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2015-11-29 November 29 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.

At the Pastoral Elders’ meeting we received the membership papers of Kyle and Erica Van Stryland. They join us from the Edson CRC. Be sure to say “Hi” and make them feel welcome as they join our fellowship. They were placed in Marvin Ebens’ Elder district.

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: 

Last week in your mailbox you found 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, December 6th is the 2nd Sunday of Advent. 

We continue our theme this year of “Coming home for Christmas.” We read from Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3 as we see that “Coming home is life and joy.” In the evening we hear Nehemiah’s prayer that God would rebuild our broken lives. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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 TODAY, 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!!

Congregation Meeting: 

A reminder to everyone that we are having our Fall Congregation meeting this Thursday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. We will look at the Proposed Budget for 2016 as well as discuss results of the recent survey concerning the second worship service. A copy of the budget was inserted in the church mailboxes a couple of weeks ago. Please bring it along for information. More copies will be available at the meeting.

Lost & Found: 

Today is the last Sunday to look over the Lost & Found box. Please take the time to look it over; you never know what you might find. 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. Coats of all sizes and shapes are on the coat rack near the Lost & Found box. Whatever is left by Wednesday, December 2nd 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.

Plan to Protect®: 

It’s unfortunate but the Safe Church Orientation training was cancelled last Wednesday due to lack of interest. For the few that did sign up for the class, I thank you! I hope that you and others will be available in the new year. January’s date has not been set yet so please stay tuned for updates in the near future. Dana

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.

Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers:

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day through the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team. This year it will be held in the Centennial Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for 10 volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve Day from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. Would you be willing to set up and serve the food that day? How about leading the singing of Christmas carols? Would you play the piano or another musical instrument? Could you open with Christmas devotions and prayer? The most important task, would you be willing to arrive at 1 p.m. and do dishes? J Please phone Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you would be willing to help with any of these tasks. It is always a joy and a blessing to be involved with this event.

Community Christmas Dinner – Desserts: 

Are you willing to make a dessert for the Christmas Day Dinner? Please let Cora know if you can help out in this way.

Sinterklaas Bazaar: 

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


Young Peoples 

will be meeting after the evening worship service tonight for a social at the home of Nathan Hazelhoff.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, December 1st 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.


Have you considered making a contribution to the Ministry to Seafarers’ Christmas at Sea project this year? There’s still time to do so. Your cheque, made payable to Ministry to Seafarers, with Christmas at Sea noted on the memo line, can be mailed to Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. Your gift will be used to purchase small gifts to be added to the Christian literature and music that will be delivered during the month of December to the ships docking in Port Metro Vancouver, Delta Port, and for the first time this year, also the port in Port Alberni. A donation receipt for tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10.00 or more. Ernst Devries, Chaplain, Ministry to Seafarers


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 COP21 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 COP21 Paris by using the worship resources (sermons, prayers, hymns), 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.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

hosted a Grand Opening of Phase One of our new Maternity Home. We will soon able to provide 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.

Christmas Concert of Voice & Band 

Come join the Edmonton Christian Male Choir and Concordia Community Band for an evening of Christmas songs and music – even some marches and hymns. The concert is on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity CRC, 13427 - 57 St. NW, Edmonton. It's free, but a free will offering will be taken, and there will be refreshments and time to visit after the concert. See you there. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ECMChoir. You can also come and listen to ECMC in the Legislature Rotunda on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m.

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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