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2018-12-09 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

Our offering today

is for Fuente De Vida Church in Ensenada, Mexico. We as a church continue to support Pastors Jes’us & Evelia from the Fuente de Vida Church. We have sent many mission teams there to help build the church and homes in the colonia nearby. Please continue to support them in prayer as well.

Next Sunday, December 16th

our offering will be for Lacombe and District Volunteer Link which is a registered charity that offers assistance to many people in our community. They provide help in many ways to support those in need.

Next Sunday, December 16th 

We welcome Pastor Jacob Boer from Hope CRC in Stony Plain as he leads us in worship. This will be the third Sunday of Advent and Pastor Jacob will be focusing on the Bible passages of Isaiah 7 and Colossians 1:15-20. His message title is Jesus, Our God.

Pastor Jacob will be coming as a prospective Pastor for our church, after the service we will be serving coffee and cake in the Fellowship Hall. This is an opportunity for anyone to ask questions to get to know the Pastor better. For more information please contact a member of the Search Committee – Terry Vandenborn, Cora Hoekstra, Mel Wildeboer, Andrew Tenbrinke, Marvin Ebens, Betty Scholing, Debby van Iperen and Jen Zuidhof.

This season of Advent & Christmas 

We are Looking for the Real Jesus. Our schedule of worship services for the next month includes several special services. Here is look at what will be happening:

· December 16th - Jesus, Our God with Pastor Jacob Boer

· December 23rd - Jesus, Our Peace with Pastor Gary Bomhof

· December 25th - Christmas Worship service with Pastor Gary Bomhof

· December 30th - A Look Back at 2018 with Pastor Gary Bomhof

· January 1st - Rejoicing in a New Year with Pastor Bob Hosmer

Blue Christmas Service

Many this season are ready to sing Joy to the World! But when our feelings don’t match the festivities, we can start to feel that this season is not for us. Whether this is the first Christmas without someone we love or we’ve been hurting for a long time, we can gather in the dark night to worship God in the midst of suffering and discover that we are not alone. Wood Nook CRC invites you to come and worship, Blue Christmas, a service acknowledging the pain we carry, Sunday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Food for Thought:I read the "Teen Creed" the other day. One of its points deals with your choice in friends. Do you have friends? Are you looking for a friend among your peers, classmates, cousins? Do you ever think of Jesus as a friend? You think that's perhaps a bit "out of this world"? It is totally an Out Of This World Friendship...with someone who came to this world to move this world, to be your friend. Think about that one!

Prayer: 

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote to the congregation in Ephesus, “And prays in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18; see also Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2 Perhaps a text to put on your fridge or bathroom mirror.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

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

Earlier this week John Bos was moved from the Lacombe Hospital to the Red Deer Hospice Centre. The family is very pleased with the facility and the gentle care that John is receiving. Please continue to pray for John, Shirley and the rest of the family, as they go through each day together.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us. Please keep Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer 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!

Spiritual Growth Survey

In your mailbox last week, you found a 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. Thanks to all who filled in a survey and placed it in Margaret's mailbox. If you haven't filled one out yet there are copies on the table in the foyer. Please take time to complete them and have them back to us as soon as possible. Margaret, Craig or Henry are available if you have any questions. Thank you!

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.

Lost & Found: 

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

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting this Tuesday, December 11th. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you then!

Young People’s Christmas Social 

will be at the Vandenborn’s Sunday, December 16th at 7 p.m.!

ANNOUNCENTS

Canadian Blood Services

Local patients urgently need your help! Blood donations for December are low and Canadian Blood Services is seeking new and existing donors to attend their next Mobile Donor Centre on December 24th at Central Alberta Christian High School. Appointment times are between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Give a stranger the most precious gift they will ever receive, your gift of LIFE. Call 888-2-DONATE (888-236-6283) to book your appointment.

Rimbey Christian School Fundraising Banquet

will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre, Rimbey. Entertainment will be a Family Friendly Comedian Steve Geyer, comedian, Pastor, and author. Tickets are $60 each or $450 for a table of 8. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Rimbey Christian School and Stationery Stories & Sounds. Our Caterer is StarKist Catering. For more information and a bio of Steve Geyer are located on the foyer bulletin board.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

is excited to present “More Than Just a Man”, a new Easter dramatic musical production. This is a fundraising event for the CAPCC Maternity Home which provides a nurturing home, supporting healthy pregnancy and positive parenting. If you love to sing or play an instrument, YOU are invited to join the adult choir or orchestra. There are many other areas where help is needed as well! Performance dates are April 11 – 13, 2019, Red Deer Memorial Centre. Choir rehearsals times are 7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning January 8th at Deer Park Alliance Church. Rehearsal times for the orchestra TBD. For more information contact Sharon Nielsen at 403-307-0379 or sharon.nielsen@ymail.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

RIGHTNOW MEDIA WEEKLY FEATURE

Marriage/Christian Living

Do you ever feel like your spouse is speaking in a foreign language? Do you know when to talk and when to clam up? Do you long to experience a stronger relationship and better communication in your marriage? Get ready to crack the code of your personal talk styles. In this 5-part series, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will help you determine your personal communication style and learn how the two of you can speak each other’s language like never before. They will offer wisdom and insights for applying biblical truths to your relationship. Today, you can begin an adventure in communication that will draw the two of you closer in a way that creates the depth and connection you long for in your relationship. Other great studies from well-known authors include Francis & Lisa Chan, You & Me Forever, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, The Crazy Cycle in Marriage, and Matt Chandler, The Mingling of Souls. For these studies and others about Marriage & Christian Living look in the Rightnow Media site or the App under the Bethel CRC library and then the Weekly Feature. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Dana.

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