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September 25 Bulletin


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.

We give thanks along with Grant and Mel Zuidhof with the birth of a healthy baby boy, Eric William on September 16th. We see the miracle of God’s gift of a precious life and rejoice in his goodness.

Pete Heidelberg’s father is experiencing more complications from the cancer he has. We pray for Pete and Jess and the family in this uncertain time even as we take hold of the certainty of God’s grace.

Grace Roolker was in hospital this week with a severe cold and asthma attack. We give thanks that she responded well to treatments and rest.

I would like to thank everyone for the hugs, cards, phone calls and visits for my 93rd birthday. It was greatly enjoyed and appreciated! Lies Boskers

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Our “Church Renewal” 

process begins this Sunday. Along with five other CRC churches: First Red Deer, Rimbey, First Edmonton, Bethel Edmonton, and Stoney Plain we begin a two year process of listening for the Holy Spirit, imagining what God would want us to be as a church, and then going forward with renewed vision to build God’s kingdom here. Our starting point is prayer. We ask that the congregation keeps this initiative in prayer seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There is also a book, “From Embers to a Flame” by Harry L. Reeder that describes how God blessed the work of a church as they went through the renewal process. There are some copies available from Pastor Mike if you would like to read it as well. We also want to begin a church Bible reading schedule. Many churches have this as a regular part of the church’s ministry. The first one is on the Book of Acts where Jesus establishes the church by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The vision is to read 5 chapters a week and for each chapter there is a reflection question. Either personally or as a family we join as church in reading through this portion of the Bible together.

Next Sunday, October 2nd 

We begin with the first of the “Four Essentials of Renewal: Abiding in Jesus.” We read from John 15 where Jesus uses the illustration that he is the vine and we are the branches. We also have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Eric William Zuidhof as Grant and Mel bring him to receive the assurance of God’s covenant love in the sacrament. Pastor Mike will lead our worship

The Meaning of Marriage: 

A Vision for Married and Single People by Pastor Tim Keller. Pastor Mike will be offering a six session DVD study on marriage on Sunday evenings beginning next Sunday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Keller serves a Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York. He brings a clear biblical understanding to marriage. He challenges modern assumptions of selfishness in marriage. In this study Tim along with Kathy, his wife of forty years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married recently or for a long time. The six sessions are:

October 2 - Service: Marriage Isn't about You

October 16 - Covenant: Created to Make Promises

October 30 - Roles: Loving through Mutual Submission

November 13 - Singleness: Strengthening the Spiritual Family

November 27 - Sex: The Act of Covenant Renewal

December 11 - Hope: Seeing the Great Horizon


We hope to print the Fall Newsletter this week. We invite the different ministries to let us know about their plans and especially how we can remember them in prayer. Please send all items in to Anita Geldof at ahgeldof@shaw.ca or Harriet Luymes at haraug@gmail.com or place them in the Newsletter mailbox in the foyer. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday evening, September 28th. Thank you!

A note from the Church Treasurer: 

Just a reminder to ALL Ministry Leadership teams and groups that your projected budgets for 2017 need to be given to August Luymes by October 9, 2016. Thank you!

Craft Day: 

As a new season of programs begins we are hosting our first craft day of the season on Saturday, October 1st. Come at 10:00 a.m. for coffee. Come with your crafts. Come with your stories of the summer. Come with a friend. Come and enjoy a meal together as we share our enjoyment of creating – whether knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, scrapbooking, painting, drawing, beading, perhaps even baking - and so much more. Please let Margaret Roolker 403-782-4506 or Anita Geldof 403-782-2817 know if you plan to come so we can plan lunch accordingly. Bring along something to share with our coffee and tea. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Calling All Seniors! 

The first meeting of the season for Lacombe Christian Seniors’ Club will be held here at Bethel on Tuesday, October 4th, at 9:30 a.m. We invite you to come out and enjoy great fellowship, coffee, and informative sessions with us. See you there!

