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2015-10-18 October 18 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.

Congratulations to Klaas and Lies Boskers who will be celebrating their 12½ wedding anniversary this week. We praise the Lord for your work among us and pray that He will surround Klaas as he resides in Heartland Manor and be with Lies at home and as she joins us here at Bethel every week for worship. We present them with the gift of flowers as we thank God for His Faithfulness.

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.

Bethel News

Highlights of the Council Executive meeting of October 15th:

*Second service questionnaire that is to be presented to full council discussed.

*Council retreat scheduled for the morning of Saturday, October 24th and starts with breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

*Bethel church membership list reviewed.

*Joe and Tracy Elgersma's membership has been transferred to Ponoka Sonrise CRC.

*Bethel's 2016 budget reviewed, to be presented to full council next week.

*Ministry Leadership Team minutes were reviewed.

*Pulpit supply special notes:
November 8th, Rick Van Manen?
November 22nd, Pastor Charles Van Hoffen?

*Congregational meeting tentatively set for Thursday, November 26, 2015.

Guess Who's Coming for Coffee? 

You might be – if you sign up today. This is the last week for signing up for this round of visits. Sometime in the next few weeks you should be getting a phone call to organize where you’re going or who will be coming over.

Mission Trip 2016: 

If you are over 14 years of age by March 25, 2016 or an adult leader and wish to go on a Missions Trip next spring, please come to the Missions trip meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. here at the church. If you wish to go on the trip and cannot attend the meeting please let Trudy Salomons at 403-782-7378, Betty Scholing at 403-782-2701, or Wayne Bouwman at 403-348-7214 know that you are interested.

Plan to Protect® 

Calling all people working in ministry. Everyone who volunteers here at Bethel in any capacity is required to attend the 2 hour class. At this time I have booked the 22nd at 7 p.m. and the 17th & 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 on my cell in the evenings. Thank you for all you do, and see you in the coming month! Dana van Gyssel

Living Members 

will meet tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the home of Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer. We will be discussing Chapters 15 and 16.

The Bible Study at the Lewin's house 

will be starting again tomorrow, Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Join us every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month as we look at what the Bible has to say about prayer. If you have questions or need a book, contact Brad or Erin Lewin at 403-789-7995.

We are about to start a new Cadet season. 

Our registration night will be this coming Wednesday, October 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dues this year will be $ 35 per Cadet. I will still be sending emails but this year, but our club is also on Facebook under Bethel Cadets, which is a closed group. Once you are accepted in the group you can see information there. Grant Zuidhof.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank - A Christian Response to Hunger. 

The Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 church and church based agencies working together to end global hunger. In 2014-15 they provided over $41 million of assistance for 1.1 million people in 39 countries. The annual report of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was inserted in your church mailbox last week – please take a look at it for more information about this worthwhile cause.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Junior Youth:

We will be going to Ambassador Bowling lanes on Friday, November 6th for two games of bowling and then we will walk to Dairy Queen afterwards. Please pick up a registration form and have your parents fill out both sides. I would like the forms in my mailbox by Sunday, November 1st. You may invite friends but make sure you pick up a form for them and put it in my mailbox. We will meet at the Bowling Alley at 7:00 p.m. and you can get picked up at Dairy Queen at 9:30 p.m. Bowling will cost $12 + Dairy Queen money. For more information please talk to me, Debby van Iperen at 403-782-0899.

DENOMINATIONAL

Classis Alberta North: Meeting of Classis Alberta North – October 14-15, 2015. 

Here are a few details.

1. Our delegates were Pastor Mike, Wayne Bouwman (Elder) and Ann Wildeboer (Deacon).

This was a historic meeting as Deacons were official delegates for the first time. It was great

to have them there.

2. Another Prayer Summit is planned for March 13, 2016.

3. The Deaconal Conference is helping the churches to sponsor refugees.

4. Classis Alberta North supports 10 different ministries through our Ministry Shares ($20,000)

All 10 were reported on and are doing amazing things. They are: Campus Ministry, Youth

Ministry, Home Missions, Cuba, Healthy Church, Student Fund, NA Deaconal Conference,

Safe Church, Leadership, Prayer.

5. Campus Minister Rick Van Mannen was granted a 6 month sabbatical (Jan-June 2016) to

teach English in Korea and work on his PhD.

6. Pastor John Pasma (Covenant) retired after 27 years and Pastor Gordon Pols (West End)

after 45 years of ministry service.

7. Classis approved a budget of $89 per church member ($379,400.00 total) to support the

work of Classis. These funds are collected in each church through budget contributions.

8. Pastor Melle Pool says hello. He is doing well.

9. Classis had a lengthy and helpful discussion about its role and how its ministries should be

prioritized for the best use of funds donated.

10. Church visitors reported on the small church in Fairview and how we could be more of a

support to them along with La Glace and Fort McMurray.

Fantastic Learning Opportunity For All (not just church leaders!) 

Be sure to register for this year’s Day of Encouragement, Saturday, November 7th at The King’s University. This year`s focus: "Messy Grace” opens with a keynote address by Dr. Syd Hielema. Look for timely workshops on topics in which many people struggle: "Euthanasia" (led by Dr. David Williams, president of Taylor Seminary); living as "Blended Families" or with “Depression" (two workshops led by Pastoral Counsellor Rita Martino). Look for brochures in your church or go to www.diaconalministries.com (under "Engaging Communities") to view a brochure or to register online. For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

HONDURAS FIESTA

¡Estamos celebrando! Join us in celebrating more than 20 years of partnership between Northern Alberta and Honduras and the Lord’s faithfulness to so many important projects. Enjoy an authentic Honduran meal - Saturday, November 7th at 4:30 pm (following the Day of Encouragement) with live Latin music from 7-piece band, Son Bachata, and folk singers Elizabeth Araya & Armando Munguia, and special guest speaker, Kurt Verbeek of the Association for a more Just Society. Tickets just $25, or $20 for students, available online www.hondurasfiesta.eventbrite.ca. Don’t miss the biggest Fiesta of the year!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Calling all agents of the secret organization of the C.I.A. (CACHS Intelligence Agency) to a Harvest Fest meeting on October 30th 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 p.m. 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).

PERSECUTED CHURCH

INDIA: 

About 15 Hindu extremists broke into a prayer meeting with guns, axes, spades and clubs. They began to brutally attack the Christians. Six were hospitalized, others sustained only minor cuts and bruises. Christians throughout Jharkhand state have endured a growing amount of intimidation, threats and violence, in a deliberate campaign to drive out Christians. With a village head that supports the Hindu extremists' actions, it has been difficult for believers to hold worship meetings. Christians have also been forbidden from walking on the main road and getting water from the main pump. Let us pray for the healing of each injured victim, as well as those who've been traumatized by the attack. May the Christians of Jharkhand province be filled with the joy of the Lord as they continue to fellowship and worship together. Pray that the perpetrators will witness the reality of Christ in the lives of the Christians, so they will turn from evil and follow only that which is holy and honouring to their Creator.

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