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2014-10-05 October 5 Bulletin


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Dear Bethel Family,

What a joy it has been to be back here with all of you for a while! It is very encouraging for us to see you serving one another, loving one another, and seeking to be Jesus’ hands and feet in the community; and we hope in some small way to be able to come alongside you in the work that God is doing here in Lacombe. Just as “the LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love” (Psalm 147:11), we also say of “the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.” (Psalm 16:3) During our time here, in addition to reconnecting with family and friends, we are taking some courses in the areas of theology and counseling in the hope that we will be better equipped for our planned return to China in February. Even while here in Canada, we have had continuing opportunities to be involved in the lives of Chinese friends as we keep in touch with students in China as well as some who are currently studying in North America. We’ve even had the opportunity to befriend a Chinese family that we met through the Circle of Friends supper at Bethel! Our desire during our time here is to be a blessing to the Bethel community as you have been such a blessing to us over the years. If there is any way in which we can pray for you or otherwise serve you, please let us know!

In His peace - Mark, Selina, Luke, and Levi Patterson

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.

Brynlee De Regt is breathing on her own again which is huge answer to prayer. She remains in the Cardiac NICU in Edmonton and her heart is being monitored closely. We continue to pray for her and the family in these anxious times.

We give thanks that Carina Tenbrinke’s kidney transplant went well this past Wednesday. We pray that in these important first days & weeks of recovery all goes well in her body accepting the new kidney.

Bill Noordhof fell on Wednesday and badly broke his shoulder. He was operated on in Red Deer to stabilize things and will need some time for recovery. We remember Bill and Audrey and the family and pray for God’s gracious healing and strength.

We pray for Paul Prins as he will be undergoing shoulder replacement surgery this Wednesday. May everything go well in the surgery and through the time of recovery.

Els Ebens has moved to the Royal Oak, Room 389A in the Supportive Living building. Her new phone number is 403-782-2856. We trust that she will feel at home soon and pray that God will bless her with renewed health.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, October 12th 

We read from Luke 15:11-31 and “The Return of the Prodigal Son.” We will join in the Lord’s Supper together. There will be no afternoon service because on Monday, October 13th at 10:30 a.m. we will have our Thanksgiving Day service of celebration. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

It’s time for a new Church Directory!! 

We are attempting to update the directory information for this and ask if you were not in church last Sunday to check your church mailbox today for a directory page with your family name highlighted on it. Please make any necessary changes or put a check mark beside the information if it is correct. We ask that you do not take the sheets home. Cindy & Dana will be in the foyer after the worship service this morning to receive your info sheets and give any assistance if needed. Thank you from the church secretaries!!

As many know, Carina Tenbrinke had surgery for a new Kidney on October 1st

We have set up an online meal planner that anyone can log on to and sign up to cook a meal for their family during recovery. For the month of October we are requesting freezer meals that can be made and delivered anytime to Kristin Westervelt's home, 5033 59th street. Please call 403-789-3743 to set up a time that works best for you to drop off. If you prefer to not use the computer web site you can contact Cora Stol at 403-885-4693. For any other drop off arrangements please talk to Jessica Heidelberg at 403-782-7992. Here is the link to the website: https://mealtrain.com/10823 Thank you all in advance!!!!

Plan to Protect® Child/Youth Registration and Consent Forms: 

Thank you for the wonderful response of handing in your forms. There are a few left to receive yet. Those who are needed to hand them in will be contacted to do so. Slowly but surely the process of signing in and out/attendance will be implemented. For the Pre-School, the parents will have to leave the sanctuary after the morning children’s message to sign them in. It only takes a few minutes, and after the first number of Sundays it will be second nature. We will start procedure next Sunday, October 12th. Thank you! Dana van Gyssel

Second Service Time Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who submitted a preference, along with the many helpful comments. The results will now go to the October Council Executive meeting and then to Full Council.

Sermon suggestion results

Thanks for the many excellent suggestions. Requests included:

1. A sermon (or series) on the amazing intricacies of God’s Creation.

2. Luke 13:22-29 and the narrow door that leads to life. How narrow is it?

3. Jude 6 about Angels in general and fallen angels in particular.

4. The Christian/biblical view on burial versus cremation.

5. The joy of “Abiding in Christ” in our busy lives.

6. The churches’ ministry to homosexual (LGBT) persons.

7. Are there different levels in heaven and how do I get a seat at the front? 2 Corinthians 12:2.

8. Jeremiah 30 & 31 and God’s special love for the Jewish people.

Along with the Worship Ministry Leadership team, I will work these into the preaching schedule over the next few months in both morning and afternoon services. Pastor Mike

Seniors’ Club 

will commence for another season on Tuesday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. here at Bethel CRC. This is a social get-together of meditations, refreshments and topics of interest for seniors of all ages. Hope to see you there!

Monday night Bible study 

at the home of Brad & Erin Lewin will be starting up again on October 20th. We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. This year we will be studying the book of Daniel. Please join us. Contact Brad or Erin at 403-789-7995 if you’d like more information.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples: 

Attention all grade tens, elevens & twelves! We are going to start Young Peoples again. Come join us at the home of Riley Vandenborn right after the 4 p.m. service TODAY for supper and a social. If you have any questions, feel free to call Gayle Vreugdenhil at 403-782-7548.

