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November 27 Bulletin


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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.

Congratulations to Bill Noordhof as he celebrates his birthday today! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings with family and friends. J

Thank you to the congregation for all the prayers, kind words, cards, and meals that we received as we dealt with the loss of a father and grandfather. Pete and Jess Heidelberg and family.

Please make the following changes to your church directory. Please replace the home phone number for Pete & Polly Mooy with the following numbers: Polly – 403-396-2520 and Pete – 403-396-0620. You can also add Dave & Emma Reitsma – address: 306, 4425 Heritage Way, Lacombe, AB, T4L 2P4 and telephone: 403-782-3995.

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.

Invitations to our Advent and Christmas Services: 

A special invitation to our church services over the next few weeks was placed in your mailbox last week. Please prayerfully consider who you might invite to any or all of these services. In this way we can bring the gospel good news of Jesus to friends and neighbors and let them know Jesus came to be their savior and Lord. If you need more invites we have extras on the table in the foyer.

Bethel News

Thank you for partnering with me in the work of CRWM in Uganda. 

I was recently in E. Africa for several intense weeks of training, meeting prospective groups of trainees, attending a retreat for Educational care trainers across Africa, and celebrating with two EC graduating classes. I wish you could have been there as well to hear testimonies of the transforming nature of this work. Teachers talked of the strengthening of their personal faith lives as they came to an understanding that everything belongs to God, and that they have a role in working with God in the renewal of creation. Their teaching practices have changed as they came to a deep understanding that their students are image bearers of God, and therefore ought to be treated with care and respect. Church leaders in Uganda asked when I could come, as they have more requests for training than they can fill. They are eager for me to begin, and so am I! Thank you for your part in helping to make this a reality! Blessings, Diana Boot

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 this 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.

CADETS please note 

That there will be no Cadet meeting on November 30th due to the congregational meeting. We will have a Cadet meeting on December 7th instead.

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.

Star Struck! 

There will be a practice in the sanctuary for everyone involved in the Children’s Christmas play (to be held on December 11th,) “Star Struck” next Sunday, December 4th right after the morning worship service. For more information please contact Harriet Luymes at 403-782-2572.

The Youth Mission Team 

Is once again hosting the Sinterklaas Bazaar. It will be held at the Lacombe Christian School gym, 5206 58 St. from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 10th. Come join us for games, bake sale and lunch. Come for the fun and fellowship and support of the Young People in their fundraising to participate in a short term mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico with YWAM Homes of Hope.

If you have any gently used or new toys that you can donate for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar please give them to Trudy Salomons, Betty Scholing or Wayne Bouwman. A collection box will also be available under the church mailboxes. Thank you!

December Craft Day 

Is coming up! Saturday, December 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be a special day. Besides doing crafts, there will be the option of doing some Christmas Baking. You can do your own baking and take it all home or you can exchange some of your baking with one or more ladies who have also done their baking. Please bring your baking supplies along. And for those who would rather do their crafts, that is fine as well. Also, if there are any of our men who would like to experience a fun day filled with friends and hobbies, please just come! Some of you will do coloring, others may want to do model building. We're sure you can come up with something. And you are so welcome! Just think of it, besides the relaxed socializing, there's good food too! Please let Anita (782-2817) or Margaret (782-4506) know in a timely manner if you are coming, certainly if you want to do baking, or need a ride so we can make sure it all will run smoothly and there will be things to eat for everyone.

Important Notice about GEMS Dutch Cheese Orders: 

The government of Canada has a quota on how much Dutch cheese comes here every year. Unfortunately, for us, this quota has already been met for this year. We can get the cheese sometime in January, we just aren't sure when. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Any questions or concerns please contact Gaylene Tenbrinke at 403-396-0362 or email tenbrinke@yahoo.ca

Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers: 

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. This year it will be held in the Centennial Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We are looking for volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. Would you be willing to get the tables ready in the hall? How about leading the singing of Christmas carols? Would you play the piano or another musical instrument? Could you open with Christmas devotions and prayer? Please phone Cora Hoekstra at 403-782-5107 if you would be willing to help with any of these tasks. It is always a joy and a blessing to be involved with this event.

Community Christmas Dinner - Desserts

Are you willing to make a dessert for the Christmas Day Dinner? Please let Cora know if you can help out in this way.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Terry & Donna Vandenborn.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, November 29th 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 Youth!! Young Peoples and Young Adults:

First CRC in Rocky is hosting a youth worship night on December 11th. A poster containing details of the event is posted on the youth bulletin board. For more information contact your youth leader or Pastor Brian Dunn at pastorbrian@rockycrc.ca if you have any questions.

PRAYER ITEMS

We pray for the many Hospital Chaplains in Alberta 

who work on a contract basis. The reason the contracts are not being renewed is money. Until now contract chaplains received no benefits but legally they are entitled to full benefits which would triple the cost to the government.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Rehoboth Christian Ministries Membership Drive 2016: 

Thank you to all those who renewed their memberships again and also became members for the first time. Bethel church raised $1855.00. Thanks again!

Christmas at Sea

There’s still time to make your contribution to the Ministry of Seafarers’ Christmas at Sea project for this year. It can be mailed to Ministry to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC, V6A 4G9 and will be used to purchase small gifts to be delivered to the ships docking in Port Metro Vancouver, Delta Port, and Port Alberni during December. Donation receipts for income tax purposes will be issued for all gifts of $10 or more. Ernst Devries, Chaplain

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Debt Drive is underway. 

This year’s goal is set at $100,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $23,535.00. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. If you would like to receive a donation for the 2016, please have the donation to the school by 11:30 a.m. on December 31, 2016 as a deposit will be made a noon on that day. Please contact Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) 403-782-4535 or Fred Ollewagen (Board Treasurer) 403-782-5324 if you have any questions or need assistance. You may also mail your donations directly to C.A.C.H.S. 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7 Attention Wendy Barnes. Thank you!

The CACHS Alumni Volleyball tournament 

will be held December 17th. Teams should consist with no more than two non-alumni. Cost is $150/team. Deadline to enter your team is December 10th. For more information or to enter your men’s or women’s team please text Colleen at 403-302-2659.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria 

On the evening of November 13th, Fulani herdsmen besieged and attacked five villages located in the predominantly Christian Kaduna State. The Muslim militants killed 45 civilians -- mostly women, children and elderly residents -- while wounding dozens more and displacing thousands. Vehicles and houses (including house-churches) were torched. Attacks in northern Nigeria have accelerated in recent months, marked by greater sophistication in training and arms. Christian leaders have reiterated the call for more security, including the establishment of a military base in Southern Kaduna. Pray that the Lord will draw near to the displaced Christians in Kaduna as they struggle with loss, fear, doubt and despair; and against the temptation to hate or retaliate. May they look to Jesus for their comfort, healing, justice and security. May His grace strengthen them in their time of need. Also pray for Nigeria`s governments to strengthen security in Christian regions and crack down on the illegal activities of the Fulani.

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