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2015-11-01 November 1 Bulletin

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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.

Caroline and Steve Ogi had good news as Steve’s foot infection is clearing up nicely with the more targeted treatments. We praise God for his grace.

August and I would like to thank you all for your support and prayers since I was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer in my uterus. This is a slow growing cancer that is still contained in my uterus and if all goes well with surgery, it should be the cure. My surgery has been booked for Monday, November 16th at the Calgary Foothills hospital. Depending on the type of surgery, laparoscopic or open, my recovery time should be 4-6 weeks. Cancer is never a good diagnosis to hear but God is good and I have felt His presence on this journey and have peace that He will provide in all circumstances. Harriet Luymes

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

Next Sunday, November 8th 

We welcome Pastor Rick Van Mannen, our University of Alberta Chaplain, to lead our morning service. In the evening we read from 1 Corinthians 2 as God claims Authority in our lives through his Word. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Second Service Questionnaire: 

Last week a questionnaire was placed in the church mailboxes 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.

Bethel GEMS

are doing a Dutch cheese fundraiser again this year. The order forms are in your church mailboxes and can be returned to Gaylene Tenbrinke by next Sunday, November 8th. Our sincere apologies for the late notice and thank you for your support!

The Worship Ministry Leadership team 

asks for your help to decorate! This year as part of our "Coming Home" Advent theme, we are asking the congregation to bring in one tree ornament (either per family or per person) from your own collection at home for us to borrow! Then, as you come into church on Sunday, November 29th, hang them on the big Christmas tree in the front of the sanctuary. Please don't bring in glass ornaments as the tree is often looked at and we don't want anything to break. The ornaments will be returned at the end of the Christmas season. Thanks for your help!!

From the General Administration Leadership team: 

Just a reminder that the area in front of the Fire Exit door in the Fellowship hall must be kept clear. This means no tables or chairs should be stored in this area. The foosball table is near this area but can be moved quickly if needed. The rectangular tables should be stacked against the North wall under the GEMS banner and the chairs should be stacked between the tables and the piano. The brown plastic chairs should be stacked on the stage. Thank you from the GALT!

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


On Tuesday, November 10th Tuesday Nite youth will be putting shoe boxes together for Operation Christmas Child. All the students and leaders are going to bring stuff to fill the boxes. We would like to ask you to help out and provide some items so we can reach our goal of 30 shoe boxes. This is a great opportunity for you to be part of Operation Christmas Child. There will be a box under the mail boxes for your donations. Donation ideas: short sleeve t shirts (no text or pictures is best) socks, small toys, good quality pens. Pencils crayons, sharpeners, tooth brush in a case, bar of soap in a case and hair accessories. NO FOOD PRODUCTS INCLUDING CANDY!! Have fun picking things out for children who would not otherwise get gifts. If you have new Christmas cards or shoe boxes that would be great too. We look forward to letting you know how may shoe boxes we can put together.


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

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, November 5th at 7:30 p.m. here at the church. If you wish to go on the trip, this meeting is your last chance if you want to go! If you 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.

All ladies, young and old

are invited to come out for an evening of fun and fellowship in the Fellowship hall to celebrate the marriages of Kayla Crowther, bride to be of Joseph Geldof, Jessica Venhuis, bride of Brent Venhuis, and Amy Rust, bride to be of Jordan Van Stryland on Friday, November 6th @ 7:30 p.m. Kayla and Jessica will not be able to attend due to conflicting work schedules, but we would still like to honor them and bless them with gifts. Please bring a plate of goodies to share. This will be a recipe/grocery shower. Hope to see many of you there!

Cadets Rocket Launch 

is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th. Families are welcome to watch the rocket launching. Dress weather appropriate and bring chairs to sit in. We ask that the students be dropped off at the home of Art & Judy Hazelhoff, located North of Lacombe on Highway 2A, turn right on Township Road 41-0. Travel approximately 5 miles until Range Road 25-5. Please watch for Cadet signs. Here we will be blasting off rockets off the property. Pick up time hasn’t been set so please ask any of the Cadet leaders for a time at the drop off or please stay and watch with us. If you have any concerns or would like more information please contact Grant Zuidhof.


