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2015-10-04 October 4 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.

Steve Ogi had surgery on Friday on his foot due to Diabetes complications. Please pray for complete healing for Steve and peace for Steve and Caroline.

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. P

PRAYER ITEMS

Classis: 

Barrhead CRC - PastorHarold VanderSluis

Denominational: 

WORLD RENEW: Chris Enns, World Renew Program Consultant for Tanzania, will be visiting Bethel CRC to share about World Renew's ministry on Thanksgiving Day which is Monday, October 12th. He will inspire our thanks that poverty, hunger, and injustice are being overcome through community transformation.

Bethel News 

Next Sunday, October 11th 

we read from Ezekiel 3 as God shows Ezekiel and us what it means to love him with our whole selves, especially in how we speak and what we say. There will be no evening service.

Monday October 12th 

at 10:30 a.m. we have our special Thanksgiving Day service. We come in thanks to God for his many blessings. Mr. Chris Enns from World Renew Tanzania will join us.

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

Plan to Protect® 

Calling all people working in ministry. I’m looking for you! Bethel Orientation Training will take place during the month of October. Everyone who volunteers in any capacity is required to attend the 2 hour class. At this time I have booked the 8th & 22nd at 7 p.m. and the 17th and maybe the 31st at 10 a.m. It is a requirement and if you cannot attend any of these free training dates you will be asked to do them online at your cost. A sign up sheet will be on the table in foyer so I have an idea how many to prepare for. I will ask for a minimum of 10 per class to make it worth it for me. Contact me at the church on Wednesdays or Fridays or on the cell in the evenings. Thank you for all you do, and see you in the coming month!

Plan to Protect® 

A special thank you for all who have been handing in their Children/Youth forms and Criminal Record Checks. Your effort to do this is wonderful and I greatly appreciate your diligence to hand them in. There’s a number of them that still need to come in and I look forward to receiving them in the near future. If you like to do your criminal record check online please email the church (bchurch2@telus.net) to get an invitation to do so. If you received an invitation already you have a month to comply and then the invitation expires. Please take note of when you received it this past month.

Friendship 

begins again for another year! Our 32nd year, isn't that amazing? Praise the Lord!

We will start our season on Monday Oct 5th at 6:30 p.m. with a wiener roast. You may come in a costume or all dressed up for fun. See you there!

The Seniors’ Club 

will again start off the season with the first meeting on Tuesday, October 6th

at 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel CRC Fellowship hall. Hope to see you all there and of course visitors are most welcome.

Book Club: 

Ladies, mark your agendas please. Our next selection is "A Blade of Grass" by Lewis DeSoto. We will discuss it on Thursday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. Everyone interested is welcome. It is Debby’s turn to bring refreshments.

Dear Bethel congregation: After some consideration the Gems Counselors have decided that we will NOT be serving a Thanksgiving Breakfast. We would like to thank the congregation for their show of love and support in the years past and we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Guess Who's Coming for Coffee? 

You are! or maybe you're going to be hosting. Either way, it's a fun night getting to know people in a slightly different context. If you're interested in going to or hosting a casual get-together with 2 other couples, please sign up in the foyer. Someone will be in touch with you soon about when your night will be. Brought to you by the Fellowship Ministry Leadership team.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Bethel Young Adults! 

You have the opportunity to partake in the first annual Young Adults

A-maize-ing Corn Maze Extravaganza! 

Join us at Kraay Family Farms on Friday October 9th at 7 p.m. If you’re not excited yet, just wait! A fire and hot dog roast will follow the maze at 8 p.m.

Admission costs $12.50. If you’re interested in coming please contact Terry Vandenborn at 403-896-7446. This event is BYOF (bring your own flashlight)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Thursday, October 8th a Family Selection Information session will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for four new families to move into our Lacombe duplexes. This session is mandatory for interested families, looking to apply for a home. During the session interested families will learn more about the selection process, eligibility requirements and applying for Habitat home. For more information call 403-309-6080 ext. 2, or check out the website www.habitatreddeer.ca. Poster posted in the foyer.

