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2015-12-06 December 6 Bulletin


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UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, December 13th 

Is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Our Children’s Christmas Program will bring the story of Jesus’ birth to life in our morning service. In the evening we have our “Blue Christmas” remembering the struggles people face at Christmas time. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The congregation is invited to a Potluck Luncheon that will be held next Sunday, December 13th after the morning service. Please bring a pan of soup or prepared buns and dessert. Thank you!

PRE-SCHOOL TO GRADE 2 PARENTS: 

Next week is the Children’s Christmas Program and it will be during the morning service. The format will be a little different than what we have done in the past. Please have your child dressed in Bible time clothing (either a shepherd, angel or farm animal). Your children will sit with you for the whole service. When it is time for their part they will be called up and then sit back with you once their part is done. If you need some help with a costume please come to the Sunday School room TODAY and we will see what we can find. Please talk to me if you have any questions. Thanks, Donna Vandenborn.

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 Gerald Keitel as he celebrates his birthday today! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with much love and laughter.

Please note that Steve & Caroline Ogi have moved and their address is now #4 – 4510 C&E Trail, Lacombe. Their mailing address continues to be Box 5931, Lacombe, T4L 1X4.

We would like to say thank you for the prayers for healing for Steve. They are greatly appreciated. As healing is still ongoing, we do continue to covet your prayers. No surgery date has been set yet. Steve & Caroline Ogi

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

December 3/15 Congregational Meeting Report:

1. There was an excellent turnout by members of Bethel. Thank you for your support.

2. Chairman Craig Van Stryland welcomed everyone and opened with devotions and prayer.

3. Treasurer August Luymes explained the 2016 Budget, it was approved.

4. Clerk Jack Oudman explained the results of the “Second Service Questionnaire.” There were many questions for clarification and then a good discussion on the substance of the results. Council will take all these things into consideration for its meeting in January.

5. Deacon Cora Hoekstra introduced the opportunity we have to be part of sponsoring a refugee family. Several churches in Lacombe are coming together to do this. Bethel’s representatives on the planning team are Walter and Ella Land. After a good discussion on the variety of ways we could be of help to refugees a motion was approved to be part of the Lacombe effort. Our own CRC “World Renew” ministry out of Burlington, Ontario is the chosen agency to process Lacombe’s application.

6. Youth Elder Terry Vandenborn brought gift crosses made by the Young People that are for sale to support the mission trip to Mexico.

7. Pastor Mike closed the meeting in prayer.

Dear Congregation: On behalf of the General Administration Leadership team 

I have been asked to give you an update on our financial situation. We have slowly fallen behind in our budget giving by approximately $3000 per month. We have been able to meet our Classical, Kings University and Ministers’ pension fund obligations and one third of our Denominational ministry shares. Another $30,000 is needed to fulfill this part of our budget. All together we can give as the Lord has blessed us and share with fulfilling the denominational needs. One more note – December 28th will be the last day to donate to the church budget. Please prayerfully consider these requests. From the Church treasurer, August Luymes

The GEMS 

would like to thank everyone who ordered Dutch cheese through our club fund raiser. If you haven’t picked up your cheese order yet, you can find it in the fridge in the kitchen. Thanks once again!

From the Deacons: 

We have the privilege of having World Renew Missionary Kohima Daring visiting Bethel on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. If you would be interested in hearing about her work in Bangladesh please join the deacons’ meeting in the Council room.

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. Everyone is welcome to join us for games, Dutch treats and a delicious lunch. We will also be holding a bake sale! All money raised will go toward helping with costs of the 2016 Mission trip.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth

will meet on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Debt Drive is underway. 

This year’s goal is set at $100,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $31,024.50. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. The drive will officially be over next weekend on December 13th. Please contact Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) 403-782-4535 or Clarence Verveda (Board Treasurer) 403-747-2454 if you have any questions or need assistance. You may also mail your donations directly to C.A.C.H.S. 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G7 Attention: Wendy Barnes. Thank you for your support!

Everyone is invited to an evening of music and fellowship 

as we listen to Andre Knevel on the organ and Liselotte Rokyta on the panflute on Wednesday, December 9th, at 7:30 p.m., at the First CRC in Rocky Mountain House. Also performing with them will be local musician Susanna Heystek on her violin. A freewill offering will be taken with the net proceeds going to the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre.

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.

Singing In God’s Ear

On December 15th at the First CRC in Red Deer a Dutch, Afrikaans and English Christmas Singalong will be held at 2:30 p.m. There will be a free will offering in support of the Salvation Army. Dr. Jack Hielema will be the Master if Ceremony. Please join us for coffee, tea and goodies. See you there.

Festival of Choirs and Carols: 

Will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. at First CRC in Red Deer. Participating choirs are 1st CRC Chancel Choir, Red Deer Chamber Choir, Red Deer Gospel Chorale, Gaetz United Sanctuary Choir and Soliloquy. Invite friends and neighbors to come hear and sing carols of the season.

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Uganda: 

In eastern Uganda, a young Christian convert was severely beaten on November 12th by her militant Muslim father after leaving Islam to follow Christ. Namusisi Birye reportedly converted to Christianity at an evangelistic event, but somehow news of the decision had reached her father before she arrived home. Upon entering the house at about 7 p.m. , Namusisi was immediately attacked by her parents, whose intention was to beat her to death. Thankfully, some leaders in her community intervened just in time. During the same event, which was interrupted by a group of furious militants, a man went to the front and acknowledged his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour. Even though his whereabouts are unknown, local Christians are worried about his safety. Please join us in praying for Namusisi's physical and emotional healing, asking the Lord to comfort her after this ordeal and help her to come to terms with the loss of her now estranged family. Please pray also for the protection of the other convert. May they both be discipeled by loving Christians in their new way of life.

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