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2013-09-08 September 9 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.

Brian Jackson was operated on in Calgary on Monday and it went so well that he was able to return home again already on Tuesday. We give thanks to God and seek his blessing on Brian’s recovery.

Congratulations to Grace Vander Veen with the celebration of her 105th birthday as well as Teena Stol & Eleanor Merkus, all with their birthdays tomorrow. Congratulations too to Simon Swier with the celebration of his birthday on September 14th. May God bless you all on your special day and in the year to come.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins Albert & Tilly Biel, 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 15th 

We confess the reality of “Human Misery” as expressed in the Bible and summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, Lords Days 2-4. In the afternoon we join our Young People as they are back from their retreat at Buffalo Lake and we celebrate the truth of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus in the assurance “You will see him.” Mark 16:1-8. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Children and Worship 

will begin today 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 today. 

The grade 3-6 students are invited to pick up their binders from the back of the church (by the balcony stairs) and take notes during the service. They will go downstairs during the singing immediately after the sermon. If there is no binder with the students' name on it, please take a "visitor" binder and mention it to the teacher after wards. We encourage the parents to assist their sons/daughters with the memory work assigned each week and encourage them to complete their weekly activity. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ann 403-782-1061

Children in Worship

is a unique program for grades one and two in our church. It involves taking the elements of church worship and presenting them at the child's level. Currently Terry Vandenborn and Barb Venhuis teach this program. We are in need of one more teacher. We encourage you to consider this important ministry and to visit our classroom to experience Children in Worship. Please contact Terry at 403-782-9993 or Barb at 403-783-5154 if you are interested.

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!

Coffee Break and Story Hour 

will begin Wednesday September 18th from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Ladies this is a morning to study God's word and apply it to today. Come to be encouraged. We will begin with Exodus-Life Lessons and then 1Corinthians after Christmas.

There is a need. Could you fill it?

 Story Hour needs an adult helper. Ashley Roolker is the teacher. To be in the parameters of "Safe Church" we need two adults for our children's program. Could that person be you? Consider how you could help and contact Barb Vandyk.

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.

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.

Thank-you for Giving: 

We are thankful to you, the members of Bethel CRC, for your recent offering in support of Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC). Your gift of $1,111.37 helps makes ministry possible, bringing coaching, grants, and support to community ministries of CRCs across Canada. Thank-you! For more information: www.diaconalministries.com

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

Pastor Henry Steenbergen

Please join us for an evening of socializing as we say farewell to Pastor Henry Steenbergen and Helga who will soon be heading for Ontario. On Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the social hall at New Life Fellowship. Opportunity will be given to share a few words for those who would like but for purposes of time & organization please advise in advance if you desire to participate. Jenny 403-885-2221 or Tim 403-782-3172 Cards will be made available for anyone who would like to write a note. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

We Care, We Ride for Life In support of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care centre.

 On Saturday, September 14th, 2013 between 8 - 9:30 a.m. registration and breakfast at Bethany Baptist Church, Red Deer, AB will take place. From 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m. Motorcycle Ride Central Alberta scenic route (approx. 350 km). At 5 – 7 p.m. BBQ at Crossroads Church, Red Deer, AB

Extra BBQ tickets may be purchased for $10 each or $5 for children 11 & under. Prizes!!! One entry for every $200 raised! Prizes include: $500 Basic Motorcycle Course from Alberta Motorcycle Training, $500 gift certificate from Turple Bros. Ltd. $400 motorcycle power polish or towards a motorcycle paint job from Bentley’s Motosicle Pain Tin & Auto Ba Day. Cost to ride is

$35/rider, $20/passenger, includes long sleeve shirt, breakfast, lunch and supper. To register or for more details, please visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events/ or call Michelle at 403-343-1611.

Are You Wondering 

just where life is taking you? Are you looking to be encouraged in your Christian walk, in how you disciple or minister to others? Then mark your calendar and plan to attend a day of training on November 9, 2013 at the King's University College when the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference hosts the 2013 Day of Encouragement. This year's theme "Living in the Grand Narrative: God making all things new" will be highlighted with our keynote speaker: Dr. Syd Hielema, Chaplain and professor of youth ministry at Redeemer University College and director of the CRC's Faith Formation project. Dr. Hielema will begin the day with an address "Oil on the Collar - growing communities that live Psalm 133". Brochures and registration details will be available in your church by the end of September or for more information contact the NADC office: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com .

Campus Ministry 40th Anniversary Special Event 

The Campus Ministry, in partnership with the Christian Labour Association of Canada invites you to a free special lecture by Han Dongfang, a workers' rights advocate in China, and founder of China's first independent trade union. Han Dongfang will speak on China's Emerging Labour Movement Tuesday, September 17 at 7:15 pm. Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) building, room 1 - 440 11455 Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Freed-Up Financial Living

Saturday, October 19th - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A workshop to bring hope, joy and financial freedom. Discover tools & develop skills that help you control your finances so that your finances don’t control you! Facilitator Helmut Giesbrecht is passionate about teaching biblical principles in an encouraging, grace-filled manner. Learn about: Living a God-honouring lifestyle, developing a personal spending plan and prioritizing financial goals and reducing debt. More information & registration: www.shalomcounselling.com or 403.342.0339

EduDeo Ministries HANDS Trip to Nicaragua

Christian Schools in Nicaragua are keeping needy children off the street and in the classroom, transforming their lives though the power of the gospel. Are you willing to be used by God to make a difference in the life of a child? Please consider serving on a HANDS team to assist more children in receiving a basic education and breaking the cycle of poverty. EduDeo Ministries is asking for volunteers to join experienced Team Leader Bernie Kolkman from Lacombe, Alberta to help build additional classrooms at Bautista Emanuel in Nicaragua from November 11th – 21st. The only requirement is a desire to humbly serve. Please contact Bernie at 403-782-3908 or e-mail him at kolkman@telus.net for further information and to discuss joining the Western Canucks HANDS Team!

PURSECUTED CHURCH

EGYPT: 

Some scholars believe the outrageous onslaught of violence represents the greatest attack on Egyptian Christians in 700 years. More than 30 Christian houses were set on fire. At least two Christian schools were attacked. When an orphanage was destroyed, about 200 children were left homeless. The assailants also burnt three branches of the Bible Society bookstore. In fact, all businesses having any affiliation with Christians were in jeopardy. More than 60 churches have been attacked, with varying degrees of damage. One of the most heavily damaged churches was completely gutted. The congregation continues to meet at a nearby alcove at 6:30 a.m. when violence is less likely to occur. This is a valid concern considering that at least 500 civilians (along with 43 police officers) have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured. In the midst of all the destruction and chaos, may God's peace reign in the hearts of His people. For those who have lost loved ones as a result of the attacks, may His presence be a reminder of the eternal promise that lies ahead. May these Egyptian believers continue to trust in God's sovereignty, remain obedient to His teachings, and be granted the grace to respond in a manner of love. Through the witness of Egypt's Christian community, and the workings of His Holy Spirit, may God work mightily in the country -- also touching the hearts of those committing the violent acts.

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