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2008-01-27 Bulletin

Bethel CRC Mission Statement: We are God’s Children – gathered by Him in love – to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage on another. We do this in obedience to His Word.

Our Church Family

The flowers this week will be going to Hilda Zuidhof and Ruth Sluys, who both have undergone successful surgeries during the past month. We continue to pray for their healing and patience during their time of recuperation.

Ruth Sluys came through her heart procedure and is doing well. There are still some concerns but we give thanks to God for his healing grace to Ruth and Pastor Peter and their family.

 

Do remember our seniors in prayer during the difficult cold winter months as well as our shut ins: Tena Ellen, Ann Swier, Margaret Bos, Theresa Salomons, and Jackie Hartenhof.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Profession of Faith

Is planned for Sunday, February 17th in the morning service. Brittany Brander, Madelyn de Regt, Travis Ebens, Steven Szelekovszky and Kristin Van Stryland will publicly express their love for the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Darran Vreugdenhil will make his profession at a later date. On February 24th we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.

 

Afghanistan Mission

Canadian Forces – often it seems far removed from us but it is not. Three families in our fellowship are directly involved with the mission. Alberta and Carol De Waal have a granddaughter going there, Peter Rosendal, a brother, and Ernie and Willie Stebner, a grandson. We pray for safety for all those who serve in the Canadian Forces and God’s blessing on their efforts to bring peace to that troubled region.

Church mailboxes

Some new members have joined our fellowship and they have received mailboxes in the foyer. Please double check the name on your mailbox as it may have been moved to a different spot!

Do you have kids who like to scribble?

The church secretaries would like to get rid of some extra scrap paper that has been collecting over the last few months. If you would like some paper for scribbles or would like scrap for notepaper, lets us know so we can bundle it up for you.

The 2008 Christian Reformed Church Yearbook

Will be available soon. All those who would like to order a copy, please talk to Cindy or Dana today.

Love & Respect Bible study:

This is a new Bible study which is starting this Friday, February 1st at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Terry & Donna Vandenborn. If you are interested in coming, please give Donna a call at 782-9993.

Office Bearer Nominations – 2008

Along with the information in the “Council Notes” it is Council’s desire to give the congregation more opportunity to prayerfully be involved in the nomination of office bearers in our church. All professing members will be asked to nominate gifted people.

Sometimes it is difficult to know who is eligible for nomination so the following details are made available to you now.

  • Needed, 3 Elders - (those completing terms: Peter Rosendal, John van Gyssel, Bill Wildeboer)
  • Needed, 2 Youth Elders - (those completing terms: Wayne Bouwman, Henry Stad)
  • Needed, 2 Deacons - (those completing terms: John Stol, Terry Vandenborn)

(Note: women are eligible to be nominated for deacon in our church.)

You should also be aware that all office bearers are given a minimum two-year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore unavailable for nomination at this time are: Henry Eisses, August Luymes, Paul Prins, Ed Stol, and Rod Venhuis.

Sometimes people are even a little unsure who the present Council Members are. They are: Henry Geldof, Peter Prins, Harry Van Stryland, Art Hazelhoff, Phil Tenbrinke, Rod Duckett, Ralph Bos, Peter Hoekstra, Herman Scholing Jr. so you cannot nominate them.

With this information you are asked to prayerfully consider persons you would like to nominate for these offices. You do not need to officially speak with each person you nominate. This is an initial general nomination of gifted people. The district elder will officially approach those who are ultimately nominated.

An actual nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, February 3rd (during the offering) and collected as you leave the sanctuary. At that time you fill in the names of those you feel are gifted to serve. Using your nominations Council will approach people and develop the official slate of nominees.

Those who cannot be present February 3rd can make other arrangements to submit their nominations. If you have questions please talk to Bill Wildeboer or Peter Rosendal.

Pre-Confession Class

Pastor Mike is beginning another pre-confession class for those interested in making public profession of their faith. If you feel you would like to take this step of faith at this time please contact Pastor Mike.

Bethel Newsletter:

Another month is flying by and the Newsletter team is busy putting together the next issue. A few families have received requests for write-ups and a few more leadership teams or ministries will be asked for some communication about their work in the church. If you are one of these, please help us out. The purpose of the Newsletter is to inform one another in order to build up the family and the community here in Bethel. We hope to make each other aware of our joys and our concerns. The Newsletter is the place to get the information out about what your group is doing or planning so that the whole church can be informed and involved as much as possible. Are you making changes to policies? Let us know! Are you planning some special events with your groups? Again, write up a little something and let us know! By all means, you do not have to wait for invitations to write. Please email your write-ups if possible to ahgeldof@telus.net or to awildeboer@xplornet.com. Otherwise place it in the mailbox of anyone of the Newsletter team. Thanks so much. Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof, Harriet Luymes and Ann Wildeboer.

