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2010-10-17 October 17 Bulletin

Our Church Family

An addition to the Church directory: Dustin & Melanie Biel, 72 Elana Cr., Lacombe, T3L 2L2, phone: 403-505-0212.

We extend our Christian condolences to Bindert and Sarah De Jong and the family with the death of Bindert’s mother Ineke. May the hope of heaven comfort and uphold you in the love of Jesus our savior and Lord.

Justyce Noordhof was operated on in Calgary this week to remove the growth on her face and neck. The doctors feel it is most likely a type of infection that can be treated. We are thankful for this good news and trust God for continued healing.

Ann Vander Wal remains in hospital here in Lacombe. We pray for God’s continued nearness and healing grace.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Ann Vander Wal,

Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, and Herman Scholing Sr.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 24th 

We continue our series on worship with the Disciples Year 2 book. We will consider session 3 and the centrality of “The Word of God” in our worship. In the evening we turn to Belgic Confession Article 2 as it reflects on the very real question of how we can know anything about this great and awesome being we call God. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Classis Alberta North 

Meets in regular session this week Wednesday and Thursday (Oct 20-21) in Red Deer First CRC. The delegates from our church are Pastor Mike and Elder John De Regt (Alt. Donald Wildeboer). On the agenda are mainly the regular reports from our Classis ministries: Youth Ministry Coordinator Ron De Vries; King’s University College; Edmonton Native Healing Center; Restorative Justice Committee; Diaconal Ministries etc. It is always amazing to hear how much we are doing and how God is blessing the work. Then a few reports from denominational ministries like Home Missions and Calvin College. Finally there are two overtures: one from our church to allow deacon delegates at Classis; another from the Classis Pastor Church Relations Committee (Pastor Mike Chairman) to mandate more intentional healing and reconciliation in cases where ministers and churches part ways under Article 17 of the church order. Classis will also have a Home Missions presentation Wednesday evening from 7-9 by Pastor Karen Wilk on how we can reach out to people right in our neighborhoods. Just a reminder: Classis is an open meeting and you are welcome to stop by for an hour or two if you would like to get a better sense of the work of the church in the broader context of Classis.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Will meet at the Hoekstras’ at 7:00 p.m. We will be picking the study material we will be looking at this year.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m

Youth Mission Trip: 

It is time again to organize another youth mission trip to Mexico. We are planning that trip during Spring break 2011. You will participate in the Missions Adventures program at the YWAM base in Ensenada and also help build a home for a needy family. To complete a team we need at least 10 youth and 4 adult leaders. Are you interested in knowing more and would you like to join the team? An information meeting is set for Monday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the council room. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

Woody Nook Rocktober Fest:

How good are you at Rock Band? Why notcome and rock out with us on October 31st at 4 p.m. Or just sit and watch all the fun at Woody Nook CRC! Gather four members for a band, dress as a rock star and compete against other bands from around Alberta. So sign up ASAP! Space is limited and prizes will be awarded for the best performance and best costumes. Dinner will be provided after the games and stay for the youth service. Check out the poster on the youth bulletin board for more information or contact Wayne.


Mr. & Mrs. Club 

Will be getting together on October 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joanne van Gyssel. Please remember to bring cookies and squares.

Living Members 

Will meet after the evening service on October 24th at Peter and Jan Zuidhof's. We'll be starting lesson 1 of The Truth Project.

November Newsletter

The months are flying by quickly. We are already planning the November newsletter! We plan to do this one a week early so it will be in your boxes for October 31st. If any one has contributions, please put them in the newsletter mailbox (our sincere apologies for forgetting them there last month) or email them to any one of the team. We so appreciate input from the congregation. We are hoping for short reports from some of the groups who are just starting up, let us know how it is going and what we can pray for as a new year of activities gets under way. We are looking forward to hearing from you and having another interesting, informative newsletter for you. Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer, Anita Geldof

Break Forth Canada 2011 

Is scheduled for January 28th to 30th at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. This conference is the largest worship equipping & renewal conference in North America and will feature authors John & Stasi Eldredge, Philip Yancey, Dr. Gary Chapman and singer/songwriters Paul Baloche, Brian Doerksen, Casting Crowns and others. Our church has an opportunity to be part of the early bird group registration at a cost of $99 per person. Deadline is October 17th. Information packs and registration forms can be found on the table in the foyer. All registrations must be handed in to Cindy Prins by October 17th to qualify for the discounted early bird rate. For more information, talk to Cindy at 403-748-2824.

