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2008-12-14 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 21st

We read from Mark 1:1-8 and consider what it would be like to have John the Baptist as our Christmas guest. In the evening we have our traditional Candle Light Service. Pastor Mike will lead in worship.

New Year’s Service

To focus our trust in God’s word we ask members of the congregation to submit Bible verses/passages that have sustained them, given them hope and/or challenged them in their faith in the past few years. It could have been in a time of joy or sadness, confusion or clarity. As God’s word touched our lives in the past, so we go forward in confidence in the new year. Please give the biblical reference and a brief insight into how the Word of God helped you. Place your submission in the box in the foyer or email Pastor Mike at pastor6@telus.net.

Christmas Goodies

Have you started your Christmas baking yet? We would like to serve coffee & Christmas goodies after some of our special services this month. If you have an extra dozen or two you would be able to share, just drop them off in the kitchen or place them in the refrigerator. We are looking for goodies for the following services: December 14th 4 p.m., December 21st Candle light service, Christmas Day, New Years' Eve & New Years' Day. Thank you!

Our Church Family

The flowers in the church will be brought to Angela & John de Regt as Angela recovers from some facial injuries she received in an accident at work a couple of weeks ago.

Congratulations to Pita Doornenbal as she celebrates her 77th birthday on December 17th and Klaas Boskers as he celebrates his 85th birthday on December 18th. May God bless you on your special days and in the year to come.

Phone Directory Change:

Please take note of the new address of Devon & Roseanne Bangma, Box 1056, Bentley, T0C 0J0 - Phone (403) 748-2488.

Add also Brad and Donna Larson with their daughter Natasha, 36 Cedar Crescent, Lacombe, T4L 1V1 Phone (403) 782-0318.


to all who came and supported the Sinterklaas Bazaar on December 6th. The food, games and fellowship was enjoyed by many. Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet even found time to visit us in their busy schedule and the children got a chance to talk to them. We would like to thank everyone who helped with either serving, baking or cooking. Also thanks to everyone who helped out with the games. Our profit was close to $1.300.00 and it will be used for future mission trips.

The Outreach Ministry Leadership Team and the Bethel Cadets

would like to invite the congregation out for an evening of singing and fellowship as they travel throughout our community. Singing Christmas Carols and a banana split social will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. Please remember to dress appropriately. For more information about this event please contact Jeanne Ebens or Rod Duckett.

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!

“God alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:2

December 14thRyan Noort, Steven Vandyk
15thJannie Palsma
17thPita Doornenbal
18th–Klaas Boskers
20th– Debby van Iperen

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

meets this coming Tuesday, December 16th for an evening of Christmas fun. We will be gathering together for games and fellowship, we pray that you will able to attend. Please bring a small snack to share. Hope to see you all there!

Junior and Senior High Mystery Dinner Banquet

Bethel Jr. & Sr. youth, you are invited to join Wolf Creek Community Church youth group on Saturday, December 20th for this event starting at 7:00 pm. Youth - you are also strongly encouraged to invite your friends, especially those who do not have a church home. Cost will be $5.00 per person to cover some of the food expenses plus bring a $5.00 gift for a Chinese gift exchange. For more information contact Phil.

Jr. and Sr. Youth and Young Adults

Grab your mitts and you toques as once again Jr. and Sr. Youth and Young Adults will be gathering for an evening of fun and wild horse play. On Sunday, December 21st after the evening worship service, Marvin and Jeanne Ebens will be hosting our annual sleigh ride. Please remember to dress appropriately and bring a small snack to share. For more information please contact Phil or Jeanne.

Skiing and Snowboarding at Rabbit Hill:

All teens, friends, parents and siblings are invited to come skiing and snowboarding at Rabbit Hill (the largest ski resort in Edmonton, look up www.rabbithill.com for directions)) on Saturday, January 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The cost is only $20.00 and includes rentals and lessons. (ski passes will not be accepted on this date) This was booked for your enjoyment by the churches in Leduc including Ebenezer CRC.


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.

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.

The fall drive for Central Alberta Christian High School

Will be officially over on Monday December 15th. This year’s goal is set at $140,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $ 38,900.00. If you would still like to make a donation please send it directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7 Attention Wendy Barnes. We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive thus far.

Denominational News


Each year Kids Corner broadcasts a dramatic retelling of the Christmas story. Pray that many children and their families will listen and hear the true meaning of Christmas.


Are you all Christmas'd out? Decorations and Christmas music seem to come out earlier every year. We may really enjoy the sentiment and excitement for awhile, but are you ready to pack it up right after Christmas day? Have you seen God's glory in this season? Or was it too full of gifts and parties and decorations? Spend some time at the manger on the Dec. 21 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Have you ever wondered what Mary thought about the very first Christmas? Was she scared? Excited? Happy? Listen to Mary’s Miracle on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.


Is being recruited by World Missions in the Dominican Republic this winter. Do you have experience in general construction, electricity, plumbing, masonry and/or carpentry and are available for 2 – 4 weeks? If so, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the ServiceLink office at 800-730-3490 or volunteer@crcna.ca.

King’s University College

Memories of a Christmas Ornament

is a professional theatre production being presented at King’s Theatre from Dec 12th to 20th. This musical is a warm, romantic story of a couple’s life as seen through a Christmas ornament who loves them. For tickets, please call the King’s Bookstore at

780-465-8306 or see our website for more details. www.kingsu.ca

Nativity Scene Display

at West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 - 149 Street (the North end of Candy Cane Lane) 780-454-8151. A display of over 500 Nativity Scenes (Crèches) for you to come and enjoy. Open Thursday, December 18 from 6-9 p.m., Friday, December 19 from 6-9, and Saturday, December 20 from 3-9 p.m. No admission charged, donations not expected. Wheelchair accessible, www.westendcrc.ca

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – December 14th

Offering: Mission support for the Horlings family

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – December 21st

Offering: Diaconal Ministries Canada

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Ken Salomons

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:a.m. Travis p.m. Wayne

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

Greeters: Jim & Wannetta Brander, Gerald & Nellie Keitel

Coffee: Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Herman & Betty Scholing

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Gaylene Tenbrinke, Herman Scholing, Kristen Van Stryland, Jordan Van Stryland, Jeremiah Rosendal
p.m. Harriet Luymes, Brett Vandenborn

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – December 25th 

Offering: Immanuel Home

Ushers: Craig Van Stryland & Peter Zuidhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound:a.m. Henry E.

Power Point:a.m. Michelle

Greeters: Teus & Marja Vander Vlis, Bill & Audrey Noordhof

Coffee: Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Ralf & Pauline Bos, Craig & Marcella Van Stryland

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Melanie Wildeboer, Ken Tenbrinke, Stephanie Bouwman, Rob deRegt, Patrick Bouwman

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, December 14th

4:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas program

Monday, December 15th

7:30 p.m. Friendship Christmas party

Tuesday, December 16th

11:30 a.m. Seniors’ Christmas lunch & meeting

7:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth Christmas Social

Wednesday, December 17th

7:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling

Thursday, December 18th

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

7:00 p.m. GEMS Father – Daughter evening

Sunday, December 21st

Jr. Sr. Youth and Young Adults are invited for a Hay Ride at the Ebens’ after the evening service