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2014-10-26 October 26 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.

Please keep our family of the week, Peter & Gerry Prins in your daily prayers. We pray that God will be with them as a family.

Congratulations to Lea Dykstra with the celebration of her birthday this coming Wednesday. May God be with you in a special way on your birthday and in the coming year.

We, the Moller family (van Gyssel and the Playfords’) extend a heartfelt thank you to Bethel for your thoughts and prayers during Ed Moller’s illness and then passing. Family is more than immediate and we are very thankful for the extended family of Bethel church.

Items for Prayer

Family of the week - Pete & Gerry Prins

Local Church: Parkside Alliance - Pastor Bill Macivery

Classis: First CRC Edmonton - vacant, New Life CRC calling Pastor Ed Jager

Denominational: (Christian Reformed World Missions: Worldwide) Many of the roads that missionaries travel on are not well maintained, and many local drivers do not follow traffic laws. Please pray for safety as missionaries travel to a variety of ministry locations for training events, teaching in schools, and other purposes.

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, November 2nd

Is World Hunger Sunday. Building on the excellent family devotions you received, we take the theme of Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” In the afternoon we begin another series of WE intergenerational Events (6) looking at the central biblical concept of “Covenant” first demonstrated in the life of Noah. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

A covenant is an unshakeable promise. Learn about the covenant promises God makes to Noah, to Abraham, to His people at Mount Sinai, and to us through Jesus, the Lord's Supper, and the Holy Spirit. Join us as we begin a new WE Series, “The Unshakable Promise” on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. We will conclude the event with a potluck supper. Please bring a main dish and a salad. The Fellowship Ministry Team will provide dessert.

Full Council Highlights

· 2015 budget was presented and approved with amendments. To be presented at congregational meeting on November 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

· Day of encouragement November 8, 2014 at The King's University.

· Pastor mike gave report on Sabbatical and Classis along with Henry Eisses.

· The new “We” series is on Gods Covenants and the first event is November 2, 2014.

· The afternoon/evening service will change to 7 p.m. starting November 9, 2014.

Craft Day at Bethel 

will start at 10 a.m. and run till 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st. Bring your latest project and come prepared for a day of fun. Please let Margaret Roolker know if you would be joining them as they need to prepare for lunch.

Living Members 

will be meeting at the home of Pete & Gerry Prins on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing pages 8-21 of the book “Disciples Follow Me”

Carina Tenbrinke

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. You can also 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. 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. Please make sure while you are picking up your child you sign them out!. It only takes a few minutes, and after the first number of Sundays it will be second nature. Thank you! Dana van Gyssel

Plan to Protect®: 

To comply with our safe church policy, Tuesday Nite Youth are in need of Hall Monitors. This includes walking the hallways during our instruction time. It’s for 1.5 hr. on Tuesdays. We are asking our parents to step up and take a turn to fill a spot and contribute to this fine youth ministry opportunity. A special thank you to the Hazelhoff’s for volunteering for the Cadets program For more information and/or to sign up contact Dana van Gyssel as soon as possible.

Bethel Newsletter

Time to work on the November edition. Please have your contributions in to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by October 28th so we can put the next newsletter together for November 2nd. We look forward to receiving contributions from the congregation and we encourage you to think about ways that you can help to make the monthly newsletter informative and fun to read. We hope to hear from some of the various groups as they begin their new seasons. And we hope some of the creative folks in our congregation, whether in art, or writing will take the initiative to contribute. A great way to be informed so we can support, encourage and pray for one another as we live and work.

Operation Christmas Child boxes 

have been placed in the foyer. Help yourself to as many as you want to fill. There are pamphlets inside each box with labels and instructions on filling the box. Any shoebox is acceptable to be filled. Please place the filled boxes under the church mailboxes by November 16th. Thank you!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will be meeting at the home of Kyle Scholing after the 4 p.m. service. Please bring your Bibles. If you have any questions, contact Gayle at 403-597-8779.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be held on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. sharp! Doors open at 7.

Youth Mission Trip: 

This spring break a Youth Mission trip is being planned for Victoria, B.C. The group will participate in the Urban Outreach-Mission Adventures program at Y.W.A.M. Victoria. The dates are Friday March 27th to Saturday April 4th, 2015 and the cost will be under $650. We have youth and leaders interested in this trip. Would you like to join us? (Grade 10 and up) Next meeting is October 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Commitment forms will need to be signed (signature of one parent is required) and the deposit of $200 is due. Please call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378 for more information.

