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2010-09-26 September 26 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Dear congregation: My father, John Vandyk died peacefully at Stabler Hospice in St. Catharines on Tuesday, September 21st. He was 85 years old. He knew the end was near and was very much at peace. I will be leading a memorial service in St. Catharines on Saturday, October 2nd, remembering and giving thanks to God for a life of humble love and service to us as family and to the Christian Reformed Church as a pastor. Pastor Mike

Justyce Noordhof, dear daughter of Josh and Jolene, granddaughter of Bryan and Yvonne continues to be treated for tumors found on her face and neck. We ask that our Lord Jesus would take this little one in his arms and bless her and the family in this uncertain time.

Harvest time is or soon will be upon us. Once again the Lord has blessed us with crops that look good. This can be a very rewarding and fulfilling time of the year. It can also be a very stressful time, working long hours, dealing with weather, as well as dealing with everything else that goes on in our lives. In light of all this, we have the opportunity to help Craig & Marcella Van Stryland and their family bring in their crops. We are looking for farmers that would be willing to come out with their combines and / or trucks, to help bring in their barley and canola. We are all aware of their situation. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together not only as a community, but also as a church family, to continue to show our love and support for the Van Stryland’s during this difficult time. If you are able to help in this way please call Herman 403-350-3738 or Art 403-782-7976 Thank-you

Congratulations to Herman Scholing Sr. as he celebrates his 88th birthday on Saturday. Wishing you a wonderful day with family and friends, and may the Father continue to bless you into your new year!

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, and Herman Scholing Sr.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 3rd

We welcome a son of the congregation, Bernhard Vander Vlis, to lead us in worship. He has completed his Master of Divinity studies from Regent Seminary in Vancouver and is preparing to take up pastoral work in the Christian Reformed Church.

Rake and Serve: 

As we see the leaves falling, the Outreach MLT is planning on giving back to our immediate community by raking the leaves of the homes around the church. In this way we can demonstrate our love for God and our neighbor. We plan to meet on Saturday, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. and it should take till lunch time. There will be lunch provided. All you need to do is bring a rake and a smile. See you this Saturday.

Babies, babies. Help! 

Coffee Break nursery needs your help in caring for our infants. If you could help Lorraine and Helena one Wednesday morning or regularly from 9:30 – 11:30 that would be great. Please call Barb (403-782-0744).

October Newsletter: 

Another month flies by! October is coming with Thanksgiving. The next newsletter is scheduled to be in your mailboxes for October 3rd. The team is looking for contributions from the congregation again. We especially hope to hear from each of our ministries. A short note about when you are starting and some details about your plans for the year. This way we can surround each other in prayer and encouragement. Please send us your contributions either by email or in the newsletter mailbox. The deadline will be Monday, September 27th. Thanks so much to all those who contribute. We hear many wonderful comments. Laura Duckett, Ann Wildeboer, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof.

Seniors’ Club 

Plans to have their first meeting this fall on Tuesday, September 28th at 9:30 a.m. here in the Bethel fellowship hall. All seniors are invited to join us for a morning of Christian fellowship, a short devotion, singing hymns, sharing some stories of your summer experiences and of course coffee and goodies. Hope to see you there.

Bethel Cadets: 

All boys that are in Grades 4-9 are invited to the start up meeting for the season which will be held at Bethel CRC at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 29th. We are looking forward to this year with the anticipation of the International Camporee in Michigan this coming summer. Cadets will be doing some fundraising this year to help with transportation costs so save up your bottles and batteries for them, as they will have a collection day in January. If you would like to donate them sooner please contact Grant Zuidhof at 403-782-4002 to store them in the cadet shed. Dues for this year are $30.00.

Save the date! 

On Monday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Dessert evening in the Fellowship hall for all leaders & helpers involved in the Education programs of our church. Fred Knip will be our speaker, motivating & encouraging leaders for the upcoming year.

GEMS Fundraiser 

Bethel GEMS Club is fundraising by selling IN-DEY-GO Cookie dough, Cinnamon/Sticky buns and REGAL. Order forms and catalogues will be placed in your mailbox. Please place IN-DEY-GO orders with payment in Judy Hazelhoff’s mailbox. Please place REGAL orders with payment in Wannetta Brander's mailbox. Cheques can be made out to Bethel GEMS Please recycle the REGAL catalogues and place them in the box located under the mailboxes. Contact Judy Hazelhoff or Wannetta Brander if you have any questions. Thanks again for your support!

100th Anniversary Celebration

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline of September 30th is fast approaching! Bethel will not have an evening service on October 17th due to this event and you are encouraged to attend! “What a difference a century of grace can make.” Classis Alberta North (representing over 30 congregations, 2,500 families, and 9,500 members) and First CRC Edmonton invite the members of Classis AB North to meet on October 17, 2010 at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton to celebrate 100 years as a Classis. The celebration worship service will start at 4 p.m. (with a reception to follow). The church secretaries are taking orders for free tickets for this event. Please contact Dana or Cindy on a first come, first served basis before September 30th (no exceptions). You can email the secretaries at bchurch2@telus.net or phone 403-782-6400 (leave a voice mail if we are not in) to reserve your tickets.

