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2008-04-06 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.


Our Church Family

This week please keep Patrick Finney in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

Our condolences go out to Ralph & Pauline Bos and the family with the death of Mrs. Margaret Bos this past Tuesday. The funeral will be on Monday, April 7th at 1:30 p.m. here in our church.

Ruth Sluys has returned from the hospital in Lacombe as she has stabilized. However, she will have to regularly use oxygen to be able to have a sufficient flow of that indispensable air . We are so joyful that the Lord has given her this healing. We thank you all so much for your prayers, visits, cards and various food supplies. You are invited to visit her at our home!  Pastor Pter & Ruth Sluys


We would like to say thank you for your cards, thoughts and prayers for us and the Fraser family. The outpouring of concern and support shown to us during this difficult time was greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Scott and Irene Fraser.

Continue to remember Nathaniel Wildeboer and his family in prayer as he undergoes treatment for his cancer.


Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tena Ellen, Ann Swier, Theresa Salomons, and Jackie Hartenhof.

Remember our missionaries around the world.


Special Youth Service This Evening

HEY YOUTH! Invite your friends and join Woody Nook Youth this evening for a special Youth Service with Mike Prins and his band from Rocky Mountain College, who will lead our Youth Service starting at 7:00 PM. We’ve invited youth from other area churches to come out as well. We look forward to a refreshing time of praise and worship.

Fund raising for Mexico 2009 is starting.

Chicken picking is scheduled for Monday April 7th. If you are in need of a ride, please be at Bethel by 6:45 p.m. or meet at the chicken barn promptly at 7:00 p.m. to start.

Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this Tuesday, April 8th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Attention Youth, Parents and all those young at heart:

We have a great opportunity to get together as the community of God to help others. On May 3rd we will be doing a highway clean up. This had started as a youth serve project but it is such a wonderful opportunity that we are asking Bethel as a community to join us. This highway cleanup will net about $2000.00. It is our plan to donate some of it to Volunteer Link as well as support for Janneke and Krista. Remember more bodies means less time out there for everyone - anyone 10 or older is welcome to join us. The age we need most is 18 and over because of the ratios required by Alberta Infrastructure.

Post Secondary Education

Taking that leap into post secondary education can often be traumatic and while the challenges may seem overwhelming, have no fear! A one day retreat called “Stepping Out” is being held on May 31st starting at 9 a.m. at West End CRC for all students (regardless of age) who are beginning their journey into a college or university education. The day will give you an opportunity to meet with Youth and Campus ministers from Kings University, University of Alberta, and Red Deer College. They will share insight and experiences in their journey while also playing games, eating food, and listening to music. Youth who plan to attend any college or university in September, regardless of location are encouraged to be part of this awesome day. Parents are invited to stay for the whole day as there will be activities for you as well! Please RSVP by contacting Ron deVries by phone at 780-987-0415 or by email to mdevron@telus.net by April 27th.

What is the Youth Unlimited Convention?

The Youth Unlimited Convention is a 5 day experience that will take participants deeper in their walk with Christ and empower them to stand up to the pressures they are facing every day. Through intimate worship, challenging seminars, spiritual growth in small groups, high school youth will be challenged to grow in their faith and discover how they can make a difference in their world. Where? Montana State University is located in Bozeman, Montana at an altitude of 5,000 feet, just 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park and in the heart of Yellowstone country surrounded by the fantastic scenery, breathtaking mountains and beautiful wildlife. A Total Package, which equals great value -your registration fee covers ALL of your convention experience. From gifted communicators of the Word and an inspiring worship band to food, lodging, T-shirt and small group experience-we have it all covered. If you are interested in finding out more information about this great opportunity contact Dana.

A New Birth!

The River Community Church is having a baby! That's right! Spring is a time for new beginnings and The River is no exception. Today, at Taylor University College in Edmonton, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Victor and EunEa Ko will unveil what God has been preparing for The River's daughter church at a premiere vision-casting event. They are eager to share with you all their dreams and hopes, so spread the news and make this a must attend on your calendars. (Delicious appys will be served.) R.S.V.P. to victorko3@gmail.com or 780-758-8594.


