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October 29 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.

We congratulate Lea Dykstra as she celebrates her birthday today. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends. Last week Lea Dykstra had experienced a stroke. She has already returned to her place of residence at the Ponoka Northcott Care Centre.

In celebration of Dave Reitsma’s 85th birthday on October 24th, cookies will be available with coffee after the morning service.

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 

We all rejoice in the fellowship we had and the prayer time last Sunday evening. For sure the Lord is at work among us! Sweetness and unity within the Body of Christ, how great is that! For those who feel led by the Spirit to continue to pray for the various ongoing ministries together with others, there is an opportunity to do so on Tuesday morning, October 31st, at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. Please feel free to join.

Bethel Prayer Brochures 

For those of you who took your yellow Prayer brochure home last week, please add Jen Zuidhof’s name to the list of GEMS councillors. It was inadvertently left off the list. The brochures in the church have been updated. Thank you!

The Newsletter team

is already looking for contributions for the November Newsletter. It was suggested to us to following Pastor Jacob Boer's message that we ask our readers to respond to the question he asked at the beginning of his message. The question was, "Did you have a mentor in your life and how did this person impact your life?" We would love to share your story and encourage you to submit it to us this week so that it can be included in the November Newsletter. If you need help in telling your story give Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes a call.

Guess Who is Coming for Coffee

is on the agenda for the evening of Sunday, November 5th. If you would like to participate either as a host or a visitor, sign up on the sheet on the table in the foyer by October 29th. Sign up to fellowship with and get to know others who attend Bethel.

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child: 

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about Christmas. Are you willing to fill a shoebox for a child who is in need? The shoeboxes are available under the table in the foyer. A brochure is included in each shoebox with instructions on what to fill the boxes with and what not to include. Once they are filled please bring them back to the church. The last date for collecting them at church will be Sunday, November 12th.

Pastor Search Committee: 

We started out with 99 candidates and until just recently we were down to three hopefuls. Unfortunately one of those pastors accepted a call from another church and another asked to be taken out of consideration. Now we are down to one. He sent us a questionnaire for us to fill out on our church’s top ministry priorities. The list included: Administration, Biblical Preaching, Community involvement, Discipleship, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Leadership and Worship. This gave us opportunity to review our congregational surveys on what our church is looking for. We are now setting up a Skype interview. Let us continue to pray for the Spirit’s leading as we move ahead.

Lost & Found: 

The box at the bottom of the stairs at the front of the church is overflowing with a vast assortment of coats & hoodies - many of which seem to show up after Tuesday Nite Youth, Tupperware and toys. Please take a moment to check for any items which might belong to YOU. Leftovers will be given to the Building Blocks Thrift store soon!

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Ken & Trudy Salomons tonight at 7:00 p.m. Please study the next lesson on Ephesians.

Book Club: 

we will meet again on Thursday November 9th, at Margaret’s'. The book is "Gap Creek" by Robert Morgan. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments: Cootje Voorbij. See you all there!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples will not meet tonight 

as they had an exciting evening of dodgeball on Friday.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Hope For The Church At The Intersection of Faith, Gender and Sexuality: 

The River Community Church, along with various sponsors, is hosting a forum called “Hope For the Church” on November 1st at 7:00 p.m. at South Pointe Community Centre (home of The River—11520 Ellerslie Rd., Edmonton. This is our annual Social Justice Network event and you’re invited to attend and engage these important issues. The event will feature a panel and will be facilitated by Wendy Gritter, Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door. Join us for what promises to be a compelling evening.

Remember November! Remember DOE!! 

Have you been to the Day Of Encouragement in the past? It’s approaching quickly and we would love to have you join us again on November 4th. It would be great to share your experience with someone in your church that does not know what the DOE is so they can come and experience a time of fellowship, learning and encouragement. Any questions, contact NADC by email at yournadc@gmail.com and register now at www.regonline.ca/DOE2017Edmonton

Day of Encouragement: 

This year for the first time, the DOE will feature an Art Exhibit by local artists. We have come alongside the Mustard Seed art program in order to display art pieces made by the people in their community. The Auditorium space at the King's University where the DOE takes place will be adorned with the beautiful art work for our enjoyment and to purchase if so moved. Any questions contact NADC by email at yournadc@gmail.com and register now at www.regonline.ca/DOE2017Edmonton

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reformation Celebration, 500th Anniversary:

Join the CRC and RCA church community in the Edmonton area for a special worship celebration. We are gathering at West End CRC (10015 149 St.) at 3:00 p.m. TODAY, October 29, 2017. Join together in worship as we give thanks to the Lord for helping His Church recover the biblical doctrines we have come to know and live by as Protestants--salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. Nursery will be available for young children, up to 3 years old. Joyful Noise Children's Choir will be singing and gifted musicians leading the congregational singing. Father Philip Speranza, an Orthodox priest, and a "new to the reformed faith" pastor, Dr. Jason Dahlman of Ebenezer CRC in Leduc, will share the preaching to give us a view of the Reformation from two very different perspectives, looking back and looking forward. The offering will be for the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. For more information, call 780-475-2662 or go online at http://www.classisalbertanorth.ca and look for the Reformation Celebration announcement.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

will have a booth at Agritrade in Red Deer, November 8th to 11th. If you’re coming to Agritrade, please stop by Booth 2060 on the Centrium Concourse for a visit. The Canadian Foodgrains Fall Meeting will be happening in Red Deer on November 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Living Stones Church. The banquet will be preceded by a growing project meeting at 4:00 p.m. These meetings are always a great opportunity to meet with many of our friends and supporters. Please RSVP to Alberta@foodgrainsbank.ca or to Terrence Barg at 780-621-6767 or Andre Visscher at 403-818-2315.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Iran

Abdol-Ali Pourmand, a convert to Christianity was arrested on October 21st after a raid on his home two days before, during which materials including Bibles and Christian CDs were confiscated. His arrest follows that of a fellow convert, who is still detained after almost two weeks, and two others who were later released. All four converts were beaten in prison and threatened that if they don’t renounce their faith in Christ and turn away from their Christian faith, they will be forced to leave the country or be beaten to death. Many Christians from a Muslim background and even recognised Christians such as ethnic Armenians and Assyrians have been arrested and received lengthy jail sentences. There are continuing concerns about the health of prisoners of conscience in Iran. In many cases, the prison authorities refuse to let them receive adequate medical treatment. Please pray for Christians in Iran, especially those in prison. May they experience the nearness of the Lord and be strengthened in their faith.

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