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November 13 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.

John Stol was able to return home from the hospital. We are thankful to God that his recovery is progressing so well. Also many thanks for all the prayers and support for John and Teena.

Henry Geldof was admitted to hospital again. He had been doing well but recently his pain has increased. The doctors intend to reassess his situation. We pray that in God’s grace good options will be found to ease the pain and allow Henry to regain his strength.

We offer our condolences to Ken and Jenny Tenbrinke and the family with the death of Jenny’s grandfather Pete Raimbault in Manitoba. He was 85 years old. We pray that God will comfort the family in this time of sadness.

Along with the farmers we see the excellent harvest weather as a gift from God when just a few weeks ago it seemed as if much of the crop would be left in the field. God is good.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Operation Christmas Child: 

Just a reminder that TODAY is the last day to bring back your filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Thank you for supporting this Ministry!

The “Church Renewal Lab Bible Reading” schedule 

for the Book of Acts.

Week 6: The New Testament Church persists in challenging of times - November 14 to 18

Day 1: Acts 26 Q: Verse 29 says vision kept Paul keeping on…what is our vision that keeps us going?

Day 2: Acts 27 Q: There seems to be no rest…how are we handling the exhausting work of mission?

Day 3: Acts 28 Q: Challenging circumstances provide Gospel opportunities…are you leveraging those?

Day 4: Acts 29 Q: Bethel church is Acts 29…how is the N.T. church story being lived out in our context?

Some Final questions:

1. What did I learn about the New Testament church while reading the book of Acts?

2. The New Testament church preached the Gospel and made disciples…how can we do the same?

3. What Spirit inspired thoughts came to you while reading that you can share with the Renewal Lab team?

Highlights of the November 9th Full Council meeting:

1. Diana Boot will be one of our supported Missionaries for Bethel, as Andy and Linda Horlings retire from the mission field. Diana is an educational specialist working in Uganda for World Missions. Her family is from Central Alberta. Please support her with prayers and finances in her mission work.

2. The 2017 Budget was approved in principle with recommended changes.

3. We will be doing a SWOT analysis at the congregational meeting on November 30th as part of our Church Renewal Lab.

4. We welcome Dave and Emma Reitsma to our Bethel Church family as they transfer membership from Woodynook, CRC. May you feel welcomed and blessed in our church.

Emergency Evacuation Procedure: 

This document which is posted in all the rooms of the church and near all exits has been updated. Copies of this document were placed in your church mailbox last week. Please take the time to read the document and make sure you and your family members are aware of our Emergency Evacuation procedures.

Living Members 

will meet at the home of August and Harriet Luymes on Sunday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. Please read Acts 11-20 and review the questions.

Circle of Friends 

all cooks and helpers are invited for a review of the ministry on Friday, November 25th at 9:30 a.m. at the church to discuss how things are going. We will go over the details of buying food, cooking, serving, cleanup, prayer box, inviting people to church, etc. If there are any concerns you would like to bring but would prefer to discuss with Hilda please let her know.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, November 15th 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!

Mexico mission meeting

to be held on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 pm at Bethel CRC. There is still time to join the team so if you are interested in going on this Mission trip please come to the meeting. Please invite your parents/parent to attend.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

It’s time again for the World Renew Gift Catalogue! 

This year’s theme is “Best Gifts Ever” and includes items that have been popular for Sunday schools, small groups, families and churches. It’s a great tool for teaching about stewardship and helps us remember that life is about more than material possessions. Even though we help provide items like chickens, goats, and wells, everything in the Gift Catalogue is about relationships! When World Renew chooses items for the Gift Catalogue, we do so while collaborating in relationship with the local churches and organizations we work alongside. The items are distributed in relationship, to help relieve poverty and the impacts of disasters. Please have a look at the catalogue and prayerfully consider how you can bless someone in need by sharing with them out of the abundance that God has blessed you with.

We, the Ministry to Seafarers

are once again beginning preparations for our annual Christmas at Sea project and need your financial help to make it happen. Your donation will enable us provide small gifts - as a reminder of God’s “greatest gift of all,” our Savior, Jesus Christ - to the mariners whose ships arrive in Port Metro Vancouver, Delta Port, and Port Alberni this December. If you’d like to help, please make your cheque payable to Ministry to Seafarers (and on the memo line indicate “Christmas at Sea”) and mail it to: Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC V5A 4G9. A donation receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10.00 or more. Thanks so much, Ernst Devries, Chaplain.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Central Alberta Christian High School Fall Drive 

is now underway. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form please contact the school’s office (403-782-4535), and request the donation form to be mailed, faxed or emailed to you. During the evenings, you may also contact Fred Ollewagen (403-782-5324) or Wendy Barnes (403-885-5187) and they will ensure that you receive a new form. 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. Thanks so much for your support!

Redeemer URC

invites you to our open house on Saturday, November 19th from 1-3 p.m. at our new church building located at 4519-46 Ave, Lacombe, AB. There will be refreshments, and a short program at 1:45 p.m.

Red Deer Pro-Life

Genuinely invites you to hear Dr. Ted Fenske speak on Countering Euthanasia with Care and Compassion at their AGM. Although medical assisted suicide is now legal in Canada, rather than simply accepting such a request at its surface value, we need to recognize that such bidding is an indicator of deeper issues and take the time to address them. Thursday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Ave. Red Deer. Free refreshments and information to follow. Everyone welcome.

Lacombe Christian School 

presents an informative evening with Cyber Security Strategist Kathy Macdonald M.O.M., MSc, CPP. Kathy will be teaching safe Internet habits for teens, and will teach parents specifically about: Cyber-bullying, Internet abuse, Teen Social Media use, Privacy settings & personal information, Tactics to reduce texting and driving, Healthy use of connected technologies, Our teen’s ‘digital footprint’. This session will equip parents to reduce online risks for their children & promote healthy use of technology. Evening starts at 7:30 p.m. on November 29th, at the LCS West Campus, free to attend.

Two Teaching Positions available at Lacombe Christian School: 

Lacombe Christian School is accepting applications for (1) a Part Time (15%) Teaching Position, teaching Junior High Art, Music & PE and for (2) a Part Time Playschool Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.

The closing date is November 25, 2016. We are looking for teachers with a passionate walk with Jesus Christ, and a developed Christian worldview. Applicants must hold or be eligible for, a valid Alberta Teaching Certificate or appropriate certificate for teaching playschool. 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

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 

at the Winspear Centre - Monday, November 28, 7:30 p.m. U of A Mixed Chorus & Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, Robert de Frece, Director Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger, Organists. All seats are $16 (plus service chg.) Winspear Box Office: (780) 428-1414 Sponsors: U of A Interfaith Chaplains & Mixed Chorus, and U of A and The King's University Departments of Music. A Benefit for Student Mental Health

PERSECUTED CHURCH

North Korea: 

A Canadian pastor, in his 60s, was arrested in North Korea last year for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state, is presently hospitalized because of poor health. Hyeon had gone missing in January 2015. In December he was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. For almost 20 years, Hyeon has been involved in humanitarian work in North Korea, where he helped establish orphanages and nursing homes. By the time of his arrest, he had travelled to the country more than a hundred times. Hyeon said he is required to work eight hours a day, six days a week, in the labour camp, digging holes and planting apple trees. Please pray for Pastor Hyeon during his time of need. Ask the Lord not only to heal him physically, but to also comfort him in his longing to be with family. May he be released from imprisonment at the labour camp so he can return home -- whole in both body and spirit. Intercede for Pastor Hyeon's captors that they may come to know Christ through his testimony.

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