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2009-09-27 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Please keep our family of the week, Jim & Wannetta, Brittany & Courtney Brander  in your daily prayers.

Wigger Meindersma continues to recover in the Lacombe hospital and loves to have visitors. May God bless you with continued healing!

Congratulations to Herman Scholing Sr. as he celebrates his 87th birthday on Friday. May God continue to grant you love, peace, health and strength in the coming year!

Thank-you from Pastor Mike and Barb for the congregation’s gift for our 25th wedding anniversary. You can see the detailed wood cuttings of “faith, hope and love” in my office window. They are beautiful. We will be using the gift certificate for a family photograph on the thanksgiving weekend. We plan to take some pictures at the research station which is also where we had our wedding pictures taken 25 years ago. Also the books we received were excellent, especially the devotional thoughts of Dietrich Bonheoffer. Your thoughtfulness made our celebration even more special.

Thank You for the many warm wishes, cards, beautiful flowers and gift certificate we received for our 25th wedding anniversary! With the gift certificate we purchased a beautiful floor lamp. Thanks again! Craig & Marcella Van Stryland

Miranda Noordhof and Drew Foster would like to invite the fellowship to share in the joy when they exchange marriage vows and begin their new life together on October 3, 2009 at the Woodynook CRC at 1:00 p.m.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 4th

We continue reading in our devotional book, “Living in Community” with the focus on Challenges. In the evening we will read from the prophet Habakkuk and look at “Arguing with God.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Note to all Leadership teams

As it is nearing budget time for 2010 and each team is asked to submit their budget requests by TODAY, September 27th. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. August Luymes, church treasurer.


It is that time of year that many people dread. The end of summer! With the coming of fall upon us, the Outreach MLT is once again looking at our neighbors. Last year was the first Rake and Serve. The turnout was fantastic and the community response was awesome. The first year brought out the old learning curve. Many items have been changed to make this year run like a top. This year we will be raking yards on Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00 am to noon. Hot chili on a bun will be served afterward to take the edge off of the cold fall weather and of course coffee and hot chocolate. We would like to ask if you could bring your own rakes and gloves to the event. The bags and disposal of the leaves will be taken care of. Please sign up for this serve event and show our church neighbors that we are here to serve and praise our Lord everyday - not just Sunday. OMLT

October Newsletter

It’s time for another newsletter. The team is working on making each issue interesting and fun to read, as well as full of good information. We thank each of you who contributes and we look forward to even more contributions. This month we focus on Fall and Thanksgiving. Each of our ministry groups and Leadership Teams are getting into the swing of things and we would love to have an update from each of you. GEMS, Cadets, Friendship, Coffee Break etc. as well as the Leadership Teams. Please drop us a note and let us know how things are going, how we can encourage you and pray for you. As we live in community together, we look forward to new ways of sharing and lifting each other up. You can email your contributions to any of the team members or place your papers in the newsletter mailbox. Our deadline will be September 27th. Thanks so much. Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com, Laura Duckett - rlduck@platinum.ca , Harriet Luymes - haraug@telus.net and Anita Geldof - ahgeldof@telus.net.

Bethel Youth

Young Adults

Will start up again tonight Sunday, September 27th in the fellowship hall. We will continue our lessons on the book of James. If you have any questions please call Maddy deRegt at 403-358-9640. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet this coming Tuesday, September 29th in the fellowship hall. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Attention all Youth:

There will be ‘chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. Please meet at the church by 6:30 p.m. if you need a ride.

All Alberta Senior High Retreat

Will take place at the Circle Square Ranch in Halkirk, AB on October 23-25, 2009. Special weekend activities include horseback riding, wall climbing, pellet/archery targets, hiking, outdoor games, small groups and much more. The cost for this event is $115. Check out the poster on the youth bulletin board for all sorts of information. Or if you prefer, contact Wayne or Dana and they will get you on your way. Deadline to register is Sunday, October 11th. It's a wonderful opportunity to get to know other high school students from all over Alberta. Take a chance and let God do wonderful things!


The Seniors Club

Are looking forward to beginning the fall season, meeting together in Christian fellowship, singing favorite hymns, and listening to and sharing a meditation. There is also an opportunity to share stories of summer activities, and yes, coffee and cookies in between. A welcome to all seniors – bring a friend. We meet on Tuesday September 29th at 9:30 am.


Will once again be starting & our first meeting will be on October 7th at 7:00 p.m. Dues will be $30. We would like to ask that all parents come into the church at the first meeting to receive the start up paper work which includes a registration form and a permission statement.

GEMS Fundraiser:

Once again the Bethel GEMS Club is fundraising by selling IN-DEY-GO cookie dough and REGAL products. Order forms and catalogues will be placed in your mailbox.