Tuesday Nite Youth:

There will be NO classes this week due to the Leaders meeting. Enjoy your Tuesday off. Congratulations to Hannah van Iperen, Blair Prins, Leah & Russell Ebens for solving September’s Hot Chocolate Riddle! The question is on the youth bulletin board for anyone who is interested in answering the question. Contact Dana for the answer. Next month’s riddle will be posted on our FB page and the board on October 17th ish. Good Luck!!

Junior High Youth

We will be going to the Kraay Family Farm – Lacombe Corn Maze, on Friday, October 17th. We will meet there at 6:30 and stay till 9:30 pm. If you can come, please pick up a permission sheet and get it filled out ASAP. Deposit them in Debby van Iperen’s mailbox by Sunday, October 12th!! You may bring friends but I need their Permission sheets signed as well! The cost is $12.50 per person to be paid at the maze (there are coupons in the SUTP books). Snacks and Drinks will be provided. Dress Warm! I need an adult male chaperone yet for this outing so if a dad can come (or any man reading this) please let me know. For more info, please talk to Debby van Iperen at 403-782-0899.

Youth Mission Trip: 

On Wednesday, October 15th there will be an information meeting to see if we have enough people interested in going on a youth mission trip. This trip would happen during spring break 2015 and is open to all high school students. To complete a team we require at least 10 youth and 4 adult leaders. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. and we will meet downstairs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Neighbourhood Life update: 

During the month of September Neighbourhood Life has engaged in a number of training opportunities, where we met very encouraging people: A man who has lived on his street for 25 years and has led 25 people on his street to follow Christ; a retired Christian couple who intentionally moved into an area that is 75% Muslim because of their experience while living overseas; an elderly gentlemen who told us that 6 years ago he wanted to move to Victoria, BC and did not because of his grandchildren but today he will not move because of his compassion and love for his neighbours. It was inspiring to be surrounded by people like these who are invested in the very places they live. I also was surrounded by new neighbours at our recent corn roast. One gentleman who grew up with the Scriptures and the church professed to having lost his faith, which was followed by an hour long conversation filled with opportunity. Then a single mother shared her many life lessons while standing next to her teenage daughter. I listened for 30 minutes as our food became cold. These neighbours knew the Scriptures, although they struggled with them. It is evident that God is at work all around us as we increasingly invest our lives in neighbourhood life. Thank you for your prayers and support. In Christ, Pastor Rick Abma.

SINGLED OUT

a conversation on being alone/isolated and the church - What does church life look like for me if I/we don’t fall into a normal church family model -- single, widowed, no children, etc. Join in the conversations on being isolated and how the church community might respond. Seeing through tears – Lament in the family of believers … when the pain, hurt and brokenness is so deep that we can’t continue - we cry out to God in lament. Bryan & Rick, U of A Chaplains, will facilitate a conversation on the purpose and place of lament in the family of faith. These are just two topics at this year's Day of Encouragement, November 8th at The King's University. Look for brochures in your church or at www.diaconalministries.com. For more info contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Fraser Campbell – Live at Woodynook CRC! 

Hear award-winning recording artist and dynamic worship leader Fraser Campbell on his "Light Up the Night" Canadian tour at Woody Nook CRC! From Victoria, BC, Fraser and his band combine rock, electronic, dance, and Celtic sounds that will pull you out of the pew. Young, old, and in-between, don't miss this night of passionate praise, irresistible energy, musical ingenuity, and sincere worship. Friday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION (a freewill offering will be taken). For more about Fraser Campbell, visit frasercampbellmusic.com. For more about Woody Nook CRC, visit wncrc.ca.

CACHS Alumni Competitive Volleyball Tournament: 

Advance notice: This year’s tournament will be held December 19th & 20th. If you know of any alumni not living locally that would be interested in this competition please inform them so they can plan ahead. If you have any questions please phone Mel @ 403-782-1855, Colleen @ 403-885-4388, or email schee@albertahighspeed.net

Break Forth Canada 

will be happening in Edmonton at the Edmonton EXPO Centre (everything under one roof!) from January 30th to February 1st, 2015. Super Early Bird registration ends on November 18th. Check out the Break Forth pamphlets in the foyer for more information.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

China

Over 200 police officers raided -without any prior warning- a house church in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, on September 21st. More than 100 Christians, including children, were arrested in the raid during a Sunday service. Most were released within a day; 30 believers remained in police custody. All house churches in China are considered "illegal gatherings". Any believers meeting together to practise their faith in house churches risk being arrested. Let us bring this situation to our Lord in prayer; pray especially for the children who were detained. May they not give in to fear, trusting God to protect them and strengthen their faith. Pray for the release of those who may still be in custody. Pray that this congregation will not give up meeting together. Pray also for authorities involved in this case that they come to know Him and the truth of the Gospel.

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