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2018-11-04 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.

John Bos remains in the Lacombe hospital and things are getting more difficult. The family is looking into long term care. Please pray for an opening to come available, continue to pray for John’s comfort and for Shirley and the rest of the family as they care for John. Short visits are welcome for the time being.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Pastoral Elder Meeting Highlights:

· District lists have been updated and have been delivered to member mailboxes

· The theme verses for the 2018/2019 Visitation season will be the choice of the family. We encourage all members to take some time and discover what verses speak to you as a family.

· If you and your family are in need of a visit before an Elder contacts you, please reach out and contact your District Elder.

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.

Rehoboth Membership Month! 

Why not join thousands across Alberta as a Rehoboth member and support the ministry of supporting persons with developmental disabilities! Membership fees are just $10 each and additional donations of any amount are also greatly appreciated. Look for the October is Member Month envelope in your mail slot, and return to your canvasser, Sherry Tenbrinke, and place it in her mailbox or send it up to head office. Thank you!

2019 Mexico Mission Trip

we are excited to see the wonderful response for Mexico Mission 2019. We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be planning the Sinterklaas Bazaar and making items for fundraising. Parents are welcome to join us as we will be there a few hours to get things done.

The Team is need of a couple male leaders to assist our youth

so please prayerfully consider joining our team on this exciting trip. If interested please contact Jenny, Carina or Jackie

The Mexico Mission Team

is looking for good used toys, Christmas decorations or other household items for our Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have anything you can donate please drop it in the box under the mailboxes, your donations are greatly appreciated

Coffee Break: 

Ladies, this Wednesday, November 7th, Coffee Break will be focused on food! These last weeks have been busy with food for our souls. This week, our focus will be food for our bodies. We will begin with a Potluck Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. After a delicious meal shared in fellowship, we will learn about vegetarian cooking. Everyone is welcome!!

Book Club: 

We will meet this Thursday, November 8th, at the home of Margaret, at 7:30 p.m. The book is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and the refreshments will be provided by Ann.

Prayer Meetings

are held every other Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. Please do not let the opportunity slip to come together in prayer on behalf of the congregation and miss out on being blessed yourself. Since we have access to the Father and may come boldly before Him, "…let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage another...." Hebrews 10:24,25 Praying for each other is such an 'uplifting' ministry. Our next meeting will be November 13th.

Please Help Us Give!! 

On Tuesday November 13th, Tuesday Night Youth will be putting shoe boxes together again for Operation Christmas Child. All the students and leaders are going to bring stuff to fill the boxes. We would like to ask you to help out and provide some items so we can reach our goal of 30 shoe boxes. This is a great opportunity for you to be part of the Operation Christmas Child. There will be a box under the mail boxes for your donations. Donation ideas: short sleeve t shirts (no text or pictures is best) socks, small toys, good quality pens. Pencils crayons, sharpeners, tooth brush in a case, bar of soap in a case and hair accessories. NO FOOD PRODUCTS INCLUDING CANDY. Have fun picking things out for children that would not otherwise get gifts. If you have new Christmas cards we would love them to be included as well. If you would rather not shop, our youth LOVE to shop!!!! Just give a donation to Pete, Terry or Herman and they will send one of our youth to the mall!! There is also a cost of $7 per box for shipping. If you would like to make a donation for shipping we would love that too!! We look forward to letting you know how may shoe boxes we can put together. Thank you in advance, Pete Heidelberg, Herman Scholing and Terry Vandenborn

You are Invited 

to the Sinterklaas Bazaar held on Saturday November 24th, from 10:30 am - 2:00 p.m. here at Bethel CRC. Come out and enjoy lunch, games and a bake sale to help support the young people going to Tijuana, Mexico on a mission’s trip this spring break. Lunch will consist of croquettes, hot dogs, pea soup, meatball soup, rye bread, candy bags etc.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will not be meeting this Tuesday, November 6th. Studies resume on Tuesday, November 13th. See you then!

Calling all Young Adults! 

Young Adults will be starting again next Sunday, November the 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Adam & Heather Eisses for all who are interested. Our first meeting will be a time to meet everyone and discuss the plans of the group. If you have any questions or if you are interested, even if you can't make the first meeting, please contact Adam and Heather at 403-874-6744.

ANNOUNCMENTS

Prayer Group for Lacombe Christian School: 

Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the LCS library. Please join our prayer group which will meet once a month to lift our school before our Lord. This will not be an information session on current issues; rather we seek to join together in Christian community, in hope and in grace, to support our admin., teachers, board and students in these challenging times. We want to welcome all Christian education supporters, from parents to grandparents and anyone in between. We appreciate your willingness to serve in this way. Please text Janis Butcher at 403-357-9195 or email to westof17@gmail.com. For you O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Psalm 71:5

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Save the Date! 

Meet Zach King, Director, and Rich Braaksma, Regional Ministry Leader for a time of fellowship to hear about Resonate, 1 Year After Launch. This will be a time to share how Resonate can come alongside you congregation. Date for this event will be Wednesday, November 14th at 10:30 a.m. in Edmonton. More info to come.

Ministry to Seafarers – Vancouver: 

We are preparing for the Christmas at Sea season for seafarers again this year, and your donations are much appreciated. You can still send to 401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9. However, this year we are having problems depositing cheques made out to "Ministry to Seafarers." Therefore, please make cheques payable to "Classis BCNW" and designate them to "Ministry to Seafarers, Christmas at Sea" on the memo line.

RIGHTNOW MEDIA WEEKLY FEATURE

Books of the Bible: 

The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. As crowds grow and dwindle on the road to Jerusalem, only a few stick by the Suffering Savior on the road of discipleship. In this 11-part series on the Gospel of Mark, author and speaker Francis Chan invites us to walk with him along the ancient ways of the Master. Tracing the steps of Jesus and the Twelve through Israel, Francis explores the major themes of the Gospel of Mark, and asks: Are we willing to take this journey to embrace discipleship? Check out this title and many others, for your Book of the Bible studies. They 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

Pakistan

After more than nine years in prison, the Supreme Court ruled on October 31st to throw out all charges against Asia Bibi, removing the death sentence against her for blasphemy. The news of the verdict has brought riots throughout Pakistan. The leader of the militant political party has threatened the lives of the judges and Asia's lawyer. He further promised dire consequences for government and military leaders and international organizations working within the country. Asia and her family will no longer be safe in Pakistan; there is also concern for the safety of other Christians throughout the country in the face of the violent protests. Praise the Lord for this wonderful answer to prayer! Thank God for raising up judges who are willing to take a stand for the truth despite personal danger. Pray for the protection of the country's Christians, government leaders, judges and others who are under threat as a result of this case. Ask the Lord to guide Asia and her family to a safe haven of greatly needed rest and restoration. Also remember the estimated 40 other citizens in Pakistan who are presently on death row or serving life sentences for alleged blasphemy.

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