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2011-12-11 December 11 Bulletin

The Third Sunday of Advent

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.

The family of Martina Bruinsma would like to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy with her recent passing. Though our lives have changed, it is such a blessing to be surrounded by God’s Love and the caring of His family. Herman and the Bruinsma families, Averes family, Keitel family, and the Paul Prins family.

Congratulations to Pita Doornenbal as she celebrates her 80th birthday this coming Saturday. May your day be filled with the Lord’s richest blessings and may he be near you 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

Next Sunday, December 18th 

We celebrate the advent (coming) of “Love” at Christmas in the story of Naomi from Ruth 4:1-17. Our text is 1 John 4:7 as we see that “Love comes from God.” Our regular 7:00 p.m. evening service will be a Candle light service with everyone receiving a candle (glow sticks for the kids) and we will see how the light pushes back the darkness as it goes out in our lives and into the world. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Seniors’ club 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, December 13th at 9:30 a.m. We will have a regular meeting with a Christmas dinner to follow.

Sound techs: 

A few of you might have noticed we have a new Sound/Mixer board in the sound booth. There will be a training session with an expert from Parkland Audio on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. here in the church. All scheduled Sound techs are asked to attend. Please phone Wayne Bouwman at 403-782-4273 if you are unable to make it to the meeting. This session is also open to anyone who is interested in becoming a sound tech for our church - you would be able to get a fairly good idea of what is involved in being a sound tech.

Singles’ Luncheon 

the deacons are hosting the annual Singles’ Luncheon on Sunday, December 18th. Invited guests are welcome to enjoy a time of food, fun, and fellowship after the morning service. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and games.

Desserts and Baking are needed 

for the Community Christmas Dinner which will be held at the LMC on Christmas Day. We are looking for donations of desserts, bars and cookies to serve at the dinner. If you have any questions or would like to donate to the dinner, please talk to Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672. We are still looking for small gift items that we wish to hand out at the Christmas Community Dinner; The Treasure Seekers will be wrapping them next Sunday, December 18th. You may contact Ann Wildeboer at 403-782-2061 if you have any items you wish to donate or if you have any questions concerning these gifts.

Guess Who is Coming for Coffee: 

Just a reminder for those who would like to take part in this interesting fellowship idea. We have a sign up sheet on the table in the foyer. So far we have 24 families signed up. This is a program where a coffee evening is planned. One couple is host while two others come for coffee. The surprise is that you do not know who is coming. It is a great way to get to know some new people in our church family or to perhaps connect with some that you have lost touch with. We have heard a few concerns from those who are not so keen on driving at night. Please, do not let this stop you. In our planning, these concerns will definitely be looked after. Please talk to Pauline Bos or Anita Geldof if you have any concerns or questions. We hope to start the program in January. If you want to sign up yet, it is not too late.

Sinterklaas Bazaar

BIG THANK YOU to all who came to our Sinterklaas Bazaar on December 3rd. We had quite a crowd and lots of young children. The Dutch luncheon was delicious. The games and fellowship were great fun and lots of people went home with either prizes, baking or poinsettias. Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet visited for quite a while and wished many a “Blessed Christmas”. We look forward to next year. Our profit was $2300.00. Thank you again from the Youth Mexico Mission team.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this coming Tuesday, December 13th. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. It’s movie nite so bring a cushion to make yourself more comfortable! We have also invited the Woodynook youth to join us, so come out for a fun evening of fellowship and popcorn!

Young Peoples 

will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. for a Bible study at the Vandenborns’.

Young Adults: 

There will be NO Bible study this week as previously planned. We will get together again in the new year!

Volunteer Link 

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.

Classis Alberta North Young Adults

Are you looking for a fun evening to just hang out after the exams and papers are done? Is work a little much right now with inventory looming and you need a break? Why not come out to the first ever CANYA Chinese gift exchange (refreshments will be provided). Each person is to bring along a wrapped gift valued no more than $20.00. This will be happening on Saturday, December 17th starting at 7 p.m. at the River/Mosaic Ministry Center (3935-114th St. NW, Edmonton). Please let Amy Stol 780-952-6578 or Curtis Doornbos (403) 357-8402 know if you plan to come or have any questions.

CANYA (Classis Alberta North Young Adults) 

Is also hosting a snowboard/ski evening at Rabbit hill (located just North of Highway 19 at 25512 Township Rd 510D) on Saturday, January 7th starting at 6 p.m. Invite your families, youth group, college and career group, church councils, small group team, groups of friends or whoever can come out for a fun evening of snowboarding or skiing. Cost is only $20.00 per person which includes rentals and lift tickets. To reserve your tickets and space on the hill, please contact Ron deVries (Classis Alberta Youth Ministry Consultant) at 780-619-6566 or Amy Stol at 780-952-6578. Space is limited so book early.


Cor Nienhuis 85th birthday

The family of Cor Nienhuis invite you to join them in the celebration of the blessing of Cor's 85th birthday. An open house will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the First Red Deer CRC church fellowship hall, 16 McVicar St. Best wishes only please.

International Christmas sing along: 

We welcome you to join us on Tuesday, December 13th at 2:30 p.m. at the First Red Deer CRC, 16 McVicar St. We will sing English, Dutch and Africaans carols to the praise of the Lord. Please invite your friends. A free will offering will be held for the Salvation Army ministries.

Lacombe Christian School's Christmas Program: 

On Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m, we are hosting our annual Christmas Program, at the Canadian University College church. We invite you to join us in celebrating the Savior’s birth! The staff & students have been preparing tirelessly to treat you to an evening of Handel’s Messiah. This hopeful and joyous musical masterpiece, written over 250 years ago, is still very much alive today in telling the good news of Jesus Christ! We will be cheerfully collecting food donations at the door, for the Lacombe Food Bank.

Fall drive for Central Alberta Christian High School 

Will be officially over on December 15th. This year’s goal is set at $90,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has brought in over half of the money need to service our debt for the year $47,175.00. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. Please contact Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) 403-782-4535 (school) or 403-885-5187 (home) or Pete Walls (Board Treasurer) 403-588-0856 if you have any questions or need assistance. You may also mail your donations directly to C.A.C.H.S., 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7, Attention: Wendy Barnes. As the school will be closed for Christmas break and you would like to receive credit for this year, please give Wendy a call at home to make arrangements for dropping off your donation. At this time we would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive thus far.

CACHS Alumni Tournament: 

Everyone is invited to meet up with past classmates, parents, and fans from years gone by during the 3rd annual CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, December 17th. See you there!

The Persecuted Church


Evangelist Arif Ferguson, 36, and his entire family have had to go into hiding following death threats from militants. Arif was first warned after sharing the Gospel among Muslims. More serious death threats followed after he made a statement to a local newspaper condemning the assassination in March of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who had spoken up against the blasphemy law. A group claiming responsibility for killing Shahbaz Bhatti, and the same group is now threatening Arif. Arif, a laboratory technician, fled to Karachi after being tipped off that the militants were trying to track him down. But even there he received death threats, forcing the family of nine to go into hiding again. Arif and his sisters have lost their jobs as a result. Arif shared, "I trust in Jesus. If I die, it will be for Christ." Please pray for Arif and his family, for their protection, support and encouragement and that the Lord will provide for them. Pray their faithful testimony will be an encouragement to other believers. Pray for Christians in Pakistan.

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