Please place orders along with payment in Judy Hazelhoff or Wannetta Brander’s mailbox.

Cheques can be made out to Bethel GEMS. When you are finished with the catalogues, please recycle them and place them in the box supplied underneath the mailboxes. Contact Judy @ 403.782.7976 or Wannetta @ 403.782.2290 if you have any questions.

Thanks again for your support! BETHEL GEMS CLUB

Canadian Food Grains Bank

The Central Alberta Foodgrains Project is planning its annual harvest and barbeque for October 3rd. The location is on Highway 12, 1 mile east of the Wooden Shoe store at Gull Lake. There is a sign on the left side of the road showing the exact field to be harvested. The field is approximately 125 acres and the crop this year was canola. Unfortunately, our crop was somewhat damaged during the hailstorm we had in early August. As always, the weather and the ripening process can sometimes force us to postpone the harvest for a week. In the event this happens, we will let the community know by having the postponement announced at 9 a.m. by the Lacombe radio station, Sunny 94 & the Red Deer station, CKGY FM. The barbeque will start at 12 noon and the harvesting at 1 p.m. We are inviting you to join us and are looking forward to a great time together, especially as we think of all the hungry people who will benefit.


Will again be making home-made fresh apple and apple-crumb pies for $8.00 each. You can place your order by filling out the order form which will be in your church mailbox or contacting the Bethel contacts, Joan Eisses at 403-782-2345 and Barb Vandyk at 403-782-0744. Deadline to order is October 1st. Pies will be made on October 8th at the school and can be picked up from the school between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Christian Seniors’ Home – “Charis Village”

For many years the Christian community in Central Alberta has been talking about building a faith-based Seniors’ facility that will serve the various needs of people as they age or become less able to care for their own needs. Since January of 2008 a group of volunteers with a common interest and vision has been meeting to explore the possibility of providing such an “aging in place” facility. Check out the brochures available next week for more information.

CACHS Catering

Invites you to become connected with our Christian school community through volunteering on our vibrant team. As two of our team members are retiring by year end of 2009, would you prayerfully consider being part of the catering team, which raises approximately $30,000.00 per year. These funds allow us to purchase much needed items for the school and the students that are not included in the school budget.Volunteering includes one function per month (approximately 12 hours over two days). Team partners participate in shopping, food preparation, cooking and serving.Please contact one of our present team members for more information and let us know by October 2nd if this is a project you would be willing to commit to. May we serve the Lord with gladness through our school community. Please consider this important ministry as an opportunity for you to serve. Emma Den Oudsten, 403-782-2657, Nynke Miedema, 780-352-6251, Arta Stoker, 403-782-6877, Rose Vander Ploeg, 403-783-5217, Margaret Otten, 403-786-0082.

Attention Sunday school coordinators, teachers, helpers, and parents:

Faith Alive Christian Resources and LAUGH (a ministry network for Sunday school leaders) invite you to a day of support, encouragement, and equipping for the task of leading our little ones! Join us on Saturday, October 17th, for Harvest Hands—the 2009 GROW Conference at Covenant CRC in Edmonton. For workshop details and registration options, visit www.faithaliveresources.org/GROW

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2009 presents:

“A Medieval Night in the Castle in the Kingdom of CACHS”. Gery Schubert will be the entertainment for the night at the Lacombe Memorial Center on Friday, November 6th. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until 9:00 p.m. with Dinner at 7 p.m. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9 p.m. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or phone the school for pick up. Also donations can be dropped off on Friday, November 6th at the LMC by noon. TICKETS ARE $25.00 and are available from Ann at the school at 403-782-4535, Betty Scholing at 403-782-2701 or Dana van Gyssel at 403-783-2367. See you there!

The Persecuted Church


A 69-year-old Somali Christian man was shot dead by members of a Muslim militant group, on September 15th when Bibles were found in his possession. At approximately 10:30 a.m., a bus that Omar Khalafe was riding in was stopped by militants at a checkpoint near the city of Merca. When the militants discovered 25 Somali Bibles in one of the bags -- Bibles that Khalafe was hoping to deliver to an underground fellowship -- they demanded to know who owned them. The passengers remained silent. The assailants then used photos they found in the bag to determine if they could match the faces to any passengers. When they noticed a resemblance to Khalafe, they asked if the Bibles were his. He did not respond and was shot and killed. Khalafe's body was brought to Merca and the Bibles were placed on him as a warning to others. Later that day, a militant reported Khalafe's death on a radio program. Khalafe, who had been a Christian for 45 years, was active in sharing the Good News and baptizing converts from Islam. He is mourned by his wife and seven children. Thank God for the life and testimony of Omar Khalafe. Pray that his family will know that God is the defender of widows and a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5). Pray for peace in war-torn Somalia.