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2011-10-09 October 9 Bulletin

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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.

Henry and Anita Geldof and family would like to thank the congregation for their constant support over the last number of months. Your prayers, visits, cards, and the gifts in an attempt to fatten Henry up a bit have been so appreciated. We are so thankful that Henry is doing as well as he is following the surgery. We give all thanks and praise to our heavenly Father who showers us with so many good gifts. One of those gifts is the family of Bethel. Thank you!

Please update your church directory with the following information: Curt & Amy Dowling, 65 Ironwolf Blvd., Lacombe, AB, T4L 2K5. The phone number remains the same.

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

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 held today after the morning service. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Chairman John de Regt or Clerk Donald Wildeboer.

Thanksgiving Day service

Tomorrow, Monday, October 10th is our special Thanksgiving Day service at 10:30 a.m. 

We gather to thank God for his many blessings of faith and life. Please bring your food items for the Lacombe Food Bank.

The GEMS Counselors invite the congregation to the Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast! 

Pancakes, sausages, eggs will be served with coffee and juice on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for age 10 and under. Proceeds will be going to the Esther School to purchase bricks and the Bethel GEMS Counselors’ Training Fund. Come join us for good food, great fellowship and special time to start off this day of Thanks Giving!

Next Sunday, October 16th 

we read from Jeremiah 36 and God’s writing down his plan for us in his Holy Word the Bible. In the evening service we read Revelation 3 and see even more clearly the place of the church in the kingdom building work of the reigning Lord Jesus. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, therewill be no Sunday School for grades 3/4 and Treasure Seekers.

Elders & Deacons, as well as former Council members

You are asked to return your Council handbooks to the secretaries’ office if you haven’t done so yet. When all the books have been returned they will be updated.

Church Nursery: 

Just a friendly reminder for everyone on the Nursery schedule that we do provide nursery for the evening services as we have some families with small children who do enjoy attending our evening service. If you are scheduled to be in the nursery in the evening, please be there or find a replacement for yourself if you are not able to attend.

Thank you from the Nursery committee.

Seniors’ club: 

We plan to meet again for a morning of Christian fellowship, beginning this coming Tuesday, October 11th at 9:30 a.m. here in the Bethel fellowship hall. We extend a hearty welcome to all seniors.

Rocky Mountain College Choir & Orchestra

The 35-member Rocky Mountain College Choir & Orchestra, under the direction ofJonathan Schorr, will minister in concert here at Bethel on Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Their inspirational music incorporates a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical and sacred to spirituals and contemporary Christian works. Admission to the concert is free—a love offering will be received to help support their ministry.

Billets for Rocky Mountain College Choir 

we need spots for the 35 members of the choir for Friday night, October 14. Those hosting students would take them home after the concert and bring them back to church after breakfast Saturday morning. Let Barb Vandyk know if you can help out.


invites all praise team members and musicians and sound persons and all people who are interested in becoming involved with this music ministry to a time of discussion and worship on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. Prayerfully consider participating in this church ministry. Any questions or for more information, contact Harriet at 782-2572.


Gerry will be placing an order for croquettes for the Sinterklaas bazaar. Would you like extra croquettes for your own freezer? They are 10 for $10. To place your order please call Gerry 403-782-4170 before October 17th.


will begin their season on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. We will have registration and get fitted for shirts and receive books. The meetings will go to 9:00 p.m. and dues will be $30 per Cadet. For more information contact Grant Zuidhof at 403-782-4002.

Bethel Youth News

Young Adults

will meet for a kick-off meeting of the season tonight after the evening worship service at the home of Herman & Betty Scholing.

Tuesday Nite Youth

will be held on Tuesday, October 11th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Due to the length our study, we will be starting at 7:30 p.m. SHARP! J

Advance notice – Young Peoples 

will meet at the Van Stryland’s next week, October 16th after the evening worship service for a social.

Youth Mission Trip: 

Plans are underway for another mission trip to Mexico. We are planning that trip during Spring break 2012. You will participate in the Missions Adventures program at the YWAM base in Ensenada and also help build a home for a needy family. To complete a team we are in need of at least 10 youth and 4 adult leaders. Are you interested in knowing more and would you like to join the team? An information meeting is set for Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.


Wolf Creek Community Church 

in Lacombe is seeking a qualified candidate to join our Ministry Team in the position of Admin Support. This half time position will provide reception and administration duties to support church staff and ministries. The successful candidate will possess good communication and computer skills; knowledge of web based applications and Microsoft Office Programs is an asset. Please send your resume toadmin@wolfcreekcommunitychurch.org. The job closing date is October 27.Only those granted an interview will be contacted.

Denominational News

Safe Church Training Workshops

October 20 & 21 from 7-9 pm at St. Albert CRC, 12 Gate Ave, St. Albert. The Classis Alberta North Safe Church Team (CANSCT) is pleased to offer a training workshop on Thursday, October 20, 2011 (7-9 pm) for Safe Church Ministry leaders and Council Members and another training workshop on Friday, October 21, 2011 (7-9 pm) for Children & Youth Leaders and parents. Both workshops will be presented by John Stellingwerff, Safe Church – Abuse Prevention and Response Coordinator for the CRC churches in BC. Contact Ria Cook at maria-cook@shaw.ca or 780-489-8563 for further information and to RSVP regarding your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

*If there are a number of you who like to attend contact Dana, as a member of CANSCT, I will be attending and maybe we could set up a carpool!

The Day of Encouragement 

is an event that provides a safe environment to unpack topics, have conversations about ministry challenges, and more. Join us on Saturday, November 5th at The King's University College. Keynote speaker Cecil VanNiejenhuis will also lead a workshop. Register by October 20th to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rate. See the brochures (available from your deacons/church administrator, the NADC office at 780-423-0456 or online at http://www.diaconalministries.com/resources/westerncanada.html) for registration details.

Urgent Request For Media Volunteers In Africa

CRWRC, CRWM, the Office of Social Justice and the CRCNA are collaborating together on a 5 week Media "We Have Faith - Youth Caravan" which will be travelling through 5 African countries beginning November 2nd. They are looking for 3 young adults to take on the roles of Video Communicator, Photographer and Writer, for the purpose of creating awareness and understanding of the group's purpose for this trek. For further information about this program and how to apply see www.crcna.org/servicelink or email us at volunteer@crcna.org

CRWRC Requests Your Feedback 

As you may have heard, CRWRC is exploring the possibility of changing its name and we want to hear from you. Beginning October 13, you’ll find a short survey at www.crwrc.org/name where you can provide input. The survey closes on October 17 so be sure to visit www.crwrc.org/name by then and let your voice be heard!

The Persecuted Church


A group of hard-line Muslims attacked a church building in Egypt on September 30th, torching the structure and then looting and burning nearby Christian-owned homes and businesses. The 3,000-strong mob of Muslims gutted the Church, then demolished much of its remains. The mob also razed four homes near the church and two businesses, all Christian-owned. Looting was also reported. This is the third church in Egypt in seven months to be burned down by a mob. No casualties have yet been reported in the attack. The tension started the last week of August, when Muslim extremists voiced anger over renovations taking place at the church. They also opposed any Christian symbols that could be seen from the outside. To force the Christians to acquiesce to their demands, the Muslim extremists blockaded the entrance to the church and threatened believers on the streets, in effect making them hostages in their own homes. Pray the government will do all they can to protect Christians from this kind of violence. Pray the Christians will not lose heart but continue to take every opportunity to meet together to worship the Lord and provide encouragement to one another. May the Lord use the conduct of Egyptian Christians to act as a witness for the gospel.

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