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2009-10-25 Bulletin


Combined Reformation Day Service:
Celebrated Thankfulness

Everyone who wants to remember “GOD”S GREAT DOINGS” in the past (Martin Luther, John Calvin’s 500th birthday, July 10, 1509) is cordially welcomed to a Thanksgiving-Prayer Service at 4:00 p.m. here in Bethel CRC on November 1st. Let us praise and thank our covenant Lord. The service will also include excerpts from a DVD on Calvin’s life. *Please note – this service will take the place of our regularly scheduled evening worship service at 7 p.m.

Our Church Family

Ruth Sluys will have a procedure to close the rest of the hole in her heart, scheduled for November 12that the U of A Hospital in Edmonton. She will stay in all probability in the Red Deer hospital for two weeks and then be transferred to the U of A. Thank you for having prayed that this would happen soon! Pray that this procedure may help in her healing process.
 Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys

We would like to thank the congregation for the expressions of love and sympathy, the cards and flowers and especially your prayers during the difficult time of our son Dick’s passing into his heavenly home. 
The Meindersma and Havinga families

The family of Lea Dykstra would like to invite the congregation to help celebrate Lea’s 80thbirthday on Friday, October 30thfrom 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Legacy Place, 5512 57thAvenue, Ponoka.

Jan and Jacoba Voorbij (Lacombe) and Chan Sui and Willow Phung (Calgary) are happy to invite you to be present at the marriage of their children, Janneke and Phong on D.V. November 7that 11 a.m., here at Bethel church.

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, November 1st

We remember World Hunger Sunday as a denomination. In the afternoon we have a special Reformation Day service, inviting the other churches and led by Pastor Jack Hielema. It will be here in Bethel at 4:00 p.m. It will also include reflection on the 500th birthday of the reformer John Calvin.

On November 1stthe offering will be for CRWRC’s World Hunger campaign. Families in poor nations experience the global economic downturn with devastating harshness, and thus the need is great. At the same time, reduced donations to CRWRC threaten to cut back programs. Thank God for the many blessings you experience, and please plan to give generously to World Hunger.

From the deacons:

We are looking for around 6 male volunteers to help move a gentleman on Friday October 30th. We will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. and then proceed to his home to move him. We are also needing a few trucks to haul his belongings. If you are able to help or have any questions please give Herman Scholing Jr. a call at 403-350-3738. Thanks very much.

Highlights from Council meetings of October:

1. At our last executive meeting we transferred the membership papers of Valerie Luymes to Ponoka Sonrise CRC, at her request.

2. At our last executive meeting we also received the membership papers of Stephen McKerrow from the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, down under. We also received the membership papers of Margaret Roolker, Janneke Roolker, and the baptismal papers of Janneke's daughter, Grace Roolker, from the Free Reformed Church of Lacombe. Welcome to all, and we hope you all feel at home in Bethel.

3. Craig Van Stryland was relieved of his duties as Vice-chair of council, as he is a pastoral elder. John de Regt was appointed to the position of Vice-chair, as he belongs to the body of administrative elders.

4. The budget proposal for 2010 was approved and will be on the agenda for the congregational meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 26that 7:30 p.m. At that meeting we also hope to have Ron Knol present to teach us a bit about Christian Stewardship Services. Please mark this date on your calendar.

5. We did spend a considerable amount of time reporting and discussing the work and plans of the various Ministry Leadership teams. It was encouraging to hear of the things that have been done over the past three months, and to hear a bit about the plans that the various Teams have for the next few months.

6. We did a brief review of our membership list and made some adjustments which are reflected in the 2010 budget.

7. August Luymes and Frank van Iperen gave a verbal report on the meeting of Classis Alberta North, which met this past Tuesday and Wednesday. A written report will be included in the next issue of the newsletter.

8. The council also would like to thank Chelsea Bos for her contribution to our meeting on Wednesday night.

New Church Picture Directory:

We are looking at putting together a new Picture Directory for Bethel and are asking for each family to submit a family picture. If you do not have a recent picture Pauline Bos will be taking pictures after church on November 15thand 22nd. Please include with your picture the following information so we can be sure to have accurate information for everyone; all names (for correct spelling), birthdays of everyone (we don't require the years of the adults), anniversary date, address, phone number. Also cell phone and e-mail address if you would like to have them included. Please put picture with information in Natalie Rosendal's mail box by November 8th.

Break Forth Canada 2010

If you are thinking of attending Break Forth Canada, January 29 -31, 2010 in Edmonton, you have to get your registrations in to Cindy Prins bytoday, October 25thto get the Early bird group rate. Break Forth brochures and registration forms (on the back of the brochure) are on the table in the foyer. Please put completed forms in Cindy's mailbox by thedeadline. Payment will be required at a later date. Thank you!

Bethel Newsletter

Time for the next issue already. We got a bit late last month so this one comes up rather quickly. We are hoping to focus on our Seniors in this issue so we are looking for write-ups and stories specifically from our Seniors. We thank those who have already put contributions together. We are also looking for updates from the different ministries and groups that have started up in the last month. Please write up something - even a short paragraph and keep the congregation informed so we can pray and rejoice together. Our deadline will be Monday, October 26thso that the newsletter can be in your boxes by November 1st. Please place your notes in thenewsletter mailboxor email it to any of the team. Ann Wildeboer, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof and Laura Duckett.

Bethel GEMS Club

Is collecting EYE GLASSES to be sent to Africa and given to GEMS LEADERS who have difficulty seeing. Glasses simply are not available for them. If you have any eye glasses & cases you no longer use, or would be willing to purchase a pair of reading glasses &/or cases, please place them in mailbox of Judy Hazelhoff, Jeanne Ebens or Wannetta Brander.

Thank you from The Bethel GEMS

Update on the “Fuente de Vida” adult mission team: The team will be flying from Calgary to San Diego on November 2nd. There, the YWAM vans will pick us up and drive us across the border to the YWAM base in Ensenada, Mexico. We will stay at the YWAM base, but plan to build on the “Fuente de Vida” church and the pastor’s home. Please keep this project and the team in your prayers. The team consists of 18 adults, including Art Hazelhoff, August & Harriet Luymes, Peter & Gerry Prins, Herman Scholing Jr. & Grant Zuidhof from our church. Pray for safety on our travels, in Mexico and the building project. Pray for good health, strength & unity within the team. Pray for Pastor Jesus and Evelia as they witness in the Colonia to the many young children.

Bethel Youth

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet on October 27th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Young Peoples

Will meet next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Alana Ebens.


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 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 6that 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!

Well, you’ve missed the early bird date, but thereisstill time to register for the Day of Encouragement hosted by NADC. Contact ornadmc@telus.net your deacons or the NADC office at (780)423-0456  to register.

The Persecuted Church


Ten more Christians were arrested last week after Eritrean security forces raided the home of Pastor Tewelde Hailom, the founding elder of the Full Gospel Church in Asmara. Three people were arrested on October 14th; seven others were taken into custody two days later. Pastor Hailom, who is suffering from an ulcer was taken from prison, but remains under house arrest. It is unknown at this time where the ten believers, including two women, are being detained.Please prayfor their release. Pray that they will have courage in the face of the hardship that they will be facing. Pray for their families during this time of uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones. Pray for the hundreds of Christians in Eritrean prisons.