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2007-04-29 Bulletin

Welcome on this Sunday as we look back on the 150 years of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. GRACE THROUGH EVERY GENERATION is the theme for the anniversary celebrations. The planned activities for this observance will span the calendar year of 2007. Three phases of emphasis are being built into the observance: remembering, rejoicing and rededicating. Today we begin with remembering.

Church Family

Pearl Datema is celebrating her 88th birthday today! Congratulations Pearl. May God’s grace surround you and His peace be with you today and all through this coming year.

Ernie Stebner came through his surgery very well by the grace of God and is recovering nicely at home.

Ken and Jenny Tenbrinke were blessed with a baby boy, Nicolas, this past Wednesday. He was four weeks early but is doing well as is Jenny. We give thanks for God’s grace in granting the miracle of new life.

We extend our Christian sympathy to Bill & Audrey Noordhof and family. Bill’s younger brother Tammo passed away in the Netherlands on Friday as a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease. We pray that his wife and children and exteneded family may know the tender comfort of our heavenly Father and the peace that is found in knowing life everlasting.

Continue to remember our shut-ins: Ann Swier, Margaret Bos, Theresa Salomons, Tena Ellen 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.

Remember also Kelsie Ellens and Ailsa McKerrow as they work in the orphanage in Tanzania. May God grant all of them grace, strength and peace.

Thank You!! 

The Wolf Creek Gideons would like to thank each and every one who attended our Gideon Banquet. It was the first one in 15 years in Lacombe, and 190 people attended. The offering that night was $8800.00. That will buy a lot of Bibles for overseas countries where many people do not even own one book. Thanks so much for your generous help.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Iraq - On April 14, several Iraqi Christians fled from their homes in the Dora district of Baghdad in response to a fatwa issued by an amir (independent Muslim prince or ruler). The fatwa was enforced by militants who told the believers they would be killed if they did not convert to Islam within twenty-four hours. The fleeing Christians were prevented from taking any personal belongings with them. The cross on the top of St. John the Baptist Chaldean church in Dora has reportedly been removed by militants. Ask God to protect and provide for the displaced Christians. Pray Iraqi Christians will not give in to fear but stand firm in the faith (2 Timothy 1:7). Pray for peace and security in Iraq and the establishment of a government able and willing to protect the religious freedoms of all Iraqis.

Operation Manna: “Working in Partnership with Community Ministries” 

On Sunday, May 13, we will gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. These funds are used to support new community outreach ministries. Next Sunday we will distribute a special brochure highlighting how the money will be used this year. The Deacons

Youth Praise Team

We will be having a short meeting immediately following the service on May 6 to plan for the next service we will be involved in. If you are able to commit to the practice time and be available for the June 3rd AM service please come out to this meeting. We will meet in the council room.

Tuesday Night Youth

We are coming to a close of yet another year of Tuesday Night Youth, our last two instructional nights are May 15 and 22. We are planning a wrap-up get together with a wiener roast, Capture the Flag and possibly other games as well. We are tentatively planning it for Friday June 1 at 8:00 pm. More details to come. Thank to all the leaders and youth for another great year together and also to you parents who continue to support this important ministry.

YC TICKETS

Due to unforeseen circumstances we now have two YC tickets available and possibly more if desired. If you were thinking about attending YC and failed to get tickets you still can. The cost is $115.00 for the tickets plus $50.00 for bus and hotel. Please contact Wayne Bouwman if you are interested.

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 

Do you like to sing? 

Would you like to sing in a choir? If so, please join us at Wolf Creek Community Church on Thursday nights at 7:00 where we have started a small chorus. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and enjoy yourself. Phone Carolyn Cave for more information 782-7365.

Bulk Foods Co-op

A group of ladies in Lacombe is looking at starting a Bulk Foods Co-op. If you are interested in saving money on foods such as rice, grains, flours, dried fruit, nuts, spices and seasonings, please send an e-mail to bulkfoods@platinum.ca for more information and a catalogue, or phone 782-7365. If there is sufficient interest, an order will be made in May.

Fashion Show and Dessert Night

 On Friday, May 11th, the Students Council of Central Alberta Christian High School will be hosting their annual Fashion Show and Dessert Night. This year's theme for the show is: "City Lights, Fashion in a World of Black and White". There is a great line up of stores planned and the evening promises to be a great time showcasing the latest fashions. Tickets will be available starting April 17th by calling Ann at the school office at 782-4535. Ticket prices are $15.00 each, two for $25.00 or a table of eight for $80.00

FINAL NOTICE! 

Friends, supporters and champions of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, this is your LAST CHANCE to reserve your spot for the CRWRC celebration evening "For the Least of These" on Saturday, May 5. Join us for a meal, Global Bazaar, performances by Voce Humana, Edmonton Christian High School Choir, Ida Mutoigo (CRWRC-Canada director) and more! Held at Covenant CRC in Edmonton (19010-87 Ave.). Doors open at 5 pm; dinner at 5:30 pm; celebration concert at 7 pm. Admission is free! To allow us to plan enough food, CONTACT YOUR DEACONS BY MAY 1 to reserve your spot.

The Classical Home Missions Committee 

(CHMC) is seeking nominations of persons who have a passion for church planting and church revitalization. The committee is seeking people who understand or wish to grow in the knowledge and experience of what it means to be a “Missional Church”. Needed as well are those who can be strong encouragers and supporters to the church planters, pastors and leaders God has already called into mission focused congregations. If the Lord is calling you please contact your churches Mission or Outreach Committee, or the CHMC directly. The contact for CHMC is Pastor Ron Klok at Glad Tidings CRC, ph. (780) 479-4526, e-mail ministry@telus.net; home ph. (780) 476-2812, e-mail klokhome@shaw.ca.

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.

Employment Opportunity

Bethel is seeking a person or persons to fill the custodian’s position, which will be vacant as of June 30. If you desire to fill this position, please submit a letter indicating your interest and your qualifications to the General Administration Leadership Team, c/o Peter Prins or Anita Geldof.

On The Road Again

Women are invited to an evening "On The Road Again" Tuesday May 8th, at the Lacombe Kozy Korner, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Travelin' Along Motorcycle tips & information for the new and experienced lady driver or rider. Wind at My Back A physician's wife and avid motorcyclist, Elayne Goertzen, from Medicine Hat, shares her quest for freedom and how she found it.

Musical Wheels Enjoy selections with Rosalie DenOudsten and Merrigold Long.

Cost of $8 includes dessert & refreshments. Please call Cora to reserve by Friday May 4th. 782-6233

SONRISE CAMP 

Summer is just around the corner (we hope) and plans are under way for another great camp season. If you are wondering what to do with your kids aged 10-12 or 13-15 this summer, why not consider sending them to Sonrise Camp in Rocky Mountain House for a week of Bible lessons, crafts, games, and so much more! The 10-12 year old camp will run from July 8-13 and the 13 -15 camp will run from July 22-27. For more information or to get registration forms, contact Marie Aasman at rockycrc@telus.net or (403) 845-6067.

NEWSLETTER 

The May edition of the NEWSLETTER will be coming out on May the 6th. If you have any contributions, please have them in to Anita of Harriet by Wednesday, May the 2nd. Publication will be on the 3rd. Thanks so much.

Lost and Found 

Please have a look at the lost and found table. Anything left there after May the 13th will be brought to Building Blocks Thrift store.

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