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2010-11-28 November 28 Bulletin


Our Church Family

We extend our condolences to Mrs. Alice Scholing and the Scholing family with Herman’s death this past Tuesday, November 23rd. He was 88 years old. He had been getting weaker for some time and died peacefully in the palliative care facilities at the Lacombe Hospital with his family nearby. A memorial service is planned for tomorrow, Monday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m. here at Bethel. Together we lean on the Lord’s strength trusting in his promises for now and eternity.

Craig Van Stryland’s treatments in Calgary are going well and he is halfway through the 6 weeks of radiation treatment. We trust that God will bless Craig, the family & volunteer drivers with safety as they drive to Calgary every day.

Congratulations to John & Mar-Deb de Regt with the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary last Monday, November 22nd. May God continue to be with you in your marriage in the years to come!

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, December 5th

We continue our time of Advent. Pastor Mike has a classical appointment in Ponoka. Pastor Tim Wood, chaplain at King’s University will lead our worship. In the evening we welcome the Parkland Men’s Choir as they bring us the Christmas message in song.

From the Outreach MLT: 

The following note was received from Florence, a regular attendee of our Circle of Friends supper every Thursday.

“Thank you so much for continuing your ‘Circle of Friends’ ministry each week. It is delightful to meet regularly for the friendship & fellowship provided by the supper. You always make us feel so welcome and always have such tasty, nutritious meals. We all appreciate your efforts so much! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and we look forward to the New Year with everyone each week.”

Just a reminder: 

Poinsettia orders are due today. Please place your orders in Gerry Prins’ mailbox. Thank you.

December Newsletter. 

Can you believe it? We are ready to put together the last Bethel Newsletter of 2010! Our Christmas edition should be in your boxes next Sunday, December 5th. If you have any contributions for the newsletter we would ask that you email any member of the team before this Wednesday at noon. If you have something special about Christmas that you would like to share with the congregation - this is an excellent place for that. We have enjoyed putting together a monthly newsletter for you this year. We would love to have more input from the congregation so feel free to be in touch with us. Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas season. From the Newsletter editors, Ann Wildeboer, Harriet Luymes, Laura Duckett & Anita Geldof.

Bethel Youth News

Young Adults 

Will meet after the evening service today for a Bible Study. All Young Adults are welcome to come out and dive into Galatians. We are also planning on having a Bowling Night in December, either the 3rd or the 4th. Let Steven Vandyk know what day works better and we have a fun night bowling!

Tuesday Nite Youth will NOT meet this coming Tuesday, November 29th 

Due to a leaders meeting. Dana’s class will however meet at 7 p.m. on the 29th in the council room to discuss chapter 4 of “Questions from the Pickle Jar”. Please have the chapter read before class to we can go right into a discussion. TNY will resume on December 7th and for Brad’s class please have chapter 4 of the same book read! If you have any questions about this announcement please contact Dana!

Youth Mexico Mission Team: 

Our first fundraiser is the Sinterklaas Bazaar this coming Saturday. We are setting up for the bazaar on Friday night at 7 p.m. Please be there! Commitment forms and trip deposits are due by December 12, 2010. Please hand them back to either Gerry or Trudy.

Announcements

Sinterklass Bazaar - Dutch Luncheon: 

You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on Saturday, December 4th. 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 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

The Central Alberta Christian High School Fall Drive

Is now underway until December 15th. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary at 403-782-4535, and request one. During the evenings, you may also contact Pete Walls at 403-588-0856 or Wendy Barnes at 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.

Out of Darkness: An Evening with K’Naan

On November 29th, The River Community Church invites you to a dessert night with Canadian musical artist and activist K’Naan. K’Naan is widely known for his song “Wavin’ Flag’ which was the theme song for both the World Cup and Young Artists for Haiti. K’Naan will be sharing his experiences as a Somali refugee and immigrant to Canada. Join us at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. for what promises to be a fascinating night. Tickets are $40. For more info, see www.rivercommunity.ca. For more information please look for the poster in the foyer bulletin board.

Festival Of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas: 

At the Winspear Centre on Monday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. Please check the poster on the foyer bulletin board for more details.

Check out what’s happening at The King’s University College 

For the month of December. There are choir concerts and Nativity Art displays scheduled for the coming month – for more information, check the poster on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Denominational News

Today, in your church mailbox

You will find the first Semi-annual Prayer calendar for Classis Alberta North for the month of December. Each day in December you will have an opportunity to pray for a specific church or ministry member of Classis Alberta North. May God bless the work that goes on in his churches in our part of the province! Also in your mailbox is the 2011 Christian Reformed World Missions calendar. 

Please keep the missionaries, the people they serve, and the ministries in your prayers. To subscribe to CRWM’s weekly ePray list, visit www.crwm.org/membership.

Free Advent E-devotions from CRWRC. 

Fill your heart with hope as you pray, await, and celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas using “Give Hope”, devotions written by justice and development workers around the world. You will receive a daily email with suggested scripture, meditation, and prayer. Subscribe today at http://crcna.org/pages/osj_adventdevotions.cfm.

Global Missions Webinar. 

“God or Allah?” Join us for a lively webinar about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. Led by Bill Thornburg from Christian Reformed World Missions, it will be held on December 1st at 12 noon (EST) as a follow up to the “Ministry to Muslims” webinar held earlier this year. To watch a recording of the earlier session and to register for this upcoming event, visit www.crna.org/MissionWebinars.

The Persecuted Church

Pakistan 

Police suspect two Muslim militants are responsible for the recent murder of a Christian man in Punjab province, Pakistan. In early November, 22-year-old Latif Masih was granted bail after five months of imprisonment for "blasphemy" for allegedly burning pages of the Qur'an. His release came after the complainant in the case told the court he was not certain Latif was guilty. On November 18th, two men arrived at the home of Latif and his mother, Rubina Bibi, and asked if he would accompany them. When Latif and the men were a few yards from the house, they shot Latif five times. The men then fled by motorbike. Police were watching the scene from the street but did nothing to stop the assailants. Latif's brother, Junaid Masih, claims that the two attackers were associates of a Muslim man who had filed the blasphemy charge against Latif -- a charge that Junaid claims was part of the Muslim man's plan to take over Latif's motorbike shop. Pray that God will grant Latif's loved ones the light of His love in the darkness of grief. Pray that Christ's Body in Pakistan will continue to be a bold testimony of His love and grace. Ask God to help Christians in Pakistan to respond in a Christ-like manner to injustice and oppression.

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