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October 2 Bulletin


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.

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 study of The Meaning of Marriage 

by Pastor Tim Keller has its first meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. here at the church. There will be a 24 minute video presentation followed by questions and discussion. This study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married recently or for a long time. The first session is “Service: Marriage Isn’t About You.” Upcoming sessions are:

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

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!

The “Church Renewal Lab” 

update: We had a full team at last week’s Saturday retreat. We needed people for several key areas of ministry: Elder - Craig Van Stryland, Deacon - Cathy Dowling, Prayer - Henry Eisses, Worship - Barb Vandyk, Outreach - Don Wildeboer, Discipleship - August Luymes, Youth - Wayne Bouwman and Children - Joan Eisses. The retreat gave time for representatives from the six churches to meet and talk about their work in these key areas of ministry. This was very encouraging and insightful to share how each church functions. In the afternoon Keith Doornbos from the seminary laid out the full vision of the two year renewal process. It is a process of first prayerful listening for Spirit’s leading. Then imagining what we could do and finally doing it. This initial time together helped reinforce the need to be constantly renewing our work as a church to meet the challenges of sharing the gospel with our culture. It also built on the basic truth of WHY we are a church. God calls us to reach out to the lost in Jesus name. We were challenged to take up that missional vision again with renewed energy.

Dutch Cheese

Orders are once again being taken in support of Bethel GEMS. You will find an order form in your mailbox. Please place orders in Gaylene Tenbrinke’s mailbox by November 17th. Orders will be ready for pickup from church on December 1st between 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Any questions please contact Gaylene at 403-396-0362. Thank you for your support.

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!

Book Club: 

Ladies, please mark your calendars. Our October meeting is coming up on Thursday, October 13th at the home of Margaret Roolker. The book for this month is "The Rector's Wife" by Joanna Trollope. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m., and the refreshments will be served by the hostess. Everyone interested in the book club is welcome!

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 403-786-0110 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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

Will meet for a social this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Corinna Prins.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 4th 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!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Studion, InterMission School for Spiritual Direction

launches its inaugural class October 10th. Join us for an evening with Morris Dirks, author of “The Leader's Soul.” Morris will be presenting on "Reclaiming the Work of the Soul" at 7:00 p.m. on October 19th, King's University, Boardroom. $20 per person. Register through eventbrite.ca Inquiries and Info: Pastor Ron Klok at rev.klok@gmail.com 

PERSECUTED CHURCH

LAOS: 

A young Christian woman who was disowned by her parents because of her faith is now visiting churches in Laos to train Sunday school teachers. After becoming a Christian at the age of 14, Sonxi was beaten by her parents, denied food, and locked in her room -- all in an attempt to prevent her from attending church. When the parents realized that none of these punishments weakened Sonxi's faith, they threatened to force the teen into prostitution. As a result, she ran away from home and was disowned by her parents. The Voice of the Martyrs ministry came alongside the girl, making it possible to receive practical skills training in sewing and later on to attend Bible school. We are thanking God that today Sonxi vibrantly shares her faith and is involved with the training of new Christian teachers. May He wonderfully bless her life and ministry, granting her more opportunities to reach out to others and -- in His perfect timing -- even her unsaved family.

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