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2010-12-26 December 26 Bulletin

Our Church Family

The ladies from the Seniors’ Lodge would like to thank the Deacons & GEMS for their invitation to the Senior singles Christmas luncheon on December 12th. Also a big thank you for the lovely gifts! Lena Spelt, Grace Vander Veen, Ann Vander Wal and Hilda Zuidhof

I would like to thank the congregation for their prayers, cards, & visits while I was in the hospital. I am recovering at home and feeling much better! Thanks again, Ian Prins.

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

Join us Friday, December 31st 

At 7:00 p.m. for our New Year’s Eve service as we end the year together and share with one another the wonder of God’s grace to us through 2010.

Next Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 

We enter the New Year in the confidence of our faith, looking to Jesus who “Makes all things New” and partaking in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together. In the evening service we see Jesus who comes at Christmas as “True God and yet truly Human” based on Philippians 2:1-11. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Children & Worship will not meet today or on January 2nd.

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

Uganda Coffee Project: 

Today in our coffee pot, coffee 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

Church Snow Shovelers:

The General Administration LT is looking for someone to shovel snow 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 2011. 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:

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 counselors for pick up service before this date. For more information about this fundraiser please contact Grant Zuidhof. Thank-you for your support.

Bethel Youth News

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

Monthly Prayer Guide

For many years, you have been kept in touch with the prayer needs of the CRC ministries through a brochure called the Prayer Guide. Every month, thousands of these little brochures are sent to churches like ours all across North America. But times change, and the Prayer Guide is changing too. Starting in January 2011, the production of the printed Prayer Guide will end. Instead, the prayer requests will be posted 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.

myCRC Question of the week 

“Which CRC beliefs or practices do you especially treasure?” 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.


Of volunteer opportunities with the CRC has arrived and is posted on our Mission bulletin board. Check out the variety of opportunities to serve all across the globe, from Israel and Palestine to the Philippines and from Senegal to the Dominican Republic.

The Persecuted Church


Authorities have put a halt to Christmas celebrations in several areas of Vietnam in what appears to be a central government crackdown on Christianity. On December 19th, hundreds of Christians arrived at the National Convention Center in the Tu Kiem district of Hanoi for a planned Christmas event. However, they found the doors of the building locked and police on scene who tried to send them away. In a bold move, some of the Christians began to sing and pray in the square in front of the center. Police then struck some Christians with their fists and nightsticks. Christian leaders worked to calm the crowd, which eventually left, but not before at least six people -- including Rev. Nguyen Huu Bao, the event's scheduled speaker -- were arrested. At last report, the six individuals were still detained. Similar incidents occurred on the same day in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Quang Nam provinces, and in the city of Danang in central Vietnam. Officials injured believers and, in some cases, also confiscated or destroyed property belonging to the believers. Pray the victims of these crackdowns will be encouraged and emboldened by God, their Immanuel, who loves them and leads them at all times. Pray for peace to reign in the hearts of God's followers in Vietnam this Christmas and that authorities will receive the saving grace of Jesus.

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