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2010-10-24 October 24 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Congratulations to Lea Dykstra as she celebrates her 81st birthday this Friday. We wish your new year to be filled with the Lord’s richest blessings!

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 31st 

we continue our series on worship with the Disciples Year 2 book. We will consider session 4 and The Response to the proclamation of the Word based on Colossians 3:15-17. We respond in song, prayer, in bringing our offerings, and in going out to serve in the coming week. In the evening we reflect on “Divine Inspiration” of the Bible in light of Belgic Confession Article 3. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Classis Report:

· We heard encouraging reports from the many ministry efforts both locally and beyond.

· A diaconal leader from Kenya spoke about the ministry of compassion in the churches there.

· Our overture to have deacon delegates at Classis was defeated.

· A “Restorative Justice” taskforce was implemented to inform and educate Classis on the benefits of this approach to resolving conflict.

· Mosaic House church plant is two years old and has 75 people attending.

· Rev. Johnston from Agassiz B.C. will be installed as pastor of Wolf Creek church in January.

· Home Missions is piloting a neighborhood outreach method to begin new church plants. Karen Wilk will facilitate the new approach based on her experience in Edmonton.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

will meet at the Scholings’ at 8:15 p.m. We will be collecting funds for our Compassion child, Bijoy.

Attention youth! 

Are you interested in singing or playing an instrument on a praise team but feel a little nervous to start? This Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., just before youth group, there will be a jam session where you will have the opportunity to work together to gain in ability and confidence in singing or playing. If you have any questions, contact Theresa Geldof or Harriet Luymes. If you are interested but the time does not suit you, let us know that as well.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this coming Tuesday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. *Dress warm!

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.

Announcements

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.

INDEYGO + REGAL Orders

The deadline for placing cookie dough, cinnamon/sticky buns, and Regal orders is approaching - Thursday October 28th is the deadline! If you have not placed an order and would like to do so please have your order form with payment in to Judy Hazelhoff or Wannetta Brander or contact any GEMS counsellor by the deadline. We thank you for your support!

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

You are invited 

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

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2010 presents: 

The Sky Family as entertainment at the Lacombe Memorial Center on Friday, November 5th. This family hails from the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. They uniquely capture the Celtic influence of that region and now have the delight of sharing it with audiences from coast to coast. The production consists of rollicking fiddle music with songs rich in harmonies. Woven throughout are hilarious stories, skit and inspirational testimonies. The theme for the evening is Winter Wonderland and the dress is semi formal. If you would like to be involved we are once again having containers filled to for table centers. Contact the school if you would like to do this. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 pm and continuing until 9:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 p.m. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or phone the school for pick up. Also donations can be dropped off on Friday November 5th at the LMC by noon. So mark your calendars HARVEST FEST FRIDAY November 5th starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and are available from Ann at CACHS 403-782-4535 or Betty Scholing at 403-782-2701. See You There!

Denominational News

Thank you

to all who assisted with the promotion of the Celebration of a Century of Grace at the Winspear. Over 1,550 attendees (plus 200 in the choir loft) enjoyed an afternoon of worship and fellowship. I believe we had attendees from almost every congregation in Classis Alberta North and for some, despite the long drive, the question was, “When is the next one?”

A Million for Missions 

This coming Reformation Sunday, October 31st is the day Synod suggests churches receive an offering for Home Missions. We have an ambitious goal with this year’s offering, to raise one million dollars to support workers for the North American mission field! His kind of money would help catalyze new gospel movements in North America by supporting new churches, campus ministries, and leaders. For more information, please visit www.crhm.org

Chris Pronger Weekend: 

For every 28 minutes on the ice, Chris takes 32 to rest. 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.

Urban Aboriginal Ministries

Did you know... that the Urban Aboriginal Ministries operate as church for families and individuals in the inner city? They provide comfort, a meal or a place to grieve when a loved one dies. They welcome new babies and help elderly community members with simple household tasks or filling out necessary forms. Above all they provide a place of sanctuary where the word of God is celebrated and lived out moment by moment.

Position Opening

Calvin Theological Seminary is seeking a Director of Admissions who will be responsible for the design and implementation of the recruitment and enrollment strategies of the seminary. For more information including a job description, go to www.calvinseminary.edu. Letters of application, including how you will use your faith in the workplace and resumes may be sent to: semhr@calvinseminary.edu

Volunteer With the CRC! 

Current opportunities listed include serving street youth in Guatemala and a Guest Seminary Lecturer in Zambia with World Missions; Diaconia Director Assistant in Honduras and an Organization Development Coordinator in Mozambique with CRWRC. For details and a full list of other opportunities, please visit www.crcna.org/servicelink

Discuss the Belhar Confession

Synod 2009 has proposed adopting the Belhar Confession as a fourth confession of the CRC. Study resources and background information are available at www.crcna.org/Belhar. In addition, a forum has been set up on The Network to discuss the Belhar online with others. Visit www.crcna.org/Network and just look for Belhar in the list of discussion networks.

The Persecuted Church

Iran

Christians in Iran are reporting that Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani has been sentenced to death for what is called a "thought crime." Pastor Youcef was arrested in October 2009 after protesting a decision by the government requiring that his son study the Qur'an. The pastor's trial was held in recent weeks in the province of Gilan, but a formal verdict has not yet been delivered by the court. If a death sentence is officially handed down and Pastor Youcef is executed, this would be the first judicial execution of a Christian in Iran in two decades. Pray that God will fill Pastor Youcef and his family with peace and that they will continue to stand on the Word, knowing that God protects His children. Pray for those in charge of Pastor Youcef's case, that God would soften their hearts and cause them to overturn their decision. Pray for all Iranian believers who are in custody, that they would know that God can use their imprisonment for His glory.

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