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2018-10-21 Bulletin


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Next Sunday, October 28th 

We welcome Wayne Bouwman as he leads us in worship. We also remember the Reformation which happened 501 years ago! At that time Martin Luther started a call to purify the church as well as a belief in the Bible for personal salvation. What a wonderful history our denomination has because of that event. All are welcome! J

After the morning service on October 28th the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team invites you join in fellowship to our next Bethel Potluck. Bring a Pan of Soup OR Buns and Dessert. Please remember to bring enough food for your family plus some extra. All are welcome!

Food for Thought:

Listening to the radio I was struck by some lines in two different songs, but they talk about the same thing. Lord, be lifted high as my kingdoms fall, once and for all… and letting go every dream, laying it at your feet... It asks us all the same question, regardless of our age, Is Jesus the KING of your life?

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.

Directory Update: Steve & Gaylene Tenbrinke and Ken & Jenny Tenbrinke have had mailing address changed to RR#1, Lacombe, AB, T4L 2N1 Please correct your directories.

Congratulations to Dave Reitsma and Ralph Bos as these gentlemen celebrate their birthdays on Wednesday. Wishing you both a blessed day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings! J

It is with a grateful heart that I and the family thank the Bethel congregation for their love and care during our grieving of the passing of Ernie. Your thoughtfulness has touched us deeply, thank you! Willie Stebner and family

We would like to express a sincere thank you to the congregation for their prayers, care, concern and help during the time of Dad's falling to his passing a week later. The singing during the memorial service was incredible and Dad would have enjoyed it immensely. We know he is now singing in Glory. Lies Boskers, Pete and Polly Mooy and family, and all the rest of the extended Boskers family.

Dear Bethel Congregation: Thank you so much for the loving expressions of sympathy through cards, prayers, visits, hugs, and meals with the passing of our husband and father. Your care for Bill when he was here in church was so much appreciated. Your love now has touched us deeply. God bless you all. Audrey Noordhof, Bryan and Yvonne Noordhof, Henry and Anita Geldof

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us. Please keep Jennie Bajema, Rena DeRuiter and Lea Dykstra in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

From the Deacons: 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 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 18, 2018.

From the Search Committee: 

Yes, we are still meeting regularly! Yes, we are still pressing on! When we are not meeting, we are continually communicating through e-mails. Our updates are sounding repetitive. We have been conversing with two potential pastors. Unfortunately one of them has accepted a call to another church. We had an interview with the other pastor and his wife. He may come to preach for us in the near future. There are a few new names on our list again and we will be conversing with them. We covet your prayers and if you have any questions or suggestions please let us know. Thank you.

From General Administration Leadership Team: 

Located in classroom #6 there is a large amount of brown plastic chairs. If you are interested in any amount, please feel free to take them. Those that are left at the end of the month of October will be donated to Building Blocks Thrift Store. Dana will be working at the church on Wednesdays & Fridays.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Another month, another newsletter. November, Remembrance Day. The newsletter team is starting to work on the next issue. Please consider what you might have to contribute to help us get to know one another better as a growing family. We look to put the next issue together on November 2nd, so please have your contributions to us by Tuesday, October 30. We look forward to hearing from you. Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer tonight, Sunday, October 21st at the 7 p.m. Please study lesson 6 from the Parables of Jesus study.

Craft Day: 

There will be another Craft Day organized for October 27th, 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Coffee will be ready when you arrive, and we will provide you with a warm lunch, with tea afterwards. Should you need transportation, please let us know in advance by Thursday, October 25th. Contact Margaret Roolker (403-782-4506) or Caroline Ogi. (403-596-2258)

Prayer for you: 

The Prayer Team met this week and remembered all of you in prayer before the throne of grace. Prayer was made specifically for you to experience the work of the Holy Spirit in your heart, and to know that you are growing in your faith. We also prayed for the work of the Search Committee and their work in searching for a Pastor, and for the man God Himself has chosen for us, a Pastor who will be able to help us with that very growth. Bethel ministries and her Office Bearers were remembered as well. The Prayer Team will continue to meet every other week on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker, everyone is welcome.

Mexico Mission Trip

We will be holding an information night on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:45 p.m. for those who are interested in going on a Mexico Mission Trip. This mission event will take place on March 16th through to the 22nd, during the 2019 spring break. We need a minimum of 10 youth and 4 adults to proceed with a trip so if you and your friends are interested, be sure you attend this important meeting.

Christian Schools Update: 

Lacombe Christian School, Ponoka Christian School, Rimbey Christian School and Central Alberta Christian High School have joined a coalition of schools and individuals challenging the constitutionality of recent amendments to the School Act, which mandates the following:

  1. Gay Straight- and Queer Straight Alliances must be set up at the request of even one student.
  2. Parents must not be notified of their child(ren)’s participation in these organizations.

Boards and school administrators have no authority in these matters and are required to comply. The Minister of Education has declared that failure post compliant policies will result in a loss of funding as of the 2019/20 school year. We await further communication from Alberta Education and the minister. Much time, effort and prayer has been devoted to responding to this issue in a prudent and principled manner. Please pray for our schools and communities as they face this unprecedented development, and The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms as it prepares our court challenge. For further information please check the following sites:

www.arpacanada.ca

www.parentchoice.ca

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

A community lady is looking for help by a young person to shovel snow this winter. If you are interested in this job, please contact Dana for the information.

