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2010-12-19 December 19 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Steve & Carmen McKerrow sent us a note from Australia sharing the good news that God has blessed them with a baby girl. They named her Kiera Indigo.

Ian Prins had a beneficial week in Calgary Foothills hospital. His condition is improving and he has even had a few headache-free days. He needs to stay a little longer and we pray for God’s continued healing and sustaining grace.

A big Thank-you to Harriet Luymes for organizing the Christmas Program last Sunday afternoon. It was nice to see young and old contribute to the celebration of our Saviour's birth.

Thanks Harriet!

Thank you to Bethel Members for the generous cash gift to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We have a few ideas already of what we would like to purchase with it. Also thank you for the beautiful flowers! John and Mar-Deb

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

Next Sunday, December 26th 

We read about the Magi and how God through his angels watched over them. We will not have an evening service as many people have family events planned. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

A reminder from August: 

To facilitate the treasurer and make maximum use of your 2010 donation budget please have all cheques and cash in by December 27, 2010. Thank you!

Uganda Coffee Project: 

Today in our coffee pot coffee grounds from Uganda! An overview of the Relationship Coffee project in the Nebbi District of Northern Uganda will be found on our website for viewing. www.lacombebethelcrc.org

Check out "Uganda Coffee Project" on Justice Seekers Community

Community Christmas Dinner: 

Thank you from the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team! The Bethel community has come through and everything is ready to happen on Christmas Day. Without your generosity, and of course the Lord’s mighty hand, this ministry could not have happened. Thank you!

Christmas Carolling and Potluck Dinner: 

The Outreach and Fellowship MLT’s would like to invite the congregation to come out and go Christmas Carolling in our neighbourhood this afternoon at 4 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. A potluck supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. If you are planning to join in for the dinner please bring a dinner and dessert item to share. All are welcome for either or both events.

Church Snow Shovellers: 

The General Administration LT is looking for someone to shovel now here at the church this winter. The job involves keeping the sidewalks on the south, east & north side of the church and the steps at all the entries clear of snow & ice. This is a paid position and could be a nice before & after school job for some of the youth of the church. For more information, please contact Hans Spelt at 403-782-6039.

Bethel Newsletter: 

January 2011 is just around the corner! With it comes the first newsletter of the new year. We hope to produce our newsletter in time for you to have it on the first Sunday of the New Year. So if you have any contributions for this edition, now is the time to start thinking and writing and getting it in the newsletter mailbox or in any of our email accounts. We look forward to your participation. Thanks so much for your support over the last year. We are always ready to listen to new ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to get in touch with any of the team. Blessings to all in the year 2011. Ann Wildeboer, Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof

Bethel Cadet Bottle and Battery Drive: 

Once again the Bethel Cadets will be holding a bottle and battery drive on January 8, 2011. If anyone would like to donate your bottles or batteries to us, you can drop them off at Herman Scholing’s shop on January 8th after 8:30 a.m. or make arrangements with one of the Cadet counsellors for a pick up service before this date. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Grant Zuidhof. Thank-you for your support.

Bethel Youth News

Young People Christmas Social 

Will take place at the home of Kendra and Megan Scholings. Right after this evenings service we will have a chance to visit and exchange a gift. Please bring a small snack to share. For more information please contact Michelle Hoekstra or Kendra Scholing.

Jr. Youth and Young Peoples Christmas Hay Ride 

Will be held at the home of Marvin & Jeanne 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.

Jr. Youth 

You have been invited to come to the church to attend a TNY games night! We will meet here at the church at 7 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. Ladies will be responsible for bringing drinks and gents will be in charge of snacks. Wayne and Theresa will be your hosts for the evening and if you need more information give them a call.

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.

2011 Young Adults Retreat 

Will be happening in Jasper on the weekend of May 27-29, 2011. The CANYA planning team wanted to send out this early announcement so that those Young Adults home for Christmas will have an opportunity to hear about this event. The cost will again be $100.00 per person including accommodations and food. More details will follow in the next couple of months.

Denominational News

For many years, we have kept you in touch with the prayer needs of the ministries through a brochure called the Prayer Guide. Every month, we send thousand of these little brochures to churches like yours all across North America. But times change, and the Prayer Guide is changing too. Starting in January 2011, we will end production of the printed Prayer Guide. Instead, we will post the prayer requests online. You will find the Prayer Guide at www.crcna.org/prayer. If you don’t have Internet access, please contact Cindy or Dana at the church to print you a copy.

The Persecuted Church


Seven house churches were forcibly closed down in West Java, Indonesia, due to local Muslims' objections to the buildings being used for "illegal church meetings." On December 12th, between 200 and 300 Muslim militants gathered outside seven houses and performed sudden inspections of the buildings. The militants said the buildings could not be used for Christian worship services and told the congregation to meet elsewhere. The police high commissioner adjutant denied the news, saying the Muslim fundamentalists raided some churches. The security troops of Bandung city were following up on that report by sealing the seven house churches. The owners of the houses were told they could remain in their homes but were forbidden from opening their homes for Christian worship services. Ask God to use this ordeal to strengthen the members of this church. Pray that they will demonstrate Christ's love to those who oppose them and that their faith will be a light which helps lead others to the Lord. Pray that Indonesian Christians suffering for Christ will keep their eyes on Jesus, persevere in their faith and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39; 12:1-3).

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