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2013-10-20 October 20 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.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 27th 

we have the privilege of celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. We recognize that in our world many suffer physical as well as spiritual hunger and need our compassionate help to experience justice and food security. In the afternoon we have our next WE Event with a kingly royal supper at 5:00 p.m. and then reflections on King David.

The following Sunday, November 3rd 

is World Hunger Sunday. To help you prepare, you will find a 14 day Family Devotional booklet in your church mail box today. Please use this very worthwhile resource for all ages for the next two weeks. You will be blessed!

Classis Report of meetings on October 16 & 17, 2013 at Woodynook CRC

1. Classis began with 2 hours of guided prayer for the churches and ministries of Classis. It was precious time and leads into a Classis Prayer Day planned for January 5, 2014.

2. Approved: Safe Church’s proposal to go with “Winning Kids” - a much simpler and effective way to be a safe church for everyone. More details to come.

3. Answered Prayer: The 69 furnaces needed by World Renew to heat High River homes have been paid for by the Alberta Government and will be installed by a company in Calgary by the end of October. Praise God.

4. Approved: Mosaic House church plant becomes the 32nd official congregation in Classis. It has 45 members, 110 people at worship, and 10 home group Bible Studies.

5. Approved: Pastor Rick Abma’s Neighborhood Life proposal in conjunction with Home Missions to do outreach work right here in Central Alberta.

6. Discussed: should a church place an interact cash machine in the foyer to facilitate giving.

7. Approved: the merger of two Classis teams into a new Healthy Church Task Force to assist churches in times of difficulty.

8. Heard Reports from: King’s University President Melanie Humphreys, Northern Alberta Deaconal Conference (NADC) Rachel Vroege, Campus Chaplain Rick Van Manen, Church Planter Aaron Au, Church Consultant Walt Brouwer and many others.

9. Needed: Back to God Ministries International needs a Board member, non-clergy, and preferably a woman for meetings in Chicago and Grand Rapids.

10. Needed: Classis Treasurer to begin in June 2014.

Bethel 60th Anniversary Newsletter

November is coming and with it, the Lord willing, Bethel’s 60th anniversary celebration. We will be dedicating the November newsletter to this celebration. We would like to have a short write up from each of the ministries in the church along with a photo if possible. Have you some special pictures and stories of Bethel’s history that can be included? We do not want to have this as just a two page thing – but the whole newsletter – done in color – celebrating Bethel CRC. We look forward to putting together something that will celebrate, remember and encourage for the future, Bethel CRC, God’s faithfulness now and forever. Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof

A Bible study 

will be at Brad & Erin Lewin’s home again this year. We will be starting tomorrow, Monday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please contact Wayne Bouwman at 403-782-4273 or Brad Lewin at 403-789-7995 to receive a copy of the study book.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, October 15th. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and our evening begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

Young People's 

will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on October 27th at Corinna Prins’ for Bible study and dessert, right after the 5 p.m. WE Event supper & service. Please have Chapter 2 of 'Crazy Love' read and prepared for discussion!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wolf Creek Community Church 

is holding a fundraising evening on October 25th to send a team with EduDeo Ministries to the Dominican Republic. Please check the poster in the foyer for more information.

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited / Youth for Christ 

is a non-profit Christian organization looking for a part time (15 – 20 hours per week) Stepping Stones Coordinator in the Lacombe office to run the program for pregnant and parenting youth. The successful candidate will be responsible to coordinate and execute the weekly drop-in program, plan and run a monthly family meal, provide mentoring and one-on-one support to the youth in the program, and be involved in mobilizing and overseeing volunteers. Strong interpersonal and social skills, strong organizational skills, working knowledge of computer programs and an overall attitude of service and support is the heartbeat of this position. Salary is determined on a scale based on education and experience, and is funded on a missionary basis - requiring the gathering of a personal support team. Closing date is October 30, 2013. Please submit your resume to info@cayu.ca or mail it to 5025 – 50 Street Lacombe, AB, T4L 1X9.

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Harvest Fest 2013 

presents: “Rene Mauve Toupee” a.k.a. Gery Schubert for “CACHS Academy Awards Night” on Friday, November 1st at Central Alberta High school. Come out for an evening of fun and entertainment. The evening will start with a silent auction and bazaar tables beginning at 6:30 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm. with Dinner at 7:00 pm. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the school or you can phone the school for pick up. Donations can be dropped off by noon on Friday November 1st at the school. See you there on Friday, November 1st, at Central Alberta Christian High School at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and are available from Ann at the school or Donna Vandenborn at 403-782-9993.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

 is honored and excited to celebrate their 25th anniversary! We would like to invite you and your congregation to join us in commemorating this important milestone. This will be an opportunity to celebrate God's provisions for our ministry throughout the past 25 years and to look ahead to what the future may bring. Please join us on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church as we “Celebrate the Past and Embrace the Future”! Please check the poster in the foyer for more information.

