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2007-04-15 Bulletin

Welcome on this first Sunday after Easter.

The excitement of Easter remains the center of our worship and our lives as we read in 1 Peter 1:3, “the resurrection of Jesus from the dead has given us new birth into a living hope that can never perish spoil or fade.” May you be blessed as you worship with us today. We also have the Mexico Mission team sharing with us this morning about the things God did through them during their time in Ensenada.

Church Family

Great news from Wolf Creek. They saw 120 and 170 at Good Friday and Easter Sunday respectively (we legally "seat" about 110.) Thanks be to God !!

From Kelsie Ellens - I made it safely to Australia and am living with Steve McKerrow’s family. It is good to see them all again. Ailsa and I leave on the 22nd for Tanzania and the Starehe Children’s Home where we will be helping care for the orphans for the next 6 weeks. If you can pray that our (especially mine) nerves will be calmed, that would be awesome. I know God is always with me, but it has caught me off guard how anxious I am at times, so please pray that I will be more calm. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

As space became available, Mrs Tena Ellen moved to the Lacombe Hospital long term care facility this week. We are thankful God provided a place at Heartland Manor for a few weeks. We trust people can visit a little easier now that she is in town.

We give thanks to God that Albert De Waal came through surgery very well and is resting comfortably. This week Mr. Jake Prins will have a similar operation and we entrust him to God’s healing care.

Our seniors who are housebound continue to need prayer and appreciate visits anytime: Ann Swier, Margaret Bos, Theresa Salomons and Jackie Hartenhof.

Jan Disselkoen, Albert and Caroline Strydhorst, Andy and Linda Horlings, Margaret Njuguna, and Evy Smith as well as Mark and Selina Patterson and Krista Prins are our missionaries in various countries around the world. Pray that God would give them good health and good strength as they go about their work.

Bridal Shower

A miscellaneous Bridal Shower will be held for Suzanne Stol on Friday, April 20th at 8:00 pm here in the church fellowship hall. All ladies and girls are encouraged to come and celebrate with Suzanne, her friends and her family as she looks forward to being married on May the 5th.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Pakistan

Five Christians, including a 16-year-old boy, have been falsely accused of "blasphemy" against Muhammad on April 1 in Punjab. Their Muslim neighbor, Abdul Ghafar, filed the charges. Ghafar claimed that Salamat and Bao Masih snatched a sticker with Muhammad's face on it out of his nephew's pocket and stomped on it. He also claimed that the five Christians forcibly entered his house, armed with a pistol and wooden rods, and shouted remarks against Muhammed and abused his family. In reality it had been an argument between children that started the upheaval. When local Muslims heard of the accusations of blasphemy, they attacked the Christian Colony, stoning houses and injuring a number of believers. A handicapped Christian named Ratan Masih was badly beaten before police beat back the mob and rescued him. The five Christians have been charged. If convicted, they could face three years imprisonment, a fine and the death penalty, or life imprisonment and a fine. They have all gone into hiding except Salamat Masih, who was arrested and remains in police custody.
Pray that the truth will come out in this situation and that all charges against these Christians will be dropped. Ask God to give healing to those injured. Pray that Christ will strengthen Pakistani Christians to follow His example and remain faithful to Him (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).

Young Adults

2nd Annual Young Adults Retreat

All young adults, single or married, are invited to Pioneer Ranch (just outside of Rocky Mountain House ) for a weekend get away. We will be looking at personality types and Spiritual gifts. Then we will identify how these two impact the people around us and our world. It is our prayer that together we will come to a greater understanding of what it means to be part of the body of Christ, to build and encourage one another so that ultimately God's name will be glorified.

This retreat will be on May 4th, 5th and 6th. Activities include: canoeing, horse back riding, archery and rock climbing. Cost is $110.00 Please email c_tuininga@hotmail.com for more info or request a registration form from your church office.

Attention All Children and Youth Leaders 

On May 5th there will be a 1/2 day workshop in Calgary hosted by Youth Specialties who are affiliated with Youth Unlimited.

    The Core: We may not always see it, but most every teenager is dealing with some kind of hurt. This spring, you have an opportunity to dig beneath the surface to discover what is at the CORE of the students you work with, and how anyone involved in their lives can respond to their pain. Anyone—youth workers, parents, Sunday School teachers…you.

