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2015-11-15 November 15 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.

Congratulations to Marlene Chykerda-Moniuk as she celebrates her birthday on Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with our Lord’s wonderful blessings!

The congregation is invited to witness the marriage vows between Amy Rust and Jordan Van Stryland on Friday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m., D.V., here at Bethel.

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: 

Lacombe Evangelical Free Church – Pastor Dan Berger

Classical: 

Home Missions Committee – planting new churches

Denominational: World Renew: 

Syria conflict- In a region torn apart by war, millions of people have been forced from their homes and are struggling to survive. Pray for World Renew as we continue to bear witness to Christ’s love by providing food, blankets, shelter, and other essential assistance where it is needed most. Pray also for our work in resettling refugees in Canada through church sponsorship.

Bethel News

The latest World Renew Gift Catalog 

has been placed in the church mailboxes this week. This tool allows us all to be vessels of God’s goodness. Not only can we bless the recipients with the gifts we choose, but we ourselves are blessed by demonstrating God’s grace as it lives in us. The gift we choose is just part of the story. It may be a lantern, a “farm team”, a bicycle, or small toys – whatever it is; God blesses it as a step in the recipients’ road to hope. Please take a moment to look through the catalog and share with those who have much less than we do.

Highlights from the Council Executive meeting of November 11th:

Pastor Mike opened.

• Available Ministry Leadership team reports were reviewed.

• Pulpit supply: November 22nd - Pastor Charles Von Hoffen

? January 10th - Pastor Rick Abma

• Agenda for the December 3rd Congregational meeting was reviewed.

• Council’s visioning retreat (held on October 24th) was summarized and discussed.

• Second service survey results were reviewed and discussed. Thank you, council has had a good response. Results from both the council visioning retreat and the second service survey will be shared at the congregational meeting.

Lost & Found: 

Please take a few minutes today to look over the Lost & Found box. You never know what you might find; something you never knew went missing. The box is getting full and needs to be emptied. Jewelry has been found & is located on the desk in the secretaries’ office on display through the window. If it is yours please contact Cindy or Dana as soon as possible. Whatever is left at the end of the month will be donated to the Building Blocks Thrift store. The Lost & Found is located at the bottom of the basement stairs next to the elevator door.

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!!

Plan to Protect® 

I’m very happy to report that 53 people have attended the 3 Orientation Training classes that were offered over the month of October. There are still a number of volunteers who need to attend a meeting so I will continue with hosting them. Due to my work schedule, I will not be having multiple classes/month but one per month in November and in January. Wednesday, November 25th at 7 p.m. is the next class and the signup sheet is on the table in the foyer. Hope to see you then. Dana van Gyssel

There will be a Missions meeting on Thursday, November 19th 

at 7:30 p.m. here in the church. Please bring your completed commitment forms plus the $200 deposit.

Living Members 

will meet next Sunday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at home of Peter & Gerry Prins.

Sinter Klaas Bazaar: 

Please keep Saturday, December 12th open as the Missions team will be hosting a Sinter Klaas Bazaar here at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will be meeting at the Scholings’ home right after the evening service tonight from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Central Alberta Christian High School 

is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and well connected individual to promote our school. If you are interested in becoming our new Development Director and would like a detailed job description, visit our website at www.cachs.ca. This position is 8 hours per week, preferably spread over 2 days. Send resume or further inquiries to either Dean Den Oudsten (ddenoudsten@gmail.com) or Mel Brandsma (mbrandsma@cachs.ca).

The Central Alberta Christian High School fall drive 

is now underway until December 13th. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form please contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary at 403-782-4535. During the evenings, you may also contact Clarence Verveda at 403-747-2454 or Wendy Barnes at 403-885-5187. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G7, Attention: Wendy Barnes or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you. Thank you for your support!

Thank you for helping our need for House Parents for the YU-Turn home

We are pleased to say that we have found the right candidate. The YU-Turn Home still has several opportunities for both churches and individuals to get involved. If you would like more information on the YU-Turn House, or how you can get involved, please feel free to call Char at 403-352-3542. A brochure about this new program is hanging on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Prayers for Paris! Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) 

has prepared an engaging suite of materials to support church action on climate change. As world leaders gather in Paris to finalize an international climate agreement, Canadian Christians are mobilizing in support of an ambitious action-oriented commitment! CPJ invites you to join Prayers for Paris by joining the Canada-wide prayer chain, and signing the climate justice petition. Learn more and get involved at cpj.ca/climate. CPJ is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy.

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/

You are invited to the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Center Maternity Home Open House

Please join us on November 25th at 5116-47th Street, Red Deer from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You will be able to tour the CAPCC Maternity Home and receive information on the program, the referral process and hear about the opportunities for community partners to be involved. A light breakfast will be served. We look forward to connecting with you! Please RSVP by November 23rd.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

VIETNAM: 

Lawmakers in Vietnam are expected to pass a new law on religion that will likely worsen oppression. As a result, 27 organizations have called on Vietnam's government to make changes to the draft before it's passed in order to prevent further abuse of religious minorities. Among the concerns listed in the statement are onerous registration requirements, excessive state control, and ambiguous wording that "could be used to perpetuate discrimination." In a ten-point recommendation, the groups urged a redraft that is in line with international law and recommendations from the U.N. special report on freedom of religion. Pray that God will oversee the mediation process of this new law, speaking through those who represent Him and His statutes, to ensure the fairness and freedoms of the Vietnamese people --including the professing followers of Christ. Instead of feeling threatened by Christianity, may the country's leaders recognize the benefits of having God-honouring citizens who will work for Him and operate with honesty and integrity in all situations -- qualities that hopefully these leaders themselves will personally embrace and aspire to achieve for the governance of Vietnam.

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