Bethel Young Peoples 

will be having an organizational meeting tonight, November 1st at 8 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. It will be at the home of Kyle Scholing. Please plan to be there so we can get our new year started. This is for anyone in grades 10-12. Please invite your friends too. Hope to see you all there. If you have any questions, or cannot make it to this Sunday’s meeting, please let Herman or Betty Scholing know. We will be your leaders this year J. Looking forward to a fun, growing year with our high school students.

Tuesday Nite Youth will NOT meet on Tuesday, November 3rd 

but will meet for Chicken Pickin at the Van Strylands. Supper will start at 5:30 p.m. and then chicken picking until done about 9:00 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 today, 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.


From World Renew: 

You were touched to action by the devastation of the earthquake that rocked Nepal six months ago. You held an offering to assist the victims of that earthquake. You entrusted that offering to World Renew, to share the love and grace of Christ with a suffering people. World Renew was and is and will be able to use the total of $3,451,196.00 from churches for disaster response and rehabilitation. A description of some of the work, can be found in this link: http://www.worldrenew.net/our-stories/earthquake-response-builds-community. Thank you for your love and care.

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.

Introducing the Gerry Segger Heritage Collection at The King’s University.

This is an archives and research collection whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share historical materials related to the Dutch-Canadian experience, to the traditions of Dutch and German Reformed Christianity in Canada, and to the institutional history of King’s. Boxes of old documents, letters, and photos may not have much apparent value, but they are invaluable for future historians and for preserving the memory of past generations. If any members of Bethel have materials that might be appropriate for preservation, please feel free to contact Bonita Schalk Bjornson, Archivist at 780-465-3500, ext. 8054 or email at bonita.bjornson@kingsu.ca for more information.


you can still register for this Saturday’s Day of Encouragement held at The King’s University – the event begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and Dr. Syd Hielema’s keynote address begins at 9 a.m. The variety of morning and afternoon workshops are of interest to all people (not just church leaders). Go online today and register at www.diaconalministries.com (under "Engaging Communities"). For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com


There's still time to join the celebration though tickets are going fast! Saturday, November 7th at 4:30 pm (following the Day of Encouragement). 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 www.hondurasfiesta.eventbrite.ca or contact Carol Moreno at 780-465-8318, carol.moreno@kingsu.ca.


Central Alberta Christian High School

is having their annual fall drive from November 8th to December 13th. You should be receiving an information sheet today and you will be contacted by phone by a canvasser in your area. If you are not contacted please call Wendy at the school at 403-782-4535 or you may send your donation directly to the school at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1G7 : Attention Wendy Barnes. Please consider this fall drive prayerfully. Thank you!

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 Stones Church in Red Deer. For more information please look for the poster in the foyer.

Please join us at the Red Deer & District Pro-Life Annual General Meeting 

on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7 pm at Liberty Christian Assembly, 6315 Horn Street, east of Taylor Drive, Red Deer. Hear Guest Speaker : Denise Mountenay, Founder/President of "Canada Silent No More" and Author of “Forgiven of Murder…a True Story” about her abortions. Free refreshments to follow. Denise has experienced the lies and harm of legal abortions. Her passionate message encourages and inspires to change hearts and minds and ultimately to bring value and honor to motherhood and all humanity, giving God the Glory. For more information see http://www.denisemountenay.ca/ or http://canadasilentnomore.com/the-team/2015/01/25/denise-mountenay/



A mass migration is still underway out of Syria into Europe. The crisis is devastating its church. While multitudes of Christians are desperate to leave the Middle East, their pastors are longing for them to stay. Several refugee camps are dangerous for religious minorities. Christians hope to obtain refuge in churches, Christian schools, etc. The local church carries the burden. The global church needs to share this load and send aid to those caring for refugees, but only through recognized Christian agencies. Ideally, a safe haven needs to be established in the historic Christian heartland where believers can preserve their heritage and culture, worship freely and educate their children with liberty and security. Pray specifically that the 'Lord of Hosts' will intervene mightily on behalf of believers in Syria and surrounding Middle Eastern countries. Ask that He secures justice and liberty for His precious people, provides those requiring rescue the assistance and means to do so, while also making it possible for others who want to stay the option of having a safe sanctuary within their own country. Ask Him to provide for each church and organization that's sheltering and caring for the Christian refugees. May the Holy Spirit flood the hearts of all pastors and Christian workers across the Middle East with His love, grace and comfort -- so their faith would remain strong and their hope will not fade.

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