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2013-09-01 September 1 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.

Brian Jackson experienced stroke symptoms on his left side last week. He was operated on in Calgary this week and the prognosis is good as he only experienced limited loss of movement. We are thankful the surgery went well and trust in God’s strengthening grace through the time of recovery.

Ann Vander Wal remains in the Lacombe hospital waiting for a room at a care facility in town or in the area. We pray something will come available soon.

Please join us for cake today after the morning service to help Arnie and Sherry Tenbrinke celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. They were married in Chilliwack on September 1, 1978 and thank the Lord for His many blessings and God's faithfulness. On September 7th Arnie will also celebrate his 55th birthday, and his health is improving. We are thankful for all the prayers, and support shown to us for the 6 years he was not well. It is still a matter of carefully watching his diet, but now that we know what he can and cannot eat, our quality of life has very much improved. Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke

We ask God’s blessing on the children as they go back to school this week. In the learning, in the friendships, in all of the excitement may they rejoice in God’s goodness, greatness and love.

Congratulations to Eleanor Wildeboer as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday. Wishing you a fabulous day filled with love and laughter, and our Lord’s richest of blessings.

On September 9th, D.V. Grace Vander Veen hopes to celebrate her 105th birthday. In celebration of this special event there will be an Open house in her honor on Saturday, September 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Come and join us for coffee and cake.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Tony Middag, Lena Spelt, Grace Vander Veen and Ann Vander Wal in prayer.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 8th 

We change our second service time to a permanent 4:00 p.m. start time instead of the present 7:00 p.m. In the morning we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and read from Isaiah 40 and recognize God’s comforting message expressed in the Heidelberg Catechism over the past 450 years. In the afternoon we read and reflect on several striking Proverbs like 26:17 & 11:22. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Children and Worship 

will begin next Sunday, September 8th during the morning worship service. We welcome all grade one and grade two students to join us to hear the stories of God during our worship time together.

Treasure Seekers will start another season next Sunday, September 8th

We invite all Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students to take notes during the service and come downstairs after the sermon to have a discussion for about 35 to 45 minutes. Binders, pens, pencils and extra paper is provided for each student and can be picked up from the back of the church sanctuary (by the balcony stairs) and returned there after the discussion. Come and join us for a time of learning, discussing and growing in faith. If you have any questions or concerns you may call Ann at 403-782-2061.

Sermon Podcasts 

are available on our church website. Go to www.lacombebethelcrc.org and scroll down the page to Bethel Podcasts. Click on the message you would like to hear!

Needed – people to help out with our Worship & Hospitality schedules. 

We need PowerPoint operators (grade 9 or older), Sound techs (grade 10 or older) and Ushers for the worship services. Training will be provided. We would love to have more Greeters and Coffee servers as well. Please give Cindy or Dana a call at 403-782-6400 or email us at bchurch2@telus.net if you can help out.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Sunday School: 

We are in need of teachers for our program, and we will be starting Sunday, September 8th. If you feel the call for this worthwhile ministry please contact Jessica Heidelberg for more information.

GEMS Girls’ club 

is in need of a few good women to complete our team for this upcoming GEMS year. It would be great to have 1-2 counselors and a helper or two also. Please contact Gaylene Tenbrinke for more information at 403-782-3003.

Bethel kids’ choir 

is starting up again! We are hoping to sing a few songs for Thanksgiving Monday. All kids from grades 1-9 are welcome but please let either Mel Wildeboer at 403-782-1584 or Sue Wildeboer at 403-782-5128 know ASAP so we can get things planned! Practices will be Thursdays after school at 4 p.m. starting September 12th. We look forward to seeing you there!

DUTCH CHEESE 

orders are once again being taken in support of GEMS Counselor Training. You will find an order form in your church mailbox. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander's mailbox by September 8th. Orders will be ready for pickup from church on Sunday, September 22nd. Thank you for your support.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Youth Retreat, One life. What’s it all about? 