We will be having our Spring change-over on Monday, April 7th starting at 10:00 a.m. Come and join us for a couple of hours or for the whole day, lunch is on us. We need your help, so if you can spare sometime, please put this date on your calendar and enjoy some camaraderie while helping in the cause to keep Christian education affordable for all.

Nathaniel Wildeboer’s Benefit is now less than a week away.

The co-ed volleyball tournament is almost full, but there is still room for a couple teams if anyone is still interested. The tournament will be held this Saturday, April 12th at the CACHS gym. Cost is $60/team (3 guys and 3 girls). If anyone is interested in playing, but doesn’t have a team yet, give me a call as there are a couple of teams who are still looking for a member or two. Please call Jen Zuidhof at 782-6672 by April 7th if you would like to enter a team or make a financial donation. Donations for food have been coming in, but we are still looking for some specific items to sell at the concession – pot of soup or chili, Gatorade, bottled water, buns, butter, cookies, chocolate bars, individual bags of chips, vegetables, dip, and styrofoam bowls. If you can help out with any of these, please call Carmen McKerrow at 885-0127 by April 7th. Everyone is welcome to come by CACHS on Saturday to check out the day’s activities. Thank you very much for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Thomas: Confessions of a Doubter

An intimate one-man, one-hour performance. Experience the reality of the gospel story through the humor, insight, and passion of the ‘doubting’ disciple, Thomas.

Written, directed & preformed by Randell Wiebe. Co-directed by Royal Sproule. Performance will take place at Woody Nook Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will follow. For more information call 403-885-4427

Embrace AIDS Workshop:

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is “Embracing AIDS” and here is your chance to get involved! Learn about CRWRC’s response to the AIDS epidemic and how you can encourage your own church to take action. A workshop will be held on Sunday, April 13th, from 4-7 pm, at Covenant CRC, 19010-87 Ave, Edmonton. Contact Gerda Kits at gkits@yahoo.com or (780) 455-5684 for more details or to register. Please note, space is limited and registrations must be received by April 7th.

The Christian Women’ Club of Lacombe

Invites all ladies to a Dessert Evening, Tuesday, April 15th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Kozy Korner. Guest speaker & musician, Sandra Stephens from Sherwood Park will share her strategy for life today. Donnie Tafts from FCSS presents “Food Security” – having a reliable source of healthy food, and the “Backyard Friends” program. Cost is $8 per person – RSVP by April 11th to Connie at 885-4653 or Joyce at 843-0025.

African Children’s Choir: They are Africa’s future.

The primary goal of theAfrican Children’s choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the Choir’s relief and development programs. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the support, care and education necessary for bettering their future and that of their brothers and sisters. The choir is presently touring Alberta and they will be performing at Kentwood Alliance Church in Red Deer on April 16th at 7 p.m. and at Crossroads Church in Red Deer on April 25th at 7 p.m. Check out their website: www.africanchildrenschoir.com for more information.

2nd annual Gideon Banquet

You are invited to attend the 2nd annual Gideon Banquet, to be held April 19th, 7:00 p.m. at CACHS. There will be a special speaker, Bill Wyse from Red Deer. Special music by the Berger Family Singers of Lacombe. A powerful Gideon testimony will be given, plus the great food that CACHS catering always cooks up. Please mark your calendar for this special event. Tickets are $20.00 each and are available from Ray & Eleanor Merkus at 782-1490 to reserve your spot.

A Day of Wellness with Kelly Walker

One of Canada’s experts on the questions of transition, change and burnout. He is a renowned international speaker known for his wisdom and fun-filled approach. Kelly has addressed a variety of audiences and has something to offer to people of all walks of life. He will be speaking at St. Andrew’s United church, 5226 51 Ave. on April 23rd, two sessions – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included or 6 to 9 p.m. with supper included. To register, call 782-6578 or 782-1887. Pre-registration is required.

University of Alberta mixed Chorus and Handbell Ringers

Mark Saturday evening, April 26th on your calendar as Myles Chykerda is bringing the University of Alberta mixed Chorus and Handbell Ringers (80-90 people) to perform in our church. It will be a two hour concert including both sacred and modern works.

