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2010-12-12 December 12 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Ian Prins has not been feeling well for the past little while. An assessment in Calgary this week led to Ian being hospitalized in the Foothills hospital. We pray that the specialists may be guided by our God to find the cause of the problems and that Ian and the family would feel God’s love and care.

The Scholing family wishes to express their deepest thanks in the recent passing of Herman Scholing Sr. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Thanks to all who sent cards, baking, soup, casseroles, flowers, phone calls, memorial contributions, and many other gestures of kindness & expressions of sympathy in the loss of our husband, father, and grandfather. Thanks to those who assisted in the memorial service – Pastor Mike, organist - Pearl Meindersma, sound - Henry Geldof, Power Point - Cindy Prins and to the CoffeeBreak ladies for serving a lovely lunch and tea. Thanks to all & God Bless...

Congratulations to Pita Doornenbal with her 79th birthday this coming Friday, December 17th and Klaas Boskers with his 87th birthday this coming Saturday, December 18th. May God bless you both with a special day of celebration!

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

The church deacons 

Would like to invite all single seniors to a time of food & fellowship today, December 12th following the morning service. Please join us in the fellowship hall for lunch & games.

Next Sunday, December 19th 

We continue our Advent series in the morning on Christmas Angels in reading Matthew 1:18-25 as an Angel confronts Joseph’s skepticism and affirms his love for God and Mary. We would also like to go Christmas carolling as a congregation during the afternoon of December 19th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. with a Potluck dinner to follow here at the church at 5:30 p.m. Please feel free to join in with both activities or just the potluck. In the evening at 7:00 p.m. we will have our Candle Light service of lessons and carols. Pastor Mike will lead our worship for both services.

Christmas Banners: 

We wish to thank Gaylene Tenbrinke and Jenny Tenbrinke for their beautiful work painting the Christmas banners this year. The set of five banners/canvases expresses the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, concluding with Christ, the light of the world.

A BIG THANK YOU 

To all who came and supported our Sinterklaas Bazaar on December 4th. The Dutch luncheon was delicious. The games and fellowship were great fun and lots of people went home with either prizes, baking or poinsettias. Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet found time to visit us in their busy schedule and the children got a chance to talk to them. Our profit was $2,450.00. Thank you again from the Youth Mexico Mission team.

Community Christmas Dinner: 

We are still in need of people to help on the morning of December 25th to warm up food and finish setting up. We also need people to do the clean up after the meal. We are looking for a donation yet of one turkey and one ham. If you could help us out with this, please contact Jen Zuidhof, Jeanne Ebens, or Liz Stad. Thank you from the Outreach MLT.

The Seniors’ club Christmas social 

Is planned for this coming Tuesday, December 14th. We hope to gather shortly after 11 a.m. for coffee & punch with dinner at 11:45 a.m. A Christmas liturgy & Christmas carols will be on the program as well.

The annual Council Christmas social 

Is planned for Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m., here at the church. This is a time of fellowship and fun for Elders, Youth Elders and Deacons and their spouses as we share the joy of Jesus our Savior. The theme of the evening this year is “Knowing Bethel better.”

Bethel Youth News

Youth Mexico Mission team: 

Commitment forms and trip deposits are due today, December 12th. Please hand them in to either Gerry or Trudy. Our next meeting will be January 6th, 2011 at 7 pm.

Attention all Junior & Senior Highs: 

On the evening of the 14th of December, TNY will be having a movie night at 6:30 p.m. We will be showing a film called “To Save a Life”. Please bring a small snack to share. If you need more information contact any of the TNY leaders.

Junior youth and Young peoples Christmas Hay Ride 

Will be held at the Ebens’ on Monday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.. Please bring a snack for everyone to share and please consider something for the food bank as well. It is optional but all things are welcome such as turkeys, ham and non perishable foods.

Attention all High School students - you are invited! 

A Christmas Coffee at Kavaccino’s on December 21st at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Come, relax and celebrate our Lord’s birth with one another. Your TNY leaders, Dana, Brad and Pastor Mike will be hosting this event so we hope that you all come. If you have any questions, please contact any one of us for more information.

Announcements

Fall drive for Central Alberta Christian High School 

Will be officially over on December 15th. If you would still like to make a donation, please send it directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta, T4L 1G7. Attention: Wendy Barnes. We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive thus far.

Immanuel: A Dutch/Afrikaans Christmas Singalong 

Will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at 2:30 p.m. at 1st CRC in Red Deer. Join us and tell your friends about this. M.C. will be Pastor Jack Hielema who will give a meditation on “Immanuel”.

Everyone is invited 

To meet up with past classmates, parents, and other fans from years’ gone by during the CACHS Alumni Competitive Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, December 18th.

Pregnancy Care Centre

What Christmas gifts can the Pregnancy Care Centre use this year?” We have had many church groups ask us this very thing, so we have created a list of things we are short of this Christmas season. Diapers and wipes; Baby shampoo, wash and lotion; Small maternity clothes; Size 0-24 month clothing for boys and girls; Children’s picture Bibles and toys; New receiving blankets; Baby blankets ; All sizes of new baby clothing; Used Onesies; Nursing pillows; Journals; NLT Bibles for clients. If you are able to give any of the above, just bring them to our centre in Red Deer. Thank you so much and have a Blessed Christmas!

Denominational News

myCRC Question of the Week

"Tell your story of why you're Christian Reformed. If you were born into the CRC, what keeps you here?" This is just one of five questions on myCRC - a project to capture stories, experiences, and perspectives on being Christian Reformed. Already, we've collected some great stories from a wide variety of people! See what others have written and share your responses at www.crcna.org/myCRC

The Persecuted Church

Somalia

A 17 year old Somali girl who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death on November 25th in an apparent "honour killing". Nurta Mohamed Farah, who fled her village to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, was shot in the head and chest with a pistol. Area sources said they strongly suspect that the two unidentified men who shot her were relatives or acting on their behest. Farah was killed about 200 metres from where she had taken refuge. Christian sources said Farah's parents had severely beaten her for leaving Islam and regularly shackled her to a tree at their home. She had been confined to her home since May 10th, when her family found out that she had embraced Christianity. Pray the Lord will protect and deliver Somali Christians from those who persecute them (Romans 15:30-31). Pray the gospel will continue to spread in this nation despite opposition. Ask God to bring many government officials and leaders to faith in Christ.

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