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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 one another. We do this in obedience to His Word.

The Offering today

Is for the Mexico Mission trip. The team will be building a home for a needy family and the offering will go towards the building material of that home. The cost of a house is $4,900 and we are in need of another $1,600; any excess money will be used to buy furniture or other items that the family is in need of.

Before the offering

We will be showing a short video from YWAM San Diego about all the houses they have built since 1988. The video shows the 2000th house built in August of 2006. So far they have built 2302 homes. Bethel Church, with God’s blessings, has helped with 11 of the homes. Downstairs (at the bottom of the stairs) are two large picture frames displaying information and pictures of all the 11 homes and their families.

“Making A Difference, One Family At A Time”

Next Sunday, February 24th

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We read together form Mark 14:12-26 where Jesus institutes the sacrament as an act of faith and remembrance of him. In the evening we focus on the family and receive permission from the Lord to make it a priority. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

This week will keep Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer and their family in our prayers.

Thank-you for all the prayers and concern you have shown to us and for our baby, Austin, as he went for his tests regarding his heart. We're thankful that all is well, and that he will no longer need surgery. The Lord heard and answered all our prayers and we praise Him for that.
Curt and Amy Dowling

Continue to keep Eleanor and Bill Wildeboer's grandson, Nathaniel, (15 month old son of Steve & Angela) in your prayers. He had a second surgery this past Tuesday and will start chemo therapy soon. Hecontinues to be in the Stollery Children’ hospital in Edmonton. If you wish you can go on the following website and receive further updates and express your support: www.carepages.com/stollery, register in, and put in NathanielSW. We seek God’s healing grace in Nathaniel’s life and strength for the parents and extended family.

Jenny Bajema’s operation to remove the cancerous spot went well and she returned home again. We trust that the procedure was effective in God’s healing grace.

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.


Prayer Time:

Eleven people gathered in prayer last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Room 8 works well as a prayer room. It was great to be strengthened and encouraged in prayer together. We prayed for personal, family, church family and broader concerns (missions, ministries, etc.). Anyone, young or old is welcome to join as we plan to keep meet every Tuesday. If you have a prayer request you can email it to the church or put it in Pastor Mike’s mailbox.

Council Highlights from Wednesday, February 13, 2008

  1. Amber Wiersma’s membership papers have been transferred to Sanborn, Iowa - United Reformed Church.
  2. The Outreach Ministry Leadership Team has been re-formed. Members are: Jeanne Ebens, Maddy deRegt, Jennifer Zuidhof, Rod Duckett (council rep) and Pastor Mike.
  3. Council will send a letter to Classis requesting that Mr. Wayne Bouwman be examined for License to Exhort within Classis Alberta North.
  4. A significant amount of time is spent on the nomination process for new office bearers.

A note from the Worship MLT

Occasionally members of the congregation will find a Service response form in their church mailbox. We ask that you fill this out and return it to Ann Wildeboer’s church mailbox. These forms allow us to get some feedback from church members about our worship services. Thank you!

Notices from the General Administration MLT

Our old photocopier has been replaced and is available to anyone who is interested in having it. Please talk to Hans Spelt or Cindy Prins.

Smokers please take note:

The Alberta government passed smoking legislation, effective January 1, 2008 that you need to be aware of. If you are smoking on the church grounds, you must be at least 5 meters away from any church entrances or air intakes to the building. Please make sure you are following these guidelines when on church property. Thank you.

Mr. & Mrs. Club

Will gather together for a potluck dinner in the Fellowship hall on Wednesday February 20th at 6 p.m. Singing at the Lodge at 7 p.m. and a discussion with the Couples Club about the Mormons to follow.

Bethel GEM Counselors

Are selling coupons for a 14" two topping Pizza & one 2 litrebottle of Pop for $20.00. The coupons are redeemed through JP's in Lacombe. The Counselors receive $9.00 for each coupon sold. If you are interested in purchasing a coupon(s), please contact Jeanne Ebens @ 784-2340. The money is being raised for Counselors attending a training conference this summer in North Carolina. Again we thank you for your support.


Young Peoples Bible study

Bible study will be held after this evening’s service at the Vandyk’s.

Tuesday Night Youth

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

Junior Youth 

A games night will take place here in the fellowship hall Friday February 29th at 7 p.m.

Come out and have some fun. Please bring a small snack and your favorite board game. If you have any questions please contact Carina at 782-7903.

YC Alberta

Will take place May 23– 25, 2008 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Early bird cost for the weekend will be $115 plus transportation and accommodations. These costs will be figured out as soon as we have an idea of how many are interested in coming. This event is open to grades nine and up. A registration sheet is on the back table in the foyer as well as information pamphlets for you to read. If you have any questions contact with Wayne or Dana.

Women and young ladies of Bethel 

A bridal shower is being planned for Trayn Cayford, the fiancée of Kevin Bos. Come out and show your Christian love and support for their upcoming marriage, Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m.

