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2013-09-15 September 15 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.

In celebration of Lies Boskers 90th birthday the family will be serving cake in the fellowship hall after the morning service.

Over the course of this weekend, Bethel students and their guests have been at the Bar Harbour Retreat Centre. We as leaders ask that you pray for the students and their many leaders. May the Lord continue to shine his face upon our many youth programs in this coming season.

Several of our senior congregation members are in the hospital. Please keep Klaas Boskers, Tony Middag and Ann Vander Wal in your prayers.

Congratulations to Lies Boskers as she celebrates her 90th birthday on Monday and to John Bos as he celebrates his on Wednesday. To both of you we wish you a fabulous day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings.

Teena Stol will have knee surgery this coming Wednesday in Red Deer. We pray that the surgery goes well and for strength and healing during the time of recovery.

Wilma Sandstra would like to thank all of you for your support over the years for the Bibles for Missions Thrift store and more recently for your support and prayers for her health. The prognosis with her brain tumour is not good but Wilma stays optimistic – “Let’s make this the best year ever,” she says, “I know who holds the future and I know who holds my hand!”

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 22nd 

We welcome Pastor Evert Gritter from Red Deer to lead us in our morning worship. In the afternoon we have our next inter-generational WE: The Epic Story event looking at “The Exodus” as God sets his people free. Some people have asked if they can come to a WE event if they have not been before. Yes, absolutely! Everyone is welcome whether you have been before or not. It is an intergenerational worship time that includes a meal together and is encouraging for young and old.

Highlights from the Council executive meeting of September 11th:

1. We transferred the membership of Rob and Michelle de Regt to Redeemer United Reformed Church in Lacombe.

2. Red Deer Pro Life will be hosting a meeting in our church with a special Alberta Pro Life speaker on Monday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m.

3. There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 17th with the Neighborhood Life Mission at Wolf Creek CRC for all members of the congregation. Talk to Pastor Mike for more information.

4. Bethel’s 60th Anniversary celebration is set for Saturday, November 30th and will include a banquet & program followed by an Anniversary Celebration Worship service on Sunday, December 1st.

5. The Fall Congregational meeting has been set for Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m.

6. The Annual Day of Encouragement is set for Saturday, November 9th at the King’s University College – please see more details under the Announcements section of the bulletin.

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.

Coffee Break and Story Hour 

will begin this week on 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.

A new year of GEMS Girls’ club

is beginning and we are very excited!! All girls in grades 3 - 7 are welcome to join us for crafts, bible lessons, singing and making new friends! Our first meeting and registration night is this Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.. See you there!

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth

It’s that time of year again and the leaders are ready to go!! On Tuesday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m., it all begins. Come and bring a friend as we fellowship and study together. Please note that doors will be open at 7 p.m. and the evening will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Wayne, Andrew, Pastor Mike and Dana will be anxiously awaiting your arrival. Contact any of the leaders if you need any information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Central Alberta Food Grains Harvest 

is set for Saturday, September 21st. The location is east of Joffre, from the corner of Secondary Rd. 815 and Highway 11, 4 miles east on the north side of the highway. Come for hamburger lunch at 12:00 noon and harvest will start after lunch. If it needs to be postponed because of weather it will be rescheduled for September 28th.

Rehoboth Christian Ministries’ Board of Directors 

has designated September as Membership Campaign Month. Annual Association Membership Fees of $10 are renewable in September, PLUS donations of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated. Your $10.00 Membership Fee (per person) and supporting donations insures the continuation of quality services provided in the Lord’s name. Children and young people are the future of Rehoboth, so this year we are again encouraging each person in a family to become a member. Children under the legal age of 18 will be non-voting members. Your support enables Rehoboth to carry out its Christian mandate by supporting the individuals and their families through effective programs and services; advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities; educating and raising the awareness of the needs, rights and abilities of people with disabilities; and promoting Rehoboth as a major Christian service provider in the province of Alberta. Please place your membership/donation in Sherry Tenbrinke’s mailbox, the Rehoboth Contact person in your congregation. Thank you for your faithful support of Rehoboth Christian Ministries.

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 p.m. in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) building, room 1 - 440 11455 Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

The development committee at Central Alberta Christian High school

is offering an opportunity for alumni and supporters to explore the stories from the Bible in the setting in which they were written. GTI Tours in Holland, Michigan is a travel agency which provides Christian study tours of Israel and the surrounding countries. They have arranged the airfare, accommodations, meals, and tours in Israel and have customized the tour to accommodate our needs and goals. The dates of this trip are April 5-15, 2014. You will find a flyer in you mailboxes with more information regarding pricing and the itinerary. Please note that in order to receive an early booking discount you will need to register by October 4, 2013. If you would like more information please visit the CACHS website or contact: Sid Doornbos at 403-340-9507, Beatrice Vriend or the CACHS office at 403-782-4535.

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.

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 9th 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 .

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

AFGHANISTAN: 

A member of Afghanistan's parliament has stated that according to Sharia Law, all who have converted from Islam to Christianity should be executed in order to stop the rapid growth of Christianity among Afghans, both within the country and beyond it. He stated in a published report: "Numerous Afghanis have become Christians in India. This is an offence to Islamic Laws and according to the Quran, they need to be executed." Islamic leaders of Afghanistan consider the growth of Christianity to be a threat. Some clerics have warned their government against the influence of Christianity in the country. The Islamic Council of Afghanistan has notified President Karzai regarding Christian aid workers and missionaries coming to Afghanistan and the likelihood of more conversions taking place as a result. For eye-opening video clips, go to www.persecution.net/afghanistan.htm. Thank the Lord for the wonderful work of His Spirit in the hearts and minds of Afghani people around the world. May He continue to build His church. Ask for His divine protection to be upon all the humanitarian ministry workers throughout Afghanistan, multiplying and blessing their efforts to demonstrate His heart of compassion to the lost, broken and needy.

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