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2013-11-24 November 24 Bulletin


Advent & Christmas Worship Schedule:

December 8th Advent 2 - Haggai 1, “Jesus sets our priorities right” (Lord’s Supper)

4 p.m. Parkland Men’s Choir

December 15th Advent 3 - Malachi 1, “Jesus comes so we can Worship”

4 p.m. Annual Children’s Christmas Program

December 22nd Advent 4 - Isaiah 7, “The child of Faith overcomes our Fears”

4 p.m. Candle Light service of Lessons and Carols

December 25th Christmas Day Celebration - Luke 2, “Glory to God”

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 Bill Noordhof with the celebration of his birthday on November 27th. May you be blessed with a special day and in the coming year.

We give thanks along with the family of Mrs Lena Spelt as she celebrated her 100th birthday. It is truly a gift of God's grace to be granted long life and to see your children's children. We wish you God's blessing as you celebrate his faithfulness.

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

Thursday, November 21st Congregational Meeting Report

· Chairman Peter Prins welcomed a good crowd to the meeting.

· First the proposal to apply for a Summer Seminary Student was discussed.

· The Neighborhood Life proposal was explained in relation to the mission work Pastor Rick Abma intends to do in the Lacombe area.

· Rick Wildeboer explained the various aspects of the full budget and answered any questions. A vote was taken and the 2014 budget was passed with strong support.

· Marcella gave a brief report on the 60th Anniversary plans. Many tickets have been sold and five former pastors will be attending.

· Pastor Mike, August Luymes and Peter Prins shared a few things about their time in Mexico.

· Pastor Mike closed with a prayer of thanksgiving.

Hey kids! 

Kids choir has a special part in the anniversary celebration service on December 1! Please meet after church THIS MORNING in the sanctuary for a quick practice of the songs we went over before Thanksgiving!

CHURCH OFFERINGS

This week’s offering is for the NADC Kenya Project. The story starts with cows. In 2001, NADC started the Kenya Cattle Project which focused on cattle improvement by purchasing Sahiwal bull and artificial insemination equipment to improve cattle genetics and education for Maasai farmers in South Kenya. The cattle project teamed up with World Renew (formerly CRWRC) in Kenya which had on-the-ground connections through the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches in Kenya. The project ran for five years and continues without funding in a sustainable manner! While the funding has ceased, the relationships remain very strong – thanks to e-mail, and regular visits by Albertans to Kenya. Since there was a already a strong relationship with Kenya, it made sense to evolve and refocus the Kenya Cattle Project rather than end it. The renamed NADC (Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference) Kenya Project continued to work directly through World Renew Kenya empowering communities and building relationships in Kenya – in partnership with World Renew and local churches. With many of the previous projects drawing to a close, the Kenya Project Committee of NADC has committed to raising funds for a community health and food security program, a program designed to help families and communities prevent or deal with HIV/AIDS. Our church is asked to raise $1500. Please give generously to this project.

Next week`s offering is for the Benevolent Fund.

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!

The Bethel Deacons would like to thank the congregation for participating in filling a total of 56 shoe boxes for the Samaritans Purse Christmas Child Project.

Next Sunday, December 1st 

We celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a church serving here in Lacombe. We read from Genesis 28 as we consider the “History of Bethel.” In the afternoon we recognize the great privilege it is to use the title “Christian” when we describe who we are. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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 1st. Orders will be ready for pickup from church on December 15th. Thank you for your support.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth will meet on Tuesday, November 26th. 

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

Hey All Bethel Junior and Senior High!! 

We have been invited by the Wolf Creek Youth to join them Friday, November 29th. We will be meeting at the Wolf Creek Community Church at 5:45 p.m. for a 6 p.m. departure. Parents you need to fill out a consent/liability form and we will be in need of a few drivers. Come out for LaZerForce in Red Deer and Menchies to follow. Cost will be between $12 for the 2 rounds of Laser Tag plus some pocket money for Menchies. Please let Gayle know if you are planning to attend at 403-597-8779. Hope to see you all there!!.

Junior 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.

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

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive 

is now underway until December 16th. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary (403-782-4535), and request that she mail, fax or email you a copy. During the evenings, you may also contact Pete Walls (403-588-0856) or Wendy Barnes (403-885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.

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

SOMALIA:

Abdikhani Hassan, a Christian Somali man, was shot and killed on October 20th by two young men. Before his death, one of the gunmen told Abdikhani's neighbour, "We have information that he is spreading wrong religion to our people, and we are looking for him." Authorities have arrested several men during investigation. Abdikhani is survived by his pregnant wife, as well as their five children who range in age from 3 to 12. Pray that the family will know and trust God as the "defender of widows" and a "Father to the fatherless" (Psalm 68:5). May other believers in Somalia not give in to fear but remain steadfast in their faith. Ask God to work in the lives of the two gunmen, softening their hearts so they will be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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