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2013-12-22 December 12 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.

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

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.

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.

Christmas Eve Service

December 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the L.M.C. Our friends at the Wolf Creek Community church are hosting a Christmas Eve Service at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. It is a special service of thanks and praise. We are welcome to join them and encouraged to bring a friend or neighbour.

Bethel Cadets 

will be collecting bottles and batteries again in the new year. We are fundraising so our boys can attend the International Cadet Camporee this coming summer. We will be collecting and sorting on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. You can drop them off at Alen Scholings place, where we will be sorting or if you would like pick up service, that is an option as well. Call Grant Zuidhof at 403.782.4002 or 403 896.2856 for more information. Thank you for your support!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Classis Alberta North Prayer Summit: 

Join us on Sunday, January 5, 2014 for a full day of prayer interspersed with worship, testimonies, and teaching around the theme, “Lord, Hear Our Prayer.” This event is being hosted at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 13427 – 57 St., Edmonton. There will be five sessions, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and three meals. We hope and pray that members of every church in classis will be encouraged in their prayer life and return to their home church with a new zeal for prayer and ministry. Register for the full day or a half day. Breakfast $10, lunch $15, supper $15, or all three meals for $35. For more information and to register, go to www.discovertrinity.net, see our event on Facebook: Lord, Hear Our Prayer: CAN Prayer Summit 2014 , call Trinity CRC at 780-475-2662 or email prayersummit2014@gmail.com. Childcare will be provided.

Youth For Christ's Annual Comedy & Dessert Night 

will be held on Friday January 24, 2014, featuring comedian Bob Stromberg. Tickets are $30.00 each or $225.00 for a table of 8. Tickets are available until January 12, 2014, through YFC 403-755-7825, or Chelsea Bos 403-782-9392. This event would make an excellent Christmas gift as Bob Stromberg is a comedian that is suitable for old and young alike !

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Algeria 

On the night of November 12th, a group of assailants attempted to set a church ablaze in southern Algeria. The group dispersed after police arrived, but no suspects were apprehended. The church has faced other attacks in recent years. Persecution is intensifying in the country as Islamist groups become increasingly intolerant of other expressions of faith and push for the institution of Sharia law. Less than .5 percent of the population is Christian. Please bring this congregation before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to guard their hearts against fear and anxiety. Despite the opposition they are presently facing, may they continue faithfully meeting together for worship (Hebrews 10:23-25). Pray that God will also work powerfully in the lives of the assailants, drawing them into relationship with Himself and His people.

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