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2012-10-28 October 28 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.

Carina Tenbrinke has been steadily losing kidney function over the past several years due to diabetes. Her kidneys are only functioning at 17% and doctors usually start dialysis at 15%. The possible next step would be a kidney transplant. Along with medical treatment Carina is seeing a naturopathic doctor. As a church family we also want to come alongside upholding her and Andrew and the family in prayer seeking God’s strength and healing for this young mother.

We pray for Ria Jager and John as she remains in hospital here in Lacombe. We are thankful she is slowly regaining her strength.

Congratulations to Clarence and Doreen Kits with the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. We pray God will continue to be with you both in the years to come!

A much overdue thank you for your support as we were married on July 14, 2012. The gift card bridal shower that was thrown for us was a wonderful night – every time we use one of the gift cards we are reminded of your care and support. Thank you again, Ingrid and Daniel Luymes.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, November 4th 

We hear Jesus’ words from Matthew 5:1-16 declaring that “The Church is Salt and Light” in this world. We seek evidence of this as it is also World Hunger Sunday. In the evening Chris Enns, a Community developer with World Renew (CRWRC) in Tanzania will share about his work there. We will also read from Genesis 15 and Romans 4 addressing the question “Was Abraham saved by Faith or Works?” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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 today, October 28th. This will enable us to take advantage of the early bird group rate.

Council notes from the Full Council meeting of October 17th:

*Our deacons proposed a new Benevolent Fund Policy and council approved.

*We discussed the idea of a Summer Seminary student and agreed to submit paperwork saying we would be willing to facilitate this.

*The 2013 church budget was approved to be proposed at the next congregational meeting to be held on Thursday, November 29th.

*The council Christmas social will be held on December 5th at the home of Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke.

An updated version of the Emergency Evacuation Procedures 

Of our church was delivered in each mailbox last week. 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.

A reminder to the congregation: 

Please use perfumes and colognes sparingly. Some of our church members are allergic to scents.

Council members please note: 

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.

HELP! HELP! 

The nursery for Coffee Break on Wednesday mornings is in need of a person to help the two ladies who faithfully take care of the young children each week. They know the ropes but they need a third person. If you could help every other week a schedule could be worked out. Please let Barb Vandyk know if you are able to lend a hand. THANK YOU.

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.

Bethel Newsletter 

Another month goes by and 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.

Movie Night: 

The Fellowship MLT is hosting a Movie Night on Friday, November 16th. The movie “Courageous” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. For the kids, we will be playing “How to Train Your Dragon”. Popcorn and other snacks will be provided.

Cadets 

Will be held this coming Wednesday, October 31st at 7 p.m. for those not participating in trick or treat activities. Come for a fun evening.

Bethel Youth

Young Peoples 

Will meet for a social at Heather Van Stryland’s after the evening service today.

Young Adults Bible Study 

There will be a Young Adults Bible Study at the home of Rob and Michelle de Regt after the evening service. We will be starting to study 'Surrender' from Francis Chan. Come join us!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet on Tuesday, October 30th. 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 a 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

Announcements

Bibles for Missions Thrift store 

Has 6 rag customers in Lacombe and Blackfalds and desperately needs someone to deliver the 20 lb. bags, estimated at about 6 hours per month. For more information please phone Wilma Sandstra at 403-340-2522 or 403-350-4324.

Red Deer Pro-Life 

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.

Day of Encouragement

Oh no! You’ve missed the early bird registration date, but there is still time to register for the Day of Encouragement hosted by NADC on November 3rd at The King's University College in Edmonton. Contact your deacons or the NADC office at 780-423-0456 or hbosch@crcna.org . To view the brochure, go online to www.classisalbertanorth.org (click on the "Activities" page).

Persecuted Church

Indonesia 

Officials in a province of Indonesia under strict Islamic law have closed down nine "illegal" churches in response to pressure from Islamist groups. The authorities in Banda Aceh city forced leaders of the nine churches to sign statements agreeing to close their buildings last week. Six Buddhist temples were also forced to close. Aceh province, of which Banda Aceh is the capital, has been under Shariah (Islamic) law since 2001. The churches affected were branded illegal for not having official permits -- despite the fact that at least one of them had submitted an application to register officially. Ask God to be with all the congregations affected by closures in Banda Aceh. Pray that they will find ways to find fellowship and worship God together. Pray that their example will prompt authorities to desire to know more about Jesus and put their hope and trust in Him.

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