The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society

Is inviting all members to the Annual Society Meeting, to be held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 7:30 PM at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church.

Red Deer Soup Kitchen

We have an opportunity to serve our community by way of helping out at the new soup kitchen in Red Deer. Jeanne Ebens has already been volunteering for some time now. We are in need of youth and adult volunteers. It will require a time commitment of about 2.5 hours on Thursdays (4:00- 6:30). Three youth and one adult per week is preferred. We are putting together a list of people willing to serve in this capacity. Remember the more people that step up to this challenge, the less frequent you will need to go. This is also a great ministry to do with the entire family. If you are interested please call Wayne Bouwman (Youth) or Jeanne Ebens (Adults or Families).

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


Daniel Sodager Masih, a evangelist was beaten by radical Muslims in Lahore on February 11, 2008. Masih was preaching on the road when a man emerged from his nearby shop and began to shout at him. Masih told the man that he could not stop him from preaching God's Word. The man slapped Masih, and was soon joined by another man. The two beat Masih until a Christian man was able to intervene and stop the assault. Pray for Masih who was injured in the attack. Pray that his attackers will come to repentance and salvation.

The King’s University College Annual Spring Drive 2008

Begins in two weeks. This is your opportunity to participate in the ministry of Christian university education in Western Canada. The benefits will be seen in the lives of the students as they are equipped for service to God and community. Information about King’s and how students’ are learning and growing will be distributed to you next week. Please consider how you can make a difference in the lives of students, King’s students will be calling you to ask for your donation during March. Our church contact person is Ella Land at 782-2425.


A fit of tornados swept through parts of the Southern U.S. on Feb 5, leaving more than 500 families without homes. CRWRC-Disaster Response Services is there, helping survivors clear debris, and providing grants for local churches caring for the displaced with shelter, food and water, and clothes. Long-term relief will also be needed. Donations to this relief effort should be marked "February '08 tornados" and sent to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8, or www.crwrc.org or 800-730-3490.

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.

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.

Employment Opportunity:

Citizens for Public Justice

Is beginning a search for a new Executive Director to carry forward the mission of CPJ. The executive director will be a person of deep Christian faith, called to serve in the public sphere as an advocate of public justice, and committed to advancing the CPJ mission nationally and in Ottawa. Application deadline is March 7, 2008. For more information on this exciting opportunity, visit www.cpj.caor email chairsearch@cpj.ca. CPJ is a national, faith-based organization that promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key policy debates through research, analysis, and by encouraging citizens and leaders in society to support policies that reflect Gods call to love, justice and stewardship.

Another Brick in the Wall:

Why we don't join institutions anymore, will our church have children? Emergent Possibilities Do you wonder why the institutional church struggles to connect with youth and why institutions today seem suspect? Come out to a free public lecture to explore these questions with Bob Sweetman, from the Institute for Christian Studies. The King’s University College, Atrium, Wed, March 12 at 7:00 pm.


Each of us has things about our life or character that we wish no one knew about. We would like to hide them in some dark corner where no one will see them. The February 24th Back to God Hour program encourages us to seek Jesus, who says, “I am the Light of the World”, and to dwell in His light. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Have you ever discovered a secret treasure? Join Liz on his great adventure in search of a hidden treasure on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kids-corner.org for your very ownBible study.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – February 17th

Offering: YWAM Mexico Mission

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

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

Power Point: a.m. Steven p.m. Jennifer

Greeters: Jake & Agnes Prins, Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof

Coffee: Curt & Amy Dowling, Herman & Alice Scholing, Teus & Marja Vander Vlis

M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Chelsea Bos, Gaylene Tenbrinke, Justin Noort, Jennifer Stol, Blair van Gyssel
p.m. Sue Wildeboer, Brent Venhuis

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Kristin Van Stryland
4 & 5 yr. olds: Madelyn deRegt

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – February 24th

Offering: YWAM – Krista Prins

Ushers: Trudy Salomons & Murray Wiersma

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

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

Power Point: a.m. Thomas p.m. Kristin

Greeters: Brian & Ina Jackson, Scott & Irene Fraser

Coffee: Walter & Ella Land, Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke, Jan & Cootje Voorbij

M.O.M. Melanie
a.m. Carina Tenbrinke, Don Wildeboer, Michael Szelekovszky, Kendra Scholing, Brett Vandenborn
p.m. Vivian Peterson, Nicole Stol

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Meaghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Brittany Brander

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 17th

8:30 p.m. Young People’s Bible Study at Vandyk’s

Tuesday, February 19th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak leaders meet

9:30 p.m. Seniors meet

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night Youth meets

7:30 p.m. Education MLT meets

Wednesday, February 20th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak & Story Hour

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT meets

8:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club meets

Thursday, February 21st

7:00 p.m. GEMS Seniors Tea

Friday, February 22nd

8:00 p.m. Love & Respect Bible study at Vandenborn’s

Advance Notices:

Sunday, February 24th

8:30 p.m. Young Peoples Skating Social at Cranna Lake