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2013-11-17 November 17 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.

Congratulations to Jan & Joyln Rodenburg as they welcomed their new addition to the family. Kesler Ann was born November 8th. All are doing well.

Congratulations to Marlene Chykera-Moniuk will the celebration of her birthday on Wednesday and to Lena Spelt with her 100th birthday on Saturday. We pray God will be with you both as you celebrate on your special day and in the coming year.

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.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Council Executive meeting highlights:

· Church anniversary planning is coming along well.

· Congregational meeting agenda items set.

· We transferred the membership of Scott and Irene Fraser to Parkland URC.

CHURCH OFFERINGS

This week’s offering is for the Fuente de Vida church in Ensenada, Mexico. We as a congregation support this church in prayer and in practical ways as well.

Next week’s offering will be for the NADC Kenya Project. Dr. Harry Cook will be sharing some information with us about this project during the morning service today and you can also check out the information brochure which is in your church mailbox today.

World Renew - Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: On November 8th, a super typhoon battered the central Philippines, affecting 11.3 million people, displacing 673,000 people, and killing an estimated 2,500 people. Through the Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines and Philippine Relief and Development Services, World Renew is providing emergency food assistance, temporary shelter, and hygiene kits to those most in need. Your support is vital. Donations marked “Philippines Typhoon Haiyan 2013” can be made online at worldrenew.net/haiyan, by calling 1-800-730-3490, or by sending a cheque to World Renew, 3475 Mainway, STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON, L7R 3Y8. Gifts received Before December 9th will be matched by the Canadian Government’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, to which World Renew and other qualified organizations will be eligible to apply. Please donate today!

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, November 24th we begin our season of Advent around the theme “Listen to the Prophets.” Jesus comes in fulfillment of God’s redeeming plan and we will see how the prophets of old continue to speak into our lives this Christmas season. We begin with the words of Comfort from Isaiah 40. In the afternoon we have opportunity to consider what a privilege it is to be known as Christians. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Operation Christmas Child: 

It’s that time of year again! The Samaritan’s Purse has Christmas child gift boxes should be filled for young boys and girls overseas. The deadline to have the boxes returned here is TODAY, 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 or give online at crwrc.org/gifts

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.

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.

You Are Invited!! 

All past, present, and future members are invited to attend Bethel’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Banquet on Saturday, November 30, 2013! This celebratory event will take place at the Lacombe Christian School Gym beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for those aged 12 and under and $20 for those aged 13 and up. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, November 20. – only 4 days from today! Tickets are available from any member of the Fellowship MLT: Joan Eisses, Anita Geldof, Erin Lewin, Janneke Roolker, Marcella Van Stryland and Ann Wildeboer. Tickets are also available from the church secretaries during office hours on Wednesday. A special service of celebration and praise will be held on Sunday, December 1,2013!

Bethel’s 60th anniversary celebration will be enriched by Bethel congregation’s participation. If you have anything to share, whether it is a skit or just a special memory, please contact Peter Prins at 403-782-4170 who is the Master of Ceremonies for this special evening.

Cadets

This Wednesday, Cadets will be going to Steve Versluis's (a Cadet Counselor) who is employed at a new Welding shop for a tour and try out welding. Please do not wear your Cadet uniform for this tour. Please wear older clothes that are allowed to get a dirty. We want to leave the church at 7 p.m. sharp to have lots of time for the tour. We will be back at the church by 9 p.m. Please contact Grant Zuidhof for more info.

Dutch Cheese 

Orders are once again being taken in support of GEMS Counselors Training. You will find an order form in your mailbox. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander's mailbox by December 1, 2013. Orders will be ready for pickup from church on December15, 2013. Thank you for your support.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

Will meet TONIGHT for supper and a Social at Corinna Prins’ home right after the afternoon service. Come for supper and a time of fun & fellowship. Contact Amaris and Curt for more information.

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet on Tuesday, November 19th. Doors open at 7 p.m. and our evening begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

Hey All Bethel Jr. and Sr. High!! 

We have been invited by the Wolf Creek Youth to join them Friday, November 29th. Come on out for LaZerForce in Red Deer and Menchies to follow. Cost will be between $10-20 for the 2 rounds of Laser Tag plus some pocket money for Menchies. Please let Gayle Vreugdenhil know if you are planning to attend. 403-597-8779. More details are to follow so keep your eyes peeled here. Hope to see you all there!!.

Jr. Youth 

will be having a movie night at the church on Friday, December 6th starting at 7-9:30 p.m. Please bring a snack to share, and pillow. I also need a movie idea, for any suggestions and questions please call Gayle at 403-597-8779

Youth Mexico Mission Trip 

About a month ago we had an information meeting about a possible youth mission trip to Mexico next spring. We didn't have enough youth interested for a team. The Lord willing we will try again for the year after.

INSPIRE 2014 has registration open now! 

Dates for this event are February 14-16, 2014. More details about this event are located on the website listed below. The first 100 people to register will take advantage of the reduced rates so register ASAP. Please see the poster to help you promote this event, its located on any bulletin board in the church. Here is the link to the website for this event. http://www.inspirealberta.ca/index.html If you have any questions about this event, please contact Wayne or Dana. We look forward to seeing you all there.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Neighbourhood Life 

is starting in central Alberta, and has already developed in the greater Edmonton area over the past few years. See how this ministry plays an effective role in the Kingdom, and receive a taste of what is to come for central Alberta neighbourhoods (over a potluck dinner). Many neighbourhoods from Edmonton and area will be sharing their story on Saturday, November 23rd, 5-8 p.m. at the The River Ministry Centre, 3935 114 Street, Edmonton. For more information contact Karen Wilk at kwilk@crcna.org or Rick Abma at rickabma@gmail.com

CACHS Competitive Alumni Volleyball Tournament 

The 5th annual CACHS Alumni Volleyball tournament will be held December 21st Teams must consist of at least 75% alumni. Cost is $100 per team. Deadline to enter is December 13th. Please spread the news to those alumni not living locally. For more information or to enter your men’s or women’s team please phone Colleen VanderSchee at 403-885-4388, or e-mail schee@albertahighspeed.netIf alumni would like to play but don’t have a team please phone or email Colleen.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

MEXICO: 

Four Christians were unjustly imprisoned and beaten by order of local authorities in south-western state of Oaxaca. On November 4th, the municipal president publicly called citizens to "demolish the temple; lynch, imprison and torture" members of the Pentecostal church in San Juan Ozolotepec. This provoked the abduction and incarceration of Rev. Leopoldo Alonso and three church members the following day. A mob of traditionalists, armed with pickaxes and sledgehammers, attacked the church building and severely beat four church members with rods and stones. With the backing of police, state officials intervened and the four Christian men were released and hospitalized for their injuries on November 8th.The main issue at stake is the church's refusal to join and fund local traditionalist festivals. Cases of religious intolerance are on the rise in Mexico, particularly in rural areas and regions with a significant indigenous population. Thank God for the release and medical care of Rev. Alonso and his three church members. Please pray for their physical healing, and that courage and strength be granted to all who are being persecuted in this embattled town. Lift up the country of Mexico in prayer, asking that the Light of the Gospel will shine brightly...even in areas of darkness where there is discrimination, hatred and social turmoil.

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