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2018-12-16 Bulletin



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 Pita Doornenbal as she celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s rich blessings with family and friends. J

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

Bethel News

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:

Found on the Internet: "We are all broken, that's how the light gets in." In the Bible we read: "...the people walking in darkness will see a great light.... Isaiah 9:1. And in John 1:5 it says that "the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." The writer of the quote about being broken was Ernest Hemingway. He did not understand what he wrote. He committed suicide. Do we understand it? Do we recognize our own darkness? Do we turn our faces to the Light that came from heaven? That can make an eternal difference.

2019 Church Directory: 

Looking into the New Year, Dana would like to deliver a new and updated directory. In your mailboxes today you will find a print out of what is currently in the last edition. Please take a few moments and look at your information. If there are corrections to be made, write out what you would like to be seen in the new edition and place in the secretary mailbox on the lower left side of the mailboxes. If there are no corrections to be made, simply discard the paper in the recycling box under the mailboxes. Projected date of delivery will be for January 6, 2019.

Church Mailboxes: 

Please note in the New Year, Dana will be rearranging the mailboxes in alphabetical order for your convenience.

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!

Prayer Meeting 

will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, at 10 a.m. at the home Margaret Roolker. Remember, when we pray, God hears more than we say. He can do more than we ask, can see deeper into our hearts than we realize, and will always give us what we need, in His time, in His way.Please join us to pray for our congregation and its ministries. Remember those who are in need of prayer. It's so blessed to get together in prayer for others!

Credit to Whom Credit is Due: 

Please note the article, Remember the Morning Watch in the December Bethel Newsletter, did not have the authors name at the time I submitted it, but thanks to goggle, the author who wrote it is Robin Arnaud. Thanks Robin! Henry Eisses.

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.


Young People’s Christmas Social 

will be at the Roolkers’ Tonight at 7 p.m.!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting this Tuesday, December 18th. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you then!


Maintenance Person Needed! 

Central Alberta Christian High School the Maintenance Committee of Central Alberta Christian High School is seeking a “handy-person” to fill a paid position, and who would be able to spend up to 20 hours per month doing some maintenance work, minor repairs, and general odds and ends in and around the school. This person would work closely with the maintenance committee and our janitor in completing these various tasks. If you are interested in this position or would like more information, please contact our Maintenance committee chairman, Ted Vander Meulen, at 403-885-4749.

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.


The story of Jesus's birth is one of hope, a hope that was swiftly followed by persecution, as shown by His family's escape to Egypt. At Christmas, God came to live with humanity, to unite us with Him and to faithfully accompany us through all of life's seasons, good and bad. Some can celebrate this hope openly, surrounded by family and friends. However, others will celebrate in secret, in prison, perhaps even in solitary confinement, but never truly alone. Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3.



In the midst of the gloom of winter, the darkest and coldest of seasons, Christians still wait with great anticipation for the happiest season of all, Advent. Travel back in time and relive the coming of Christ to Earth, as He gives up His throne next to God the Father to enter this world as a baby born in a manger. Filmed at England's beautiful Blockley Church, join acclaimed author and Pastor Max Lucado as he provides insights on the season of Advent. Other interesting Christmas studies include The Christmas Experience by Kyle Idleman, Advent by Matt Chandler and The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. For these studies and others, 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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