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2015-11-22 November 22 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.

Harriet Luymes’ surgery went well this past Monday. We thank God that the doctors feel they were able to remove all of the cancer. We pray for patience and strength as Harriet needs a few weeks to heal fully.

Congratulations to Jordon and Amy Van Stryland as they were wed this past Friday, November 20th and to Joseph and Kayla Geldof who will be married today, November 22nd. May God richly bless you all in your married lives as you grow in love and faith together.

Happy Birthday to Bill Noordhof as he celebrates on Friday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings.

Dear Bethel congregation, Thanks so very much for your concern and your prayers for my wife, Shirley. We appreciate that very much. We trust that the Lord will continue to provide strength for each new day, in the midst of some ongoing health challenges. Sincerely, John Bos

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

Christmas Invitations:

In your mailbox you will find a Card-like invitation outlining our Advent and Christmas services at Bethel. It is helpful for you personally but the main idea is that you prayerfully consider who you can give this card to and invite them to one or all of these services. We want to “Welcome people home for Christmas.” There are extra cards on the foyer table if you want to pass them around to more people or in your neighbourhood.

Next Sunday, November 29th

Is the first Sunday of Advent. Our theme this year is “Coming home for Christmas.” We read from Isaiah 2 and Matthew 24 as we see Jesus is the one who wants to “Welcome us Home.” You are invited to bring a Christmas ornament for the tree. You can also invite a friend or neighbor or family member to join us on this Christmas journey home. In the evening we also take a Christmas theme from Luke 2:8 as we wonder why the “Shepherds were watching their flocks at night?” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Operation Christmas Child:

Thank you to everyone who filled and returned a box. We delivered them to the dropoff on Friday. If you were unable to get your box in this week, Amber can receive them at Wolf Creek Community Church, today, November 22nd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Refugee Committee:

Bethel CRC has an opportunity to work in cooperation with other Central Alberta CRC churches to respond to the needs of refugees. Through the support of World Renew an application will be made to sponsor refugees. Also during this process, volunteers might help settle Government sponsored refugees, who could be arriving before the end of the year. Would you like to be volunteer with this effort? Please contact Cora at 403-782-5107.

The latest World Renew Gift Catalog

was placed in the church mailboxes last 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.

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!!

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.

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.

Living Members

will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Peter & Gerry Prins. We will be discussing Chapters 17 and 18.

Plan to Protect®

If we don’t have at least 5 participants signed up for the Safe Church Orientation training on Wednesday, November 25th by Tuesday night, I will be cancelling the class. If you have not signed up, please do. Contact Dana for more details.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth

will meet on Tuesday, November 24th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Campus Visit Opportunities at King’s University:

As you are thinking about your future, we would like you to consider King’s as your stepping stone into a future of opportunities. You can experience firsthand by attending any one of our upcoming campus visit event. For a complete list of activities please look for the flyer on the Bethel Youth board in the fellowship hall.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Christmas at Sea 2015:

Did you know that a survey of port ministries in North America determined that last year more than 72,000 gifts were delivered on board ships docking in North American ports? And that of those 72,000 some 2,300 were delivered right here in BC at Port Metro Vancouver and Delta Port? The Ministry to Seafarers is preparing for Christmas at Sea again, and is dependent upon you to make it possible, for not only is the usual Christian literature and music distributed aboard ships in December, but a small gift reminding us of God’s “greatest gift of all,” our Saviour, Jesus Christ is added.

This year we are very excited to add another port to our distribution list – the port in Port Alberni! A new Ministry to Seafarers was started there earlier this year with volunteers from the local CRC, and while not a large port, it does see some 60-70 ships arrive annually. We count it a blessing to be able to include them in our Christmas at Seaproject for the first time.

Of course, to make Christmas at Sea a reality, we need your financial help. By sending us your cheque made payable to Ministry to Seafarers and with Christmas at Seanoted on the memo line, you can partner with us in this mission work. If you would like to partner with us, please mail your cheque to: Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. A donation receipt for tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10.00 or more. Thank you from Ernst Devries, Chaplain, Ministry to Seafarers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

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.

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.

As you may know, the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre will host the Grand Opening of Phase One of our new Maternity Home. We will soon able to provide 4 young women with a home for the duration of their pregnancy and until their baby are 6 months old. These are women who want to choose life, but due to a lack of support and housing may find this choice very difficult. Before we can begin housing the young women, we have a volunteer staffing position to fill. The Live-In Volunteer will be a woman who is willing to provide love, stability, and structure to the home; a woman who can mentor the love of Christ and the practical support that will enable these women to go on and successfully parent their child and manage their own home. Free room and board is provided in comfortable private living quarters. The Live-In Volunteer will be required to be in the home for evenings and nights, but will be free during the day. Requested respite will be considered and provided within reason. If you would like to see a more detailed job description or if you need more information, please contact Bunnie Wigley at bunnie@pregnancycare.ca or call 403-343-1611.

Downtown Sounds at Gaetz

is pleased to present Andre Knevel, organ and Liselotte Rokyta, pan flute in concert, December 8th at 7.30 p.m. Come and enjoy the majestic sounds of the Centennial Pipe Organ together with the ethereal sounds of the pan flute. Admission is $15 at the door. Children under 12 are free. For more information contact 403-392-4290 or 403-347-2244.

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament

The CACHS Alumni Volleyball tournament will be held December 18th & 19th. Teams may consist no more than two non-alumni. Cost is $125 per team. Deadline to enter is December 10th. For more information or to enter your men’s or women’s team please text Colleen at 403-302-2659.

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