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2011-11-20 November 20 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

Congratulations to Marlene Chykerda-Moniuk with the celebration of her 75th birthday today and to Lena Spelt with the celebration of her 98th birthday this coming Wednesday. May God bless you both with a special day with family & friends and in the coming year!

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

Christmas cards for our missionaries: 

Marja Vander Vlis will be in the Fellowship hall following this morning’s worship service with Christmas cards for our missionary families. Please take the time to sign them today!

The Fellowship MLT 

is hosting a Church Potluck Lunch today after the morning coffee in the fellowship hall. Please join us with a potluck dish to share!

Next Sunday, November 27th 

We begin our advent series preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas, the birth of the savior in Bethlehem. Our focus will be the book of Ruth where signs of the savior are already powerfully present. We begin by reading Ruth 1 and find that “Under the Bethlehem Star there is Hope for the Hopeless.” In the evening we turn to Revelation 7 and the promise of salvation for the Elect. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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.

SINTERKLAAS BAZAAR-DUTCH LUCHEON

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!!

NEEDED: 

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.

Friendship Ministries 

are in need of a few more teachers. We have 3 men and 2 women that would love to have a friend/mentor/teacher to help them out each Monday night. Is this something you would be interested in? 1.5 hours each Monday evening from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and the occasional outing (friendship services, singing at the Lodge) is the commitment required. Call Sherry Tenbrinke at 403-782-7950 or come out to visit us at Bethel CRC on a Monday evening.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

will meet TODAY after the evening worship service for a Bible study at Megan Scholing’s house.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, November 22nd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. See you there.

Young Adults reminder: 

Please look through and complete the workbook question from Chapter 1 to be ready for next week’s Bible study.

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

VolunteerLink 

Is looking for youth who are willing to donate time for the Snow Angels program. This service consists of shovelling snow for seniors in the community who are unable to shovel snow themselves. If you are interested in this community service, contact Dana as soon as possible to get signed up.

Announcements

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.

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.

Red Deer & District Prolife 

Will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, November 28th at 7 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Movie 180 will also be shown. For more information call Wilma Makkinga at 403-782-0494

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament 

The 3rd annual CACHS Alumni Volleyball tournament will be held December 16th and 17th. Teams must consist of at least 75% alumni. Cost is $100 per team. Deadline to enter your team is December 9th. Please spread the news to those alumni not living locally. For more information or to enter your men’s or women’s team please phone Mel Brandsma at 403-782-1855, Colleen VanderSchee at 403-885-4388, or e-mail schee@albertahighspeed.net.

The Persecuted Church

IRAN

With his faith intact and his love for Christ steadfast, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani remains in Lakan Prison in Iran charged with apostasy and sentenced to death. The Iranian government has denied the sentencing is based on apostasy despite abundant evidence to the contrary. A final decision about his fate is expected in the middle of December, after the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khameini’s response to referral letters. Youcef's health has deteriorated and he has undergone physical and psychological torture. He has spent time in a solitary cell unable to talk to others for a long time, or you are told you will be killed, this is also torture. Please pray that Pastor Youcef will remain healthy and strong despite the burdens of imprisonment. Pray that the worldwide attention garnered by his persecution will increase pressure on Iranian officials to stop harassing and imprisoning Christians. Please pray that Youcef and his family will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding as they endure these trials. (Philippians 4:7).

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