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Join us Thanksgiving morning, 

From 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. for the GEMS, Pancake Breakfast. Let us be a blessing, as we serve you before the Thanksgiving morning service. This event is in support of the Bethel GEMS program. Cost is your gracious donation. After the breakfast, we will join together for a special Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m. We will be reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, focusing on verse 16-18. Giving Thanks In All Circumstances. Paul reminds us to be joyful always, pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances. God has blessed us and so we take time on Thanksgiving Day to say Thank You! for his blessings and presence in the past year.

Next Sunday, October 20th 

the Pastors of Central Alberta areas are holding an after-classis pulpit exchange. Pastor Brian Schouten from Sunrise CRC in Ponoka will be bringing us God’s Word here in Bethel, while Pastor Jake will be preaching in Sonrise CRC in Ponoka.

Pastors' Appreciation Month: 

Bethel is blessed to have a Pastor. A Pastor who leads and guides the congregation in Growing in Faith, Loving the Lord, with our neighbours, sharing the Good News. There is a box on the table in the foyer with some note paper. Pease take this opportunity to write a little note to Pastor Jake to let him know what you appreciate about his ministry in our midst. Children and young people are encouraged to take the time to write a note as well. If you would rather write a card, bring it next week and deposit it in the box, so we can present him with our Gift of Appreciation on October 27th. We would like to celebrate God's gift of sending us Pastor Jake & Joyce. We would ask the congregation to bring some of your fall baking to share at coffee time after the Sunday service.


Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer and Rena DeRuiter. Pray also for those who struggle in silence with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues. Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world, Diana Boot, Margaret Njuguna, Mark, Selina & Levi Patterson, Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst and John & Marian VanderMeer.


Please continue praying, day in, day out. As a congregation we form a 'bundle of needs'. We all know someone who has specific needs, so let's pray for them. We all know someone who has special challenges, so let's pray for them also. And hopefully we all know many who have reason to give thanks to the Lord. Let's join them in a prayer of Thanksgiving this week.


to Doreen Kits as she celebrates her birthday today! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with family, friends and our Lord’s rich blessings. J

Welcome to Bethel Dick & Elyce Ten Hove! 

Recently their membership from Woody Nook CRC was transferred. We hope and pray that you continue to feel Bethel as your home and may our Lord continue to bless you daily!!

Bethel News

Full Council Highlights:

  • Pastor Jake Discussed a new Faith Plan and Discipleship Pathway for the congregation as well as Council. This will be a work in progress in the upcoming months.
  • New Elder District lists were made and should be in mailboxes soon.
  • Classis Meeting is coming up on October 18 & 19, 2019 at St. Albert CRC. Andrew Tenbrinke will be our Elder delegate, Ann Wildeboer, our Deacon Delegate and Pastor Jake will also be attending.
  • We gladly accepted the membership of Dick and Erlyce Ten Hove. Welcome to Bethel!
  • We reviewed and discussed Minutes of all Ministry Leadership Team's.

Wedding Shower Time!! 

Mike Prins, son of Peter & Gerry Prins, is planning to be married to Kim Grace. They both live in Langley B.C. and will be married D.V. November 9, 2019. On Thursday, Oct 17th we would love to have a Recipe, Gift Card Shower for the both of them. Please join us at 7:30 p.m. and bring a small snack to share. See you there!

From the Nursery: 

We are looking for a few volunteers to help clean the nursery toys on October 15th at 10 a.m. Many hands make light work! If you are available to help out, please join the fun!

From Pastor Jake: What are your goals for this year? 

We are asking everyone who has not had an opportunity to fill out and hand in their Personal Faith Plan for the upcoming year, to pray over and reflect on what you would like to focus on this year in your relationship with Jesus, Bethel Church, yourself or your neighbours and write them into your Faith Plan so that we can develop ministry plans for the year ahead. We will be collecting them again next week.

