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2014-09-14 September 14 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.

We continue to lift up Willie Stebner and Gerry Doornenbal as they remain in the Lacombe hospital.

Congratulations to Lies Boskers and John Bos as they celebrate birthdays this week. Lies’ special day is Tuesday and John’s is on Thursday. To each of you, may our Lord richly bless you on your birthday and in the coming year.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Youth Retreat last weekend. Over 40 youth from our church and Wolf Creek Community church enjoyed the lovely weather and were challenged in their faith.

Do remember our seniors and shut-ins: keep Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 21st 

We read from Ephesians 5:1-20, (text: verse 3) and embrace the Christian vision that we want to be a “Safe Church.” We will also commission those who are taking on leadership in the many ministries of our church. In the afternoon we will highlight one of the many ministries of the Christian Reformed Church. This month we begin with “Race Relations.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Treasure Seekers

All students in grades 3-6 are invited to join in the Treasure Seekers Program held each Sunday immediately after the sermon in the morning Worship Service. The students will have an opportunity to engage in discussing the sermon with facilitators and other students. During the service students are encouraged to take notes in binders that are provided at the back of the church for each participant; pens and pencils are provided as well. The program will start next Sunday, September 21st and the binders can be picked up before the service that Sunday.

Today, all students that are interested in participating in Treasure Seekers are invited along with any interested parents for a brief introductory meeting immediately after the a.m. worship service downstairs in Room 3 (beside the photocopy room.) Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Ann at 403-782-2061 or awildeboer@xplornet.com

From Pastor Mike: 

In your mailbox you will find a yellow paper asking you to submit sermon topics/texts for me to preach on. Please give this your prayerful consideration and along with the Worship Ministry Leadership team we will work your requests into the schedule throughout this church year in both services. You can place your suggestions in my mailbox.

Thanks, Pastor Mike

Second Worship Service Time Survey

The Worship Ministry Leadership team was asked to conduct a survey of the congregation regarding the time of the second Sunday service. You will find the simple survey in your mailbox today. Please fill it out and add any comments you might have and return it to the secretaries’ mailbox by Sunday, September 28th so that we can review the results at our September 29th meeting. Thank you from the WMLT.

Hilites from the Council executive meeting of September 10/14:

1. We reviewed all Ministry Leadership team minutes.

2. The Avenue CRC is having a commissioning service for Aaron and April Au on September 14th at mosaic house CRC in Edmonton.

3. Council retreat is set for Saturday, October 25th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

4. Membership of Steven Vandyk was transferred to Maranatha CRC in Calgary.

5. The Congregational meeting is set for Thursday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Lost and Found: 

Please take a few moments and look in the box located at the bottom of the stairs by the lift. There are a number of items that have accumulated over the summer months and need to be taken home. All items remaining will be donated to Building Blocks.

Ladies, Coffee Break 

begins this Wednesday, September 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. This means that Story Hour and nursery will also begin. Our first study will be the book of James. Invite a neighbor or friend to join you. Looking forward to seeing many of you ladies on Wednesday mornings. NEEDED: Story Hour needs to have another adult in the class. Your role would be a teacher assistant. Consider this a ministry where you could serve this year. Please contact Barb Vandyk as soon as possible if you are interested.

Saturday evening Bible study 

begins again for a new season this Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Gerald & Michele Noort. Come prepared with ideas of what we could study this year. New members are welcome and encouraged to join us. We meet the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. If you have questions please call Michele at 403-782-0059.

Are you interested on being on a Praise Team or are you currently on one now? 

The Worship Ministry Leadership Team would like to invite you to a luncheon on Sunday, September 21st after the morning service to discuss music and song as we fellowship over lunch! Please consider joining us! If you have any questions, please contact Sue Wildeboer or Marcella Van Stryland.