Take a journey through Mark’s gospel with your Bethel leaders with an exciting 5 part series from Christianity Explored. The retreat will take place on September 13th to the 15th so mark it on your calendars. Registration forms are available and located on the foyer table. We remind you that a consent and liability form will have to be signed by your parents. Please hand in forms and fees to Andrew or Curt or feel free to place them in their mailboxes. Remember to invite your friends! The more the merrier! If you need more information contact Gayle, Amaris, Maddy, Curt, Andrew or Pastor Mike.

Welcome (Back) to the U BBQ! 

Heading to university in the fall? You’re invited to a free Campus Ministry kick-off BBQ on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther House (10941 - 88 Ave.) This is a great opportunity to meet some new people, catch up with friends, and find out what’s happening in the Campus Ministry this fall. Feel free to bring a friend along.

Young Adults Car Rally and Square dance.

It is that time once again for the annual Young Adults Car Rally and Square dance. If you are between the ages of 18-30ish and want to have some fun meeting up with some old friends and making some new ones, come on out on September 14th for fun and fellowship with people from across this great Alberta North classis. For more details and a link to the registration site, please go to http://canym.weebly.com/ya-car-rally-and-square-dance-reg.html . The deadline for registration is September 8th. If you need to speak to someone about this event, please call Ron deVries, Youth Ministry Consultant at 780-619-6566.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Are you looking for a change? CLAC may have a position waiting for you! If you: 

have excellent Customer Service skills, phone mannerisms and office experience; bring excitement and enthusiasm to a job; work well in a team environment; have good computer skills and are knowledgeable in the Microsoft platform; are self-motivated and a self-starter; are able to multi-task; are organized and have excellent communication skills, then one of these jobs could be for you! The Western Benefit Office located in the Edmonton Regional CLAC office is looking to hire for 2 positions: Customer Service Benefit Clerk & General Administration Benefit Clerk. Please check the church bulletin board for more information. If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please submit resumes to Carol Noppers at cnoppers@clac.ca. Closing date for accepting resumes is 12 noon, September 13, 2013.

An Evening With Phil Vischer: 

Come and be inspired to trust God and dream with Him through the ups and downs of life… from a guy who helped you and your kids love vegetables… on Sunday, September 29th from 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) at Woodynook CRC. There will be coffee & dessert at the intermission, nursery available for your little ones & a free will offering. Phil Vischer is the creator of Veggie Tales, Jelly Telly & What’s in the Bible? Join us as he shares with us about dreams and burdens in 2 parts. Part 1: Have you ever had a dream? Phil Vischer tells the story of his dream – of hard work, dramatic success, heartbreaking failure, and – oh, yes – talking vegetables. It turns out the death of a dream can be the beginning of a new life. Part 2: We all have burdens that weigh us down – keep us up at night. Is there a way to live free of burdens? To live “light?” Phil shares his own story – the burdens that drove him – and the path that led him to “lightness” in Christ.

PURSECUTED CHURCH

VIETNAM: 

On July 31st, a group of Christians in Ho Chi Minh City were assaulted by police while gathered in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral for prayer. The meeting was forcibly ended; the Christians were dragged onto buses. Those who resisted were beaten; several had to undergo medical treatment. In recent years, prayer vigils and peaceful protests have been held by Christians in response to the unlawful confiscation of land by the government. Unregistered churches in Vietnam face harassment and discrimination. Recently, severe famine in the land moved the government to start providing emergency aid to villages. Christian communities in desperate need were discriminated against by the government and left without the necessary provisions, unlike the response that was given to those of non-believers. Please pray that our fellow believers in Vietnam will experience ongoing spiritual strength and growth as they face these challenging circumstances because of their faith. Also ask that the land disputes threatening their churches and communities will be fairly resolved. May those afflicting and harassing them sense God's powerful touch...resulting in changed hearts and lives.

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