Basics of the Christian Faith Class: 

Pastor Jake started a 7-week class on the Basics of the Christian Faith on Thursday October 10th in the evenings from 7:30 to 9ish p.m. and going till November 28th, skipping October 31st. We will be using the Francis Chan video series, Basic as our guide. Pastor Jake & Joyce will be hosting this study in their home at 6 Pickwick Lane.

A New Members Class 

will be offered Sunday, November 3rd after the morning service over a soup & bun luncheon. Pastor Jake will explain why membership I important for you and for Bethel. We will look at what it means to be a part of the Reformed family of churches, a history of Bethel Church, what the mission and vision of Bethel I and what membership means. We will also discuss the process of becoming a member of the Bethel Church family. There will be a sigh-up sheet a little closer to November 3rd. so we can plan for how much soup to make.

Truck & Treat: 

in the spirit of connecting with our neighbourhood and building relationships with our neighbours around the church, we are looking at coming together on October 31st at Bethel to hand our treats to the neighbourhood children. For those who have few or no children come to your door on Halloween, you are invited to bring your candy here and we will hand out “treats” from our “trunks” This allows us to meet the children and parents of those who live close to our church and share a time of fun with them. We would need to know how many Bethel members would be willing to participate to see if this worthwhile doing. We will have a sign-up sheet on the foyer table. If we have enough members sign up, we will print up invitations to spread out into the community to let them know that we would love to meet them on October 31st.

Youth Ministry Leadership Team 

is looking for someone who would be willing to help plan out a monthly service project for our youth group. YMLT is looking to do a service project each month instead of the Sunday evening meeting. This is to help us to learn the joy of serving others in our community as we follow Jesus and love others. This will also give up opportunities during the church year to practice sharing our faith. If you are interested in helping plan these service projects, please contact Andrew Tenbrinke, Jenny Tenbrinke, Adam Eisses, Jen Zuidhof or Pastor Jake.


Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Mexico Mission 2020: 

It's that time of year to start planning for Mexico 2020. If you or your friends are interested in going to Mexico during Spring Break 2020, March 21st - 27th, we will be having a meeting Tuesday, October 15th at 7p.m. If you are interested in going but unable to attend the meeting please contact Carina, Jenny or Jackie so we can start planning! Looking forward to another amazing trip.


will be starting with a Registration & Games Night on Wednesday, October 16th from 7 -8:30 p.m. All boys Grades 4 - 9 are welcome to come. Regular meetings will be from 7 - 9 p.m. Dues will be $50 this year, with cheques being made out to Bethel Calvinist Cadet Club. See you there!

Calling all Youth, grades 7-12! 

Wolf Creek Community Church Youth are hosting a Harvest Festival on Friday, November 1st from 7 p.m. till 10 p.m. There will be Square Dancing, a Hot Chocolate Bar and so much more! The leaders ask that you arrive and be picked up at Wolf Creek Community Church. Consent forms are currently being drawn up; they will be located on the table in the foyer, on our FB Youth page or contact your youth leader for more information.


The Mustard Seed Red Deer 

is offering a RentSmart Certification course on Thursday, October 24th at 2 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. at 10651 96 Street, Red Deer. This course runs once a week for six weeks. Please check out the poster on the foyer bulletin board for more information.

Jeremy Benjamin is bringing his Wonderlove Tour at 

Woody Nook CRC on Friday, October 25th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Youth 11-18 and Children 10 and under are FREE! Contact Jeremy Dreise at 403-598-4285 or jhdreise@gmail.com for tickets. Tickets can also be bought on-line at www.jeremybenjaminmusic.com. This is a family-focused event and free child-care will be provided. Come on out to celebrate the release of Jeremy’s new album, Wonderlove, which includes the thousands of voices recorded for his song I Am Not My Own, as well as to hear new music and stories from Jeremy and his family.