Woody Nook CRC's 75th Anniversary 

We invite you to join us in a weekend of praising God for his abundant goodness. Friday evening, November 12th 6:00 pm, there will be a dinner at the LMC in Lacombe at $20, per person. Saturday afternoon, November 13th we plan a bus tour around the country highlighting spots (and humor) that were a part of the first WN members. Sunday morning, November 14th we invite you to join us at 10 a.m. for our Worship Service of Thanksgiving. The deadline for dinner tickets is October 23rd. Feel free to phone Betty (403) 782-7140 or Jack (403) 885-4380. There will also be an Anniversary book for sale for $45.

Central Alberta Christian High School Pie Making Day.

At this point in time, the ladies of CACHS Catering have decided not to have their annual Pie Making Day in October/November unless there is someone who comes forward to organize the day. Please contact Emma Den Oudsten at 403-782-2657 if you would be willing to take on this task. If no one steps forward, the Pie Making day will be cancelled.

You are invited Reformation/Evangelism Conference

To the upcoming daytime Reformation/Evangelism Conference being held Saturday, October 30 at Parkland United Reformed Church in Ponoka, Alberta! Speaker will be Pastor Paul T. Murphy from NYC! Nursery will be provided. There is no cost to attend.

Please see poster on the foyer bulletin board for more information. If you would like a recording of the conference, feel free to take your memory stick along! If you are unable to attend, we hope to make it available on the church website in November. Any questions, feel free to ask! On behalf of the PURC Evangelism Committee, Janice Rypstra 403-885-5638

A Spark of Hope 

The newly appointed Director of Student Services at RDC will meet with me towards the end of October. Please pray that the chaplainry services may continue to be a source of blessing to the college and community. If any student needs assistance, prayer, and spiritual nurture, contact Pastor Jack – 403.348.5464 or email: jackhielema@shaw.ca. The Lord never disappoints but only wonderfully surprises!

Denominational News

Silence is Golden

Withdraw with Jesus to a solitary place. Intermission is a 2 ½ day silent directed retreat sponsored by Centrepointe CRC, Edmonton. This event will take place on November 5-7, 2010, Providence Centre, Edmonton, AB. Cost will be $325. To register: Crystal at 780-454-1936 or info@centrepointechurch.ca.

November 6th 

You don't want to miss this wonderful opportunity that the NADC's Day of Encouragement offers to grow, stretch, learn about many different opportunities for ministry. Make sure you've got your calendars marked! Register by October 22nd at 780-423-0456 or online at www.diaconalministries.com to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Let’s Connect About Ministry! 

Have you ever asked "I wonder how other churches do this?". Well, now you can ask them! There's a new website called "The Network" where people across the CRC are connecting to compare notes, share tips, and encourage each other in ministry. It covers 51 ministry areas - deacons, treasurers, church nurseries, small groups, Sunday school, and more. Check it out at www.crcna.org/network


"What are Millennium Development Goals?" - Join us October 20th at noon (EST) to learn what they are how they relate to the work of the CRC around the globe. Dana Doll of the Office of Social Justice will also share how churches can get involved through prayer, learning, and engagement. This is just one of six Global Mission webinars this fall. To register and see the full list of dates/topics, visit www.crcna.org/MissionWebinars

Join A Mission Team 

This winter! ServiceLink and Christian Reformed World Missions are offering an opportunity for you to be involved in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, without having to put a team together. Sign up on your own or with a friend and join others from across Canada and the US in a mission experience serving the Iglesia Cristiana Reformada from January 22 - 31, 2011. If this is of interest to you contact ServiceLink at volunteer@crcna.org.

The Persecuted Church


An underground Christian has not seen his 15-year-old daughter, Anab Ghelle Hassan, since Muslim extremists kidnapped her on February 15th. Knowing that the insurgents would soon come after the rest of his family, he fled immediately with his wife, 11-year-old daughter, and 10-year-old son. This family was part of a growing movement of underground Christians. The al Shabaab insurgents fighting the Transitional Federal Government began monitoring the family's activities in 2008 and often questioned him about their lack of attendance at the local mosque. Al Shabaab insurgents control much of southern and central Somalia and have embarked on a campaign to rid the country of its hidden Christian population. Pray Anab will be restored to her family. Pray this family will know the love and comfort of the Lord at this time. Pray the Lord will protect Christians from the possible implementation of Shariah law in Somalia, which would lead to greater persecution.

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