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2011-09-25 September 25 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember those young and old with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles.

We express our sincere Christian condolences to the Peter and Jan Zuidhof and the family with the death of Mrs. Hilda Zuidhof. She was 86 years old. The funeral was this past Tuesday. May God comfort you and the family in this time of sadness with the assurance of faith in Jesus Christ, her Lord and ours.

We are thankful Henry Geldof was able to return home this week. We pray for God’s strength and healing in his time of recovery.

Cake will be served following the morning service in honor of Ray & Eleanor Merkus’ 50th wedding anniversary which they celebrated with family & friends this weekend. Congratulations to you both!

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, October 2nd 

We read from Jeremiah 1 thinking of God’s plans for our lives. What is the one verse you know from the Book of Jeremiah? In evening service we begin a study of the Book of Revelation and its message of hope in a world of despair. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Office Bearer Nomination: 

With one vacant Elder position (Peter Rosendal), Council reflected back on our spring nomination process and again approached those who had been supported by the congregation to see if they were able to let their names stand at this time. Two responded favorably so at this time Council presents to the congregation the names of Art Hazelhoff and Gerald Noort for the position of Elder. Since we actually need two elders both names are presented for affirmation by the congregation. The vote will be October 9th. The installation would take place October 16th. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Chairman John De Regt or Clerk Donald Wildeboer.

From the Pastoral Evaluation Team (PET)

We are beginning the process of conducting an evaluation of Pastor Mike and the Council of Bethel through a program developed by Pastor Walt Brouwer. Pastor Walt is a consultant for Classis Alberta North in Pastor-Church Relations and has developed a manual that strives to achieve mutual accountability through transparency. Over the next few weeks, some members of our congregation (about 10%) will be contacted with an evaluation form including two or three open-ended questions in order to provide feedback to Pastor Mike and Council on their ministry. The goal is "...speaking the truth in love..." (Eph 4:15) through transparency, honesty, and grace (love), and will therefore be asking the participants to sign their names to the evaluations. If you have any questions, please contact August Luymes, Sue Wildeboer or Jan Zuidhof, PET.

October Newsletter: 

Another month is flying by and as the weeks go by, the newsletter team is starting to work on the October edition, the month of thanksgiving and celebration. We look forward to your contributions. We ask that you have them in to any member of the team, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer or Anita Geldof or in the newsletter mailbox by September 26th. Thanks so much.

From the Treasurer: 

It’s budget request time again! All Ministry Leadership Teams are asked to go over your budgets and have your numbers ready to be submitted to August Luymes by October 3, 2011. If you have any questions please contact August.

Coffee Break and Story Hour 

started this past Wednesday, September 21st. We start at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and end our study at 11:30 a.m. HELP! Story Hour is looking for several (5-7) helpers who could rotate on a weekly schedule. Many helpers make the commitment manageable. Please contact Barb Vandyk.

Bethel Youth News

Yeah! Bethel TNY is back! Starting this Tuesday, September 27th 

Tuesday Nite Youth will begin our new season! Grades 7-12 will be gathering in the fellowship hall at 7:30 p.m. for prayer and announcements. Remember doors open at 7 p.m. Then it’s downstairs to your class for our studies. Lots of new and exciting lessons are being prepared. With the new addition of Andrew T., it looks like an amazing year! If you would like more information contact Wayne or Dana, we would love to hear from you!

It’s that time of year again! Chicken Pickin’! 

There will be ‘chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Monday, September 26th, at 6:00 p.m. We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by picking. Please meet at the church by 5:00 p.m. if you need a ride. If you need more information contact Wayne or Dana.

Young Adults: 

Join us for an evening in the fields at the Lacombe Corn Maze (www.kraayfamilyfarm.com) on Saturday, October 1st. Cost for this event is $12 per person. We’ll start the maze at 7 p.m. and then cozy up by the fire with snacks and hot bevies afterwards. For more info, contact Ron DeVries at 780-619-6566.

Announcements

Let’s Make Room Together! 

