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2018-12-02 Bulletin

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Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember John Bos, Shirley Bauer, Ray Ames, Henry & Anita Geldof and Steve Ogi. Pray also for those who struggle in silence with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3

Congratulations to Gerald Keitel as he celebrates his birthday on Thursday. Wishing you a wonderful day with the Lord’s rich blessings of family & friends. J

Thank you so very much for your prayers for John, myself, and our family. Your prayers continue to make a meaningful difference. The Lord continues to provide us with strength and grace, with each new day. Thank you so very much too for the meals, cards, and visits. All of this has made a significant difference at this time in our lives. John continues to decline. Please pray that an opening in an Edmonton hospice opens up for him soon as he is requiring palliative care, at this time. John is looking forward to seeing and experiencing new life with Jesus, his Savior.

Love, The Bos Family

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us. Please keep Jennie Bajema and Rena DeRuiter in your prayers. Also continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Christmas Baking!!

As you prepare your Christmas baking, please remember Bethel Church. The Fellowship Team would like to serve sweets with your coffee after the morning services in December. Please label your baking “Fellowship” and place your contribution in the kitchen. Thank you!

From the Search Committee: 

Pastor Jacob Boer will be coming to preach on December 16th as a prospective pastor for our church. After the service we will be serving coffee and cake in the Fellowship Hall and asking Pastor Jacob some questions so the congregation can get to know him. If you have any questions, please talk to a member of the Search Committee - Terry, Cora, Mel, Andrew, Marvin, Betty, Debby and Jen.

In your mailbox today

You will find the Spiritual Growth Survey (for all ages Junior and Senior High and up). The goal of the survey is to clarify how we can move forward as a church. This is about growing in our walk with God and each other. Your participation is much appreciated so we can have the best results. Please put your completed survey in Margaret Rolker’s mailbox. On behalf of the Prayer Team and Renewal Lab, Margaret, Craig and Henry.

2018 Community Christmas Dinner – Volunteers

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. 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 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will need volunteers all day on Christmas Day for a variety of tasks such as playing music, 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 cheesecake, trifle, or pie for the Christmas Day Dinner? Please let Cora or Pete Hoekstra know if you can help out in this way.

Prayer Meeting

Tuesday December 4th at 10 a.m. is the next Prayer Meeting. The first and foremost important thing in your spiritual life is prayer. Private, yes, but no less important is corporate prayer found in Acts 2:42. Our God can do great things indeed, but we cannot honour Him more, or move Him more to act, than by prayer. The Prayer Team is asking you to carefully consider joining in prayer, come to our meetings, and bring the needs of all to God. Should you want to join but cannot because of the time set for these meetings, please contact Margaret Roolker, Henry Eisses or Craig Van Stryland.

Coffee Break: 

Ladies, we plan to have a special Christmas Celebration this Wednesday, December 5th. We will have a fun morning with a Potluck Breakfast, Coffee, Christmas baking and also a Craft session. We have Mrs. Bonnie Van 'tKlooster coming to do a special Christmas craft with us, something to take home, or give to a friend. She needs to know for how many participants to plan, everyone is welcome to join us for this event, please contact either Martha or Margaret. The cost for the materials is $25, to be paid in advance. After this event there will be a break from our Coffee Break meetings. We hope you all enjoy this special season of celebrating Jesus' birth and hope to see you back in January!

Lost & Found: 

The box at the bottom of the stairs at the front of the church is overflowing with a vast assortment of goodies. Please take a moment to check for any items which might belong to you. Leftovers will be given to the Building Blocks Thrift Store!


Young People’s 

will be at the Vandenborn’s tonight, Bradly will be bringing snack!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will NOT be meeting this Tuesday, December 4th.


Prayer Group for Lacombe Christian School: 

December 4th 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 administration, 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, westof17@gmail.com if you are interested. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Psalm 71:5

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament: 

The CACHS Alumni Volleyball tournament will be held Dec. 21st and/or 22nd. Teams must consist of no more than two non-alumni. Cost is $125/team. If you have a few individuals who like to play together but need a few extras, you can enter as a group and we will complete your team. Deadline to enter is December 14th. For more information or to enter please text Colleen at 403-302-2659 or email lc.schee@gmail.com.

Position Available: 

First Christian Reformed Church Red Deer is looking to fill a full-time administration/bookkeeping position beginning January 2019. The job description is available on the website: www.firstcrcreddeer.ca. If you or anyone you know would like to apply, please email your cover letter with your resume to Pastor Ken at pastorkenvis@gmail.com

The Central Alberta Christian High School’s Fall Drive is now underway. 

This year’s goal is $125,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact the school’s business office at 403-782-4535, and request the donation form to be mailed, faxed or emailed to you. During the evenings, you may also contact Phil Tenbrinke at 403-782-7951 or Wendy Barnes at 403-885-5187, and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention: Wendy Barnes or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.


Help Another Nation Develop Schools – A HANDS ON opportunity to serve and learn with EduDeo Ministries. 

Would you like to travel to another part of the world, experience a different culture, and meet others serving Christ and make a difference in the life of a child, all at the same time? EduDeo Ministries’ HANDS teams provide these opportunities. Bernie Kolkman is an experienced team leader and familiar with the Dominican Republic, he is hoping to lead a team to the Dominican from February 11-20, 2019. There is still room for you to experience this exciting opportunity to see first-hand the difference that Christ-centered education makes in developing countries. By assisting with a school construction project, you’ll be able to learn from and serve with indigenous workers, teachers and students in the Dominican Republic. For more details and to discuss the trip further, please contact Bernie Kolkman at 403-357-6853 or e-mail at kolkman@telus.net. Learn more about EduDeo at www.edudeo.com

Helping that Helps (at Christmas and beyond)

During Advent, helping people in need is on our minds as church families. Helping that Helps (at Christmas and beyond) is a 1 hour webinar that explores alleviating poverty while helping, rather than unknowingly harming, people who struggle financially. Learn practical strategies to overcome local and global poverty and injustice. Join Wendy Hammond (World Renew) and Andrew Ryskamp (Diaconal Ministry Initiative) on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 1 pm EST. To register, go to http://bit.ly/helpingwr. For NADC updates and newsletters you can subscribe to receive email updates on the Classis website or check out new posts at www.classisalbertanorth.ca/nadc. Also like the NADC facebook page or friend Ab North to follow on social media.


Mission & Outreach

In 1973, Birmingham was torn by racism and hate. God worked through the Woodlawn high school football team to unite the city and ignite a spiritual awakening. This revival was nothing short of miraculous. Could it happen again? ONE (The Woodlawn Study) features powerful scenes and exclusive footage from the movie Woodlawn to discover the answer...it only takes one person to start a revolution. What if that person is you? With teaching by Pastors Dave Stone and Dr. Tony Evans, ONE (The Woodlawn Study) prepares your heart to experience and embrace a move of God. Check out this title and many others, for your Mission & Outreach 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.



In the northern part of the country Boko Haram, moving from Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad and Niger, is raiding and pillaging villages throughout the area. Forcing many Christians to flee for their lives; pastors have been killed. In the west, English-speaking separatists battle the French-speaking government. Hundreds have been killed and approximately 436,000 displaced; Christians are in the midst of the battle. In late October, an American missionary was caught in the crossfire and fatally shot. Other Christian leaders have also died. Pray for the safety of Christians; ask the Lord to bring peace between the warring factions; for peace and comfort in the hearts of believers. May the spread of Boko Haram be stopped. Pray also for the Nigerian schoolgirls and other hostages, who were kidnapped in 2014, as many are still in need of rescue.

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