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2014-11-30 November 30 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.

Our family of the week is John & Shirley Bos. We thank God for them and remember them in our daily prayers this week.

Congratulations to Gerald Keitel as he celebrates his birthday this coming Saturday. May you be blessed in a special way on your birthday and in the year ahead.

We would like to thank our church family for all of the support over the last couple of months. The meals, the baking, the visits but most of all the prayers. Surgery could not have gone better and we are so thankful to God for this. Carina's kidney is doing amazing. Ryan's kidney was a very close match to Carina's - her function fluctuates from around 75% to 83% which is great and a huge difference from the 7% before surgery. Carina is still very tired which is a reaction from some of the anti-rejection medication she is on and she will have to be on for the rest of her life. Also her body is not absorbing one of her anti-rejection meds quite like it is supposed to so her one number is still low from where they would like it. We ask for continued prayers for these things. Thank you so much. Andrew, Carina, Jayde and Tessa Tenbrinke .

Fred Martena, a former member of Bethel many years ago passed away on November 23rd. His funeral service will be held on December 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson’s Funeral Home here in Lacombe.

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. 

PRAYER ITEMS

*Local Church: Meadowbrook Community Church and Pastor Dana Struve

*Classis Alberta North: Inglewood CRC Edmonton and Pastor John Ooms

*Denominational: Back to God Ministries International – Brazil. 

Each year at this time our Portuguese ministry team produces and distributes special Christmas devotional guides through partner churches and businesses in Brazil. Last year we distributed 900,000 booklets, and this year’s goal is one million. Pray that all who receive the booklets as a gift will come to know God’s grace and salvation through the gift of Jesus Christ.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, December 7th 

We continue to “Prepare the Way” on our Advent journey, reading from Luke 1:26-36 and being amazed that “He is among us.” God is working all around us fulfilling his mission. In the evening we take another sermon request regarding angels. There are many angels in the Christmas story as well as in the rest of the Bible. What purpose do angels have? Do we have guardian angels? Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

World Renew Gift Catalogs 

were recently placed in your mailboxes. Please take a moment to look through the catalog and consider doing something different this Christmas with your family. Maybe for $22 you would like to buy a baby weighing scale for people in Bangladesh. Infants who are underweight or malnourished early in life can be hampered by weakened physical health, poor brain development, and a shortened life span. Through World Renew's growth monitoring programs, parents in places where few health services are available receive training in nutrition, hygiene and health awareness. Your gift of a baby weighing scale provides parents and local health volunteers with the vital information they need to help babies thrive.

Circle of Friends 

continues to be blessed with 50-70 people served each Thursday. Through the food and fellowship many people are encouraged in the love of Jesus. Hilda Nowochin has been our key leader in this ministry for the past few years and has done a wonderful job. At this time she needs to step back due to changes in her and Ron’s work situation. That means we are looking for one or two people to consider taking over the leadership of this ministry. There are also some changes in terms of people able to cook a meal and so we are also seeking people willing to take one evening every two months to cook. If you have questions or can help out please talk to Ann Wildeboer at 403-782-2061 or Martha Warner at 403-782-5780.

The Youth Mission team 

is just about complete. We have 10 youth and 3 leaders so far but we need one more male leader to come along on this trip during spring break 2015. 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. If you are interested or need more information, please call Gerry at 403-782-4170.

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!!

Needed

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!

Community Christmas Dinner - Volunteers

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day through the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team. This year it will be held in the Centennial Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for 10 volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. Would you be willing to be in charge of the food heating and preparation that day? How about leading the singing of Christmas carols? Would you play the piano or another musical instrument? Could you open with Christmas devotions and prayer? Please phone Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you would be willing to help with any of these tasks. It is always a joy and a blessing to be involved with this event.

Community Christmas Dinner – Desserts: 

Are you willing to make a dessert for the Christmas Day Dinner? Please let Cora Hoekstra know if you can help out in this way.

BETHEL YOUTH

Youth Service at Woodynook 

today, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. There will be a meeting with the Young Adults following the worship service to discuss opportunities of activities and Bible studies with other young adults. Please contact Terry Vandenborn at 403-782-9993 if you need a ride to Woodynook.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this coming Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Youth Mission Team: 

Our fundraiser, the Sinterklaas Bazaar is this coming Saturday, December 6th. We are setting up for the bazaar on Friday night at 5 p.m. Please be there. Thanks!

Junior Youth Christmas Social: 

Attention Junior Youth - you are invited to a Christmas social on Friday, December 19th from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Fellowship hall. You are asked to bring a wrapped $5 gift for a gift exchange and also a snack to share. You may bring a friend! For more information please contact Debby van Iperen at 403-782-0899.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

"The annual "Community Christmas Dinner" 

will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on December 25th from noon till 2:00 p.m. The doors will close at 3:00 p.m. Anyone who would like to have a home cooked dinner on Christmas Day is welcome to attend. There will also be songs and games as we celebrate Jesus' birth. Dinner is free of charge. For more information call Neighborhood Place at 403-782-0886 or Bethel Christian Reformed Church at 403-782-6400.

Christian Stewardship Services 

is seeking an Alberta Stewardship Consultant for Will and Estate Planning with our partner clients. This person will develop and maintain contact with our Churches, Partner Organizations and Schools. See the poster on the bulletin board or go to www.CSServices.ca for more info

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Vietnam

On November 2nd, Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang was leading his Bible college church in southern Vietnam when nearly 300 perpetrators began throwing stones and other objects at the church. This most recent attack damaged areas of the building that had just been repaired after previous incidences of violence. Some of the church members were also followed home and physically assaulted. Those affiliated with the college have suffered from repeated arrests and other difficulties resulting from the main water and electricity supplies having been cut off. Pastor Nguyen often receives calls from strangers threatening to bomb the school if it's not removed from the area. Ask the Lord to give Pastor Nguyen and the students the ability to unconditionally love their enemies as our Lord has instructed (Matthew 5:44). May these men and women be encouraged over the fact that no one can ever rob them of their love for Jesus and the lasting spiritual investments they are making through the study of God's Word. Also pray that God's protection and supernatural power will enable His people in Vietnam to persevere and overcome the enemy's strategies so that the light of the Gospel will banish the realm of darkness over this Communist nation.

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