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2008-03-02 Bulletin

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.

Next Sunday, March 9th

We Commission our Mexico team as they prepare to go do the Lord’s work in Mexico. Wayne Bouwman, a member of the team will bring the message.

Mexico Mission team

Please keep the Mexico Mission team, which consists of Veronica Bouwman, Wayne Bouwman, Brittany Brander, David Hoekstra, August Luymes, Valerie Luymes, Cindy Prins, Ian Prins, Henry Stad, Sarah Stad, Michael Szelekovszky, Steven Szelekovszky, Paul Vandyk, Heather Van Haren and Marika van Velsen in your prayers. They are preparing to serve our Lord in Ensenada, Mexico from March 22 to 28, 2008.

Our Church Family

This week remember Herman and Alice Scholing in your prayers.


Ruth Sluys has been already home for 3 weeks from the hospital. She is gaining strength everyday and stays up longer. She may have visits. Pray that she might be strong enough for the closing of the second hole in the heart to be done perhaps in May. We thank you all so much for all your caring, for your prayers, visits, cards and also meals which have given us much hope and strength.

Nathaniel Wildeboer began receiving his chemotherapy treatments this week. We pray for healing and strength for Steve and Angela and the family.

Teus VanderVlis remains in hospital in Red Deer awaiting surgery in the near future. We pray for patience in the weeks ahead as the details are worked out.

Ria Jager was operated on in Calgary on Wednesday. Everything went really well and we give thanks to God for his goodness and 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.

Classis Alberta North

Meets in regular session this week Tuesday and Wednesday in Edmonton at the King’s University. Bethel delegates are Elder John Van Gyssel and Pastor Mike. Highlights of the meeting include an interview with the new University of Alberta campus Chaplain Rick Van Mannen led by Pastor Mike. There will also be a discussion on the proposed revisions to the Form of Subscription (p 950). There will also be a presentation to Classis by world renowned Christian environmentalist, Dr. Cal De Witt. Along with all this it is just good to get together as churches and be encouraged in ministry together.

Worship services on CDs:

We have been recording our worship services on CDs since the end of October. These CDs will now be available in the church library. There is a file on the shelf to the right of the entrance door. If you borrow a CD, please sign it out in the book that is located beside the CD file. When you return the CDs, please put them in the book return basket and the librarians will re-file them. If you would like to have a copy of a particular worship service to keep, please inform the sound technician at the end of the service or speak with Wayne Bouwman.

Worship involvement

If any church members would like to be involved with our worship services, there are quite a few opportunities for you. You could be a Bible reader, song leader, PowerPoint operator, children's message leader, or musician. For more information please give Cindy Prins a call at 782-5268 before March 10th.

Bethel Newsletter

The next Newsletter will be published in March and in the church mailboxes on Easter Sunday.

Prayer meeting:

We continue to meet Tuesday evenings in Room 8 at 7:30 p.m. If you are able, please join us. Prayer requests are always welcome. Just email them to the church or place them in Pastor Mike’s mailbox.

Family Fun Fest!!!

Come one – come all to the second annual Family Fun Fest. Tell your friends, invite your neighbors. Hot dogs, wagon rides, games, skating, fellowship and more. Don't miss out on a great time! It will be held at the Les Walker Pond (South of Zig Zag) on March 9/08 from 1-3 PM. Please bring your skates, hockey sticks and lawn chairs and one dozen cookies. Hope to see you there! The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team.

The Spring Congregation meeting

Will be held on Thursday, March 13th. Please note this on your calendars. This is the meeting where the different church groups & Ministry leadership teams present an annual report to the congregation and the Mexico mission team will have a bake sale and cake auction.


Camp Silversides Ski Camps

There are a couple of ski camps with during Spring break for kids in Grades 4-7 and Grades 8-12. Check out the bulletin board in the foyer for more information. Look for 2008 Summer Camp information on the table under the bulletin board.

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 Wayne or Dana.

The Core 2008 – Generation Change

Come explore how students want their world to be different and learn how to help them reach their dreams. Three ground breaking sessions will educate and inspire your volunteers, Sunday School teachers, and parents. Student leaders in grade nine to grade twelve are welcome to join. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Centre Street Church in Calgary from 9:00 a.m. till approximately 2:00 p.m. The speaker for this event will be Heather Flies, a junior High pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. For more information contact Wayne or Dana or visit the web site at www.youthspecialties.com/thecore.


Some very important dates to remember. Coming up first is the Fish Derby at Gull Lake, Saturday, March 8, 2008. Be at the church at 8:30 a.m. wear warm clothes and boots, bring your fishing gear and your appetite. Dads are most welcome to join us as well.

The Cadet Jamboree

Is going to be held on April 19th, 2008. Cub cars must be ready by the cadet meeting of Wednesday April 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Cadet Sunday

Will be on April 20th. Keep this in mind boys and parents because we will be looking for cadets to participate in the church service in various ways.

The Spring Campout

Will be held May 23-25, 2008. The focus of the campout will be the Camporee Certification Course. Any boys who are interested in attending the Camporee on August 6-13, 2008 at Burk Falls, Ontario must contact Bryan Noordhof. Important details need to be shared concerning travel plans and the cost involved.

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).

The Lacombe Classical Music Choir

Presents MASS IN G by Franz Schubert, featuring solo pianist David Xi, at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Phone 782-7365 for more information.

