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2013-12-15 December 15 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.

Congratulations to Pita Doornenbal who celebrates her birthday this Tuesday, and to Klaas Boskers as he celebrates on Wednesday. To you both we wish you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings, and lots of love and laughter with family and friends.

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

THANK YOU: 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team would like to thank all those who made our 60th Anniversary celebrations such a wonderful night. Thank you to Peter Prins for being our MC. To Cindy Prins for playing the piano for us and to Wayne, Jackie and Pat Bouwman for their help in setting up and washing the dishes afterwards. Thanks to Gaylene Tenbrinke and the GEMS group for creating the beautiful centerpieces. Jeanne Ebens supplied us with all the table linens. Pauline Bos and Harriet Luymes took many pictures to make the PowerPoint presentation and the newsletters special. Thank you too, to those who shared special memories: Jake and Agnes Prins, Joanne van Gyssel, and Margaret Roolker. And who will ever see Randy and Sue Wildeboer in the same light after their spirited presentation of the skit celebrating 60 years of sitting in the same pew? To the Couples Club for sharing their love of singing and to John and Teena Stol who helped to end the night in giving all praise to God in song. Many men helped load up the tables and sweep the floors and gather glasses and linens together making our job so smooth and efficient. THANK YOU to all of you.

Christmas Baking: 

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team would like to invite the congregation to share some of their Christmas baking with each other after the Candle Light service and the Christmas Day service. Please bring your contributions to the kitchen and we will look after serving it. We hope to serve oliebollen on New Year’s morning. If you are willing to make some of this special treat for that morning – it will be gratefully accepted and enjoyed by all.

Bethel Library: 

There are many new books in the library. It’s a great time of year to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea! For more information about what’s new for books, talk to one of the church librarians, Erin Lewin, Cindy Prins or Cora Stol.

Lost & Found 

The lost and found box is over flowing once again. Please take a few minutes after the service to look over the items and discover how many items are yours. Whatever is not claimed in a few weeks will be donated to Building Blocks Thrift Store.

Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers: 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with the Community Christmas Dinner. You will be phoned to confirm the day and the time you will be needed at the Lacombe Memorial Centre kitchen.

Community Christmas Dinner – Food: 

The Outreach Ministry Leadership team is still needing desserts for the Christmas Dinner. Please phone Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you can help with this request.

CHURCH OFFERINGS

This week`s offering is for Diaconal Ministries Canada. Diaconal Ministries Canada is a national organization that partners with churches and ministries across Canada to demonstrate God’s love in the community. More specifically it seeks to inspire, equip and encourage deacons, churches and their partners as they join in diaconal work in communities. Deacons in our church are supported directly through the services of a local Diaconal Ministry Developer. Previously our support for DMC was paid through Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference ministry shares. Now churches like ours are encouraged to raise funds for DMC through a collection.

Next week`s offering is for Wycliffe Translators, supporting John & Marian VanderMeer. Wycliffe serves minority language groups worldwide. Your financial gift to the work of Wycliffe staff supports Bible translation and literacy efforts around the world. Our church members have supported John and Marian VanderMeer and family. They left Canada in 1998 to help East Congo Group with technical support. Their role on the Bible translation team in providing assistance with solar electric, internet, computers, and communications is important in a country with very poor infrastructure. John and Marian are at the moment in Canada on “home assignment”. This home assignment includes continued technical support to Congo, some professional development and helping Wycliffe Canada with Church Connections.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, December 22nd 

We listen to the prophet Isaiah and enter into the truth that “The Child of Faith overcomes our Fears.” Our afternoon service will be a traditional Candle light service of lessons and carols based on the “Songs of Luke.” We will have a time of fellowship following the afternoon service. Pastor Mike will lead in worship.

The next WE Event 

Will be held on January 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm. We will have our event first and end the evening with a potluck supper. Watch for more details coming in the New Year.

Advent & Christmas Worship Schedule:

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”

December 29th Morning Worship service of Praise & Thanksgiving

December 31st New Year’s Eve Service at 7:00 p.m.

Sharing stories of God’s grace in 2013

January 1st New Year’s Day Service at 10:30 a.m. A service of celebration!

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Tuesday Nite Youth Movie Nite will be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 7 p.m. 

Come out for some fun as we watch a movie together. We ask that you bring a small snack to share, and if you prefer a pillow. Invite a friend! If you have any questions contact your leader.

Young Adults! 

Dana will be hosting a Christmas Coffee at Kavaccino’s on December 18th at 7:30 p.m. Would love for you to come out, relax and enjoy meeting old friends. J To all youth leaders - you’re invited too.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive 

is officially over as of December 16th. If you would still like to make a donation please send it directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7 Attention Wendy Barnes. We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive thus far.

The Edmonton Christian Labour Association of Canada 

is hiring for 2 positions in their Edmonton office. Please check the bulletin board in the foyer for more information.

CACHS Competitive Alumni Volleyball Tournament: 

Everyone is invited to watch some competitive volleyball and meet up with past classmates, parents, and other fans from years gone by during theCACHS Alumni VolleyballTournament this Saturday, December 21st. Come and cheer on your favorite team!

Classis Alberta North has vacancies for two positions it wishes to fill, as follows:

1. Classical Treasurer. Current Treasurer Ellen Vlieg-Paquette is retiring on June 30, 2014, after six years of faithful service. Classis seeks a person with experience in finance to serve as its Treasurer. The Treasurer is responsible for carrying out all financial transactions, including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc. The Treasurer keeps the books, prepares budgets and financial statements, and reports to the Classis Interim Committee monthly and to Classis twice a year. This is a paid part-time position. Interested persons should contact Rick Struik at rastruik@shaw.ca.

2. Member of the Committee for Contact with the Government. Classis needs to recommend the appointment of a representative to serve as member of this Canadian CRC Committee. The Committee oversees the work of the Christian Reformed Center for Public Dialogue, whose goal is to present a positive voice of faith in Canadian public life, and to live out the links of justice, hope and reconciliation in advocacy and citizenship. The Committee holds two 2-day meetings per year. This is a volunteer position. Please see the CRCNA website for more information. Interested persons should contact Rick Struik at rastruik@shaw.ca.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

AFGHANISTAN /the Netherlands

Mostafa Najafi, an Afghan convert to Christianity fled his country to seek asylum in the Netherlands. He is facing the risk of deportation. His immigration case was rejected after he was imprisoned for four months. He received threats from hardline Muslims within the camp. Mostafa became a Christian about nine months ago. His acceptance of Christ comes at great risk, as conversion from Islam is considered a crime punishable by death in his home country. Pray that Mostafa will be permitted to stay in the Netherlands. Also pray for the immigration officials, asking the Lord to help them recognize the very real dangers facing converts from Islam. May God shield Mostafa from harm while in the immigration camp. Pray that his devotion to Jesus will lead others to the Christian faith.

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