Do you have spare time to help someone in need

Volunteer Link may the right fit for you! We are in need of drivers and visitors to serve seniors and other community members who are in need. Please contact Angela Power 403-358-9008 , Ann Wildeboer 403-782-2061 or Sheila at Volunteer Link 403-403-786-0110 for more information. Please note our new location is at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church with office hours from 10:00 a.m. till 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


To all youth who had attended the youth retreat: there are a number of items that were left behind and not claimed. Please take a quick look in the lost & found box at the bottom of the stairs next to the lift to make sure they are not yours.

Tuesday Nite Youth

is up and running! Lessons start this Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 p.m. If you have friends who would like to join in on all the fun, please invite them. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. It’s going to be a great season. See you there!

The Classis Alberta North Young Adults (CANYA) 

are hosting their 6th annual Car Rally and Square Dance on October 1st. Many sights to see, so many dance moves to remember and lots of great food to eat. Invite your friends for a rip roaring, foot stomping, friendship growing good time. Cost is $20 per person. If you have questions please contact Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 or canymc@gmail.com. To register, confirm on the Facebook event page called CANYA Car Rally and Square Dance. Please be at 51514 Range Road 271 (Pioneer Road) Spruce Grove by 2:30 p.m. to receive your instructions for the day.


Breakfast of Champions: 

We invite all those interested in World Renew’s work to join us for a complimentary brunch on Saturday, October 1st from 8:30 – 11 a.m. at Inglewood CRC (12330 113 Ave., Edmonton.) We will meet guests visiting from Honduras, hear an update on Fort McMurray reconstruction, and learn about World Renew’s Global Partnership Program which connects churches and communities around the world. For more details and to register, visit WRbreakfast.eventbrite.ca or contact Gerda.Kits@kingsu.ca.

Helping out those in your church & community:

On October 29th the Day of Encouragement has workshops to address that desire. Karen Wilk will lead a workshop on missional engagement with community and Lucinda Klapwyk and Rachel Vroege will lead workshops for training Deacons. These are just a couple of the topics that will be discussed at this year's Day of Encouragement. This day offers a great opportunity to connect with others, to share ideas and gather new insights. Look for brochures in your church or go to www.diaconalministries.com to view a brochure or to register online. For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com


To All Men Who Love To Sing!

 The Parkland Men’s Choir is starting up again this fall and is looking for more singers. You are more than welcome to join us….for the singing as well as the fellowship. We meet every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook CRC. For more information contact Larry Johnson at 403-782-1443, Clarence Torgerson at 403-343-2577 or Allan Stolte at 403-885-4379. Hoping to see lots of new faces!!

Citizens for Public Justice 

invites you to participate in ChewOnThis! on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Join communities across Canada in handing out lunch bags containing apples, magnets, and postcards, and engaging people in your community on poverty issues. This year’s postcards are directed to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and call for a national anti-poverty plan that reflects the voices of those with lived experience of poverty. Contact Darlene O'Leary (darlene@cpj.ca) or go tocpj.ca/chew for more details if you are interested in organizing or participating in a ChewOnThis! event in your community.



During a "medical check-up" in northeastern Iraqi ISIS militants took notice of Ayda Abada's three-year-old daughter Christine. Suddenly they snatched the child out of her mother's arms and gave the crying girl to a bearded fighter. Two years later, Christine is still missing. Her family now lives in an Erbil camp for displaced people. They have heard that Christine is living with one of the Christian women kidnapped by ISIS. The woman was forced into 'marriage' with an ISIS fighter and somehow managed to take Christine under her care. As long as their daughter is in Mosul, the family will not leave Iraq. Ayda will not rest until her girl is safely back in her arms. Please uphold Ayda and her family during this time of uncertainty, as well as the woman taking care of Christine at the moment. Pray for God's comfort and encouragement. Intercede for the abductors, that they will discover the reality and love of Jesus and return Christine to her parents.

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