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2009-12-20 December 20 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Please keep our family of the week, Rick and Melanie Wildeboer and children in your prayers.

We want to thank you for all the love and care you shared with us when Ruth, my wife, and our mother was suffering and cared for at home and in hospitals till she went to the Lord. She has been laid to rest last Monday in the local cemetery. The many prayers you prayed for her, with us have been heard by the Lord as she plays and sings for His glory now. The many meals and extras you have brought to us, have lightened our load and were wonderful tokens of your sympathy. The condolences you shared and also the joy of her salvation we appreciated so very much. May God continue to bless you so that we are together a blessing to the world and its people around us for Jesus' Kingdom. Pastor Peter Sluys and family

Willie Stebner was in hospital with concerns about her stomach. We pray for strength and healing as she and Ernie go forward each day trusting in our Lord Jesus.

We are glad to see many family members home here for the holiday while many are away visiting family. We trust God will provide traveling mercies and blessed days together.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Christmas Day service

Our Christmas Day service will be on Friday, December 25th at 10:30 a.m. with the theme, “Who is Jesus? Immanuel: God with us.”

Next Sunday, December 27th

We end our series on “Who is Jesus?” with the realization that this Jesus is my Savior. We will not have an evening service.  

Bulletin deadlines for December 27th & January 3rd 

Due to the fact that Christmas and New Year’s day are on Friday this year, the church secretaries will be in the office only on Wednesdays - December 23rd and 30th. If you have any announcements for the bulletins of December 27th or January 3rd, they must be emailed or placed in the secretaries’ mailbox by 9 a.m. the Wednesday prior to each Sunday.

A big thank you

To Sue Wildeboer and Harriet Luymes and all the participants for the “Tree-Mendous Love” Christmas program last week. It was enjoyed by all!

Christmas Baking:

We are asking members of the congregation to bring some baking to share for our Christmas Day and New Year's Day services! Bring your favorite Christmas cookies or special "ethnic" goodies that you love to prepare at this time of year to share with coffee after the services. You may drop them off at the church kitchen anytime. Please mark that they are for the Christmas & New Year’s day services. Thank-you!!

From the Outreach Ministry Leadership team

Here are two great ministry opportunities you can participate in this coming Christmas week.

On Monday, December 21st

At 7 p.m. we will go Christmas caroling in the church neighborhood. All ages are asked to meet at the church for a ride on the hay wagon as we sing Christmas praises. It will be great fun and a wonderful celebration of the love of Jesus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after at the church.

On Thursday, December 24th

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and cook the Annual Community Christmas dinner at the LMC. Donations of food or funds to help cover the cost of feeding over 100 people would be greatly appreciated! If you can assist in anyway, please give Jeanne Ebens a call at 403-782-7872 or 403-350-6129.

Bethel Youth

A Big THANK YOU

Goes out to the Scholing family for hosting the Young People’s Christmas party last Sunday evening. And to the Ebens family, thank you for hosting the annual Hayride out at their place this past Friday night. A wonderful time was had by all for each event, and a number of items for the Lacombe Food Bank was also collected!

Tuesday Nite Youth

Has finished for the Christmas break. We will start up again on January 12th.

Announcements

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

How Does CRWRC Say Merry Christmas? Feliz Navidad. Shuvo Naba Barsha. Joyeux Noel. E ku odun, e ku iye'dun! In five days it will be Christmas! Our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are already celebrating with you. This year, please consider giving a special gift to your global family by donating to CRWRC during the Christmas Day offering.

The Freedom Run 5000

Website is now up and ‘running’! Freedom Run 5000 is a run across Canada planned to happen during the spring and summer of 2010. The purpose of this event is to raise money and awareness for the education of girls in Afghanistan. For more information please visit the newly designed website at www.freedomrun5000.org or talk to Anthony Eisses.

Persecuted Church

Iraq

Two churches and a school in Mosul, Iraq were targeted in bomb attacks on December 15th. In the late morning, a car bomb exploded in front of the church, damaging walls and windows. The assailants also threw grenades at the nearby Christian school, killing a baby girl and injuring many others, including five teenagers. In another attack, an explosive device was detonated in front of a church in the northern neighbourhood of al-Shifaa. No one was killed or injured. The bombings are the latest in a series of recent attacks on Christian sites in Mosul. Many Christians in the city have fled Iraq while others are afraid to even leave their homes. Pray for comfort for the family of the young girl who was killed. Ask God to give healing to those injured. Pray that Iraqi Christians will be filled with hope and peace as they celebrate the birth of Christ amid the threat of violence.

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