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September 17 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.

Happy Birthday!! to John Bos, as he celebrates his birthday on Monday. We pray for a wonderful day filled with the Lords richest blessings J

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Prayer Warriors needed

please come and join us tonight, at 7:00 p.m. here at the church to pray and to discuss practical matters to further the Prayer Initiative that began a few months ago. This is an important ministry we all can be part of. Are you a prayer warrior at home? Please consider joining us as praying together is so very helpful and strengthening for your fellow saints. Acts 1:14 and 2:42 and other texts in Acts tell us how "they prayed together". In praying together (publicly) you do good both to yourselves and others. There will be a handout about the prayer meeting on the table in the foyer.

Bethel Newsletter: 

We are starting to work on the October edition of our newsletter. We hope to go into production the night of September 29th so it will be in your mailboxes on Sunday, October 1st.. We look forward to hearing from you, the congregation as we celebrate Thanksgiving and the new season of programs and education in our church. We are always ready for stories, poems, drawings, photos, recipes of the season, updates from your program, whatever you wish to share to build up the family of Bethel CRC. We look forward to hearing from you.

Harriet Luymes & Anita Geldof.

Here are the highlites of our September 13th Council meeting:

* Pastor Gary Bomhof joined us and we discussed his work with us until we have a new pastor. He will help us out by preaching at least once per month, work with our senior youth, help when we have funerals and other special events as well when visiting is needed. Feel free to call him at 403-597-3778. We are truly blessed to have Pastor Gary with us.

* We designated our delegates for Classis next month. We are hoping to have two elders and a deacon go. Elders Wayne Bouwman, Peter Prins, Marvin Ebens and deacon Trudy Salomons have an opportunity to go.

* The General Administration Leadership team is looking into the best options for sound control in the fellowship hall. There seems to be an echo an echo an echo in the hall.

* Council discussed the option to fulfill our pulpit supply by using both male and female pastors considering we have quite a shortage in our area. We will discuss this further at our congregational meeting in the fall.

* Council is considering the use of video sermons as well on Sundays.

Pastor Search Committee: 

We have been listening to sermons; on our computers, on our phones, in the house, in the barn, in the car, and walking around Lacombe. Does the pastor have a good voice? Is he engaging? Is the sermon relevant? Is there an application for our daily lives? Do we feel an emotional connection? Using the survey answers from the congregation, we will compare our remaining candidates. We want a man who is a passionate spiritual leader with a warm approachable personality. He is a good listener/communicator and a dynamic preacher who challenges us in our faith walk. We trust in the Lord. May His will be done.

Do you like to sing or play an instrument? 

The Worship Ministry Leadership team is looking for people to join our worship teams. Not sure if this is for you? Consider starting by attending a worship team practice to check it out. If you're interested in joining, even for part of the time, talk to Mel Wildeboer at 403-782-1584 or any member of a worship team.

FAMILIES OF BETHEL PHOTO WALL 

A new photo wall has been put up. We are sorry if we missed anyone who is a member or has just joined Bethel and would like your picture included. New or updated photos are always welcome. If you have children who are studying or working elsewhere and are not on your family picture, please submit a photo of them to include. Submit all photos to Ann Wildeboer or put them in her mail box so she can update the board.

WELCOME HOME FAMILY 

Thank you for participating in our “Welcome Home” activity. It is good to have people willing to host guests for lunch on Sundays. If you have not signed up to be a Welcome Home family host, please consider adding your name to the list. Email or phone Jan Zuidhof (ptrzdhf@telus.net or 403-885-5263) to let her know you would like to be on the list.

Coffee Break 

will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 20th, at 9:30 a.m. Please come and join us again (or for the first time!) for another season of Bible studies. Nursery provided-yes, thank the Lord with us that someone volunteered to help us out! We will begin our season with a breakfast, organized and provided by the leaders. Hope to see you all there!

The Church Renewal Lab team 

is having a Congregational information meeting next Sunday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m. here at church. All are welcome!

BETHEL YOUTH

HEY YOUNG PEOPLES!!!! 