Volunteer Link

For those volunteers that still have outstanding paperwork to be completed (security clearance & reference letters) please follow up and have this completed and returned to Judy Hazelhoff ASAP. Thank you for your cooperation.

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Young Peoples

Will meet for a skating social at Cranna Lake after the evening service. Refreshments to follow.

Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this Tuesday. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Mexico Mission Team

You are reminded to attend a meeting Monday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. The drama team will practice after the meeting.

Sweetheart Dinner:

You are invited to attend the annual Sweetheart Dinner to be held on Friday, February 15th. Don’t miss out on an evening of good company, cozy surroundings, great entertainment and delicious food. Proceeds of this evening will go toward the Mexico Mission trip. Reservations need to be made by February 10th! Please call Gerry @ 782-4170.

Attention young people in grades 9-12:

Neerlandia CRC Youth group is hosting a winter retreat on February 15th – 17th, 2008. You are invited to join them for a weekend of great workshops, worship and fun activities. The cost is only $50. For brochures and more information see your youth leader.

Red Deer College Chaplain 

Dr. Jack Hielema was recently appointed to be the Chaplain at Red Deer College. This is an exciting new ministry, if you need to get in contact with Jack Hielema please call (403) 348-5464, or jackhielema@shaw.ca. He will be at RDC Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

At Lacombe Christian School

Plans are underway to make your child’s kindergarten experience an exciting adventure in learning! Registrations are being accepted for the 2008/2009 school year. Forms are available at the office or you can download them from the website, www.lacs.ca.

Grandparents, Seniors and Newborns Luncheon

In Genesis 17:7 it says, "I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you."

With this in mind, we would like to invite the Seniors & Grandparents and Moms and/or Dads with babies born in 2006 & 2007 to a luncheon at Central Alberta Christian High School on Thursday, February 14th at 11:30 a.m. Come for a delicious lunch, visit students in the classroom and see the recent building project. RSVP to Ann at CACHS by February 7th at 782-4535.

Christian Women’s Club of Lacombe

Ladies you are invited for and entertaining evening hosted by Christian Women’s Club of Lacombe. On the evening of Friday, February 8, 2008 “Treasures of the Heart” will be the theme. Guest speaker Karen Gleddie from Chestermere has more blonde days than most blondes. Enjoy her talk entitled “I’m Free to Love”. A presentation by the Lacombe Lapidary Club (rocks and gems), and a heartwarming selection by local singer Gina Albert. Cost of $8 includes dessert and refreshments. Call Connie at 885-4653 to reserve by Friday February 8, 2008.

Wolf Creek Youth for Christ presents “Serving you up some Comedy!” with special guest Phil Callaway.

This dessert night will take place at the Lacombe Memorial Centre Saturday, March 1, 2008. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7:00 p.m. The tickets are $25 each or $175 for a table of eight. Please note that the last day for ticket sales is February 24th and are available at www.wolfcreekyfc.com or call 755-7825.

The Interchurch Curling

Would like to invite the local churches to a night of curling on March 8th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Red Deer Curling Centre. Our prayer is that we will get 16 teams and lots of spectators from churches in Red Deer and surrounding areas. It will be a night of fellowship and fun, so come out and meet new people. If you are in need of a broom, brooms will be available at the rink. For more information or to register call Warren Meers at 886-2994 or Skip Murphy at 885-4464. Deadline to register for this event is February 14th.

Open House!

King's is pleased to announce that an Open House will be held on campus February 9, 2008 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The day will include tours of the campus, demonstrations in various departments, music, food, and lots of opportunity to talk with faculty, students, and staff. Mark your calendar and plan to be a part of this event! Everyone welcome!

RRSP Donation Time!

Another way to support Christian education at the university level. Contributions can be made to The King’s University College. Reminder: all contributions made by Feb 29, 2008 can be used on 2007 tax returns. More info -- refer to our website or call (465-8307).