Youth Changed By God 

A worship filled evening led by the youth of Lacombe with speaker Mary Eggink. Bring your friends and a food bank donation. All ages are welcome and be prepared to be changed by God!! The evening will be at Wolf Creek Community Church on November 23rd at 7 p.m. For more information contact any of your youth leaders here at Bethel.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Today, Reformation Sunday 

 we celebrate creative Christ-following, meeting the challenges of God’s mission with bold hope. Together with Christian Reformed Home Missions and our ministry partners across North America, prayerfully consider how your church can share the good news. Thank you for supporting Home Missions with the special offering taken today. Learn about the ministries they support at crhm.org.

Day of Encouragement 

There is still time to register before the early bird deadline of October 28th. Join us as we learn about “Living as the Family of God” with keynote speaker Dr. James Schaap. The Day of Encouragement is on 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 .

Canadian Food Grains Bank Fall meeting 

will take place at the Living Stones Church (2020-40 Ave Red Deer) on November 13th. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner & Fellowship at 6 – 9 p.m. Please RSVP by November 6th to Terence Barg at 780-621-6767 or Andre Visscher at 403-818-2315, or email us at alberta@foodgrainsbank.ca

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Calling all athletes of the world to the 2014 Central AB Christian High School Olympics November 7th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the CACHS Olympic Stadium (Gym). All the greatest nations will be there as the world comes together in friendly competition and fundraising. A fantastic opening and closing ceremony, Olympic Dinner, live and silent auction and many other Olympic things will be happening in the Olympic Village all led by one of the world’s most decorated Athletes of our time, Swen Dorfson, the legendary Swedish Luger (aka Gery Schubert). All athletes or groups of athletes are encouraged to attend this fundraising event dressed in their countries’ traditional costumes or in the best winter Olympic gear (ski outfit, sweaters, wooden shoes, hockey jersey, lederhosen, sombrero etc.) Athlete registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, silent and live auction viewing and mingling with all the other athletes from around the world. Come out for an evening of fun and entertainment. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with Dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Donations can be dropped off by noon on Friday November 7th at the school. See You there! Tickets are $35 and available from the school at 403-782-4535 or

Donna Vandenborn at 403-782-9993. Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ is looking for a part time Youth Drop-in Assistant Coordinator in Lacombe, AB. This paid position is from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. every Friday evening from November to June. The goal of this program is to foster friendship, mentorship and leadership skills for Lacombe youth through social and recreational programs in a fun and safe environment. The successful candidate must provide leadership, build relationships with the youth in attendance, and be familiar with youth issues. Experience or training in youth work, small group work or counselling is an asset, but not required. Closing date is November 5, 2014. Please submit your resume to info@cayu.ca or mail it to 5025 – 50 Street, Lacombe, AB T4L 1X9.

Help Another Nation Develop Schools – A HANDS - On opportunity to serve and learn with EduDeo Ministries: 

Would you like to travel to another part of the world, experience a different culture, and meet others serving Christ? Would you like to make a real difference in the life of a child at the same time? EduDeo Ministries’ HANDS teams provide an opportunity to both learn and serve. Bernie Kolkman is hoping to lead a HANDS team to the Dominican Republic from February 13-23, 2015. HANDS team experiences are an exciting opportunity to see first-hand the difference that Christ-centred education makes in developing countries. By assisting with a school construction project, you’ll be able to learn from and serve with indigenous workers, teachers and students in the Dominican Republic. Take this opportunity to grow, and then come back equipped to make a difference in your own community as well! To discuss this opportunity and find out more details contact Bernie Kolkman at 403-782-3908 or e-mail him at kolkman@telus.net. Learn more about EduDeo Ministries at www.edudeo.com.

New Direction Ministries 

You are invited to a dialogue about faith and sexuality facilitated by New Direction Ministries, an ecumenical Canadian ministry that nurtures safe and spacious places for LGBTQ+ people to explore and grow in faith. During this Generous Spaciousness Conversation, we will unpack ways for Christians and churches to navigate diversity, listen to stories of LGBTQ+ journeys of faith, and practice respectful dialogue with people who disagree. Join us on November 8th at a location yet to be determined in Lacombe from 7 – 9 pm. There is no cost for the evening, but an offering will be taken to help cover expenses. To RSVP: info@newdirection.ca with “rsvp Lacombe” in the subject line. Here is also a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/839400959443956/ Here is the link to the event posting on the New Direction website: http://www.newdirection.ca/event/generous-spaciousness-conversation-lacombe/

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Prayer Request from Northern Iraq 

Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. So far not one child has. So far all have consequently been killed, but not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families, even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have had seen their children martyred. Yet they know God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

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