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2008-04-20 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 Herman & Betty Scholing and their children in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

Congratulations to Adam & Tessa Weenink as they were blessed with a baby boy, Caleb, a week ago on Sunday, April 13th. We give thanks to God for the gift of new life.

Jayde Tenbrinke was able to go home this past Monday. Her breathing and general health were all well enough and we thank God for his grace to her and Andrew & Carina during the 6 weeks she was in the hospital in Edmonton.

Ruth has returned home from the hospital. She has to wait till the fall for a possible "procedure" to close the second hole in her heart. She will be pretty much immobile and weak and will need to stay resting with around the clock oxygen. She'd love it if you came to visit her. Peter will stay mostly at home with her.

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

We extend our Christian condolences to the family and many friends of Corrie Leenstra who passed away on Tuesday evening. She fought a long and hard battle against breast cancer and was called to her heavenly home in peace. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at Woodynook CRC.

 

We would like to thank the congregation for the prayers, calls and visits when Teus was in the Red Deer and Edmonton hospitals and at home. Above all, we thank the Lord for his wonderful healing.

Teus and Marja Vander Vlis

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Please either submit your announcement via email to the church bchurch2@telus.net or put it in the secretaries’ mail box in the foyer. All announcements need to submitted by Thursday evening with instructions and the date to be published clearly noted. Thank you from Cindy & Dana!

Council Notes from the meeting of April 16th:

* A number of membership transfers into Bethel were dealt with. Welcome to these new members – Theresa Geldof from Maranatha CRC, Lethbridge; Billie McColl from Wolf Creek Community Church; Rick & Melanie Wildeboer along with Hailey, Brooklyn and Mikenna from Woodynook CRC.

* Jolyn Capton gave testimony of her faith and was welcomed into full communion in the Christian Reformed Church. Her public profession is scheduled for May 11th.

* Nomination of office bearers was dealt with again.

NEWSLETTER

We hope to have the next Newsletter in your mailboxes on May 4th, so we are asking you to have your submissions in to us by Sunday, April 27th. The Newsletter is one of the ways we hope to keep each other informed about the happenings in our congregation so we are looking for committee or group reports that include some of the activities, studies or plans of your group. Have you read a good book from our library? Maybe you could write a short book report. If you have been asked to write a little bit about your family this month, we encourage you to do that and get it to us on time so that people can get to know your family better when they see your picture in the Newsletter. We are always looking for short sayings, poetry, etc. that we could use to fill in spaces and we try to keep the copyright rules in mind as we consider what to print. Since this is a May issue, we hope to have some mention of Mothers’ Day and Spring. Have you written something that you wouldn’t mind sharing with the readers? Do you have any suggestions that would improve our Newsletter? Put a note in one of our mailboxes or e-mail one of us: Anita Geldof, Ann Wildeboer, Laura Duckett or Harriet Luymes.

Prayer Meeting

You are invited to join us at the intercession prayer meeting on Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in room 8 in the church.

For all who love the great outdoors!

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 desire 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. So come out for a day filled with loads of fun, fellowship and a few bags of garbage. We are also thinking about having a wiener roast or some kind luncheon together. If you can come out and help, a sign up sheet is on the back table in the foyer. For more information contact Wayne.

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this Tuesday, April 22nd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Junior Youth

Will be having a Wii night on Friday, April 25th. Meet at Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke’s at 7:00 p.m. We will finish at 9:30p.m. Please bring a snack and if you have Wii games or controllers please bring them as well. If you have any questions please call Carina or Andrew Tenbrinke.

If anyone needs a ride to junior youth or parents need to get a hold of us while we are at youth, Carina’s cell phone is 505-7950, Andrew’s 318-2513. Devon & Rosanne Bangma are helping with junior youth as well and their cell numbers are 1-403-704-5014 for Devon and 352-5623 for Rosanne.

Mission Wrap-up Celebration Service

There will be a Mission Wrap-up Celebration Service for everyone that participated in a mission trip over the Easter break. It will be held at the First Baptist Church (on the hill) on May 4th at 7 p.m. All Mexico teams from Bethel, Woodynook, Pentecostal and the Lacombe Composite High School are invited as well as the Youth for Christ team that went on their mission trip to Vancouver. Everyone that is interested is more than welcome to attend.

New Summer Series for Young Women!!

Are you a young woman (18-35) who is seeking God's heart, and passionate about knowing His callings and purposes for you? Starting May 8th, you can participate in a new ministry geared towards women who are looking for fellowship, encouragement, Bible study and challenging/lively discussion related to a variety of topics, including: Changing roles of women in our culture: how that affects your expectations and your reality, the roles of women in church mission and ministry, finding contentment, family vs. career, or both, Dating, love, purity, marriage and the un-expected in-between, God's gifts to you- are you using them?, etc....

Worship, prayer groups, speakers, discussion and Bible study, it all takes place at 7 p.m., the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, May through August in the Bethel CRC fellowship hall.

If you are interested in helping out with this ministry (musicians, researching materials, bringing food) or if you want more info, call Carmen at 885-0127. Hope to see you there!

Stepping Out

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.

Announcements

Sing to the Lord

An evening of singing Dutch/Afrikaans Psalms and Hymns. April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church, Red Deer. For further info, contact Jack Hielema at 348-5464.

