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2008-04-27 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.

Note From Council

Tessa Weenink completed the pre-confession classes but was unable to meet with Full Council due to the birth of Caleb. Council heard visit reports from Pastor Mike and Elder Phil Tenbrinke regarding her clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Their recommendation to Council was accepted and Council welcomes her into full communion in the Christian Reformed Church. She along with Jolyn Capton are scheduled to make public profession of faith on Pentecost Sunday, May 11, 2008.

Operation Manna: “Working in Partnership with Community Ministries”

Next week we will join with churches across Canada to gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. These funds are used to support new community ministries. Today you will receive a brochure describing the ministries which your gift will help fund this year. Please take some time this week to be informed about these ministries that address diverse needs in different communities. Please keep them in your prayers as well. Your gift will help ministries to provide practical help to people in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our Church Family

This week please keep Art & Judy Hazelhoff and children in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

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: Tilly Biel, Tena Ellen, Jackie Hartenhof, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

When making a bulletin announcement:

Please either submit your announcement via email to the church (email address is on the back of the bulletin) 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!

Church Directory

It's time to put together a new updated church directory. For members who are new to our fellowship, the directory has a listing of church members along with their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. There will be an information page in each church mail box on Sunday, May 4th. Please check over the information on your own family, make any changes if necessary and put the page in the secretaries' mail box, located at the bottom left hand corner of the mail boxes. DO NOT take the pages home - we need them to compile the new directory! Cindy & Dana will be available in the foyer after the morning service to assist anyone with pens and advice. Thank you!

Hearty Meals

One way we can show our love is by providing a meal for a family in our church when there is a need. We try to do this in an organized way so that you are not called upon often, If you would like to join the list of meal makers please phone Pauline at 782-2759 or Agnes at 782-2267.

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 today, 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.

Highway Clean-up

We are scheduled to do Highway Clean-up next Saturday. The plan is to meet at Bethel at 8:00am for training classes then proceed to our clean-up zone. We need to have a list of all workers who will be there by Friday. There is a list of those who have expressed desire to join us on the back table, please check the list see if your name is on the list. If you do not see your name there please add it to the list.

Friendship Potluck Banquet

For the family, friends, caregivers and staff, will be held on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. Please note that the location has changed and we will be gathering at the Central Alberta Christian High School. Please bring a hot dish and a salad or dessert (enough for all your guests). Also bring your own plates, cutlery, and coffee cups. If you have any questions please contact Sherry at 782-7950 or 318-7513.

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Young Peoples will have a social this evening after the worship service at the home of Maddy & Robbie de Regt.

Tuesday Night Youth will meet this Tuesday, April 29th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Please make special note that this is our last meeting for the season!

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.

Youth Unlimited Convention in Bozeman Montana has been planned and ready to go. New developments on transportation have been arranged. A bus starting in Neerlandia will sweep down the QE 2 and pick up students who are interested in attending the convention. Cost for the bus is $190.00 (if the bus is full), the cost for the convention will remain the early bird cost of $375.00 US. If you have any questions about this event please contact Dana as soon as possible. Seats on the bus need to be spoken for quickly, as the number of them is only 30!

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 2ndand 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!

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

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.

AUGUSTANA WALK FOR DARFUR

On April 29th a contingent of students and faculty from Augustana campus – University of Alberta will leave Red Deer to walk to Camrose. On the evening of the 29th they will be staying overnight at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lacombe (5227 C & E Trail). The community is invited to attend the showing of the documentary “God Grew Tired of Us” which helps us understand the difficult situation that some of our new community members, the Sudanese refugees, have come from. The documentary will be shown at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The “Augustana Walk for Darfur is walking to bring political and media awareness to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. The fighting there has led to a singling out of a certain group of individuals. Any surplus funds raised will be donated to “War Child Canada”

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.

CRWRC:

The global food crisis is a reality; increasing food prices are hurting CRWRC’s ability to provide food aid. At the same time, it is estimated that 1.6 billion people will be hungry by 2025. The food crisis is a complex problem with no easy answers; it is a problem that will directly and indirectly affect us all. To learn more read “Global Food Crisis” In the News at www.crwrc.org

Facing Up to God:

Who—or what—is God? What comes to your mind when someone mentions God? Does it matter whether you think about God or not? If so, why? The May 4Back to God Hour helps us think about those questions. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

INTO THE ABYSS (Heroes 4):

Heroes or helpless? Liz and Morrie are in big trouble. Is God still there to help them? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

CRWRC:

Are you up for the challenge? 16-19 years old and interested in exploring missions? For eight weeks during the summer of 2009, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) will lead a group of North American and Ugandan teens in a summer focused on learning through serving. Six weeks will be spent in undisclosed locations in Africa. Contact youthtoyouth@crcna.org for participation requirements. Application deadline is May 30th.

SEA TO SEA —9 WEEKS TO GO:

As we celebrate Ascension Day this week, we praise Jesus for His ascension to the right hand of the Father: He is Lord of all. Please remember the bike tour in thought and prayer, as cyclists represent God’s kingdom across North America this summer. www.SeatoSea.org.

This month The Bible League asks for prayer for Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Cambodia.

In each of these places people are so grateful for anything that can be done that brings them closer to God - a Bible, a place to worship, basic education. Praise the Lord that these are such basic expectations in our everyday lives. Praise the Lord that many who have these basics are willing to share the same opportunities with others around the world! Thank you for praying!

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Israel's Supreme Court on April 16th ruled that Messianic Jews have the same rights regarding automatic citizenship as Jews who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah. The case was brought to the court by twelve Messianic Jewish believers who were denied citizenship because they were part of the Messianic Jewish community. This ruling is likely to have a significant impact on Israel's Messianic Jewish community, although the ruling would not cover all Messianic Jews. The ruling specifically addresses the rights of those whose Jewish descent is from their father's side (i.e. those who were not Jews previously by religious definition but were descendants of Jews). Praise God for this legal victory. Please pray for the continued witness of those in Israel who follow Jesus as Messiah.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – April 27th

Offering: GEMS

Ushers: Heather Van Stryland, Megan Scholing, Courtney Brander, Bree Ebens

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

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

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

Greeters: Becca Lynn Bailey, Katie Tilbury, Jenna deGroot,

Rebecca Stigter, Corinna Prins, Cheyenne Ebens

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

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – May 4th

Offering: Operation Manna

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound: a.m. Travis p.m. Ian

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

Greeters: Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma, Clarence & Doreen Kits

Coffee: Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Rod & Barb Venhuis

Nursery:
M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Debby van Iperen, John de Regt, Brent Venhuis, Jessica Bouwman, Corinna Prins
p.m. Angela Van Stryland, Justin Noort

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

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 27th

8:30 p.m. Young Peoples social at the de Regts’

Monday, April 28th

7:30 p.m. Friendship practice for year end banquet

Tuesday, April 29th

9:30 a.m. Coffee Break leaders meet

9:30 a.m. Seniors club final meeting with lunch to follow

7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nite Youth meets

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

Wednesday, April 30th

7:30 p.m. Elders & Deacons meet

Saturday, May 3rd

8:00 a.m. Highway cleanup meet at Bethel

Advance notices:

Sunday, May 4th

8:30 p.m. Living Members meet at Alex & Ann Wildeboers’

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