ANNOUNCMENTS

Tomorrow, Monday, October, 22nd at Bethel Christian Church from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a workshop presented by the Centre for Race and Culture designed to build understanding of barriers and opportunities that refugees face, historic and global contexts and events. Join us for a time of fellowship and learning. Contact Ella Land at 403 782-2425, or ewland316@gmail.com.

CACHS Industrial Arts Open House BBQ and Dedication 

will be held on October 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m. The new shop has been built and the Industrial Arts Building Committee has completed its mandate! Our committee has felt the great community support around CACHS and we are counting our many blessings! On Monday, October 22nd there will be an Open House BBQ at 6 p.m. followed by the Dedication at 7 p.m. We encourage you to come and check it out and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship.

The Social Justice Network presents “The Opioids Crisis, An Evening with Ben Bridgestock” 

Every day, 13 Canadians die as a direct result of opioids and opioid related causes. It’s now one of the top 10 killers of Canadians. It’s time to talk. It’s time to get educated and engage. On October 25th, at 7 p.m., at Southpointe Community Centre/The River Community Church, the Social Justice Network and NADC invites you into this important conversation. Tickets are only $20, the proceeds of which go to charitable causes. To buy tickets, visit www.southpointecommunity.ca or simply buy them at the door.

Mark Your Calendar! Free Summit focused on Stewardship: 

Attend the CSS Stewardship Summit which endeavors to provide encouragement along with the training and resources on the topic of encouraging Stewardship. Join us on October 27th at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Kings University, and discover proven and practical ways to re-ignite the flame of excitement for the future of your church. Everyone welcome, lunch included. Space is limited, RSVP today to Annetta at info@csservices.ca.

Join us for an evening of Gospel Music by GOSPEL “792” on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Kozy Korner, Lacombe. Donations at the door and refreshments provided. For more information please call Harvey Prins 782-2642

You’re Invited! Habitat for Humanity Information Session 

will be held Tuesday, November 6th at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the LMC North County Room. Hear about an upcoming home opportunity in Lacombe, learn about eligibility for home ownership and apply to become a homeowner. For more information contact Janelle at 403-309-6080 ext. 101

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited 

proudly presents Dessert Night at the Lacombe Memorial Centre for two nights, November 8th & 9th! Special guest Comedian Matt Falk will be preforming for you. Please look for the poster on the foyer bulletin board for all information.

Day of Encouragement on November 3rd at The King's University

Remember November and this year’s DOE, with guest speaker: Dr. Bill McAlpine. Don’t miss out on this wonderful training opportunity made available through your NADC. This year’s event hosts 12 workshops– on ministry topics that may be both familiar and new. Also, during your breaks, connect with various agencies hosting information tables. Look for brochures in your church or go to www.classisalbertanorth.ca/nadc to view details. Register at www.regonline.ca/doe2018edmonton. You can also find details on the NADC Facebook page, www.facebook.com/yournadc. For more information contact NADC: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com

Deepen Down into Advent: 

Our annual fall InterMission Silent Retreat takes place on December 7-9, 2018 at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. The Star is situated right in the centre (almost) of the lovely city of St. Albert and is close to many paths and parks. Retreat begins Friday at 7 p.m. and runs to Sunday 4 p.m. Two nights’ accommodation, peace, quiet, rest, reflection, prayer, 5 meals, up to 3 spiritual direction sessions, morning and evening prayers. Recently I read a quote by the grand old, now deceased, Robertson Davies: "It is easier to be busy than it is to be holy." Take time to be holy and get connected, to yourself, to God and others. $350 to register: rev.klok@gmail.com

RIGHTNOW MEDIA WEEKLY FEATURE

Church Leadership: IF:LEAD 2017, Jennie Allen: 

In the 2017 IF:Lead conference, dive into the book of 1 Timothy and discover what it looks like to be a brave and faithful leader in God's church. In a generation called to make a difference in the world, it's time to step up and lead. The IF:Lead is an annual gathering specifically created to pour into leaders who are creating environments for discipleship in their hometowns. Another great study is Lead Like a Shepherd in the Church by Larry Osborne. There is no lack of leadership theories in circulation today. While they are not without value, as Christians we want to ground all that we do in the Word of God. Fortunately for us, Scripture has much to say about leadership. Pastor and author Larry Osborne turns to 1 Peter 5:1–4 to help church leaders understand what it looks like to shepherd those God has placed in their care. Check out these titles and many others for your church Leadership studies which are located on the Rightnow Media site or the App under the Bethel CRC library and then the Weekly Feature. Take a look today!! If you are in need of assistance, please contact Dana.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Please pray for Leah Sharibu. Boko Harem has threatened to kill Leah and their remaining hostage in one month unless the Nigerian government responds to its demands. 15-year old Leah was the sole Christian among 110 girls abducted from their school. She remains in captivity for refusing to convert as a precondition for release. On March 1st, three female humanitarian workers were taken captive. Two of them have since been executed.

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