BETHEL CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Christmas Day New Year’s Eve January 1 December 25, 2011
Worship at 11AM
ELDER A. Tamming P. Beerda B. De Vries Inviting community ...seeking God ...growing in Christ ...caring for all
DEACONS P. Colyn I. Thorausch H. Heuving
I. Thorausch H. Heuving R. Vlieger Today – December 25 – 10AM - GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!! Today is CHRISTMAS DAY!
GREETERS I. Thorausch A. Rowaan P. Beerda We join together for singing, celebration and encouragement as we mark the birth of our Lord Jesus
J. Pasma R. Vlieger H. Heuving
Christ, the Saviour of the world for all times and places and peoples. Our prayer and theme title is
WELCOME PERSON T. Nieuwland
– “Come to Us” The suggested lectionary gospel readings include Luke 2:1-20 and John 1:1-
P. Beerda M. Saarloos
NURSERY A. Beerda G. Brus
J. Vanderlei M. Groot-Nibbelink Later this Week and Next Week
CHILDREN’S STORY M. Rowaan M. Hessels Worship Services – Dec.31 7.30PM – New Year’s Eve Service
COFFEE F & L De Vries H & R Jeninga Jan.1 – special time –10.15AM brunch and 11 - AM Worship –
B. Knapper J & R Vlieger Join with God and each other as we mark the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.
USHERS C. Baarda P & B Mook
Y. Emun T. Super
BRUNCH 10:15a.m. As we do other years, we will have a time of fellowship, conversation and
SOUND B. Heuving J. de Boer S. Jeninga
offering each other New Year’s blessings beginning at 10:15a.m. Please bring any leftover goodies
M. Hamstra M. Beldman C. Howlett
SUNDAY SCHOOL from your own New Year’s celebrations for our fellowship time together. They can be dropped off in
No Sunday School No Sunday School
MUSICIAN M. Heuving J. Beldman J. Beldman the kitchen.
SUNDAY 10:00a.m. Christmas Day Worship Service BETHEL CHURCH FAMILY
12:30-7:30p.m. Ark Aid Dinner Early this past Wednesday morning, John deVries passed on to be with the Lord. We pray
MONDAY 7:00-9:00p.m. Visitation in Bethel church for John De Vries for God’s strength and eternal comfort to surround his in the loss of a husband, father and
TUESDAY 1:00p.m. Memorial Service for John De Vries grandfather. We also extend our prayers to his wife Tina and their children John and Chris,
WEDNESDAY 6:30p.m. Youth Group Skating evening Rick and Joanne, Ed and Janice, Rita and Harold and their families and Christian sympathy
SATURDAY 7:30p.m. New Year’s Eve Service to Ruth Poortinga whose father also passed on this past week. Ruth had received word of her
grandmother’s passing just the week before last. Ruth will be travelling this week to be with her
SUNDAY 10:15a.m. Brunch followed by service
family in Eritrea. Pray for comfort and safety in travel. Bernie Hengeveld continues his
recuperation from his recent surgery to remove a malignant abdominal tumour. Pray for recovery
and healing for Nel deVries after her recent breast-cancer surgery. Keep Sylvia Reitsma in your
prayers as she awaits word on a treatment plan for dealing with her lymphoma. Andy and Alice
Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink – 519-453-0767; email@example.com Vanderveen’s granddaughter Leah had breast-cancer surgery this past Wednesday and awaits
Chair of Council – Peter Beerda – 519-268-3255 further word on any future treatment plan.
Clerk of Council – Harry Jeninga – 519-284-3224
Pray for others who may be awaiting medical appointments and tests in the near future.
Secretary – Joanne Pasma; 519-453-6565; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Monday and Thursday morning, Friday afternoon
Bulletin submission deadline: Thursday 9a.m. Thank you for your cards, emails, and prayers in connection with the recent death of my dad,
Church website: www.bethel-crc.ca Bill Smids. Through you we have experienced God's comfort, care and grace. Marg Kooy
Sunday … for - Canadian Ministries - Urban Aboriginal Ministries—Christmastime is a
challenge for people living with addictions. It is a time when people who have given up their
addictions are more likely to fall, and when those actively addicted are inclined to use even more.
Pray that God will guide people away and protect them from their addictions and that the power of Next Week: Denominational Ministry Shares
these addictions will be broken.
Monday…for renewal. In the midst of the busy-ness of this season, pray that we may be able to Gift Fund-Ark Aid/Food Bank: $721.00;
set aside time to reflect meaningfully on the great love of God that came to the earth in the person Back to God Hour: $50.00
of Jesus Christ. Continue to pray for new opportunities to share this love with those who do not yet
know Christ. Bethel Proportional Giving and
Tuesday...ongoing Bethel prayer concerns: Pray for those for whom this time of year is especially Offerings for the year 2011
difficult because of losses of the past and the missing of loved ones. Also pray for those unable to Offering needed weekly $ 4,946.00
be with us regularly; Tina Wiersma at Richmond Woods, Rika Voogt, and Alice Vanderveen. Budget requirement year to date $252,180.00
Pray for Danielle Rowaan in Mali, Jocelyn Beldman as she has returned from Antigua and Leah Offering received $ 7,190.00
Hopp in Karamoja, Uganda. Offering received year to date $187,921.00
Wednesday… for our global neighbours ... Pray for the people of the Philippines who have
lost so much in terms of lives and homes. Pray for stability for North Korea and its global
neighbours with the change of power in leadership. OFFICE HOURS
Thursday…for CRWRC - Praise God that his deep love has been shared in more than 4,500 The office will be open on Monday, Thursday and Friday morning, please have all bulletin
communities around the world this year through CRWRC’s community development programs. information in by Thursday 9a.m.