Rehoboth’s Board of Directors has designated September as Membership Campaign Month. Annual Association Membership Fees of ten dollars are renewable in September, plus donations of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated. Your $10 membership fee, per person, and supporting donations insures the continuation of quality services provided in the Lord’s name. Again this year, we are encouraging each person in a family to become a member. Children under the legal age of 18 will be non-voting members. A strong membership base is a great benefit to Rehoboth when negotiating funding for the services we provide. Our new contact persons for Bethel is Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke. Please put your membership contributions in their mailbox or send your donation to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 3920-49 Ave, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2J7. You can also donate online at www.rehoboth.ab.ca Remember to include your full name, address, postal code. And the name of the church you attend, for our records.

Red Deer and District Prolife 

will hold it's next meeting on Monday Sept 26th 7 p.m. at St Mary's Church located on 6 McMillan Ave in Red Deer. We invite young or old to come out and see what we are doing in your community. We hope you will join us in defending the sanctity of life. We want to make a difference in Protecting all Human Life. More info please call Wilma Makkinga 403-782-0494

The annual Life Chain 

will be held on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd. If you choose to make it on either one of these dates it will be held at the Sports Hall of Fame just off the Hwy 2, from 2-3 p.m. Come join us to spread the message. For more info please call Wilma Makkinga 403-782 0494

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2011 

presents: “Steve Stubblejumpski” a.k.a. Robert Saik. Steve, an old Ukrainian farmer is married to Stella and lives on a “mixed-up” farm near Doublebumps. Things will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or phone the school for pick up. We also have some small wooden crates available to be filled with items for the Silent Auction. Donations can also be dropped off on Friday October 28 at the LMC by noon. Mark your calendars Harvest Fest 2011 on Friday, October 28th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and are available from Ann at the school 403-782-4535 or from Betty Scholing at 403-782-2701. See You There!

Dordt College invites you 

Please accept our invitation to join Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, on October 6th as we celebrate how God is using Dordt College in the world today. The event will be held at John and Sally Leder’s Barn, at 51514 Range Road 271, Spruce Grove. Punch will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be followed by a presentation, which includes exciting testimonials from Dordt alumni and parents of students. Please reserve your seat by September 29th to Dianne De Wit at ddewit@dordt.edu or 712.722.6029 or to Wendy Vanderveen at bwvanderveen@telus.net. Dordt College is excited to share how we will prepare even more young people for extraordinary kingdom service. You won’t want to miss this!

Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited / YFC 

is a non-profit Christian organization looking for a part time Administrative Assistant in the Lacombe office. The successful candidate will oversee the daily operations of the main office, give support to ministry staff, be involved in mobilizing and overseeing volunteers, and planning fundraising events. Strong administrative and organizational skills, strong interpersonal and social skills, working knowledge of computer programs and an overall attitude of serving and support is the heartbeat of this position. Salary is determined on a scale based on education and experience, and is funded partially on a missionary basis - requiring the gathering of a personal support team. Closing date is October 5, 2011. Please submit your resume to info@wolfcreekyfc.com or mail it to Box 5392, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1X1.

Break Forth Canada 2012

a worship, renewal and equipping conferencewill be held in Edmonton January 27th to 29th. Please check out the poster and brochures in the church foyer for more information.

Denominational News

Day of Encouragement

Are you looking for an occasion that equips and provides new insights, training, and skills for service? If so, consider the NADC's Day of Encouragement, which takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at The King's University College. The theme is "Hospitality - Love in Action" and the workshops will explore different aspects of being hospitable - as individuals, as churches, as citizens. Brochures including a registration form are available at your church or from your deacons, or online at http://www.diaconalministries.com/resources/westerncanada.html.

The Persecuted Church

Somalia 

A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on September 2nd. Juma Nuradin Kamil, who embraced Christianity about three years ago, was kidnapped on August 21st by three suspected Islamic extremists. Muslim extremists from al Shabaab, a militant group with ties to al Qaeda, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. Sources believe the kidnapping and subsequent manner of murder suggest that al Shabaab militants had been monitoring him. "It is usual for the al Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathisers of western ideals," a Christian leader said. "Our brother ... was determined in his faith in God. We greatly miss him." Pray for Juma's family and the grieving Christian community. May they rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with them through this difficult time. Ask the Lord to protect believers in Somalia and deliver them from harm. Pray that the perpetrators will repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

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