A New Year of GEMS Girls Club 

will begin again. We are very excited to start the year. All girls in grade 3-7 are welcome to join us for bible lessons, crafts, signing and meeting new friends. Our first meeting and registration will be on September 25th at 7:00 p.m. See You Then.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth:

After a wonderful weekend together of relaxing and enjoying each other’s company, it’s time to get down to business. This Tuesday our brand new season begins!! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and we will begin at 7:30 sharp. Please feel free to invite your friends to join in on the fun, fellowship and study. If you have any questions ask any of our leaders, Wayne, Gayle, Dana, Andrew or Pastor Mike.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

NEW CHURCH PLANT - Edmonton

This Sunday at Mosaic House Church there will be the official launch of “The Avenue” church plant led by Pastor Aaron and April Au. Much prayer and work has gone into reaching this point and we trust that the community along 118th Avenue will be reached for Christ through this exciting new ministry effort.

Mark Your Calendars! 2014 Day of Encouragement.

Are you looking to be encouraged in your Christian walk, in how you disciple or minister to others, or are you simply in need of uplifting? Then plan to attend a day of sharing and training on November 8, 2014 at The King's University when the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference hosts the 2014 Day of Encouragement. This year's theme "Living as the Family of God" will be highlighted with stories told both at the beginning and end of day, by our guest speaker: Dr. James Schaap, author and retired Dordt College English professor. Brochures and registration details will be available in your church by the end of September or for more information contact the NADC office: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today you will find the Prolife Newsletter and membership form in your church mailbox. Did you know that abortions are legal in Canada even up to the day of birth? If you are shocked by this, then perhaps it is time to say so! You can have a voice by taking out a Prolife membership and showing our government where you stand. If you are not already a member, please take a moment now to become one. The cost is $20 per family or $15 per person. All memberships can be put in Henry and Joan Eisses' mailbox or given to them.

GrammaLink – Africa: 

You are invited to join us at St. Andrew’s United Church, Lacombe, for a presentation regarding GrammaLink – Africa, Red Deer & Area “Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign” - Stephen Lewis Foundation. This will be held in the church sanctuary at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. All are welcome to learn more about this organization’s activities.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

invites you to its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school located at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe. There will be an Assembly at 2 p.m. with a school tour and tea to follow. We look forward to celebrating 25 years of God’s faithfulness with you. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. at cachs25years@gmail.com or at the CACHS office at 403-782-4535.

Come celebrate with us! CLAC National Convention Banquet 

will take place Thursday October 9, 2014. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Mark DeVolder is an expert in the dynamics of organizational change and employee engagement. He equips his audiences with the tools, inspiration and momentum to improve individual and organizational effectiveness, as well as to accelerate and breathe new life into any performance.The banquet will be held at the Shaw Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue Northwest. Reserve your spot now. Tickets are $25 per person. Call John Taekema at 780-454-6181 ext.2329 or Rob Cleveland at 780-454-6181 ext. 2321 or you can email jtaekema@clac.ca or rcleveland@clac.ca .

3 on 3 Hockey Tournament in support of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

on October 11th in Didsbury, AB from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ten teams of ten players, five games per team. Great opportunity to share the work of the CAPCC, raise funds and have fun in the process. Contact Michelle at info@pregnancycare.ca, call 403-343-1611 or visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events/ to register your team and for more details.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

NIGERIA: 

Scores of Christians have been killed and numerous churches and a Bible school forced to close down, after militants from Boko Haram recently seized towns and villages in several states. As a result, about 350 Christians have been killed. The leader of Boko Haram recently stated that the militant group is establishing an Islamic caliphate in the overtaken areas. The group is attempting to mimic the militant group Islamic State. In response to the terrorist activity, the Nigerian army has recaptured several towns and is continuing to fight the insurgents.

Lift up the persecuted church in Nigeria. May those mourning the loss of loved ones find peace in the assurance that Jesus has conquered death through the shedding of His blood. Also pray that the school and churches that have experienced closure will soon be able to reopen and continue their important ministry work. Ask that God grant Nigeria's leaders much wisdom as they attempt to thwart the evil plans of Boko Haram.

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