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2014-11-16 November 16 Bulletin


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.

Our family of the week is Albert & Tilly Biel. Please keep them in your daily prayers, remembering the challenges they have as shut-ins in their home at the Royal Oak seniors’ complex.

We express our condolences to Ralph and Pauline Bos with the death of Ralph’s sister Betty Megli after a long struggle with cancer. May God comfort her husband and the family in this time of sadness.

Congratulations to Marlene Chykerda-Moniuk as she celebrates her birthday this Thursday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings.

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. Please remember Andy and Linda Horlings and Margaret Njuguna.


*Local church – Clive Christian Fellowship & Pastor Gord Rowland

*Classis Alberta North – Centrepointe Community Church in Edmonton & Pastor Bill Tuininga

*Denominational – Office of Race Relations: Joint task force - Pray for the Refugee Justice Task Force as we work to develop part of a Canadian educational workshop about refugees and immigrants. Pray that this joint project between Race Relations and the Centre for Public Dialogue may become a tremendous tool for churches in Canada.

Bethel News

Hilites of Council Executive meeting of November 12th

1. Reviewed the minutes of all the Ministry Leadership teams.

2. Set the agenda for the Congregational meeting of November 27th. Pastor Rick Abma will have a presentation on his work with Neighborhood Life in our area.

3. We had a good Council Retreat on October 25th.

Next Sunday, November 23rd

We take one final look at the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” from Luke 15:11-32 with the focus fully on the wonderful love of the Father for all his children. We will also take part in the celebration of that love in the Lord’s Supper. In the evening we note that it is Chaplaincy Sunday in the CRC today. We will reflect on and give thanks for the good work done by our many chaplains in light of the Chaplaincy work of Philip with the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-40. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Attention TNY Parents! 

We as leaders would like to contact our students via email. We however do not have consent from many of you. Please pop into the classroom this Tuesday night to review you consent form. You as a parent will be cc’d with all correspondence that we will sending out. If you have any questions about this, contact Dana as soon as possible.

Plan to Protect®:

I am still waiting for a few child/youth consent forms. I will be handing out new forms for those who haven’t responded yet. If you receive a new form please fill it out as soon as possible. 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! Tuesday Nite Youth and Cadets is still in need of Hall Monitors. This includes walking the hallways during our instruction time. We are asking our parents to step up and take a turn to fill a spot and contribute to this fine youth ministry opportunity. For more information and/or to sign up contact Dana van Gyssel as soon as possible.

Dutch Cheese Orders Are Back! 

Once again Bethel GEMS are taking orders in support of their programming. You will find an order form in your mailbox, so please place your form into Wannetta Brander’s mailbox by November 23rd. The orders will be ready for pickup from church on December 7th. Thank you for your support!

Sinterklaas Bazaar-Dutch Luncheon

You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on December 6th. Our fun-filled day will start at 10 a.m. with coffee, games and contests for young & old. There will be a table with baked goodies, so you can stock up on your Christmas needs. Lunch will consist of Dutch items such as pea soup, Dutch meatball soup, croquettes, roggebrood, krentje brei, etc. This year we have added hot dogs and candy bags to the menu. All funds raised will be used for the Youth Mission to Victoria, B.C. in 2015. Come for a day of fun and fellowship!!


We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378. Thank you!


Young Peoples 

will be meeting right after the evening service tonight at Pat Bouwman’s home for a social. If you have any questions call Gayle at 403-597-8779 or Jan at 403-396-8144.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this coming Tuesday, November 18th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will be open at 7 p.m.

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.


The Ministry to Seafarers’ 

preparation for Christmas at Sea has begun, and what a privilege it is to share the Good News with seafarers who arrive at Port Metro Vancouver and Delta Port. Especially at this time of year when we are able to distribute small gifts, including Christian literature and music, pointing to the true gift of Christmas – Jesus Christ – is this a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love with those who must spend Christmas working aboard the various cargo vessels far from home and family. However, to make Christmas at Sea a reality, we need your financial help. By sending us your cheque made payable to Ministry to Seafarers and with Christmas at Sea noted on the memo line, you can partner with us in this mission work. Please, if you feel led to assist, mail your cheque to: Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. A donation receipt for tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10.00 or more. Ernst Devries, Chaplain, Ministry to Seafarers.


The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive 

is now underway until December 14th. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary (403-782-4535). During the evenings, you may also contact Clarence Verveda (403-747-2454) or Wendy Barnes (403-885-5187). Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.

Come! Learn! How we as Christians can make a difference in Canada! 

On Tuesday, November 18th at Parkland Reformed Church at 7:00 p.m. Red Deer & District Pro-Life invites you to their Annual General Meeting. At 8:00 p.m. ARPA Canada (Association for Reformed Political Action) invites you to “Canada in 2020: Still a Land Glorious and Free?” Do Canadian Christians have 2020 vision? They ought to. In just the last year, euthanasia was legalized, our prostitution law was struck down, and Christians are told that they may not practice law if they join a community committed to God’s standards for sexuality. These recent developments give Christians reason for concern over the future of our nation and for our freedom to live out our faith. ARPA’s André Schutten (legal counsel), Mark Penninga (executive director), and Bruce DeBoer (Grassroots Coordinator) will discuss the near future of Canada, and what we need to focus on today for the sake of the next generation. If you have questions please call Val at 403-789-7787.


the feature-length documentary that sold out in theatres across Canada, is coming to national television on Sunday, November 23rd ! Focus on the Family Canada wants everyone to be able to watch this challenging documentary on the importance of family in today’s society. Join host Tim Sisarich on his journey as he talks to a variety of experts and delves into a range of topics to help you understand that a redeemed family is far better than a perfect family. Follow Tim Sisarich as he seeks to uncover whether or not family still matters in today's society by exploring everything from today’s unconstrained sexuality, to the devaluation of marriage and children. Irreplaceable is a powerful film that will help you understand the need for Christ's redeeming power in today’s family and the importance of family in society – now more than ever. It is showing in Alberta on Vision TV (5:00 pm); Hope TV (6:00 pm); YES TV Calgary (6:00 pm); and YES TV Edmonton (6:00 pm). Also starting at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 23rd, you can enjoy Irreplaceable the feature-length documentary by streaming online for free! Plus, by streaming online, you’ll have access to this inspiring documentary for a 36 hour period.

Edmonton Native Healing Centre

Please join us for our annual general meeting on November 26th at 7 p.m. A membership will cost you $5 at the door and will give you the opportunity to hear how our ministry is doing. Come meet our two newest employees and our board members. We look forward to seeing and sharing with you the good news as expressed through our ministry. 101 11813-123 St, Edmonton, AB T5L 0G7 Ph:780-482-5522.


British Columbia: Christian Law Graduates Banned from Practising Law. 

Due to the results of a referendum among the province's lawyers, the BC Law Society voted recently to reverse an earlier decision to accredit Trinity Western University (TWU) law school graduates. This decision is based on a personal pledge of conduct the university's students are required to sign. The pledge, which includes a promise to abstain from sex outside of traditional marriage, raises a same-sex equality rights issue for the BC Law Society, but pits it against religious freedom in Canada. The BC Law Society's decision is not just a concern to the university, but to all Canadian Christians because it sets a precedent affecting freedom of religion in our country. While thanking God for the freedoms that we have here in Canada, please pray that the BC Law Society's decision would be overturned and that the Lord's purposes would prevail in the lives of these law students. May all Canadian Christians value their religious freedom while guarding against the onslaught of any institution or governing body that would attempt to take this freedom away. May God continue to keep our land glorious and free.

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