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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.

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

From the Church Treasurer: 

Just a reminder to the congregation that we still need $23,000 for the church budget to meet are ministry shares for this year. Also, we received with thanks $28,000 for various cause on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you! August Luymes

The Church Renewal Lab: 

We have begun a “Church Bible Reading” schedule for the Book of Acts. The vision is to read 5 chapters a week and ponder the reflection questions in relation to our church. Either personally or as a family we join as church in reading through Acts together. Here are the readings for last week and this week.

Scripture Reading Guide – Acts 1-5, October 10th to 14th

Week 1: The New Testament Church is born

Day 1: Acts 1 - Q: How does a passion for prayer shape our congregation’s mission?

Day 2: Acts 2 - Q: How is our church mirroring the snap shot of the Acts 2:42-47 N.T. church?

Day 3: Acts 3 - Q: How does Peter’s instruction in Acts 3:19 provide the hope of renewal in my own life?

Day 4: Acts 4 - Q: How do Peter’s words in Acts 4:12 shape our Gospel message in a pluralistic society?

Day 5: Acts 5 - Q: How does the story told in Acts 5:1-11 help us think about expectations in churches?

Week 2: The New Testament Church is prepared for mission

Day 1: Acts 6 - Q: How can we identify opportunities, train leaders and release persons for mission?

Day 2: Acts 7 - Q: How can we maintain the sweet spirit of Stephen (vs. 59-60) when we are mistreated?

Day 3: Acts 8 - Q: How does Philip and the Ethiopian offer guidelines for our outreach to seekers?

Day 4: Acts 9 - Q: What does Jesus’ call to Saul (see 7:58) say about who Jesus can use for ministry?

Day 5: Acts 10 - Q: Who are we overlooking that the Spirit may have in mind for us to love & serve?

Highlites from the October 12th Council Executive meeting:

1. Our Church Renewal Lab team met in Leduc CRC on September 24th with other teams and the leader, Keith Doornbos, for the kickoff event for the project.

2. Arnie and Sherry Tenbrinke are headed off this week to the Fullness of Life training seminar in Ontario. Thanks for your time and effort on this important work on behalf of our disabled people.

3. It was great to see an excellent turnout for the first of six Marriage Workshops on Sunday, October 2nd.

4. An alternative missionary is being considered to replace Andy and Linda Horlings, as they are retiring from the mission field.

5. The congregational meeting is set for November 30th at 7:30 p.m. Please pencil this date on your busy calendar.

Classis report: 

It was good to come together as the 31 churches of Classis. Highlights:

1. Several sites are being considered for a 2019 church plant. Bethel Edmonton is planning to

be the sponsoring church. Areas in the SE and SW of the city are being considered.

2. Ron DeVries will be transitioning into leading youth ministry at a denominational level.

3. Darren Roorda – our Canadian Ministries Director, reported a Canadian CRC church App is

being developed as a missional resource to local churches.

4. Round table sharing time to encourage each other in ministry.

5. The Ottewell church plant is about to get going with 25 people on the launch team.

6. Pastor Bob De Moor retired from West End CRC after 10 years of service there and 41 years

of ministry in the CRC serving 5 churches as well as being Banner Editor.

7. Excellent examination of Candidates Peter Rockhold (New Life Red Deer) and Michelle Kool

(Covenant CRC Edmonton). Both were sustained with unanimous support and the agreement

of the Synodical Delegates.

8. Pulpit Supply - Classis agreed to require vacant churches to pay the church sending pulpit

supply for the cost of their pastor being away.

9. Release of Pastors Art Verboon (Maranatha CRC) and Michael Van Boom (First CRC

Edmonton) was approved. Michael Van Boom is now working for the City of Edmonton as an

advocate for the homeless.

10. Classis Budget 2017. Many questions were raised about the 10% increase in these tough

economic times. The Denominational budget had no increase. After extensive discussion the

Classis did pass the budget with a ministry share of $98.23 per member.

October is Rehoboth Membership Month! 

Why not join thousands across Alberta as a Rehoboth member to support the ministry of supporting persons with developmental disabilities. Membership fees are just $10 each, and donations of any amount are also greatly appreciated. Look for the October is Member Month postcard in your mailbox. Please place your completed membership forms in Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke’s box. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child 

shoe boxes are in the foyer. Please help yourself to a shoe box if you are interested in taking part in this ministry. All the info for filling a shoe box is inside the box. Please bring your filled boxes back to the church by Sunday, November 13th and place them back under the church mail boxes.

A Bible study is starting up this Monday, October 17th

at the home of Brad and Erin Lewin. Meetings are the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. The study this year is a twelve part book on Timothy and Titus. Child care can be arranged. For more information you can contact Brad or Erin at 403-789-7995.

Time for Tea with the Bride to Be! 

Please join us for a bridal shower tea honoring Carol De Waal on Thursday, October 20th @ 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please bring a festive finger food or dessert to share. All ladies and girls are welcome.

Living members 

will meet at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer on Sunday evening, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Please read the first 10 chapters of Acts and prepare to discuss the questions as per handout in our mailboxes last Sunday.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 18th 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. See you there!

Calling all Bethel Junior Youth! 

Have you heard about the latest fun spot in Red Deer? We are planning to go to Jump360 Trampoline Park in Red Deer on Friday, October 21st from 8 p.m. till 9 p.m. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early so we can enter in as our group and have your parents pick you up again at 9 p.m. You will need your parents to sign a consent/liability form from Bethel PLUS a Jump360 waiver done online by your parents. Please remember that both are a requirement to go. The Bethel forms are located on the foyer table. The Jump360 website is www.jump360.ca and make sure you click on the Red Deer waiver button. Cost for this event is $15 if we meet the minimum of 15 participants. If you have any questions about this Jr. Youth Event please contact Jenny Tenbrinke. Please note: Jump360 requires you to be wearing grip socks; you may bring your own grip socks, with grips covering the majority of the bottom of the sock. Grip socks are also available for purchase at check-in for $3/pair.

