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2011-12-18 December 18 Bulletin


The Fourth 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.

In this celebration season we wish everyone traveling mercies as they gather at various family Christmas events.

Congratulations to Klaas Boskers with the celebration of his 88th birthday today. May you be blessed with a special day with your family and throughout the coming year.

With sadness we offer condolences to Gerry and Pita Doornenbal as Gerry’s younger brother of Holland passed away earlier this week. May our Lord comfort you in this time of need.

Dear Friends,

This Christmas season our family will have the chance to share the story of the Incarnation with over 100 Chinese university students. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? For many it will be the first time they’ve heard anything about Christmas other than Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and exchanging gifts. In fact, Christmas has become a very big event in China where friends reserve restaurants for a special meal, Wal-marts are fully stocked with tinsel and trees just like their North American counterparts, and people sell individually wrapped apples on Christmas Eve. (Ping’an Ye, or “Peaceful Night”, as the Chinese refer to Christmas Eve, sounds like the Chinese word for apple.) As we share the true meaning of Christmas with these young people, we are thankful for all of you. It is because of your faithfulness in sending us that they will hear, and we can all look forward to rejoicing together in the harvest!

Thank you for your prayers. We also pray for you all regularly, asking that our Father will build you up as His Body to minister to one another and to the community in which He has placed you. We also ask that each of you would know the joy and peace of His presence during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year.

With much love and appreciation, Mark, Selina, Luke and Levi Patterson

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

Preschool Sunday School

Classes will be singing during the Christmas Day service. There will be NO PreSchool Sunday School on Christmas Day. 

Note from the Treasurer

The last day for church donations for the 2011 calendar year will be December 28th. Thank you from August Luymes

Singles’ Luncheon 

The deacons are hosting the annual Singles’ Luncheon today. 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.

Community Christmas Dinner, Desserts Needed!

We are still in need of desserts and baking for the Christmas Day Community Dinner. They can be dropped off at the LMC at 10:00 a.m. or given to Jen Zuidhof at the Christmas Day Service here at Bethel. Please let Jen Zuidhof know TODAY at 403-782-6672 so that we can plan accordingly. Everyone is welcome to attend the community Christmas Day dinner at the LMC. Dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m.

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.

Bottles and Battery Drive

Once again the Cadets will be collecting bottles and batteries in early January. Please save them, or if you would like us to pick them up, give Grant Zuidhof a call at 403-782-4002. Thank you for your support.

Bethel Youth News

Jr. Youth

Come for a day at the water park. Bring some friends or family members.

Where: West Edmonton Mall Water Park.

When: Saturday January 14th 2012. Leaving the Church at 9:30 am and will be back at 5:00 pm.

We will be eating lunch in the food court so bring a lunch or money for lunch.

The cost is regularly $36.95 for General admission and anyone 3 to 10 years is $29.95. If we have a group of more than 15 we can get in at a group rate which is $21.95 per person. If anyone is interested in going please contact Andrew or Carina Tenbrinke at 403-782-7903. We need to know how many people we have interested so we can have enough drivers and leaders coming with us so please let us know BEFORE January 7th.

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.

Announcements

Prayers for the Creator's Children

Please join us at the Edmonton Native Healing Centre at 2 p.m. on Thursday the 22nd of December for a Ceremony of Praise and Thanks to the Creator as well as prayers for His people, as we make preparations for Christmas. Our address is #101, 11813-123 street T5L 0G7. Blessings of Joy and Peace!

Denominational News

Diaconal Ministries Canada

Is your church's membership declining? Find out how stewardship and the mission of your church might play a role in turning this around. Go to www.diaconalministries.com to read the latest issue of Partners, DMC's quarterly newsletter.

The Persecuted Church

Iran 

The Iranian media is desperate to refute claims that Christianity is spreading among Iranian youth and through cities considered to be almost exclusively Islamic. On October 2nd a government-supported news website acknowledged that the acceptance of Christianity was becoming a trend and reported 200 house churches were discovered in just a few months in the traditionally Islamic city of Mashhad. A prominent Islamic theologian and writer publicly spoke about the conversion of 600 people to Christianity in the city of Neishabour. The Head of the Ministry of Intelligence in Iran also warned the heads of education about the spread of Christianity in schools. There will be a new effort to fight the growth of house churches in Iran, and there are serious concerns that this Christmas season could bring intense persecution for Christians. Last Christmas season, authorities raided house churches and the homes of believers in Iran arresting hundreds of Christians. Please pray that this Christmas season believers throughout Iran will be protected. Pray that God will grant them safety as they celebrate the arrival of our Saviour. Pray that God will bless and strengthen the faith of new converts to Christianity.

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