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2019-10-27 Bulletin

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Next Sunday, November 3rd 

We will continue our 5-week series on the Canons of Dordt. This year is the 400th anniversary of the meeting of the Synod of Dordrecht where the Canons were written. This is our least known and most misunderstood confession ad yet it’s a confession filled with great hope and comfort. Most of us learnt the Canons through the word TULIP. We will continue our study of the Canons by reflecting on Ephesians 1:1-14, No Conditions.


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.


The Apostle Paul teaches us to pray in all circumstances. Elections are over. And now what? Will it be good for Alberta? For us? But our God is enthroned in heaven, and beholds all what happens here below. Our lives, and this land, are in His hand. And whatever happens in Ottawa, we are still the same people, the people of God's pasture, and He is still our Good Shepherd. And so we keep on praying, for each other, for those in our spheres of influence, and those in authority over us. He will hear us from heaven.

Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma are experiencing some health issues and we ask the congregation to remember them in your prayers. May the Lord grant you strength and endurance in the coming weeks.

Please remember Darran & Gayle Vreugdenhil, Paul & Cindy Prins and Dorothy & Harry Wildeboer with the entire Vreugdenhil, Prins families as they celebrated the life of their mother and sister, Arlene Vreugdenhil yesterday. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.

On Monday, October 21st, Cootje Voorbij’s 94 year old mother unexpectedly passed away in Holland. Currently Cootje & Jan are in Holland and ask that you hold them in your prayers. May our Lord grant you strength and peace.

Carol Hosmer informs the congregation that son in law to Albert DeWaal, Philip Grinevitch, passed away early Thursday morning. Please keep wife Annette and the rest of the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.

Bethel News

From the Deacons: Operation Christmas Child: 

The Christmas boxes to be filled for Samaritan's Purse will be available in our church on Sunday November 3rd. All filled boxes need to be returned by November 17th.

Hope and Healing International 

A catalogue is available on the foyer bulletin board for viewing. You'll find 41 extraordinary opportunities to give joy and healing through the 2019 catalogue or check the online catalogue at GiveJoy.ca

Living Members 

will meet at home of Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer on October 27th at 7:00 pm. We will discuss Lesson 6 in the Discover James booklet.

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. You still have time; place your form in the basket on the foyer table.

Basics of the Christian Faith Class: 

Reminder that there will be no class this week. We will start up again on November 7th. See you then!

A New Members Class 

will be offered next Sunday, November 3rd after the morning service over a Soup & Bun Luncheon. Pastor Jake will explain why membership is 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 is and what membership means. We will also discuss the process of becoming a member of the Bethel Church family. There will be a sign-up sheet on the foyer table, so we can plan for how much soup to make.

Woodynook CRC Morning Break Ladies 

would like to invite all the ladies of Bethel to join us on Wednesday’s from 9:30-11:30 as we study God’s word and build relationships with one another. Nursery for children ages 0-3 and Story Hour available for kids 3 years and older. Any questions, please call Cheryl Ekkel at 403-872-8508 or Kate Luymes at 403-782-6377.

The GEMS Dutch Cheese Fundraiser 

has started! Many of you may have already received phone calls or been asked in person. (The girls that sell the most cheese win prizes so please put the name of the GEM on the form if they asked you) There are cheese papers in your mailboxes today, please return forms by November 7th. If you have any questions please call Carina Tenbrinke at 403-505-7950 Thank you, from the GEMS leaders.

November Newsletter

We are beginning work on the November edition, featuring Remembrance Day. We also hope to focus on the different ministries and Bible Studies that are getting underway. Please send us a little note about your group or ministry so we can include it and let the rest of the congregation know what you are studying. Mention how things are going and so we can pray for one another. Family needs to be connected. We also hope to have a page in the newsletter that includes some photos, snapshots of the family over the last month. Take a photo or two and forward it on to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof. Please have your contributions in to either Harriet or Anita no later than Tuesday, October 29th.


Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Mexico Mission 2020: 

We will be meeting Tuesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. in the council room. Remember to bring your commitment forms along with your $200 deposit. We need everyone who is planning to go on this trip to attend so we can proceed with the planning process. We are still in need of 1 male and 1 female leader. Please prayerfully consider stepping up to help make this trip proceed and to ensure another needy family receives a home.

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 located on the table in the foyer, on our FB Youth page or contact your youth leader for more information.


A Virtual Tour of the Synod of Dordt

On Sunday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend a special seminar celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dort lead by guest speaker Dr. Don Sinnema and his wife Carla who will take you on a virtual tour of The Canons of Dort. This event will be held at The Redeemer United Reformed Church in Lacombe. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. This presentation will be a great way to introduce, familiarize and give a broader context to this time in Reformed church history. Hope to see you there.

Lacombe Christian School Building Project: 

Lacombe Christian School is renovating their East Campus and several changes are being made to serve staff and students better in the near future. We are looking for a contractor able to take on this project between May and August 2020. For more details or if you have any questions, please contact one of the committee members; Dean Den Oudsten, Reuben Kraay, Gerry Makkinga, Rachel Otten, Martin Van de Pol, Corine Weever or the school office @ 403-782-6531.


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!!

It is not too late to come to this year’s Day of Encouragement on November 2nd

Come join our churches and World Renew in celebration of 40 years of refugee sponsorship. Explore how hospitality and welcome has been a part of Canada's history from the Indigenous people, Dutch immigration and more. What does that mean for all of us and how will we continue that welcoming spirit of grace and unity into the future. Hear from Lewis Cardinal, Ida and Rebecca from World Renew, Jennifer Henry and others. www.regonline.ca/doeedmonton2019 www.classisalbertanorth.ca/nadc yournadc@gmail.com

Fellowship CRC

is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on November 30th and December 1, 2019. We will celebrate God’s goodness on Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 pm with a reception and program. On Sunday, December 1 at 10:30 am we will hold a special worship service, followed by a pot luck lunch. All events will take place in the Atrium at The Kings University. Tickets for the reception are $25 and available by calling Trudy Spaling at 780-554-6076 or emailing her at: tspaling@hotmail.com. Tickets must be purchased by November 20th. All are cordially invited to attend these events and celebrate with us!


is seeking members to be on the executive committee that guides the work of the ministry. Have you experienced the work of the church and the care provided by those with a diaconal heart? Might you be interested in sharing your experience and passion by joining the NADC executive committee? Committee members do not have to be current deacons but more importantly are interested in leadership and the overall picture of deacon work. Contact yournadc@gmail.com for more details.



Police broke up a worship gathering of approximately 6000 Christians on October 15th after Hindu militants accused the pastor of insulting other religions, possession of arms and forcible conversions. The congregation scattered when police arrived with demands that the service cease. May God work mightily in the lives of the church members, governing authorities and also of those opposed to Christianity.

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