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2015-09-20 September 20 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 pray for Harriet Luymes who has been diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer and is being assessed at the Tom Baker cancer center in Calgary. We give thanks for treatments that are available and pray for strength in faith through this time of uncertainty.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Lillian Mercier, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

NEIGHBOURHOOD LIFE UPDATE (Central Alberta): 

Our neighbourhood’s 4th annual horseshoe tourney just took place with 70 participants, including new neighbours who just arrived. It was here we had great conversations with neighbours about recent health issues, Christian education, morals, and life’s joys and struggles. During the past few weeks, four of us neighbours who garden together are now harvesting, leaving plenty of opportunity to also share life together. And earlier this summer we had another baptism in our neighbourhood, and a vow renewal ceremony.

There are also many stories from our other neighbourhoods: Neighbours helping with a funeral; a family moving back one year after their house burnt down; neighbours helping neighbours learn English; first time block parties; neighbours asking if they can come to church; and various other open doors.

On another note, Neighbourhood Life is presenting their mission at Clive Baptist, St. Leonard’s in Red Deer, Neerlandia CRC, and the Sylvan Lake ministerial in the next month. We also have four new neighbourhoods represented; two in Lacombe, one in Blackfalds and one in Red Deer. We were evaluated by home missions, which was encouraging. And we were also the recipients of a leadership award. Tonight we start a discipleship series at Wolfcreek Community Church (7pm). Come if you are interested. There is more info at www.rickabma.com. Neighbourhood Life is now receiving donations for its ministry. Write cheques out to “Wolfcreek Church – Neighbourhood Life” and send it to: Wolf Creek Community Church, PO Box 5072, Lacombe, AB T4L 1W7 Pastor Rick

PRAYER ITEMS

Classis: Mosaichouse - Pastor Victor Ko

Denominational: 

Centre for Public Dialogue: Canadian election On October 19th, Canadians will be voting in Members of Parliament. Speaking up for issues and people close to the heart of God is a key part of what love for our neighbor looks like. Think carefully about what a just, righteous society is and vote accordingly.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 27th 

Pastor Mike has a Classical appointment in Leduc so Elder Henry Eisses will lead our morning service. In the evening we read from 2 Kings 20:1-11 and “Hezekiah’s prayer for added years.” Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Living Members will be meeting tonight

at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos. Please be prepared by reading lessons 12, 13 & 14.

Attention all Leadership Teams! 

I ask that all teams hand in your budget requests into the Treasurers mailbox by October 4th . Thank you from August Luymes

Sanctuary blinds 

there is always discussion about having them closed or open. Clarity of the words on the screen often comes up as a reason to have them all closed. A more inviting and worshipful sanctuary space is often the reason people give to have them open. Pastoral Elders hear about this in their visits and they feel we should try having them open more often. If seeing the screen is a problem please sit closer to the front of the sanctuary. Thanks. Pastor Mike

URGENT-Treasure Seekers will be starting today, September 20th, but we are in need of still some teachers and helpers to run this program. 

Please consider to share some time with Grade 3 and 4 students after the morning sermon, to discuss the sermon preached. Please contact Ann Wildeboer at 403-782-2061 if you have any questions or if this is a program you are willing to get involved in.

From the custodians: 

We request that when moving the round white tables in the fellowship hall that they be lifted and not dragged across the carpet as they leave black marks. Also, please do not block the storage cupboard by the piano with tables. Thank you!

Sound people needed 

we are in need of persons to help run the sound system, especially in conjunction with the worship teams. There is no experience necessary because you will receive training. If this interests you please talk to Wayne Bouwman.

Coffee Break/Story Hour 

began on Wednesday, September 16th. We are starting with studying "A Women and Her World". We look forward to seeing you and a friend for this weekly time of encouragement and growing closer to God each day. For more information please contact Barb Vandyk

Plan to Protect® 

A special reminder to get your annual Child/Youth Registration and Consent forms in. If you have lost it please contact Dana for another form.

Plan to Protect® 

Criminal record checks are coming in! Thank you for responding and getting them done. For those of you who haven’t done so, there is time, and if you prefer please send Dana an email to the church (bchurch2@telus.net) and I will send you a link for the online option.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth will be starting this week

Tuesday, September 22nd! Doors are open at 7 p.m. with the evening starting at 7:30 sharp. Please bring a friend! If you have any questions contact your leader. See you there!!

Hold the press! Attention Young Adults, 

there will be an organizational meeting at Kavaccinos Coffee shop Monday Sept. 28th at 7:30 p.m. Coffee is on me! Please let Terry Vandenborn know if you can make it or not and if you are interested in starting something at Bethel for Young Adults. 403-896-7446. Text or phone please.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Neighbourhood Life discipleship training: 

Imagine the impact your neighbourhood could have on our community. Starting September 20th at 7-8:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church, we will host the first of 5 interactive sessions that will impact your neighbourhood. Hear the stories from other neighbourhoods in Central Alberta, and join them as we cover the map with many who are discovering what it means to 'love your neighbour.' This is about discovering where God is already at work in your neighbourhood and joining Him. Please register by text/call 403-505-9897 or email at www.rickabma@gmail.com.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and well connected individual to promote our school. This position is 8 hours per week, preferably spread over 2 days. Please send resume or further inquiries to either Dean Den Oudsten (ddenoudsten@gmail.com) or Mel Brandsma (mbrandsma@cachs.ca). Please check the poster in the foyer for complete details.

Dear Pro-Life Supporters: 

Please join the annual LIFE CHAIN event held in Lacombe on Saturday October 3, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Signs will be provided for you to hold. Please meet near No Frills parking lot. For the last 20 years, on the 1st weekend in October LIFE CHAIN invites churches in cities across North America to silently stand in a designated area and PRAY for ONE HOUR in support of Pro-Life. For more information visit www.nationallifechain.org or contact Judy Hazelhoff

From September 23 - November 1, you’re invited to join other Christians in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE 40 days of prayer & fasting for an end to abortion. You’re invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in Red Deer. The vigil will take place outside the Red Deer 49th Street Community Health Centre. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Crystal Calliou at 403-597-0877. Please visit www.40daysforlife.com/reddeer

Sabbath. Solitude. Silence. Scripture. Spirit. Soul. Intermission 

is a weekend silent directed retreat led by Pastor Ron Klok. It is an opportunity to enrich and deepen your life in God. October 23-25 at Star of the North Retreat Centre, St. Albert, AB. $350 per person. For more info: rev.klok@gmail.com and/or www.intermissionsilentretreat.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! 

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 7, 2015 at The King's University when the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference hosts the 2015 Day of Encouragement. This year's theme is "Messy Grace", with a keynote address led by Dr. Syd Hielema. Brochures and registration details will be available in your church by the end of September. For more information contact the NADC office: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com .

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Two Christians in central Laos, who have brought hundreds of people to Christ through their witness, have been detained on charges of "spreading the faith." Police have been monitoring Christian activities closely for several years due to concerns over church growth. Studies indicate that Christians make up two percent of this communist country's population. Praise God for the powerful witness of these two Christians. Please join us in praying for their immediate release. May any local officials who oppose Christians in central Laos be touched by the Holy Spirit and dramatically transformed, as was the case for Saul in the account of Acts 9.

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