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2012-09-30 September 30 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.

Henny Middag was admitted to hospital this week because she was generally not feeling well. The next day her husband Tony joined her in hospital (in the same room) with health concerns of his own. They areresponding well to treatment and happy to be together even if it is in the hospital.

Remember our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 7th 

We turn to 2 Corinthians 5 as we celebrate “The Church as God’s New Creation.” There will be no evening service as we have our Thanksgiving Day service on Monday Oct 8 at 10:30 a.m. We gather for worship (after the GEMS breakfast) to give thanks to our great God for his many blessings in our lives and in the church.

Sunday October 14th 

Our evening will be a concert by the Rocky Mountain College Choir from Calgary. Be sure you plan to attend this encouraging music evening. There will be an offering to cover the choir’s travel expenses.

The Worship Ministry Leadership team 

Has been busy making plans for the Thanksgiving Day service. During the service this morning you will be given a leaf on which we would like you to write some of the things for which you are especially thankful to God. These leaves will be collected as you leave the sanctuary. The leaves will be hung on the tree at the front of the church as a reminder of God's faithfulness to his people. The tree will remain there till the Advent season.

From the Church Treasurer: 

It is budget request time again! All Ministry Leadership Teams are asked to go over your budgets and have your 2013 Budget ready to be submitted to August Luymes by October 1, 2012. If you have any questions please contact August Luymes at 403-782-2572.

The Education Ministry LT 

Is continuing to look for a teacher for their Treasure Seekers classes (grades 3-6). If you are interested in this incredible opportunity to lead these students please contact Laura Duckett at 403-784-3270 as soon as possible.

Monday nite Bible study

We will be starting our Monday nite Bible study again on Monday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. We will be meeting at the home of Brad & Erin Lewin, 4930 College Ave., Lacombe, every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. We will be looking at Bill Hybels’ book "The Power of a Whisper" which will be helping us to hear God's voice. It is a four part study leading us into another book called "Boundaries".

Lacombe CRC Seniors’ Club Day trip to Banff 

Will be on Wednesday, October 3rd, departing Bethel CRC at 7:45 a.m. & the Donut Mill in south Red Deer 8:15 a.m. with the return between 8 & 8:30 p.m. See you then! Cindy Prins & Judy Van Haren.


We 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 Prins at 403-782-4170 before October 14th. Thanks.


All boys that are in grades 4-9 are invited to the start up meeting for Bethel Cadets. The season will be start Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 p.m. Dues will be $35. Contact Grant Zuidhof for more information.


On Thanksgiving morning, October 8th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. the Bethel GEMS will once again host a pancake breakfast. Cost will be age 10 and under $3, 11 and over $5. This is a great opportunity for fellowship as well as to raise funds for our GEMS group to sponsor a student at the Esther School in Chonque, Zambia and for our counsellor training. So plan to join us for breakfast.


Today in your mailboxes you will find an order form for In-dey-go cookie dough. This year we can also offer two gluten free choices. We are also selling Funscript gift cards. There are many choices for a variety of vendors; something for everyone! All orders can be placed in Wannetta Brander’s mailbox by October 21st. Cheques can be made out to Bethel GEMS. Thank you for your support.

Bethel Newsletter: 

September is drawing to a close and October is in the air. The newsletter team is looking to start work on our Fall/Thanksgiving issue. We would love to hear from each of the ministries. Just a paragraph telling us about the start up plans. What are you studying? Who are the leaders? What are you excited about? What can we pray about for you? Please take the time to write a little something. You can submit your contributions to either Harriet Luymes, haraug@gmail.com or Anita Geldof, ahgeldof@shaw.ca. Or put your article in the newsletter mailbox and we will find it there. Please note that Ann Wildeboer has decided to take a break from the newsletter – so we are looking for someone to take her place. If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to either Harriet or Anita.

Seniors’ Club 

The Seniors’ club will have their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Fellowship hall. All seniors’ are welcome!

Bethel Youth

Hello Young Peoples

It's that time of year again... everything is starting up and YP’s is no exception. If you are in grade 10, 11 or 12 please come out and join us for some Bible study and some fun*. Our first meeting will be a social on September 30th after the evening service at the Vandenborns! This year we will once again be studying Jackie... Um... I mean Francis Chan**. This new book is a study on the Holy Spirit. We hope that through this time together we can grow and learn and challenge each other in our walk with God and our daily lives. (* fun not guaranteed ** is it just me, or is that always going to be funny?)

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Leaders meeting will be on October 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Students enjoy your week off!

Young Adults 

Will be meeting at the home of Maddy & Trent Scholing on October 14th after the evening service. We will get together to discuss what we will be studying for the season. If you’re 18+, come out and have coffee and some fun. Contact Maddy or Gayle for more information.

Christian University and College Fair: 

Are you stuck trying to figure out what to do after high school? Have you already completed a bachelor’s degree and you’re wondering “what’s next?” Consider attending the NACCAP Christian University and College Fair at West Meadows Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be admissions counsellors from more than 15 Christian universities, colleges, Bible colleges, graduate schools, and seminaries throughout North America for you to speak to. There will also be a general financial aid session. This is a free event to attend. For more information, please email Wanda (wanda.thiessen@kingsu.ca) or Curtis (curtis.kajorinne@vanguardcollege.com).