We invite you to join the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for our Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet at the NEW Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer. This year we are expecting 600 guests as we celebrate the past year and we look ahead to the future. We will hear stories from individuals whose lives have been directly impacted by the work of the Centre. The Banquet doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the Main Event beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by October 11, 2019. Visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events, email event@pregnancycare.ca or call 403-343-1611 to reserve your seat at no cost for this opportunity to financially support the CAPCC.

Days for Girls 

is an organization dedicated to giving DAYS of school and income back to girls and women by making and distributing reusable sanitary hygiene kits and reproductive and hygiene education. Our team at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church will start up again on Monday, October 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Whether you sew (please bring sewing machine/serger/iron/fabric cutters if able) or not, we have a job for you! Soup and buns will be provided for lunch. Please contact Joanna Luna at 587-877-3400 for more information. We look forward to seeing you! **We are almost ready to do another kit assembly but find ourselves in need of a few more small bars of hotel soap, if you have any lying around, we would be ever so grateful for them. ??


October is 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 mailbox. Please return memberships in Sherry Tenbrinke mailbox. Thank you!!

Witness for Women: 

All are invited to an evening of reflection and mutual support as we approach the 25th anniversary, in 2020, of synod’s decision to allow women’s ordination. This marked the beginning of wider use of women’s gifts in the CRC. Denise Posie, director of leadership development in Grand Rapids, will be our guest. Denise is excited to come to Edmonton to “listen, share and imagine with this gathering.” There will be a brief history presentation and guest panel discussion. Refreshments will be served. This event will take place of Thursday, October 24th at 7 p.m. at St. Albert CRC on 12 Gate Ave., St. Albert. Please RSVP to Edith Sinnema at edith.sinnema@gmail.com

The Studion 

offers a two-year, part-time program in spiritual direction. If you have ever considered becoming a spiritual director or are looking for a way to nurture your own spiritual life, come to a one-hour, online information session to learn more. Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. To register email thestudionschool@gmail.com. For more information about The Studion visit thestudionschool.com

Silence, Spirit, Scripture, Soul: 

INTERMISSION SILENT RETREAT will be on November 1-3, 2019. Come away to rest and reconnect with the God who keeps inviting us to a deeper and richer life. InterMission happens at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. Two nights’ accommodation, five meals, spiritual direction, group gatherings for prayer and all the amenities of the retreat centre. Cost for this event is $375 and to register visit thestudionschool.com or email rev.klok@gmail.com Registration Deadline is October 20th.

Safe Church Conference, Safe Spaces:

 This Equipping Conference addresses the prevalent challenge/struggle in the churches today surrounding unwanted sexual behaviors by adults, pornography use, and the risks and behaviors happening amongst our teens and kids as a result of the easy & immediate access to internet porn. Conference features: Jay Stringer, Pastor, Therapist and Author will give a key note address, UNWANTED: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing & Freedom from Unwanted Sexual Behavior & Pornography Use. Protect Young Eyes presents SAFER DIGITAL SPACES for KIDS: Educate Adults to Empower Kids & Youth for Responsible Online Choices.There will be 5 workshopsto choose from. This event takes place of Saturday November 16th from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at New Life CRC in Abbotsford. Cost is $35 per person. To register and for more information www.bcsafechurch.comor email: Faye@bcsafechurch.com


Sri Lanka

On the morning of September 21st, six Christians were on their way to a worship service when they were attacked by ten villagers. After they had been beaten with sticks, the believers were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Prior to this attack, the Pastor and members of the church have faced continuous harassment from a group of hostile individuals in the community. Opposition against church meetings is relatively common in areas of Sri Lanka. Lift up all those who have suffered physical harm and emotional trauma in these attacks. May the members of these churches continue spreading the message of the Gospel throughout the nation.

Food for Thought: 

The prophet Jeremiah loved God's Word: When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty. Jerimiah15:16 Sometimes we come across a statement that challenges us. R.A.Torrey once said that "the truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man." Makes me wonder, is God's Word having the last word in my life?

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