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2009-11-29 November 29 Bulletin

 

Our Church Family

Please keep our family of the week, John & Angela de Regt in your prayers.

We had many celebrations in our family this year, and we would like to share that with the congregation. We both celebrated our 80th birthdays. In September we celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. Four of our grandchildren were married. We also were able to witness the baptism of one our great grandchildren. We thank the Lord for all these blessings. Great is his faithfulness. We are glad to be a part of this congregation and invite you to join us for cake after the morning service. 
Bill & Audrey Noordhof

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, December 6th

We continue in Advent and our theme of “Who is Jesus” and the promise that he will be “King.” We will read from Matthew 2 as the wise men come seeking the King. In the evening we finish the books of the Old Testament by reading from Malachi and his call for “Vigorous Joyful Believers.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Seafarers Christmas Gift Boxes:

The deadline for the Christmas boxes is today,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.

Poinsettia orders

Are due TODAY. Please place your orders in Gerry Prins mailbox. 

Safe Church Policy

A reminder that the Safe Church Volunteer Form is now due.Place the completed form in the Secretaries’ mailbox. If you have any questions about the policy or the form, please contact Dana van Gyssel.

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.

2000 Candles

On Tuesday, December 1st at 7 p.m. the youth of Bethel, Woodynook and Wolf Creek churches are meeting at the Wolf Creek Community church for a presentation called “2000 Candles.” It is a contemporary, hip, evocative and delightful musical drama. From vignette to vignette, the audience is taken on a journey through Christmas celebrations and traditions on a quest to find its true meaning. The cost has been covered and the youth have each received a ticket but there are still some left. If parents or others would like to come, please see Pastor Mike.

Christmas Program Practices:

It's that time of year again when we are working on putting together the annual Christmas Program. This year it will be on December 13th at 4:00 pm. It involves a wide range of church members, ranging in age from infants through goldens! Church school aged children are all asked to be there, if they have lines or not. If you have not received any information yet, please talk to your children’s church school teachers. We are having two practices -- one on December 6th and one on December 13th, both right after the morning services. Please do your best to attend!

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 6th. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander's mailbox. If you have any questions please contact Wannetta Brander, Jeanne Ebens or Judy Hazelhoff.

Council Christmas Dinner

Annual Council Christmas Dinner – We plan to meet as Full Council members and spouses on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. here at the church for a tasty and fun evening of Christmas celebration. Everything is organized so just come with good appetites and good humor.

Bethel Youth

Young Peoples

Will meet tonight after the evening service at the home of Rob de Regt.

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet at Wolf Creek Community church on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:45 p.m. for the production of “2000 Candles.” If your leader has your ticket please meet them at the door. Contact your leader for more information.

Youth Mexico Mission Team:

Our 1st fundraiser is the Sinterklaas Bazaar this coming Saturday. We are setting up on Friday night at 7 p.m. Please be there. Commitment forms and trip deposits are due by December 13th, 2009. Please hand them back to either Gerry or Trudy.

Junior, Senior Youth & Young Adults

Keep Friday, December 18th open for a Hay Ride at Marvin & Jeanne Ebens’ home. The fun will start at 7:30 p.m. and you are asked to bring a snack to share with everyone. We will also be collecting food items for the Lacombe Food Bank. You can bring non-perishable or perishable items – they are all needed at this time of year. For more information call Marvin or Jeanne Ebens at 403-782-7872 or Phil Tenbrinke at 403-782-7951.

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.

Announcements

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!

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

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.

The Persecuted Church

Egypt

Christian Copts in the Upper Egyptian town of Farshoot and the surrounding villages have been targeted in recent days by Muslim mob attacks. The violence began after a young Christian man, Guirgis Baroumi, was accused on November 18th of sexually abusing a 12 yr. old Muslim girl. Local sources believe that Muslims have used the accusation as a pretext to attack Christians. On November 21st, nearly 3,000 Muslims gathered outside the police headquarters in Farshoot to attempt to kidnap Baroumi while he was being transported to court. Although security forces were deployed, they reportedly did not take any action to stop the violence. A Coptic priest, Benjamin Noshi, suffered a fractured skull in the attack. The mobs looted and destroyed many businesses owned by Christians while believers hid in their homes. Some families were driven out of their residences. Eyewitnesses also reported that Muslims burned wooden crosses in the street while shouting "Allah Akbar"! ; (God is great). On November 23rd, Muslim mobs destroyed more Christian-owned businesses in nearby villages. Pray for the believers who have lost property in these riots. Pray that Christ will equip Egyptian Christians to follow His example and remain faithful to Him (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). Pray that the truth of the allegations against Baroumi will be revealed.

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