Get rich. Intermission

is a silent, directed, weekend retreat for rest, prayer and renewal – a time to gather the treasures of heaven. Led by Pastor Ron Klok on November 1 to 3 at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton. For more information go to www.intermissionsilentretreat.com or email to rev.klok@gmail.com

Difficult conversations in difficult times: Omar Khadr – The Man & The Law

The Omar Khadr case has become a sometimes divisive issue for the Christian community. Who was Khadr at 15 years of age: A Child Soldier? Illegal Enemy Combatant? Who is he now at age 27? And regardless of what we think of him, does Christ really call us to minister to everyone in prison? For people of faith these issues sit in the context of a call to love the enemy and to understand human justice as the first step toward the bigger obligation to be agents of Christlike mercy. Join the discussion as the Micah Centre at The King’s University College and the University of Alberta’s Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public life host two public lectures from two international authorities on the Khadr case. Retired U.S. Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis will be speaking in Room 1-001 of the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex at the University of Alberta at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd. He is the U.S. psychiatrist who has worked with Khadr for many years. Sam Morison, Appellate Counsel for the United States Department of Defense, will be at the atrium in The King's University College on Tuesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. Mr. Morison is the lead lawyer in the U.S. appeal of Khadr's Guantanamo Bay convictions. This is the first time that Canadians will be able to hear details about the U.S.-based appeal. These two experts will share their knowledge and answer your questions about Khadr the man, and the laws that have shaped his life.

Attention: All retirees and semi retirees – CRC Youth of Yesteryear! 

The “West of 60” group of West End CRC invites you to a "Fun and Fellowship Rally" on Friday November 8th at 2:00 p.m. in our church. Our guest speaker is humorist Phil Callaway. Coffee and fellowship to follow. Cost is $10 per person at the door. See you there!

Fantastic Training opportunity: 

register for this year’s Day of Encouragement to be held on Saturday, November 9th at The King’s University College. This year`s theme: "Living in the Grand Narrative: God making all things new" The event begins with registration at 8 am, opening worship and keynote address by Dr. Syd Hielema beginning at 9 am, followed by workshops and information sessions. The day wraps up with closing at 3:30 pm. There are topics which will be of interest to young adults, youth leaders, parents, church leaders and church volunteers alike. Earlybird registration (until Oct 29th) is $50 for the full day or $25 for the ½ day. Look for brochures and registration forms in your church or from your deacons. Additional brochures and registration forms are available online at http://www.diaconalministries.com/resources/westerncanada.html or for more information contact the NADC office: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

Stop Gendercide 

200 million girls missing worldwide. 92% of Canadians are against gender select abortion. For the first time in 25 years the Federal Conservative Party will be discussing changing their stance on abortion in order to protect girls everywhere. For this discussion to end favorably our pro life MPs need our support! Please join The Wilberforce Project, WeNeedaLAW.ca and other concerned Canadians in a Rally to coincide with the Conservative National Convention, where this discussion will take place. Where? Calgary, across from the BMO Center (by the Stampede Grounds) on Saturday, November 2nd at 9 a.m. Please join us afterwards for a free lunch! Purpose: To show the government and media that the abortion debate is not closed and female gendercide cannot be ignored.

PURSECUTED CHURCH

TANZANIA: 

On September 13th, a church leader suffered severe burns after acid was poured on him by militant Muslims just outside an Internet café. Rev. Anselm Mwang'amba, 61, received burns on his face, chest and arms. Although he cried out for help, the owners of the Internet café delayed in bringing needed water for the dilution of the burning acid. He was taken to the hospital. His colleagues are hoping to transfer him to a hospital in Dar es Salaam so he will be farther away from his persecutors. Church leaders believe the attack is linked to a militant Islamist group known as "Awakening," which is campaigning for Zanzibar's independence as an Islamic state. May the Lord completely heal both the physical and emotional wounds Rev. Mwang'amba has experienced as a result of the attack (Psalm 30:2). Pray that the church in Tanzania will not be fearful due to this incident and other similar attacks, but rather would choose to lean even more on our Almighty God who has promised His people strength in times of trouble. Ask Him to thwart any plans the enemy may have to inflict further harm on these believers through the militant group.

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