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2012-11-11 November 11 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.

Roger and Anita Swier and the family have had some concern about Roger’s health. More than a year of checking finally led to a visit with a specialist recently that confirmed that Roger has Multiple Sclerosis. This is a slow, progressive illness of the nervous system. We are grateful that Roger continues to do his work. More tests are planned. We pray for God’s comfort in this uncertain time even as we take hold of the certainty of God’s love and care.

The Middag family would like to thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers and food during our time of sorrow with the loss of our Mom, Grandma, great Grandma and wife.

Tony Middag, Brian & Ina Jackson, Gord & Chelsea Bos & family

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, November 18th 

Elder Wayne Bouwman will lead our morning worship and August Luymes will lead the service in the evening. Pastor Mike is away on holidays.

The Fall Congregation meeting 

Will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. The church budget for 2013 as well as other things will be discussed and voted on at this meeting.


This Friday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. the movie “Courageous” will be shown on the big screen in the sanctuary. “Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Protecting the streets is second nature. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.” For the kids the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” will be playing on the big screen in the Fellowship hall. There will be some chairs set up but kids may bring pillows to sit on as well. There will be popcorn, baking and beverages available. You may bring a bowl for your popcorn. Note: There will be no Nursery provided.


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.

A reminder from the deacons: 

Next Sunday, November 18th is the last day to drop off shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. Please leave them in the foyer and we will pick them up.

Updated Family Picture Board: 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team is looking to update the Family Picture Boards that hang in the Fellowship hall. If you have updated family pictures and you are able to – please email these to Debby van Iperen at iperen@telus.net If you wish to have your picture taken, Pauline Bos will be available for taking photos on the next two Sunday mornings – November 18th & 25th following the morning service. We look forward to having everyone included in our picture boards so please do your best to help us out. If you have any questions, please talk to any member of the FMLT – Debby van Iperen, Marcella Van Stryland, Janneke Roolker, Peter Heidelberg, Anita Geldof or Joan Eisses.

Dutch cheese orders 

are once again being taken in support of GEMS counsellor training. You will find an order form in your church mailbox. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander's mailbox by November 25th. Cheques may be made out to Bethel GEMS. Thank you for your support.

Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers, 

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day through the Outreach Ministry leadership Team. This year it will be held in the North Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve Day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. Would you be willing to be in charge of the food heating and preparation that day? How about leading the singing of Christmas carols? Could you open with Christmas devotions and prayer? Please phone Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you would be willing to help.

Bethel Youth

Young peoples 

will meet tonight at Megan Scholing's home after the evening service. This will be a bible study, so please make sure to read chapter 2 so we are ready to discuss.

Young Adults

There will be a Young Adults Bible study at the home of Stephanie Hoekstra after the evening service. We will be going over Session one's "Possessed" Scripture Study.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, November 14th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a time of fellowship. Remember the concession will be open at this time.

Live It 

is a catalyst for high school students to explore and develop their unique, God-given abilities to impact this world for Christ. Through active participation in a variety of tracks/focus areas (arts, service, discipleship, athletics), participants will be challenged to engage and restore this broken world! Registration is now open!! This year’s Live It will be held at Robert Morris University from July 23–27, 2013 in beautiful Pittsburgh.


The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society…

is in need of a bookkeeper/secretary starting January 1, 2013. If interested please contact Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380 for a copy of the job description.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

is having their annual fall drive from November 11th to December 16th. You should be receiving an information sheet today and you will be contacted by phone by a canvasser in your area. For more information please call Wendy at the school at 403-782-4535 or you may send your donation directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G7 : Attention Wendy Barnes. Please consider this fall drive prayerfully.

2013 Honduras Water Project: 

Now that the weather is getting colder, perhaps your mind wanders to ... Honduras. It’s time to think about being part of the 2013 Honduras Water Project Team. For 18 years teams from Alberta have gone to Honduras for the month of May in order to learn about the Honduran way of life, about international community development, and to put their arms and backs into helping build a water system in a rural village. The Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference (NADC), in partnership with the Micah Centre, The King’s University College and World Renew, invite you to consider being part of this year’s 12-member Honduras Water Project team in the community of La Hoya, Olanchito, in the central highlands of Honduras. The team will be in Honduras during May 2013. For more information about the project and for an application form, please call the NADC at 780-423-0456 or email hbosch@crcna.org.

Persecuted Church


During the first weekend in October, 10,000 young people gathered in the desert 100 km north of Cairo to sing and pray and to worship the Lord. The youth gathering was followed up on October 25-28 with an even larger event at the same location -- a Christian rally which drew approximately 45,000 people. The focus of the event was to present the message of salvation and call people to give their lives to Jesus. The rally was especially timely as Christians in Egypt are facing increased persecution since the June election of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. An estimated 25,000 people gave their lives to Jesus, with 8,000 cards filled out by people who requested follow-up visits by churches. A Christian leader wrote that Egyptian Christians "want to thank all our Christian brothers and sisters worldwide who have faithfully been praying with us and for us as we stood back and watched what mighty things God has done in the lives of many people. We are grateful to Him for His great work among us and for you as our partners in the Kingdom of God." Praise the Lord for the work He is doing in Egypt. Pray for the thousands who heard the message and responded and that they will have the opportunity to receive effective discipleship. Pray these new believers will never be ashamed of the gospel because God's power brings salvation through it (Romans 1:16).

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