30 Years of Change Makers, The African Children’s Choir

You are invited to join us for an unforgettable experience on Friday, October 9th at 7 p.m at First Baptist Church. The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dance! The Choir is made up of some of the neediest and most vulnerable children In Africa. Many have lost one or both parents, but they have not given up hope and have come to show the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! The African Children's Choir has been working with Africa's most vulnerable children for the past 30 years. The Choir's mission Is to raise awareness of the plight of Africa's orphaned and abandoned children.

Calling all agents of the secret organization of the C.I.A. (CACHS Intelligence Agency) to a Harvest Fest meeting on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at C.I.A. headquarters (the gym). We (all agents) have been called to this secret meeting at the CACHS Intelligence Headquarters for our most important mission ever – to raise funds for CACHS. There will be a fantastic dinner, themed silent and live auctions, and many other things happening all led by one of the world’s greatest agents, Austin Powers (a.k.a. Gery Schubert). All agents are encouraged to dress as their favorite spy/agent character (Russian Spy, Bond, Get Smart, etc.) or just come in 60’s garb. To gain admittance to this secret meeting you will need to know the access password which is “Harvest”. Come out for an evening of fun and entertainment at Central Alberta Christian High school. The evening will start with a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until 9:00 pm with Dinner starting at 7:30 pm. The evening’s entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Cost is $35/person. Donations can be dropped off by noon on Friday October 30th at the school. Mark your calendars! See you there! This message will self-destruct by October 27th, 2015 so please RSVP to Headquarters 403-782-4535 with Ann (a.k.a. Miss Moneypenny) or Lacombe

Signmasters 403-782-7446 (Cash or Cheques only)

Do You Feel Equipped As A Church Leader? 

Dr. Elden Wiebe, Dean of Leder School of Business, explores this topic and identifies key skills for the practice of church leadership. This is just one topic at this year's Day of Encouragement, November 7th at The King's University. This day provides an opportunity to connect with other Christians and together, struggle through tough topics and encourage one another. Make a day of it and acquire a reduced ticket for the Honduras Fiesta - a celebration of the partnership between Classis AB North and Honduras available only with your early bird registration. Look for the DOE brochures in your church or go to www.diaconalministries.com (under "Engaging Communities") to view a brochure and link to an online registration option. For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

That Towering Cross

After the great success of That Towering Cross earlier this year, we have once again partnered with playwright Andrew Kooman to bring a new dramatic musical production to our community under the direction of Annette Bradley & Laura Geelen. This will be a fundraising event for the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre Special Housing Project providing a safe healthy environment for single pregnant women. Performances will be Friday evening, March 11th, 2016 and Saturday afternoon and evening on March 12th, 2016 at Crossroads Church.

Acting Auditions will be held on Friday, November 13th and 14th. Looking for volunteers to act, please look at the poster in the foyer for more information.

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament: 

This year’s volleyball tournament will be held December 18 & 19. More details will follow later. If you have any questions please phone Colleen at 403-885-4388.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

West Africa 

Two Christian brothers, Ushahemba and Sughter Kumashenge, were ambushed and killed by Fulani militants on August 22nd. There are concerns that militants in Nigeria's middle belt are joining forces with jihadists for the specific purpose of driving out Christians. Over the summer, the violent attacks had intensified throughout northern Nigeria and its neighbouring country of Cameroon, causing some Christians to refrain from attending church. On July 25th, a 12-year-old girl detonated a bomb within a crowded area in northern Cameroon, killing 20 people and injuring 79 others. On July 31st, six people died and eleven were injured in a bomb explosion at a market in the traditional heartland of the Nigerian violence. Churches in Cameroon are presently struggling to contain the influx of approximately 60,000 Nigerian refugees and thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs). "The level of attendance has also fallen in various churches," explains the President of the Protestant Churches' Council in Northern Cameroon. "We have observed a lack of concentration among some worshippers during recent services as their ears remain attentive to any movement outside." Nigerian military reported on August 2nd that they had rescued 178 people, including 101 children, all of whom had been taken captive by Boko Haram. In the aftermath of recent attacks, we ask the Lord to minister healing to all who were injured and provide comfort to those who are now mourning the loss of loved ones. May He also calm the violence in these affected regions and alleviate mounting fears. As religious and political leaders make difficult decisions in their efforts to resolve the country's crisis, pray for God to grant them wisdom and clear direction so that all those whom they govern may be able to live "peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:2).

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