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2009-11-22 Bulletin

 

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Lena Spelt as she celebrates her 96th birthday tomorrow and to Bill Noordhof with the celebration of his 80th birthday on Friday, November 27th. May God be with you both on your special days and in the year to come!

Ruth has been scheduled for her "hole in the heart" procedure on Tuesday at the Alberta University hospital in Edmonton. Pray that it may bring about more extensive healing for her and join us in trusting that the Lord in His great redeeming love for us provides whatever the results may be.

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 29th

We begin the four Sundays of Advent. Our theme this year is “Who is Jesus” and we begin with the words of Isaiah 9:6, describing Jesus as the “Prince of Peace.” We also have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Lucas Bangma, infant son of Devon and Roseanne. In the evening we welcome Mr. Larry Johnson and the Parkland Men’s Chorus to share the joy of Christmas in song with us.

Please note

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

New Church Picture Directory:

Just a reminder: if you do not have a recent picture Pauline Bos will be taking pictures after church today, November 22nd.

Congregational meeting

Our fall congregational meeting will be held on Thursday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Safe Church Policy

A Reminder that the Safe Church Volunteer Form is due to be handed in TODAY. Place the completed form in the Secretaries mailbox. If you have any questions about the policy or the form, please contact Dana van Gyssel.

Coffee Break / Story Hour

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.

Bethel Newsletter - Christmas edition:

Time to start thinking about our next edition of the Bethel Newsletter. We are focusing on Christmas and all the beautiful things to celebrate at this time of year. Please look for special contributions you might make for this month. We welcome your input and participation. Please have all of your articles in to the newsletter team by December 1st. We welcome email or, put your items in the Newsletter mailbox (at the bottom of the church mailboxes in the foyer.) Thanks so much. Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof and Ann Wildeboer.

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.

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.

2000 Candles

The Toronto theatre production, 2000 Candles, is coming to Lacombe on December 1, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church. This is in support of CRWRC’s Embrace AIDS campaign. This exceptional musical show takes you on a tour of 2000 Christmases in an attempt to find the true meaning of the season, and is accessible and entertaining to a wide audience. As Tuesday Nite Youth we will be attending as a group and the cost will be taking care of. If you as parents, grandparents or just someone who would like to experience this wonderful event the cost will be $15 per person. For more information about this event please contact Wayne or Dana. Visit www.2000candles.com

SINTERKLAAS BAZAAR-DUTCH LUCHEON:

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!! NEEDED: We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378.

GEMS Counselors

Are selling Dutch cheese as a fundraiser to help the counselors to go to a convention this summer. Order forms are in your mailboxes. Orders must be submitted and prepaid by December 6, 2009. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander's mailbox. If you have any questions please contact Wannetta Brander, Jeanne Ebens or Judy Hazelhoff.

Poinsettia orders

Are due November 29, 2009. Please place your orders in Gerry Prins mailbox.

Bethel Youth

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet on Tuesday, November 24th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Youth 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 tomorrow 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

Announcements

Wanted:

Looking for 1 or 2 Christian male/males in the Lacombe area who are looking for one other room mate. I am looking for a place to rent starting at the end of December. If you know of anyone or have a space available call Jevin at 403-845-4703.

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!

Dutch Christmas Song Service:

This annual event occurs this year on December 4, 2009, in the West End CRC (10015-149Street in Edmonton), starting at 8pm. Come join in praising God, celebrating His gift of salvation, in the singing of well-known Dutch Christmas Carols. Freewill offering will be taken for Rehoboth Christian Ministries. Audience singing will be led by organ, piano and brass and sermon (in Dutch) by Reverend Tom Oosterhuis.

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament

Have you ever wondered which former CACHS Men’s and Lady’s volleyball team was the best? Perhaps you’ll find out at the CACHS Alumni Tournament. Teams must consist of 75% alumni. Please spread the news to those alumni not living locally. For more information or to enter your men’s or lady’s team phone, Mel Brandsma, 782-1855 or Colleen VanderSchee, 885-4388. Deadline for registration is December 10, 2009

Disability Concerns

Our leaders need to hear from Christians whose interest is justice, and who wish to see government use its authority to ensure that all people flourish. We hope you’ll join us in speaking to the Canadian government regarding a bill that could adversely impact people with disabilities: "Right to Die with Dignity Act" (C-384) would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide and threaten the lives of Canadians with disabilities. For more information on this proposed legislation and on contacting your MP, see www.crcna.org/disability.

The Persecuted Church

Colombia

Sixteen Christians belonging to the Kogui indigenous people group in Colombia are being held captive on their reserve in an attempt to force them to renounce Christianity. The group of believers, which includes men, women and three babies, was captured during a meeting called by the Kogui governor. Community leaders shouted abuses at the believers through the night. They were later taken to a remote area of the reserve and told they would not be freed until they renounced their faith in Christ. At last report, two of the kidnapped infants were seriously ill. The governor and his allies also humiliated non-Christian leaders who had supported the Christians in the community and protected them from being expelled. The governor reportedly intends to capture remaining Christians and force them to renounce their faith. Pray for the release of these believers. Pray that their captors will see the love of Christ, repent and come to trust in Jesus. Pray for other Christian members of the Kogui community under fire in Colombia.

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