If this sounds intriguing to you contact Wayne Bouwman so we register all Bethel members who are interested

Mexico Wind-up Gathering 

All those who went on the Mexico mission trip are encouraged to come together to share stories and pictures and wind up this year’s Mexico trip on Sunday, April 22nd here in the Fellowship Hall at 2:30 pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Club Please note 

We have cancelled our meeting for this month.

From the Deacons

Over the next couple of weeks we would like to paint Liz Hutchison’s place, and we need your help. Liz will supply the paint, and we as a church hope to supply the painters “ourselves”. We need people to wash walls, possibly paint ceilings, sand and then paint. Hopefully you can come for a couple of hours or a day or two.

We hope to work on April 17, 18, 19, 20 from 12 noon onwards and if necessary on April 24, 25, 26, 27 from noon onwards

Please call Pete Hoekstra @782-5107

and/or Sherry Tenbrinke @782-7950 for more information or to sign up to help.

From the Deacons

Last week’s bulletin featured an announcement which invited everyone interested in doing so to attend a CRWRC Global Awareness Event. The Bethel deacons would really like to encourage as many people from our church as possible to “go and show” their support for this amazing organization and their work. Do you believe in our mandate to provide global relief? Are you a “CRWRC champion”? Do you want to be? You have the opportunity to say “yes” to the above questions on May 5 at Covenant CRC in Edmonton. For more information, check the poster in the foyer. Need a ride? Call Pete Hoekstra @ 782-5107.

Christian Labour Association of Canada.

Attention: Come join us for an evening of fellowship, everyone is welcome

    Date: Friday,April 27, 2007 from 7 to 9 pm.

Where: at Gull Lake Hall - Refreshments and dessert will be provided.

Music by: Youth Praise Ensemble from Lacombe.

Speaker: Co Vanderlaan, CLAC National Representative with more than 40 years of experience in labour relations will be our guest speaker. His message is titled, “ CLAC Making a Difference- Not a Destination but a Journey of Faith”

EFC’S FAITH TODAY LOOKS AT CHARTER

On April 17, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will celebrate its 25th anniversary. In its latest cover story Faith Today asks how it has changed Canada.

From the Cuba Connection Committee of Classis Alberta North

We have been provided an opportunity to provide materials that are needed by our brothers and sisters of the IGLESIA CRISTIANA REFORMADA EN CUBA. We have an offer to have the material transported to the Island free of charge once we get the material to Halifax!

The Cuban Church says that they need the following:

paper, pencils, office supplies, printer ink, wheel chairs, canes, walkers, crutches, clothing, shoes, sheet sets, towels, soap, laundry soap, tooth brushes, shampoo, wash cloths, non perishable food

A special box will be placed in the foyer on April 29 and May 6. If you want to participate in this ministry, please bring your gifts and place them in the box. Only clean, new, or as good as new products can be received. Thank you in advance for considering this request.

CRWRC:

  Two million Iraqis – mostly coming from minority groups including a large number ofChristians – have fled war in their homeland. A mass exodus into Lebanon, Syria and Jordan by the persecuted victims of this manmade disaster has led to great need. The UN’s hands are tied; the US government’s response is weak. Christians must act. CRWRC plans to provide relief for refugees through churches in Syria and Jordan. To help make this possible, donate by calling 1-800-730-3490 or online at www.crwrc.org

70 TIMES 7: 

Someone has been messing with Liz’s stuff, so Liz is going to get revenge. Help Liz decide what to do on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kids-corner.org for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

FAITH ALIVE CHRISTIAN RESOURCES:  

 Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day 2007, a day for environmental awareness around the world. Explore your role as God’s caretaker with Living the Good Life on God’s Good Earth, an important book that discusses the impact of stewardship on every area of our lives. To view a sample chapter, visit www.FaithAliveResources.org or call 1-800-333-8300.

The King's Guild 

Is pleased to present its annual Spring Craft & Rummage Sale on Saturday April 21 at the King's University College gym, 10:00- 3:00. Over 60 tables of crafts, baked goods and gently used items for sale! Admission and parking are free.

Church Website 

Donald Wildeboer has graciously agreed to put together our Bethel CRC website. You can find it at www.LacombeBethelCRC.org and view the work in progress. In the next little while it will be expanded to include all kinds of helpful information about our church and insights into the faith. Thanks Don

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