra

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – November 30th

Offering: Friendship Group

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

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

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

Greeters: Brian & Ina Jackson, Wayne & Jackie Bouwman

Coffee: Paul & Cindy Prins, Devon & Rosanne Bangma, Art & Judy Hazelhoff

M.O.M. Gayle
a.m. Cora Hoekstra, Marvin Ebens, Jennifer Stol, Philip Szelekovszky, Gabby Ebens
p.m. Dana van Gyssel

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, November 24th

7:30 p.m. Friendship group

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT

7:30 p.m. Mexico mission meeting

Tuesday, November 25th

3:45 p.m. Christmas play practice

7:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth

Wednesday, November 26th

9:00 a.m. Coffee Break & Story Hour study lesson 9 from Elijah and Elisha, Prophets with Power

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Elders & Deacons meet

Thursday, November 27th

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

Friday, November 28th

7:30 p.m. Congregation meeting