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2008-12-07 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, December 14th

We welcome Pastor Jack Hielema from Red Deer to lead our morning worship. Then we have our special Sunday School Christmas program at 4:00 p.m. (Note the time change). Pastor Mike has a Classical appointment in Fairview.

Pre-School Parents:

Your child will receive a letter today with the songs that need practicing for the children’ Christmas worship service. If you did not get one, please pick one up in the Vandenborn’s mailbox.

Children in Worship Parents:

Today your child received the lines for the children’s Christmas worship service. Please have them memorized by next Sunday. If you are not able to come to the service, please let Terry Vandenborn know right away.

Congregational Meeting:

The Nov 29th meeting was attended by about 40 people. Chairman Henry Geldof kept things going. Pastor Mike gave a report of his work at the community and classical level as well as a sample week schedule. Council Treasurer Peter Prins presented the budget and answered the various questions. The budget was unanimously approved. Treasurer August Luymes reported on his work and was thanked. The by-law regarding same sex marriage was discussed and approved unanimously. Clerk Donald Wildeboer carefully recorded all the details of the meeting. Pastor Mike closed in prayer. The crowd stayed for tasty refreshments served by the GEMS.

Our Church Family

Harriet Luymes’ mother died last Saturday. She was 76 years old. The funeral was this past Thursday.

This week the flowers will be delivered to Harriet and August as we send our sincere condolences to the Luymes family with the passing of Harriet's mother. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you in this time of mourning.

Please remember Harry and Hilda Van Stryland in your daily prayers this week

The second annual Council Christmas social is planned for Wednesday Dec 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Council members and their wives are invited out for an evening of fun and relaxation with good food and traditional games.

Baptism Banner – The banner shows our triune God acting on his promises (rainbow) in baptism to us and our children throughout the generations.

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.

Happy Birthday!

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing to the glory of his name; offer him glory and praise!” Psalm 66:1, 2

December 8thPeter Rosendal, Kaylee Peterson, 9thMyles Chykerda, Pauline Bos
11thTrudy Salomons, Marleen Voorbij
12th–Henry Eisses, Chelsea Bos
13th– Rod Duckett, Debbie Andersen

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youthmeets this coming Tuesday, December 9th. Doors open at 7 p.m. As Far as December 16th, we are still in the planning stages for a possible Christmas party and on Tuesday you will get find out if it is going through.

A new Youth Unlimited email has come in, why don’t you take the time to read what’s happening with the convention. Find out who is speaking or what groups are performing. It’s all on the youth bulletin board, take a look!


Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers:

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. This year it will be held in the County Room at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve Day from 10:00 am – noon. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. Please phone Pete or Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you would be willing to help.

Community Christmas Dinner – Donations:

Would you be willing to donate a turkey, ham or money for the Community Christmas Dinner? We are in need of 4 turkeys 15-20 lbs each and 2 large hams. We hope to purchase the rest of the groceries. Would you be willing to help? Please contact Pete or Cora Hoekstra by December 15, 2008.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, December 13th  at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7 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.

To God Be the Glory

A Dutch Christmas song gathering will be held at First CRC in Red Deer on December 16 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Jack Hielema will have a meditation. An urgent offering for the Salvation Army will be taken.

Denominational News


was quick to get emergency food and medical aid to victims of violence following elections in Jos, Nigeria last week, but more help is needed. Homes burned to the ground must be rebuilt and displaced people need to feel safe again. Please give to "Nigeria Conflict 2008" at www.crwrc.org or phone 1-800-730-3490. Or send a cheque to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, P.O. Box 5070, STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8.


Are you ever surprised by the people you see in church? Do they fit the picture that you have of Christians? Advent and Christmas seem to bring more people into churches, sometimes for unexplainable reasons. How are you receiving them? Does your expectation fit with God’s? Find out on the Dec. 14 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


You are not going to believe what Liz wants to do for Christmas. He wants to give away his best Christmas present ever! Find out what is going on with Liz on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

Persecuted Church


Anti-Christian violence erupted in the central Nigerian city of Jos on November 28th, following a local election. Sixteen church buildings were ravaged by Muslim mobs, thousands of Christians fled from their homes, and sources estimate that hundreds were killed. Although initial reports blamed the local governmental elections as the catalyst for the violence, Christian groups in Nigeria maintain that the voting process was peaceful and that the attacks occurred before the results were even announced. Other news reports have also suggested that Christians were responsible for the deaths of 300 Muslims; however, local security sources insist that the Muslims were shot by authorities when they defied the imposed curfew and launched fresh attacks. Some sources suspect that the violence may have been planned in advance since the majority of the 500 arrested Muslims have told police that they arrived in Jos three days prior to the attacks from neighbouring Niger or from northern Nigerian states. Some of the arrested were also wearing fake police and military uniforms. Ask God to bring peace to the unstable Nigerian regions where Christians are targeted. Pray that any Christians who retaliated violently will repent and seek to walk Christ's path of discipleship.


Offering: Camp Silversides

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Simeon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Rod & Barb Venhuis, Art & Judy Hazelhoff

Coffee: Randall & Sue Wildeboer, Terry & Donna Vandenborn, Rod and Barb Venhuis

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Cora Stol, Randy Wildeboer, Meaghan Noort, Candy Ebens, Martha Stad
p.m. Donna Vandenborn

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


Offering: The Horlings

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound: a.m. Ian p.m. Steven

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

Greeters: Alex & Ann Wildeboer, Peter & Gerry Prins

Coffee: Theresa Geldof, Els Ebens, Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer, Peter & Gerry Prins

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Dorothy Wildeboer Henry Geldof, Brianna Venhuis, Michael Szelekovszky, Megan Scholing
p.m. Gayle Vreugdenhil, Amberly Venhuis

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

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, December 7th

Living members will meet at Harry & Dorothy Wildeboers’. Please read session 1, Day 1, Walk as Jesus Walked, Pg 22-25

Monday, December 8th

7:30 p.m. Friendship group

Tuesday, December 9th

3:45 p.m. Christmas play practice 7:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth

Wednesday, December 10th

9:00 a.m. Coffee Break & Story Hour Christmas Social

2:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club will meet at the Doorenbals’ for the Christmas Social

Thursday, December 11th

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