Thank God for all the people who have supported CRWRC’s ministry of love, providing clean water,
nutritious food, literacy programs, business development training, and health care to communities in CHURCH ACTIVITIES
need. BETHEL CONGREGATION!!
Friday… for Home Missions - Campus ministry—A new part-time campus ministry has started 116 knitted items were counted and boxed up for ARK AID MISSION CHRISTMAS DAY
at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, B.C. Please pray for pastor Sam Lee, a second- CELEBRATIONS. THANK-YOU so much for your support of the MITTEN TREE 2011.
generation Korean, as he leads this new ministry.
Saturday… for World Missions - Mexico—San Pablo Theological Seminary in Merida, Mexico, "CROSSFIRE" YOUTH GROUP GRADES 7 - 12 (BRING A FRIEND)
prepares pastors and church planters to serve across southern Mexico. Pray that seminary teachers Wed. Dec. 28 - Skating, campfire, hotdogs, hot chocolate. Meet at Good News at 6:30 for carpool
and administrators will perceive what training their students need. Pray for seminarians to draw to Victoria Park. Please be picked up again at Good News at 9 p.m. If you don't skate just come and
nearer to God through their studies. hang out. Come with your friends, bring your family.
Mon. Jan. 9 - leader's meeting at Bethel 7 p.m.
*E – CLASS****E – CLASS**** E – CLASS****E – CLASS**** E – CLASS*
BUSY WORKING? AT COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY? – Interested in building your faith, becoming a WORSHIP COMMITTEE - Thursday January 12th 7:30pm
member at Bethel Church but are out of town or can’t commit to a night every week? Then think
of joining an “E-CLASS” with Pastor Eric. Through email, readings can be assigned, discussions held REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS
and periodic meetings arranged for when you are available or home. If interested please email SAVE THE DATE …..for Classis Chatham’s annual DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT on February 11,
Pastor Eric at email@example.com - Of course, those interested in a regular in-person class are also 2012 at London District Christian Secondary School. The theme for this year is Generation
encouraged to contact Pastor Eric. Now…. Conversations with and about Emerging Adults (18-25+) Stay tuned for more information.
SENIORS FELLOWSHIP – NEXT GATHERING – will be scheduled for January 18, 2010. INFORMATION EVENING FOR PARENTS OF GRADE 7 AND 8 STUDENTS
Parents of students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to attend a Dinner and Information Evening at
FROM COUNCIL London District Christian Secondary School on Friday, January 13, 2012, from 6:30 –
Needed request: The Thielke's (missionaries whom Bethel supports) are retiring from the mission 9:30 p.m. The program will include alumni reflections, curricular highlights, and student
field. They are coming to our Church on Sunday January 8, 2012 for a farewell. At that time they perspectives on Christian education. If you wish to attend, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the
are going to give us an update on what they have been doing on the mission field. We are in need office (519-455-4360) by Monday, January 9, 2012.
of accommodation for them on Saturday January 7, 2012, if anyone can help us out please contact
Harry Jeninga ASAP. Many thanks
FROM THE DEACONS
Today’s Offering: Christmas Day: CRWRC
New Year’s Eve: Budget
December 25, 2011
Christmas Day Worship
WE RECEIVE GOD'S WORD
WE CELEBRATE CHRIST'S ARRIVAL
The Reading of Luke 2:8-20
Sermon: “Come to Us”
The First Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7
The Pastoral Prayer
The Lighting of Four Candles and the Christ Candle
WE SING TO THE GLORY OF GOD
*The Gospel Reading: John 1:1-5, 14, 29
PH 355:1,2,3 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”
*Song: "Magnify the Lord"
PH 214 “Ere Zij God”(Glory to God)
*The Call to Worship:
PH 345:1,2,3 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
*God's Greeting and Congregational Amen!
“He Came” (singers)
*Worshipers greet one another with the peace of Christ.
“Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”
WE SING THE CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS
The Reading of Luke 2:1-7
PH 337: 1,2,4 “Joy to the World”
PH 349 “Away In A Manger
SNC 115 “ Gloria “
PH 347 “Angels, We Have Heard on High” *You are invited to stand
PH 340 1,3,4 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
1st Offering: CRWRC
2nd Offering: Bethel Budget and Denominational Ministry Shares
“He’s Still the King of Kings” (Singers)
Children’s Message – Marlene Rowaan