Thank you to all those who attended the mass choir rehearsal for the 100th Anniversary Celebration worship service this past Friday. For all singers, please attend when you can, we’d like as many singers as possible! The remaining rehearsals are as follows: October 1, October 8, October 15, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church Edmonton, 10956 – 96 St. Sunday October 17th from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Winspear Centre. Service begins at 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Elizabeth Stolte at cestolte@shaw.ca.

Bethel Youth News

Youth Retreat

A number of items were left over from the Youth Retreat. Hoodies, pillows, and smaller items are located in the lost and found box downstairs next to the elevator door. Even if you don’t think you left anything behind, please take a look. You might be surprised that you actually did!

Attention all Youth: 

There will be ‘chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. We will begin with a light supper followed by chicken picking. Please meet at the church by 5:30 p.m. if you need a ride.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this coming Tuesday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

No Chaplaincy Services at Red Deer College

Presently there are no chaplaincy services at Red Deer College. This has much to do with a change in the RDC administration. Soon we hope and pray that spiritual care can be available again at this growing institution. In the meanwhile, Pastor Jack Hielema can be contacted to share with you the life of Christ. Phone: 403-348-5464, 47 Hill Crescent, Red Deer AB, T4N 6G3 or email: jackhielema@shaw.ca. Pastor Jack hopes to contact other caregivers in Central Alberta to assist our students. Please pray for the exciting but also complicated world in which students live and work.


Parkland Men’s Choir: 

All men are invited to come and join them on Monday evenings in Woody Nook church at 7:30 p.m. We start our new season on September 20th under the able direction of Larry Johnson. Come and join an evening of singing and Christian fellowship as we worship HIM in song. More info call Allan Stolte at 403-885-4379.

Thank You 

The Prairie Association of Christian Schools would like to thank the Central Alberta Churches for their support in the work of Christian Education. As we look towards a new year with some transition we are reminded of God's faithfulness through all things. At the dedication service in Rimbey on August 29th the offering received for PACS was $505.40. We are so grateful for your continued support in developing Christian Curriculum, in sponsoring workshops for the boards, in working towards growing God's Kingdom through the students at our schools.

First Christian Reformed Church 

in Edmonton is celebrating its 100th anniversary on the weekend of October 16-17, 2010 and invites friends and former members to join in their celebration. Activities include an evening banquet and program at the Italian Cultural Centre, 14230 - 133 Ave. Edmonton on Saturday October 16th beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 each or $350 a table of 10 (tables are assigned seating) -- call Wilma Sanford at 780-467-6294 for tickets (deadline: Monday October 2nd). On Sunday, October 17th, a special Anniversary Worship Service will be held in First CRC (10956 - 96 St) beginning at 10 a.m. Come and celebrate with First CRC Edmonton -- we look forward to seeing many familiar faces!

Woody Nook CRC is celebrating 75 years 

of thanksgiving to God for His abundant goodness. A banquet and program is planned for Friday, November 12th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. A historic tour is being planned for Saturday afternoon, November 13th. A service of praise and thanksgiving will be on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Woody Nook CRC. Banquet tickets are $20. Contact Betty Weenink at 403-782-7140 or Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380.

Denominational News

Are you interested in making your missions partnership healthier? Do you want to learn more about ministry among Muslims? What does the bible say about poverty? How can we get missions in our own neighborhood? Sign up today for the CRWM Go Conference to be held October 2, 2010 at Bethel Community CRC in Edmonton. See www.crwm.org for sign up info.

Day of Encouragement

Are you looking for an occasion that equips and provides new insights, training, and skills for service? If so, consider the NADC's Day of Encouragement, which takes place on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at The King's University College. The theme is "Living Dangerously-Pursuing God's Mission Together" and the workshops will explore different aspects of the dangerous business of truly loving God with all your being and your neighbour as yourself. Check with your church administrator or your deacons for a brochure and registration form or access it online at www.diaconalministries.com.

The Persecuted Church


The court proceedings for the trial of two Chinese Christians imprisoned in Henan province, began on September 20th. The outcome of the proceedings is not yet known. It was reported, however, that several believers who had come to witness the event were detained, including a previously imprisoned Pastor, Zhang Mingxuan and his wife. They were released a few hours later. Other local Christians, including the son of the defendant Liu Yunhua, were detained by authorities on their way home from the trial. These believers remained detained at last report. Pray for the release of the detained believers. Pray for patience of heart and strength of faith for Liu and Gao as they face opposition. Ask God to continue to equip and embolden Pastor Zhang in his ministry.

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