Winspear to Host King’s Spring Concert

King’s University College will be holding its annual Spring Concert at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music on Tuesday, April 8th at 8 pm (9720 – 102 Avenue). The Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Melanie Turgeon, present “Praise Him Sun and Moon.” Guests include Dr. Joachim Segger, Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, Dr. Charles Stolte, and Jihwan Cho, as well as a brass ensemble. A special tribute to the life and career of Dr. Jacobus Kloppers will highlight the evening. For more information contact Dr. Melanie Turgeon at (780) 465-3500 ext. 8028.

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.

Wine & Roses

Wine & Roses with 1st CRC, Red Deer. On Wednesday, May 7th, we are planning to go to the Rosebud Theatre to see the comedy “Trying”. Tickets are $41 plus the bus fare. We have some seats left on the bus – if you would like to join us, phone Evelyn at 885-4387 or Gerry at 347-6718. The deadline is April 21st or when the bus is full.

West Coast Heritage Tour:

Join Peter Borgdorff and Bill Sweetman on a bus tour of CRC points of interest (meet fellow CRC members and hear their stories) and scenic sites in Washington State and the Canadian Rockies September 16-26, 2008. Tour departs from Seattle, WA. For brochure and more details call (616) 827-1459 or (616) 247-6741. E-mail peterborgdorff@comcast.net or swee@calvin.edu

Following Jesus into the Storms:

Do you like to play it safe? Or do you ever wonder if God might be challenging you to step beyond your comfort zone and enter into a new situation or relationship? Where can you find reassurance in risky situations? Tune into the April 13thBack to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Kids’ Poster Contest:Can you draw, paint, or colour? Then enter the 2008 World Missions Poster Contest! All you have to do is make a poster with a missions theme and send it in to World Missions (postmarked by April 18th). Perhaps your poster will be chosen as our new bulletin cover! We have four age groups: 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10 and 11 & older. For more information contact your Sunday School supervisor, or go to the Opportunities page at www.crwm.org.

CRCNA H.O.T List is now in!

This paper briefly highlights some of the current service opportunities available with the Christian Reformed Church. Opportunities working in India, Romania, Malawi, Nigeria, and Japan are listed. Other listings include Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti. If you’re interested, look for these HOT OPPORTUNITIES listings today. They are posted in a plastic sleeve on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


Police arrested and tortured a Christian teenager, Farzana, age 16, after her Muslim employer falsely accused her of theft in Lahore on March 27th. Following her arrest from the house of her employer, Muhammad Abid, the police took her to the station where she was tortured and forced to confess to stealing from Abid. The same day, the police searched Farzana's home and arrested her elderly father and three brothers, whom they also tortured. Her father and brothers were released the following day when a crowd protested the police's actions. No formal charge has been issued against Farzana and there is no evidence to indicate her guilt. However, it is common in Pakistan for Muslim employers to falsely accuse Christians of crimes, particularly young Christian girls who are forced to work as house servants. Pray that the Lord will strengthen and comfort Farzana, providing for her every need (Phil. 4:19). Pray for God's love and grace to abound in her and her family members as they suffer for the sake of their beliefs.


Offering: Missions for the Strydhorst family

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

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

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

Greeters: Rod & Laura Duckett, Murray & Annette Wiersma

Coffee: Henry & Anita Geldof, Clarence & Doreen Kits, Peter & Jan Zuidhof

M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Cora Hoekstra, Brad Peterson, Nathan Noordhof, Erin Vandenborn, Brianna Venhuis
p.m. August Luymes, Joseph Geldof

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


Offering: CRC Leadership Endowment Fund

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof, Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound: a.m. Wayne p.m. Travis

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

Greeters: Teus & Marja Vander Vlis, Harry & Hilda Van Stryland

Coffee: Pete & Cora Hoekstra, Henry & Liz Stad, John & Teena Stol

M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Barb Vandyk, Ken Tenbrinke, Amberly Venhuis, Jennifer Stol, Michelle Hoekstra
p.m. Ina Jackson, Travis Ebens

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 7th

7:30 p.m. Friendship meets

7:30 p.m. General Administration L.T. meets

Tuesday, April 8th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break leaders meet

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nite Youth meets

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

Wednesday, April 9th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break, Story Hour & Little Lambs

7:30 p.m. Council Executive meets

Saturday, April 12th

Benefit for Nathaniel Wildeboer at CACHS

Advance Notices

Sunday, April 13th

8:30 p.m. Living Members Bible study at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos. Study Lesson 5.