ART TALK

Thursday night Art Talk with visiting artist, Gerald Folkerts, and evening of stories through word & art on Thursday, April 24thfrom 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Christian school west campus. Take a personal journey with the artist through the brokenness that led to a series of paintings which probe the uneasy tension between God’s providence and our own vulnerability. Discover dignity in some unlikely places as Gerald unwraps some of the images from hi present series, Head over Heels, a body of work that would suggest that everyone has a story and every story is worth the telling.

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 Crossroads Church in Red Deer on April 25th at 7 p.m. Check out their website: www.africanchildrenschoir.com for more information.

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 andHandbell Ringers

On April 26th at 7:30 p.m. we are pleased to have the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus andHandbell Ringers here in Bethel. Admission to this event will be $5 with proceeds going to our local Food Bank, children under 12 enter free. Billeting has been taken care of and the meals too are organized. Myles is excited to bring this event here in our church and looks forward to seeing you there.

Wonka’s Wonder World

City on a Hill Community of Fine Arts presents the play, Wonka’s Wonder World, based on the book, “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. Evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. each night from Tuesday, April 29th through Sunday, May 4th. There will be a matinee performance on Saturday, May 3rd at 12 p.m. All performances will be held at the Lacombe Pentecostal Church. Tickets are $2 each and are available from Betty Scholing at 782-5456. A free-will donation at the door will be taken in support of Family & Community Support Services.

Fashion with Passion: Think Pink

The annual CACHS Fashion Show and Dessert Evening "Fashion with Passion: Think Pink" will be held on Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. The proceeds this year will be going to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a table of eight. We are also looking for businesses or individuals willing to donate door prizes, silent auction items, or monetary donations to CBCF. We have set a fundraising goal of $1,500. Any support or contribution would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your tickets please contact Ann at the school office at 782-4535.

Choir Tour

Please join The King’s University College Concert and Chamber Choirs, and King’s music faculty at the following Choir Tour 2008 performances:

Sunday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m. Woodynook Christian Reformed Church

Sunday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. First Christian Reformed Church, 16 McVicar Street, Red Deer

Denominational News

2008 Small Group and Evangelism Conference

Will be held and the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois on July 18-20, 2008. Check out the details at www.crhm.org/conference for more information. To avoid late registration fee, you must register by May 15th .

New Age: Really New? Or Really Old?

When you think about spirituality, what comes to your mind? Is there one God, many gods, or maybe no god at all? In this complicated world, where can you go to find answers to questions like these? Tune in to the April 27thBack to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

A HERO STANDS BY (Heroes 3):

How is Liz going to prove that he is a hero if no one will give him a chance? Help Liz figure out a way on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

DID YOU KNOW?

The 2006 census showed the number of people who are Aboriginal passed the one million mark. Accounting for 3.8 percent of Canada’s population, the rate of growth is 6 times that of the non-Aboriginal population. (From www.statcan.ca). This presents a unique challenge for our churches: Consider and pray about what your church could do to better include this important segment of our population.

The Rehoboth Camp

Committee is looking for volunteers to serve as counselors for this year’s summer camp program. The dates for camp are: Week 1 – July 5-11, Week 2 – July 12-18, Independent Week – July 19-25, Youth Week – July 26-August 1. For more information contact: Alida Uitvlugt – 916-2262, Barry Saipe – 484-8119, Linda Rosendal – 968-8483. Register on-line @ www.rehoboth.ab.ca

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.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Lately the persecution of Christians in Somalia has dramatically increased. On April 13 4 teachers were shot and killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight raid on a private English school in south-central Somalia. The militants say that they fired randomly and that the teachers were killed in a cross-fire. Local people, however, believe that the teachers were singled out for their suspected evangelistic work. One victim's wife alleged that her husband was targeted because he was a Muslim-born convert to Christianity. Pray for comfort for the families of those killed and that the perpetrators of this attack will come to repentance and salvation. Pray for wisdom, courage and protection for those serving Christ in Somalia at great personal risk.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – April 20th

Offering: Cadets

Ushers: Timothy Rosendal & Justin Vander Muelen, Cody Ingold & Mike Verveda

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

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

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

Greeters: Patrick Bouwman, Colin Duckett, Ryan Noort, Jadyn Scholing

Coffee: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, Paul & Cindy Prins, Randall & Sue Wildeboer

Nursery:
M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Lisa Tenbrinke, Peter Hoekstra, Nicole Stol, Kendra Scholing, Robert Fraser
p.m. Dana van Gyssel, Maddy deRegt

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – April 27th

Offering: GEMS

Ushers: GEMS

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

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

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

Greeters: GEMS

Coffee: GEMS

Nursery:
M.O.M. Jenny
a.m. Cora Stol, Rick Wildeboer, Meaghan Noort, Jordan Van Stryland, Daniel Venhuis
p.m. Anita Swier, Michael Szelekovszky

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

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 21st

7:30 p.m. Friendship meets

Tuesday, April 22nd

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 23rd

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

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT meets

Friday, April 25th

7:00 p.m. Kub Car Races & Dessert Night

Saturday, April 26th

7:30 p.m. University of Alberta Mixed Chorus and Handbell Ringers

Advance Notices

Monday, April 28th

7:30 p.m. Friendship practice for Year end Potluck Banquet

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