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2009-11-15 Bulletin


Our Church Family

The treatment in Edmonton for Ruth Sluys was postponed for two weeks until November 24th so that she can recover from having the shingles. At this time she is resting in Red Deer. We seek God’s presence for the family at this time.

Thank you to the congregation for your kind expressions of sympathy during the passing away of our wife, mom & oma, Ann Swier. We find so much comfort in the fact that she looked forward to meeting her Lord & Savior in her heavenly home. Love from the Simon Swier & families

Congratulations to Marlene Chykerda Moniuk with the celebration of her 73rd birthday on Friday, November 20th. May God bless you with a special day!

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, November 22nd

Pastor Mike exchanges in the morning with Pastor Jim Zondervan from 1st CRC in Taber. His daughter, Sarah (Bindert) de Jong is a member here. In the evening we continue with our Bible book series and the Prophet Zechariah. Pastor Mike will lead service.

Please note 

That there will be Christmas cards to sign for our missionaries in the fellowship hall after the morning service.

Sunday Morning Breakfast 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team would like to invite the congregation to a Sunday morning breakfast on November 22nd at 9:00 a.m. There is no cost, so come out and fellowship with one another before the morning worship. For more information contact Debby van Iperen.

The Education Ministry Leadership Team would like to introduce a 10 week DVD Bible study series named "Grace Based Parenting" by Dr. Tim Kimmel. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for anybody interested. We are waiting to see how much interest we have so we can begin this series in January. Any further questions can be directed to one of the EMLT members.

Safe Church Policy 

Last week was a copy of the Safe Church Policy was placed in your mailbox. For those who volunteer at Bethel, a copy of a Volunteer Form is included. This should be filled out by all persons 16 years and older. If you have submitted a form in the past, please understand that this is a complete blanket of our church volunteers and your old form has been disposed of properly. There is a sheet attached with your name and the ministries that you are involved in. If a ministry was forgotten or one was included that you no longer volunteer for, please contact Dana to have this information corrected. Forms are requested to be handed in to the Church secretaries’ mailboxby November 22, 2009. For those who are ministry coordinators with volunteers from other churches or community please hand out the policy and forms to those involved at your next gathering. If you have any questions about the policy or about the volunteer form contact Dana van Gyssel at home or at the church by phone or email.

New Church Picture Directory: 

Just a reminder: if you do not have a recent picture Pauline Bos will be taking pictures after church on November 15th and 22nd. There is a signup sheet on the table in the back foyer for people needing to have a picture taken.

A few of God’s young children need a teacher. Story Hour’s present teacher Deb van Iperen is needed to lead a Coffee Break ladies’ group. If God has been nudging you about your involvement in kingdom work, this could be it. Talk to Deb about details. We thank you in advance.

Seafarers Christmas Gift Boxes: 

The deadline for the Christmas boxes is November 29th. Things to include in your gift box are a Christmas card (inside box), Canadian souvenirs, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, gloves, toques, chocolate (please no writing paper or puzzles). On the outside right corner of box please label Code "A" for $10-$15 or Code "B" for $15-$20.


You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on December 5th. 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 Youth Mexico mission trip. Come for a day of fun and fellowship!!

Bethel Youth

Young Peoples 

Will meet at the home of Stephanie & Jessica Bouwman following the evening worship service.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet on Tuesday, November 17th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Youth Mexico Mission Trip

Plans are underway for a youth mission trip to Mexico during Spring Break 2010. If you are interested in being part of the team, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. It is not too late to join the team. Talk to Gerry or Trudy for information and/or a commitment form. Our next meeting is on November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Please be there as we will be planning the Sinterklaas bazaar fundraiser. Questions? Call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” Mark 16:15



Churches around the world will recognize Restorative Justice Week, November 15th – 22nd. The CRC has been deeply involved in restorative justice, which attempts to engage victims of crime, offenders and the affected communities in bringing about deep and lasting solutions by focusing on restitution, restoration, healing, and the future. See what God is doing through restorative justice, and how you can become a part of it: click on Issues, then Restorative Justice on the Office of Social Justice's website: www.crcjustice.org.

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive is now underway until December 14th

This year’s goal is $120,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary (403-782-4535), and request that she mail, fax or email you a copy of the donation form. During the evenings, you may also contact Pete Walls (403-588-0856) or Wendy Barnes (403-885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes, or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas 

At the Winspear Centre - Monday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. U of A Mixed Chorus & Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, Robert de Frece, Director - Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger, Organists. All Seats: $10 (plus service chg.) at the Winspear Box Office (780-428-1414). Sponsors: U of A Christian Chaplains, Mixed Chorus, & Department of Music. A Benefit for the U of A Campus Food Bank. Join in this enchanting, edifying night of Christmas readings and song. Thrill to the music of the U of A Mixed Chorus and Handbell Ringers. Sing carols along with the mighty Davis Concert Organ!

The Persecuted Church


Nine men who were falsely accused of participating in the December 1997 massacre in Acteal, Chiapas -- including five known to be evangelical Christians -- have been released. Twenty other prisoners also arrested following the massacre were earlier released in August. The Supreme Court of Mexico ordered the release of the nine men on November 4th, ruling that the federal attorney violated legal process, fabricated evidence and false testimonies, formulated non-existent crimes, and provided no concrete arguments establishing culpability. They were released from the federal prison in Cintalapa, Chiapas on November 5th and transported to a temporary housing facility, where they are expected to remain under government supervision for several weeks. In total, the court has released 29 of the 57 prisoners and has ordered retrials for 22 others. Praise the Lord for the release of these men! Pray for the release of the other falsely accused Mexicans who remain in detention. Pray that detained Christians will witness faithfully to fellow prisoners.