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November 20 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.

Congratulations to Marlene Moniuk & Emma Reitsma with the celebration of their birthdays today. May God bless you today and in the year to come!

A heartfelt thank you to the congregation! My family and I were overwhelmed with the love and care that was extended to us at the passing of Gerry into glory. The meals, visits, flowers, cards with encouraging messages, prayers and your presence at the celebration service were so much appreciated. Thanks also goes to Pastor Mike for his compassionate care and timely message, the church for the soup and bun lunch and Coffee Break for the reception tea. And most of all, our thanks goes to our faithful God who made everything fall so providentially into place so that I could still attend the wedding of my granddaughter in Sioux Centre, Iowa. “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God.” May God bless you all! Pita Doornenbal and family.

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

Thank You 

to the kind helpers who gather up the wine glasses after the communion service. Regularly, when I come to clean up after the service, I find that all the little glasses have already been gathered from the pews. This is a wonderful help to me. Thank you so much! Blessings to you as you bless others with your generous help. Anita Geldof

December Newsletter

Please have your contributions for the next edition of the newsletter in to Harriet Luymes, Meaghan Noort or Anita Geldof by Tuesday, November 29th. We plan to produce the newsletter that Friday so it will be in your mailboxes for the first Sunday in December.

A Congregational meeting 

Will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. We will be taking a look at the proposed church budget for 2017 and as part of the Church Renewal Lab will be conducting a SWOT analysis at the meeting. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Please take a look at the proposed budget and the SWOT handout that are in your church mailboxes this week and bring both the budget & handout to the meeting on November 30th.

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.

Book Discussion: 

There will be a book discussion on the book “From Embers To a Flame” which is being used for our Church Renewal Lab on Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the home of Margaret Roolker, 5123 52 St., Lacombe. Phone: 403-782-4506.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Mark Hughes.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, November 22nd 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!

Mission Team meeting 

will be held on Thursday, November 24th at 8:00 pm at Bethel CRC. This will be the last opportunity to join the team. We need 10 youth to complete the team. For more info contact Trudy Salomons.

PRAYER ITEMS

Prayer Request from our Hospital Chaplain Pastor Dale Fallon:

On November 8, 2016 Alberta Health Services informed the 10 Central Zone Contract Chaplains that their contracts would not be renewed beyond November 30, 2016. While this change does not affect the 5 chaplains who are permanent employees, it effectively stops or diminishes spiritual care services offered in 11 AHS health care facilities in Central Alberta including Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. Spiritual Care has been a significant service provided by professional chaplains in the Central Zone for more than 20 years. Any reduction in spiritual care is cause for concern. Please pray that government officials including MLAs, the Premier of the Province, and the Health Minister, will consider the adverse effects of this decision on the overall health of Albertans in the affected communities.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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

The catalogue was placed in your church mailbox last Sunday. Please have a look at it for great gift ideas! 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.

Last year through the Christmas at Sea project

almost 3,000 gifts were distributed to ships docked in B.C. ports and we hope to be able to deliver as many again this year. But we need your financial help to make it a reality. By sending us your cheque made payable to Ministry to Seafarers and with “Christmas at Sea” noted on the memo line, you can partner with us in this mission work as gifts will be distributed in Port Metro Vancouver, Delta Port & Port Alberni. Please mail your cheque to Ministry for Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6A 4G9. A donation receipt for tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10 or more.

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!

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

India - Four members of a Christian family, including a pregnant woman, were brutally beaten by Hindu radicals, because they refused to denounce their faith. The attack took place on October 8th. As a result of the attack, all four were hospitalized. The family was visited by an aid worker who attempted to record their testimony. This did upset the police who ordered the family to leave the hospital on October 15th. Because of the severity of his injuries and the lack of proper treatment, the 60 year old father died at home on October 31st. In June 2014, more than 50 villages passed resolutions banning the practice of non-Hindu faiths. These resolutions were later ruled unconstitutional, Hindu radicals use them to justify assaults, threats and social boycotts against Christians. Local Hindus blocked the family from burying the father in the village graveyard; they were able to perform the burial there the next day after police intervention. Ask the Lord to minister to this family by healing them of their injuries, strengthening their faith and comforting them in their grief. Thank Him for the faithfulness of their Christian community; praying that they will continue to stand firm and utilize every opportunity to share the Gospel. Intercede for those opposing His people, asking God to remove the hatred from their hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ.

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