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December 18 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 Klaas Boskers as he celebrates his birthday today! Wishing you and your family the Lord’s richest of blessings today and into your new year!

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

Note from Pastor Mike:

I informed Council one year ago that after 10 years of serving as pastor here at Bethel, I would be making my name available to other churches to see if God might be calling me to serve elsewhere. At this time the Grace CRC in Welland, Ontario has called me to be their pastor. They have asked that over the next few weeks I prayerfully consider their call.

At this time I would appreciate your prayers as I consider this call and I would ask you to share with me what the Holy Spirit speaks into your heart as you pray about these things. Whenever a pastor gets a call it is really also a time for the church he is serving to consider the work here and the call of God to remain and help here at Bethel. In all of this, we trust in the Lord’s guidance as we go forward in faith.

Here are the highlights of the December 14th Council Executive meeting:

1. We discussed the ramifications of the possibility that Pastor Mike may accept a call to leave Bethel to pursue a congregation in Welland, Ontario. We prayed for him and Barb in this decision.

2. Our newest missionary, Diana Boot, will be coming to Bethel on Sunday, January 15th. We will have a Potluck lunch after the morning worship service so that we can all meet her and learn what God is calling her to do in Uganda.

3. The Council Christmas celebration will be held on January 15th as well.

From the Treasurer 

December 27th will be the last day for the counting in 2016. It will be appreciated if all that you are prepared to donate, is dated that date or earlier. This will help in the final deposit. Thank you, August Luymes

Thank you! 

The Mission Team would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all the support they received at the Sinter Klaas Bazaar. We raised approximately $3,450.00.

You will find a couple of things in your mailbox today! The World Missions 2017 Calendar has arrived. 

Your support of CRWM is impacting lives around the world. There is also a free copy of the Christian Courier’s Christmas issue! CC is an independent, Canadian biweekly Reformed newspaper that seeks to inspire all to participate in God's renewing work within his fallen creation. To learn more or subscribe visit www.christiancourier.ca. CC thanks its advertisers and donors for making it possible to distribute complimentary issues.

Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers: 

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day through the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team. This year it will be held in the Centennial Hall at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We have enough volunteers for food preparation on Christmas Eve. Thanks!

We still need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks. 

Would you be willing to decorate the tables? We would love a few more young adults to serve. 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? We still need a few more. Please let Cora know if you can help out in this way.

Cadets will be collecting bottles, cans, milk jugs etc. for our annual bottle drive that will be held January 7, 2017. Please contact Grant Zuidhof, Randy Wildeboer, or Russell Ebens if you have some to donate. We also are collecting car batteries as well.

BETHEL YOUTH

YP's Christmas Social 

at Kyle Scholing’s place today at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a $10 gift for the gift exchange. This will be our last gathering till 2017 ??.

Attention all Young People: 

There will be chicken picking at the Van Strylands on Tuesday, December 20th. Please meet at the church at 6:30 p.m. if you need a ride. Chicken picking will commence at 7:00 p.m. We will end the evening with snacks. Please bring a pair of light gloves and a water bottle. Hope to see you all there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Debt Drive 

Goal for this year was set at $100,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $38,335.00. We would ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can support CACHS through this year’s drive. 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. The school will be closed for the Christmas break from December 23 to January 8th, if you would like to still donate you can drop off your cheque in the mailbox outside the front doors, we will be picking up the mail during the break or give Wendy a call at 403-885-5187. A deposit will be made on noon Friday, December 30th. We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to our annual Fall Drive.

Lacombe Christian School is opening our very own Playschool! 

Applications will be available for pickup starting on January 9, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Registration is open to children who have reached the age of 4 by December 31, 2017. Our program runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Kindergarten Registration 

also opens January 9, 2017! Kindergarten Registration is open to children who have reached the age of 5 by December 31, 2017. For more information or to tour the school, we welcome you to call us at 403-782-6531. Registration packages will ready to be picked up at our school office, or downloaded from our website: www.lacs.ca on or after January 9th.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Egypt 

A bomb attack on December 11th on a Coptic church in Cairo, killed 25 Mass-goers and injured 49 people. Witnesses told journalists that they had seen a woman enter the church, leave a bag and depart shortly before Sunday’s explosion. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Some Copts accuse the state of an ongoing failure to protect Egypt’s Christian minority from Islamic extremists. There is more widespread hostility towards Christians, who are becoming increasingly angry. Please pray for the victims of the attack and their families for comfort and a forgiving spirit. Pray for the government, that they will uphold the religious rights of minorities throughout Egypt. Intercede for the perpetrators who are desperately in need of God's life-changing ministry and salvation.

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