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December 10 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.

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.

Pastor Search Committee: 

We have invited Pastor Aaron Greydanus and his wife to come visit us some weekend. We are still waiting for a reply. He has been communicating with another congregation as well. This is a busy time of year so we may not make a lot of progress this month. In the meantime, we are looking through more profiles and we have a meeting next week.

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.

Beautiful Christmas Ornaments: 

The Mexico Mission team has been busy in the past week. Last Saturday we held a successful Sinterklaas Bazaar and would like to thank all those who came out to support us. On Thursday night they were busy again making Christmas ornaments. They are a nativity scene in a light or dark stain, samples are in the fellowship hall. If you would like to purchase some for $20 each talk to our team members: Hailey Wildeboer, Emily Eisses, Anna Johnston, Riva Prins, John van Iperen, Lucas Tenbrinke, Aiden Heidelberg, Adam Warner, Coltin Wildeboer, Nathan Baong, Jessica Bouwman, Andrew Tenbrinke, Terry Vandenborn, August Luymes or you can buy them directly at Signmasters, Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Prayer Meeting: 

There will be an opportunity to pray for the ongoing ministries among us on Tuesday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. All who feel nudged by the Holy Spirit to pray for our congregation and its members are welcome to join.

Coffee Break Christmas Social: 

Ladies, a reminder of our Christmas Social on Wednesday, December 13th, at 9.30 a.m. Bring some baking, and enjoy a relaxed time with your sisters-in-the-Lord. We'll have a small thrift store jewelry or homemade gift exchange.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet tonight for our annual Christmas at Grace’s house, 5123 52 St. at 7:00 p.m. Pleas bring a wrapped $10 gift for a fun exchange.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, December 12th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive/Capital Campaign is underway. 

This year’s goal is set at $600,000.00. So far, this year’s Drive has resulted in donations totaling $47,436.00. 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 tax credit for the 2017, please have the donation to the school by 11:30 a.m. on Friday December 29, 2017 as a deposit will be made at noon on that day. Please contact Wendy Barnes (Business Administrator) 403-782-4535 or Phil Tenbrinke (Board Treasurer) 403-782-7951 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.

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/

First CRC of Red Deer 

is having their annual carol and hymn sing! Join in the celebration with English, Dutch, and Afrikaans songs on Monday, December 18th at 2:30 p.m. at 16 McVicar St. We will collect donations for the Salvation Army Kettle drive, and refreshments will be served.

Trauma and how it shapes refugees and other displaced peoples; 

At this year's Day of Encouragement there was a workshop presented on this topic that many who work or worked with traumatized migrant peoples found very enlightening. Maranatha CRC has arranged for that speaker to give a similar presentation in their building to anyone interested. It is planned for December 18th starting at 7:00 p.m. Our presenter, Karin Linschoten is an experienced therapist and is clinical director at the Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers (EMCN). She brings a lot of experience and insight to bear on the subject. This will be of interest for anyone in your congregation who has helped out with any ministry among Refugees, but also to those whose parents may have been immigrants from Europe after WWII and who were traumatized but never talked about it much. Attendance is free. A freewill offering will be taken to support the ministry Karin works for as a token of our appreciation for her time.

First CRC Red Deer 

is hiring an Office Administrator who will help guide, direct, and manage our church’s daily operations. The full job description can be found on our website: www.firstcrcreddeer.ca. If you are committed to Christ, eager to work with and help staff and volunteers, and in possession of strong administration and communication skills, please consider applying. Please email your resume and cover letter to Rob Wagenaar at rswagenaar@telus.net.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Kenya 

On November 17th, militant Muslims attacked three children of a Christian widow on the outskirts of Nairobi. Hadiya, an immigrant from Somalia, had not yet returned from a trip to a funeral when the assailants - also of Somali descent - broke into her home at 5:30 in the morning. The militants forced their way into the home by smashing a window. After the attack the teenagers were rushed to the health centre with several severe injuries; the attackers were nowhere to be found. Since embracing Christianity, this family has suffered much persecution. Ask the Lord to provide Hadiya and her children strength, healing, protection and courage so they can carry on as His image bearers in their community. May the men who perpetrated the attacks respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who is at work in their lives through the prayers of His people by drawing them with cords of God's unfailing and everlasting love.

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