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2013-10-27 October 27 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.

We give thanks that a place is ready for Tony Middag at Royal Oak Manor and he plans to be moving there from the hospital this week.

Address change: Please take note of the following change in your directories.
Rod & Laura Duckett, RR 1, Site 16, Box 18, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1R1. Phone no: 783-3010,
Email: rlduck@xplornet.ca

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

Full Council Highlights from the October 23rd meeting:

· Pastor Mike reviewed the highlights of the recent classis meeting.

· Reviewed minutes from Executive, Deacons, and all the MLT's.

· We approved the motion to support Rick Abma and neighborhood life mission.

· The proposed 2014 budget was presented and approved to bring to the congregational meeting.

· We approved our summer seminary student again and are hopeful that one will come next year.

· Congregational meeting to be held on November 21st.

CHURCH OFFERINGS

This week’s offering is for the ongoing support of Albert and Carolyn Strydhorst 

as they continue their work in Grand Rapids. As the missionary in residence at Calvin Theological Seminary, Albert teaches, studies, writes and encourages the CRC's missions work.

Next week’s offering is for World Renew

They are currently working with partners in 30 countries around the world to address issues such as illiteracy, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, child mortality and injustice. The Fall Hunger Campaign is called THINK, ACT, FAST. World Renew does not receive ministry shares and depends on the donations and offerings of churches and individuals. Classis AB North donates the most per member to World Renew of all the Classis of the Christian Reformed Church.

From the Deacons: 

Thank you to all who donated to the reverse offering. We collected 749 lbs of food for the food bank. That feeds 29 people for 1 week.

From the Church Treasurer: 

The Thanksgiving offerings have been totalled and $33 000 will be going to 27 different causes. Thank you for your generosity.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, November 3rd is World Hunger Sunday. 

As we join in a service of gratitude, repentance and expectation we give thanks to God for the gift of food and nourishment, repent of the ways we waste food, and acknowledge that God is concerned about the hungry. We will read from James 2. In the afternoon we take a challenging biblical truth as it is expressed in the confession, Lords Day 11. Can God have a Son? Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

World Hunger Sunday 

To help you prepare, you were given a 14 day Family Devotional booklet in your church mailbox. Please use this very worthwhile resource for all ages. You will be blessed!

Living Members 

will be meeting right after the WE event tonight, October 27th at Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinkes’. We would like to show a 20 minute video "Shift", about why young people are leaving the CRC. Contact the Tenbrinkes’ for more information

Attention Bethel Cadets! 

The Rimbey Cadet club is hosting the Central Alberta Cadet Sunday on November 3rd. We will be attending this morning worship service and lunch, which will be provided. A time of small crafts and/or games will follow. All Cadets and counselors are required to wear their Cadet shirt, kerchief and slide. New Cadets please don't worry about a Cadet shirt for this event. Worship service is at 10 a.m. so we will be gathering here at Bethel at 8:45 a.m. to leave by 9 a.m. Our planned arrival back at Bethel will be 3:30 p.m. Please let Grant Zuidhof know by Monday, October 28th if your boy(s) will be attending to make sure we have enough rides and lunch.

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. Please have your contributions in to Harriet or Anita by the end of this week if possible. We will be taking an extra week to put things together. Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you. Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof

Ladies Craft Day 

Our craft day for October 26th did not work out, so we are planning to try again for this Saturday, November 2nd Please let Margaret Roolker or Anita Geldof know if you are planning to come. We look forward to a day of fellowship, sharing a meal together and sharing our creative gifts.

Operation Christmas Child 

It’s that time of year again! The Samaritan’s Purse has Christmas child gift boxes ready to be filled for young boys and girls overseas. If you like to participate in the project, the instructions you’ll find in your church mailboxes. Help yourselves to the boxes on the table in the foyer, or you can use one of your own. The deadline to have the boxes returned here is Sunday, November 17th. Please leave them under the church mailboxes. Thank you from the Bethel Deacons.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, October 29th. 

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

Young People's will be meeting TONIGHT 

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

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. See poster in the foyer for more details

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.

Fellow Retirees

You haven't forgotten have you? Here's a gentle reminder of the upcoming "Fun and Fellowship Rally" with humorist Phil Callaway from Three Hills, Alberta. You will "Laugh Again" throughout his presentation "Making Life Rich Without Spending Money". We look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. in West End church. Admission: $10 at the door. Check the WECRC church website for more information.

Day Of Encouragement

This year's theme is "Living in the Grand Narrative: God making all things new" Keynote speaker: Dr. Syd Hielema. Don’t miss out on this wonderful training opportunity made available through your Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference. Look for brochures and registration forms by the bulletin board in the foyer or from the deacons.

“Silent before the mystery of Jesus’ love...” Contemporary Testimony 

Take time to contemplate Jesus' love and leading. InterMission is a silent directed retreat led by Pastor Ron

Klok, November 1-3, Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton. $325. For more information go to www.intermissionsilentretreat.com or rev.klok@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.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 

“The Perspectives Course” An awesome course for anyone with a heart for missions, or for anyone who just wants to know more about missions. This is a 16 week course that will run on Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. starting November 7, 2013 and going to March 20, 2014 with a 4 week break for Christmas and New Year’s. This course can be taken at 4 levels from Audit to Certificate up to Graduate Credit. The cost is $235, discounts are available. Please contact Tim Darnell to register or for more info call 403-304-9801,Or email: tsbbaa@telus.net Website for more information

http://www.perspectivescanada.org/ExperiencingPerspectives/FindaClass/Alberta/2013Nov2014MarLacombeAB.aspx

PURSECUTED CHURCH

North Korea

Chinese authorities are targeting a Christian radio broadcast produced by North Korean Christians. Both the Chinese and North Korean governments have unsuccessfully attempted to block the radio broadcast. This is exciting news for Christians involved in the shortwave radio program because it demonstrates that North Korean and Chinese officials are threatened by the small broadcasting program. Most Christian broadcasts into North Korea are voiced by South Koreans, whose accent is more difficult for North Koreans to understand. Authorities assume that North Koreans can't understand these broadcasts or are turned off by the voices of 'foreigners.' Praise the Lord, for His word never returns to Him void but accomplishes His desire and achieves the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:11). Pray for the programmers and engineers who create the broadcasts. Pray all those who hear, may many be granted His gift of grace.

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