Youth Mission Trip: 

Are you interested in a youth mission trip to Mexico? We are planning that trip during Spring break 2013. You will participate in the Missions Adventures program at the YWAM base in Ensenada, serve in the community and 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. There will be an information meeting on Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378.


Tuesday Mornings or Afternoons Volunteers

We are in urgent need of volunteers to help cut rags on Tuesday mornings or afternoons. Special scissors are supplied. We have regular customers who pay $20 for a 20 lb. bag of rags. The proceeds go to the Bibles for Missions thrift store. We cut at the home of Alice Scholing. For more information please phone Alice at 403-782-4355.

The Red Deer Bibles for Missions Thrift store 

On October 1st to 6th The Red Deer Bibles for Missions Thrift store would like to invite you to our Grand Re-Opening at our new location: 4936-53rd Ave Red Deer (west of Superstore). Ribbon Cutting and dedication, with representatives from the Bible League, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1st with coffee and cake to follow. The rest of the week there will be refreshments, cake, draws, and daily special. Shine FM will be broadcasting "live" at the store from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th. Please join us as we are very thankful for all the people who have a chance to hold and hear the gospel message, because of the donations of so many!

Shalom Counselling Centre 

Annual; Fall FriendRaiser Dream Catcher; Catch the Vision will take place on Friday, October 12th at 7 p.m. at New Life Fellowship Church. All information is on the bulletin board in the foyer and for complimentary tickets contact Dana.

Join the Life Chain

Pro-Life News: Join the Life Chain, a silent, prayerful witness to the truth. Invest on hour to help save a lifetime. To be held on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Sports Hall of Fame on Highway #2, north of 32nd St. in Red Deer. Signs are provided. Please call 403-789-5973 for more information.

Justine Vandergrift

Central Alberta Christian High’s Harvest Fest 2012 presents: “Justine Vandergrift” CACHS Alumni and band on Friday, October 26th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre starting at 6:30 p.m. Justine has been singing and creating music her entire life. Her song writing results in a vast array of genres and styles. Her witty and insightful lyrics coupled with her passionate one-of–a–kind voice make Justine stand out long after any performances. In 2011, Justine released her first full album “Yes Alright Ok.” It received excellent reviews and airtime on CBC Radio, CKUA and other Canadian and international stations. Not long after the release, Justine was awarded a recording grant from Up 97.7/Rawlco Radio and went on to release “So Far…” in June 2012. Come out for an evening of fun and entertainment. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm. with Dinner at 7:00 pm. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or you can phone the school for pick up. Donations can also be dropped off on Friday, October 26th at the LMC by noon. Tickets are $35.00 and are available from Ann at the school at 403-782-4535 or Donna Vandenborn at 403-782-9993. See you there!

Day of Encouragement: 

Are you looking for an opportunity connect with others, share ideas, gather new insights, encourage others, or simply be encouraged in your ministry focus? If so, consider the NADC's Day of Encouragement, which takes place on Saturday, November 3rd at The King's University College. This year's theme "Living Justice, Loving Mercy ... if not you, WHO?" has workshops exploring: restorative justice, engaging volunteers, environmental stewardship, understanding native ministries, working with and caring for the elderly, and those with disabilities, along with many practical insights and examples on how to live out justice and practice mercy in your local church and community. See the brochure for details. Brochures are available from the NADC office at 780-423-0456 or hbosch@crcna.org.

Online, www.classisalbertanorth.org (click on the "Activities" page) or at www.diaconalministries.com/resources/westerncanada.html

Tickets Now Available: 

Celebrate 50 years of CRWRC on Saturday, November 3rd at Covenant CRC, Edmonton. 5:30 p.m. - multicultural food fair with food served by 17 churches of Classis AB North; 7 p.m. - program featuring Ida Mutoigo (Director, CRWRC Canada), Kohima Daring (CRWRC Bangladesh), and music from Joyful Noise, The King's Community Choir, and Justine Vandergrift. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved for pick-up and payment at the door- contact Sarah at crwrc50@gmail.comor 780-289-5730.

Persecuted Church


Aleksandr Kravchenko, a Russian pastor, has been fined for conducting religious worship without state approval. He is the first religious leader in Russia known to be fined under the country's new Demonstrations Law. Pastor Aleksandr insisted in court that advance notification is not legally required for religious events. In Moscow, Pastor Vasily Romanyuk may be prosecuted for holding an "unapproved meeting" after he led Sunday worship at the ruins of his church. His church was demolished by authorities earlier this month. Meanwhile, in the country's north, police raided a Sunday morning church service at a hall believers have rented for over two years. Please pray that these Christian leaders will continue to witness boldly for the Lord. Pray that they will rely on the Lord to give them the words to say when they stand before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19). Pray that Christians throughout Russia will not be deterred from spreading the message of Christ's forgiveness and redemption.

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