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2015-10-25 October 25 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 congratulate Ernie and Willie Stebner with their 12½ wedding anniversary. We praise God for their years of service amongst us here at Bethel and pray that our Heavenly Father continue to show is loving care in their lives. Ernie resides at Royal Oak, where Willie visits him daily from her home at the Chateau. We present them with the gift of flowers this week as they celebrate this special event in their lives.

Congratulations to Lea Dykstra as she celebrates her birthday on Thursday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with our Lord’s richest blessings!

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. 

PRAYER ITEMS

Local Ministry: Volunteer Link

Classical Church: Faith Fellowship CRC in Fairview - vacant

Classical Ministry: Northern Alberta Deaconal Conference

Bethel News

Next Sunday, November 1st 

We will have a Reformation Day Service based on Psalm 46. In the evening we read from Numbers 33 as God’s people learn obedience in the wilderness. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Second Service Questionnaire:

Today in your mailbox you will find a questionnaire for each professing member regarding our second worship service at Bethel. Please take the time to fill it out and return it to your District Elder or place it in the Clerk’s mailbox. Council appreciates your input as it discusses these matters and seeks to encourage everyone in growing in faith together. Please return the questionnaires by Sunday, November 8th.

Full Council meeting highlights from October 21st:

* Second service questionnaire to be presented to Bethel congregation was discussed and decided on. FILL IT OUT and please return by November 8th.

* Inactive membership letter approved.

* Pastor Mike reported on the recent Classis meeting .

* 2016 Budget proposal reviewed and accepted; to be presented at the next congregational meeting

* The Congregational meeting has now been set for December 3, 2015.

* Council Christmas social set for January 15, 2016

* Ministry Leadership Teams reported.

It's that time again! Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes 

are here and ready to be filled! Each box contains a pamphlet, with labels, suggested items, and a donation form to cover the shipping. Help yourself to a box, or fill any shoebox. Bring them back to the church by November 15th. The boxes will be delivered around the world to children living in war, poverty and disaster. Share the gift of hope, joy and love this season. To learn more visit www.samaritanspurse.ca

Maskwacis: 

A young single mom with six children is making meals on an outside barbecue, because the stove in her house is broken. If you have a stove available and would like to donate it, please call the Voorbij’s at 403-782-6703 and we will be glad to pick it up for you.

Lacombe and District Volunteer 

Link is in real need of drivers. An elderly lady from Lacombe needs a ride to Red Deer 3 times a week for dialysis. We are asking each church to help with this volunteering job to prevent from making this a big load for any one volunteer or church organization. If you are willing to do some driving to Red Deer from Lacombe at about 5:00 p.m. (rides for the way back have been organized) on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays this winter (November has been taken care of) then will please call Ann at 403-782-2061 or Sheila at Volunteer Link 403-786-0110. Your help will be much appreciated.

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. On Saturday, October 10th we had 5 participants and on Thursday, October 22nd we had over 25! I thank you for coming and taking part. We have one more training session planned on Saturday, October 31st. If you haven’t taken a class please sign up. I have received word that some people cannot make a Thursday night or Saturday morning. I’m willing to figure out another day but until I know my work schedule I can’t commit to any other day as of right now. Remember it is a requirement to do the class so let’s wait and see how things unfold. If you have any questions or concerns contact me at the church on Wednesdays or on my cell in the evenings. Thank you for all you do, Dana van Gyssel

We are about to start a new Cadet season. 

Our registration night was this past Wednesday, October 21st. Dues this year will be $ 35 per Cadet. I will still be sending emails out 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.

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.

There will be a triple bridal shower 

for Kayla Crowther, bride to be of Joseph Geldof, Jessica Venhuis, bride of Brent Venhuis, and Amy Rust, bride to be of Jordan Van Stryland. This shower will be held in the near future, so keep your eyes on the bulletin or on your inbox for the exact date! This will be a grocery shower.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, October 28th 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.

Worship & Concert with THE COLOR! 

The Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ will be hosting a fun night of worship and praise with the musical group THE COLOR on Monday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Lacombe Pentecostal Church. Cost is $10 at the door, all are welcome. Proceeds going to the building of homes in Mexico with the YU Adventures.

DENOMINATIONAL

Rehoboth Christian Ministries membership drive: 

We only have one week to wrap up this campaign. Donations need to be in my possession by November 1st. Your donation supports individual with developmental disabilities and your membership strengthens Rehoboth’ profile and performance as a major Christian service provider in Alberta. Please contact Sherry Tenbrinke at 403-318-7513 or drop your donation in her mailbox. You can also donate online at www.rehoboth.ab.ca by clicking the donate icon.

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT 

November 7th at The King's University. This year's theme is "Messy Grace" with guest speaker: Dr. Syd Hielema. Don’t miss out on this wonderful training opportunity made available through your Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference. This year’s event hosts 12 workshops on timely topics! Also, during your breaks, connect with various agencies hosting information tables. Early Registration deadline is this Monday, October 26th, (includes option for a reduced ticket to the Honduras Fiesta). 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

Saturday, November 7th at 4:30 pm (following the Day of Encouragement). Celebrate 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 with live Latin music and special guest speaker, Kurt Verbeek of the Association for a more Just Society. Tickets just $25, or $20 for students, available online at www.hondurasfiesta.eventbrite.ca or contact Carol Moreno 780-465-8318, carol.moreno@kingsu.ca. Don’t miss the biggest Fiesta of the year!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Harvest Fest

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).

Break Forth Canada 2016:

Join over 1,000 churches at Break Forth January 29th to 31st in Edmonton. There are information pamphlets on the foyer table and you can check out the poster on the bulletin board. If you are thinking of attending, the Early Bird registration deadline is November 10, 2015.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

fall meeting will be held on November 19th at the Living Stone Church in Red Deer. For more information please look for the poster in the foyer.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Within two hours three churches in northwest Tanzania were set ablaze by militants on September 22nd causing everything inside them to burn. Fortunately, no one was injured. Muslim extremists want churches reduced in this area. The church in Tanzania is experiencing extreme growth. In January, another church building was set on fire, and a woman who converted to Christianity after marrying her Christian husband was beaten and burned by her Muslim parents late last year. The country's 31% Muslim population has largely been tolerant of Christians (54%) until a recent polarization between moderate and radical Muslims. May God minister His perfect peace to the congregations of these churches after the destruction they've experienced and also to the perpetrators, convicting them of their sin and need of salvation. We pray that greater blessing will be poured out upon His people in Tanzania as they continue letting their lights shine so that many others will clearly discover the Way, the Truth and the Life! (John 14:6).

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