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December 17 Bulletin


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A Big Thank You!! 

Thank you all of the Actors, Teachers and Musicians who brought us "The Light Before Christmas" last Sunday morning. You did a fine job! You brought us a good message. Thank you, Harriet! All your work behind the scenes made this service a reality.

From the Fellowship MLT: 

We would like to make our Christmas season after church fellowship special by serving goodies with our coffee and juice. We would appreciate it if you could share some of your baking with us for the December 24th, 25th and New Year’s Eve services. Thank you

Highlights of Council Executive meeting of December 14th:

  1. Margaret Roolker has graciously agreed to becoming a full custodian. This will expand her roll to include opening and closing our church and needed rooms/doors for all events. More information will follow from the General Administration Ministry Leadership team.
  2. We have applied for a Calvin Seminary Summer student for 2018.
  3. We reviewed all the Ministry Leadership Team reports.

From the Treasurer: 

Since December 31st falls on a Sunday, I ask that all donations for the budget be submitted by December 26th to ensure they will be credited to 2017. August Luymes

The Pastor Search Committee 

is still coveting your prayers. We are awaiting the reply from Pastor Aaron Greydanus but in the meantime we have gone over the profiles of the pastors we have looked at before. This is a busy time for all pastors, but rather than adopting a "wait-and-see" policy over this Christmas and New Year's season, we do not want to waste time, either. We trust that the Lord will continue to guide us in these things.

Christmas Ornament Fundraiser for the Mexico Mission trip: 

There is a sample on the Youth Bulletin board of the Christmas Ornaments the Mexico Mission Team is selling. They come in a light and dark stain and the cost is $20. Please contact a Mission Member for purchase and delivery. THANK YOU! Hailey Wildeboer, Coltin Wildeboer, Aiden Heidelberg, John van Iperen, Lucas Tenbrinke, Emily Eisses, Reva Prins, Anna Johnson, Nathan Baong, Adam Werner, Carina Tenbrinke, Andrew Tenbrinke, Jessica Bouwman and Terry Vandenborn.

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. 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 

meets this Tuesday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Neighbourhood Life: 

Christmas is one of the seasons when neighbours expect to hear and see each other. This gives every opportunity to bless your neighbour out of abundance. Neighbourhood Life teaches to love your neighbour out of abundance equal to loving as a response to needs. Your love can be gift based, or it can be as simple as being present in your neighbour’s life. At the very least, make yourself available and be prepared to be interrupted. Or you may want to be more intentional and join in on "socking your neighbour" which simply asks that you fill a large stocking with gifts (ornament, chocolate, 'thank you' note, etc.), and hang it on your neighbours door...anonymously. And consider the neighbour that may need more joy than others. Be sure to include a note that asks them to do the same for another neighbour. More info and ideas can be found at www.rickabma.com. And consider contributing to our ministry by sending your support to Wolfcreek Community Church / Neighbourhood Life, Box 5072, Lacombe, Alberta, T4L 1W7.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This evening, 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.

Bill 24 Bulletin announcement

The recent passage of Bill 24 through the Alberta legislature poses a significant challenge to the notion of the primacy of parental rights with respect to the education of their children. This ought to draw the attention and concern of all parents, including those who choose to have their children educated in Christian schools. Please pray for all educational stakeholders and the leaders of area Christian schools as they address the issues arising from compliance requirements. If you require further information, feel free to contact your local Christian school office.

Central AB Christian High School News: 

With the approval from the CACHS Society, the Industrial Arts Committee is moving forward with the construction of a New Industrial Arts facility to start in the spring of 2018. The Industrial Arts Committee is looking for qualified trade’s people to sub-contract in concrete, plumbing, electrical and commercial heating. If you are interested in any of the sub-trades, please contact Dennis Haan at 403-357-9543 at Eagle Builders by January 31, 2018.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria (Delta State) 

On October 13th a British optician/missionary, Ian Squire (57) was kidnapped with 3 other Christian aid workers. He was shot and immediately killed by one of the abductors, shortly after singing Amazing Grace to lift the spirits of the other hostages. Three weeks after Ian's death the three remaining hostages were released following the payment of a ransom, believed to have come from the Nigerian government. May God help the surviving missionaries to continue demonstrating His love to the people of Nigeria, despite the acts of hate they've been subjected to. May they heal from the trauma and may the Lord also comfort Ian's family as well as those of the Delta state who appreciated his dedicated life of service. Intercede for the kidnappers who committed this atrocious act. May they come to see Jesus and be receptive to His transformative love.

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