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2008-02-03 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

This week we remember Jake and Agnes Prins in our prayers.


Ruth Sluys was able to receive treatment for one of the holes in her heart. The doctors are considering how they can proceed to address the other heart issues. We are extremely grateful this initial procedure went well and trust for renewed strength and continued healing in the future. Ruth is presently staying at the Lacombe hospital for an indefinite amount of time while waiting for the next surgery. She is glad to receive visitors. Pastor Peter also has recovered from his ear surgery and is able to hear a little better, for which we are very thankful.

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.

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.

From Wilma Wine and family

Sincere thanks to the Bethel congregation for their prayers, concern and support during the lengthy illness and death of Mr. Marvin Wine.

We truly felt God’s comfort through your care and love.

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.

Office Bearer Nominations – 2008

It is Council’s desire to give the congregation more opportunity to prayerfully be involved in the nomination of office bearers in our church. Sometimes it is difficult to know who is eligible for nomination so the following details are made available to you.

Three Elders are needed. Those completing terms are Peter Rosendal, John van Gyssel, Bill Wildeboer. Two Youth Elders are needed. Those completing terms are Wayne Bouwman and Henry Stad. Two Deacons are needed. Those completing terms are John Stol and 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,

The actual nomination form will be given to you today, February 3rd during the offering and collected as you leave the sanctuary.


There are mail boxes for those of you who are new to our fellowship and have been worshipping with us for the past few months. If we inadvertently left you out, please talk to Pastor Mike or the church secretaries, Cindy Prins or Dana van Gyssel and we will make sure you receive one. You can also phone us at 782-6400 or email us at bchurch2@telus.net. Thank you!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this Tuesday. Due to the weather last week our meeting was cancelled. Our serve project of making small parachutes for gospel radios in remote areas of Columbia will take place on Tuesday February 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Attention Youth:

Are you interested in joining the Mexico mission team on their trip to Ensenada, Mexico from March 22nd to March 28th? We have two places available for you to join us. If you are interested or if you need information please call Gerry 782-4170 or Trudy 782-7378 as soon as possible.

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.

YC Alberta

Will take place May 23– 25, 2008 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Keep these dates open!

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.

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.

Camp Rehoboth

Plans for the upcoming Camp Rehoboth 2008 are in full swing! The Rehoboth Camp Committee needs 2 volunteers who will serve as Nurses for the Youth Week, July 26 – August 1, 2008. If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, please call or email Willa Bosch, 780-458-7890, wbosch@shaw.ca, or call or email Linda Rosendal, 780-968-8483, linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca.


You are welcome to join us at First Church in Red Deer, Sunday, Feb 3 at 6:00 p.m. where we will help each other to “Befriend a Stranger”. A video will be shown about Native spirituality and discussion to follow. The more we treasure the gospel (reaching in) the more we seek to love others (reaching out). Join us and bring friends along! Pastor Jack Hielema.

Christmas at Sea

A THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this past season’s Christmas at Sea project a huge success once again, I’d like to share just a couple of incidents from this year: A Greek captain of one of the ships to which we delivered gifts recalled how he’d been in the Port of Vancouver in 1992 during the Christmas season. Never, said he, had he received such gifts in any other port! On another ship, a Jewish (female) 3rd mate was so overcome with emotion at receiving a gift, she didn’t know how to thank me enough! Yes, the gifts you provided were extremely well received and appreciated. And as individuals supplied the gifts, and some lower mainland CRC youth groups helped with the wrapping of gifts purchased with the money donations received, businesses also did their part by collecting and transporting the boxes of gifts to the Mission in Vancouver for distribution. On behalf of the Ministry to Seafarers, THANK YOU one and all! Without your participation the Christmas season could have been much bleaker for many sailors.

Ernst Devries Ministry Chaplain

Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre

Our mission at the Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre is to offer support and education in a loving Christian environment to individuals and families impacted by pregnancy. We have a small staff and rely on our volunteers for much of the work; all our peer counselors and receptionists are trained volunteers and we like to offer this opportunity to more Christian people on our community. We offer volunteer training twice a year, our next training session is on February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and March 1st. If you would like more information please contact Anneloes van den Akker at 343-1611

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


Seventy year old Pastor Abraham and several of his family members, were beaten by militants while preparing for a weekly prayer meeting on the morning of January 18th. At approximately 10:00 a.m., a group of local Hindus armed with rods and stones barged into Pastor Abraham's house and beat him, his wife and five children. When the pastor went to the police station for help, several other Christians arrived at his home to attend the scheduled meeting and were attacked by the militants. Several of the beaten believers were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Pray for healing for those injured in this attack. Pray that Christians in India will continue to give themselves fully to the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).


Jesus instructed his disciples to keep watch and pray, but they fell asleep. Likewise today, although our spirits may be ready and willing to serve Christ, we often fail. The Feb.10 Back to God Hour message confronts our weaknesses, but also awakens us to the grace and strength of Christ. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


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

M.O.M. Melanie
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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – February 10th

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

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

Power Point: a.m. Rick p.m. Marcella

Greeters: Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Henry & Joan Eisses

Coffee: Marvin & Jeanne Ebens, Terry & Donna Vandenborn, Harry & Hilda Van Stryland

M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Marvin Ebens,Jackie Bouwman, Brittany Brander, Michelle Hoekstra, Robert Fraser
p.m. Amaris Wildeboer, Travis Ebens

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Veronica Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds: Nicole Stol

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 3rd

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

Monday, February 4th

7:30 p.m. Friendship Group

7:30 p.m. General Administration MLT meets

Tuesday February 5th

9:30 a.m. Seniors meets

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break Leaders meets

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth meets – Parachute Serve Project

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT meets

Wednesday, February 6th

9:00 p.m. CoffeeBreak & Story Hour

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Council executive meets

7:30 p.m. Praise team practice for Feb. 10th AM service

Thursday, February 7th

7:00 p.m. GEMS

Advance Notices

Sunday, February 10th

2:00 p.m. CAL Youth activities and Worship Service to follow at 7 p.m.