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2012-10-21 October 21 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.

Henny Middag died peacefully on Tuesday morning, October 16th with her children by her side. She was 80 years old. The funeral was this past Friday. As a church family we extend our condolences to Tony in the loss of his dear wife of 58 years. Also to Ina and Brian Jackson and the other brothers and sisters in the loss of their dear mother. Also to Gord and Chelsea Bos and the grand children in the loss of a caring grandmother and great grandmother.

John Stol’s sister Hilda (Klaas) Salomons died this week in Strathroy Ontario. She was 81 years old. May God comfort John and Teena and Scott and Irene Fraser along with the rest of the family as they gather for the funeral.

August Luymes, Peter Prins and Henry Eisses go to Ensenada Mexico this week to help the church there in its growing ministry. We pray for traveling mercies and blessed days.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 28th 

We welcome the Soul Patrol Children’s Choir led by Sherry TenHove from Woodynook CRC to lead our singing in the morning service. Our theme is God’s faithfulness through the church in history as we remember the Reformation. We read from Matt 13:24-33, 44-5. In the evening we read from Romans 3 as it squeezes every ounce of self-righteousness out of us. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Classis Report

Classis met this past Tuesday and Wednesday in Red Deer. The 60+ delegates engaged in fellowship and took care of business. Jonathon Nicolai-DeKoning was affirmed in his call to ministry at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton. He serves as the Spiritual director specializing in integrating prisoners back into the community.

Other highlights included:

· Classis Alberta North is the largest supporter of CRWRC - World Renew (WR). The new name for the ministry is easier to translate into other languages. Through WR we have helped build 3500 earthquake proof homes in Haiti

· After serving for 10 years as first violin with the Edmonton Symphony, Aaron Au is planning to lead the newest church plant in Edmonton. It will be a bivocational ministry as he also teaches music at the University of Alberta.

· Classis approved a budget of $400,000 which equals $85.18 per church member ministry share.

· Delegates spent 30 minutes in sharing and prayer for each other and the ministries.

· Churches were reminded of the need to have proper safe church policies.

· King’s University offers its staff as resource people to churches and for preaching.

· The Annual Pastor Spouse conference will be April 26-28 with Dr. Lee McDowell speaking on the stresses of ministry relating to the pastor’s spouse.

· Classis Student Fund Committee is supporting 8 people who are preparing for ministry at the undergraduate and seminary levels. Total cost is $30,000

· Classis Youth Ministry is hosting a youth conference called INSPIRE on Feb 15-18 at King’s. The cost will be reasonable and the agenda will include service projects.

A reminder 

To the congregation the use of perfumes and colognes are asked to be used sparingly. Some members are allergic to scents.

An updated version of the Emergency Evacuation Procedures 

Of our church is in each mailbox today. Please take the time to read over this important document to be prepared in the possibility of an emergency. Previous versions of the document should be discarded.

Council Handbooks: 

We have updated most of the Council handbooks but there are still a couple of books missing. For those Council members who still have last year’s handbook with the white title page on the outside cover, please drop them off in the secretaries’ office and we will update them and return them to the council room for you to pick up. Thank you from the church secretaries, Cindy & Dana.

Registration for Breakforth 2013 

Which will be held in Edmonton from January 25th to 27th is coming soon! There are information & registration brochures in the foyer. If you are interested in attending this Worship equipping & renewal conference early next year, please take a look at what is being offered and hand in your registration form (top ½ of the back page) to Cindy Prins (403-748-2824) no later than Sunday, October 28th. This will enable us to take advantage of the early bird group rate.

Guess Who is Coming for Coffee? 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team is looking to start this program again now that harvest is nearly finished. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the foyer. If you would like to take part just sign your name and we will be in touch with you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to talk to either Debby van Iperen, Marcella Van Stryland or Anita Geldof. We look forward to some great evenings getting to know someone you might not usually visit with.

In-dey-go cookie and muffin mix and Fundscrip gift cards

Just a reminder that the GEMS are selling In-dey-go cookie and muffin mix and Fundscrip gift cards. Order forms are available from the GEMS or Wannetta Brander. Please place all orders in her mailbox by today, October 21st. Cheques can be written to Bethel GEMS. Thank you.

Bethel Newsletter 

Another month goes by. It’s time for the team to start working on the November edition of the Bethel Newsletter. Please have your contributions in to either Harriet Luymes - haraug@gmail.com or Anita Geldof – ahgeldof@shaw.ca by Monday, October 29th. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping our church family up to date – informed and entertained

Bethel Youth

Young Peoples 

Will be gathering at the Van Strylands on Sunday, October 28th after the service for a social evening.

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a time of mingling and fellowship. As a group we will start off the evening at 7:30 p.m. Please be on time.

Citizens for Justice 

Has launched an existing video contest to engage high school students in considering and acting upon important social justice issues in Canada. We’re asking students to produce and submit a three minute video on “Addressing Injustice in Canada” by April 7, 2013. Check out www.cpj.ca/contest for details or contact us at brad@cpj.ca or 613-232-0275 ext. 229


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

Don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunity that the NADC's Day of Encouragement offers. A time to grow, stretch and learn about many different opportunities for ministry. Saturday, November 3rd at the King's University College in Edmonton. Register by this Tuesday, October 23rd to take advantage of the early bird rate. See the poster on the bulletin board for more information. Contact the NADC office at 780-423-0456 or hbosch@crcna.org, or go online to www.classisalbertanorth.org (click on the "Activities" page)

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate! 

Join supporters of CRWRC (WorldRenew) from across Alberta as we celebrate 50 years of CRWRC's ministry: Saturday, November 3rd at Covenant CRC, Edmonton. 5:30 p.m.- multicultural food fair; 7 p.m. - program featuring CRWRC staff, a variety of music, and a multimedia presentation. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved for pick-up and payment at the door. Contact Sarah at crwrc50@gmail.com or 780-289-5730. Space is limited, so get your tickets now!

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 2012 Fall Fundraising Banquet 

“Restoring Hope” will be held at the Black Knight Inn. Special guest MC is Rick Abma from Sunny 94, Sunnyside Up Show Host. Look on the foyer bulletin board for all information.

Red Deer Pro-Life 

Please find in your mailboxes the latest Pro-Life newsletter. Also, there are two petitions on the table in the foyer. These call upon the House of Commons to condemn discrimination against girls/females already happening through sex-selective pregnancy termination/abortion in Canada. Please take the time to sign your name and help to take a stand for life.

Persecuted Church


There has been an alarming upsurge in the harassment of Christians in Iran, with reports indicating an increase in arrests during recent weeks. Three hundred Christians have reportedly been arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned in the country since 2010. Recently seven Christians were detained during a prayer meeting in the city of Shiraz. They are being held in a detention centre operated by the Intelligence Ministry. Five other Christians, who were detained eight months ago faced trial on October 15. They were charged with creating illegal groups, participating in a house church service, propagation against the Islamic regime, and defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing. Meanwhile, a well-known Christian artist awaits trial. Vahid Zarday, a Christian convert and awarded music composer, was arrested during a gathering in a house church with his wife and other Christians. He was transferred to a prison known for overcrowding, poor hygiene, prisoner humiliation, and group executions. Please pray that those arrested and facing trial will remember the blessing they will receive for persevering (Hebrews 10:36). Please pray for the release of those imprisoned. Pray that, whether imprisoned or free, they and other believers in Iran will seek to live boldly for Christ and share the Good News

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