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2011-11-13 November 13 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.

Pastor Peter Sluys’ email address has changed. Please make the following change in your church directory: prsluys1@shaw.ca

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

Keep this Friday, November 18th open for the Fall Congregation meeting. 

We will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall to look at & vote on the proposed Church budget for 2012. Come for a time of information & fellowship!

Next Sunday, November 20th 

We read from Jeremiah 49:20-30, 50:45-46 where we see “God’s plans for the Nations.” In the evening we read Revelation 6 as it describes “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

From the Leadership Evaluation team: 

We have finished the evaluation process and wish to extend a big thank-you to all who were asked to participate and did so with honesty and love! The final reports have been submitted and our job as a team is complete. Thanks also to Pastor Mike and the council for their humbleness and willingness to take part in this process as well. Sincerely the LET, August Luymes, Sue Wildeboer and Jan Zuidhof.

A new Bible Study group

Is starting up within our community. We are meeting on Monday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Brad & Erin Lewin’s for an organizational meeting. Any questions, please talk to with Brad & Erin Lewin or Wayne & Jackie Bouwman. Please email Wayne Bouwman if you plan to come at bouwmanwj@shaw.ca .

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team

Is hosting another Potluck lunch! It will be next Sunday, November 20th after the morning coffee. Bring whatever you wish to share. Some ideas are, a hot dish, buns, soup, salad, or dessert. For more information talk to Debby van Iperen or a FMLT member.

Lacombe and District Volunteer Link

Last week there was a Lacombe and District Volunteer Link brochure and newsletter in your church mailbox. Each paper explained the many questions about this ministry in action. At this time Bethel has a small number of volunteers who help out in our community, and we would like to change that. If you have a few hours to give to those who need it the most, please contact Dana van Gyssel for information.

Dutch Cheese 

The Gems Counselors are raising money to go to a convention next summer. To help with costs, we are selling Dutch cheese; mild, spiced, medium, or smoked. Cheese can be cut into a variety of pieces. Check your mailbox for an order form or contact Wannetta Brander at 403-782-2290 or Jeanne Ebens at 403-782-7872. Deadline for orders will be Sunday, November 27th, with orders ready for pick up at the church on Sunday, December 11th. Thanking you in advance for your support.


You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on Saturday, December 3rd. Our fun-filled day will start at 10 a.m. with coffee, games and contests for young & old. There will be a table with baked goodies, so you can stock up on your Christmas needs. Lunch will consist of Dutch items such as pea soup, Dutch meatball soup, croquettes, roggebrood, krentje brei, etc. This year we have added hot dogs and candy bags to the menu. All funds raised will be used for the Youth Mexico mission trip. Come for a day of fun and fellowship!!


We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet on Tuesday, November 15th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. See you there.

Red Deer Pro-Life and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR)

Would like to invite Youth groups and Young Adult groups age 15 and up to come out to learn more about how we as Christians can be more aware of our Pro-Life Strategy in Canada. The meeting will be held this Thursday, November 17th here at Bethel at 8 p.m. CCBR has spent the last eight months working on a strategy to not just fight abortion ...but to end it. We as Christians have been given a biblical mandate to protect the weakest among us.

Youth Mexico Mission Trip:

Plans are underway for a youth mission trip to Mexico during Spring Break 2012.If you are interested in being part of the team, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. It is not too late to join the team. The deadline for signing up and committing is December 3, 2011. Talk to Gerry or Trudy for information and/or a commitment form.

Our next meeting is on November 24th at 7:30 pm. Please be there as we will be planning the Sinterklaas bazaar fundraiser. Questions? Call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15


The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive 

is now underway until December 15th. This year’s goal is $90,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary (403-782-4535), and request that she mail, fax or email you a copy of the donation form. During the evenings, you may also contact Pete Walls (403-588-0856) or Wendy Barnes (403-885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes, or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.

The Seafarers’ Ministry 

has discontinued their Christmas gift box program as the need is no longer there. If you enjoyed putting together a gift box, Samaritan’s Purse has their Christmas shoe box project in full swing. Their deadline is November 20th. Check out www.samaritanspurse.ca for more information.

Royal Oak Manor 

here in Lacombe is looking for any groups in our church to sing or play instruments for the seniors who live there. If you are able to help out, please contact the Bethel church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net .

Denominational News

CRWRC name change:

As you may know, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is considering changing its name. CRWRC staff Ida Mutoigo (Director) and Tom McWhertor (Constituency Relations) will be hosting a discussion of this issue in Edmonton on Saturday, November 19th. If interested, please join us from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Covenant CRC, 19010-87 Avenue, Edmonton.

The Persecuted Church


A seventeen-year-old student was murdered following a classroom debate on October 16th. Although Egyptian media reported the incident as non-sectarian, his parents reported that their son was murdered "in cold blood because he refused to take off his crucifix as ordered by his Muslim teacher." He also had a cross tattooed on his wrist, as per the Coptic tradition, as well as another cross which he wore under his clothes. He was told to cover up his cross tattoo, but refused and defiantly exposed the second cross he wore under his shirt. He was severely beaten in the classroom in the presence of the teacher, who allegedly attempted to choke him, he was then followed as he fled to the washroom, where the attack continued. He was still breathing when a supervisor took him to his room, but was dead an hour later when an ambulance transported his body. Please pray the Lord will comfort this family and the entire Coptic community over this most recent tragedy. Please pray the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Pray that the Lord will use this difficult situation to spread His goodness and grace throughout Egypt.

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