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2007-05-06 Bulletin

Welcome on this Sunday as we begin a new series of messages under the title “Questions of Faith.” This first sermon deals with the Christian’s search to know the will of God. We are confident that God leads us and we do search for God’s will, but it is sometimes clear and sometimes not so clear. In affirming God’s leading we need to be sensitive to our search.

Operation Manna: “Working in Partnership with Community Ministries”

Today you will receive a brochure describing the ministries which your gift will help to fund this year. Please take some time this week to be informed about these outreach ministries that address diverse needs in different communities. Your gift will help ministries to provide practical help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ. Please pray for these ministries this week. The offering will take place next Sunday. The Deacons.

Church Family

Congratulations to Gerry & Pita Doornenbal who are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, May the 8th.

Our condolences go out to Henry Geldof and the family with the sudden death of Henry’s father in Chillawack last Saturday. He was 73 years old. In our grief we look to the grace and love of the Lord Jesus for comfort and hope.

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.

NOTES FROM COUNCIL:

The following have been nominated for the offices of elder, youth elder, and deacon;

For Elder: Henry Geldof, Ray Merkus, Bryan Noordhof and Peter Prins. Of these 2 will be elected.

For Youth Elder: Phil Tenbrinke

For Deacon: Rod Duckett, Herman Scholing Jr., Donald Wildeboer and Marja VanderVlis. Of these 2 will be elected. If there are objections to any of these nominations, please contact any of the elders. The election will be held on May 27th in the morning service.

The Flower Ministry

This week the flowers will be brought to Ernie and Willie Stebner as Ernie continues to recover from his hip surgery. May God grant good healing.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Nepal

Mukesh Karki (15) sustained leg injuries and required hospitalization when a bomb exploded at the Grace English Boarding School in Birganj, Nepal on April 25. The Nepal Defence Army (NDA) has claimed responsibility for the bombing. They also attempted to destroy a bus on the property. The Hindu militants claim the staff was converting Hindu children to Christianity by force The purpose of the NDA is to restore the country to a Hindu theocracy.The Grace English Boarding School, together with the Blessed Children's Home, help to meet the physical and educational needs of more than three hundred children in Birganj, both Hindu and Christian. Two years ago, the directors were charged with forcibly converting children. Those charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. Pray for the full physical recovery of Mukesh. Pray for the staff and students of the school and home as they continue to care for the needy children of the community. Pray that God will silence those who falsely accuse believers of forcible conversion.

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

Oops! In last week’s bulletin I wrote that our last two instructional nights were May 15 and 22. That was an error on my part. It should have read May 8 and 15. I guess it's not just the youth that are ready for a break. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Wayne

YC TICKETS

Our last two YC tickets have been sold and we now have 21 young people and 6 leaders heading out for this exciting weekend. This is double our last year’s numbers and we praise God for that. The cost for Hotel and Bus comes out to $55.00 per person. Please get those funds to Wayne Bouwman as soon as possible. As well there are still a few who have not paid their registration fees. Please pay this as well.

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". 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

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!

The Cuban Church would like the following: Office and school supplies (pencils, paper, markers....) Medical - over the counter medicines (e.g.-aspirins, ibuprofen) canes, crutches, etc., Clothing, shoes, bedsheets, Personal-towels, soap, tooth brushes, shampoo, Non perishable food, laundry soap

Now we are also hoping to send good, used adult bicycles! These would be so useful as very few Cubans own cars. Questions? Call Rod at 782-2643

A special box will be in the foyer on May 6 and 13.. Thank you for your generosity!

At sometime toward the end of May we will need some kind people with trucks or enclosed trailers to bring this all to Edmonton.

At the Bibles ForMissions thrift Store we have been packing many boxes of clothes, bedding, shoes etc. for Cuba because some people have given us donations to use for that purpose. If you would like to give in that way, it would save you shopping for items, it would help us cut down on our backlog at the store, it would pay for more Bibles for the Ukraine –and it would help people in Cuba! A win-win situation! Donations can be given to either board member Simon Leenstra or Dave Reitsma. (If you are giving a cheque make it out to Bibles for Missions Thrift Store.)

Employment Opportunities

Custodian

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 Gelof.

King's University College

The following career opportunities are available at King's University College.

- Coordinator of Student Programs - Residence Director

- Bookstore Manager

Please go to our website for more information. www.kingsu.ca

POSITION OPENING: Uganda

The Christian Reformed Church in North America has an opening for a Country Consultant based in Uganda, East Africa, with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). See www.crcna.org or www.crwrc.org for more information. Submit your resume and letter of interest to apply@crcna.org by May 18.

POSITION OPENING: Southern Africa

The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time opening for a Team Leader based in Southern Africa. The position will provide overall administrative and ministry leadership to the Southern Africa ministry team, including the countries of Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa. Visit www.crwrc.org or www.crcna.org for information. Application deadline is May 11.

POSITION OPENING: Executive Director

Youth Unlimited, a multi-national and inter-denominational youth ministry is seeking an Executive Director. Responsibilities include budget administration, spiritual leadership, development, and staff management. Leadership experience, a passion for youth ministry and the ability to build and foster relationships is required. Position to be filled by July 1. Send resume and cover letter by email to: resumes@youthunlimited.org or by mail to: YU Search Committee, PO Box 7259, Grand Rapids, MI 49510.

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.

The Back to God Hour/Kid's Corner

Last Sunday we heard from Pastor Mpindi who brings God's word in Africa. But the Back to God Hour is also available in Canada. It can be heard on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. on 930AM, or at 6:30 p.m on 1140AM. But it can be heard 24/7 at the website www.backtogod.net. Also there the Today devotion, can be found, and kids, you can hook up with Kid's Corner for interesting activities!!--or go straight to kids-corner.org. Let's also use these resources as we reach out to our friends and neighbors.

NEWSLETTER

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the May NEWSLETTER has been put on hold until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.

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.

PRAYER REQUEST:

Praise God for a 67-year-old listener in Beijing, China, who wrote in response to our Chinese-language programs: “I used to be a communist party member and an atheist, but God has turned my life around through many drastic events and your programs. My eyesight is deteriorating very fast, so gospel radio is very important to me.”

GOD’S GIFT:

It’s hard to raise kids these days. Results from various studies report children who are spoiled far more than the last generation, others report that many children have everything they want and yet are starved for love, and still other studies report rising numbers of child neglect. In a world full of materialism and choices, how do we know we are raising our children right? Find out on the May 13th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

THE COMPUTER CAPERS:

When robbers steal the school’s computers, Liz decides to solve the mystery. The mystery deepens when Liz disappears. Help his friends find him on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kids-corner.org for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

40 Day Prayer Ramp ’07

This is a call to prayer groups/networks to pray during a forty day window (May 2 to June 10) for national evangelism initiatives. Please pray that great numbers of men, women and children be transformed by Christ in every community across this land. To find out more and join, visit the website: www.40DayPrayerRamp.com and pass it on to others.

Global Day of Prayer

On Pentecost Sunday (May 27), churches and groups are encouraged to join the global community in prayer for revival. To find out more and join, visit the website: www.gdopcanada.com and pass it on to others.

Celebration 2007

Imagine what will happen when everyone shows the love of God to their neighbours through simple acts of service all at the same time across Canada, from May 26 to June 10! To join the movement, free of change, get ideas and resources visit the website: www.Celebration2007.ca.

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