Volunteer Link Annual General Meeting

Will be held at the College Heights SDA Church

March 10th, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

"Fit for Life"

Tuesday March 11, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Lacombe Kozy Korner. "Fit for Life"

"Nutritional Fitness" - Janelle Rab from DTHR Public Health, will update us on recent information in relevant topics for women. "Finding the Place Where You Belong" - award winning writer, Marcia Laycock, from Blackfalds, shares her search to belong. "Fitting Notes" - musical selections with soloist Shayna Busat, from Rimbey. Cost of $8 includes dessert & refreshments. Please reserve by Friday March 7th. Call Connie at 885-4653. Sponsored by Lacombe Christian Women's Club.


6th Annual – Sunday March 16, with two performances 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Featuring Great Gospel Groups,

Three & Company, Potter’s Clay, Amundrud Family, Parkland Men’s Choir and local artists. Not every group will perform at both events. FREE Admission but freely give. Samaritan’s Purse Rep will give a presentation and an offering will be taken.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


On February 18th, residents of the town of Tenango Tepexi, a Guerrero state, expelled 20 local evangelical Christians from their homes. Three couples and 14 children were taken for failing to pay fees for the cost of local festivals, which include ceremonies that are a blend of traditional native religions and Catholicism. The 20 were temporarily held in town offices and then loaded onto trucks and dumped at the edge of town. Town leaders supportive of the "traditionalist Catholics" told the believers that they would be burned to death if they tried to return. That same day, authorities in Santa Rita, Chiapas state cut off the water and electricity supply of eight local evangelical Christian families who refused to help pay for religious festivals or fund the repairs of a Catholic Church building. Ask God to protect and embolden evangelical Christians in Guerrero and Chiapas in the midst of ongoing persecution. Pray that their passion for Christ will be the light that draws many to repentance (Matthew 5:14-16).

Is it time to take a holiday?

West End CRC Seniors are organizing a bus tour May 22-28. You do not have to be a senior to come; this is for anyone. A 7 day/6 night trip to the Okanagan and the Kootenies. The Saturday and Sunday will be spent in Kelowna, BC and we will be able to attend Kelowna CRC. Registration deadline is March 22; we will need 50 participants. Price of $975 includes bus, accommodations, all breakfasts, attraction admission fees, gratuities, and tax. Call Wilma at 780-473-4745 or email George at abmag@telus.net To reserve a seat a $50 deposit is needed by March 13 with the balance to come at a later date. Cheques made out to Wilma Valkenburg.

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, Wednesday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Notices from The King’s University College

The King’s University College Annual Spring Drive 2008

Begins today. During the next few weeks King’s students will be calling you to ask for your donation. Please give generously to provide students with Christian university education which will equip them for lives of service to God and community. Please pass your donation on to our Church’s contact person Ella Land at 782-2425.

Climate Change Conference

“Focus the Nation Edmonton: My Climate, Your Climate, Our Change.” Want to know more about climate change and the Christian community? World- renowned Christian environmentalist, Dr. Cal Dewitt will be speaking at King’s on March 5th at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will go towards funding the event. Email: ftnedmonton@gmail.com or see www.kingsu.ca

King's View Friday 

March 14th: Discover King's on a Friday and see everything we have to offer! Attend real university classes, tour our great campus, and chat with King's students and professors. You can even stay overnight in our residence and take in an Eagles game. To experience King's first hand, register online at kingsu.ca or call 1-800-661-8582.

Semi-annual Silent Book Auction

The Library at the college will be having its semi-annual Silent Book Auction March 3rd through the 7th.

Camp Rehoboth

Is looking for energetic, enthusiastic individuals to serve as volunteer Counsellors at Camp Rehoboth this summer. The dates for this year's camps are:

Adult Week 1:

July 5-11, 2008,

Adult Week 2:

July 12-18, 2008

Independent Week:

July 19-25, 2008

Youth Week:

July 26 - August 1, 2008.

Check out the Rehoboth website to download your Volunteer Application form. http://rehoboth.ab.ca/camp_program.html. Call Linda at 780-968-8483 for more information or if you need a Volunteer Application form mailed to you.

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.ca or 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.


Offering: Canadian Food Grains Bank

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Wayne p.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Paul p.m. Veronica

Greeters: Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, Rod & Barb Venhuis

Coffee: Steve & Carmen McKerrow, Bill & Audrey Noordhof, Frank & Debby VanIperen

M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Mar-Deb deRegt, Frank VanIperen, Veronica Bouwman, Jordan Van Stryland, Brianna Venhuis
p.m. Jeanne Ebens, Stephanie Bouwman

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


Offering: Benevolent Fund

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof & Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer, Roger & Anita Swier

Coffee: Jim & Wannetta Brander, Herman & Betty Scholing, Hans & Grace Spelt

M.O.M. Angela
a.m. Joan Eisses, John van Gyssel, Kristen Van Stryland, Jessica Bouwman, Philip van Iperen
p.m. Anita Geldof & Justin van Gyssel

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

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 2nd

8:30 p.m. Living Members at Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer’s
Faith Lesson 4 – Living Stones

Monday, March 3rd

7:30 p.m. Friendship meets

7:30 p.m. General Administration LT meets

Tuesday, March 4th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak leaders meet

9:30 a.m. Seniors Club

7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting in Room 8

7:30 p.m. TNY Leaders meeting

Wednesday, March 5th

9:30 a.m. CoffeeBreak & Story Hour

7:00 p.m. Cadets

7:30 p.m. Praise Team practice for March 9th am service

Classis Alberta North meets

Thursday, March 6th

7:00 p.m. GEMS

Classis Alberta North meets

Sunday, March 9th

1:00 p.m. Bethel Family Fun Fest at Les Walker pond

Advance notices:

Thursday, March 13th

7:30 p.m. Congregational meeting and Bake sale & Cake auction