WANTED! Cowboys & Cowgirls...SADDLE UP! 

Put on your boots and plaid and mosey on over to the 1st Annual College & Career HARVEST HOEDOWN. On October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Community Church we will have a Square Dance, Fire, Games, Photo booth and Snacks. Cost is $5/ticket (in advance) or $7/ticket (at the door). Contact: Ashley @ adooley@ualberta.ca or Mary @ marylynne.eggink@gmail.com Bring a Dance Partner & All Your Friends! For event details & future events like us on Facebook: @CollegenCareerWCCC

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

You are invited to come and celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an urban Aboriginal ministry in Edmonton on Thursday, October 27th at the Chateau Nova hotel in the Grand Room. We have several city and provincial dignitaries coming to share a few words. Also John Stellingwerff will be in town to share about his time as director of the ENHC. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with coffee, punch and dessert!! Come hear the stories of God’s Goodness and share in the journey of Reconciliation.

DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT

October 29th at The King's University – This year's theme is Co-Labourers with Christ, with guest speaker: Dr. Loren Wilkinson. Don’t miss out on this wonderful training opportunity made available through your Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference. This year’s event hosts 12 workshops on timely topics! Also, during your breaks, connect with various agencies hosting information tables. Look for brochures in your church or go to www.diaconalministries.com to view a brochure or to register online. You can also find details on the NADC Facebook page. For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A new and exciting musical opportunity awaits you! 

Wolf Creek Community Church invites you to join in preparing for the upcoming Community Christmas Eve event at the LMC. The program this year is Christmas Messiah for Young Voices, an arrangement of Handel's Messiah that provides a setting for young children and beyond to tell the Gospel story of Christ and his birth. We are in need of 40 committed voices. Calling all singers, age 6 to 99: If you like to make new friends, relax, serve others, and sing, please contact Amber Nagel at 403-786-9934 or email: amber.nagel@gmail.com Consider inviting a friend or neighbour who loves to sing. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays following the worship service from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church in Lacombe. The first rehearsal is scheduled for today, October 16th.

“Road to Reconciliation” 

The Social Justice Network is very pleased to invite you to “An Evening with Dr. Willie Littlechild”. Evening will begin at 7 p.m. on October 24th at the South Pointe Community Centre. Join the conversation with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner as we move from apology to action in the discussion of the past, present and future of reconciliation with First Nations in Canada. Roy Berkenbosch will moderate. Dessert and coffee to follow. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased on-line at www.rivercommunity.ca.

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited’s (Youth for Christ) 

annual Dessert Night will be held on Friday October 28, 2016, featuring Brian Doerksen along with The Shiyr Poets! This year, we will also be hosting a full concert on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Crossroads Church. Tickets are available online at CAYU.ca, through your church representative or at our main office in Lacombe (5025 50 St.) Our purpose in hosting this event is to increase the community’s awareness of who Youth Unlimited is and what we do, as well as to raise funds for youth work in the communities of Lacombe, Ponoka, Rimbey, Red Deer & Sylvan Lake. We want to share that “We see the hope & potential in every young person”, and we believe that you can help us do that!

Faith and Climate Change: Towards a Just Transition 

Join Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) for a panel discussion on key issues related to energy, the environment, faith, and the economy. The panel will include Karri Munn-Venn (CPJ), Mike Hudema (Greenpeace), and Joe Bacsu (Iron and Earth) and will be moderated by Dr. Elwil Beukes (The King’s University). It will be followed by commentary from Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Join us on Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. at West End Christian Reformed Church (10015 - 149 St, Edmonton) For more information, contact Karri Munn-Venn at karri@cpj.ca or go to cpj.ca/faith-climate.

Lacombe Christian School

is accepting applications for a Maternity Leave Position in Grade 2 for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a full time position commencing February 17, 2017. The closing date is November 17, 2016 or when a suitable applicant is found. We are looking for a teacher with a passionate walk with Jesus Christ, and a developed Christian worldview. Applicants must hold or be eligible for, a valid Alberta Teaching Certificate. Please forward cover letter, current resume, statement of faith, and three references to Martin Folkerts, Principal - Lacombe Christian School: mfolkerts@lacs.ca. ?To learn more about our school, visit www.lacs.ca

The Edmonton CLAC Member Centre 

Is looking to fill a number of positions. If you are interested in finding out what they might be, please take a look at the foyer bulletin board for more details.

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament: 

This year’s volleyball tournament will be held December 17th. More details will follow later. If you have any questions please phone Colleen at 403-885-4388.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan 

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, is fighting for her freedom in court since 2010. She was convicted of blasphemy after Muslim women told that she had made "derogatory remarks" about the prophet. Asia has been in prison for almost seven years; the health of the 51-year-old mother has been deteriorating. The international community has pressured Pakistan's strict government, calling for Asia's release and reforms to be made to the blasphemy laws. Asia's case, which was about to face a final hearing this week, has been adjourned. One of the members on the trial bench has stepped down, and therefore it is adjourned till further notice. This is seen as God's intervention. There were many threats by militant groups and we ask that you would pray for the appointing of the new member to the vacant space on the bench. Pray for protection of Asia till a new date is announced." Thank you for your faithful prayers!

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