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2013-11-10 November 10 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.

As Pastor Mike is away until November 18th please contact your district elder if you have particular pastoral concerns.

Many of you know Wilma Sandstra through her work with the Bibles for Missions Thrift store in Red Deer. Wilma passed away this week after being ill for some time. We pray for God’s comfort and peace for her family in this loss.

There will be an Open House on Saturday, November 23rd to celebrate Lena Spelt's 100th birthday. It will be held in the fellowship hall of the Bethel church from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. You are invited to celebrate this occasion with Lena and her family.

Dear Pastor Mike and the Church family:

This is a note to say a big “thank you” to the Bethel CRC family for the warm welcome into your Church – a Church that has been my mission Partner for many years. I also had a great and wonderful time with the families that welcomed me into their homes for a meal, accommodation, or other. May God continue to bless you all. I am now in Grand Rapids in meetings at the World Renew offices and with Church visits on Sundays. I have a couple more Churches to speak to and a couple more weeks before I head back to Tanzania to pack and relocate to my country, Kenya. I will keep you updated and early January I will communicate my new contacts in Kenya.

Blessings and regards to the Church family. Margaret Njuguna

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, November 17th 

We welcome Dr. Harry Cook to lead us in worship and introduce the work of the “Kenya Project.” In the afternoon Wayne Bouwman will lead our worship. Pastor Mike is on holidays.

Winter Job opportunity: 

We are looking for someone to shovel the snow from the steps and sidewalks here at Bethel. Anyone Junior high age or older is welcome to apply for this paid position. For more details about the job, please contact Cindy Prins at 403-748-2824 (home) or at the church office at 403-782-6400.

Coffee Break

Invites all ladies to join in on our November 13th Bible discussion. We will be looking at Lisa Chan’s video: “Deny Yourself”, followed by a group discussion. We will begin the morning with a potluck breakfast starting at 9:15 a.m. For more information contact Barb Vandyk. See you there!

Congregational meeting

Please note that the fall Congregational meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st in the fellowship hall. The 2014 Church budget will be presented at this time.

The Lord willing, Bethel will be celebrating her 60th anniversary on November 30th, 2013 with a dinner and program. 

Tickets for this event are $16 for ages 12 & under and $20 for ages 13 & older. They are available from any member of the Fellowship MLT: Joan Eisses, Erin Lewin, Janneke Roolker, Marcella Van Stryland, Ann Wildeboer or Anita Geldof. Tickets will also be available from the church secretaries during office hours. The evening will include a delicious meal as well as a program of singing and any stories, skits and games that the congregation provides. Please feel free to talk to anyone on the team if you have any questions. We look forward to a wonderful evening of remembering and celebrating. On Sunday, December 1st we have a special service of celebration and praise!

From the Bethel Deacons:

This week’s offering is for the Lacombe Food Bank. With the onset of winter and Christmas approaching, the need is great. Please give generously.

Next week’s offering is for the Fuente de Vida church in Ensenada, Mexico. Pastor Mike, August Luymes and Peter Prins are currently in Ensenada, working with the pastor and congregation, helping in any way they can.

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 would like to participate in the project, there are instructions in your church mailboxes. As all boxes have been scooped up please feel free to use one of your ownThe deadline to have the boxes returned here is next Sunday, November 17th. Please leave them under the church mailboxes.

World Renew Gift Catalogue: 

Isn't it amazing that God would send his Son to die on our behalf? Out of gratitude for this incredible gift and inspired by God's own deep passion for justice and mercy, World Renew works in some of the world's most difficult places to help people overcome disaster, fight injustice, and renew their hope for a better future. You can give a gift this year that will make a difference in the life of another through World Renew's gift catalogue. Choose from more than 35 items to share God's love through a Christmas gift, or for any occasion. Peruse the catalogue which was placed in your church mailbox last week or give online at crwrc.org/gifts

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples will be meeting TONIGHT for a Bible Study 

at Diana Hoekstra’s home right after the afternoon service. Come for supper and a time of study & fellowship. Contact Amaris and Curt for more information.

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, November 12th. 

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School 

is having their annual fall drive from November 11th to December 16th. You should be receiving an information sheet today and you will be contacted by phone by a canvasser in your area. If you are not contacted please call Wendy at the school 403-782-4535 or you may send your donation directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7, Attention: Wendy Barnes. Please consider this fall drive prayerfully.

Red Deer Pro-Life 

invites you to its Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the New Life Fellowship CRC, 20 Kelloway Cr., Red Deer.

Defending Your Faith in a Resistant World – A World View Course: 

We are pleased to welcome back Mr. Jojo Ruba, Executive Director of Faith Beyond Belief, as he presents their worldview course on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Parkland United Reformed Church, located at Hwy 2A and Spruce Rd. between Lacombe and Ponoka, www.parklandurc.org. This course is “geared towards Christians who want to effectively engage their culture” that is becoming “increasingly resistant to the Christian faith not because they understand it, but because they think they do.” Comprised of lessons from 11 basic truths of the Christian faith, each one building on the one before it, the course forms a “coherent Christian worldview” considering such topics as “What is a worldview? What is truth? The case for design. & Defining evolution.” For more information, please contact Rev. B. Beukema at 403-789-7787. Lunch will be provided. Cost is free.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Eritrea

A Christian woman, Wehazit Berhane Debesai, who was in her thirties, died of pneumonia during the week of October 14th, following a year of imprisonment in harsh conditions. Despite the seriousness of her failing health, she was denied access to medical treatment for refusing to denounce her Christian beliefs. She was arrested last year for her involvement in Christian activities outside of the government-sanctioned church groups. The young woman was engaged to be married. Her death coincided with the arrest of about 70 Christians at a prayer gathering in Asmara. Praise God that Wehazit has gone on to receive her eternal reward for remaining faithful to the very end. Please lift up her relatives and fiancé and the numerous other Eritrean believers who are struggling to survive the treatment of the prison guards and the inhumane conditions of the country's deplorable prisons/metal shipping containers.

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