If you are in high school (grade 10-12) you are welcome to come out to the Vandenborns’ tonight at 7:00 p.m. for our kick off at 5826-47 Ave in Lacombe. Terry and Donna will be your leaders this year. We will meet every other Sunday night for Bible study and social time. We will pick out materials this Sunday and put a schedule together for the year. Bring your ideas!!! Parents, if you would like a copy of the intro letter and schedule either ask your YP or email us and we’ll send one to you. tdvandenborn@gmail.com See you tonight and bring a friend!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

An appeal from World Renew: 

A rash of violent hurricanes and severe flooding is affecting the lives of millions of people in North America and around the world. The needs are enormous. This week World Renew is coordinating a response to Hurricane Irma, which lashed Florida and the Caribbean with 185 mph winds and rain. Last week World Renew began a response to Hurricane Harvey after it churned back and forth over Texas, wrecking homes and businesses and dumping up to three feet of rain on Houston. In South Asia, World Renew is responding to the heaviest monsoon season in 100 years, causing the death of 1,200 people and affecting 40 million more. World Renew is ready to work with local organizations in North America and around the world – but we need your involvement to continue to respond. Internationally, we are providing families with emergency aid such as food, clean water, shelter, and seeds for replanting. In the US, World Renew Disaster Response Services volunteers are headed to Texas this weekend to start helping homeowners with debris removal. Your financial support is urgently needed to help people who have been caught up in these recent storms and floods and who are unable to recover without assistance. To learn more, visit www.worldrenew.net/floodingresponses

Central Alberta Neighbourhood Life update: 

The summer months are over, yet there is great demand for the espresso bike, the travelling trailer BBQ along with other parts of our tool kit. These have proven to be good investments in helping neighbours to connect. Our training in Lacombe (YU Turn Center and Good Neighbour CoffeeHouse) and Red Deer (Scott Block and The Coconut Room) has helped us make great inroads into various neighbourhoods. In conjunction with churches, FCSS and other community groups around Central Alberta, we have found our way into all kinds of neighbourhoods and have been privileged to share the good news and challenge neighbours to live out the Kingdom of God with each other. This in turn has led us to teach, preach and walk several neighbourhoods in Terrace, B.C. over an 8 day period in September, and do the same in Sylvan Lake Alliance in October. Our book, "Neighbouring for Life" is a great help in understanding our role as people on a mission for God and is available on amazon or lulu.com – it’s an easy read, filled with local stories. And please visit our ongoing testimony for updates and ideas at www.rickabma.com. If you are able to contribute to our local ministry, please send your support to, "Wolfcreek Community Church / Neighbourhood Life, PO Box 5072, Lacombe, Alberta, T4L 1W7.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALLING ALL SINGING MEN 

Parkland Men's choir starts their new season on Monday, September 18th. We meet in Woodynook CRC every Monday evening @ 7:30 p.m. under the able leadership of Larry Johnson. Come and join us in singing praises to our Maker and enjoying the fellowship of other Christian men.

Margaret Hoogland (ICS Trustee) and her husband Jake are pleased to invite you to an evening of fellowship at their home, as part of ICS's 50th Anniversary celebrations. President Doug Blomberg will reflect on his many years at ICS and his vision for our future. We hope you will join us at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26th at 40196 Range Rd 281, Blackfalds, AB(directly north of Woody Nook CRC). Please RSVP Doug (dblomberg@icscanada.edu; 1-888-326-5347 ext 237) before September 20th. We are looking forward to seeing you there as this will be Doug’s final visit to Alberta before retiring as President on October 31st. He would love to be able to thank ICS supporters in person for making our mission possible!

What Is LIFE CHAIN? 

Annually, for the last 20+ years, on or near the 1st weekend in October, LIFE CHAIN invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for one hour, while holding one of four approved pro-life signs. For more information see http://www.nationallifechain.org/ People who want to show they “Love Their Neighbour as themselves”, please join us in one hour of PRAYER on the NATIONAL LIFE CHAIN. This is a peaceful witness for the Sanctity of Human Life. It will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 2 to 3 p.m. along the Hwy 2A walking path & Woodland Dr. in Lacombe. Signs will be provided near No Frills. Bring a group from your church, your friends and family. For more information call Jonathan at 403-844-7421.

Break Forth One 2018 

Is scheduled to take place in Edmonton from January 26th to 28th, 2018. Break Forth One exists to unify, serve, equip & empower the church in Canada to live out the mission of Jesus. There will be presenters & workshops, music & worship. Take advantage of the Early bird registration – on until October 17th. Please see the flyers on the table in the foyer for more information.

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