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December 3 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.

Please keep Henry Geldof and Steve Ogi and their families in your prayers as these men struggle with their health.

Congratulations to Gerald Keitel as he celebrates his birthday on Wednesday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings. J

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Children and Worship is in need of another teacher in the new year. Anyone interested in teaching grade 1 and 2 children, contact Barb Venhuis at 403-783-5154.

2017 Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers: Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day through the Outreach Ministry Leadership Team. Once again 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 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks such as decorating the tables, serving the food, clearing the tables after people have eaten or leading a fun game. Please phone 403-782-5107 or talk to Pete or Cora Hoekstra 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 or Pete Hoekstra know if you can help out in this way.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will NOT meet this Tuesday, December 5th due to a TNY Leaders’ meeting.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

This Advent, World Renew 

asks you to stand in the gap with people in need. With your help, World Renew can fill the poverty gap with literacy, agriculture, and good health. Include a gift catalogue item on your Christmas list this year. Check out the World Renew Gift Catalogue for ideas. You can be part of the “Free a Family” program for less than $1 per day or give money where it’s needed most. You can give the gift of Clean Water or Animal Raising or Learning or Bees or Health! There’s so much to choose from. Bless others who do not have as much as we do by sharing your wealth. There are catalogues on the table in the foyer if you need one.

The denominational Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) 

has a vacancy to be filled by a person from Western Canada. The Committee is appointed by Synod of the CRC to engage and participate in the life of the global church, particularly interacting with churches and ecumenical organizations that share the heritage of the Reformed understanding of the Christian faith. Members of Classis Alberta North who wish to be nominated for serving on this Committee or nominate someone else should send the nomination to Henk Van Andel, Classis Nominations Coordinator, at henkva@telus.net before December 15, 2017. Nominees are to have some ecumenical experience and interest, and nominations should be accompanied by a brief biography demonstrating this experience and interest.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

On December 17th at 7:00 p.m. Woody Nook CRC will be having a Longest Night Service. 

Even though many love Christmas, a lot of people struggle deeply at Christmas (suicide and depression are higher, a season of family often highlights loneliness, a "first" for those who have just lost loved ones, unable to make financial obligations, etc). If you are struggling, you are not alone! We invite you to come and bring your struggles, suffering and grief into the presence of God with community. (And if you aren't suffering, but you know of people who are, consider coming to pray for them and bring them into the presence of God--or invite them and offer to come with them). For more details contact Woody Nook CRC at 403-885-4427 or head to https://www.facebook.com/events/535743746800841/

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Uganda 

On November 4th, a militant Muslim posing as a Christian teacher attacked the director of a faith-based elementary school in Kabuna village. Due to the attack, some of the children at the Hope of Glory International Nursery and Primary School have been afraid to return to their classes. The militant Muslim/teacher wrongfully misrepresented himself and had been teaching the children about Islam; he was asked to take a leave of absence. He returned to the school premises days later and forced his way into the school's office where he attacked the director. The victim was hospitalized for two days. He is still unwell and may need further specialized treatment. Pray that the director will completely recover from his injuries. Pray for the children who witnessed the attack; may they overcome their fear. Pray that the attacker comes to regret his deed and turns to the Lord.

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