Employment opportunities

Please check the bulletin board for several employment opportunities with the Christian Labour Association of Canada and Citizens for Public Justice.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Pakistan

Pastor Sajid William (29) was shot and killed by an unidentified masked assailant while he was on his way home in Peshawar on January 17th. Pastor William was active in evangelistic work and was the office manager for the Christian relief and development agency, Shelter Now. He is survived by his wife and 18-month old daughter. Pray for God's comfort for Pastor William's family. Pray that his wife and child will know the Lord as their Father and Defender (Psalm 68:5). Ask God to give courage to Pakistani Christians to follow his example of faithfulness (1 Corinthians 4:9-14,16)

Philippines

Father Jesus Reynaldo Roda, a Catholic missionary, was murdered by a suspected al-Qaeda related group of Islamic militants on the evening of January 15th in the city of Tabawan. The armed group forced its way into the chapel where Father Roda was praying. When he resisted their attempt to kidnap him, he was shot and killed. Pray that Father Roda's colleagues will find strength, courage and peace in Christ. Pray that God will raise up other cross-bearing disciples to continue His work in the Philippines.

SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE 2008:

"In the Belly of the Beast: Christian Reflections on Living in the Alberta Energy Economy" February 9th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southminster-Steinhauer United Church, 10740 19 Avenue, Edmonton. Cost: $20, $10 for students. Please pre-register by email to sji2008@live.ca or phone 467-2833. Speakers are Diana Gibson, Parkland Institute; John Hiemstra, The King's University College; Bob McKeon, Newman Theological College; Nancy Steeves, Southminster-Steinhauer United Church. http://www.albertasynod.ca/social_ministry/sji2008.

Youth Opportunity in Cuba:

The Cuba Connection Committee has received an invitation from the Iglesia Cristiana Reformada en Cuba to the youth of Classis Northern Alberta to participate in a summer youth camp in Cuba. The dates are August 4 -8, 2008. If you are between 18 and 25 years old, have an appetite for personal growth and adventure, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Wilf at: wv@telusplanet.net or at: 403-343-3820 by no later than February 15, 2008.

CRWRC

Extends its sincere thanks to everyone who gave to the CRWRC 2007 Gift Catalogue. More than $380,000 was donated for people affected by poverty, disaster, and injustice; that’s double what was raised just two years ago! Visit www.crwrc.org to learn more about CRWRC’s programs around the world.

SEEK PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN:

As Christians, we are called to be agents of peace in a war-torn world. We can live this calling while Canadians and Afghans work together to find a path to peace. The release of the Manley Report on Canada’s role in Afghanistan will lead to opportunities to exercise our responsibilities for peace and justice. For action ideas, and to learn about CRC peace perspectives visit www.crcna.org/ccg or contact the CRC’s Committee for Contact with the Government at 800.730.3490.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – January 27th

Offering: Tuition Relief

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound: a.m. Henry E. p.m. Henry G.

Power Point: a.m. Stephanie p.m. Kayleen

Greeters: Ed & Cora Stol, Jim & Wannetta Brander

Coffee: Ralph & Pauline Bos, Rod & Laura Duckett, Brad & Vivian Peterson

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Dorothy Wildeboer, Paul Vandyk, Meaghan Noort, Brent Venhuis, Robert Fraser, Ryan Swier
p.m. Ed Stol, Meryl Wiersma

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Meaghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Madelyn deRegt

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – February 3rd

Offering: CRWRC

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound: a.m. Travis p.m. Scott

Power Point: a.m. Justin p.m. Michelle

Greeters: Ernie & Willie Stebner, Herman & Alice Scholing

Coffee: Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Paul & Cindy Prins, Art & Judy Hazelhoff

Nursery:
M.O.M. Amaris
a.m. Wannetta Brander, Gord Bos, Steven Szelekovszky, Gabrielle Ebens, Stephanie Hoekstra
p.m. Pauline Bos, Maddy deRegt

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Stephanie Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds: Sarah Stad

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, January 27th

8:30 p.m. Young peoples skating social at Cranna Lake

Monday, January 28th

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT meets

7:30 p.m. Mexico Mission team meets

Tuesday, January 29th

7:30 p.m. TN Youth meets

Wednesday, January 30th

NO CoffeeBreak & Story Hour this week

7:30 p.m. Elders and Deacons meet

Friday, February 1st

8:00 p.m. Love & Respect Bible study at the Vandenborns’

Advance Notices

Sunday, February 3rd

8:30 p.m. Living Members will meet at Pete & Gerry Prins’. Study Lesson 3

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